Here's a typical Villager discussion on deficits and social safety nets:
We've done enough polls now to know that Americans do not want Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security benefits cut. They are a bedrock in the lives of this country. I expect Republican hit men to continually try and destroy all New Deal and the Great Society safety net programs designed to serve and protect its population. That's what a great society does. If VP Biden's group, Cat Food Commissarios, and Harold Ford Jr. type jackasses need any more proof of this, the PCCC, DFA, Credo, MoveOn commissioned a new battle ground state poll focusing on our safety nets and by an overwhelming margin Americans will punish the Democratic Party if they do cut benefits to procure some grand bargain.
Voters in key Senate swing states don't want cuts to Medicare and Medicaid benefits -- and they're prepared to exact revenge on politicians who vote in favor of them.
That's according to new Public Policy Polling (D) numbers from Ohio, Missouri, Montana and Minnesota, where Democratic Senators face what could be tough reelection fights. The polling, published first by TPM, was sponsored by a coalition of progressive groups.
Numbers from the polls published Monday found voters in the states overwhelmingly opposed to cutting Social Security in the name of balancing the federal budget. Results from the polls are being rolled out all week here.
Tuesday's polling shows voters ready to penalize politicians who vote to cut benefits from the nation's other massive entitlement programs.
The polls were sponsored by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy For America, MoveOn.org and CREDO Action. The groups hope to see entitlements protected as budget politics continue to consume Washington. The sponsors say the swing state results show Democrats who don't toe the progressive line will be on the wrong side of voters.
Each poll surveyed more between around 500 to 700 people and has a margin of error around 4%. Every Senator mentioned is a Democrat up for reelection in 2012. The results:
If Senator [NAME] voted to cut Medicare and Medicaid benefits, would that make you more or less likely to vote for him, or would it make no difference to you?
Ohio (Sen. Sherrod Brown): 15% more likely, 65% less likely, 20% no difference
Missouri (Sen. Claire McCaskill): 10% more likely, 64% less likely, 25% no difference
Montana (Sen. Jon Tester): 16% more likely, 60% less likely, 24% no difference
Minnesota (Sen. Amy Klobuchar): 17% more likely, 57% less likely, 26% no difference
The progressive groups behind the polls say the political consequences for Democrats who cut entitlement benefits couldn't be clearer.
Here's more of the breakdowns in the poll. The evidence is clear. Get the hint? No matter who far the beltway media elites and Conservatives push their own agenda, Americans are not buying it and Democrats should heed these poll results because not only is it good policy to protect our social safety nets, not is it the moral thing to do, it's also an election wrecking ball that will cost the Democratic Party dearly in 2012.