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Political Insiders Poll: Should Members Agree on Closing Business Tax Breaks and Medicare Reforms for Deficit Deal?

Insiders on the debt ceiling and gay marriage.

Should your party accept a debt-ceiling deal that includes closing business tax breaks in exchange for significant Medicare reforms?

Democrats (102 votes)

 

 

Yes: 58%
No: 41%
Depends (volunteered): 1%

 

Yes

 

“The devil is in the details, but this is the beginning of the ‘grand bargain,’ along with reforming Pentagon spending.”

“Compromise is essential to good government so long as the Medicare reforms don’t include vouchers or privatization.”

“The president will get credit for a bipartisan fiscal deal.”

“My party is wrong on a policy basis to resist entitlement reforms.”

 

“Everyone needs to put skin in the game for this to have the scale we need to make a real difference.”

“Though it would depend on what those Medicare reforms are. If they include major cuts to beneficiaries or programs like home health care, I would say no.”

“But watch out upsetting the seniors; no good choices here.”

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“We can’t be against a deal that includes taxes.”

“Politics is the art of compromise, and voters know that. From their point of view, avoiding a fiscal calamity trumps a wide range of policy outcomes.”

“Shared sacrifice is the holy grail which the public will embrace.”

“Both issues need to be reformed for our long-term economic viability. The party base on both sides might not like it, but this is what compromise is about.”

 

No

“Voters want corporate tax breaks eliminated and don’t want cuts in Medicare. Dems have no reason to compromise.”

“Republicans are looking for a way to spin [Rep. Paul] Ryan’s plan to abolish Medicare.”

“If we close business tax breaks that scare the markets and produce modest revenues in exchange for losing our best issue for 2012, what the hell good is that?”

“Medicare changes should be driven by real cost savings that get at inefficiencies, fraud, and abuse—not by deficit reduction.”

“Closing business loopholes is not enough of a concession: The Republicans are substantively and politically wrong about Medicare, and the Democrats should not give in.”

“Dems cannot give up the Medicare issue.”

“Do we want to be known as the party that closes business tax breaks or the party that saves Medicare?”

 

 

 

Should your party accept a debt-ceiling deal that includes closing business tax breaks in exchange for significant Medicare reforms?

Republicans (105 votes)

 

Yes: 54%
No: 45%
Depends (volunteered): 1%

 

Yes

“GOP loses credibility if they fight for what is modern-day opulence. Corporate-jet subsidies? Please.”

“A smaller, short-term [debt-ceiling] increase may be required to allow the debate on these serious questions to manifest itself in a passable product.”

“Medicare reform is necessary, and it gets the Ryan-plan monkey off our back.”

“If business were wise, they would back Republicans in doing this.”

“This can’t be a one-way street. There has to be give on both sides, and this is reasonable.”

“No question; and rank-and-file Republicans will accept this.”

“If we are serious about addressing long-term structural budget problems, giving a little on unpopular tax provisions is a no-brainer.”

“Many business tax breaks are no better than appropriations earmarks and should suffer the same fate.”

“Brings the Democrats onto the Medicare hot seat along with Repubs.”

“If reforms are significant and track with the Ryan plan, then yes; if not, it’s not worth the effort.”

“Despite the incoherent tea party rants, we have to deal with the reality of a Democratic White House and Senate, and this is the best, most substantive deal Republicans can get.”

 

No

“Bad for the economy and bad politics.”

“The GOP base will not appreciate ‘progress’ purchased by trade-offs on taxes.”

“Voting for any debt-ceiling increase is like voting for TARP, which would be politically toxic with our tea party base.”

“Tax reform should be done separately.”

“If the president is reelected, we should consider that deal for the sake of the country. But we are nuts if we sell out on taxes prior to 2012.”

“Job creators should not be hindered any further because Democrats refuse to deal with the impending crisis of Medicare.”

“It must reduce government and debt without killing jobs. Hurting business prospects now is moronic.”

“If the leaders buy into it, they won’t have any followers.”

 

 

 

This article appears in the July 9, 2011 edition of National Journal Magazine.

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