As the current congressional lame duck session runs out the clock and spins itself out of relevance, citizens clamor for order and common sense. According to a November 30 AP-CNBC poll, “Americans prefer cutting federal services to raising taxes by nearly 2-1.”
While the poll shows little agreement on the correct prescription to cure the budget overage woes of the nation, the top four areas for cuts were identified as follows:
- reducing the number of federal workers,
- trimming federal salaries,
- cutting overseas military bases, and
- eliminating the tax deduction on home mortgage interest.
If this poll is any indicator, the American people sound like they might be serious about federal debt reduction. They are even willing to give up a long-cherished tax break to get the job done.