Poll: Americans Support “Cut, Cap and Balance”

Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air notes the CNN poll:

…One has to go thirteen paragraphs into the story to find CNN addressing this at all:

Republicans like the “cut, cap, and balance” approach to the debt ceiling, as do Democrats and independents. Most Americans support a balanced budget amendment, and most, but not as many, think an amendment is necessary to get federal spending under control. A balanced budget amendment passed the House earlier this week, but a vote in the Senate is expected to fail.

Er, yeah.  In other words, a consensus exists across all political lines that the CCB/BBA approach would be a good idea.  When one scrolls down to the crosstab sections of the raw data, the consensus becomes very, very clear.  The CCB/BBA approach wins majorities in every single demographic — including self-described liberals.  Sixty-three percent of Democrats back the House bill.  The least supportive age demographic is 50-64YOs at 62/37; the least supportive regional demographic is the Midwest at 61/39.  Even those who express opposition to the Tea Party supports it 53/47…

Naturally, CNN buried the story – they don’t really want to broadcast widely a poll of their own showing that Obama and his Congressional Democrats are out of step with the mainstream.  But, it is there – and it is clear:  the people want the government to cut spending, cap it and balance the budget.

The compromise, if the Democrats are at all interested, is to add a mix of tax hikes to CCB.  I know, I know, fellow Republicans – might as well ask us to have our finger nails ripped off.  But, seriously, we do have a liberal, Democrat President and a liberal, Democrat controlled Senate.  While we are clearly winning the debate on what needs to be done, we can’t ignore the will of the people as expressed in 2008 – elections do have consequences and we’ve got Barry and the (liberal) Boys until at least January 20th, 2013.  So, let’s talk compromise – my preference would be to insert my “wealth tax” proposal in to the mix (ie, a tax on wealth in excess of $5 million), but given the realities of the situation, we’d probably have to go along with some sort of income tax hike, though we would want to work it to be least damaging to small and mid-sized businesses.

But that, of course, would be if the Democrats were interested in compromise – or, indeed, if they even knew what compromise is.  They don’t – liberals are entirely “my way or the highway”.  And, in truth, they are rather stuck – if the budget is balanced and government stops growing, there ceases to be a reason for liberalism – as they have constructed it – to exist.  Real liberalism – even though still fundamentally wrong – could continue to exist; but this quasi-socialist, racialist, neo-fascist liberalism of modern America has no place in an America where the era of big government is really over.

For us it is just a matter of holding firm – do not give in.  Just keep insisting on CCB.  The Democrats will either be dragged kicking and screaming to it, or they’ll blow the whole thing wide open and be forced to carry a defense of Big Government in to 2012.  There is no way for us to lose unless we give in.

9 thoughts on “Poll: Americans Support “Cut, Cap and Balance”

  1. Denny July 22, 2011 / 8:13 am

    Please call (I called mine) your two Senators and DEMAND that they pass the Cut, Cap and Balance Act to save America from Bankruptcy. Thanks, 777denny

    • RetiredSpook July 22, 2011 / 9:37 am

      I did one better. I emailed my Congressman (before the House passed CC&B) as well as both Senators and told them if they didn’t support it, I wouldn’t vote for them again.

  2. Cluster July 22, 2011 / 8:49 am

    But Harry Reid called this bill the most dangerous piece of legislation to ever come on to the Senate floor. In a manner that only the vapid, monotone, wall flower Reid can deliver. It’s curious that Reid has chosen to demagogue the issue, and table it without debate, rather than offer his own plan or even allow the Senate to vote on it. Of course that would require leadership, of which the vapid Reid is completely void of.

    The beauty of CCB/BBA is that it will force the federal government to actually govern, rather than to simply spend and pander.

  3. Sunny July 22, 2011 / 9:18 am

    “In a manner that only the vapid, monotone, wall flower Reid can deliver.”

    Well Cluster, we do agree on one thing. Reid sounds like a whimp.

    • RetiredSpook July 22, 2011 / 9:43 am

      Seriously, how does a guy like that get to be the Senate Majority Leader?

      • Mark Noonan July 22, 2011 / 9:56 am

        Sheer political muscle…just the same way he gets elected and re-elected in Nevada. He does favors and expects favors in return…he’s a sort of Mafia Senator.

      • MontyBurns July 23, 2011 / 3:05 pm

        “just the same way he gets elected and re-elected in Nevada.”

        He got re-elected this last time because his opponent was a complete whackjob. Had you nominated somebody non-crazy, you would’ve cruised to victory.

      • neocon1 July 23, 2011 / 4:50 pm


        didnt reidtard have a stroke?

  4. Gerry July 23, 2011 / 11:38 am

    Who says a balanced budget amendment passed the House? A Constitutional amendment requires 2/3 approval in each chamber. 2/3 in the House is 290 votes.

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