'That’s a conundrum, isn’t it?' asked Jodine White, 62, of Rocklin, Calif. 'I don’t know what to say. Maybe I don’t want smaller government. I guess I want smaller government and my Social Security.' She added, 'I didn’t look at it from the perspective of losing things I need. I think I’ve changed my mind.'
Well you have to admit that wealthy, old, religious, white people are a minority of sorts. It's just that every member of this group has an above average amount of influence.
Well, wealthy is obviously a minority. It depends on how you define old to figure that demographic's size, but whether it's 80 or 50, older people are becoming less of a minority. White people and religious people are of course huge majorities.
But yes, a key point is that they have a huge amount of influence regardless of size. Better still, the legislature is mostly comprised of wealthy, old, religious, white people.
EDIT: I suppose it's worth noting that in sociological parlance, majority and minority are assumed to refer to power or influence rather than population.
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The hypocrisy of the whole thing is what really, really irritates me. I was just talking to a guy at the bookstore last night and it came up that I volunteered at the local Obama campaign office -- he told me he was sorry and justified the remark by saying he was a Christian and loved his country.
He thinks we should help people but doesn't believe that we should be 'forced to' and that socialism is bad. I pointed out that the early church was socialist and that in the OT law, landowners were required to leave grain in the fields for the poor. "Well that was a theocracy and this isn't." Once again -- So God creates a government that incorporates charity by force of law, but we have a moral objection to charity by force of law because we serve God?
I have family that receive gov health care -- not even medicare, but medicaid -- and they are dead set against healthcare reform.
They want to pretend that it's about principles. Heck, I can respect principles if a person is willing to actually live by them. Most of the time it's just people who are afraid their slice of pie is going to get smaller or somebody who 'doesn't deserve it' like they do might get a little piece. Or they are gulping down the scare tactic koolaide without checking to see if there is any validity to what they are hearing. The private insurance companies that are working with medicare/medicare are lying to people, which, if they just take five minutes to google, they would know. I guess it's more exciting to do a Chicken Little impersonation.
Seems to me they were all in favor of workers getting crapped on until it started moving up the food chain enough for them to feel the pinch themselves.
“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.” ~ John Rogers