POLL: Public Pulse

August 17, 2010

Democracy Corps recently conducted a poll in which they asked the relative importance of cutting the budget deficit to economic growth: 51% of likely voters said reducing the budget deficit is so important to the nation’s future that we should consider “bold” spending cuts; 42% would focus on new spending to develop new skills and industries.

According to a Fox News poll, 63% of registered voters believe the government is so big that it is hurting the country. 32% (25% of Independents) said the size of the federal government was not hurting the country.

According to a poll by the Pew Research Center, 69% of registered voters say the budget deficit is “very” important to their vote this year. That’s behind the economy (90%), jobs (88%), health care (78%) and terrorism (71%) in terms of intensity.

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12 Responses to POLL: Public Pulse

  1. Cody says:

    Simply put, deny any applicant to federal and state funds if they can’t; A) prove citizenship. B) Pass a drug screen, C) be willing to work GVT jobs at minimum wage untill they find a job.

    We all know that those spending our money deserve minimum wage at best, but that is the quickest way to cut the costs down. Perhaps those in Congress ought to forsake their pay for days that they don’t show up.

    More realistaclly cut off all foriegn aid untill we fix our own country. Let the rest of the world fend for itself untill we are once again able to assist them. Our strengths are in Agriculture, so selling our Wheat and Corn ought to be comprable to a barrel of oil.

    Let all foreign donations be done through the grace of the American Public. Do not dictate our dollars taken from us through force, go to foreign nations.

    Privatize the government workforce. From Road Construction to Teaching our kids. Get rid of the overpaid, and underqualified Unions that overcharge their workforce, but in turn raise the cost of their goods to the point of excess and are not competitive in the world market. Private market works. Unions have proven that they dont.

    Do away with welfare, and encurage honest citizens to own firearms. A tax break for every intruder shot. (Keeps the cost of prisons down).

    Legalize drugs. Tho I don’t do them myself, the billions spent on fighting them could be turned into trillions if easily taxed and regulated if provided at the local gas station or small shop. Look at Holland as an example…

    These are just a few of my ideas on how to fix this mess we currently find ourselves in.

  2. Cody says:

    Simply put, deny any applicant to federal and state funds if they can’t; A) prove citizenship. B) Pass a drug screen, C) be willing to work GVT jobs at minimum wage untill they find a job.

    We all know that those spending our money deserve minimum wage at best, but that is the quickest way to cut the costs down. Perhaps those in Congress ought to forsake their pay for days that they don’t show up.

    More realistaclly cut off all foriegn aid untill we fix our own country. Let the rest of the world fend for itself untill we are once again able to assist them. Our strengths are in Agriculture, so selling our Wheat and Corn ought to be comprable to a barrel of oil.

    Let all foreign donations be done through the grace of the American Public. Do not dictate our dollars taken from us through force, go to foreign nations.

    Privatize the government workforce. From Road Construction to Teaching our kids. Get rid of the overpaid, and underqualified Unions that overcharge their workforce, but in turn raise the cost of their goods to the point of excess and are not competitive in the world market. Private market works. Unions have proven that they dont.

    Do away with welfare, and encurage honest citizens to own firearms. A tax break for every intruder shot. (Keeps the cost of prisons down).

    Legalize drugs. Tho I don’t do them myself, the billions spent on fighting them could be turned into trillions if easily taxed and regulated if provided at the local gas station or small shop. Look at Holland as an example…

    These are just a few of my ideas on how to fix this mess we currently find ourselves in.

  3. Cody says:

    Simply put, deny any applicant to federal and state funds if they can’t; A) prove citizenship. B) Pass a drug screen, C) be willing to work GVT jobs at minimum wage untill they find a job.

    We all know that those spending our money deserve minimum wage at best, but that is the quickest way to cut the costs down. Perhaps those in Congress ought to forsake their pay for days that they don’t show up.

