Public Pulse: addressing the deficit & Congress' priorities

December 14, 2010

According to Bloomberg, 48% of Americans believe the budget deficit is dangerously out of control and threatens the U.S.’s economic future. In comparison, 43% believe it is a burden that will require sacrifices in the future. Pew asked a similar question — according to the poll, 70% of Americans believe the budget deficit is a major problem that must be addressed now. 23% say it’s a major problem, but addressing it should wait until the economy is stronger.

According to Marist, 47% of registered voters think Congress’ top priority should be reducing the budget deficit. 28% say the top priority should be maintaining current services and benefits while 22% say cutting taxes should be top priority.

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18 Responses to Public Pulse: addressing the deficit & Congress' priorities

  1. Jody Sykes says:

    Congress and the House of Representativesshould make those corporations that operation on million,billin and trillion dollar earnings, pay their fair share taxes and let GW Bush’s tax-exemption expire for those making $250k and up that would cut down some of our deficit and also cut back on foreign spending to places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel and other countries at least until we can get our own economy back on track that too would aid in helping the deficit get back on track. Congress needs to increasing minimum wage earnings and COLA for disable senior citizens and disable veterans that to would help bolster our economy.

    With Regards,
    Concerned American Citizens

  2. Jody Sykes says:

    Congress and the House of Representativesshould make those corporations that operation on million,billin and trillion dollar earnings, pay their fair share taxes and let GW Bush’s tax-exemption expire for those making $250k and up that would cut down some of our deficit and also cut back on foreign spending to places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel and other countries at least until we can get our own economy back on track that too would aid in helping the deficit get back on track. Congress needs to increasing minimum wage earnings and COLA for disable senior citizens and disable veterans that to would help bolster our economy.

    With Regards,
    Concerned American Citizens

  3. Jody Sykes says:

    Congress and the House of Representativesshould make those corporations that operation on million,billin and trillion dollar earnings, pay their fair share taxes and let GW Bush’s tax-exemption expire for those making $250k and up that would cut down some of our deficit and also cut back on foreign spending to places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel and other countries at least until we can get our own economy back on track that too would aid in helping the deficit get back on track. Congress needs to increasing minimum wage earnings and COLA for disable senior citizens and disable veterans that to would help bolster our economy.

    With Regards,
    Concerned American Citizens

  4. kln says:

    If we cut the salaries of those who are spending us into a sure death, we could make some real headway. Really, let’s look at all the wages in the House, how much could we save there? If I spent more than my budget, I would lose my job and I would be prosecuted for the balance. We have allowed this incompetence for too long!

  5. kln says:

    If we cut the salaries of those who are spending us into a sure death, we could make some real headway. Really, let’s look at all the wages in the House, how much could we save there? If I spent more than my budget, I would lose my job and I would be prosecuted for the balance. We have allowed this incompetence for too long!

  6. kln says:

    If we cut the salaries of those who are spending us into a sure death, we could make some real headway. Really, let’s look at all the wages in the House, how much could we save there? If I spent more than my budget, I would lose my job and I would be prosecuted for the balance. We have allowed this incompetence for too long!

  7. frederick wheeler says:

    if congress worked for any company in america, they would be fired for not doing their job !!!! what’ up with that??

  8. frederick wheeler says:

    if congress worked for any company in america, they would be fired for not doing their job !!!! what’ up with that??

  9. frederick wheeler says:

    if congress worked for any company in america, they would be fired for not doing their job !!!! what’ up with that??

  10. Mike Little says:

    The biggest problem is the continued push towards socialism – our biggest, runaway expenditures are not the defense budget or public salaries but “entitlements,” such as Social Security and Medicare. Misdirected payments ALONE are estimated at $125 billion a year, wasted. Socialism is inherently parasitic, and can only function with a healthy capitialistic economy to feed on. If it gets too big – as it is – it will kill the host, as it has come perilously close to doing in Europe, hence the multiple sovereign debt crises. Congress has got to stop coming up with more giveaways (which are primarily to buy votes with, anyway) and pay serious attention to both getting social programs under control and encouraging business growth.

