The Popular Vote is a Farce

The popular vote for president is a farce that reached its peak in 2008. There is not much difference between presidents except for their rhetoric and the expectations we place on them.

Ninety-nine percent of the time our expectations are completely out of sync with what a president can do and actually does. Reagan was not the anti-Christ. George W. Bush did not cause the economy to decline (another nonsensical lie by tree hugging communists and progressives); and Obama is not Moses (example of black America’s continual need for a Messiah), will not take away our guns (a story made up by gun-toting rednecks and bigots), and can’t save the economy because quite frankly he and his sorry advisors don’t know what an economy or a republic is. Most presidents don’t know, and they aren’t held accountable because we don’t know ourselves (payback for cutting all those economics classes).

It’s more fun to spew vitriol (ala MSNBC and FOX, media whores galore) and stay ignorant. It satisfies a need for comfort and certainty based on nonsense, no evidence, and paranoia….

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to The Popular Vote is a Farce

  1. Kenneth Ciszewski says:

    There is definitely a lot of “mythology” that we attach to US Presidents, as Alton points out. Some of it bears truth, a lot of it is fiction. The effect on the economy is one of the most fictional ideas attached to Presidents. This goes back to at least FDR, who tried mightily to bring the country out of the Great Depression. He probably helped a little, but then stumbled and set things back. Eventually, World War II, the families that came about after the war, and the baby boomers that were part of that were the main reasons the economy came back to life. The US Government helped in the form of GI Bill benefits for education and guarantees for single family home loans, among other things. The resulting educated workforce and the suburbs full of families and children that resulted helped grow the economy. Of course, all of these people needed education, jobs, and homes to live in regardless. The GI Bill assistance made these things a little easier to achieve.

    Sometimes Presidents do have a big effect on things (in concert with Congress), like when they sign legislation that either creates or over turns the Glass Segal Act or creates NAFTA (a so called “free trade” agreement). There are other examples.

    In the present age, most of the economy is beyond the control of just about anyone, although those with incredible sums of money to invest (like pension funds, hedge funds and investment houses) can have significant effects, as can middlemen who buy commodities like oil. Businesses like ENRON, which manipulated energy prices in California for extra profit can also have significant effects.

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