Will "Supercommittee" Listen to Voters?
The congressional deficit reduction panel, also known as the “Supercommittee,” went on the media Sunday to express their lingering hope that a budget deal could be made before the November 23 deadline.
On Fox News Sunday, Senator Pat Toomey, one member of the panel and a Republican from Pennsylvania said, “We have no time to waste.” The other guest on the show was James Clyburn, a member of the panel and a Democrat from South Carolina. He said that he “remained hopeful” that both sides could reach a budget deal before the deadline.
The Republicans want to cut entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, but have either the Democrats or the Republicans listened to voters in the upcoming election?
According a recent AARP survey of Iowa GOP caucus voters, 64.5% of GOP voters strongly oppose or somewhat oppose cutting social security benefits for future retirees. For New Hampshire GOP voters, it's 69.8%. In South Carolina it's 68.5%. Finally, in Florida it's 66%.
In the same survey of Iowa GOP caucus voters in the upcoming, 67.3% of GOP voters strongly oppose or somewhat oppose reducing Medicare benefits to help reduce the deficit. For New Hampshire GOP voters, it's 72.5%. In South Carolina it's 70.5%. Finally, in Florida it's 70.4%.
And when given a choice between cutting the military spending for wars or cutting Social Security and Medicare, GOP voters in all four states, overwhelmingly stated they would prefer to cut our Military budget.
So will the “Supercommittee” listen to Voters? We shall see ...