Americans' Frustration Growing With Washington?
Focus group reacts to questions on economy, debt, spending
- Duration 12:02
- Date Jul 20, 2011
Focus group reacts to questions on economy, debt, spending
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Tying up their front of the capitol -- to get back to the debt crisis now and a dramatic new poll from ABC news and the Washington Post.
Numbers out that show that Americans are increasingly.
Unhappy angry event with what they're saying in Washington.
80% of -- respondents for this Washington Post -- at their dissatisfied with the government that is a jump of eleven percentage points in just why.
Month that is the highest level of unhappiness that we've seen in nineteen years so what is wrong with Washington.
And what does America want to see changed attacked with a panel of average folks -- little earlier.
We gave us some answers to all of those questions.
-- Let me just introduce everybody we've got the new mom in the back there that's -- believe he -- little -- who -- hoping.
Is going to be okay the next seven or eight minutes and hanging there with us Maria Feeney also -- to -- she's in the background.
Can -- -- is not business owner.
We've got doctor Elizabeth eat and she's an OBG Miami may need to service is here today and I know we -- Jack Murphy has a retired computer engineer.
And in our front well Larry officials and also owns a small business -- and and face that may be familiar to a lot of folks at fox -- -- rally.
There is a columnist for the daily caller and a Fox News contributor and Mike Baker joins us he's a professional.
Businessman and also -- -- Green who you know well.
She is also with -- -- in the women's network and Fox News Channel -- -- welcome everybody good to have you here.
Just curious what your reactions we hear that number that 80%.
Just have a negative overall feeling and some of them expressed that they feel anger.
About the job that.
Folks are doing in Washington and the government overall.
Response to how do you frustrate you have with -- -- out -- that 80% and angry or dissatisfied.
All of you from.
That that that's pretty shocking because I don't make clear to everybody com.
This is a group -- has -- basically they're they're split between leaning left leaning right in their politics and a few moderates -- folks who describe themselves as moderates wrinkled as well.
Don't let this service you can eat why why -- inaccurate.
I think there's -- -- gridlock in Washington.
And the inability for our for leaders in Washington to actually get to what the problem is -- get to a solution.
And I think personally for firm way alligator is that are -- -- to be compromise there needs to be.
Both sides coming.
In -- and that a little bit.
And the includes.
Cutting spending without a doubt that have to be done and to have to be some component of raising taxes and I think the port.
The part of raising taxes -- difficult one what you raise -- -- you want to.
The economy sluggish right now you don't want the taxes on the going to perhaps do something with the economy -- to -- themselves.
We need to talk need to -- realize that you're not gonna get your point of view crossed a 100% but be able to get to a point where everybody can agree -- You know -- the American people they have every right to be outraged right now thank goodness for the Tea Party movement -- wasn't for that we wouldn't happen this discussion.
There's a gross lack of accountability.
And leadership coming from President Obama he is the president.
Of the United States they can even perform their basic duty by providing a budget we should even be at this point which have had a budget a long time.
Absolutely -- like it.
Politics right now is almost like a concert in talking about bringing in the Tea Party -- concert that's allowed concert doesn't mean that it's good.
So politics is like that each side screaming -- each -- the volume is raised in I was really sane thing.
Feel what what's your biggest frustration when you watch this in processing UC LU -- on life in -- own financial you know home.
-- -- -- -- Here's the issue in the real numbers 20% of Americans are unemployed receive nine point 2% 20% -- real number.
This is an anti business administration I own a business the best investment in the businesses to hire more people I've -- sitting outside and I put the hard work.
I have 35 employees I'd like to go to 350 employees that's money supply side economics getting into the system.
But you -- -- yesterday from Steve when Steve Wynn was a Democrat of billionaire businessman.
Said point blank that this is the biggest -- that business administration's ever seen so people wanna get back to work and that's the problem that's for the frustration comes.
-- -- -- -- -- that added that that the president has shown a lack of leadership raising a hand if you think that I totally disagree with the disagree I thought I'd like credible leadership.
But I think he -- his other brother had.
I think compromise exactly as consent compromise and common sense or two really important values to the American people.
And on one side you've had the president saying let's have a balanced approach.
We're still trying to dig our way out of a recession.
We can't stop you know the progress that we've made so let's do some cuts let's -- cut had any idea on what's gonna cut down -- What we wanna do is go ahead and we're gonna compromise but it's not compromise its compromise and do what I tell you to do.
As far as raising taxes 52% of the people in this country pay nothing.
Correct I have since I broke my senator Sherrod brown.
And and suggested if it was just a dollar a month.
It's worth a dollar -- I agree with the vice president paying taxes this to a certain extent -- honor.
But we have 42%.
Who -- disenfranchised.
They don't feel ownership of the country even though they do -- it.
But I think you have to look at the numbers from the -- that we're talking about -- -- there's so much frustration people are only 20%.
Of the American people feel like we should get to this deficit reduction plan.
By spending cuts alone and you have the Republican leadership that has said.
