The Cost Of Voting Democrat - And Response (4) (2022)

Soon half of every dollar paid in federal income tax will be paying interest on the national debt (CNBC, Peter Tanous, 1/27/22). According to the US Treasury, $7.4 trillion is owed to China, Japan, oil exporting countries and Caribbean banking centers (Statista, Erin Duffin,8/2/22). The Social Security Trust Fund accounts for much of the rest of the $30.6 trillion debt (Statista).

When Obama began the debt was at $10.6 trillion and he left with an astounding $19.9 trillion (CNBC, J Cox, 2/2/19). The debt rose $7.9 trillion under Trump (WashPo, A Sloan, 1/14/21) mostly due to costs related to COVID and the pandemic stimulus. TheNYTimes (3/11/22) reported over $100 billion of that money hasn’t ever been distributed by the Treasury. Why is that if we were told it was so imperative two years ago?

When Joe took office, the debt was $27.8 trillion rising $2.8 trillion to $30.6 trillion today. Who can say what his college debt “forgiveness” scheme will add? Didn’t Madame Speaker say in 2021 Biden doesn’t have the legal authority to forgive debt? Pelosi said Trump “broke the law” over a phone call (BBC News, 9/24/19) and the Democrats impeached him.

Don’t expect Pelosi to bring articles of impeachment on Joe or any of them to care who is saddled with paying for it this folly. That’s because there is no debt cancellation, it’s a debt transfer to generations of those who didn’t incur it and Pelosi said it’s illegal.

Al Gore announced in 2000 his top goal for being elected president was a steady reduction of the national debt (NYTimes, 4/26/00) which was only $5.6 trillion then. Joe’s debt transfer debacle won’t fulfill Al’s dream nor will it lower inflation any more than his Inflation Reduction Act, but that’s the cost of voting Democrat.

Ralph Miller

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Ralph Miller hit the nail on the head about Democrats. They have finally achieved their goal of converting 50.1 percent of the voters to parasites dependent on the government dole through welfare, food stamps, public housing and now student loans. Alexis de Tocqueville predicted it 150 years ago.

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.”

How Democrats can look their grandchildren in the face is beyond me.

Douglas Jones

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You all were silent when those Republican Congress persons had their PPP loans forgiven. One to the tune of over $2 million. Even the family of that Republican "emerald" mouthpiece shouting the loudest received a nearly $200,000 loan that didn't have to be paid back. In fact, several Republican Congress persons got their federal loans forgiven (from $200,000 up to millions) and won't have to pay one red cent back.

But you two are griping about the national debt, still trying to blame President Obama for all Republican Bush and other Republican failures and missteps. Why? Because you figure their base is too dumb to check out the facts? Too clueless to know any better? That they'll all just fall in lockstep and march with you two in your marching band down main street making hideous noises?

Brenda Washington

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Speaking of silence.....I noticed you forgot to mention anything aboutHunter Biden in your diatribe. I believe the millions of dollars he'sill gotten will probably surpass the sum total of all those youmentioned by a substantial margin. Oops.

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Phil Snider

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I have several observations on the initial letter and responses.

1. I am sure to be criticized personally for my commentary in 2-8 below. In the past I have been called stupid, ignorant, uneducated, blind to facts, a Trump hater, etc., by readers. Who knows, but maybe a parasite, as I am retired. I hope they will avoid personal attacks, as I do. Instead, they should attempt to rebut my dollars, percentages, other statistics, and reasoning. Name calling is a trait of a person unable to offer rebuttal with facts.

2. I am exceptionally pleased that Brenda Washington pointed out the hypocrisy of Republicans complaining about student loan forgiveness, led by Rep. Greene of Georgia, and their silence on PPP loan forgiveness that benefits them. (From various sources including CBS News website: White House Calls Out Republicans Who Criticized Student Loan Forgiveness)

3. Their hypocrisy continued as Trump's following nearly always advocates his total innocence, or innocence until proven guilty, but habitually use Hunter Biden as a retort. They fail to consider that he too is innocent until proven guilty, yet always branding him as irrefutably guilty due to as yet unknown facts. By bringing up Hunter Biden, that retort is akin to a four-year-old caught with his hand in the cookie jar, yet hollering to his mother that an older sibling took cookies yesterday.

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4. Whenever dollars, percentages and other statistics are bandied about by Republicans, there is rarely a source of the information. But I congratulate Ralph Miller for providing sources for his numbers.

5. Mr. Miller did not make clear the increase in the national debt during the Bush-Cheney Administration. His cited source states the deficit at the end of the Clinton-Gore Administration was $5.6 trillion. Mr. Miller continues by stating the national debt at the beginning of the Obama Administration was $10.6 trillion. I wonder why this increase in the national debt during the Bush-Cheney Administration of $5 trillion (plus the never to be known off/book cost of the Iraq war) was not made clear?

