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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 08:54 AM

Public Will Blame Congressional REPUBLICANS For ‘Fiscal Cliff’ FAILURES

For the uninitiated, here’s what the fiscal cliff is:


On August 2, 2011, Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011 as part of an agreement to resolve the debt-ceiling crisis. The Act provided for aJoint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the “super committee”) to produce legislation by late November that would decrease the deficit by $1.2 trillion over ten years. If the committee failed to do so, as it in fact had failed to do, another part of the Act directs automatic across-the-board cuts (known as “sequestrations”), split evenly between defense and domestic spending, beginning January 2, 2013.







More from PEW on the public’s attitudes towards the fiscal cliff:


As the president and congressional leaders begin negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff” deadline at the end of the year, there is widespread public concern about the possible financial consequences. More say the automatic spending cuts and tax increases scheduled to take effect in January would have a major effect on the U.S. economy than on their own finances. But nearly identical majorities say the effect of the changes would be mostly negative for the economy (62%) and their personal financial situation (60%).

The public is skeptical that President Obama and congressional Republicans will reach an agreement by the end of the year to avoid the fiscal cliff. About half (51%) say the two sides will not reach an agreement, while just 38% say they will. If no deal is reached, more say that congressional Republicans would be more to blame than President Obama (53% vs. 29%).





Even worse for the Republicans, they lose the poll in every demographic except “Republicans.” Independents, men, even southerners all blame the Republicans if the fiscal cliff talks fail:














Keep in mind, the public hated the Republicans after the 2008 elections too. And in the first few years of the Obama administration, a number of us were concerned that the President didn’t take full advantage of such sentiment to brand the GOP as extremists, and more generally use public ire to push the Republicans into more compromise. Hopefully, as we wrote about this morning, that has now changed.





http://americablog.com/2012/11/fiscal-cliff-talks-fail-public-blames-republicans-gop.html


http://www.washingtonpost.com/page/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2012/12/04/National-Politics/Polling/release_181.xml

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lonestarnot Dec 2012 #1
Segami Dec 2012 #3
Bandit Dec 2012 #5
lonestarnot Dec 2012 #6
forthemiddle Dec 2012 #9
HereSince1628 Dec 2012 #2
The Magistrate Dec 2012 #4
Puzzledtraveller Dec 2012 #7
Bill USA Dec 2012 #8

Response to Segami (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 08:56 AM

1. People are not as stupid as some would have everyone believe. Once informed there is no turning

away from truth.

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Response to lonestarnot (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 09:04 AM

3. Rethugs have been Master flimflam artists of serving up distorted truths to their sheep.

Throw into the mix a steady diet of FOX and RUSH and you get.........

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Response to lonestarnot (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 11:33 AM

5. Explain the 2010 election results then

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Response to Bandit (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 11:50 AM

6. Cheaters, vote-flipping evidence.

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Response to lonestarnot (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 06:11 PM

9. For how long?

Honestly, I think they will blame the GOP at first, but will that last 2 years (until the next congressional election), 4 years (the next Presidential election), etc.?
What if going off the fiscal cliff brings us into another recession, like many (not all) economists are predicting. Does the GOP take the blame for that?
I am very skeptical, and to tell the truth, if my taxes go up by $2,000 - $4,000 next year, I am gonna blame them all!
I am not "the wealthy", and I want them to pay their fair share, but I don't have the extra money laying around to pay extra towards my "fair share" because the two parties are in a pissing match.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 09:01 AM

2. But that's just public opinion.

For the past 4 years that's pretty much never been a factor in tactical or strategic thinking in DC

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 10:18 AM

4. Unfortunately True, Sir

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 11:52 AM

7. In the short term yes, long term no, they'll blame the POTUS.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 05:26 PM

8. recommended, bookmarked

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