Poll shows Americans want deficit cut to stimulate economy

September 22, 2010

According to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll more Americans support reducing the deficit, rather than increasing spending, to improve the economy.  Here are some important takeaways:

57% of Americans want the U.S. government to cut the deficit to stimulate the economy

39% support deficit spending to stimulate the economy

68% of registered voters think lowering taxes creates jobs

60% think reducing the budget deficit creates jobs

50% believe government spending creates jobs

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30 Responses to Poll shows Americans want deficit cut to stimulate economy

  1. Chris Layne says:

    The government exists because of the private sector. Creating jobs is not a function of government. The government cannot fix the economy. They have never created a single job. This gigantic government doesn’t have any solution. They are the problem. If you want to see jobs, eleminate deficit spending and downsize the federal the fed 30% acrass the board after that. Then ban income tax and start a flat rate consumption sales tax collected by the states and have the state governments pay the fed their percentage. When your representative lies to you and says it can’t be done, vote him or her out of office. There is something terribly wrong when public employees are making twice the salary they could make on the same job in the private sector.

  2. Chris Layne says:

    The government exists because of the private sector. Creating jobs is not a function of government. The government cannot fix the economy. They have never created a single job. This gigantic government doesn’t have any solution. They are the problem. If you want to see jobs, eleminate deficit spending and downsize the federal the fed 30% acrass the board after that. Then ban income tax and start a flat rate consumption sales tax collected by the states and have the state governments pay the fed their percentage. When your representative lies to you and says it can’t be done, vote him or her out of office. There is something terribly wrong when public employees are making twice the salary they could make on the same job in the private sector.

  3. Chris Layne says:

    The government exists because of the private sector. Creating jobs is not a function of government. The government cannot fix the economy. They have never created a single job. This gigantic government doesn’t have any solution. They are the problem. If you want to see jobs, eleminate deficit spending and downsize the federal the fed 30% acrass the board after that. Then ban income tax and start a flat rate consumption sales tax collected by the states and have the state governments pay the fed their percentage. When your representative lies to you and says it can’t be done, vote him or her out of office. There is something terribly wrong when public employees are making twice the salary they could make on the same job in the private sector.

  4. zachery says:

    chris you are so right boy i hope we can get more people in office like you

  5. zachery says:

    chris you are so right boy i hope we can get more people in office like you

  6. zachery says:

    chris you are so right boy i hope we can get more people in office like you

  7. Deedz says:

    “…[a]…citizen’s actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation].”
    Why is a polition missing in this description of treason? Borrowing money and supporting a communist country seems to be treason to me. Hurting the parent nation.. I would like that Office Depot reset button please. Everythings costing more then the economy can support and the Gov. is just covering it up by spending money we don’t have..

  8. Deedz says:

    “…[a]…citizen’s actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation].”
    Why is a polition missing in this description of treason? Borrowing money and supporting a communist country seems to be treason to me. Hurting the parent nation.. I would like that Office Depot reset button please. Everythings costing more then the economy can support and the Gov. is just covering it up by spending money we don’t have..

  9. Deedz says:

    “…[a]…citizen’s actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation].”
    Why is a polition missing in this description of treason? Borrowing money and supporting a communist country seems to be treason to me. Hurting the parent nation.. I would like that Office Depot reset button please. Everythings costing more then the economy can support and the Gov. is just covering it up by spending money we don’t have..

  10. Tom S says:

    Hey folks: Have you all forgotten that about 80% of the current national debt was run up under JUST the last 3 GOP presidents?? If Reagan/bush/bush had excercised jsut a little fiscal discipline, we wouldnt BE in this mess!

    http://www.lafn.org/gvdc//Natl_Debt_Chart.html
    And it was all deliberate———– http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10054/1037783-109.stm

  11. Tom S says:

    Hey folks: Have you all forgotten that about 80% of the current national debt was run up under JUST the last 3 GOP presidents?? If Reagan/bush/bush had excercised jsut a little fiscal discipline, we wouldnt BE in this mess!

    http://www.lafn.org/gvdc//Natl_Debt_Chart.html
    And it was all deliberate———– http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10054/1037783-109.stm

  12. Tom S says:

    Hey folks: Have you all forgotten that about 80% of the current national debt was run up under JUST the last 3 GOP presidents?? If Reagan/bush/bush had excercised jsut a little fiscal discipline, we wouldnt BE in this mess!

    http://www.lafn.org/gvdc//Natl_Debt_Chart.html
    And it was all deliberate———– http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10054/1037783-109.stm

  13. TedM says:

    The statement “…cut the deficit to stimulate the economy” is an oxymoron.

    Go read your history books Chris; the biggest mistake made by government during the Great Depression was stopping stimulus spending on the reasoning that the deficit was too big; we all know what happened after that.

    So, while I agree that public servants are overpaid, deficit hawks like you are likely to cause more harm than good.

    Cancel the wars, repeal the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

    Oh, and fix the cost of healthcare and the dire deficit predictions become rosy. What’s your position on ObamaCare?

  14. TedM says:

    The statement “…cut the deficit to stimulate the economy” is an oxymoron.

