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Old 11-22-2011, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Sango, TN
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Public prefers cutting defense spending: Reuters/Ipsos poll | Reuters


By Donna Smith
WASHINGTON | Wed Mar 9, 2011 2:47pm EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A majority of Americans prefer cutting defense spending to reduce the federal deficit rather than taking money from public retirement and health programs, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday showed.
The poll found 51 percent of Americans support reducing defense spending, and only 28 percent want to cut Medicare and Medicaid health programs for the elderly and poor. A mere 18 percent back cuts in the Social Security retirement program.

Social Security



Americans Look to Wealthy to Help Save Social Security

So why all the fuss? It looks like the voters are pretty clear to me.

Cut defense, don't change medicare, don't cut social security, and tax the rich more to pay for everything else.

Why can't congress agree?

 
Old 11-22-2011, 02:09 PM
 
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Just curious, how old are you?
 
Old 11-22-2011, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Sango, TN
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Just curious, how old are you?
Mid 30's, and I have a UMC job, and pay more then the poor do in taxes. I also pay a higher percent in taxes then hedge fund managers.

I'm where most of America is, how old do you think they are?

Save social security, save medicare, don't change them. Cut defense and raise taxes on the rich to pay for it.

Is that not what the majority of Americans are saying? Should they not have their voice heard? Are we no longer a representative democracy?
 
Old 11-22-2011, 02:13 PM
 
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So in theory you are actualy wealthy. Do you feel your taxes should go up?
BTW , I think cutting defense spending is a no brainer
 
Old 11-22-2011, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Why can't congress agree?
Because America no longer has accurate representation. Between the talking heads and monopolistic pattern of MSM, the infiltration of our Government by International Bankers, Lobbyists and Corporations and The Federal Reserve which is the real driving force of power in our country, we have become a Corporatocracy.

Look at what Bush said he would do before he was elected, than look at what he did. Look at what Obama said he would do before he was elected, than look at what he did and is doing. The same policies are in place and have been since Ronald Reagan.

There is a hidden branch of power that is calling the shots and we are stupid for not noticing the pattern earlier of the endless and expensive wars, the overstatement of the threat of terror, the corrupt and secretive Federal Reserve, corporations and lobbyists having major influence over politicians, Federal Government controlling the economy and industries instead of letting them grow organically, a Federal Government that is more powerful, freedom-infringing and wasteful every day. Wake up America!
 
Old 11-22-2011, 02:17 PM
 
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So in theory you are actualy wealthy. Do you feel your taxes should go up?
BTW , I think cutting defense spending is a no brainer
How do you figure he is wealthy?
 
Old 11-22-2011, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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So in theory you are actualy wealthy. Do you feel your taxes should go up?
I'm in my 30s, have an income close to top 5% (not there right now), and trust me, I won't feel the pinch of my income taxes going up by 4-5%. This country could use that more than I need to.
 
Old 11-22-2011, 02:18 PM
 
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Public prefers cutting defense spending: Reuters/Ipsos poll | Reuters


By Donna Smith
WASHINGTON | Wed Mar 9, 2011 2:47pm EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A majority of Americans prefer cutting defense spending to reduce the federal deficit rather than taking money from public retirement and health programs, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday showed.
The poll found 51 percent of Americans support reducing defense spending, and only 28 percent want to cut Medicare and Medicaid health programs for the elderly and poor. A mere 18 percent back cuts in the Social Security retirement program.

Social Security



Americans Look to Wealthy to Help Save Social Security

So why all the fuss? It looks like the voters are pretty clear to me.

Cut defense, don't change medicare, don't cut social security, and tax the rich more to pay for everything else.

Why can't congress agree?
I am very happy with these poll numbers. It means that Americans are not buying the propaganda that we hear on CD every single day.
 
Old 11-22-2011, 02:19 PM
 
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How do you figure he is wealthy?
He says he pays a higher % then headge fund managers. They average about 27% . If he is paying more then that he is making around $220,000 or more.
 
Old 11-22-2011, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Sango, TN
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So in theory you are actualy wealthy. Do you feel your taxes should go up?
BTW , I think cutting defense spending is a no brainer

Republicans don't, and Democrats can't cut their pet projects either.

As I said, the American public is clear. Save social security and medicare, cut defense, and for all thats left over, raise the taxes on the rich.

Actually I personally think that anyones taxes have to go up, but I think loopholes, credits, and subsidies should be cut.

I think if you make the tax code flatter, with few if any loopholes, and decrease military spending while going through each spending program to prioritize them, we can balance the budget with few if any tax hikes.

But Americans don't care about that. The rules Congress is being told to play by are

Save social security, save medicare, cut defense, and raise taxes on the wealthy to make up the differnce.

And yes, I donate regularly to charity, and I do real well for myself and my family. But since I'm paying a higher percentage on my income then wall street bankers are, then I'm slightly peeved about that.
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