Most American don't have the time to follow politics.. if they're raising a family and paying a mortgage, they're working eight, ten, twelve hours a day or longer.. They might get some news on the car radio while dodging all the people trying to hurt them during the daily commute... They might catch an hour a day of mainstream media cable news... One thing about this group, many of them literally lose sleep to keep informed.
Then there's the group that doesn't care as long as it doesn't interfere with the food stamps, public housing and corner drug dealer...that might be the largest of mismatched coalition of groups the democrats depend on for there base.
Students are one of the larger groups of more informed and politically active people. But they're at a disadvantage when it comes to making informed choices, make that two disadvantages.. Winston Church described the first this way.
To be conservative at twenty is to be heartless, to be liberal at sixty is idiocy
The second disadvantage is their education, colleges and professors have a tendency to teach revisionist history, if history is even taught as well... And they teach from a liberal point of view and and add in some personal opinion disguised as fact
Seniors on the other hand have actually lived a quarter of our history as a nation and up to a point, they have memories. They've watched various progressive solutions tried and when the failed get repackaged, renamed and tried again-- with the same result.
Politicians don't really like informed people with, time and memories.. It makes it more difficult to spin facts. Liberal Politician love the students, they've been molded by liberal institutions and are ripe for propaganda. Conservative politicians have it a bit harder with seniors, they have to watch how they spin things, because these people have real life memories instead of revisionist history to draw from.
Liberal Politicians love the folks in the second group, they are largely under educated and easy to fool with spin the aid of a smoke machine and a couple mirrors.
That brings us the first group, hard working American who care deeply, but don't have the time and energy to research and study all the details. Thomas Sowell explains how politicians deal with them.
Thomas Sowell from Townhall
Barack Obama's political genius is his ability to say things that will sound good to people who have not followed the issues in any detail -- regardless of how obviously fraudulent what he says may be to those who have. Shameless effrontery can be a huge political asset, especially if uninformed voters outnumber those who are informed.
President Obama's big pitch in his Monday night televised talk was that what is needed to deal with the national debt crisis is a "balanced" approach -- not just spending cuts but revenue increases as well.
What could sound more reasonable -- especially to those who have not been following what Obama has actually been doing and not doing? This is the same Barack Obama who, earlier this year, called for a "clean" increase in the national debt ceiling.
In this context, the soothing word "clean" referred to an increase in the national debt ceiling without any provisos. That is, no spending cuts at all. In other words, a blank check to keep spending. How balanced is that?
Another word that sounds good to people who don't stop and think is "fair." President Obama says that he only wants the wealthiest Americans to pay their "fair share." But he says zilch about just what that fair share is, or even how to determine it.
Is the "fair share" of the top 10 percent of income-earners 20 percent of all taxes? 40 percent? 60 percent? Those who talk about paying a "fair share" of taxes don't want to be pinned down.
This is another blank check that Obama wants. "Fair share" in plain English means "more," regardless of how large a share of all income taxes is already being paid by a fraction of the population, while nearly half pay no income taxes at all.
What President Obama says may not make any sense if you stop and think about it -- which he of course assumes that most people will not do. But that does not mean that he is a confused man. He is crystal clear in what he is doing, however confusing his words may be to others