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Response to ToxMarz (Reply #12)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 01:54 AM

25. Not necessarily

The reason welfare and food stamps get demonized so much is because people believe (rightfully or not) that recipients are able-bodied people who are too lazy to work. Yes, I know that's not usually true, but that's beside the point. The point is, I have never heard a conservative actually say that an 85 year old who is struggling with medical bills as she gets sicker should go out and get a job, and while I don't doubt that there are a few Republicans who are heartless enough to believe that, that's not an argument that is likely to gain traction with the majority of Americans.

Plus, the exit polls provide some pretty good evidence that seniors who don't need Medicare already don't vote based on protecting it. 56% of seniors voted for Romney, a 3-point increase over 2008 in spite of the fact that Romney's running mate was the architect of the plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system. I don't have the dataset to break it down by age/income, but since the majority of higher income groups also voted for Romney/Ryan, it's a pretty safe bet to say that richer seniors voted for them, meaning they already were not basing their votes on whom they trusted to protect Medicare.

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