Just the title of the Dec. 1 AP article demonstrates the problem. “Poll: Ideas for cutting U.S. deficit unpopular.” The propaganda piece then goes on to quote a narrow, badly phrased section of a poll conducted by the Liberal AP itself for Leftist CNBC (Nov. 18-22).
One reason that , is that they constantly skew stories to promote a Keynesian/Socialist agenda. In today’s case, a plurality (47%) willing to cut government services, while fewer (46%) would prefer to keep their freebies, somehow makes it “unpopular”. Nobody expects a reduction in services to be a great joy, but they understand that government is bloated and unsustainable. They know that we must cut wherever we can (even trivialities like earmarks that Dems say "only make up .05% of the deficit"... $2,500,000,000.00) to protect our childrens future and prevent a possible collapse in the near term.
As a matter of fact, the same AP/CNBC poll actually shows that a clear majority place unemployment and the fragile economy above terrorism as threats to our country. Taxes are rated lower, but 70% still rate them as a high priority. So even middle and lower income Americans understand that government, especially at the federal level, is supposed to maintain a positive infrastructure, not run everything. Things like “turtle tunnels”, “aid” for oil producing countries (while banning American oil), mandatory health insurance, private (style, USAF) jets for Pelosi, an airport for Senators* and increasing benefits for illegal aliens are just ridiculous. They also know that un-American class warfare against employers will not help them get jobs and that statist economies have never succeeded anywhere.
Cuts to a bloated government might be unpleasant, but they are better done now than down the road. The course we have been put on leads to Europe: Communist/union led riots in Greece, Spain, Britain, France, Portugal, Italy, Ireland…
[*ED NOTE: in print version, I incorrectly noted "Frank's airport", when it was John Murtha's semi-private, taxpayer paid and maintained, 3 taxpayer underwritten flights a day, luxury airdrome.]