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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Voting against their own interests?

I have heard repeatedly that anyone who is not rich and does not vote for Democrats, is voting against their own interests. I presume this means it is stupid for middle class and poor people not vote for Democrats when they promise to tax the rich, spend more on social programs, and raise the minimum wage.

How so? It doesn't take a lot of time to see that government programs always cost more, accomplish less, and take longer than promised. Taxes that are promised to be only on the rich always end up hitting the not-rich. And the minimum wage does nothing except saw off the lowest rungs on the economic ladder.

But even if you leave aside the economic policies, the Democrats still have nothing to offer for many groups. If you care about gun rights, homeschooling, or business regulation, why would you vote for a party that is diametrically opposed to you?

If people aren't voting for you, you are the problem.

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