Thursday, December 18, 2014

Is Stupidity Responsible For Us Voting Against Our Best Interests?


John Stuart Mill's famous quote, "Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative," would seem to be the short answer to our question, but let's explore the problem a little more.

First we have the Low Information Voter who has never heard of class warfare...



And then we have the con artists the Low Information Voters put into office...



But back to the original question, this time in regard to stock market investors...

"James Carville: Why do people vote against their interests?"



"During my time as a political strategist, one of the most vexing problems was figuring out why so many people vote against their perceived interests. Commentators like myself have spent countless hours speculating on why so many people vote against their perceived interests, staying up late talking about it in strategy meetings, on TV discussing what inspires voters — even writing about it in this publication.

"A chief complaint of many Republicans is that Asian-Americans and Jews strongly support and vote for Democrats despite the affluent economic standing many have achieved. Similarly, Democratic strategists struggle to understand why 77 out the 100 poorest and most government-dependent counties in the United States voted for Mitt Romney in 2012.

"But the people who consistently and overwhelmingly vote in large numbers against their interests are stock market investors.


"I have no earthly idea why a stock market investor would vote Republican — all you have do is look at the numbers. The numbers are staggering, breathtaking and unimaginable. How anyone with even a penny in the market would vote for their interests and choose a Republican is unexplainable..."

Some of the people who vote against their best interests are women...



...but most of them are men:

"Pat Robertson: Gays Will Soon Go Extinct ‘Because They Don’t Reproduce’ (Video)."


"On his show “The 700 Club” today, Pat Robertson spoke to a caller who said her church doesn’t allow its members to date, leaving her and her friends 'frustrated because we’re getting older and no one is getting married.'

"Robertson was shocked to hear her predicament, but his take on the consequences of a no-dating policy was classic Pat Robertson insanity:


"'You know, those who are homosexual will die out because they don’t reproduce,' he said. 'You know, you have to have heterosexual sex to reproduce. Same thing with that church, it’s doomed, it’s going to die out because it’s the most nonsensical thing I’ve heard in a long time.'

"Never mind that homosexuality has been ubiquitous in all species since living things began to walk on four legs. But there’s no point in holding Skeletor’s musings up to any kind of logical scrutiny, so I’ll just stop here.


"Listen to his latest gem in the video..." (http://aattp.org/pat-robertson-gays-will-soon-go-extinct-because-they-dont-reproduce-video/)

Some of them are undecided...



And there may be no hope for them...



Here's another example of people voting against their best interests...



...and here's what they get for not paying attention to what's happening in the world around them:

"Tennessee: Ayn Rand’s vision of paradise."

Tennessee: Ayn Rand's vision of paradise
(Credit: PhotosbyAndy via Shutterstock)

"The southern state ranks dead last in per capita tax revenue, and its low-income families are paying the price.

"If you’re worried about where America is heading, look no further than Tennessee. Its lush mountains and verdant rolling countryside belie a mean-spirited public policy that only makes sense if you believe deeply in the anti-collectivist, anti-altruist philosophy of Ayn Rand. It’s what you get when you combine hatred for government with disgust for poor people.

"Tennessee starves what little government it has, ranking dead last in per capita tax revenue. To fund its minimalist public sector, it makes sure that low-income residents pay as much as possible through heavily regressive sales taxes, which rank 10th highest among all states as a percent of total tax revenues. (For more detailed data see here.)

"As you would expect, this translates into hard times for its public school systems, which rank 48th in school revenues per student and 45th in teacher salaries. The failure to invest in education also corresponds with poverty: the state has the 40th worst poverty rate (15%) and the 13th highest state percentage of poor children (26%).

"Employment opportunities also are extremely poor for the poor. Only 25% have full-time jobs, 45% are employed part-time, and a whopping 30% have no jobs at all.

"So what do you do with all those low-income folks who don’t have decent jobs? You put a good number of them in jail. In fact, only Louisiana, Georgia and New Mexico have higher jail incarceration rates..."

And finally...



So if you don't want your kids screwing up the way you do...



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The Low Information Voter is the barrier between Conservatives and common sense, and they may prove to be the main reason Conservatives thrive in a participatory democracy where the citizenry is being driven towards its final destruction.

After several hundred years, it's apparent that the Cons hate all of the basic tenets of democracy -- voting, equal access, and all that goes along with a democratic country -- and if the Low Information Voter doesn't understand this it's time to...

...criminalize Conservatism. - Joyce, Jnr.


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"In the United States I have always believed that there was a big
 difference between Conservative and stupid. Boy is it getting harder
 to prove that one by the minute."

 Rick Mercer.

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