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TDS Co-Founder Ruy Teixeira: Public Wants Tax Hike for Rich to Reduce Deficit, Not Cuts in Social Security or Medicare Benefits

In his latest ‘Public Opinion Snapshot,’ TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira shows the stark contrast between the conservative strategy for cutting the deficit and the views of the public:

It seems conservatives’ first approach to reducing the deficit is going after Social Security and Medicare. And their very last approach is getting rid of tax breaks for the rich. But it’s always worth pointing out how diametrically opposed this is to the public’s approach.
A recent Washington Post/Kaiser poll asked respondents their views on various ways of reducing the deficit. By an overwhelming 65-33 margin, they favored raising taxes on households earning $250,000 or more as a way of reducing the deficit.
But respondents’ views were quite different on reducing Social Security or Medicare benefits. They opposed these approaches to deficit reduction by an 82-17 margin and a 77-21 margin respectively.

As Teixeira concludes, “The public’s views could not be clearer: Tax cuts for the rich are on the table; cutting Social Security and Medicare are not. End of story.”

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