Why do Americans vote against their interests?

Nov. 18, 2012 at 5:18 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Over the last two election cycles, I have been struck by how many people vote against their interests. During both election cycles, I have been confused by the elderly people who attended political rallies holding signs reading "Government, keep your hands off my Medicare." This health care program was created by the federal government in 1965 and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Why would someone enrolled on Medicare vote for a candidate that wants to do away with their health care program? I am bewildered by college students at political rallies with signs reading "Do away with the Department of Education." How would college students get Pell grants and low-interest loans to attend college without the Department of Education?

My fellow citizens seem to be unable or unwilling to accept facts any longer. I would appreciate someone explaining why known facts are no longer acceptable. When did intellect leave this country? If America wants to be the greatest nation in the world again, we all must find a way to accept facts as they exist. If we remain on this path of interchanging facts and beliefs, I fear we will never achieve intellectual uniformity or greatness again.

Nick Owen, Victoria



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