  11. Mike Little says:

    The biggest problem is the continued push towards socialism – our biggest, runaway expenditures are not the defense budget or public salaries but “entitlements,” such as Social Security and Medicare. Misdirected payments ALONE are estimated at $125 billion a year, wasted. Socialism is inherently parasitic, and can only function with a healthy capitialistic economy to feed on. If it gets too big – as it is – it will kill the host, as it has come perilously close to doing in Europe, hence the multiple sovereign debt crises. Congress has got to stop coming up with more giveaways (which are primarily to buy votes with, anyway) and pay serious attention to both getting social programs under control and encouraging business growth.

  12. Mike Little says:

    The biggest problem is the continued push towards socialism – our biggest, runaway expenditures are not the defense budget or public salaries but “entitlements,” such as Social Security and Medicare. Misdirected payments ALONE are estimated at $125 billion a year, wasted. Socialism is inherently parasitic, and can only function with a healthy capitialistic economy to feed on. If it gets too big – as it is – it will kill the host, as it has come perilously close to doing in Europe, hence the multiple sovereign debt crises. Congress has got to stop coming up with more giveaways (which are primarily to buy votes with, anyway) and pay serious attention to both getting social programs under control and encouraging business growth.

  13. Dow Olds says:

    Reduce the federal government staff by a minimum of 10% as there is currently so much waste in our government. Freeze congressional salaries at the current level and require any voice vote when they are eventually raised to a higher level.

  14. Dow Olds says:

    Reduce the federal government staff by a minimum of 10% as there is currently so much waste in our government. Freeze congressional salaries at the current level and require any voice vote when they are eventually raised to a higher level.

  15. Dow Olds says:

    Reduce the federal government staff by a minimum of 10% as there is currently so much waste in our government. Freeze congressional salaries at the current level and require any voice vote when they are eventually raised to a higher level.

  16. Richard says:

    Amen to most of you!;
    it is not the Federal Governments job to provide for everyone but to provide an equal opportunity!
    The risk of freedom is the risk we take to be left alone and allowed the opportunity to provide for ourselves.
    When you talk about being free it must include the burden of being responsible for yourself as well. This is what too many people don’t understand. You can’t have it both ways.
    Increased productivity only comes with increased opportunity to benifit!
    Lower taxes across the board! Make it easier and cheaper for those who create jobs to do so, and stop the tenior of carreer politicians and thier corruption; then we will have back the country we all want and love, the envy of the world!
    Richard.

  17. Richard says:

    Amen to most of you!;
    it is not the Federal Governments job to provide for everyone but to provide an equal opportunity!
    The risk of freedom is the risk we take to be left alone and allowed the opportunity to provide for ourselves.
    When you talk about being free it must include the burden of being responsible for yourself as well. This is what too many people don’t understand. You can’t have it both ways.
    Increased productivity only comes with increased opportunity to benifit!
    Lower taxes across the board! Make it easier and cheaper for those who create jobs to do so, and stop the tenior of carreer politicians and thier corruption; then we will have back the country we all want and love, the envy of the world!
    Richard.

  18. Richard says:

    Amen to most of you!;
    it is not the Federal Governments job to provide for everyone but to provide an equal opportunity!
    The risk of freedom is the risk we take to be left alone and allowed the opportunity to provide for ourselves.
    When you talk about being free it must include the burden of being responsible for yourself as well. This is what too many people don’t understand. You can’t have it both ways.
    Increased productivity only comes with increased opportunity to benifit!
    Lower taxes across the board! Make it easier and cheaper for those who create jobs to do so, and stop the tenior of carreer politicians and thier corruption; then we will have back the country we all want and love, the envy of the world!
    Richard.

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