The Public At Least Thinks It Wants Spending Cuts To Be A Very Large Part of Deficit Reduction

Gallup sheds a lot of light on why the Beltway debate on fiscal balance is so unbalanced. Public opinion is unbalanced too:

Of course this raises the question of whether people really mean this, which I doubt. The public, as you know, believes that all sorts of money is being spent on all sorts of horrid things, little realizing that defense, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and debt service actually account for the vast majority of it.