Public Pulse: how to get the economy back on track?

Public Pulse | August 30, 2011

According to Pew, when given two choices, only 42% of adults say they would put a higher priority on spending money to help the economy recover – down from 46% six months ago in February 2011. 52% would put a higher priority on reducing the budget deficit to help the economy recover, up from 49% six months ago.

According to the Economist, 4% of adults say the U.S. economy is growing; 23% say it is slowing; 45% say it is in a recession; and 19% say it is in a depression.

According to Rasmussen, 59% of adults think it is better to have lower corporate tax rates with fewer deductions than to have higher tax rates and lots of deductions. Only 16% favor higher rates and lots of deductions. 25% were not sure.

According to Pew, only 3% of adults say they trust lawmakers in Washington to do what is right “just about always.” 16% say they trust federal lawmakers to do what is right most of the time; 72% say only sometimes; and 8% say they never trust federal lawmakers to do what is right.

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30 Responses to Public Pulse: how to get the economy back on track?

  1. Solarhead08 says:

    I must be dense. If the economy needs a financial infusion to stimulate a recovery, how does cutting the deficit help with that, at this stage? If you’ve lost your crop, tilling the soil is all well and good but for anything to take root and grow, GOTTA BUY SEED.

    • Your_better says:

      With what money? Who will sell to you when you’ve mortgaged everything but your soul? It turns out that only the devil wants your soul…

    • Thessjbadan says:

      So we spent 700 billion to “prime” the pump and no WATER. The government spending is NOT what the economy needs. An environment created by a supportive Government which supports Capitalization of Entrepreneurial ideas and in turn NEW JOBS (not the saved jobs ie only 2.5 mil lost instead of the projected 3.5 mil) which will not happen in the NEGATIVE environment now setling on America because of the “blame” and retaliation tactics being used against business as a whole in America. Government can only use “taxpayers money” to create something (money taken from the market). We need Business to use that money in the free market and create something more ongoing and revenue creating rather than revenue consuming. By the way, the government created solution will be funded by fiat without regard to success. Have you noticed the “green” businesses which are going broke (even when they were given millions and even billions of our dollars)? These efforts are not started because “demand” for these products exists already BUT in hope that the consumer can be compelled to consume them for the “supposed” greater good. (thus the incandescent light bulb MUST go so that the subsidized GE flourescent bulb can replace it) The most common thing heard is American business will perish because it wont produce what the consumer wants – well the consumer wants are NOT what the government wants them to be. SO government produces what government wants US to want and when they wont sell they have US pay someone to buy them (subsidies). Welcome to the third time you made and paid for these government desired wants to appear in the now controlled (no longer free) market. By the way, this is how it is sold to the people, you are not losing your freedom the big bad profit mongers are being regulated because they are evil AND they wont produce what you want because they want to sell you products they can make more money with. So they will not produce a 40K small car unless they are made to. Oh yeah, by the way you need to do your share and buy yours. You are not dense, you are steered toward your outlook which the government prefers. Oh yeah, if the services of government are unlimited the greater amount of the market becomes theirs to spend. Government spending is GIVING not SPENDING – we ought to call our current Government a true GIVERnment.

  2. Solarhead08 says:

    I must be dense. If the economy needs a financial infusion to stimulate a recovery, how does cutting the deficit help with that, at this stage? If you’ve lost your crop, tilling the soil is all well and good but for anything to take root and grow, GOTTA BUY SEED.

    • Your_better says:

      With what money? Who will sell to you when you’ve mortgaged everything but your soul? It turns out that only the devil wants your soul…

    • Thessjbadan says:

      So we spent 700 billion to “prime” the pump and no WATER. The government spending is NOT what the economy needs. An environment created by a supportive Government which supports Capitalization of Entrepreneurial ideas and in turn NEW JOBS (not the saved jobs ie only 2.5 mil lost instead of the projected 3.5 mil) which will not happen in the NEGATIVE environment now setling on America because of the “blame” and retaliation tactics being used against business as a whole in America. Government can only use “taxpayers money” to create something (money taken from the market). We need Business to use that money in the free market and create something more ongoing and revenue creating rather than revenue consuming. By the way, the government created solution will be funded by fiat without regard to success. Have you noticed the “green” businesses which are going broke (even when they were given millions and even billions of our dollars)? These efforts are not started because “demand” for these products exists already BUT in hope that the consumer can be compelled to consume them for the “supposed” greater good. (thus the incandescent light bulb MUST go so that the subsidized GE flourescent bulb can replace it) The most common thing heard is American business will perish because it wont produce what the consumer wants – well the consumer wants are NOT what the government wants them to be. SO government produces what government wants US to want and when they wont sell they have US pay someone to buy them (subsidies). Welcome to the third time you made and paid for these government desired wants to appear in the now controlled (no longer free) market. By the way, this is how it is sold to the people, you are not losing your freedom the big bad profit mongers are being regulated because they are evil AND they wont produce what you want because they want to sell you products they can make more money with. So they will not produce a 40K small car unless they are made to. Oh yeah, by the way you need to do your share and buy yours. You are not dense, you are steered toward your outlook which the government prefers. Oh yeah, if the services of government are unlimited the greater amount of the market becomes theirs to spend. Government spending is GIVING not SPENDING – we ought to call our current Government a true GIVERnment.

