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Why aren't politicians serious about deficit reduction? Perhaps because voters aren't serious about deficit reduction. According to this chart, which is based on Gallup polling data, the only two measures a majority of voters favor for reducing the deficit are increased taxes on those making over $250,000 and corporations. Yes, these same people who are overwhelmingly against paying a few hundred dollars more per year in tax themselves have no problem raising taxes on others (actually, raising taxes on corporations is the same as raising taxes on those who work for those corporations, only those calling for the higher taxes likely don't realize that). As the saying goes, "Don't tax you, don't tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree!"