Election 2012

Conservatives console themselves that they lost the 2012 election because the poor are freeloaders; that they are “takers” preying on the “makers”. Or as Mitt Romney put it – so arithmetically – the 47% which, he added, would never vote for him.

The debate has been over just how “leech-like” the 47 % are. But the better question is  – are the 47% lost to Republicans? Hardly.

As they are over 65 the Koch borothers are part of Romney's 47% - As is Mitt Romney himself.

As they are over 65 the Koch borothers are part of Romney’s 47% – As is Mitt Romney himself.

Consider this. Romney arrived at 47% by including the elderly “takers” on social security and medicare – but in the 2012 Presidential election he won 54 % of the over-60 crowd.

Ironically, the Koch brothers and Romney himself are part of the despised 47%.

No – the sanctimonious will sententiously say – when we’re talking about “takers”, we are talking about all those freeloading bums, living lives of ease on the government dole. But do the poor – the welfare set – vote for the Democrats? Some do, but others don’t.

If you look at the 100 poorest counties in the US, 60 voted for Obama, 4o for Romney. In all 60 counties that voted for Obama the largest ethnic group was either Native American, Hispanic or Black. In 36 of the 40 counties that voted for Romney, the largest ethnic group was White. It is obvious that government handouts do not cause the poor to vote one way or the other – it’s race.

Not convinced? Of the 10 poorest states – Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, Louisiana, Montana, South Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama, and North Carolina – not one voted for Obama.

And what about the other end of the wealth spectrum. How did the 53% – you know the “makers” – how did they vote? It you assume that if not all the poor voted for Obama, then not all the rich voted for Romney – you would be right.

Let’s look at the 100 richest counties in America.

It’s almost a toss up – 54 voted for Romney and 46 for Obama. In this case – as every one on these counties is majority/plurality White – the determining factor was more geography, than anything else.

It is obvious that there are plenty of “makers” who do not agree with the Republican social policies.

All of this does not make the Democrats right. There is plenty of evidence that the Democratic approach to solving poverty and reducing reliance on government handouts is a bust. But that doesn’t give conservatives the licence to paint those on welfare as Democratic-voting “takers”. It isn’t accurate and it’s just nasty.

(Note: This opinion is shared by the Koch-founded, libertarian Cato Institute. Quote: “Contrary to stereotypes, there is no evidence that people on welfare are lazy or do not wish to work. Indeed, surveys of welfare recipients consistently show their desire for a job.”)

 

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