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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Our Solution To The Problem: Not Solving It

While I was in the legislature, I attended a meeting sponsored by a group that had surveyed it's members about a number of issues facing the General Assembly.

Among other questions, the group's member were asked if they preferred raising taxes or cutting spending in order to balance the state budget.   A majority of those surveyed preferred cutting spending.

The survey then went a bit farther:  WHAT spending and programs should be cut?  The survey spelled out several options.

The answer:   most of those responding to the survey refused to answer the question.

The gentlemen presenting the results at my meeting told the legislators present that, when it came to identifying specific cuts, the members of the group were, in effect, telling local legislators, "that's YOUR job."

I recalled that meeting when reading the results of this survey, in which voters were asked how Congress should address the looming budget crisis nicknamed the "fiscal cliff."

Voters reject every proposed solution except raising taxes on the rich.  It's already been quantified that this solution will not address the federal budget deficit.

So, how about raising taxes on everybody?

Nope.

So voters want the emotional satisfaction of sticking it to upper income earners but aren't really interested in actually enacting a plan to solve the problem.  Something to keep in mind while watching Congress and the President struggle to agree to a compromise.

We get the government that we deserve.






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