FOR ALL those people who worship at the feet of Ronald Reagan.
As grand bargain fever whips up, keeping Social Security out of the mix should be a priority, something Senator Bernie Sanders and others have been preaching for a long time.
The numbers are on the side of Democrats and progressives. From Democracy Corp:
…Elites assume the fiscal cliff is about deficit reduction and avoiding a contraction in the economy, voters want progress to create jobs over the next five years. Voters want growth, not austerity, and above all, do not see ‘entitlements’ as on the table.
· Two-thirds give an intense positive response to a “plan to invest in new industries and rebuild the country and create jobs over the next five years.” That is 5 points higher than “a plan to dramatically reduce the deficit to allow the economy to grow over next five years.”
· By 67 to 26 percent, voters say the priority should be growth rather deficit reduction.
There is no evidence that voters have any interest in the contours of Simpson-Bowles approach to the budget.
· Over 60 percent rule out cuts in Medicare and Social Security as part of a deficit reduction package.
· Almost three-quarters find acceptable in any such plan creating a new higher rate for those earning over a million dollars.