We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I live in Liberal Land. Abortion is a big deal here. So is homosexual marriage. Believe it or not, those two issues sway a lot of voters, especially the young. Who won't ever have decent jobs with the current regime, but they don't see that. They'll have the self-righteous pleasure of voting for homosexual marriage and abortion.
To me, this is voting for something totally unnatural (not homosexuality, but homosexual marriage) and for baby-killing. But the young have been entirely propogandized by years of liberal educators. And they know nothing about economics.
But here's the good news: there are almost no Obama stickers on the parked cars this year. In 2008, it was 75% of the cars w/ Obama stickers.
I don't think they'll vote for Romney (they couldn't ever bring themselves to), but they're sure a lot less enthusiastic than they were 4 years ago. Four years ago, I felt like I was in enemy territory. This year, nobody in Park Slope talks politics. Interesting.
Off the top of my head:
1. Improved access to food stamps and SSI disability.
2. Same-sex people can now serve openly in the military, and commanders now have to have same-sex commissars advisors for implementation of the new regulations.
3. Gun sales.
4. The previously hot topic of illegal aliens and amnesty is pretty much a non-issue these days.
5. Improvement in Roosevelt's last two freedoms (fear/want) (just ignore what 's going on with the first two, they are guaranteed by the Constitution anyway).
Obama will win the election. Something in the area of 80 to 90% of Americans derive some tangible benefit from the government. Local, State and Federal. Either directly or indirectly. Many companies can't function without government contracts, many companies are fully or partially subsidized and millions work or are retired from public service jobs. Most of those people will not vote to diminish those gifts, hand-outs or whatever you call them. Get it?
This huge majority includes many people who think of themselves as net tax payers but whose entire livelihood depends on big government spending. Higher education types and defense contractors come immediately to mind. You know who you are and you still need those jobs. It's the other guy who needs to cut back, what you do is important. Ha ha. Charitable organizations would also be hit if the government cut back on spending. I enjoy the irony of that.