Why do people often vote against their own interests?

Discussion in 'Politics' started by midcan5, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. midcan5
    Offline

    midcan5 liberal / progressive

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2007
    Messages:
    10,795
    Thanks Received:
    2,367
    Trophy Points:
    245
    Location:
    Philly, PA
    Ratings:
    +3,310
    An interesting piece that demonstrates the power of propaganda done as story. I had to laugh at the Bush Gore debate dialogue. Too funny. Nonsense is more believable to Americans than facts.

    'Drew Westen argues that stories rather than facts convince voters.'


    "The Republicans' shock victory in the election for the US Senate seat in Massachusetts meant the Democrats lost their supermajority in the Senate. This makes it even harder for the Obama administration to get healthcare reform passed in the US.

    Political scientist Dr David Runciman looks at why there is often such deep opposition to reforms that appear to be of obvious benefit to voters."

    BBC News - Why do people often vote against their own interests?

    Democrats are too damn....why they don't take a lesson from the republicans and just pass good legislation is beyond me. Bush passed corporate greed policy and more riches for the rich, and the conservative electorate cheered!

    An Aggregation of Nincompoops | Foreign Policy
     
  2. uscitizen
    Offline

    uscitizen Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2007
    Messages:
    45,941
    Thanks Received:
    4,791
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    My Shack
    Ratings:
    +4,807
    People often vote against their own interests because they are programmed to.
     
  3. TheSuaveOne
    Offline

    TheSuaveOne Man without a party

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2010
    Messages:
    617
    Thanks Received:
    61
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Chicago
    Ratings:
    +61
    I've noticed an interesting twist in your recent posts. :)

    -TSO
     
  4. TheSuaveOne
    Offline

    TheSuaveOne Man without a party

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2010
    Messages:
    617
    Thanks Received:
    61
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Chicago
    Ratings:
    +61
    Of course the author doesn't know what he is speaking about. The people of MA have seen first hand what government funded healthcare does...it's damn near bankrupts your state. It's my opinion that the voters there knew that by electing Brown, they would stifle the advance of the current plan. They also know what can happen to our government when one party has a majority in the Congress and a member as president after 6 years of this during the Bush administration. Yes, people voted overwhelmingly for Obama, hoping he would bring a change to Washington. Once more, the people were fooled.

    Washing is Washington, and nobody can change that...at least not now.

    -TSO
     
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2010
  5. blastoff
    Offline

    blastoff Undocumented Reg. User

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2009
    Messages:
    13,597
    Thanks Received:
    1,718
    Trophy Points:
    245
    Location:
    In a galaxy far far away...
    Ratings:
    +4,678
    Why do people often vote against their own interests?

    That's easy...Hope and Change!
     
  6. uscitizen
    Offline

    uscitizen Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2007
    Messages:
    45,941
    Thanks Received:
    4,791
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    My Shack
    Ratings:
    +4,807
    You betcha!

    Winky winky.
     
  7. Xenophon
    Offline

    Xenophon Gone and forgotten

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2008
    Messages:
    16,705
    Thanks Received:
    3,750
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    In your head
    Ratings:
    +3,751
    The dems have had trouble because they haven't been passing or trying to pass things in the best interest of all.

    They take things that have basic flaws that can be corrected, and instead of just doing the corrections they uinstead start adding things that are neither needed nor wanted and all the while the price tag goes up on the bill, and eventually they have this convoluted and bloated bill that nobody likes and probaly won't address what was originally intended.

    Health care is a prime example, instead of getting rid of what causes the problems (insurence companies) they tried all kinds of taxes, rules, regulations and gimmicks and in the end wanted the feds to just pay for everyone's health care.

    Instead of simple and straighforward, they always go with complex and earmark laden.
     
  8. uscitizen
    Offline

    uscitizen Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2007
    Messages:
    45,941
    Thanks Received:
    4,791
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    My Shack
    Ratings:
    +4,807
    Well the single payer thing did not last long. Ins industry lobbyists you know.
     
  9. Vel
    Offline

    Vel Gold Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2008
    Messages:
    5,463
    Thanks Received:
    1,913
    Trophy Points:
    248
    Location:
    Tennessee
    Ratings:
    +1,914

    Personal responsibility. The understanding that it's not someone else's responsibility to take care of us as well as understanding that when you give someone else the job of taking care of you, that you also hand them the decision making power over your life. Some of us also understand that in the grown up world, you can't always have everything that you want. You act as if we should behave as children crying mine, while not concerning ourselves with how things will be paid for. Why do you assume that someone else should work hard to provide for you?
     
  10. TheSuaveOne
    Offline

    TheSuaveOne Man without a party

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2010
    Messages:
    617
    Thanks Received:
    61
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Chicago
    Ratings:
    +61
    Unfortunately, it seems as though the current Democratic leaders have not been able to forget the bad feeling they generated during the Bush administrations run with power of the WH and Congress. It seems like they are in full payback mode. I completely understand, but if they had taken the opportunity to change things around and show that they weren't the same as the Republicans (when they had control), they could have gotten a lot done for the people of the country. Had they done that, it would have been very difficult to unseat the Dems from power.

    Instead, it already looks as though their power grab has been caught by the American people who are tired of it, and now they are the bums the people want out of Washington.

    I wish one of the parties would learn this lesson and get it right.

    -TSO
     

Share This Page