New Polling Shows Obama Budget is Off Track

The nonpartisan nonprofit, Public Notice released a poll of 800 registered “likely” voters yesterday to coincide with President Obama’s proposed budget for 2013. Their findings and the President’s budget couldn’t be more different.

“When asked about the best way to grow the economy and create jobs, voters respond with a strong preference for cutting government spending and keeping taxes low (55 percent) as opposed to increasing government spending and asking the rich to pay more in taxes (36 percent),” Public Notice found. Additionally, 75 percent wanted the president to cut spending in the budget.

But President Obama’s $3.8 trillion budget request “hikes taxes on the rich, spends new money on infrastructure and education, but does little to reform the entitlement programs that pose the biggest long-term threat to the federal budget,” Tom Cohen at CNN noted. The New York Times noted that the plan would add $6.7 trillion in additional debt through 2022.

Contrast this with the Public Notice’s poll, showing 73 percent of Americans see the economy as heavily impacted by the national debt. Does President Obama think those Americans believe more debt will positively impact the economy?

The Republican Study Committee also attacked the budget, noting that it “breaks his [Obama] promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his term, calls for more failed stimulus spending, and includes a nearly $1 trillion gimmick from ‘saving’ money that was never requested and never going to be spent. Despite this gimmick and a $1.5 trillion tax hike on wealthy Americans, the president’s budget never balances.”

The savings gimmick they are referring to is military spending. The New York Times’ Jonathan Weisman wrote  Republicans protested President Obama’s attempt to claim nearly $1 trillion in saving that wouldn’t be spent each year on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “True, a Republican administration may have unwound those wars more slowly than the Obama administration has, but Republican budget writers say that no one believes combat costs would have stayed steady over the next 10 years. Therefore, counting savings is misleading, Republicans say, since the savings come from money that would never have been spent.” This is like saying that a car buyer will save additional thousands by not buying a Corvette next year, when he was only planning to buy a Honda Civic. The money never would have been spent anyway, so it shouldn’t be claimed as savings.

But it’s more than that. RSC Chairman Jim Jordan noted, “President Obama isn’t just busting the budget. He has busted the liberal myth that huge tax increases on wealthy Americans will put an end to deficits. Even with budget gimmicks and the massive tax hikes liberals have sought for years, his budget never balances. Actually paying for all the spending President Obama wants would require a huge tax increase on middle class families. His budget is a recipe for fewer jobs and a more bloated government.”

Perhaps this reality is partly why the U.S. Senate has failed to pass a budget in the last three years, a fact 84 percent of Americans surveyed found disconcerting. Either way, Public Notice Executive Director Gretchen Hamel said, “President Obama and Congress are misleading themselves if they think voters are confused about what they want. Americans know that absent a budget and a real, serious review of our nation’s finances, the same reckless overspending will continue.”

Here’s hoping they make it clear in November.

Editor’s Note: Darin Miller was once an intern for Representative Jim Jordan

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  2. Mehmet says:

    “Why the security is tight on Muslim names in USA”It is not a qsietuon of famous Indian Icon being screened at the airport. Things as they are of the terror world belong predominantly to the Muslim world.Prior to terrorism making its step into life, Muslim religion on the whole was perceived to be seen of its inherent religious loyalty of oneness. Now, (religious loyalty is different from secular loyalty in the sense that religious loyalty stays imprisoned as passion of a religion whereas Secular truly speaking accepts the oneness of all religions; rather is supposed to accept as such but in today’s world cannot be seen as such wholly because of the religious dividing lines alive with individual basic loyalties and amongst those, Muslim is one religion that inherently remains aligned within the self from within of its separate class from others and therefore security norms have even come to apply on the secular category of Muslims overpowering the secular sense they come to project as moderators)? The reason for that obviously is the age old sense of Muslim brotherhood belonging to the cult of privacy or the personal law of religion whereas other religions by and large are guided by norms and not laws that makes them subtle to the core in oneness? This qsietuon mark should ring all the wise and others because that is the thin line dividing laws and norms.Therefore, where Americans predominately look at “from their security angle”, they inherently go through the channel of Muslim personal law of oneness not of its moderation but of subtlety that they think has brought terrorism of a blind nature into life. In other words, for the security persons on the job they just go by the security norms meant for such a probe to search that element in a Muslim that is of basic loyalty only meant for Muslims and that is where their routine starts of the nature independent even on the name of a famous celebrity to protect their rule of basic security law. At this stage American government has not relaxed such a law with exceptions and that is a thing pertaining to the house of their independent psyche on it remaining reactionary of reactions by others for whom that appears like a dilemma out of the blues – why not because security perceptions of different countries have their own models in play and those cannot be equated under a universal sense because each country’s horizon for it remains in a blank filled with feeds for their employment either with absolute strictness or with some moderation at times depending upon the angles of security where even zero plus security angle comes into the picture to avoid security lapse of the nature that America’s 9/11 has already witnessed. I think India’s Khan with his good intelligence base has understood that and that is why he has not insisted on the word “sorry” and has accepted himself in routine without any kind of ill feeling on it. However, a point of reference in this context that can be made is “while it is true that total security clearance cannot be given at the level of the grant of visa because departure and landing of a passenger in journey or transit are not covered under the security angle of the country concerned, a via media of it can certainly be evolved to maintain the dignity and honor of the passenger as is the case in reference and also for other known dignitaries who are public figures of repute or who have been as such known where name alone should not reflect as scar on a community. I am sure American intelligence would pick up this idea at a human level without even involving Ministerial views at the diplomatic level of the countries. “A good taste is always better than what leaves behind quiet bitterness”. Amitab Bachan, I am sure would appreciate the last line to speak his own volume as the social reformer for his good friend Khan who already seems hurt with a void that was beyond his ethical imagination just because Khan’s heart speaks and flows for others with all the love he gives and also expects the invisibility of love of others keep filling into him. That is the personality of a smiling sha-rukh Khan meaning “rukh” (ways or directions) for all in the class of celebrities and for the masses that he carries for himself.

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