    Go read your history books Chris; the biggest mistake made by government during the Great Depression was stopping stimulus spending on the reasoning that the deficit was too big; we all know what happened after that.

    So, while I agree that public servants are overpaid, deficit hawks like you are likely to cause more harm than good.

    Cancel the wars, repeal the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

    Oh, and fix the cost of healthcare and the dire deficit predictions become rosy. What’s your position on ObamaCare?

  15. TedM says:

    The statement “…cut the deficit to stimulate the economy” is an oxymoron.

    Go read your history books Chris; the biggest mistake made by government during the Great Depression was stopping stimulus spending on the reasoning that the deficit was too big; we all know what happened after that.

    So, while I agree that public servants are overpaid, deficit hawks like you are likely to cause more harm than good.

    Cancel the wars, repeal the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

    Oh, and fix the cost of healthcare and the dire deficit predictions become rosy. What’s your position on ObamaCare?

  16. Tom S says:

    Bryan S……. republicans blocked all cost containment measures…………

  17. Tom S says:

    Bryan S……. republicans blocked all cost containment measures…………

  18. Tom S says:

    Bryan S……. republicans blocked all cost containment measures…………

  19. Joseph says:

    Are you advocating raising taxes or slashing Defense spending? There is no credible economic strategy to significantly reduce the deficit (and so debt inflation) unless one or both of these are done. Our current deficits have been driven by the most radical increase in Defense spending in history (2001-2009) and unaffordable tax cuts that have cost our government (and by extension future taxpayers) over $3 trillion. If you are advocating raising taxes or slashing Defense spending, you should be putting this on TV, along with your desire to see the national debt reduced, or you will be misleading the public on solid economic policy and helping to elect people who will make the entire situation far worse than we have ever imagined.

  20. Joseph says:

    Are you advocating raising taxes or slashing Defense spending? There is no credible economic strategy to significantly reduce the deficit (and so debt inflation) unless one or both of these are done. Our current deficits have been driven by the most radical increase in Defense spending in history (2001-2009) and unaffordable tax cuts that have cost our government (and by extension future taxpayers) over $3 trillion. If you are advocating raising taxes or slashing Defense spending, you should be putting this on TV, along with your desire to see the national debt reduced, or you will be misleading the public on solid economic policy and helping to elect people who will make the entire situation far worse than we have ever imagined.

  21. Joseph says:

    Are you advocating raising taxes or slashing Defense spending? There is no credible economic strategy to significantly reduce the deficit (and so debt inflation) unless one or both of these are done. Our current deficits have been driven by the most radical increase in Defense spending in history (2001-2009) and unaffordable tax cuts that have cost our government (and by extension future taxpayers) over $3 trillion. If you are advocating raising taxes or slashing Defense spending, you should be putting this on TV, along with your desire to see the national debt reduced, or you will be misleading the public on solid economic policy and helping to elect people who will make the entire situation far worse than we have ever imagined.

  22. Byr. P says:

    It is my opinion, that most of the debate about the deficit is ridiculous. One side says “let’s lower the deficit by having a flat tax by state,” but the people who buy most are the poor, the rich would not pay an equitable share. (It’s not like they do now either way) The other side says “to decrease the deficit, decrerase government, but then they are the same people who complain that the government is cutting needed services.” But everyone seems to be missing the most basic truth, WE HAVE TO PAY THE DEFICIT FOR IT TO GO DOWN, that means HIGHER TAXES, yes we need to cut down on spending. We need to cut down on spending, all the pork barrell should be passed individually not included on the backs of other bills, fillibusters should be done away with that way there is a real debate on issues and no one is stopping them, we need a flat tax rate so that all people pay the same portion for taxes based on their income. That means that if you make 1,000,000 then you pay what ever percent the tax would be, and we need to pay the deficit.

    In the last 40 years, the only time we had a surplus was in the 90′s with Clinton, but then the messiah of the GOP came into office and increased the deficit. I’m not a democrat but we have to remember how all this started and with whom because it is an endemic problem.

    I know you’ll say that obama increased it, but what was he to do? Let all the big companies go down, allow foreign companies the competitive advantage, let demand for products and services go down so that more companies close, and let a domino effect take place where even more people would have lost their jobs.

    Look back and see the reaon for this recession, the GOP passed the laws that allowed the financial industry free reign over their actions. Yeah, so much for the market balancing itself out. Realize that people are gready, and that capitalism tends to accumulate capital in the hands of the few if we let it. Taxes need to go up, because we all are responsible for this situation, we voted for the jackasses that created it, we bougth the houses that are foreclosing, we accepted the tax breaks, we let Bush go to war in Iraq, we let that administration take large loans, and we stopped buying american products because they were more expensive. We need to pay taxes and bring the deficit down.

    Oh and to those who say lower taxes to businesses brings jobs, I have this to say. NO it does not, what brings jobs is stability of taxes, so that busineses can budget themselves. Lowering taxes only put more money in the pockets of business owners. A business will add jobs when they need it not because of a tax break. If you have 100 employees and need 50 more then you higher 50 more regardless of taxes.

    So let’s pay our bills people!