6. Mr. Miller cites the pandemic as a reason for debt increase during the Trump Administration. But he omits the reasons for debt increase during the Obama-Biden Administration. That increase in debt was because of the Great Recession of the Bush-Cheney Administration. Republican laws repealing the depression era Glass-Stegal Act, and enactment of the Republican Commodity Futures Modernization Act "came home to roost" during the Bush-Cheney Administration as The Great Recession and were left for the Obama-Biden Administration to address.

7. Another debt amount that Mr. Miller failed to make clear was the debt increase during the Trump Administration. Mr. Miller's sources cite the debt at the end of the Obama Administration of $19.9 trillion. His sources further cite the deficit as $27.8 trillion at the beginning of the Biden Administration. I wonder why this increase in the national debt of $7.9 trillion during the Trump Administration was not clear? Mr. Miller provided some justification for Trump debt increase, but fails to reference the Trump tax cuts for the wealthy. Was Trump's deficit partially caused by these failed Trump tax cuts?

8. Douglas Jones commented that Democrats "have finally achieved their goal of converting 50.1 percent of the voters to parasites dependent on the government dole through welfare, food stamps, public housing and now student loans." No source is cited. I won't challenge that percentage, but will point out Mr. Jones as he addressed these Americans quite abhorrently and vilely as parasites. He blames "welfare, food stamps, public housing and now student loans" as the sole causes of dependency. Yes, millions of Americans receive benefits, but are not parasites. Mr. Jones, are your relatives receiving Social Security parasites? Are the elderly who are ill, and get medical treatment through Medicare/Medicaid, parasites? Are those receiving Social Security disability benefits parasites? The states of Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina receive an exceptionally high number of dollars per resident than the remaining states. They are Republican states. Mr. Jones, are those people parasites?

Joe Warren

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How is voting important to the democratic process? ›

Another responsibility of citizens is voting. The law does not require citizens to vote, but voting is a very important part of any democracy. By voting, citizens are participating in the democratic process. Citizens vote for leaders to represent them and their ideas, and the leaders support the citizens' interests.

Who chooses the Vice President if none of the candidates for that office receives a majority of electoral votes? ›

If no candidate receives a majority of electoral votes, the House of Representatives elects the President from the three candidates who received the most electoral votes. Each state delegation has one vote. The Senate elects the Vice President from the two vice presidential candidates with the most electoral votes.

What would be the lowest number of states that a candidate would need to win in order to become President? ›

Each State delegation has one vote and it is up to the individual States to determine how to vote. (Since the District of Columbia is not a State, it has no State delegation in the House and cannot vote). A candidate must receive at least 26 votes (a majority of the States) to be elected.

Who is responsible for electing the president? ›

Established in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, the Electoral College is the formal body which elects the President and Vice President of the United States.

How did the 12th Amendment change how we elect the president? ›

After the experiences of the 1796 and 1800 elections, Congress passed, and the states ratified, the 12th Amendment to the Constitution. Added in time for the 1804 election, the amendment stipulated that the electors would now cast two votes: one for President and the other for Vice President.

How can the president be removed from office? ›

Article II, Section 4: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

What is a safe state in politics? ›

Meanwhile, the states that regularly lean to a single party are known as safe states, as it is generally assumed that one candidate has a base of support from which they can draw a sufficient share of the electorate without significant investment or effort by their campaign.

How many states use popular vote for president? ›

Today, all but two states (Maine and Nebraska) award all their electoral votes to the single candidate with the most votes statewide (the so-called "winner-take-all" system).

What percentage of the popular vote did Reagan win in 1980? ›

Reagan won the election by a landslide, taking 489 electoral votes and 50.8% of the popular vote with a margin of 9.7%.

How much does the president make? ›

On May 14th, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service and General Government included a provision in the Treasury appropriations bill that would increase the President's salary to $400,000, effective January 20, 2001.

What does the Constitution say about voting? ›

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.

What was the 12th Amendment? ›

The Twelfth Amendment requires a person to receive a majority of the electoral votes for vice president for that person to be elected vice president by the Electoral College. If no candidate for vice president has a majority of the total votes, the Senate, with each senator having one vote, chooses the vice president.

What did the 12th Amendment fix? ›

Passed by Congress December 9, 1803, and ratified June 15, 1804, the 12th Amendment provided for separate Electoral College votes for President and Vice President, correcting weaknesses in the earlier electoral system which were responsible for the controversial Presidential Election of 1800.

Who does the 13th Amendment apply to? ›

The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

What is the 27th amendment in simple terms? ›

Amendment XXVII prevents members of Congress from granting themselves pay raises during the current session. Rather, any raises that are adopted must take effect during the next session of Congress.

Can the Vice President be fired? ›

Article II, Section 4: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

What is the 25th Amendment in simple terms? ›

Twenty-Fifth Amendment, Section 1: In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.

Has a Vice President ever been impeached? ›

No United States vice presidents have been impeached. One has gone through an impeachment inquiry, however, without being formally impeached.

Is Missouri a red state? ›

Missouri was historically viewed as a bellwether state, but the consecutive votes against the winning candidate in 2008 and 2012 introduced doubts about its continued status as a bellwether, and an 18.5-point Republican victory in 2016 indicated that it had become a safe red state.

