A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 33% of Likely U.S. Voters would rather have Congress avoid a government shutdown by authorizing spending at the same levels as last year. Fifty-eight percent (58%) says it’s better to have a partial shutdown until Democrats and Republicans can agree on what spending to cut. (To see survey question wording, click here.)The partisan differences are striking. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Democrats prefer avoiding a shutdown by going with current spending levels. But 80% of Republicans -- and 59% of voters not affiliated with either major party -- think a shutdown is a better option until the two sides can agree on spending cuts. Report here
The United States are having a difficult time balancing their state and federal books. They are looking for cooperation from their public unions to re-orient themselves with the new fiscal reality facing most Americans. The gravy train has ended and spending cuts are necessary. Will the public unions accept the democratic results of the mid-terms and the majority of the elected officials to govern?
|Premier David Alward|
Canadian provinces are in need of a dose of some fiscal restraint. We have seen Liberals demolished in New Brunswick in 2010. If this pattern hold until October, Ontario will be sending a message to the provincial Liberals. Any bets?