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Ninety-Nine. The New 51%?

OK, so I was educated in the public schools, but there is some math that just doesn’t add up.  So, I did a little research.

 

If you listen to the main stream media…. STOP!!  But I digress.  Listening to the main stream media for any period of time would have you concluding that the Republicans are the party of the “rich” and the Democrats are the party of the “little guy.”  You can’t hang around Nancy Pelosi for five minutes (why would you want to anyway) without her spewing something about the Republican protecting the rich…. Tax breaks for the rich….. the rich don’t pay their fair share thanks to the Republicans… blah, blah, blah…

 

And of course, as pure as the wind-driven snow (stay away from the yellow stuff) are the Democrats – the defenders of the weak and helpless, standing up for unions, deadbeats and anyone we can quickly label a minority of some kind.

 

So I figure, if this is true, AND what Obama says that the rich (he’s singles out the top 2%, or if you are OWS, 1%) don’t pay enough, AND the Republicans only represent the rich, AND democrats represent the other 98-99% then….

 

How come we don’t have a 430-5 majority of Democrats in the house and a 99-1 majority in the Senate?!! Hmmmm???!!!  AND, since this had been the case since time immemorial, surely these ratios have been like this since the inception of the nation, right!  So what’s the problem?  Why the protesters? Why are there still rich people?  Where’s the beef?

 

Well, it must be one of two things:

 

  1. Either some 50% of the electorate are dumber than a box of hammers and vote for the party of the rich who turns around and screws them at every opportunity      OR…..
  2. This party of the rich stuff is a load of crap!!

 

 

Not a trick question, folks. I did some research.

 

Since 1912, one hundred years of popular voting data for the presidential elections of the past century reveals that, when added up and averaged, 50.5% of the voters cast a ballot for the Republican nominee and 49.5% for the Democrat.  In other words, even!

 

Think about it.  If it really was 1% versus 99% – IN A DEMOCRACY – would the “rich” really have all the power?  Shouldn’t have there been a HUGE majority of Democrats in both houses and the White House for decades?

 

If we really have lived in an ‘us’ versus ‘them’ society, where we can freely pick our legislators every two years, then why hasn’t the problem been solved?  Where is the party of the “little guy?”

 

Maybe there is a third alternative.  Maybe the party of the “little guy” doesn’t REALLY want the little guy’s problems to be solved.  Think about it.  If their problems are solved by the party that advocates big government intrusion into everything, then big government would be out of a job!

 

Maybe it’s the “little guy” who continually votes for a party that WANTS to perpetuate their problems so they can perpetuate their careers, who are the ignorant ones.

 

The bottom line is this.  The 48% of “non-rich” electorate that, for over a century, has voted Republican do so, not because they are rich, but because they want to promise of the opportunity to become rich (however that may be defined) WITHOUT the government swooping in and telling them they don’t deserve it!

 

So to you passionate, yet misinformed individuals with the hand-made 99% signs, go back to math class and bring your friend, Mr. Logic with you.  Protesting is fine, objecting to the status quo is fine. But if your passion outlasts your purpose, your cause will eventually die.