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.

Comments

  • Anonymous

    At least now we can watch Barack Obama spend the next four years talking about the high unemployment, $16 Trillion debt, $1.6 Trillion annual deficits, a stagnate and recession headed economy, 47 million on food stamps, the 20% underemployed and a nuclear Iran. All of which he inherited from……the Obama administration.

    • Anonymous

      They will keep blaming Bush for another 4 years.

  • Raúl Ramírez
    • Anonymous

      Well, I don’t know about any of the rest of you, but I am happer than a bird with a french fry that people can get their weaves done, have Mexican BBQ and live in the Obama Nation. I mean really, my kids don’t need to go to college or anything, so have my money!

    • Steve M.

      Yep… and these tweets ‘validate’ the point that anyone who didn’t vote for Obama is racist.

  • Arthur

    I’m a Ron Paul supporter…wait, keep reading. After the RNC, Paul folks were pretty down and licking our wounds. But suddenly, Gary Johnson supporters bombarded our sites with lewd and rude attacks on anyone who opposed voting for Gary Johnson.
    From that, I know how it must feel for you Romney folks to have so recently lost the election. To put in all that time and effort…those hopes and fears. If there are any Ron Paul people here or anyone else causing friction this so soon after the election, I ask them to cool it for awhile.
    Happy Holidays.

  • http://www.facebook.com/reese.turner.9889 Reese Turner

    We learned that Romney’s 47% number was low. 52% might be more accurate, leaving no doubt that America now votes in our individual best interests and not in the country’s best interest.
    We learned that Republicans should never opine on rape or female reproduction – either starting it or stopping it.
    We learned Chris Christie is an opportunistic ego-maniac and a common mongrel dog that will mate with anything that walks down the street. He’s been eliminated from all future considerations.
    We, at least I, learned that libertarians are what they are and will always be flies at the Republican picnic – adding nothing to the party except irritation.
    I learned that I need to consolidate and insulate my life and help my children to do so, in order to maintain some of our lifestyle despite the chaos and hardship sure to come to our country.
    It has been fun, my politicalderby colleagues and friends, but now it is time to focus on building the bunker and stocking it.
    Whodat

    • Steve M.

      Whodat, It’s extremely inaccurate and unfair to characterize anyone and everyone who votes for Obama and other Democrats as voting for their individual best interests and not the country’s best interest.
      Did you ever stop to consider that maybe, despite the fact that I pay my federal taxes (and I’m lucky enough to have a job that pays just barely well enough to be in the net “paying” side), that maybe I think it is in the countries best interest that the poor and unemployed be provided certain benefits to insure that they can continue living and a reasonably comfortable level. Do I think the system is perfect? No. Do I think that people cheat and steal from the system? Yes, I know they do. However, I think that it’s important that the system be there to stop the bottom from dropping out on the folks who need it and use it properly. I don’t benefit from the system now — hopefully I won’t until Social Security (and given I’m 50 almost years from retirement, I doubt that will be there), but I voted for that system to continue.
      I could just as easily characterize anyone who votes for Republicans as voting in their own self interest (lower taxes, fewer regulations) and the expense of the greater good. But I don’t. I recognize that we have different view points on the role of government and the best way to run it. I recognize that engaging in discussion, debate and argument with people who disagree is the best way to understand those positions and my own, as well as to be better informed.
      If you honsestly believe that all Democrats simply want to vote themselves benefits and don’t care about the rest of the country, I ask you why I voted for Obama.

      • http://www.facebook.com/reese.turner.9889 Reese Turner

        I do not debate with liberals or retards. There is no way to educate them and it is boring to try. Nothing is to be gained for either side. Want to talk about golf?

        • Anonymous

          Funny how this post calling Steve a “retard” doesn’t get deleted. Whodat, you’re a pathetic person. I’m shocked you didn’t end yourself after Obama’s reelection.

          • German Observer

            Get used to it. The mods here don’t care too much about personal insults simetimes. I have been linked to Nazi-ideaology and called beeing a Jew-hater more then once, just as I am German without consequences.

            So beeing treated tough and more than that is part of the game on PD.

            Anyway, I love it and I’m grateful those guys are still running the platform.

    • Anonymous

      Typical Whodat meltdown. Libertarians are the future of your party. Your brand of dinosaur Republicans are dead. The average American will NEVER again vote for a social conservative or neoconservative for President. So you can either embrace the future or you can fade away. The choice is yours, I tried to warn you.

      • Anonymous

        Define “average American”, please.

  • German Observer

    Like Steve I don’t even try to respond to Scott’s calculation.

    But using an old term from sports, which says that after the election is before the election I ask for the next Power Rankings.

    Here is my proposal.

