A survey of 800 Obama voters, conducted last month by Benenson Strategy Group for the moderate Democratic think tank Third Way and shared first with POLITICO, finds that 96 percent believe the federal deficit is a problem and that 85 percent support increasing taxes on the wealthy.
Yet 41 percent who supported the Democratic incumbent want to get control of the deficit mostly by cutting spending, with only some tax increases, while another 41 percent want to solve it mostly with tax increases and only some spending cuts.
Just 5 percent of Obama supporters favor tax increases alone to solve the deficit, half the number who back an approach that relies entirely on spending cuts.
Stick a fork in America; with dunces like these in the voting pool, we're done.
***Businesses bet on failure in Washington. Well, that's a pretty safe bet.
***Remember the hue and cry from the Left when Brit Hume opined that Tiger Woods should convert to Christianity? How he shouldn't have been using a public forum to express his opinion? Nary a peep from the same people regarding Bob Costas' silly rant over gun control. Just more hypocrisy, nothing new.
***Man, I'm feeling stress and tension today! Had to take Mom to the doctor this morning, which took a lot more time than it should have. I got a call from one of my offices while we were there, which of course I couldn't take care of until I got home. Now I'm trying to print envelopes, but I have a bunch of faxes coming in, so I can't do it until they're done. Hence...I'm blogging until my printer gets done. Sheeeeesh, I need a vacation...
Okay, that's enough whining for one day.
***Boehner's gonna cave - I just know it. Here's the first clue.
***Fiscal cliff? How about the moral cliff? Yup.
There is endless talk these days about the looming “fiscal cliff,” the catastrophic economic nightmare that many predict will befall the United States if taxes go up and government spending is significantly cut come January 2, 2013, as mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011.
To be sure, the stakes are high.
But all this conversation about an economic cliff has got me thinking:
Is there a moral cliff? And have we already reached it – or are we walking dangerously close to the edge?
Ironically, one of the reasons we’re on the verge of this fiscal cliff in the first place is that too many have believed for too long that moral problems can be solved or managed through fiscal policy.
In other words, we believe that almost every problem can be fixed by spending money on it.
To be clear, I believe that government can and does provide noble services for the common good. I also believe it can, in certain circumstances, provide an appropriate safety net that prevents an individual or family from spiraling down to a point of no return.
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***The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
***Have a great day!