In a Hot Air post by Ed Morrissey, we learned that Democrat strategists are concerned that without the record turnout from black voters that they enjoyed in 2008, they may be in for trouble. ACORN is just trying to survive and is in no condition to rig this one for them, so what is a Democrat to do? If you can’t buy votes through corrupt community organizations, buy them directly.
On Wednesday, President Obama said that he was, “announcing my support for an additional $250 in emergency recovery assistance to seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities to help them make it through these difficult times.” There are some interesting motivations for this. Of course, Obama points at the economy, but wait, Obama and Biden have said the stimulus worked. Are seniors in more hardship now than they were 4 months ago?
This has more to do with health care and the Democrat fears of a stunning loss in the 2010 elections.
Without an African American presidential hopeful running for office, will the heavily Democrat-leaning black voter population show up? Probably not. SEIU and ACORN have some publicity issues to deal with after the highly-negative exposure they gained from beating a black man near a town hall because he was selling American Flags and of course, supporting child prostitution by clearing the way for illegal tax breaks and government mortgage help.
If they can’t count on the African-American community, where will the “help” come from for the Dems in 2010?
Senior citizens are the first voting block to which the Democrats are turning. One of the largest and strongest segments of anti-health care reform sentiment is Senior Citizens. AARP has seen historic losses in membership after they association voiced support for the President’s plan against senior’s wishes. Democrats cannot afford to have those anti-left feelings carry over into next year’s elections.
Second, Harry Reid has blocked a measure in the Senate to restrict Census to those in the U.S. legally. By expanding the census to illegal aliens, a left-leaning group, it could have wide-ranging effects. The Census decides things like how congressional districts are drawn and how many representatives a state gets. By favoring illegals, this could give blue states more representatives than they should get.
Can $250 really by a vote. Sure, when it’s meant to cover up the bad news that Social Security recipients won’t be getting a cost-of-living adjustment this year. Granted, they did get an almost 6% raise last year, but it’s always about what have you done for me lately. If the senior segment of our population gets bought off for a measly 250 bucks and the illegal count in the census is used for congressional weighting and districting, the Democrats may have found a corrupt, but effective solution to being unpopular – buy the win.