Why Does the Republican Base Vote Against Their Own Self-Interests?

SelfInterest

For decades, the Republican base has voted for representatives that do not serve their interests. We are at the tipping point right now on a number of issues. Issues like Climate Change, Healthcare and Income Inequality. These are all issues that are made worse, not better by Republicans in office. I am not saying that Democrats don’t, but Republicans are far more skilled at fucking over the American people.

I am not sure why the Republican base continually votes against their own self-interests. My guess is it has to do with laziness and taking the word of politicians and / or Fox News. We, as concerned Americans, need to take the time and do the research before we blindly vote for our representatives. Look at their history and their voting record. Voting is a Constitutional right in American, but it is also a very important right that effects every citizen, immigrant and visitor in the United States. We should treat it with the respect and importance it deserves.

Climate Change

Four of the five states that will be most impacted by Climate Change are Republican strongholds. Mississippi is already showing the effects of Climate Change with coastal flooding, drought, wildfire and extreme heat. In Missouri, the next 40 years will see significant increases in heat, drought, wildfires and inland flooding. Texas is a Republican stronghold that is expected to have the greatest threat from drought and wildfires by 2050, as well as extreme heat and coastal flooding. Arkansas ranks third in a report for future inland flooding risk, it also has a high risk of wildfires, drought and extreme heat. Nevada, the only non-Republican stronghold, even though it was one up until 2008 (Obama’s first run), is also at a high risk of wildfires, drought and extreme heat.

Healthcare

Healthcare has many aspects to it that affect different states at a different level. I will start with states that will be affected most in regards to pre-existing conditions if Trumpcare passes. According to a 2016 study by the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation, the top 5 states with the highest percentage of pre-existing conditions are West Virginia at 36% (392,000 non-elderly adults), Mississippi at 34% (595,000 non-elderly adults), Alabama 33% (942,000 non-elderly adults), Kentucky 33% (881,000 non-elderly adults) and Arkansas 32% (556,000 non-elderly adults). Notice that all 5 of these states are Republican states.

Another aspect of the effects healthcare poses is in the form of the tax credits that will be lost if Trumpcare passes. According to Business Insider, the five most affected state in regard to loss of tax credits are Alaska (-$10,243), Oklahoma (-$4,642), North Carolina (-$5360), Alabama (-$4,293) and Wyoming (-$4,183). Again, notice that all 5 of these states are also Republican states.

While pre-existing conditions and tax credit losses are important factors, to me the true atrocity of Trumpcare has to do with how it disproportionally affects the elderly, the poor and minorities.

Income Inequality

Every state in the nation is affected by income inequality. Since the 1970s, the gap has widened between the top 1% and the bottom 99%, but the biggest increases in income inequality started with President Ronald Reagan and his Trickledown Economics. Every Republican president since has pushed this theory that has been completely and totally proven to not work.

The basic theory of Trickledown Economics says that if the rich corporations have more money, the wealth will “trickledown” to the workers and the poor. In reality, the richer the corporations get, the bigger the container that holds there wealth gets and wealth never trickles down to the workers and the poor. Right now, the top 1% owns more wealth than the bottom 90%.

Here are the top 5 states in regard to income inequality:

Florida has the fifth largest level of income inequality with the average income of the top 1% to bottom 99% ratio being 34.7 ($1.27 to $36,169 earned per year). To be part of the 1% in Florida, a person must earn at least $385,410 per year. To be part of the top 0.01%, a person must earn $9.5 million per year.

Nevada has the fourth largest level of income inequality with the average income of the top 1% to the bottom 99% ratio being 38.3 ($1.39 million to $36,169 earned per year). To be part of the 1% in Nevada, a person must earn at least $311,977 per year. To be part of the top 0.01%, a person must earn $10.9 million per year.

Wyoming has the third largest level of income inequality with the average income of the top 1% to the bottom 99% ratio being 40.6 ($2.1 million to $52,196 earned per year). To be part of the 1% in Wyoming, a person must earn at least $368,468 per year. To be part of the top 0.01%, a person must earn $16.3 million per year.

Connecticut has the second largest level of income inequality with the average income of the top 1% to the bottom 99% ratio being 42.6 ($2.4 million to $56,445 earned per year). To be part of the 1% in Connecticut, a person must earn at least $659,979 per year. To be part of the top 0.01%, a person must earn $18.7 million per year.

Finally, New York has the largest level of income inequality with the average income of the top 1% to the bottom 99% ratio being 45.4 ($2 million to $44,163 earned per year). To be part of the 1% in New York, a person must earn at least $517,557 per year. To be part of the top 0.01%, a person must earn $15.8 million per year. Income inequality is worse in Manhattan (New York County). The ratio there is 115.6, making it the fourth largest county level of income inequality. The county with the largest income inequality is Trenton, Wyoming with a ratio of 233.

Conclusion

These are only 3 of the large issues facing America. With the way that just these 3 issues affect the Republican base and how it is mostly Congressional Republicans that are pushing the legislation that perpetuates these atrocities, why does the Republican base keep voting against their self-interests? Maybe we need a support group for them or, at the very least, an intervention.

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