Fo­cus on deficit re­duc­tion

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and the econ­omy are con­sis­tently the top is­sues that the Amer­i­can peo­ple want us to fo­cus on. Deal­ing with the deficit is a much lower pri­or­ity for the Amer­i­can peo­ple,” the sen­a­tor said.

Ac­cord­ing to a CNN poll, 41 per­cent of the Amer­i­can peo­ple be­lieve that the econ­omy is the most im­por­tant is­sue fac­ing the coun­try to­day. Only 13 per­cent say the deficit is the most im­por­tant is­sue. A Gallup poll last spring found that 75 per­cent of Amer­i­cans (in­clud­ing 56 per­cent of Repub­li­cans, 74 per­cent of in­de­pen­dents and 93 per­cent of Democrats) sup­port “a fed­eral jobs cre­ation law (that would spend gov­ern­ment money for a pro­gram) de­signed to cre­ate more than 1 mil­lion new jobs.”

Amer­i­cans also have been clear on what they do not want. Sig­nif­i­cant ma­jori­ties of Democrats, Repub­li­cans and in­de­pen­dents op­pose cut­ting So­cial Se­cu­rity, Medi­care or Med­i­caid ben­e­fits. A re­cent Na­tional Jour­nal/United Tech­nolo­gies poll found that 81 per­cent do not want to cut Medi­care ben­e­fits at all; 76 per­cent don’t want any cuts to So­cial Se­cu­rity ben­e­fits and 60 per­cent op­pose any Med­i­caid ben­e­fit cuts.

San­ders said deficit re­duc­tion also should be a fo­cus of the spe­cial bud­get com­mit­tee. To re­duce red ink, strong ma­jori­ties of Amer­i­cans want the wealthy and large cor­po­ra­tions to pay their fair share of taxes, the sen­a­tor added. Ac­cord­ing to a Hart Re­search As­so­ci­ates sur­vey last Jan­uary, two-thirds of the coun­try be­lieves the top 2 per­cent should pay more in taxes and 64 per­cent say large cor­po­ra­tions should pay more in taxes than they do to­day.

“It is time to de­velop a fed­eral bud­get that is moral and makes good eco­nomic sense. It is time to de­velop a bud­get that in­vests in our fu­ture by cre­at­ing jobs, re­build­ing our crum­bling in­fra­struc­ture and ex­pand­ing ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties. It is time for those who have so much to help with deficit re­duc­tion,” San­ders said. “It is time that we lis­ten to what the Amer­i­can peo­ple want.”

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