Sunday Late Night: What Digby and Obama Said
Back when the liberal blogosphere was new and shiny, we rank amateurs often kicked back with a “What Digby Said” post. So often in those early days, when one wanted the very best words on a topic, one went to Hullabaloo for the best way it was said. There wasn’t much point in trying to rearrange the words, or re-contextualize Digby’s very on-point commentary, particularly about our Vulcan overlords and their warmaking. Additionally, Digby’s commentary about hapless Democrats cut to the quick.
So, sometimes, we’d just type “What Digby Said” and link it up.
QOTD: President Obama
Obama in Jerusalem:
“Speaking as a politician, I can promise you this: political leaders will not take risks if the people do not demand they do.”
I suppose that’s true? But how do we explain the fact that he and a bunch of Democrats are willing to take a huge risk by doing things the people explicitly demand they not do.
Then Digby provides a link to the most extraordinary collection of polling data I’ve ever seen. It comes from the website of the Campaign for America’s Future, and really challenges Obama’s statement in Jerusalem. Here’s the very first part of an extremely long list of polling result (that you might want to bookmark) on Social Security alone:
Harris Interactive. February 6-13, 2012.
“Only 12% of the public want to see a cut in Social Security payments”.
KPC Poll. March 9, 2012.
“Over two thirds of Americans agree that the government has a role in providing a safety net for their personal financial security, including Social Security, Medicare, and protection from fraud.”
CNN/ORC Poll. September 23-25, 2011.
“Would you say that the Social Security system has been good for the country, has been bad for the country, or has had no effect on the country?” 79% answered good.
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Health Care. Sept 8-11, 2011.
Voters overwhelmingly approve of raising the cap on Social Security wages above $106,000 (71% in favor, 21% oppose).
Raising retirement age is opposed (65% oppose, 30% in favor).
The Washington Post/Bloomberg News Poll, October 6-9, 2011
83% oppose reducing Social Security benefits in order to reduce the nation’s budget deficit.
Pew Research Center, June 15-19, 2011
60% support keeping benefits as they are under Social Security as being more important than reducing the budget deficit.
The Washington Post/ABC News Poll, March 10-13, 2011
53% support Collecting Social Security taxes on all the money a worker earns, rather than taxing only up to about $107,000 of annual income.
57% oppose raising the retirement age from 66 to 67.
52% oppose further reducing the benefits paid to people who retire early. For instance, people who retire at age 62 would get 63% of their full benefits, rather than the current 70%
66% oppose reducing benefits for future enrollees.
Gallup Poll, January 14-16, 2011
64% oppose spending cuts to Social Security.
Pulse Opinion Research for The Hill Poll – Social Security, February 9, 2011
48% oppose raising the Social Security age for people born after 1960.
67% believe Social Security taxes should be paid on all or most worker income
Lake Research Partners, October 31 to November 2, 2010
82% oppose cutting Social Security benefits in order to reduce the debt.
67% oppose cutting Social Security to make the program more solvent in the long term.
63% oppose reducing Social Security benefits for people earning more than $60,000 or more when they retire.
69% oppose raising the Social Security retirement age to 69.
66% support enacting Social Security taxes on wages about $106,800 (the Pay Roll Tax Cap) to make the program more solvent.
The Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll, February 24-28, 2011
49% believe it will not be necessary to cut spending on Social Security to reduce the national deficit. (22% said Yes and 27% had no opinion).
77% believe cutting Social Security to help reduce the budget deficit is mostly or totally unacceptable.
Bloomberg News Poll, March 4-7, 2011
54% oppose raising the age of eligibility for Social Security to 69.
NBC News/Wall Street Journal, April 28, 2011
58% want tax increases on the wealthy as part of a deficit solution vs 36%.
Pew Research Poll, June 15-19
60% say Keep Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are vs 32% say change them to reduce deficits.
Associated Press-GfK Poll, March 5-9, 2011
54% believe it is possible to balance the budget without cutting spending on Social Security
So, to quote Frank Sharry the author of this weekend’s WaPo piece on the success building the immigration movement:
We even came up with a new rallying cry: “It’s time to go all LGBT on their a–.” I used it around the office and in meetings with colleagues. I meant, quite simply, that it was time to be confrontational.
Regarding Social Security, it’s way past time.
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