Majority Rule?

With the clock ticking on an Aug. 2 deadline for raising the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, another major national poll found that Washington is out of touch with a big majority of Americans who want to see a combination of government spending cuts and tax increases as part of any deal to bring down the U.S. budget deficit. Asked if it is better to cut programs, raise taxes, or do some combination of the two, 56 percent in the new overnight Reuters/Ipsos poll favored a combination approach. Sen. Bernie Sanders for months has advocated that shared sacrifice approach.  The idea is popular everywhere in America, it seems, except on Capitol Hill, where Republicans have ruled out ending tax breaks and closing loopholes for the wealthiest Americans and the most profitable corporations.

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