"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The "No Information" Voter II

Jim Geraghty at NRO has a good column up today that makes much the same point I made below about the Democratic strategy of distraction for 2014, but looking at different issues:
The Democrats have made their midterm agenda clear: passing a minimum-wage hike, fighting the menace of the Koch brothers, and expressing loud concern about climate change without actually bringing a cap-and-trade bill to the Senate floor....

So... the Democrats are appealing to

(a) People who don't understand the law of supply and demand, i.e., if you raise the cost of something (labor), consumers (in this case, employers) will demand less of it, resulting in the 500,000 jobs eliminated by the proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10, as estimated by the CBO;

(b) People who are susceptible to fears of "boogeymen" (the Kochs, who give much much less to conservative causes than unions give to liberal causes); and

(c) People who haven't been outside in awhile and haven't noticed that the weather is both always changing and hasn't changed all that much in the past 15 years, thus putting the lie to all of the global warming models upon which liberals base their climate change doomsday scenarios.

Again... the no information voters.


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