Poll: Actual Republicans don’t want to cut or tax anything

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    Dec 13, 2012 11:50 PM GMT
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/13/poll-actual-republicans-dont-want-to-cut-or-tax-anything/What’s particularly revealing, though, is what you see when you single out the poll’s self-identified Republicans. Unlike the overall polling sample, a majority of the poll’s Republicans do not support raising taxes on the wealthy. But they don’t support any of the spending cuts mentioned in the poll either. Not to Medicare or Medicaid, and not to the tax loopholes surveyed either. Republicans, in other words, don't support much of anything except leaving things the way they are now. Which is exactly what we can’t do.
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    This confusion, and the unwillingness to face up to our actual long-term budgetary challenges, explains a lot about why the GOP’s last presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, talked a big game about cutting deficits and reducing the debt, but when asked for specifics focused heavily on small-ball spending cuts. It also helps explain why Republicans now are so often wary of talking about overhauling the entitlement system. And it also speaks to a larger confusion within the party about what government should do and be: In theory, the GOP is the party of small government. But polls like this one suggest that it’s really the party of the status quo.
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    Dec 14, 2012 4:44 AM GMT
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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/13/poll-actual-republicans-dont-want-to-cut-or-tax-anything/What’s particularly revealing, though, is what you see when you single out the poll’s self-identified Republicans. Unlike the overall polling sample, a majority of the poll’s Republicans do not support raising taxes on the wealthy. But they don’t support any of the spending cuts mentioned in the poll either. Not to Medicare or Medicaid, and not to the tax loopholes surveyed either. Republicans, in other words, don't support much of anything except leaving things the way they are now. Which is exactly what we can’t do.
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    This confusion, and the unwillingness to face up to our actual long-term budgetary challenges, explains a lot about why the GOP’s last presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, talked a big game about cutting deficits and reducing the debt, but when asked for specifics focused heavily on small-ball spending cuts. It also helps explain why Republicans now are so often wary of talking about overhauling the entitlement system. And it also speaks to a larger confusion within the party about what government should do and be: In theory, the GOP is the party of small government. But polls like this one suggest that it’s really the party of the status quo.

    Should we be surprised given Bush? He spent like a drunken sailor: Medicare Part D, trillions in Iraq and Afghanistan, etc. AND he cut taxes. It just goes to show that Republicans are NOT the party of fiscal responsibility. Heck, even Saint Reagan deficit spent like a drunken sailor.
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    Dec 14, 2012 5:37 AM GMT
    By definition....CONSERVATIVE means to be "traditionalists" keeping the "Status quo..." NOT to be confused with "REALIST"....or "PROGRESSIVE" ....the entire myth of GOP being good with money is a "marketing scheme" that was largely successful to paint the Democrats as irresponsible "TAX and SPEND, LIBERALS" .....reality of history always shows that the Democrats come in to clean up the mess, make hard and unpopular choices and get voted out for a GOP to come in and raid the national piggy bank again for their friends...the electorate is short sighted and dumb.....thank god it is actually the Electoral College that matters....