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Reminder: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Federal Spending Cuts

para_dimz Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 8:38 AM
Republicans never go after the small dime, easy pickings. Its always entitlements. Yes, yes, this is the mother lode. This is the elephant in the rooms and all those cliched remarks. I get that. But if you were trying to get a dollar from a too tall bully (Democrats) but there were dimes laying at your feet, wouldn't you stop to pick up the dimes, maybe? Not if you're a big government Republicans.Think of all the subsidies, dead programs, duplicitous programs and wasteful spending we read about
beowulfe Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 8:56 AM
Compared to what is available from entitlements, what you're talking about isn't dollars versus dimes, it's 1920s $100,000 notes versus pennies....literally. 70% of the federal budget is some form of welfare spending.
Becca in TX Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 10:50 AM
beowulfe-Welfare should not be called an "entitlement". Social Security and Medicare are programs that people paid in to. Welfare is a handout. People who were forced to pay into a program are "entitled". No one is ENTITLED to a handout.

But by all means, let's keep obsessing over tax increases on rich people, which would take care of roughly eight percent of this year's federal deficit -- at best.   Let's take a peek at the data itself, then discover how Politico chose to boil it down into a narrative-driving headline:

Your headline? "Battleground Poll: Hike Taxes on the Rich."  Don't get me wrong; there is no...