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Does the Post Have Polls Showing Centrists Want Cuts to Social Security and Medicare?

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Monday, 25 July 2011 04:52

If so, they really should share them with readers. The Post told readers that Obama's decision to propose raising the age of Medicare eligibility to 67 and to cut Social Security is a way to appeal to centrist voters. This is difficult to understand since every poll done on this issue shows that people across the political spectrum, including Tea Party Republicans, overwhelmingly oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare. The Post either has some polls that no one else knows about or it's just making things up. (BTP reports, you decide.)

It is certainly true that many Wall Street types (e.g. Peter Peterson and Erskine Bowles) would like to see cuts to Social Security and Medicare. However, these people are important because of the money that they can give to President Obama's re-election campaign, not the voters they represent.

This piece also identifies Third Way as a "left-leaning group." Third way has been prominent in pushing for large cuts to the budget, including cuts to Social Security and Medicare. This is not a position that would ordinarily be identified as left-leaning.

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Right side of the left
written by Rich2506, July 25, 2011 8:04
Third Way is as left as the New York Times. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being leftist, both are located on the left side, but at around the 4.0-4.5 area. Blue Dog Democrats are not precisely Republicans, more like Republicans-lite, a slightly watered-down version of the real thing.
No, I agree completely, "left-leaning" is a highly inappropriate description.
Makes sense philologically
written by JHM, July 25, 2011 9:21
As "The Middle Class" goes, so goes "Middle of the Road."

Though one can never tell for sure what a particular agitpropper means by either analytically useless bit of cant nowadays, nevertheless some guesses are better than the others, with the best being, I think, something like "percentiles 90 through 97 of the income-and-wealth distribution."

Happy days.
Meaningless kisses
written by Benedict@Large, July 25, 2011 10:37
The Third Way is Democratic Fascism, a form of fascism where the illusions of voting choice are maintained. This is as opposed to today's GOP elites, who are openly Dictatorial Fascism. If you like your fascism straight, either because you like that sort of thing or because you prefer your enemies to be honest, vote GOP. If instead you'd prefer some meaningless kisses with your fascism, vote Third Way.
Dean Hits Nail on Head
written by Paul, July 25, 2011 11:48
Many people, Paul Krugman most prominently, have been stunned by Obama's sell out to the right-wing pain caucus that wants to cut Medicare and SS. Dean provides the insight:

Wall Street types (e.g. Peter Peterson and Erskine Bowles) would like to see cuts to Social Security and Medicare. However, these people are important because of the money that they can give to President Obama re-election campaign, not the voters they represent.

Obama wants to raise $1 billion for his re-election campaign and only Wall Street can provide that kind of cash.

Obvious, ain't it?
written by John Q, July 25, 2011 6:07
The Post either has some polls that no one else knows about or it's just making things up.


Of course it's the latter. That's why The Post is called Fox on 15th.

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