As the saying goes, “never discuss religion or politics.” I, for one, love to debate both topics because I find it thought provoking to hear opposing viewpoints on such controversial topics. Besides, when you’re forced to think outside your comfort zone, it makes your brain grow.
Many moons ago, I leaned hard right. I called myself an independent, but gravitated towards conservative policies. Then George W. Bush came along and cured me of this affliction forever. I am not by any means happy with the Democrats. In fact, I think most of them have Jell-O for spines. But, if you explore every issue, they are indeed the lesser of two evils.
I’ve watched a few of the GOP debates and they have only served to reinforce my belief that the Republican Party couldn’t care less about the middle class. They cater to big business and millionaires and their philosophies clearly support this premise—plain and simple. There is something terribly wrong with a country that has major corporations earning billions of dollars and not paying one penny in taxes, while children are homeless and starving from coast to coast.
I did a little Googling and searched for various web sites that listed President Obama’s accomplishments since he entered the White House almost three years ago. Many of the claims were exaggerated and overblown, but I found a few reliable web sites with accurate information. After reviewing his report card, I can’t quite understand why his approval rating is so low. I’m not going to get into specific issues, but from where I sit—all things considered—he’s done a pretty good job.
Here’s my question—and I hope somebody out there can enlighten me—why in the name of all that’s rational would any middle-class American vote Republican? They’re not interested in extending the payroll tax cut for the middle class, they refuse to impose any additional tax on the 1% of Americans who earn more than one million dollars a year and can afford to pay more without it even remotely affecting their lifestyles, and they want to make the Bush tax cuts, which heavily favor the rich, permanent.
There are other issues, of course: same sex marriages, abortion, foreign policy, healthcare, and the economy, but I still find it hard to believe that any working-class family would vote for a Republican president. Can anyone explain this to me?