The Edification of the Low-Information Voter
The predictably disastrous rollout of ObamaCare has given conservatives a rare opportunity -- a perfect storm, if you will -- to just sit back and observe while low-information voters discover firsthand that President Obama's lofty rhetoric in no way matches the actual effects of his signature law. It's as if these shell-shocked low-information voters are being thrust into a once-in-a-lifetime crash-course on the failures of big government -- before the law even gets off the ground. ObamaCare's implementation is different because previous expansions of the federal leviathan moved "forward" due to the temptations of unbridled utopian promises (think Social Security and Medicare) and because the inherent economic flaws didn't present themselves until well after Americans were fully dependent upon the system. Not this time around.
Where did these millions of potential students of ObamaCare come from? They were created by an educational system, mainstream media, and Hollywood culture that consistently push a carefully crafted "progressive" agenda. Because of this, low-information voters can easily be found among a highly educated class of doctors, lawyers, professors, journalists, and of course politicians, just as they are found among totally uneducated dupes. Or as Mark Twain said: "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." Couple the above with the intrinsic human desire to be accepted among one's peers, and what you end up with in the U.S. is what can only be described as one giant low-information voter factory. Who says nothing is "Made in the USA" anymore?
But there is a window of opportunity here (that I'm confident Republicans will screw up) thanks to President Obama's and the Democrats' false promises and total lies about ObamaCare. And millions of low-information voters (at least those willing to believe their own lying eyes) are suddenly receiving a much-needed higher education:
Here are just a few of the possible course titles for incoming ObamaCare freshmen:
- Economics 101: Did you really think you could keep your current health plan?
- Philosophy 411: If your health plan cost rises exorbitantly, but you can't log on to the exchange to see it, will you still save $2,500 per year?
- Sociology 205: How a once self-reliant middle class can get almost "free" health care by intentionally working fewer hours and collecting taxpayer subsidies.
- Home Economics 911: How to live your 40-hour-per-week life on only 29 hours per week.
- Computer Science 404: How to spend $634-plus million building a totally overpriced non-working website with friends while using none of your own money.
- Journalism Bias 101: Is showing up three years late to a party still within the boundaries of being just fashionably late?
- Constitution 101: The three Ts of ObamaCare: Transitioning from your current "inadequate" plan into ObamaCare, Transitioning peacefully into the afterlife with IPAB, and Transitioning from ObamaCare to a single-payer system.
And my personal favorite:
- Community Service 101: Lessons in Altruism: "I was all for ObamaCare until I found out I was paying for it."
I know that's a lot to cram into a short time frame, but for a simple refresher course on why big government always fails, see my previous AT piece (complete with charts): "Could Forrest Gump Plan Our Economy?" Tip: For extra credit, simply change part of the title to read: "...Plan One Sixth of Our Economy," without any other changes, and you'll be deserving of an A+.
Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee were vilified (by both parties) for standing on principle and leading the fight in the budget battle to have ObamaCare defunded. At what point does the low-information voter cry out in horror, beg for that very same outcome, and realize that those who were called anarchists, racists, bomb-throwers, and hostage-takers were actually trying to protect them from this monstrosity? Perhaps this is asking too much too soon of low-information voters with such limited educations?
Scott blogs at www.politiseeds.com.