The American people are schizophrenic. They recognize entitlement insolvency but refuse to let go of entitlements. And they favor cutting the budget over tax increases as a solution to reduce the budget deficit by an apparently huge margin, but favor the "Buffet Rule" by a similar margin.
Budget cuts favored for reducing deficit: poll
(Reuters) - Cutting government programs is favored as the way to reduce the budget deficit by more than twice as many Americans as those who favor raising taxes, said a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
In a result that has held fairly steady over the past five months, the poll, released on Monday, found that 22 percent of those surveyed said that spending cuts alone were the solution, while 36 percent favored a mix of more cuts than tax increases.
In contrast, only 7 percent favored raising taxes alone, with 17 percent saying a mix with more tax increases than cuts would work best to lower the government's $1.2 trillion deficit.
Thirteen percent said they were unsure and 5 percent said they did not know or were unsure about what should be done.
Excuse me? $1.2 trillion? What are these idiots smoking? First of all there can't be a "budget deficit" when there is no f*cking budget. But that aside, all accounts put us underwater by $14-16 trillion, with projected unfunded entitlement mandates into the future moving towards $100 trillion over the next century. $1.2 trillion is a laughable figure, and must be aimed only at morons.