Saturday, January 15, 2005

Bush and the Poor

A new Pew Research Center poll indicates that a strong plurality of Americans believe that the poor will "lose influence" as a result of "Bush being in office for another term." Specifically, 49% said they believed the poor would lose influence, 31% either said they weren't sure or that the poor wouldn't be affected, while only 20% thought the poor would "gain influence" with Bush in office.

Americans get it. They're not dumb. I just can't understand why they would vote for someone they know will disserve (or not serve) the poor. I refuse to believe that people vote so selfishly.

The only answer then is that many Americans are making a calculated decision: a wrongly-calculated decision in my opinion. They are voting more on gay marriage and Ten Commandment displays than they are on the situation of the poor.

Calling all Christians: please reconsider your compromise as the next election approaches.


At 4:06 PM, Blogger DLW said...

Dude, only 10% of USAmericans have an understanding of how the political system works. 40% vote based on their perceived self-interest. 25% vote based on whether they think the economic conditions are better or worse than they were four years ago and the last 25% doesn't have a discernible policy-related basis for voting.

This is why we need to inculcate the importance of deeper habits of political deliberation among our fellow USAmericans.


At 6:24 PM, Blogger jj said...


Certainly Americans are not as politcally informed or rational as we would like. However, they are apparently smart enough to realize Bush isn't the candidate of the poor. And that's enough. For the Christian, that should be enough to know that he isn't the one.


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