With all the votes in, it looks like 117 million people voted, about 13 million fewer than in 2008. Even Obama didn’t as many votes as he did in 2008. There’s a great deal of discussion about why Obama won. Rep. Jim Jordan (R.-Ohio), the chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, said that the Republican presidential campaign was handicapped because Mitt Romney was the most liberal Republican nominee in history. Jordan described Romney as “the most liberal Republican nominee in history.”
Abortion, contraception, homosexual marriage, race — you name the cause — were factors, but not enough to tip the scales for Obama. Certainly not enough to garner 60 million votes. Something else is going on in America, and it’s been going on for a long time. At this point in time, we’ve hit a tipping point. With 47 percent of adults not paying federal income taxes and tens of millions of people on food stamps, the primary reason 60 million people voted to give President Obama four more years is FREE MONEY. Free money — fiscal insanity — won the election for Obama.
People getting free stuff aren’t going to vote for a party that promises to stop the trips to the candy store. It reminds me of a line from a Dire Straits’ song: “Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free.”
For decades, since Lyndon Johnson’s administration and the implementation of the “Great Society,” tens of millions of Americans have been living in terms of other people’s money. Like all government programs, the payouts were small in the beginning and those receiving aid amounted to a few percentage points. But when something is subsidized, you’re going to get more of it.
The majority vote for Democrats because they believe the Democrats will give them other people’s money. Obama said it himself at a 1998 conference at Loyola University in Chicago: “I believe in redistribution” to “make sure that everybody’s got a shot.”
Californians voted themselves a tax increase this election. Actually, a majority voted for a tax increase on other people. They’re hoping they benefit by the extra cash. Planned Parenthood is already basking in the free birth control that women will be able to get for the next four years. “Now we can count on another four years of a president who is an outspoken supporter of Planned Parenthood,” Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards wrote. “We can count on birth control with no co-pays, and increased access to affordable care.”
Saving the auto industry played a role in guaranteeing Obama’s electoral victory. It insured that Michigan would vote for him. Look at the electoral map of Michigan. The blue (Democrat) counties are located in the Detroit area where auto manufacturing and the major universities are located (Ann Arbor and Lansing). Kalamazoo in the west is the home of Western Michigan University. It, too, went for Obama. Students are dependent on government for grants, school loans, and being on their parents’ healthcare policies until they’re 26. Who needs a job when money and chicks (birth control) are free?
Ohio borders Michigan. There are a lot of union workers and automobile parts manufacturing industries in the Buckeye State. We don’t think of Ohio as an automobile powerhouse, but it is:
“Ohio ranked second in the nation in value-added in both assembly and parts operations during 2008. Ohio is at the center of the motor vehicle industry – 68.2 percent of N. American light vehicle production during 2010 was in Ohio or within 500 miles (805 kilometers) of its borders.”
Republicans could make similar policy promises, dole out the tax dollars, and billions in “Quantitative Easing,” but then they wouldn’t be the opposition party. George Bush tried it, and look where his policies took us and what we got in return – the most inexperienced president in history who has a fundamental grudge against America.
The Democrats are already talking about raising taxes as a solution to our fiscal crisis, and the majority of voters said “Amen.”