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  •  On reading the freakout comments on the Senate (3+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, Oracle2021, LSmith

    fiscal cliff deal, I was struck by the irony that so many people here care so much about maintaining Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, which benefits the demographic that overwhelmingly voted for Romney. (The irony being that senior whites, had Romney won, would soon be experiencing cuts to programs they rely on)

    Just as the younger age cohorts are and will become progressively more brown, the older age groups are majority white.  And yes, seniors DO vote against their own interests!  It just goes to show how much white Americans (and I am one) make electoral decisions based on cultural cues and not economic realities.

    How to change this?  I don't know how to replace deeply ingrained ideas on race, ethnicity, fear, and hate.  What I do know from my own family, is that this is a mindset that will literally die out.  My 80 something year old, lifelong dem aunt voted against the black candidate in 2008, the cultural cues of fear were just too strong to be overcome with economic arguments.  She, was one of the 3 to 4 million white voters that experts say "disappeared" from the electorate in 2012.  She disappeared by dying, and I bet death or age related disability is the reason that these voters disappeared from the rolls.

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