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TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira: Jobs Trump Medicare, Social Security ‘Reform’

Conservatives are still trying to get the public refocused on “reforming” Medicare and Social Security, while putting investment in jobs on hold. But the public isn’t having any of it, as Ruy Teixeira explains in this week’s edition of his ‘Public Opinion Snapshot’:

Right after the debt ceiling deal last month, the public was asked whether creating jobs or cutting spending should be our nation’s highest priority now. By an overwhelming 62 percent to 29 percent margin, the public prioritized job creation. Sounds like a cue for serious action rather than small-bore proposals that won’t have much of an effect on the problem.

And fooling around with America’s two most popular social benefits programs is also off limits, as far as the public is concerned:

…The American people also have some priorities about what they don’t want to happen as Congress continues its deliberations about the long-term budgetary situation. By a lopsided 64 percent to 35 percent, they say they don’t want major changes in Social Security and Medicare included in future deficit reduction proposals.

It couldn’t be clearer, says Teixeira: “Create jobs and don’t mess around with Social Security and Medicare. A simple recipe for Congress if only they could be induced to follow it.”

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