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Response to mindwalker_i (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 14, 2015, 01:35 PM

7. No. It's just there are not enough

 

people voting sensibly, that is to say, for the Democrats.

Do we blame every single voter now that both the House and Senate have Republican majorities? I think not.

The underlying problem is that most people never learned any real critical thinking skills, and too many of them haven't a clue that taxes actually pay for useful things, like roads and schools. And they're willing to believe total bullshit about lowering taxes will create jobs. Or that somehow lowering them will result in higher tax revenues.

Most people never read a book again after they graduate from school, be it high school, college, whatever. And those who do read often read rather narrowly, just a few topics or types of fiction. Most people have never taken an introductory economics class. And so on. The problem in this country really is the low information voter problem.

In Kansas, which is true in any state that has an overwhelming majority of one political party, the only choice you really get is in the primary. In part because so few voters there are registered Democrats, it can be very hard to persuade a Democrat to run for office. Some significant percentage of people who will vote for a Dem in the general election are registered Republicans so they can vote in the primary. I have been largely unsuccessful in persuading those people not go care about who the Republicans nominate, but get a little active in Democratic party politics. It's frustrating. About half of them will vote for the most extreme R in a given race on the theory that then that person will lose in the general election, the other half for the more moderate one, so their votes are a wash. And then, much of the time there's simply no Democrat running because why bother?

Once again, not every single voter in Kansas voted for the dumbasses, as you put it. Especially not in Johnson County.

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