How serious are we about fixing the deficit?

I apologize for the scarcity of posts. I won’t bore you with the details, but the end of the semester has been insanely busy. I hope to be back on a more regular schedule soon. This one will be quick and dirty.

I saw Joe Scarborough struggle to keep a straight face as he read this poll on his show, “Morning Joe.” It’s funny, but in a sad way. A McClatchy-Marist poll last week showed that an incredible 80% of all respondents opposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, two of the United States’ biggest entitlement programs. Wow! As for Democrats, 92% of them oppose those cuts, as do 75% of independents.

Tell me, how are those people planning to fix the deficit mess if they’re not willing to make changes to entitlement programs? Thank goodness we have the Republicans – shamed back to their conservative roots by the 2008 election – to show us the way. How many of them oppose cuts to Medicare and Medicaid? What’s that? Did you say 73%? Holy smokes.

Okay, so maybe the Tea Partiers will save us. Surely they will know we need to make fixes to our entitlement programs, reign in spending, etc. etc. etc.! How many of them oppose cuts? Wow. A whopping 70%. That’s a majority, holmes.

So the question, as the title of this post implies, is how serious are we about fixing the deficit? It’s looking like the answer is “not very.”


P.S. – The sign pictured is probably not legit, but something like this did happen. Check out this video, at about the 1:14 mark.