Republicans are sad, that’s true, but I’d like to talk about the other kind of poor Republicans, the ones that actually do not make a lot of money. It’s a fact that according to his economic plan, Obama will give tax breaks to 95% of the population that make less than $603,402. McCain on the other hand will give nominal tax breaks to this same population, specifically less than 1% for those earning $66,354 or less. But, for those making above $2.87 million, he will additional decrease the already enormous tax breaks they get by 4.4%.
So, the question is, where is McCain’s support base coming from? Let me suggest from the “poor republicans”. I offer you a true life example. I have 42-year-old Asian American female friend, albeit not a close one, who grew up in a military household and makes less than 30k/year as a secretary for the county. I once suggested to her that with her income, she qualifies for government assistance to own a modest home. You see, up to this point, she was living in a house owned by her brother and parents and gets loans from them which she pays back when she can. In my mind, telling her about these housing programs would help her gain some independence and begin earning some wealth.
Her reaction was, “I am not going to take advantage of the government. I hate those lazy minorities who do.” This shocked me because I could not understand where her statement came from. With further conversations I realized a few things. First of all, she sees the government as Republican and the money they dole out come from only Republicans from the middle and well-to-do classes. She does not include minorities, poor people, aliens or even herself in this group of tax payers. And even though she recognizes she is not rich, she still does not identify with the working class. She is a Republican and in her mind, they do well economically.
I argue that there are many, many more “poor Republicans” like my friend. They see themselves in McCain, his Barbie millionaire wife and their kids including the standard adopted child from an impoverished country. Obama is seen as a black man and as we all know, black people are poor welfare recipients who suck the life out of good Republicans (aka: the US government).
What about the phrase, “I will not tax 95% of the American population but rather tax the richest 5% of Americans instead of giving them even more tax breaks” does the “poor Republican” not understand? I implore you to ask these “poor Republicans” the same question. Help them understand that it’s not the 5% of the riches Americans who are bailing out Wall Street. It is the 95% of the poorest groups including the “poor Republican's” tax money that will bail out the Richy Riches. That’s all.
Oh, Obama, kindly grow balls, unless your middle of the line tactic during the debates was to appeal to the Independents. Even then, we’ll have to see, won’t we. What do you think?