  23. Byr. P says:

    It is my opinion, that most of the debate about the deficit is ridiculous. One side says “let’s lower the deficit by having a flat tax by state,” but the people who buy most are the poor, the rich would not pay an equitable share. (It’s not like they do now either way) The other side says “to decrease the deficit, decrerase government, but then they are the same people who complain that the government is cutting needed services.” But everyone seems to be missing the most basic truth, WE HAVE TO PAY THE DEFICIT FOR IT TO GO DOWN, that means HIGHER TAXES, yes we need to cut down on spending. We need to cut down on spending, all the pork barrell should be passed individually not included on the backs of other bills, fillibusters should be done away with that way there is a real debate on issues and no one is stopping them, we need a flat tax rate so that all people pay the same portion for taxes based on their income. That means that if you make 1,000,000 then you pay what ever percent the tax would be, and we need to pay the deficit.

    In the last 40 years, the only time we had a surplus was in the 90′s with Clinton, but then the messiah of the GOP came into office and increased the deficit. I’m not a democrat but we have to remember how all this started and with whom because it is an endemic problem.

    I know you’ll say that obama increased it, but what was he to do? Let all the big companies go down, allow foreign companies the competitive advantage, let demand for products and services go down so that more companies close, and let a domino effect take place where even more people would have lost their jobs.

    Look back and see the reaon for this recession, the GOP passed the laws that allowed the financial industry free reign over their actions. Yeah, so much for the market balancing itself out. Realize that people are gready, and that capitalism tends to accumulate capital in the hands of the few if we let it. Taxes need to go up, because we all are responsible for this situation, we voted for the jackasses that created it, we bougth the houses that are foreclosing, we accepted the tax breaks, we let Bush go to war in Iraq, we let that administration take large loans, and we stopped buying american products because they were more expensive. We need to pay taxes and bring the deficit down.

    Oh and to those who say lower taxes to businesses brings jobs, I have this to say. NO it does not, what brings jobs is stability of taxes, so that busineses can budget themselves. Lowering taxes only put more money in the pockets of business owners. A business will add jobs when they need it not because of a tax break. If you have 100 employees and need 50 more then you higher 50 more regardless of taxes.

    So let’s pay our bills people!

  24. Byr. P says:

    It is my opinion, that most of the debate about the deficit is ridiculous. One side says “let’s lower the deficit by having a flat tax by state,” but the people who buy most are the poor, the rich would not pay an equitable share. (It’s not like they do now either way) The other side says “to decrease the deficit, decrerase government, but then they are the same people who complain that the government is cutting needed services.” But everyone seems to be missing the most basic truth, WE HAVE TO PAY THE DEFICIT FOR IT TO GO DOWN, that means HIGHER TAXES, yes we need to cut down on spending. We need to cut down on spending, all the pork barrell should be passed individually not included on the backs of other bills, fillibusters should be done away with that way there is a real debate on issues and no one is stopping them, we need a flat tax rate so that all people pay the same portion for taxes based on their income. That means that if you make 1,000,000 then you pay what ever percent the tax would be, and we need to pay the deficit.

    In the last 40 years, the only time we had a surplus was in the 90′s with Clinton, but then the messiah of the GOP came into office and increased the deficit. I’m not a democrat but we have to remember how all this started and with whom because it is an endemic problem.

    I know you’ll say that obama increased it, but what was he to do? Let all the big companies go down, allow foreign companies the competitive advantage, let demand for products and services go down so that more companies close, and let a domino effect take place where even more people would have lost their jobs.

    Look back and see the reaon for this recession, the GOP passed the laws that allowed the financial industry free reign over their actions. Yeah, so much for the market balancing itself out. Realize that people are gready, and that capitalism tends to accumulate capital in the hands of the few if we let it. Taxes need to go up, because we all are responsible for this situation, we voted for the jackasses that created it, we bougth the houses that are foreclosing, we accepted the tax breaks, we let Bush go to war in Iraq, we let that administration take large loans, and we stopped buying american products because they were more expensive. We need to pay taxes and bring the deficit down.

    Oh and to those who say lower taxes to businesses brings jobs, I have this to say. NO it does not, what brings jobs is stability of taxes, so that busineses can budget themselves. Lowering taxes only put more money in the pockets of business owners. A business will add jobs when they need it not because of a tax break. If you have 100 employees and need 50 more then you higher 50 more regardless of taxes.

    So let’s pay our bills people!

  25. John K. says:

    The republicans ran up 80% of the national debt in 28 years. Obama has run up only 20% of the debt in 2 years.

  26. John K. says:

    The republicans ran up 80% of the national debt in 28 years. Obama has run up only 20% of the debt in 2 years.

  27. John K. says:

    The republicans ran up 80% of the national debt in 28 years. Obama has run up only 20% of the debt in 2 years.

  28. David H. says:

    So it took 28 years for republicans? Wow if Obama stays on track he will overtake the GOP in just a few years!

  29. David H. says:

    So it took 28 years for republicans? Wow if Obama stays on track he will overtake the GOP in just a few years!

  30. David H. says:

    So it took 28 years for republicans? Wow if Obama stays on track he will overtake the GOP in just a few years!

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