It is estimated by Pew Research that roughly 25 percent of Republicans are poor. Their annual income is in the $30,000 range. They support their party but want them to do more for the poor in America.

The question is: What makes them support a political organization that does not do enough to help them?

They would do better in many ways, especially in their older years, if the current programs were kept in place and a means of paying for those programs were implemented. Medicare and Social Security were made just for their income group. These programs, so successful for decades, could be the difference between a comfortable life in their declining years or poverty without hope. Without these safety nets of health care and money, they may not be able to survive, and yet they support the party that wants to eliminate these programs and replace them with unproven, risky vouchers.

Simple changes in the tax code would continue these programs for decades at the least, yet the poor do not support those changes. Why don’t they support the Democrats who give us comfort in knowing, if all else fails, those who need society’s help will be all right.

It seems that there is an overwhelming set of issues that take priority, and those issues cause sane, normal people to vote against their own best interests. It is a myth that anyone can achieve the success of the top tier of wealthy citizens if they work hard and allow the market to function. They want to be rich. The rich tell them if they vote for them, it could be just around the corner. The facts do not support this absurdity. The rich will always be the few, and the poor the masses. Their vote only proliferates the myth.

Logic tells us the majority cannot be rich, yet that is the goal of those with little: voting to destroy their own safety net and prevent imposition of a higher tax burden on those who clearly can afford to pay and will not suffer the least adverse effect of tax increases.

I suspect no matter how many point this fact out to people, they want to believe in their inevitable rise to the top. It’s the longest running con game played by the richest among us for the mental stimulation of the poorest. God bless America.

Norm Grudman

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