As this elections season lurches into its final lap, I can’t help wondering at what has been going on. It seems that many Americans are supporting policies that directly go against their own self interest. And in the name of what?
Reader sarah nails it:
i think it’s just part of that american myth, that anyone can be rich and successful, if they will only apply themselves and try harder…so why make things tough for rich people? after all, you’re going to be rich some day real soon, since you’ve been working so hard for so long. and wouldn’t you feel stupid if you supported a policy when you were poor that came right around to bite you once you get rich?
This is the crux of the matter. We have been sold the myth of the American Dream, and the most deluded of us believe that even thought they are lower or middle class, they can’t start to make rich people pay more, because they are planning on being rich themselves.
It is like deciding not to spike your hair up because lightning just might strike you on the way to the club, and wouldn’t you feel stupid if you went through all of the trouble with the gel and the hairspray and such. But this is the ‘Dream’ we have been sold.
I honestly can’t see any other explanation as to why the ‘heartland’ is so eager to give away their money to those who already have it. this last week we have seen the ‘Socialist’ meme tossed about by the people who would benefit the most from some form of socialism, namely lower middle class ‘values voters’. I’m sure they would hate to have a solid medical plan, lower taxes, and some sense of stability.
So what is so bad about socialism? Can someone tell me? Obama wants to redistribute the wealth…to the middle class. McCain wants to redistribute the wealth… to the already rich.
I need to take a week long nap. Wake me when its over.
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