Why Voters Are In Revolt

by Monty Pelerin, Economic Noise

peasants Voters are in revolt. They are fed up with the political class. They seek change. Party affiliation may even be secondary in this election cycle.

Whatever caused the dissatisfaction to surface now may be debated, but the underlying cause is pretty simple — voters recognize that things are not working. More importantly, they are tired of being taken for granted. They know they are used and abused by politicians and their political schemes, all of which are making them worse off and poorer.

Soylent_Green_quad_movie_poster_lThe productive have become the Soylent Green of politics. Only their vote and their pocketbook matters. For those unfamiliar with the science fiction movie Soylent Green, it was made in 1973, but cast in the time period 2022. Soylent green was marketed as food in an overpopulated world. The horror was discovered at the end when it was learned that this food was made out of people. People were being consumed to sustain the rest of the population.

In a figurative sense, that is exactly what is happening to voters. The productive are being mined for their money to sustain the exploiting political class and other deadbeats of society. All are being mined for their votes.

Gallup Polling

To understand how angry people are, polls may be useful. A recent Gallup poll provided this information regarding the favorability ratings of various institutions:

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Gallup also reported the ratings for various institutions over time. Virtually all have cratered.

Non-Scientific Feedback

One need not be as scientific as Gallup to sense the feelings in this country. The following email from an unknown author was forwarded. It captures one aspect of voter disgust:

Dear Boss,

I have enjoyed working here these past several years. You have paid me very well, given me benefits beyond belief. I have 3-4 months off per year and a pension plan that will pay my salary till the day I die and a health plan that most people can only dream about.

I plan to take the next 12-18 months to find a new position. During this time I will show up for work when it is convenient. In addition, I fully expect to draw my full salary and all the other perks associated with my current job.

Oh yeah, if my search for this new job proves fruitless, I will be back with no loss in pay or status. Before you say anything, remember that you have no choice in the matter.

I can and will do this.

Sincerely,

Every Senator and Congressman running for President

Voters finally sense what is happening to them and their country. Here are three links from yesterday’s Drudge Report pertinent to the growing concerns:

Federal Taxes Hit Record: $19,346 Per Worker…
Debt reaches $107,000 per household…

USA drops to 16th on ‘economic freedom’ list…

Choices

Politicians have always ranked at or near the bottom in terms of favorability with the public. Used car salesmen are generally more liked. This year that dislike may be able to be registered. Rarely have voters had an alternative other than choosing one sleeze-bag over another. There are outsiders running who have never been in the political establishment or are considered anti-establishment.

At the moment, voters seem willing to vote for any outsider. Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz fit this mold. In the most recent polls they are garnering over 60% of the votes in the Republican horse race.  Bernie Sanders, hardly an outsider and a Socialist, is the Democrat Party’s protest vote. The attempt to coronate Hillary Clinton has derailed. Bernie represents the current ABH (anybody but Hillary) wing of the party  I suspect Biden or Pocahontas will enter the race and displace Sanders.

Republican voters are in revolt to a greater degree than Democrats. Donald Trump, about whom we know too much and also too little at the same time, is dominating. His campaign is seen as a cult of personality (much like Obama’s). That is a big part, but hardly the reason for his popularity. No one knows whether Trump would make a good president. Few of his policies are known. Even his conservative credentials look phony. But none of this matters in this election revolt.

Trump’s greatest asset, and his greatest liability, is that he is a human wrecking ball. Supporters believe that he will break the stranglehold that politicians hold over people. Trump is capable of waging a campaign without the lobbyists and big money that corrupts the political system. That and his perceived no-nonsense managerial effectiveness is the hope and allure of Donald Trump.

Trump is viewed as more than throwing the money-changers out of the temple. His supporters expect him to destroy the temple of Washington, DC. Personally, I doubt he or anyone else can do it.

In the end, Trump may be his own biggest enemy. Preventing that wrecking ball from self-inflicted wounds may be his biggest hurdle. But currently he is the peoples’ champion.

There are other outsiders. Ben Carson is doing well based on his perceived decency and honesty. That might not be enough to offset his lack of experience. Fiorina and Cruz fit as potential outsider choices as well.

Unless you are a corporate welfare queen or an individual who considers welfare as a career option, there is reason to rejoice. This election provides a choice that doesn’t require one to vote for the least offensive sleeze bag, knowing that it will be politics as usual regardless of who wins. Young people should especially welcome the opportunity to elect someone who will take down barriers and re-open opprotunities.

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