So, the infamous Rush Limbaugh stated on his show that Welfare recipients are turning out in droves to vote for President Obama, which is not entirely accurate. Ezra Klein wrote in Wonkblog about how Mr. Limbaugh is stating that voter turnout for the poor is huge, and that Republicans have to turn out just as much. However, Mr. Limbaugh kind of forgot to look at the data regarding turnout for those making less than $15,000 per year. In Klein’s article, (linked here), he clearly shows that the poor are turning out quite a bit less for voting as opposed to white collar workers. Now the point that I’m trying to make, is that Republicans are contending that Democrats are trying to buy votes with social programs.
But, isn’t that what Republicans are also trying to do by promising tax
cuts? Doesn’t promising tax cuts to the
richest American citizens and companies also constitute vote-buying…according
to their logic? The numbers showing a lack of increased voter turnout would suggest that the increased spending in Food Stamps and other welfare spending as not had the effect that Republicans contend that it has. However, it appears that promising lucrative tax cuts and light enforcement on reuglation has worked a great deal, causing the Republican coffers to overflow with money for Romney's and other Republicans' re-election campaigns. So, in a nutshell, Rush
Limbaugh’s call that Obama is buying votes with welfare dollars is utter and
staggeringly terrible hypocrisy. Republicans
have done more to buy votes from the wealthy in exchange for deregulation,
lower taxes, and lighter enforcement of existing regulation than any party in
history. For example, According to Opensecrets.org, The Center for Responsive Politics, "Individuals and political action committees affiliated with oil and gas companies have donated $238.7 million to candidates and parties since the 1990 election cycle, 75 percent of which has gone to Republicans." Feel free to read the whole list here.