    More realistaclly cut off all foriegn aid untill we fix our own country. Let the rest of the world fend for itself untill we are once again able to assist them. Our strengths are in Agriculture, so selling our Wheat and Corn ought to be comprable to a barrel of oil.

    Let all foreign donations be done through the grace of the American Public. Do not dictate our dollars taken from us through force, go to foreign nations.

    Privatize the government workforce. From Road Construction to Teaching our kids. Get rid of the overpaid, and underqualified Unions that overcharge their workforce, but in turn raise the cost of their goods to the point of excess and are not competitive in the world market. Private market works. Unions have proven that they dont.

    Do away with welfare, and encurage honest citizens to own firearms. A tax break for every intruder shot. (Keeps the cost of prisons down).

    Legalize drugs. Tho I don’t do them myself, the billions spent on fighting them could be turned into trillions if easily taxed and regulated if provided at the local gas station or small shop. Look at Holland as an example…

    These are just a few of my ideas on how to fix this mess we currently find ourselves in.

  4. GR says:

    Implement 5% cut across the board for all government departments except Border Patrol and Military. Freeze govt spending at those levels for at least 5 years. Require citizenship for all services except emergency health care. Require work for welfare. Require all citizens to pay minimum income taxes even if it’s just $10 so they get the idea that nothing’s free. IMMEDIATELY REPEAL OBAMACARE because only a brain dead moron can believe that it will reduce the deficit. Eliminate all earmarks unrelated to the bill itself in all legislation before the congress. Require ALL legislators and government employees to be equally subject to EVERY law passed on the people. That would be a good start.

  5. GR says:

    Implement 5% cut across the board for all government departments except Border Patrol and Military. Freeze govt spending at those levels for at least 5 years. Require citizenship for all services except emergency health care. Require work for welfare. Require all citizens to pay minimum income taxes even if it’s just $10 so they get the idea that nothing’s free. IMMEDIATELY REPEAL OBAMACARE because only a brain dead moron can believe that it will reduce the deficit. Eliminate all earmarks unrelated to the bill itself in all legislation before the congress. Require ALL legislators and government employees to be equally subject to EVERY law passed on the people. That would be a good start.

  6. GR says:

    Implement 5% cut across the board for all government departments except Border Patrol and Military. Freeze govt spending at those levels for at least 5 years. Require citizenship for all services except emergency health care. Require work for welfare. Require all citizens to pay minimum income taxes even if it’s just $10 so they get the idea that nothing’s free. IMMEDIATELY REPEAL OBAMACARE because only a brain dead moron can believe that it will reduce the deficit. Eliminate all earmarks unrelated to the bill itself in all legislation before the congress. Require ALL legislators and government employees to be equally subject to EVERY law passed on the people. That would be a good start.

  7. Geri Oakes says:

    this is my comment.government at any level is crooked.they tell you any thing just to get elected.if you lie, cheat and steal then you have a chance at a terrific life. the working people don’t stand a chance. where do you think their money comes from.The hard working tax payers of america. Take this for example, could you feed a family of four on
    two-hundred dollars a month in food-stamps?my daughter couldn’t go to college because we made to much money.
    But for some odd reason that i’ll never understand inmates get all their education paid for . Excuse me that we had to
    pay for.I guess that I am old fashion ,but when I was growing up you had to earn your keep it wasn’t served to you on
    a silver platter.I had a blood clot in my left leg after surgery several years ago. when i tried to get unemployment they
    told me that i would have to go out and look for work. I couldn’t even walk . So i had no money for one year. I am not
    trying for sympathy here just a little understanding. I am sure that I am not alone in how I feel Thank you for letting
    me vent . If you would like to comment on my feelings please feel free to do so.Get rid of the wasteful spending.

