Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 2/12/16
When you examine Tuesday’s results from the New Hampshire primary, it becomes immediately apparent that we have reached some sort of crossroads on the 240 year-long American political journey. Allow me to share some numbers.
Not counting write-ins and protest votes for various loony-toons (e.g. Vermin Supreme for the Democrats; 260 votes), there were 528,140 total votes cast in New Hampshire on Tuesday – an impressive number in a state with a population of just over 1.1 million.
The Republicans turned out more voters than Democrats – 279,130 ballots cast to 249,010 for the Dems. It was in total a record turnout for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.
But here’s the stat that really stands out. Of that half million-plus votes, 151,584 of them – 29 percent – went to a self-declared socialist. (OK, technically Bernie Sanders isn’t really a socialist because he hasn’t – yet – called for government ownership of the means of production. However, he’ll do until a real socialist comes along.)
This is simply staggering. If New Hampshire is in any way indicative of attitudes across the country, it means that close to a third of voting age adults in America now believe in the tooth fairy.
It means that a substantial percentage of voters believe in free universal health care. As we’ve said before, universal government healthcare might – might—be possible in a small country like Finland, which covers an area smaller than New Mexico and has a population less than that of Atlanta. But it can’t possibly work in a country of 320 million that spans an entire continent. Lest we forget, the VA can’t competently provide healthcare to 9 million veterans – a mere 3 percent of the population.
It means that nearly a third of voters believe in free public college tuition – ignoring completely that without the rationing mechanism of price, demand will immediately outstrip supply. Think it’s hard to get in to college now? Just wait.
These voters believe in a federal minimum wage of $15. They never consider that if an employer doesn’t think a job is worth him paying $15 an hour to get done, the job will simply go unfilled.
How about three months of federally-mandated paid leave for both spouses (or significant others or life partners or whatever label you choose) every time a woman has a baby? Good idea, these voters think. They never consider how employers will compensate by doing all they can to avoid hiring employees of childbearing age. So much for opportunity for those 21 year-olds possessed of their free college degrees.
All of this to be paid for by, among other things, a top marginal income tax rate of 90 percent. As if the most successful people in the society will just stand there like sheep being shorn – that they’ll keep working and taking risks when they only get to keep a dime out of each additional dollar they earn.
I could go on.
It all truly is tooth fairy stuff. That more than one out of four in America now believe it is frightening.