Speaker of the House John Boehner yammers incessantly about what "the American people" want with regard to deficits and the budget and spending. What he's actually doing is quoting a miniscule segment of the American populace that is decidedly way out of the mainstream, moderate, help-your-fellow-man, we're-all-in-this-together NORMAL American citizenry.
A poll shows just how true this is. Americans really want solutions, and simple, balanced solutions at that. They don't want cuts that reduce services. They don't want a slowed-down American economy close to recession due to cutbacks in government activities, which will have a trickle-down effect in all sectors of the economy. They DON'T want deficit reduction at the cost of a government that works - a government that works for them, which many in the GOP seem to forget.
Here's the article about the poll.
On issues, GOP badly out of step with America
"Taxes and the deficit: 76 percent say the we should reduce the deficit with a combination of tax increases and spending cuts (the Democratic position), while only 19 percent say tax increases should be off the table completely (the Republican position). While a majority of those who want a combination of the two want it to be weighted towards spending cuts, that’s also the position held by many Democratic leaders (to the chagrin of the left).
Climate change: 54 percent say the most important priority for our energy supply should be developing alternative energy sources, while only 34 percent say it should be expanding exploration and production of oil, coal and natural gas. Americans favor setting stricter emission limits on power plants by 62-28."
[ NOTE: I definitely count nuclear energy as an alternate energy source, because it DEFINITELY isn't oil, coal, and natural gas.]
So the next time Boehner lies about what the American people supposedly want, I'd like to choke the tan off of him.