08/2011 - Debt Ceiling Deal: Controlling the Budget 2011

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Debt Ceiling Deal: Controlling the Budget 2011
1. Overall, how well informed would you say you are about the debt ceiling agreement?
2. Based on what you know or have read about this agreement, do you approve or disapprove of it?
3. And, do you view the agreement as a step forward, a step backward, or neither in terms of addressing the federal debt situation?
4. What effect do you think the agreement will have on the economy? Will it make the economy better, not have much effect, or will it make the economy worse?
5. What effect do you think the agreement will have on the Louisiana state budget? Do you think it will have a positive effect, a negative effect, or no effect?
6. And do you think the agreement will have a positive effect, negative effect or no effect on you and your immediate family?
7. Next are specific proposals for cutting government spending and increasing taxes that have been suggested as part of the discussions on the debt ceiling. For each one, please tell whether you favor or oppose that proposal as a way to reduce the amount that the government owes.

Increasing the taxes paid by people who make more than 100 thousand dollars a year.
8. Increasing the taxes paid by people who make more than 250 thousand dollars a year.
9. Cutting defense spending.
10. Cutting the amount the government spends on Medicaid, the federal health program for the poor?
11. Cutting the amount the government spends on Social Security.
12. Cutting the amount the government spends on Medicare, the federal health program for the elderly.
13. Would you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget?
14. Would you favor or oppose a large and competitive 3rd party in American Politics, in contrast to our current Two party system?
15. Are you in favor of politicians crossing party lines to vote in favor of bills that their own party overall does not support?
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