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Turned out this car belongs to a young man (19) who was home schooled and listens to Rush Limbaugh while he delivers pizza. So, while the car inspired my headline, it wasn't the example I might have hoped for.
It still reminds me of something my dad says, which has been a political truism for many years: People vote their wallet.
But I don't think that's true for a lot of people right now. Many vote their philosophy. Some are so frustrated by the size of social welfare programs and the evident impossibility of slowing government spending that they've said, "Enough, period."
Others, I don't think they know when they're screwing themselves. Manipulated correctly, they'll do it with a passion.
February 2012 update: The New York Times shows what this hypothesis looks like when you turn it into a real news story:
He says that too many Americans lean on taxpayers rather than living within their means. He supports politicians who promise to cut government spending. In 2010, he printed T-shirts for the Tea Party campaign of a neighbor, Chip Cravaack, who ousted this region’s long-serving Democratic congressman.
Yet this year, as in each of the past three years, Mr. Gulbranson, 57, is counting on a payment of several thousand dollars from the federal government, a subsidy for working families called the earned-income tax credit. He has signed up his three school-age children to eat free breakfast and lunch at federal expense. And Medicare paid for his mother, 88, to have hip surgery twice.