‘Free stuff’ proved irresistible to Obama voters
August 27, 2013 01:50 AM | 1459 views | 9 9 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

The most charitable way of explaining the election results of 2012 is that Americans voted for the status quo, for the incumbent president and for a divided Congress. The people voted for a Congress that will not increase their taxes and a president who will give them free stuff.

There are three reasons Romney lost the election of 2012: The conservative virtues of liberty, hard work, free enterprise, private initiative and aspirations to moral greatness no longer inspire a majority of the electorate.

The first reason Romney lost was because it is impossible to compete against “free stuff.” Giveaway is a powerful marketing tool. For example, the adults among the 47 million on food stamps clearly recognized for whom they should vote and they did, by the millions. The lure of free stuff is irresistible. It is documented that 47 percent of the people pay no income taxes and just receive free stuff from the government.

The second reason Romney lost is the inescapable conclusion that the electorate is ignorant and uninformed. The uninformed are easily swayed by emotion and negative campaigning and the electorate is changing. Whites will soon be a minority in America, as defined by many political studies and that new immigrants to America are primarily from Third World countries and do not share the traditional American values that attracted immigrants of previous generations. It is a different world and a changing America.

During the 1956 presidential campaign someone told Adlai Stevenson, “Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person in America!” He replied: “That’s not enough, we need a majority!”

The third reason Romney lost, in my opinion, is that takers outnumber the givers (producers) and that will only increase in years to come, defining a changing America.

Conclusion: If the presidential election of 2012 proved anything, in my opinion, it is that the Old America is going and, sad to say, it is not coming back. The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living!

Bill Byrne

Marietta

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Lib in Cobb
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September 07, 2013
The GOP lost in 2008 because they found a tired old man with worn out messages to be their candidate, George part II. The GOP then compounded their problem by taping a dope with no ideas at all. A half term failed governor of Alaska with very limited education and even more limited government experience. Then came the loss of 2012, the GOP taped a man who was completely out of touch with the US population. Now, let's list the various groups of our population which the GOP decided to piss off. The women, the minorities, the elderly, the unions, the poor, those in need of healthcare, the children of immigrants born in this country, the middle class. Need I say more? There should be no wonder why the GOP lost in 2008 and 2012. Those losses came on the heels of eight years of George who left office with an approval rating nearly equal to Nixon's. The GOP really, really believed that there is no way they would lose in 12. Well, you lost.

What I appreciate most about these losses is that the GOP just can't stand the idea that a liberal, black man, with a Muslim name dared to become and REMAIN President of the United States. I am enjoying every minute of the Obama administration , because I get to see first hand the GOP head explosions. Is President Obama perfect, no he is not, but he is miles better than anything Republican.
Too funny
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September 06, 2013
The reason the GOP lost is that they've become the party of willfull ignorance and bigotry...did you even bother to watch the debates? A GOP audience actually booed a soldier who was serving in Iraq!
AmericanMale
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September 04, 2013
While I agree with much of your letter, I think you have given a pass to the responsibility that too many of us conservatives take for granted: voting.

The fact remains, Mr. Romney failed to rally the troops. Many of us held our nose and voted for him, an apparent RINO, due to a desire to thwart the socialist's ascension to office. But many others could not bring themselves to vote in favor of the "darling" of the Republican establishment.

It also may have been mere complacency. Several polls and pundits declared that it would be a Republican landslide, so why bother taking off from work or arranging for a baby sitter to go vote? The fact is, though, if you are supported by "Obama money" you don't have to worry about those things... you've got nothing else to do, so why not.

Lastly, I think many Obama supporters felt like not voting for him again, despite his many failures, would be an admission of a mistake. Pride inspired them to vote for him again.
Hank Moody
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August 27, 2013
This was yet another reminder now glad I am that you are not our chairman. This is great though. Spend your time writing more of these head in the sand "reasonings" as to why republican's lost the election. Keep doing it until the 2016 election passes you right by....it's beginning to become harder and harder to separate Bryrne from the Simpon's Mr. Burn...excellent...
Guido Sarducci
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August 29, 2013
It does not take much intelligence to insult people and demeand them, liek Foley does. you ahve juts exhibited that you lack of intelligence is only exceeded by your lack of breeding, However, you and Foley make a good paid. Two minds but wihtout a single thought.
Kevin Foley
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August 27, 2013
Wow, what an original argument.

Maybe, Mr. Byrne, the reason Obama won is because he was the better candidate.
Guido Sarducci
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August 28, 2013
And maybe, Mr. Foley, the moon is made of green cheese.
Guido Sarducci
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August 27, 2013
Spot on, Mr. Byrne.
anonymous
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August 27, 2013
I'd suggest you see the article on Dragon Con and the 33 year old guy who likes to dress up as Star Wars characters with guns made from curtain rods and travel to fantasy conventions. This is what passes for a meaningful life for too many of today's young Americans, while around the world, their peers fight unending wars and come home to less than enthusiastic support...a lot of mouth service, but a pathetic job market and a culture that applauds Miley Cyrus bending over to perform. Add the Obamaphone culture, the lack of leadership on racial tensions (i.e. black on black and black on white crime) and the crony capitalism and it's not looking real favorable for America.
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