How do Republicans do it? They base their run for the presidency on an economic plan that clearly benefits the upper crust of American society. Yet, millions of working-class and middle-class voters support the Republican agenda. How can these people of moderate means vote for the candidates of the country club circuit?
Historically, such occurrences were explainable through salient differences between the two political parties. Republicans traditionally have been viewed as being tougher than Democrats in the conduct of foreign policy. In fact, successful Republican candidates have frequently frightened the public away from their Democratic choice. At least, this type of explanation can answer the question above.
But in 2012, it appears that President Barack Obama has been fairly tough on the enemies of the United States. As a consequence, voters will not feel compelled to sacrifice their economic interests for reasons of national security. Another comprehensible explanation of contradictory voting patterns results in the conflict between social conservatives and progressives. If you firmly believe that abortion and contraception are immoral, then you would probably vote for the party that supports your beliefs, despite any damage to your economic self-interest.
However, it appears to me that this election will be tipped by voters not concerned with the question of whether Democrats are soft on communism, or whether a woman should have a right to govern her reproductive options.
The election will be decided by people either voting for their economic self-interest or going against their self-interest.
The Ryan budget proposal clearly illustrates Republican financial support for millionaires and billionaires. Continuation of the Bush era tax cuts clearly benefits the upper 1 percent. This trickle-down approach does not explain how Republicans are able to get support from members of the working and middle class. BY GLENN HAMEROFF