The Politics of Economics

Let me start with a premise: Neither the Democratic Party or the Republican Party exists for the purpose of bettering the lives of the average American. The primary purpose of both parties is to gain and maintain power. Every policy, every bill, every major candidate, is chosen and designed for the single purpose of keeping the party in power.

This does not mean that individual politicians – of both parties – aren’t trying to make things better for the average American. But, such people rarely last long in national politics. Those that last are those who follow the party line, those who contribute to the power of the party.

In the American political system, votes equal power. The more voters a party can convince to vote for the candidates it puts forth, the more power the party will have. Therefore, everything the Republican Party and the Democratic Party do is designed to produce more voters who will vote for candidates from their party. It’s not about what’s best for you and me, or what’s best for the country; it’s all about getting votes. Period.

Of course, both parties portray themselves as the “party of the people.” Both parties constantly undertake massive propaganda efforts to convince the public that they are the “good’ party that can best create a strong economy, is the most moral, and cares about America, while portraying the other party as the “bad” party. Americans have been intensely indoctrinated for so long that most believe that one party is “good,’ and the other is “evil.” We’re largely blinded to the true motivation of both parties – power.

If this premise is true, the implications are profound.

There is a very strong correlation between personal wealth and which party Americans support. The wealthy overwhelmingly support the Republicans; the poor overwhelmingly support the Democrats. The Democrats are perceived as supporting the poor, while the Republicans are perceived as supporting the rich. However, if my premise is correct, then these perceptions are wrong. Neither party supports the rich, the poor, or the middle class – they only support themselves. Neither party actually cares about whether you and I have jobs, or whether the economy is doing well – they only care about getting votes. If a strong economy will give a party more power, the party will work to strengthen the economy. If a weak economy will give the party more power, they party will systematically work to weaken the economy.

Assuming my premise is true, does a strong economy help the Democrats, or the Republicans? Which party benefits from low unemployment and high paying jobs? Which party benefits if the economy stays in the toilet?

It all comes down to votes.

Voters from low-income households overwhelmingly vote Democrat. Voters from upper-middle class to wealthy households overwhelmingly vote Republican.

It is to the Democratic Party’s advantage to increase the number of poor people. Poor people vote Democrat. The longer the economy remains weak, with high unemployment and low-paying jobs, the more people will vote for Democrats.

On the other hand, it is to the Republican Party’s advantage to increase the number of wealthy people. Wealthy people vote Republican. The sooner the economy can turn around, with low unemployment and well-paying jobs, the more people will vote for Republicans.

If my premise is correct, and the primary motivation for everything the Republicans and Democrats do is gaining and maintaining power, then which party is going to work to improve the economy and help people get good jobs?

It seems ironic to me that the party that is stereotyped as supporting the poor is actually the party that benefits the most by keeping them poor. It is equally ironic that the party that is stereotyped as being against the poor is the party that benefits the most from ending poverty.

If my initial premise is correct, then the Democratic Party is systematically working to manipulate the economy to keep people unemployed and underemployed. It is to their advantage to do so. The Republican Party, on the other hand, is systematically working to manipulate the economy to produce high paying jobs for as many people as possible. It is to their advantage to do so.

I don’t particularly like either the Republicans or the Democrats. Both parties are self-serving and power-hungry, and neither actually cares about what’s best for America. But, since it actually helps the Republican agenda for the economy to grow, for people to have jobs, and salaries to increase, I’ll hold my nose and vote Republican. It may not be their intent, but the side-effects of their self-serving agenda benefit the average American far more than the agenda of the Democrats.

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One Response

  1. If your premise is correct, it is a hard truth to accept, but it is the truth. But if your premise is not correct, what is the truth?

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