In case you missed it, Obama made an incredibly exaggerated claim.
Click here for story: Obama: Public is 'sold' on tax increases in a debt-ceiling deal
"The American people are sold," he said. "The problem is members of Congress are dug in ideologically."Amazing. Now for some time I have claimed that Obama thinks that the American people are stupid. That he can say anything he wants and people will blindly believe it. That may have been the case in eras past, but this is the internet era.
Obama said 80 percent of Americans are on his side in the debate over what to include in the debt package. Voters are paying attention to "who seems to be trying to get something done," the president said. "It's going to be in the interests of everybody who wants to serve in this town to make sure they are on the right side of that impression."
When a politician makes a claim like this, all you have to do is start googling it. The truth will be made known. For instance, here is a poll taken on the issue:
Click here for story: 55% Oppose Tax Hike In Debt Ceiling Deal
Just 34% think a tax hike should be included in any legislation to raise the debt ceiling. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 55% disagree and say it should not. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
There is a huge partisan divide on the question. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Democrats want a tax hike in the deal while 82% of Republicans do not. Among those not affiliated with either major political party, 35% favor a tax hike and 51% are opposed.
Even if you claim that Rasmussen is wildly biased, the numbers just don't add up to swing it from 55% opposition to 80% support. It is like Obama picked 80% out of thin air.
In fact, I believe he did. If you were going to make up a statistic off the cuff, more than likely you would use a nice round number. Like 80%. A real statistic would more than likely be 78% or 81%.
You could argue that the real stat was not a nice round number, but that Obama just said 80% for simplicity. Okay, I can buy that. But still you can't go to the public, make an outlandish claim like this, and offer no support to back it up. And he has offered no support, just the same old "because I said so" attitude he takes anytime he is questioned.
The truth is that Americans are opposed to raising taxes to support our current level of spending. Americans have made it abundantly clear, time and time again, since November of 2008, that they want spending reigned in. Entire movements to that effect sprung up after Obama and a Democratic congress rammed a $800 billion plus stimulus down our throats.
And the American people are not as dumb as Obama thinks they are. They know that he inherited a $400 billion deficit from Bush, and turned it into a nearly $2 trillion deficit. The American people aren't so stupid to believe that is sustainable. And they certainly aren't going to buy the line that "we are spending it, so now you have to pay more in taxes to pay for it". That is a line of BOLOGNA.
Cut spending. That is what the American people want. This country has been clamoring for spending to be cut. The crescendo has been building for more than 2 1/2 years now. Only Obama and his fellow Democrats have been deaf to it.
And they could pay for that dearly come November of 2012.