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.