President Obama on Friday kept up the pressure on Republicans to agree to revenue increases in a deal to raise the debt ceiling, claiming 80 percent of the public supports Democrats’ demand for tax increases.
“The American people are sold,” Obama said. “The problem is members of Congress are dug in ideologically.”
Throughout the press conference, Obama blasted Republicans for ignoring what he said is the will of the American people by rejecting tax increases that would balance out spending cuts in a debt package.
That’s funny, because just last week, Rasmussen had a poll about this very question, and the results show a reality that’s completely at odds with Obama’s little bubble-world:
As the Beltway politicians try to figure out how they will raise the debt ceiling and for how long, most voters oppose including tax hikes in the deal.
Just 34% think a tax hike should be included in any legislation to raise the debt ceiling. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 55% disagree and say it should not. (To see survey question wording,click here.)
There is a huge partisan divide on the question. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Democrats want a tax hike in the deal while 82% of Republicans do not. Among those not affiliated with either major political party, 35% favor a tax hike and 51% are opposed.
I sure as hell don’t want any tax increases to be part of the deal. They need to CUT government spending. We don’t have a revenue problem; we have a spending problem. Obama’s threats that “Social Security checks might not go out” is demagoguery at its pathetic best. The only way that will happen is if HE wants it to happen.
Here’s some more from the PJ Tatler: Hi, I’m Barack Obama, and I just make up stats out of nothing.
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