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Conservative Tea Partiers Oppose Cuts to Social Security and Medicare, not Just Liberal Democrats

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Sunday, 31 July 2011 13:21

The NYT wrote that President Obama risked alienating liberal Democrats with his willingness to cut Social Security and Medicare. While this is true, he also risks alienating voters across the political spectrum.

Polls consistently show that the vast majority of people in every demographic group, including Tea Party Republicans, are opposed to cuts to these programs. The only people who tend to support cuts to Social Security and Medicare are the Wall Street financial types and the elites who do policy work and report it. This NYT piece wrongly implies that cuts to these programs enjoy support beyond this small group. 

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written by JoyfulA, July 31, 2011 3:57
My 78-year-old right-wing neighbor will be surprised to learn he doesn't care about Social Security and Medicare.
We Will Find Out in the Next Election Who Supports Cuts to SS
written by Paul, July 31, 2011 5:58
I am guessing that a whole lot of politicians in DC will be looking for a new line of work in January 2013.
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written by Moopheus, July 31, 2011 7:21
"he also risks alienating voter across the political spectrum"

Not exactly, because those people are already alienated from him. It's not like there's anything he can do to make the right wing hate him any more than they already do, even if they realized how much his policies were really aligned with theirs. Socialist, my tuchis.
Story line false, but propaganda right-on
written by mulout, August 01, 2011 12:27
Point of NYT article is not to present the 'truth' of anything, the point of the article is to promote the idea that most conservatives (just like you, article reader) are in favour of cutting social security, so YOU may not want SS cuts, but those other fine folks just like you, they want cuts, so get on the band wagon.
Don't forget Grover
written by bill n, August 01, 2011 12:23
"The only people who tend to support cuts to Social Security and Medicare are the Wall Street financial types and the elites who do policy work and report it."

Not true. Grover Norquist. Not elite. No policy work. No reporting.

Hmmm.... never thought of that. Quit the day job, put up a website, make lots of money ranting about some vacuous pop-culture thing. Beck, Limbag... Nancy Grace! Start a soap opera! Hmmm... Better not quit the day job quite yet.

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