I think I know why class rhetoric doesn’t work with lower-middle class Republican voters

June 14th, 2012

I know more than a few lower-middle class folks who vote Republican. They’re the people many Democrats just can’t understand. They seem to vote against their economic interests AND they don’t respond to attacks on the rich.

But I have a theory.

The lower-middle class Republicans are much closer to the people who live off the Government than they are to the people who own private jets.

From their point of view, cialis usa drugstore government taxes them and gives their money to people who don’t work and to people who work for the government and enjoy a much more stable, capsule secure, and often higher-paying career than they do.

To them, rich people just aren’t part of the equation.

On a day-to-day basis, they see where their money goes and they don’t like it.

In other words, it’s much easier to resent the people you know, than the people you know only from TV.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rustmeister  |  June 14th, 2012 at 11:37 am

    That’s a big 10-4, good buddy. ;-)

  • 2. John Foust  |  June 14th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    And where do they stand on judging their own government subsidies or benefits? All well-deserved, opposed to those other loafers?

  • 3. jimspice  |  June 14th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Can’t remember the last time I found any semblance of reason here. Not saying you are 100% correct, but there may be something to your observations.

  • 4. Elliot  |  June 14th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Unreasonable is my middle name!

  • 5. John Foust  |  June 14th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour’s wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour’s house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

  • 6. Dan  |  June 14th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Actually, i agree with Foust, probably for the for the first time and also agree with Elliott. I am one of those lower income GOPers. I don’t get jealous of the rich and I also see what the waste in government- local, state and federal- in welfare payments of people who don’t deserve them or are just plain cheats.
    But I am also against most corporate welfare as well and m against those lie and cheat to make their or money.
    But to the honest rich, I really don’t care what they have or how much they make as long as they do it honestly.

  • 7. John Foust  |  June 19th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Dan, it seems like you’re admitting your head is in the sand. What’s worse: if I steal $10 or $1,000,000? Does it matter if I’m rich or poor before I do that? Do you think poor people or rich people would be more adept at securing benefits from the government? Are there more poor people or more rich people?

  • 8. Debunked  |  June 19th, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Dan’s first mistake is in believing that it is jealousy of the rich that makes one believe they should be taxed at a higher rate than they currently are today.

    Dan’s second mistake is in believing that honest rich men exist.

  • 9. John Foust  |  June 19th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Debunked, don’t forget the strong swath of boss-worship. There’s plenty of people on the bottom who think they can get ahead by simply sucking-up to the boss. Anecdotes and examples of this method’s effectiveness are common.

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