Over the last view months, since the election, we have seen Washington in debate form over the so-called fiscal cliff. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says that failing to advert the cliff would mean the nation is likely to go into a recession for the first half of 2013. Will a tax pledge stand in the way of getting a deal done? If the country does go over the cliff and damages the economy, will Republicans finally get it and drop Grover Norquist?
“Forty percent (40%) of voters nationwide would vote for a candidate who signed a pledge not to raise taxes over a candidate who refused to sign. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% would prefer the candidate who didn’t sign an anti-tax pledge.”
The Quinnipiac Poll asked “Do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea for a member of Congress to sign a pledge to an anti-tax group to never increase taxes on corporations or the wealthy under any circumstance?”
According to Gallup, “The results show significant majority support for the compromise position in four of the five ideology groups. The exception comes among the roughly 9% of the adult population who label themselves “very” conservative. These Americans tilt toward the “stick to your principles” position over the compromise position, by a 44% to 39% margin. “
“Those who label themselves as “conservative” but not “very conservative,” about 29% of the population, are slightly below the sample average of 67% favoring compromise. But they still strongly favoring compromise. More than seven in 10 moderates, liberals, and those who are “very” liberal favor compromise.”
cut spending, its actually the opposite. It just means until the Republican Party gains some credibility with voters, true reform of our entitlement programs will never happen. The fiscal cliff must be stopped, the spending cuts can come with the debt ceiling inFebruary.