Sunday, March 01, 2015
Are We There Yet?
If Congress or the State legislature or even local government really could make a difference by now, don't you think they would? Instead, we have name calling. One party is out to destroy the poor and middle class while the other party is supposedly guilty of destroying the moral fiber of this country or its small businesses. Yeah, right. Let's get this straight. This is about money and power which translates quiet simply to control. It's not about making life better or improving this or that. And it sure as hell isn't about the Constitution of the United States. If something of benefit actually occurs, then you can bet it's because of one of two things. First, it was just pure happenstance. Someone somewhere simply got lucky. I would recommend they go but a lottery ticket before their luck changes. The other possibility (and the more likely), someone is financially benefiting and a way to split the spoils has been figured out, and in this void between what each get some group has temporarily benefitted. Politics is about accommodation; of getting some of what you wanted. "Mr. Smith" isn't in Washington anymore. He was railroaded out.
Another issue of concern is the largest voting bloc next to whites, Hispanics. A record 25.2 million Latinos are eligible to vote now, making up 11% of all voters; an increase of 3.9 million voters from 2010 according to a 2014 Pew Report. 2/3 of these voters are located in just a few States, but what States they are in terms electoral voters---California, Texas, Florida, New York, Arizona, and Illinois. Among political parties, support for the GOP is up slightly, 28% in 2014 compared to 22% in 2010. That still means that as of October 2014, Democrats had a 57% share of Hispanic voters.
A Pew Poll indicated that 58% of Hispanic voters were registered Democrat while 13% were Independent and 26% were signed on as Republicans. As for Asians, the fourth largest minority (expected to tied for third with black in approximately 20 years), 66% are Democrat, 24% are Republican, and 9% are Independent. The really interesting part is that according to this poll, only 50% of all eligible Hispanics are registered voters with about 60% of all Asians registered. By comparison, around 80% of white and black voters are registered, with the majority of black registered as Democrats by the way.
Who are these radical independents that make up the majority of voters--43%--anyway and how dare they think for themselves!?
So what does this tells us? It tells us that the people have had it with all the BS from Washington regardless of which of the
2015 Gallup Poll: Party Affiliation
2014 Pew Research Center: Latino Voters and the 2014 Midterm Elections
2014 Pew Research Center: Latino Support for Democrats Fall
2013 Gallup Poll: In US Voter Registration Lags Among Hispanic and Asian Voters
Truth to Power/McClatchy DC: As independent numbers rise, GOP hurt most