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There is a lot of talk about how Republicans need to expand their base to women and ... well, everybody except white males.  However, there is a need for Democrats to expand their base to people with low incomes -- less than $30K per year.  Democrats already win this class of voters, but they don't win them by a big enough margin.  People with low incomes should not be voting for the party of slave wages, and this group of people will continue to increase as jobs are continued exported.

Notice that in states which were narrowly lost by Obama, how many people making less than $30K, or even $50K, voted for Republicans.  For example, in Arizona 47 percent of people making less than $30K per year voted for Romney.  This needs to change.

It was depressing that the Democrats had more votes cast in the House but the Republicans maintain a strong majority. This was the result of extensive gerrymandering which has been documented on the site.  Democrats need to go after red districts with low income people.

One way to turn around districts is to get low income people to vote in their best interests, by voting their financial health, instead of their social convictions.  These are votes which can be challenged and could transform red districts into blue ones, and red states into blue ones.

I have a niece who works two jobs, both part times so the employer doesn't have to pay benefits.  She has no health insurance and acknowledges her life could easily be ruined with just a moderately serious illness.  Yet, she votes Republican because is a religious-based social conservative.  I know, yuck!

Ever since Reagan figured out how to exploit the religious right, Republican have used religious people to usher in a long stretched of the rich people's agenda.  This needs to change and Democrats need to get more low income people voting for Democrats.

Comment with ways that Democrat might be able to attract more low income voters.

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  •  Your niece doesn't vote against Obama because (4+ / 0-)

    Dems haven't expanded to low income people. She's a Republican because of religion and because she's a social conservative. That's her fault. Dem's could give away free stuff to welfare recipients, and your niece would still vote Republican. What you're saying is that Dems need to cater to the religious, and that I don't agree with.

    "Mitt Romney looks like the CEO who fires you, then goes to the Country Club and laughs about it with his friends." ~ Thomas Roberts MSNBC

    by second gen on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 01:12:43 PM PST

  •  by exploiting and fomenting fear and bigotry (2+ / 0-)
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    srfRantz, blueoregon

    republicans for generations tricked lower-income voters into voting against their own self-interests. their ability to do that is waning. we will win more lower-income voters as we make a more explicit case that we are for economic justice and fairness, and the republicans are of, by and for the 1%.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 01:15:00 PM PST

  •  People get to vote for whatever reason they choose (0+ / 0-)

    If a person bases their vote on social issues at the expense of their own economic standing, that is their choice.

    I base my votes on a wide range of things, and it just so happens that Democrats represent my interests much better than republicans. If the roles were reversed on social issues, I would be torn and probably not call myself either/or.

    If low-income voters are voting for republicans, it is either because social issues matter more to them than economic ones, or because they are terribly misinformed.

    We could do a much better job of reaching these people if they didn't live in their Faux News bubble, but many of them are beyond our reach. They are too ignorant and misinformed to ever see the light.

    P.S. I am not a crackpot.

    by BoiseBlue on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 01:20:03 PM PST

  •  Make Programs WORK. Yawn. Yuppie DLC F'ks (0+ / 0-)

    were actually implying they were going to do this back in the 80's when I was in my 20's.

    BTW - I was a teenager on welfare in the 70's and a financial aid dependent for too many years after graduating high school in '78.  While I was grateful to the Dems for what little I got from the shitty programs, WHY did they have to be so shitty?

    Make Shit Work?

    So ... WHAT have the Turd Way New Dim DLC lying yuppie scum sell outs made work?

    Did we sacrifice security of health care access and retirement security and unemployment / retraining security for family wage jobs?

    Did we sacrifice family wage jobs for security in retirement, security in health care access and unemployment / retrainign security?

    Ding Ding Ding !! F'k NO, Times TWO!!

    HOWEVER, if you go to the relatively upper middle class 'hoods of Boston or Seattle - towns I've lived in for 33 of the last 35 years - those Dem voting DLC sell outs have done great!

    What the little people on the side of the Dims?

    STOP being the Dims!

    STOP being incompetent at running programs.

    STOP being competent at getting 6 a year jobs for incompetently running incompetent programs.

    STOP making excuses for selling us out.

    STOP f'king lying to us.

    it actually ain't that complicated.

    rmm.

    Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous

    by seabos84 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 02:43:18 PM PST

  •  More propositions to raise the (1+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus

    minimum wage might help. The thing is changing our msm so that ALEC based ideas aren't given the imprinture (sp) of "common sense" or "good governance" by the media. that is where our real hurdle lies.

    "Let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation....It's how we are as Americans...It's how this country was built"- Michelle Obama

    by blueoregon on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 02:49:21 PM PST

    •  Elevate the conversation to a "Living Wage" and (1+ / 0-)
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      blueoregon

      make the ReTHUGs argue against a "living wage" for Americans.  I would love to hear the arguments concerning Americans who work hard not deserving a living wage.  The Corporatist mask needs to be ripped off completely.

      Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

      by ranton on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 05:43:03 PM PST

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  •  I agree that making programs (0+ / 0-)

    for low income work better but in order to get there we need to get more dems and quickly.

    As a friend explained:

    The real, immutable core concern of the Republican Party is, and has forever been, to shift taxes from the very rich to the rest of us. Everything else — abortion, immigration, creationism, small government, law and order, deficits, gay rights — is just bait to lure the suckers into the net.
    You might gird your self with this: Ari Melber
    Though it talks about Blacks the policies apply more so to low income workers.
    Is Obama good for black people?
    While black Americans still face persistent disparities in poverty, education and opportunity, it is baffling to hear the idea that Obama’s domestic agenda has left them behind. The numbers show his policies have been unusually beneficial for black and poor voters, by historical standards.
    Dollar for dollar, Obama’s tax policies have been the most progressive — the best for poor people — of any president in the last 30 years. From the end of the Bush administration to the first year of Obama’s term, the poorest fifth of Americans saw their federal taxes slashed by 80 percent.
    Compared to every other bracket, in fact, “the lowest fifth of earners benefited the most” under Obama’s programs, as the Washington Post reported. (More black Americans are in the bottom fifth of earners than any other income bracket.) That provided meaningful help for the most vulnerable people in the recession.
    This policy approach also constitutes “redistribution,” to use a toxic political term. Yet Obama sold his tax reforms on stimulative and universal economic grounds, understandably, not as an explicitly liberal or racial program. Other “general” policies include the health care bill and the stimulus package, which provided more non-discretionary domestic spending than the last several Democratic administrations.
    All that doesn’t even touch on Obama’s obstructed proposals, like the American Jobs Act, in which the president advocated, before a special joint session of Congress, for more spending on infrastructure and cities around the nation.

    I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

    by samddobermann on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 02:45:08 PM PST

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