That They’re *Shocked* Is Shocking


Via National Journal we’re being asked to be shocked by the obvious:

A new Gallup/USA Today poll contains a counterintuitive finding: the age group most receptive to House Budget Chair Paul Ryan’s plan to deal with the budget – seniors.

The poll finds 48 percent of seniors (those 65 and over) support Ryan’s plan over President Obama’s plan, while 42 percent back the president.

That’s the highest total among the age groups tested – a 47 percent plurality between the ages of 50 and 64 backed Ryan, and a 45 percent plurality of those between 30-49 backed Ryan. But young voters overwhelmingly sided with Obama by a 23-point margin, 53 to 30 percent.

Following the provided link over to Gallup and the actual poll data, we’re further entertained (well…I am, at least):

Democrats’ and Republicans’ reactions to the competing budget plans are generally symmetrical; slightly more than 80% each of Republicans and Democrats favor their own party’s plan and few favor the opposing party’s plan. Independents are evenly divided. Consistent with the different demographic profiles of Republicans and Democrats, whites and those making at least $75,000 annually generally favor Ryan’s plan over Obama’s; nonwhites and lower-income Americans favor Obama’s.

I’m going to go out on a limb here, and suggest that what drives the “nonwhites and lower-income Americans” to support Obama’s plan is their justified fears over the potential loss of all those treasured and unearned hand outs, freebies, and give aways should Ryan’s plan become the law of the land. Obama promises (KNOWING he can’t deliver) that nothing will interrupt that flow of freedom (paid for on the backs of the folks that don’t support his plan) to the folks who worked the least to earn it. He’s lying…and HE knows it. And they have no clue.

I’ll inch a little further out there on that limb, and suggest that people over 65 (knowing their benefits are not at risk) are inclined to support Ryan’s plan because…well…they are the grown ups in this country, and THEY actually know how to manage a checkbook and WORK for what they have, rather than holding their hands out EXPECTING that it be given to them with no strings attached.

I like siding with grown ups…I’ll leave the kids to fight amongst themselves for their Master’s scraps.

Anyone that is the least bit surprised by this, or that insist on calling it “counterintuitive” is just not paying attention.

[lead image via Artic Compass Blogspot, post image via Anti Fascist Encyclopedia]

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April 27, 2011 5:43 pm

As we learned when the GOP Congress (under Clinton’s watchful eye) ended welfare for professional momism, the majority, the vast majority, couldn’t wait to get in charge of their own lives…and be proud. Obama ended that, trying as best he could to rope back into the corral any wayward 16-year old mom, who wanted to spit out more, but there is street talk that the high road tastes, better, smells better, and walks better.

If coming off government dope were presented inthe right way, I expect most accept it. The seniors have.

April 27, 2011 7:44 pm

As an ‘almost grownup’, (64), I would definately support an improved national economy where I might find a full time job and get *off* of social security.
There is no question in my mind as to which plan would provide that.

April 28, 2011 8:28 am

So I guess Granny isn’t buying the Liberal fear mongering that the Republicans just want them to “die now” or to have to eat dog food. As to the Independents being evenly divided, there is a great article at AT today about the wishy washy Independents. They will vote for Ronald Reagan in one election, and then Obama in another. Now they can’t decide between Ryan and Obama, even though it’s black and white. They mostly concentrate on the current event or issue, popular near election day, to decide their votes. It’s a real example of having such an open… Read more »