*I was going to post this on a thread about Mitt's new Bob Woodward ad, but it hit 500, so I posted it here instead.
Anyone who thinks that poor, undereducated people are in anyway a reliable voting sect are poorly informed.
Unless of course you add in the people who are highly motivated by inflammatory partisan media.
Unfortunately, most people don't keep track of current political news, let alone partisan political news. Most people work until they go to sleep and wake up and do it all over again, and by the time they come home, they would much rather not listen to political bantering. Many of these people are going to do this until they die, and will have little upward mobility in that time.
Could it be the social net with all those parasites, sucking at the teet of America? Well, hm, let's google the number of people on welfare.. one sec, brb... k, got it, 15,000,000. Ok, 4.1% according to the same site. 4.1%... 15 million is a huge number, don't get me wrong, but I'd say if the goal was to get everyone on welfare, Obama has some work to do.
Woah, I've had an epiphany. What if poor undereducated people cost more to tax payers if they didn't have a social net than if they didn't? Maybe it costs less to deal with the health, crime, and societal problems that are brought on by the poor than it is to leave those problems unattended to. Holy Mackerel! Maybe a properly funded education force, a well maintained infrastructure, an idle military, clean air and water, and equal opportunity make for a more prosperous society! Social programs and well managed regulation can lead to greater outcomes overall? Woah! Who'da thunk?
Not our Republican representatives in leadership positions tasked with writing legislation that benefits America in some remote way, and failing (purposefully), that's for sure. It takes a certain kind of dedication to put weight behind the party that oversaw the collapse of the American financial industry, and has since continued to take no responsibility for their own policies' and their policies' obvious effects. I understand party allegiance, but voting for Mitt makes no sense from any point of view; conservative or liberal, Republican, Democrat, the guy has never run a multi trillion dollar organization tasked with making humanity better. Obama took an economy losing 750 THOUSAND jobs a MONTH, and turned that into private sector growth despite Republican obstructionism. Mitt Romney while governor, raised taxes, increased the size of government, and watched unemployment rise.
But that's the strategy. The Republicans are going to prey on the fact that you have better things to do than watch them not govern, and play political games with your livelihoods, and you're going to put enough of them back into power so that they can keep on doing it until you die, and then your children's generation will have to clean up the horrific mess your elected officials could have kept from happening. That will be your legacy if you vote for Romney and his colleagues in the Republican party, I hope you can live with that.