Friday, December 14, 2012

Big Talking Republicans don't want to make any cuts either.

Ezra Klein found this latest poll interesting:
Peter Suderman of Reason magazine summarizes a new McClatchy-Marist poll that gave voters a suite of options for reducing the deficit. Democrats in the poll support new taxes but oppose spending cuts. As for Republicans? Well, Republicans oppose everything.

The poll’s Republicans do not support raising taxes on the wealthy. But they don’t support any of the spending cuts mentioned in the poll either. Not to Medicare or Medicaid, and not to the tax loopholes surveyed either. Republicans, in other words, don’t support much of anything except leaving things the way they are now.

Still, the McClatchy-Marist poll isn’t an outlier: There’ve been dozens of polls finding that Republicans mostly don’t want to raise taxes and definitely don’t want to cut spending. And you can see it in the policies their leaders propose. Mitt Romney, talked a big game about cutting deficits and reducing the debt, but when asked for specifics focused heavily on small-ball spending cuts.”

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