“57% Okay With Government Shutdown If It Leads to Deeper Budget Cuts”

Count me in that majority too.

A Rasmussen poll indicates 

A majority of voters are fine with a partial shutdown of the federal government if that’s what it takes to get deeper cuts in federal government spending. 

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters think making deeper spending cuts in the federal budget for 2011 is more important than avoiding a partial government shutdown. Thirty-one percent (31%) disagree and say avoiding a shutdown is more important. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)


Most voters, as they have for years, say cutting taxes and reducing government spending are best for the economy.

The partisan divide is predictable. Fifty-four percent (54%) of Democrats say avoiding a government shutdown is more important than deeper spending cuts. Seventy-six percent (76%) of Republicans – and 67% of voters not affiliated with either of the major parties – disagree.

There is more so by all means check out the rest of the report and poll numbers.

As mentioned in previous posts here, even the Republicans have only managed to agree on $61 billion in spending cuts. The Democrats originally wanted less than $10 billion, but now in bipartisan negotiations, the figure is $33 billion . Our own Lynn Woolsey has squawked about every proposed cut so far as I’m aware. As we all know, the only thing she is interested in cutting is defense spending and that isn’t on the table at the moment.

Members of both parties have been speaking on the floor in Congress about a “no budget, no pay” rule. California Senator Barbara Boxer is an advocate of that plan which would withhold the pay of both House and Senate for any days that the federal government does have to shut down due a failure to agree on a budget. Some Republicans added their “yeas” to that idea, but so far no legislation to that effect has passed. I hope whether a law is passed or not, all of Congress and President Obama will not draw any salary for the period any shutdown should last. It’s the least they can do. Ironically though, one has to ask where were Senator Boxer and others last year when the Congress failed to officially pass any budget at all? Sure, the government didn’t shut down, but neither did Congress do its job: pass an official budget. But not a peep out of Sen. Boxer then! Oh, and what does Rep. Woolsey have to say about “no budget, no pay’? Not much apparently. I can’t find her on the record about it — which is not surprising because we all know that she is very interested in collecting as much pay as possible (recall that she was one of only 15 House members who voted for a pay raise last year).

Anyway, there is no budget deal yet, and if no agreement can be reached by April 8, a government shutdown will ensue. So be it. $33 billion is just a pittance in comparison with the 1.5 TRILLION total budget. The Republicans gained control of the House by, among other things, promising they would fight for at least $100 billion in cuts. As mentioned they have fallen short, but they must do better than $33 billion.

As for those in Congress, like Lynn Woolsey, who don’t want cuts, and who fight them tooth and nail. posterity will remember those actions. Some day the history books will discuss the U.S. Congresses that recklessly spent TRILLIONS. I think their judgment will be harsh.

That 57% that is willing to support a government shutdown to get deeper budget cuts is right! We’re the majority — let’s make ourselves heard. Even contact Rep. Woolsey and demand that she vote for significant budget cuts. She needs to hear from us. She needs to know that even in her very liberal district, the voters understand we can’t keep spending TRILLIONS.


About district6voter

A concerned Northern California citizen who believes Representative Lynn Woolsey ought to be replaced in November, 2010.
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