The WSJ poll today (PDF) asked respondents if they'd rather cut spending or raise taxes to alleviate the deficit. The majority against spending cuts in Medicare, social security and defense was 70 to 27 percent. On tax hikes, the majority against was 59 to 39. So Americans remain big babies stamping on the floor when faced with mathematics. But if they have to grow up, they'd back more tax increases than benefit cuts. 

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