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July 31, 2005


From the LA Times, a bit more balance:

Two days after he won election to a second term, President Bush told the nation he intended to spend the "political capital" he had amassed on ambitious goals: An overhaul of Social Security that would replace safety net guarantees with an "ownership society;" rewriting the Byzantine tax code; and revamping the legal system to crack down on medical malpractice lawsuits.

Six months into Bush's second term, none of those goals has been realized.

A majority (56%) of U.S. adults approve of the president’s position on simplifying the tax code, compared to 28 percent who disapprove. This is down slightly from May when a 59 to 26 percent majority approved of his position on this issue.
I think all this really tells us is that Americans want the tax code to be simplified. It doesn't say how we'd get there or really put under a microscope on how tax code simplification would affect the average American and that gigantic national debt. Tax code simplification for some Congressional Republicans is a national sales tax, which Americans are definitely opposed to, even in the reddest of red states.
A 52 to 37 percent majority approves of President Bush’s position on making tax cuts permanent. This is similar to May when a 51 to 38 percent majority felt this way.
It'd be interesting to see how Americans would answer a question on making tax cuts permanent, if the choice were between making tax cuts permanent and erasing the record national debt. It's about choices, and one way Democrats can claim the mantle of fiscal responsibility is by pointing out that money doesn't grow on trees and that through disciplined spending and a sound tax policy America's fiscal health will be more stable.

How about tax cuts made permanent vs preparing for pandemic flu? Let's be clear what tax cuts mean.

BTW, here's the Gallup page.

Bush Approval at 44%
Lowest measurement of his presidency

Tax cuts v. preparing for pandemic flu would be a clear cut choice, but not as effective, because the American public would think pandemic flu to be too science-ficyion-y.

National debt concerns cuts across party lines, and "record national debt" is a message that is repeated every month or so because of projections. The news coverage is easier to get.

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