New Poll Confirms Country is Clearly Progressive

New poll out indicates that the country is clearly, massively, overwhelmingly progressive. While they talk about cutting so-called entitlement programs in Washington, the American people have completely different priorities.

When asked what's the first thing they would do to balance the budget, Americans had an unmistakably clear answer -- raise taxes on the rich. It came in number one by a mile, with a whopping 61 percent.

If that wasn't progressive enough, cutting defense spending came in number two, with 20 percent.

And if all of that wasn't clear enough, when asked about cutting Medicare, only 4 percent were in favor of it. Only 3 percent wanted to cut Social Security as a way to balance the budget.

I thought the country was center-right? That's what all of the pundits tell us 24/7 on television. What happened now? Do those answers look center-right to you? They look decidedly center-left to anyone with a pulse.

Washington is going to hate this news because they were just getting ready to cut people's Social Security. That's what the president's Deficit Commission suggested. That's what all of the Republicans are massively in favor of. That's what a lot of the Democrats are already saying is "necessary." All the meanwhile, they just gave a $407 billion tax cut to the richest people in the country.

Well, apparently the American people disagree with Washington's priorities. If the Democrats, Republicans and the president persist in trying to cut Social Security in the face of these numbers, then we will know that we have lost our democracy altogether. That the people in power couldn't give a damn what we want. That the take over of the American government by the corporations, the rich and the powerful is complete.

Every time you hear any politician or pundit say we have to cut Social Security or what they derisively call entitlement programs (you paid into them your whole life, that is why you are "entitled" to them), send them this poll. And ask them why they don't care at all about the will of the American people.

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RE: New Poll Confirms Country is Clearly Progressive

Cenk, this begs the question of why did the center-left public elect these far right yahoos whose aims are so clearly opposite theirs? It isn't as if they made a secret of their intentions!

by antiHyde 2011-01-05 07:30PM | 0 recs
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I want to invite everyone to read and sign my petition at www.democratz.org to obtain needed progressive legislation and I need your help in spreading the word far and wide. Thank you.

by WWW.DEMOCRATZ.ORG 2011-01-07 12:15PM | 0 recs
Let's be real

I'm a progressive, but this post is disingenuous beyond belief.  Of course the majority of Americans want social security to be solvent for their retirement and to raise taxes on the wealthy.  Most of them are not wealthy.  This is just a poll that suggest that Americans care about themselves first.

If you ask the same respondents if they have worries about the deficit and debt, I guarantee they would say yes.  Then ask them what they would cut to address the problem, they would say : NOTHING.  

The majority of the American people are just plain idiots.  We have to address our long term fiscal deficit (Medicare, Social Security, & the Defense Budget). If we don't make the hard choices now because we read polls that say Americans aren't ready, we will be another country buried in the ashes of great empires. 

by Ryan Colpaart 2011-01-08 11:31AM | 0 recs
Debate

Very good!Can't wait for more awesome features in 2011! Keep at it!

 

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by Alessa Hilton 2011-01-12 01:39PM | 0 recs

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