Thursday, March 03, 2005

You Made Your Bed

Now you have to sleep in it, red states. It would appear that the bone-headed Bush voters are having a touch of the buyer's remorse. Some of the more interesting numbers:

  • On Social Security, 51 percent said permitting individuals to invest part of their Social Security taxes in private accounts, the centerpiece of Mr. Bush's plan, was a bad idea

  • The number who thought private accounts were a bad idea jumped to 69 percent if respondents were told that the private accounts would result in a reduction in guaranteed benefits

  • Notwithstanding Mr. Bush's argument that citizens should be given more control over their retirement savings, almost four out of five respondents said it was the government's responsibility to assure a decent standard of living for the elderly

  • 63 percent of respondents say the president has different priorities on domestic issues than most Americans. Asked to choose among five domestic issues facing the country, respondents rated Social Security third, behind jobs and health care

  • 50 percent said Democrats were more likely to make the right decisions about Social Security, compared with 31 percent who said the same thing about Republicans

  • 58 percent of respondents said the White House did not share the foreign affairs priorities of most Americans

  • For all that, Mr. Bush's approval rating remains unchanged, at 49 percent, from a month ago [idiots - you hate what he does, but you like him?]

  • Sixty percent of respondents - including 48 percent of self-described conservatives - said they disapproved of how Mr. Bush was managing the deficit. And 90 percent of respondents described the deficit as a very or somewhat serious problem [Mr. Cheney, deficits don't matter?]

  • "I don't think he's listening to the people concerning Social Security," said Beverly Workman, a West Virginia Democrat who said she voted for Mr. Bush.
  • You're just getting that NOW?

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