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Why the poorest are voting against their own self interest
marymary100 - 30-1-2010 at 08:51

Many of America's poorest citizens have a deep emotional attachment to a party that serves the interests of its richest.

Thomas Frank says that whatever disadvantaged Americans think they are voting for, they get something quite different:

"You vote to strike a blow against elitism and you receive a social order in which wealth is more concentrated than ever before in our life times, workers have been stripped of power, and CEOs are rewarded in a manner that is beyond imagining.

"It's like a French Revolution in reverse in which the workers come pouring down the street screaming more power to the aristocracy."


A nice little article.

LSemmens - 30-1-2010 at 13:35

It does seem to be a rather damning article regarding the American psyche. Maybe they aren't as intelligent as they seem? skidaddlesetteehidey

giron - 30-1-2010 at 14:03

They've never seemed particularly intelligent to me.

Many of them don't even have the good sense to eat a healthy diet, which is a bad thing, considering their primitive healthcare system.

scholar - 30-1-2010 at 21:37

Originally posted by marymary100
Many of America's poorest citizens have a deep emotional attachment to a party that serves the interests of its richest.

A nice little article.
The author's boxed statement is true. There are many people who vote Democrat, in spite of the harm that the Democrats have done. For some, their loyalty to the party goes back to the time of President Kennedy, who demonstrated that cutting income taxes for everyone increases the tax revenue that comes into the treasury, and who stood for a strong military. Now, the party which favors a strong military and less taxes is the Republican Party.

The author takes the mistaken position that the Democrat version of government health care would be an improvement on the present system, when it would actually do harm. We have the example of government inefficiency in the bloated, wasteful, full-of-fraud U.S. Medicare system. Defrauding Medicare is one of the largest criminal activities in the entire U.S. Criminals do unnecessary medical work to get the government funding, or they bill for work they haven't done at all. Medicare says no to more medical procedures than any insurance company, but the patient doesn't necessarily hear about it because medical practitioners know what is on the list of things the government will pay for, and what is not, and so they usually don't propose to do something not on the list (even if it would be better for the patient).

The Medicare program does not take in as much money as the costs of its obligations, and is projected to go broke.

It causes shortages of some medical resources because it sets the prices artificially. When the price it will pay is too low, the number of doctors willing to do it (at a financial loss) decreases. When it sets the price too high, it wastes money, because every doctor will increase his bill so as to be high enough to take all the money the government is willing to pay.

The blunt instrument that the government uses to beat doctors into submission is reducing the fee that it will pay the doctors and hospitals. Note, the government does not reduce the cost of a medical procedure, it only reduces the price it will pay. So, if a procedure costs $5000 more than the government price, the government "solves" the problem by doing $5000 worth of financial harm to everyone involved in providing the procedure.

There are alternatives. The Republicans proposed that the government pass REAL REFORM that would REDUCE the actual health care costs by eliminating protective medicine (expensive, unnecessary tests ordered to protect the doctor from lawsuits), lawsuit reform, and allowing people to buy health insurance across state lines.

Should the Democrats, who ran the banks into the ground by requiring them to grant mortgages to people who could not pay back, be trusted in the life-and-death issues of health care? Remember, they would not let the Republicans regulate the banks to require a reasonable cash reserve. Wouldn't a health care collapse be even worse than a financial collapse?

The Democrats show how much confidence they have in their work by the fact that they absolutely refuse to be subject to the government care system they propose for others. They insist on having a deluxe, elite health insurance plan for themselves.