By: Ryan Jaroncyk, THL Contributor
Based on the latest polls, Americans want a public health care option, they don't want to send more troops to Afghanistan, and they don't like the GOP.
This is not surprising since the GOP, on the whole, advocates a second surge in Afghanistan and is resistant to any type of public option. Let's take a closer look at the numbers.
Greater than 67% believe that Afghanistan will not have a stable government in the next few years, although a similar percentage feels an American presence is necessary to assist the Afghan government and to prevent the reemergence of Al-Qaeda.
Though these numbers may be a bit contradictory, they would seem to support a third, viable option for Afghanistan: Withdraw most of our troops, but utilize special ops, drone attacks, air strikes, cruise missiles, and a vigilant, nearby naval presence to contain Al-Qaeda.
And although most support more government-based health care reform, a vast majority believes such a plan will add to the deficit, even though this contradicts Obama's and the CBO's projections. As a result, there seems to be a consensus that Americans desire strong health care reform, including a public option, even though they believe it will add more debt.
Or, it could be due to the perception of hypocrisy, since the previous Administration ran huge deficits, added trillions of dollars of debt, and bailed out Wall Street with trillions in taxpayer dollars. Or, more simply, it could be due to the rancorous partisanship wars between major media outlets.