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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

52% Of Voters Believe Federal Government Hurts Economic Growth

By Susan Duclos

According to a new poll by Multivu for Public Notice shows that 52 percent of "likely voters" believe that the federal government hurts economic growth.

Yesterday the U.S. Senate rejected the "Buffet Rule" proposal that Barack Obama has been speaking about and supporting on the campaign trail, with a 51 to 45 roll call, Democrats unable to reach the 60 vote threshold to bypass a Republican filibuster, and the Multivu report finds that 44 percent of voters are increasingly more concerned with economic opportunity than they are with taxing the rich.

In a little over 3 years Barack Obama took office as president of the United States, the federal government’s debt has increased by $5,027,761,476,484.56.

Although he has served less than a term, Obama is now the first American president to see the federal government's debt increase by more than $5 trillion during his time in office.

Gretchen Hamel, Executive Director of Public Notice, issued a statement via the press release which states "The Senate defeated the so-called "Buffett Rule," and the polling my organization conducted makes it clear that voters are skeptical of Washington using a new tax like this to pay down the $15.6 trillion deficit. Americans are growing increasing alarmed by the massive federal debt, growing to nearly $50 thousand per every man, woman, and child. America demands a budget now - one that focuses on real deficit reduction and unites both sides of the aisle. It's time Washington stops nibbling around the edges and starts spending responsibly."

This report comes out as the Democratically controlled Senate, who has not produced a budget for three straight years, cancels this week’s expected votes on a 2013 fiscal blueprint.

Republicans, who had been preparing amendments for Wednesday and Thursday on Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad's (D- ND) budget proposal, accuse Conrad of breaking a promise he made to debate and vote on a budget.

Hanging over the discussion is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, who had steadfastly said he would not bring a budget to the floor this year — and who, Republicans said, pressured Mr. Conrad into complying.

It is doubtful the U.S. Senate will produce and vote on a budget before the November elections where 23 Senate Democratic seats and 10 Republican Senate seats are on the ballot.

Is it any wonder that a newly released report has found that the Democrat-controlled Senate is the laziest in 20 years?