  3. Solarhead08 says:

    I must be dense. If the economy needs a financial infusion to stimulate a recovery, how does cutting the deficit help with that, at this stage? If you’ve lost your crop, tilling the soil is all well and good but for anything to take root and grow, GOTTA BUY SEED.

    • Your_better says:

      With what money? Who will sell to you when you’ve mortgaged everything but your soul? It turns out that only the devil wants your soul…

    • Thessjbadan says:

      So we spent 700 billion to “prime” the pump and no WATER. The government spending is NOT what the economy needs. An environment created by a supportive Government which supports Capitalization of Entrepreneurial ideas and in turn NEW JOBS (not the saved jobs ie only 2.5 mil lost instead of the projected 3.5 mil) which will not happen in the NEGATIVE environment now setling on America because of the “blame” and retaliation tactics being used against business as a whole in America. Government can only use “taxpayers money” to create something (money taken from the market). We need Business to use that money in the free market and create something more ongoing and revenue creating rather than revenue consuming. By the way, the government created solution will be funded by fiat without regard to success. Have you noticed the “green” businesses which are going broke (even when they were given millions and even billions of our dollars)? These efforts are not started because “demand” for these products exists already BUT in hope that the consumer can be compelled to consume them for the “supposed” greater good. (thus the incandescent light bulb MUST go so that the subsidized GE flourescent bulb can replace it) The most common thing heard is American business will perish because it wont produce what the consumer wants – well the consumer wants are NOT what the government wants them to be. SO government produces what government wants US to want and when they wont sell they have US pay someone to buy them (subsidies). Welcome to the third time you made and paid for these government desired wants to appear in the now controlled (no longer free) market. By the way, this is how it is sold to the people, you are not losing your freedom the big bad profit mongers are being regulated because they are evil AND they wont produce what you want because they want to sell you products they can make more money with. So they will not produce a 40K small car unless they are made to. Oh yeah, by the way you need to do your share and buy yours. You are not dense, you are steered toward your outlook which the government prefers. Oh yeah, if the services of government are unlimited the greater amount of the market becomes theirs to spend. Government spending is GIVING not SPENDING – we ought to call our current Government a true GIVERnment.

  4. capted3126 says:

    This is an example of “loaded” questions.But to what purose? Let’s examine each; 1] you can’t reduce the deficit by spending more money ; 2] Static,unsustainable as is. 3] Moot,each answer is a double-negative 4] Rhetorical.

  5. capted3126 says:

    This is an example of “loaded” questions.But to what purose? Let’s examine each; 1] you can’t reduce the deficit by spending more money ; 2] Static,unsustainable as is. 3] Moot,each answer is a double-negative 4] Rhetorical.

  6. capted3126 says:

    This is an example of “loaded” questions.But to what purose? Let’s examine each; 1] you can’t reduce the deficit by spending more money ; 2] Static,unsustainable as is. 3] Moot,each answer is a double-negative 4] Rhetorical.

  7. capted3126 says:

    This is an example of “loaded” questions.But to what purose? Let’s examine each; 1] you can’t reduce the deficit by spending more money ; 2] Static,unsustainable as is. 3] Moot,each answer is a double-negative 4] Rhetorical.

  8. capted3126 says:

    This is an example of “loaded” questions.But to what purose? Let’s examine each; 1] you can’t reduce the deficit by spending more money ; 2] Static,unsustainable as is. 3] Moot,each answer is a double-negative 4] Rhetorical.

  9. capted3126 says:

    This is an example of “loaded” questions.But to what purose? Let’s examine each; 1] you can’t reduce the deficit by spending more money ; 2] Static,unsustainable as is. 3] Moot,each answer is a double-negative 4] Rhetorical.

  10. Delgrier says:

    As long as there is no compunction in congress to spend our money, they will do so and tax more to meet futile goals. Six generations of poverty indicates to me that all of Government programs are blunders with no recourse for the Tax Payers.

  11. Delgrier says:

    As long as there is no compunction in congress to spend our money, they will do so and tax more to meet futile goals. Six generations of poverty indicates to me that all of Government programs are blunders with no recourse for the Tax Payers.

  12. Delgrier says:

    As long as there is no compunction in congress to spend our money, they will do so and tax more to meet futile goals. Six generations of poverty indicates to me that all of Government programs are blunders with no recourse for the Tax Payers.