Is North Dakota a red state? ›

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Trump won North Dakota 65.1% to 31.7%, a margin of 33.4%, about three points down from his 36-point victory in 2016. North Dakota, a rural state covered in the Midwestern Plains, is one of the most reliably Republican states in the nation.

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November 2012. A swing vote is a vote that is seen as potentially going to any of a number of candidates in an election, or, in a two-party system, may go to either of the two dominant political parties. Such votes are usually sought after in election campaigns, since they can play a big role in determining the outcome ...

Who created the Electoral College? ›

The Electoral College was created by the framers of the U.S. Constitution as an alternative to electing the president by popular vote or by Congress.

What is the difference between the Electoral College and popular vote? ›

Polling Place: the location in which you cast your vote. to cast their vote for president. But the tally of those votes—the popular vote—does not determine the winner. Instead, presidential elections use the Electoral College. To win the election, a candidate must receive a majority of electoral votes.

What is the most common electoral system? ›

Party-list proportional representation is the single most common electoral system and is used by 80 countries, and involves voters voting for a list of candidates proposed by a party.

Did Ronald Reagan win popular vote? ›

Incumbent Republican President Ronald Reagan defeated Democratic former Vice President Walter Mondale, in a landslide, winning 525 electoral votes and 58.8 percent of the popular vote.

Did George W. Bush win the popular vote in 2004? ›

Bush won by a narrow margin of 35 electoral votes and took 50.7% of the popular vote.

Did Richard Nixon win the popular vote? ›

Nixon won the election in a landslide, taking 60.7% of the popular vote and carrying 49 states, while being the first Republican to sweep the South. McGovern took just 37.5% of the popular vote, while John G. Schmitz of the American Independent Party won 1.4% of the vote.

Why is election important in a democratic society? ›

Elections provide an important opportunity to advance democratization and encourage political liberalization. For an election to be free and fair, certain civil liberties, such as the freedoms of speech, association and assembly, are required.

What is the purpose of voting? ›

Voting is a method for a group, such as a meeting or an electorate, in order to make a collective decision or express an opinion usually following discussions, debates or election campaigns. Democracies elect holders of high office by voting.

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Cornerstones of democracy include freedom of assembly, association, property rights, freedom of religion and speech, inclusiveness and equality, citizenship, consent of the governed, voting rights, freedom from unwarranted governmental deprivation of the right to life and liberty, and minority rights.

What does democratic process mean? ›

The democratic process is the process of expressing primary political or inalienable rights through decision-making. It must promote effective participation, enlightenment, and final agenda control. The agenda controller defines the process and the production of its outcome.

Who has right to vote? ›

As a result of many battles, laws and amendments, modern day voting is a much simpler matter. To vote in a presidential election today, you must be 18 years old and a United States citizen. Each state has its own requirements.

What is the most common voting system? ›

Proportional systems

Party-list proportional representation is the single most common electoral system and is used by 80 countries, and involves voters voting for a list of candidates proposed by a party.

Is every citizen a voter? ›

Ans. Every Indian citizen who has attained the age of 18 years on the qualifying date i.e. first of January of the year of revision of electoral roll, unless otherwise disqualified, is eligible to be registered as a voter in the roll of the part/polling area of the constituency where he is ordinarily resident.

Why was the voting Rights Act important? ›

It outlawed the discriminatory voting practices adopted in many southern states after the Civil War, including literacy tests as a prerequisite to voting.

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Different types of democracies
  • Direct democracy.
  • Representative democracy.
  • Constitutional democracy.
  • Monitory democracy.

Why do we need democracy 5 points? ›

Democracy explains and helps in maintaining law and order. Democracy helps citizens to choose their leaders to run the government. Democracy provides equal rights among citizens on the basis of caste, religion and sex. Democracy enhances the quality of decision-making and also improves the dignity of citizens.

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Democracy is a system of government in which laws, policies, leadership, and major undertakings are directly or indirectly decided by the “people"—a group generally understood to include all (or nearly all) adult citizens.

What are the 2 main types of democracy? ›

Constitutional democracy – governed by a constitution. Deliberative democracy – in which authentic deliberation, not only voting, is central to legitimate decision making. It adopts elements of both consensus decision-making and majority rule.

What are the problems with democracy? ›

  • 3.1 Political instability. 3.1.1 Short-termism. 3.1.2 Corruption. 3.1.3 Voter Ignorance. ...
  • 3.2 Efficiency of the system.
  • 3.3 Susceptibility to propaganda. 3.3.1 Lack of political education. 3.3.2 Manipulation or control of public opinion. ...
  • 3.4 Information Overload Paradox.
  • 3.5 Limited responsiveness and representation.

What are the main principles of democracy? ›

  • Citizen Participation. One of the most basic signposts of a democracy is citizen participation in government. ...
  • Equality. Democratic societies emphasize the principle that all people are equal. ...
  • Political Tolerance. ...
  • Accountability. ...
  • Transparency. ...
  • Regular, Free and Fair Elections. ...
  • Economic Freedom. ...
  • Control of the Abuse of Power.


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