Only spending cuts.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I worry what its gonna be like friendly when he's got to -- and worrying about -- How much it costs for him to go to college anyway -- -- there's going to be jobs for him when me gets out of college and my husband and I really -- as far as health care I've been feeling it adding him to our.
You know it's really huge expense for.
Who do you blame for the log -- in Washington right now the president Republicans Democrats who do you -- There's not one person that I would say I would claim and I just don't think that color yes.
Maria what do you think I'm pretty much contained in this therapy here is that you can all the bums out so yeah this is it -- yeah.
We put all of bombs and yes Adam and.
If you wanna look I added that he had a look what happened this -- His office unemployment and 125%.
And the -- spin -- 35% so it's a compromise now but like by spending more.
Spending cuts alone it's not gonna do and it's grown to there should -- counseling jobs right now about the deficit council.
Because if you've got deficit down -- 4%.
They got jobs -- unemployment down a 4% the deficit would come down when it.
And that's been the common sense has to come and it's not like what President Obama was a little what what what -- we all agree on in terms of cots.
What what can be cut if his Social Security is -- Medicare and -- -- it Medicaid what can be hacked through would be.
EPA because they are coming out with harsh regulations that are killing the fossil fuel industry -- that we're in return means.
Hundreds of thousands of jobs that are going overseas and higher energy prices for Americans a small business owner paying higher.
Rates for energy that means you can't hire more people -- and expanding can't reinvesting it I'm.
That's that's one agency and that that a lot of people talk about that -- -- let me ask you in terms of what should be -- you know -- would you be okay with increasing the age at which people get Social Security.
Or Medicare for example what would you be OK with that.
It's a good question.
Maybe I think would be okay with yes.
I you know -- speaking to the subject of.
Regulation -- health care I think that the increase -- got -- let's remind everybody that the increasing regulations making the environment for health care very difficult.
For the patient and the doctor and that -- the being told to.
Be more and more and go to -- for example electronic medical records being forced to elect elect.
Just supposed to streamline everything to bring down costs do you see it happening now I know I don't know that I see that -- serious.
Questions about breach of privacy which have not been.
And will eventually come out and we'll have to sort of fix it in some way and it's not going to be fixed ball.
And it's also.
It's the the the cost incurred in actually implementing this is so prohibitive.
That for the the small business owner -- the sole practitioner.
PA don't look -- as the best and how many of you because that one of the largest -- that has added to the deficit is the Obama care.
Planet has come out now the idea is that over time it will help medical costs decrease -- the idea.
How many of you would like to see obamacare repealed -- your hands.
Just three out of advocate a path that that's interesting we'll.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And what about the -- -- instead of being -- -- and -- also about the states that are -- -- over 26 states heavily that are suing to prevent this from happening.
-- -- -- That probably affects your bottom line right and I sort of -- -- was that you would be able to keep.
Your doctor if you're happy with -- so of course they're going to be waivers for.
Companies they have children does not get it asked -- is you know everybody seems to agree that we need to have spending cuts right but -- -- -- say what should they be you know should obamacare go are you willing to have raised the age for Social Security Medicare.
You know keep giving to give me your quick fast and I'm what you think what -- you OK -- -- cutting because everybody agrees that we -- -- going to start to do it.
That's what his thoughts they're running into a tough time and head back -- -- -- and I.
Look at our group we have nine people here -- nine different ideas probably of what we should -- -- how can we expect.
-- from the east from the west and midwest they all have different ideas of what their constituency wants -- -- -- can't come together government doesn't work as well as it is still.
Okay society absolutely I think it governments and so on and so -- -- And what you think is gonna change all that.
What people have never thought government has worked well everyone thinks that now is the worst time ever now is the biggest.
Two sides can come together but this has been going on if you if you look at polls even going back to the 1850s it was the worst time ever for journalists in the worst time ever for politics.
It always seems like it's the worst time when you're in it at the moment change that answer your question is cutting regulations that free market capitalism thrives but -- -- that.
Can't just be about cuts that's the thing and that's the way aired this frustration is coming from in this poll because it has to be balanced with also increasing revenue.
All of the ten has raising taxes all of the tax loopholes that clearly irate citizens in as a billionaires take advantage and it went in the mall bitterly about I'm glad I got here coming I -- -- Jack I would recommend -- I'm not.
I I have retired and -- Social Security if you wanna take part of it got bush -- -- until it.
I don't want my Social Security adversely affect my kids.
When I started with the company we had ten plants in the United States each one of our plants can't afford a 500 people and we're gonna want.
You have driven manufacturing.
Out of this country.
That's simple that straightforward until something is done.
To get rid of whenever regulations where you can manufacture again.
We're debt Greece couldn't run on on run non manufacturing economy -- couldn't do what we're not going to be literally said I -- during the.
Anyway I NN I appreciate all of your thoughts great sympathy go on -- for an hour it's great to have you all here thank you so much for your input today we really appreciate it great stuff thank everybody and thank you.