Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cut spending, but only cut the other guy's program

When it comes to cutting government spending, this report of results from a Harris poll puts it best when it says that people want to cut down the forest, but keep the trees:
When shown a list of 20 areas of federal government spending, a majority of the public supports cutting only six of them and these do not include the big ticket items that comprise most of the federal budget. Furthermore large majorities oppose cutting Social Security or federal health care programs, which many economists believe are increasing at unsustainable rates.

One other interesting finding that may be noted by advocates on both sides of this debate: far fewer people support cuts in these 20 programs today than did so in 1980 when Ronald Reagan became president.
Read the rest if you truly want to see how schizophrenic and ignorant the public can be.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson

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