  8. Geri Oakes says:

    this is my comment.government at any level is crooked.they tell you any thing just to get elected.if you lie, cheat and steal then you have a chance at a terrific life. the working people don’t stand a chance. where do you think their money comes from.The hard working tax payers of america. Take this for example, could you feed a family of four on
    two-hundred dollars a month in food-stamps?my daughter couldn’t go to college because we made to much money.
    But for some odd reason that i’ll never understand inmates get all their education paid for . Excuse me that we had to
    pay for.I guess that I am old fashion ,but when I was growing up you had to earn your keep it wasn’t served to you on
    a silver platter.I had a blood clot in my left leg after surgery several years ago. when i tried to get unemployment they
    told me that i would have to go out and look for work. I couldn’t even walk . So i had no money for one year. I am not
    trying for sympathy here just a little understanding. I am sure that I am not alone in how I feel Thank you for letting
    me vent . If you would like to comment on my feelings please feel free to do so.Get rid of the wasteful spending.

  9. Geri Oakes says:

    this is my comment.government at any level is crooked.they tell you any thing just to get elected.if you lie, cheat and steal then you have a chance at a terrific life. the working people don’t stand a chance. where do you think their money comes from.The hard working tax payers of america. Take this for example, could you feed a family of four on
    two-hundred dollars a month in food-stamps?my daughter couldn’t go to college because we made to much money.
    But for some odd reason that i’ll never understand inmates get all their education paid for . Excuse me that we had to
    pay for.I guess that I am old fashion ,but when I was growing up you had to earn your keep it wasn’t served to you on
    a silver platter.I had a blood clot in my left leg after surgery several years ago. when i tried to get unemployment they
    told me that i would have to go out and look for work. I couldn’t even walk . So i had no money for one year. I am not
    trying for sympathy here just a little understanding. I am sure that I am not alone in how I feel Thank you for letting
    me vent . If you would like to comment on my feelings please feel free to do so.Get rid of the wasteful spending.

  10. dmd says:

    Why don’t you tell people what’s really causing the deficit. Bush’s tax cuts for the rich!… Where was the complaining about spending when Bush was in office? He took a good economy and flushed it down the toilet. If we can’t spend money to help the poor and middle class then what good are taxes? Taxes are money FOR THE PEOPLE! Don’t tote big government, that is an illusion. Why do people and big corporations making over a million a year need bigger tax cuts than the middle class?
    You may fool simple minded americans that democrats want to raise taxes, but what you’re not saying is that he wants to keep the tax cuts for the middle class, who really need it.
    The tax cuts on the rich were put through by Bush for ten years for a reason. They knew it would have a horrendous effect on our national debt. Now you want to continue it??
    God help us if people who think like you get back in office!

  11. dmd says:

    Why don’t you tell people what’s really causing the deficit. Bush’s tax cuts for the rich!… Where was the complaining about spending when Bush was in office? He took a good economy and flushed it down the toilet. If we can’t spend money to help the poor and middle class then what good are taxes? Taxes are money FOR THE PEOPLE! Don’t tote big government, that is an illusion. Why do people and big corporations making over a million a year need bigger tax cuts than the middle class?
    You may fool simple minded americans that democrats want to raise taxes, but what you’re not saying is that he wants to keep the tax cuts for the middle class, who really need it.
    The tax cuts on the rich were put through by Bush for ten years for a reason. They knew it would have a horrendous effect on our national debt. Now you want to continue it??
    God help us if people who think like you get back in office!

  12. dmd says:

    Why don’t you tell people what’s really causing the deficit. Bush’s tax cuts for the rich!… Where was the complaining about spending when Bush was in office? He took a good economy and flushed it down the toilet. If we can’t spend money to help the poor and middle class then what good are taxes? Taxes are money FOR THE PEOPLE! Don’t tote big government, that is an illusion. Why do people and big corporations making over a million a year need bigger tax cuts than the middle class?
    You may fool simple minded americans that democrats want to raise taxes, but what you’re not saying is that he wants to keep the tax cuts for the middle class, who really need it.
    The tax cuts on the rich were put through by Bush for ten years for a reason. They knew it would have a horrendous effect on our national debt. Now you want to continue it??
    God help us if people who think like you get back in office!

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