Note To NY Times: It May Be Fit To Print But This Is Not News
Here are the first two paragraphs from a CBS News/NYTimes poll published today in the Times:
Most Americans continue to want the federal government to focus on reducing the budget deficit rather than spending money to stimulate the national economy, a new New York Times/CBS News poll finds. Yet at the same time, most oppose some proposed solution for decreasing it.
Fifty-six percent of respondents said that they were not willing to pay more in taxes in order to reduce the deficit, and nearly as many said they were not willing for the government to provide fewer services in areas such as health care, education and defense spending.
What's really missing from this story is any indication of how this has changed, or stayed the same, over time. As far as I can remember, this has always been pretty much the same: cut the deficit but don't reduce spending or increase taxes. That's why we always get all the nonsense about "waste, fraud, and abuse," reducing administrative expenses, and eliminating earmarks.