A Patronage Driven Political System Should be Called for What It Is

And not whine about it when people point out the obvious:

So he (Mitt Romney) casts about, looking for some other explanation, and he lands on one: “gifts” that, to sway voters, the Obama Administration handed out to the President’s key demographic groups—“especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community, and young people.”

“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college-loan interest, was a big gift,” he reportedly said during a conference call with his campaign’s national finance committee held this Wednesday afternoon. According to the New York Timess Ashley Parker, he went on to explain:

Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now twenty-six years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008….

You can imagine for somebody making $25,000 or $30,000 or $35,000 a year, being told you’re now going to get free health care, particularly if you don’t have it, getting free health care worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpetuity, I mean, this is huge. Likewise with Hispanic voters, free health care was a big plus. But in addition with regards to Hispanic voters, the amnesty for children of illegals, the so-called Dream Act kids, was a huge plus for that voting group.

Ever since Mitt made this statement, our left-wing media has been all over him about it.  But it only proves two things that I’ve come to know are true:

  1. If you want to make an American really angry, state the obvious.
  2. Our political system has become a patron-client system, with the main patron being the government and the clients the various groups it gives “gifts” to.

But Democrats shouldn’t gripe about this state of affairs, because the simple fact that the Republican philosophy is the antithesis of this is a major reason Barack Obama got re-elected.  As long as patronage is the order of the day, the Democrats will always have the upper hand, and those who are really in the know among them understand this.

That is, until the patron goes broke…

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