It's not the deficit, it's the spending. Part II 

Rasmussen reported a second deficit-related poll yesterday:

Eighty-three percent (83%) of Americans say the size of the federal budget deficit is due more to the unwillingness of politicians to cut government spending than to the reluctance of taxpayers to pay more in taxes..[J]ust nine percent (9%) of adults put more blame on the unwillingness of taxpayers to pay more in taxes.

In the party breakdown, just look at how closely Independents and Republicans are thinking alike right now, and also how readily Democrats agree to this proposition:

Ninety-four percent (94%) of Republicans and 91% of voters not affiliated with either major party place the blame on politicians, and two-thirds (66%) of Democrats agree.

It's not often that you come across an 83 percent issue. The lesson: Politicians who argue that the problem in Washington is that Americans are under-taxed are in touch with about 9 percent of the public. They're clearly out of step with the Americans paying the taxes.

-- It's not the deficit, it's the spending, Part I.

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