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.”)



The Tea Party reacts to the President’s re-election

January 21, 2013

The Tea Party is another group that is upset that the country re-elected the President. It has posted on facebook asking its supporters to “like” if they agree to fight against “the Obama administration and their (sic) radical agenda”. Following are some of the comments made by the “likers”. Warning – some might find this disturbing. […]

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Really? – 11/16/12 – The Republican reaction to the Democrats’ victory.

November 16, 2012

Profits before health. The last hope the Republicans had that Obamacare would be repealed was crushed by the election. The bulk of the President’s eponymous healthcare plan will now be phased in over the next 14 months. Business people protest they can’t afford to give their employees healthcare, yet they argued against “socialized” medicine. If […]

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Who won the Election?

November 12, 2012

President Obama was the highest profile winner of last week’s election, but he isn’t the only one. Romney was the most obvious loser, but there were others. In the Senate the Democrats picked up two seats – in the House they may pick up as many as seven. But the biggest winner, after Obama, was […]

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The Fiscal Cliff

November 10, 2012

“It is to be regretted that he rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes” – Andrew Jackson On January 1st, if no action is taken, the Bush tax cuts will expire, and spending will be cut as mandated by sequestration – the so called fiscal cliff. There […]

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The right-wing reaction to the President’s re-election.

November 8, 2012

Let the ‘splainin’ begin Going into the election the Republicans really thought that they could win the Presidency and a Senate majority. They were thwarted.  The Democrats not only retained the Presidency, but also picked up two seats in the Senate. But some Republicans don’t seem to think they lost. John Boehner claims that, because the […]

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Who to vote for?

November 6, 2012

This is the most significant election of our time, certainly since the last one, although the next election may be even more significant. Sarcastic? Yes. But this election does have a few things riding on it. Most importantly, the direction the Supreme Court will go for many years. And, whether lower taxes on the rich […]

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How Mitt would have handled Sandy.

November 2, 2012

Mitt Romney suggested in a debate that FEMA should be disbanded and that emergency management should be the responsibility of the states  – or better yet it should be left up to the private sector. He argues that spending money on FEMA, while we had such large deficits, was immoral. He is wrong – but […]

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Election 2012 – Colin Powell endorses the President; Republicans act petulantly; Who is actually committing voter fraud?

October 27, 2012

Colin Powell endorses the President Colin Powell has endorsed Obama for a second term. He said, “I think we ought to keep on the track we are on”. He singled out the President’s handling of the economy and the withdrawal from Iraq. He said he had the “utmost respect” for Romney – which in politispeak […]

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