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Chuck Schumer: Pork? Americans Don't Care
I think the reality is a little bit different in that Americans care about pork and don't care much for the politicians in Washington. To attempt to set the record straight for Senator Schumer, who for full disclosure happens to be my Senator and who also appears to be slightly out of touch with his constituency, I am giving the results of a recent ATI-News/Zogby poll.
The statements made by Schumer are part and parcel of the problem we face when it comes to our representatives. They don't know us, but they know what they think we want. By providing these things they will get the prize of re-election which is really all that they want or care about. They don't know me. And they don't know you.
Question #1: ATI-News/Zogby asked likely voters, "The current stimulus package supported by President Obama contains $650 million , renewing funding to help Americans buy digital converter boxes. Do you favor or oppose this spending provision?"
Overall, 56 percent of Americans oppose this $650 million pork provision; while only 33 percent favor it (11 percent are not sure). Eighty-four percent of Republicans oppose it, as do 61 percent of Independents. Fifty-five percent of young voters age 18-29 oppose, and only 34 percent favor it (11 percent are not sure).
Question #2: ATI-News/Zogby asked voters, "The current stimulus package supported by President Obama contains nearly $4.2 billion for neighborhood stabilization activities that could go to organizations such as ACORN or the League of Women Voters, that would spend it on voter registration activities and other community involvement programs. Do you favor or oppose this spending provision?"
Fifty-eight percent of American voters oppose using the "stimulus" bill to send $4.2 billion taxpayer dollars to community activist organizations. Ninety-three percent of Republicans oppose this pork, as do 64 percent of Independent voters.
Question #3: ATI-News/Zogby asked voters, "The stimulus bill would allow undocumented workers, who are also referred to as illegal aliens, who are working and paying taxes to collect a tax rebate check of $500 per person. Do you agree or disagree with this provision?"
Sixty-eight of all American voters disagree with using the economic recovery bill to give tax rebates to illegal aliens; while only 26 percent agree (6 percent are not sure). Ninety-two percent of Republicans disagree, as do 74 percent of Independents.
"Next time, Senator Schumer may want to think twice before speaking on behalf of the American people," said ATI-News president Brad O'Leary. "As this poll shows, a clear majority of the American electorate is opposed to using the economic stimulus bill as a vehicle for pork."
(Associated Television News)