In an age of sustained historic unemployment and economic malaise where the leader of the United States of America eschews responsibility for the economy under his watch, so do many Americans follow his example, refusing to take responsibility for themselves. Rather, the majority of Americans voted to continue the expansion of government, which, over the past for years, has been driven by the expansion of handouts, adding $5 trillion to the national debt, an increase of 45%. Therefore, the most significant thing we learned about American culture is a majority of people who were concerned enough to vote want things for free, they want reward without work, and they have realized they can vote it to themselves.

Let’s look at some numbers and attempt to quantify what this looks like.

More than 118 million Americans voted in the Presidential election-over 59 million for President Obama and over 57 million for Governor Romney-out of the total adult population of over 237 million. Additionally, the full-time workforce in the US is currently 115 million. Let’s assume election turnout among people who work full time* followed normal turnout of Americans over 18 at 50%**. This would result in about 58 million voting who work full time as well as 58 million voting who don’t work full time. Consider the following: Over 46 million are on food stamps (which is a higher number of voters when spouses are included), 5.6 million are receiving unemployment, 40 million receive Social Security***, 47 million get Medicare, and these are only some of the programs we can narrow down to just adults. Social Security and Medicare matter because as a whole recipients receive far more than they ever paid in making it another form of welfare, with the exception of people who retired in the last year or two who may not get back as much in Social Security. Also, there is some obvious overlap particularly with users of Social Security and Medicare.

Obama’s central campaign message was “fairness for the middle class” which he defined as continuing the Bush tax cuts while increasing the taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Put to numbers, Obama’s plan is that those who make more than $250K and already pay about 40% of the federal income tax bill should pay even more, while everyone else pays less and the redistribution programs that have exploded in size under his Presidency will continue with no plan to reduce the annual deficit or national debt, which also redistributes wealth away from future generations.

This is what led CNBC’s Larry Kudlow to ask back in October: Is Obama buying the election with his welfare explosion?

Politicians learned long ago that it is far, far easier to be popular, elected, and re-elected when they hand out the money and benefits. The founders of our nation foresaw this problem, which is why to be eligible to vote one had to be a property owner because owning property implied being a producer in the economy. Of course, this policy has been through the years reviewed through the lens of its sexist and racist components as women could not own property at the time and non-whites were not allowed to vote. Both were clearly wrong. However, the principle of being a property owner making one eligible to vote remains true. Otherwise, the general population will, over time, vote themselves that which someone else has earned.

This is why there will never be a Socialist revolution in our country, as Marx and Engle said was the likely method necessary to change the government. Rather, in our modern age, the majority of citizens will democratically vote in  increasingly Socialistic governments until Socialism is fully in place, especially as future politicians see the success of the just-completed Presidential campaign in convincing Americans that the minority of citizens must pay for the majority and that this will somehow fix a wretched economy.

 

*Using full time workers removes most of the 2 million 16 and 17 year old workers

**Turnout among registered voters in a Presidential election is usually around 60%. However, not everyone eligible registers, including people who work full-time.

***Only 65 and older counted, total number of beneficiaries is 62 million.

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