As you can see, generic Tea Party positions only have the support of ~30% of the electorate.
Position 1: Roll back health care reform. 32% support. 68% oppose.
Position 2: Replace Medicare with vouchers. 33% support. 67% oppose. I’m not sure what this is, but it appears to be the classic Republican plan to get rid of Medicare. Republicans have been trying to get rid of Medicare since 1965. Remember, Medicare was one of those evil things that LBJ’s New Deal brought us. We keep calling Republicans on trying to get rid of Medicare, but they keep lying and saying that they aren’t doing trying to get rid of it. They call our truthtelling “Mediscare.” Your average Republican probably supports Medicare, but keeps voting Republican anyway.
Position 3: Extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts. 29% support. 71% oppose. Surprisingly, this has the lowest support of them all. Nevertheless, Republicans are pushing ahead with something opposed by 71% of the population.
Position 4: Create Social Security accounts. Unfortunately, this has 58% support, but that won’t last long once folks find out what’s really involved here.
This is the age-old Republican plan to get rid of Social Security. Republicans hated SS when it was put in in the New Deal. In 1947, when the Republicans passed Taft-Hartley limiting US labor, this was only part of a jihad intended to replace the entire New Deal, an offensive that had the support of the National Association of Manufacturers and US Chamber of Commerce.
The NAM and the CoC, along with the Republican Party, have been trying to get rid of Social Security and rest of the New Deal ever since, but they usually do not say so. Instead, Republicans say they want to “save Social Security by reforming it.” It’s not true. They’re still trying to kill it. The Social Security private accounts scheme is the latest devious plot. People support it because they don’t understand it’s a plot to kill SS.
We have people on this site who vote Republican sometimes and who call themselves Libertarians. If that means you, I have some questions.
Do you want to get rid of Medicare and Social Security? If no, why are you voting Republican or calling yourself a Libertarian?
Do you support Medicare and Social Security? If you support them, then why do you vote Republican or call yourself a Libertarian? Republicans only want to get rid of them by stealth. Libertarians oppose them on a doctrinaire basis.