Bill Maher was right, the majority of Americans REALLY ARE dumb, ignorant and uneducated.
According to a Pew Research poll, overall, 63% of Americans say reducing the budget deficit should be a top priority for Congress and the president this year, down from 72% a year ago. Most of the decline has come among Democrats — 49% view deficit reduction as a top priority. (So the Democrats are slowly getting a little smarter).
Deficit reduction had surged as a policy priority during Obama’s first term. The right-wing think tanks and the anti-government "Starve the Beast" policy makers should pat themselves on the back for a propaganda job well done.
In the current Pew survey, majorities of Republicans (80%) and independents (66%) continue to say reducing the budget deficit should be a top priority for the president and Congress.
However, just 49% of Democrats view this as a top priority, the lowest percentage since Obama took office. A year ago 67% of Democrats rated cutting the deficit as a top policy goal. (So it appears that at least the Democrats are slowly getting a little smarter).
Meanwhile, a "compromise" was made in the new farm bill to cut of about $8 billion to $8.5 billion over 10 years — because the Republicans have convinced Democrats that the budget deficit is more important than feeding poor people. (We must starve those damn beasts!)