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Representative Vicky Hartzler via Twitter yesterday:

@DoDBuzz dodbuzz by RepHartzler

House lawmakers appeal to Obama to stop defense cuts – bit.ly/rfJl7a 21 Jul

And today:

@RepHartzler Rep. Vicky Hartzler

Are voting on Legislative branch approps bill. Am voting to reduce our office budget by 7%. We all must do w/ less to balance our budget! 5 hours ago

[emphasis added]

Cognitive dissonance in everything.

It gets even better. A few minutes ago:

@RepHartzler Rep. Vicky Hartzler

New CNN poll shows 66% of Americans support passage of Cut, Cap, & Balance yet today the Senate tabled it! Unbelievable! Call them! 10 minutes ago

Really?:

CNN/ORC [pdf]

Interviews with 1,009 adult Americans conducted by telephone by ORC International on July 18-20, 2011. The margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is plus or

minus 3 percentage points.

The sample includes 856 interviews among landline respondents and 153 interviews among cell phone respondents.

14. In those discussions, several budget plans have been proposed that would reduce the amount the government owes by trillions of dollars over the next ten years. If you had to choose, would you rather see Congress and President Obama agree to a budget plan that only includes cuts in government spending, or a budget plan that includes a combination of spending cuts and tax

increases on higher-income Americans and some businesses?

Only spending cuts 34%

Spending cuts and tax increases 64%

Other (vol.) 1%

No opinion 1%

18. Based on what you have read or heard about the discussions between Congress and Barack Obama on the debt ceiling, do you think Obama has or has not acted responsibly?

Yes, has acted responsibly 52%

No, has not 46%

No opinion 2%

19. Based on what you have read or heard about the discussions between Congress and Barack Obama on the debt ceiling, do you think the Republicans in Congress have or have not acted responsibly?

Yes, have acted responsibly 33%

No, have not 63%

No opinion 3%

[emphasis added]

That ain’t exactly a vote of confidence in Vicky Hartzler’s position, eh?

Then, on the proposals:

21. In some proposals, Congress would raise the debt ceiling while cutting between two trillion and four trillion dollars in government spending over the next ten years and raising taxes on some businesses and higher-income Americans. Would you favor or oppose this proposal?

Favor 66%

Oppose 34%

No opinion 1%

23. In another proposal, Congress would raise the debt ceiling only if a balanced budget amendment

were passed by both houses of Congress and substantial spending cuts and caps on future spending were approved. Would you favor or oppose this proposal?

Favor 66%

Oppose 33%

No opinion 1%

[emphasis added]

The devil is in the details on the second one. Some of the details which won’t make the republican gimmick proposal work:

24. Now I’m going to read you some of the specific proposals for cutting government spending and increasing taxes that have been suggested as part of the discussions on the debt ceiling. For each one, please tell me whether you favor or oppose that proposal as a way to reduce the amount that the government owes.

Cutting federal subsidies to farmers

Favor 31% Oppose 66% No opinion 2%

Cutting pensions and benefits for retired government workers

Favor 30% Oppose 68% No opinion 2%

Cutting defense spending

Favor 47% Oppose 52% No opinion 1%

Cutting the amount the government spends on Medicaid, the federal health program for the poor

Favor 22% Oppose 77%

Cutting the amount the government spends on Medicare, the federal health program for the elderly

Favor 12% Oppose 87% No opinion 1%

Cutting the amount the government spends on Social Security

Favor 16% Oppose 84% No opinion 1%

Increasing the taxes paid by oil and gas companies by ending federal subsidies for those businesses

Favor 73% Oppose 26% No opinion 1%

Increasing the taxes paid by businesses that own private jets

Favor 76% Oppose 23%

Increasing the taxes paid by people who make more than 250 thousand dollars a year

Favor 73% Oppose26%

Those polled want all of the things the republican obstructionists in Congress don’t.

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) evidently didn’t read the fine print.