“It’s not that our liberal friends are ignorant, it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” – Ronald Reagan
When Reagan referred to “our liberal friends” he identified a segment of seriously misguided, under informed, self centered voters who make bad decisions in the voting booth. Today they’re increasingly known as low information voters.
How big is their impact? Last November over 61 million low information voters granted President Barack Kevorkian, four more years to practice voodoo medicine on their terminally ill economy. Clearly these Einsteins aren’t troubled by obscene debt and deficit numbers or painfully high unemployment.
Typically left of center, low information voters actually know very little about the issues but see their limited knowledge as encyclopedic. Health care is a good example.
LI voters almost achieve orgasm over ObamaCare yet few can explain, for example, the medical device tax and why this jobs killer is considered by the industry to be anti-technology. Explain it? They’ve never even heard of it.
Low information voters were willingly hoodwinked by the presidential canard that insuring another 30 million Americans under ObamaCare could be accomplished without increasing costs. That claim defies even simple logic but the President poured the Kool-Aid and the sycophants drank it. Now let’s see these nanny state proponents explain the Society of Actuaries (SAC) just released numbers showing a 32% cost increase for claims on individual health policies under ObamaCare.
Insurance rates are based on costs. That 32% will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher premiums. According to President Obama, costs were to go down under the Affordable Care Act, but the SAC report predicts double digit increases in most states. It outlines examples of higher costs by 2017 for individual coverage of 62% in California, 80% for Ohio & Wisconsin, over 20 % in Florida and 67% in Maryland. Oops! Up doesn’t seem like down to me.
Ask the low information voter to explain the rising numbers of private practise doctors closing up shop because they can’t cover expenses under reduced Medicare payouts.
Dr. Mark Seigel, Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine, says a cardiologist who made $560 to read an echocardiogram will make $280 under ObamaCare. Sound like a good deal? Of course not, but when you’re addicted to the government teat, you tend not to sweat little things like how nothing is free or that government must first take before it can give. Low information voters never dig that deep.
Gay marriage and gun control are the latest causes spurring LI voters to action through emotion without knowledge. Pandering politicians mixed with media angst and hysteria quickly coalesced low information voters in a bellicose call to action on both fronts.
Telling the Deity He got it wrong on marriage and restricting rights to self-protection are not positions born of brilliance.
Last November’s presidential election revealed a troubling reality. Over 51% of voters thought it smarter not to reject failure but to embrace it.
That speaks directly to the intelligence quotient level of the low information voter.