  13. Torpedo8 says:

    In how many ways, how many times do we have to demonstrate the basic flaws of Keynesian economics? Taking money away from the productive segment of society so government can spend it to make the productive segment of society more productive sounds antithetical on its face. As the deficit expands, the amount of the budget spent to service that debt expands. This is not money spent for things today or tomorrow, it is our debt to the past, our past due bill. We cannot buy SEED if we’re paying an increasing amount of our budget on debt servicing. Government’s job is get out of the way, lower our costs and let businesses grow, but increasingly we find it poking its nose in everything (which I guess would be fine if they knew what they were doing) and jacking taxes. If you think the economy is improving under this approach, you need to stay home and stop voting. Stupid should hurt.

  14. Torpedo8 says:

    In how many ways, how many times do we have to demonstrate the basic flaws of Keynesian economics? Taking money away from the productive segment of society so government can spend it to make the productive segment of society more productive sounds antithetical on its face. As the deficit expands, the amount of the budget spent to service that debt expands. This is not money spent for things today or tomorrow, it is our debt to the past, our past due bill. We cannot buy SEED if we’re paying an increasing amount of our budget on debt servicing. Government’s job is get out of the way, lower our costs and let businesses grow, but increasingly we find it poking its nose in everything (which I guess would be fine if they knew what they were doing) and jacking taxes. If you think the economy is improving under this approach, you need to stay home and stop voting. Stupid should hurt.

  15. Torpedo8 says:

    In how many ways, how many times do we have to demonstrate the basic flaws of Keynesian economics? Taking money away from the productive segment of society so government can spend it to make the productive segment of society more productive sounds antithetical on its face. As the deficit expands, the amount of the budget spent to service that debt expands. This is not money spent for things today or tomorrow, it is our debt to the past, our past due bill. We cannot buy SEED if we’re paying an increasing amount of our budget on debt servicing. Government’s job is get out of the way, lower our costs and let businesses grow, but increasingly we find it poking its nose in everything (which I guess would be fine if they knew what they were doing) and jacking taxes. If you think the economy is improving under this approach, you need to stay home and stop voting. Stupid should hurt.

  16. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Balanced Budget Amendment & FairTax to reduce spending, taxes, and $1 Trillion each year in IRS compliance costs.
    Election of a majority of TEA Party candidates would immediately jump start the economy even before they took office.

  17. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Balanced Budget Amendment & FairTax to reduce spending, taxes, and $1 Trillion each year in IRS compliance costs.
    Election of a majority of TEA Party candidates would immediately jump start the economy even before they took office.

  18. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Balanced Budget Amendment & FairTax to reduce spending, taxes, and $1 Trillion each year in IRS compliance costs.
    Election of a majority of TEA Party candidates would immediately jump start the economy even before they took office.

  19. Childressjf says:

    Fair tax, 22k is poverty in the U.S. and i think after everyone first 20k they should be tax the same flat tax. and i would be interested in hearing more about people only being taxed on SS up to 105k .. is that true ?

    • Torpedo8 says:

      It was $106,800 last year and it goes up every year. Removing the limit would constitute the largest tax increase in US history. Besides, the left has us arguing the wrong end of the problem. The problem was never the fact they never taxed us enough, it was that they spent like no tomorrow for the last 7 years. We effectively doubled our national debt since 2004. Obama now holds the record for the largest debt increase in a single administration, over $4.3 Trillion. I think everyone should pay taxes because everyone derives the benefits. And given the present state of Congress, it should be a condition for voting.

  20. Childressjf says:

    Fair tax, 22k is poverty in the U.S. and i think after everyone first 20k they should be tax the same flat tax. and i would be interested in hearing more about people only being taxed on SS up to 105k .. is that true ?

    • Torpedo8 says:

      It was $106,800 last year and it goes up every year. Removing the limit would constitute the largest tax increase in US history. Besides, the left has us arguing the wrong end of the problem. The problem was never the fact they never taxed us enough, it was that they spent like no tomorrow for the last 7 years. We effectively doubled our national debt since 2004. Obama now holds the record for the largest debt increase in a single administration, over $4.3 Trillion. I think everyone should pay taxes because everyone derives the benefits. And given the present state of Congress, it should be a condition for voting.

  21. Childressjf says:

    Fair tax, 22k is poverty in the U.S. and i think after everyone first 20k they should be tax the same flat tax. and i would be interested in hearing more about people only being taxed on SS up to 105k .. is that true ?

    • Torpedo8 says:

      It was $106,800 last year and it goes up every year. Removing the limit would constitute the largest tax increase in US history. Besides, the left has us arguing the wrong end of the problem. The problem was never the fact they never taxed us enough, it was that they spent like no tomorrow for the last 7 years. We effectively doubled our national debt since 2004. Obama now holds the record for the largest debt increase in a single administration, over $4.3 Trillion. I think everyone should pay taxes because everyone derives the benefits. And given the present state of Congress, it should be a condition for voting.

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