When Is Two Plus Two Greater Than Four?
Answer: When it refers to attitudes about the American Jobs Act. While public opinion is divided on the Act as a whole, the individual pieces are pretty popular. Steve Benen explains:
On President Obama’s American Jobs Act, for example, the public is lukewarm — a plurality are “somewhat” confident the agenda will “create jobs and improve the economy,” but support is hardly one-sided. Notice, however, what happens when respondents are asked about individual provisions:
- Cut payroll taxes
Good idea 56%, bad idea 30%
- State aid to prevent public-sector layoffs
Good idea 52%, bad idea 40%
- Infrastructure investments
Good idea 80%, bad idea 16%
- Small business tax cuts
Good idea 81%, bad idea 14%
He also notes that this was exactly what happened with the Affordable Care Act (approval of the individual provisions but mixed sentiments about the bill as a whole). The Republicans keep talking about breaking up the American Jobs Act into pieces for House consideration. Fine, just have the guts to consider all of the pieces!Click here for reuse options!
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