    Democrats

    1. Hillary: I guess, if she aspires to have the slot, she would be the natural candidate, even at her age in 4 years.

    2. Biden: I hope, in four years he knows its time to enjoy the landscape in Delaware.

    3. Cuomo: Might be a plasusible candidate.

    Republicans

    1. Rubio: Currently a political light-weight. It has a reason, that Romney didn’t pcik him as VP. But this might have changed in some time, so he would be a plausible candidate, who would bring in Florida, a large part of the latino-vote and could find broad support in the party.

    2. Paul Ryan: gained some stature through his VP-role. But he brings in a large part of the campaigns shortcomings as well.

    3. Rand Paul: has a similar position like Ryan, and would have written “defeat” all over him in the general. Plus he had to run against his father because

    4. Ron Paul: decides to run for a last hurrah You know, the gold standard, interventionism and all that is too important as to leave it to one candiate allown.

    5. Chris Christie. Either he is a very plausible candidate, even with chances to win. Or he is tarred and feathered by next month for handing out the presidency to Obama. Its up to you.

    6. Donald Trump This guy is just too cool not to run.

    But this is just my two cents. Of course its the editors’ privilege to come around with the long waited for Power Rankings – I’m sure you are already working on it.

    • jWhite

      So much for Hillary.

  • Edgar Harris

    You’re definitely making a straw man argument here. I can tell you right now that the reasons you cited for why you think people voted for Obama are not the reasons I voted for Obama. The Republican party needs to wake up and come to terms with why America rejected their platform last night, and this sort of talk isn’t going to help. I hope the Republican party wakes up from their denial, but it’s not looking like that’s going to happen. I respect you Scott. I think you’re a smart guy, and I think I understand why you oppose Obama. Even though I disagree with you, I think you have valid reasons for your point of view. I wish you’d give the opposition a little more of that same respect.

    • Anonymous

      People rejected the Republican platform because it would mean independence from government and they just HAVE to get their Obama phone.

    • http://twitter.com/jhud97 Jason Hudson

      Edgar – I’m interested in your top couple of reasons for supporting Obama. I’m at a loss tonight. Pulling the ladder away from the tree just because you are jealous of how high the other guy climbed doesn’t help the guy on the ground.

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately, giving the opposition “a little more of that same respect” may be asking the impossible. Not because we are stingy w/respect but because the opposition expects us to abandon/denounce our deepest held core beliefs and values.
      A vote for the opposition was a vote to not only condone killing babies born & unborn, via the health care law promote euthanasia, assisted suicide, be willing to bend to same-sex marriage, etc. That doesn’t even touch the deep rooted belief that our country, with all it’s flaws is God-given & they want us to keep our mouths shut and pretend we do not believe in Him or His commands not to engage in any of the above practices.
      They have carved scarlet letter “R”‘s on each of our chests–how they painted us as racist & made it stick I have no idea, unless it was taught in black churches like anti-mormonism is taught in evangelical churches.
      Then, after their assault on everything we hold dear, they expect us to give it all up & trade it for votes like playing cards. Saddest part is there are far too many republicans who will do just that between now & 2016.
      No, that kind of violation does not deserve respect.

    • Anonymous

      I’m sorry, but why must the Republicans give the Dems respect and not have that favor returned at all, ever? Why is it the GOP that is always expected to compromise? I am expected to respect and accept and love everyone’s lifestyle choices, but that is never afforded to me? I’m sorry, you want respect from me, then earn it, or at least be civil Democrats. When I hear the president tell his followers to vote out of revenge, not out of principle or for love of country, that makes me feel left out and that he does not care for me. Scott’s argment is right on point. In the coming days and months I suspect there will be more Democrats that see the collossal error of their vote when their grocery bills are sky high, when their energy prices have “necessiarly skyrocketed, when they cannot afford the taxes that are coming and when the nations of the world start calling in our debt. Elections have consequences, I hope you are ready to take RESPONSIBLITY for that choice because there is no such thing as a free lunch.

  • Jason Wright, Editor
  • Steve M.

    Scott, I don’t even want to begin to disect or respond to what you just said. I think we are so far apart, that it would not be a useful conversation at the moment.
    However, I think one thing you left off about what we learned last night — and I’m surprised that you of all people on here left it off — was what Jason said last night. The poll and the number crunching analysis is the political pundit of the future. Nate Silver correctly predicted 49 of 49 states and looks to be correct on Florida at the minute. Your PD Composite got much closer to predicting the popular vote than those who thought the “momentum” was going to carry Romney or that the polls were skewed to bolster Obama’s chances. Number cruncing nerds (I count myself — amatuerish as I may be — in that class) may be the biggest winner of the night.