It is clear from the numbers that the deficit is a major concern, and Americans would, not surprisingly, prefer the deficit be addressed through spending cuts, rather than higher taxes. When asked what they would cut, however, that preference seems to disappear. Nearly two-thirds of Americans chose higher payroll taxes for Medicare and Social Security over reduced benefits in either program. And when asked to choose among cuts to Medicare, Social Security or military spending – all programs that have grown exponentially over the past decade – 55 percent said cut the Pentagon.
By the way, the House is set to vote this week on a measure that would reduce all non-security spending to fiscal 2008 levels or below. Clearly, Congress has been listening.