Because a majority of Americans do not know what Obama’s policies are. This is because Americans enjoy making decisions in ignorance. How can I say this? Because I’m a red-blooded American.
For example, at work I’m choosing the corporate web platform for our new website, despite knowing nothing about web platforms. In this microcosm, my product will be the most awesome entity on the internet, because what else could it be if I don’t know what I’m talking about? This is the secret to American greatness. America is greatest, because we patriots do not know enough basic information to form an alternative to consider.
This explanation is the only way the 2010 midterm election surveys make sense. There is only information that validates preconceptions. All else is noise.
These statements are facts.
- Federal taxes have been lower under Obama’s administration than Bush’s administration for 90% of Americans
- The economy has grown during the Obama administration.
- The bank bailouts are expected to turn a surplus for the US Government and by extension, the taxpayer. (Though TARP was signed by Bush into law, Obama continued the program.)
- Health care reform will not raise taxes this year, unless you use an indoor tanning salon which had a sales tax put in place. And the bill is projected to reduce deficit spending on health care.
So why is it that most voters believed the opposite?
- Fewer than 1/10 Americans knew that Obama had lowered federal taxes for the majority of Americans. In another poll, 52% of Americans thought taxes had gone up, which is mind blowing, as taxes have gone down for 98% of Americans. Taxes are lower by $240 billion than under the Bush administration.
- In that same poll, most Americans think the economy has shrunk during Obama’s tenure. The opposite is true.
- Even 43% of Democrats think Obama raised middle class taxes! Now that’s a communications disaster for the White House.
- 81% of Americans surveyed thought the CBO projected the health care bill will cost more taxpayer money, when in fact, the CBO has projected the opposite. The bill will cost American taxpayers less than the old status quo.
- Americans think there will be new taxes because of the health care bill won’t kick in until 2018. Americans also think new taxes will be raised soon. 2018 is not soon. Fees on insurance companies will be raised sooner, but even this Americans have wrong, as they haven’t been raised yet.
I’m re-blogging the ideas based on this article.
American voters have to be better. We have to be better informed. There is a thing called Google, and it either validates my opinions, or makes me change my opinion, every day. We should use this Google more.
I’ll leave you with this long quote, which I thought was salient.
Regardless, the ultimate point is that, just as it would be ridiculous for me to disparage a restaurant at which I’ve never eaten, we can’t proclaim that we’ve seen a referendum on Obama’s policies if most voters have no idea what those policies are.This is something we’ve known at least since Churchill said the best argument against democracy is five minutes with the average voter. On many occasions, people vote with their hearts and their fears, not their heads and their informed choices. And I’d venture to guess that some people even vote for things out of hatred for African Americans or whites or gays or whomever, factors that have nothing to do with how best to improve America’s common good.
Tuesday wasn’t a referendum on Obama. It was a nation of worried, increasingly poor people walking into voting booths and praying that someone, anyone, will help them stop worrying about their mortgages and fill their refrigerators with food again. I’m not sure anyone can say whether those fear-based emotions are right or wrong, but we can say with certainty that terrified emotionality rarely leads to precise perception.