Wednesday, January 5, 2011


The "will of the people." This is what John Boehner said he would pursue as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Curiously, though, our new Speaker of the House wants more unfunded tax cuts for the rich and thinks we should privatize social security, or cut program benefits, to solve our budget woes.

And he won't compromise on his policy principles because, in part, he believes that he has a mandate (though President Obama, apparently, didn't have one when he was elected).

So, does Boehner have a mandate to pursue the will of the people? Well, that depends on what the people want. Clearly most Americans disagree or are split on how to fix entitlement programs. So there's no mandate for Boehner to go after entitlement programs, as he claimed.

But when asked specifically whether we should cut defense, social security, medicare, or tax the rich to help balance the budget a Vanity Fair/60 Minutes poll found that more than 6 out of 10 respondents want congress to tax the rich. That's right. Tax the rich.

The same fix applies when Americans - or "the people" - are asked what should be done to shore up social security.


- Mark

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