Against your interests

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    Some people on this forum marvel that anyone votes against their interest. Personally, I marvel that more people don't. If the true goal of your life is to put others first, and to support your country of your party, you should always be willing to vote against your interests. Not voting against your personal interests in the pursuit of a better life for everyone is the sign of a selfish person, not a healthy, well adjusted, individual.
     
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    You're correct. "Against your own interests" is a stupid way to say it. I have used that phrase in exactly the way you have described and I shall not do so again. You have convinced me.

    Thank you for an excellent point.
     
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    I always vote to my own interest. I just understand that voting to my short term interest is not necessarily to my long term interest.
     
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    Here's the thing: There are millions of us Lefties who genuinely believe that the income disparity in this country is a major problem, threatening all of our prosperity. So to me, it is voting against EVERYONE'S best interests when you put people in power whose number one economic goal is keeping rich people rich. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Progressives aren't going anywhere.
     
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    I think you are being too narrow in your definition of personal interests. OB alluded to it, as well.

    I ALWAYS vote for what I believe is minimal law and just law, because THOSE things are always in my best interests. My personal freedom is always in my best interests.
     
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    Sometimes, voting for the greater benefit of all means voting for more laws.
     
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    Since when is freedom not THE greatest benefit to all?
     
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    Keeping the rich people rich...Like Ted Kennedy, Jay Rockefeller, Dianne Frankenstein, Herb Kohl, Mark Dayton, Harry Reid, Nancy Piglosi, Robert Rubin, Tim Geithner, Warren Buffett, Richard Branson, 95% of Hollyweird...

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but your golden calf is rusting out.
     
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    At whose expense?

    TNSTAFAL
     
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    I do not feel that either party has my countrys best interests as their primary focus/task.
     
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