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#3186331 - 03/07/13 11:11 AM This is the problem with American voters
Vermin93
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Americans complain about government spending but don't want to cut anything. "We the people" want to have it both ways.

Republicans Have Won a Budget Battle, But Not the War

"Americans oppose government spending in general and favor it in particular. An ABC poll today finds strong public support for an across-the-board cut in federal spending. That is the result you’d expect from a poll that only asks about “federal spending.”

The same ABC poll found that the defense cuts, the only specific program it named, poll badly. This isn’t because military spending is especially popular — Americans are more willing to cut it than most programs — but that almost every actual spending program is popular. When Pew surveyed Americans about nineteen specific categories of actual federal spending, it found overwhelming opposition to cuts in any of them except “aid to the world’s needy,” the scale of which Americans consistently overestimate by an order of magnitude."
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#3186353 - 03/07/13 11:37 AM Re: This is the problem with American voters [Re: Vermin93]
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In my opinion when "most" republicans hear the term "defense cuts" they immediately equate that to down-sizing of the military; taking boots off the ground.
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#3186414 - 03/07/13 12:51 PM Re: This is the problem with American voters [Re: BlountArrow]
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What should they equate it to?

It sure as heck doesn't equate to paring back or eliminating weaspons systems; those are sheltered by the politicians.
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#3186420 - 03/07/13 12:56 PM Re: This is the problem with American voters [Re: BMan]
Vermin93
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 Originally Posted By: BMan
What should they equate it to?

It sure as heck doesn't equate to paring back or eliminating weaspons systems; those are sheltered by the politicians.


They should equate it to a badly needed reduction of another huge, bloated, wasteful, bureaucratic, political, inefficient, big government organization, which is what the Department of Defense is.
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#3186424 - 03/07/13 12:58 PM Re: This is the problem with American voters [Re: BlountArrow]
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I firmly believe that the majority of Americans truly believe that the govt is it's own entity, and that money spews from within it, having absolutely no understanding that THAT money comes directly from taxpaying citizens, ever burdened with supporting the ones with this mentality more and more.
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