Democrats are flabbergasted that so many modest-income people in
middle America voted against the self-anointed party of the little
guy. Conditioned to believe that Republican is synonymous with
corporate fat cat, they conclude that the people must either be
misinformed, obsessed with moral values, or both.
When will they ever learn that steep tax rates, protectionism,
excessive regulation, heavy-handed unionism, uncontrolled subsidies,
tax-code complexity, lawsuit abuse, and other aspects of big
government are not in the economic interests of most people,
regardless of whether they live in "red" or "blue" states?
Economic interest is based on such things as the availability of
well-paying jobs, an abundance of goods and services at reasonable
prices, quality health care, affordable health insurance, good
schools, a comfortable retirement, and an absence of excessive
taxation. And by deciding against Kerry, the people of America's
heartland did indeed vote in their economic interest.
Let's look at some of those issues one-by-one.
In the vast majority of cases, rising wages don't result from
labor union agitation. Rising wages result from labor scarcity. If
enough businesses are established so that there is an abundance of
jobs, business owners have a harder and harder time finding and
keeping workers. They are forced to compete against other businesses
for workers. They do that by raising workers' pay and/or improving
A key to raising wages, therefore, is to have lots of businesses.
That's done through business-friendly policies such as lower taxes,
fewer onerous and expensive regulations, and keeping the trial
lawyers at bay. Guess which party scores better in that regard?
Certainly, some regulations and taxes are OK. But they can get
excessive. We reached that point long ago.
This ties into well-paying jobs, since a better education leads
to higher earnings. Pouring money into schools only works to a
point; witness the Washington, DC school district, which spends the
most amount of money per student in the nation, yet has one of the
lowest average test scores. What's needed are incentives to boost
the quality of education. This includes merit pay for teachers,
school vouchers, school choice, standardized testing, and the
ability to dismiss bad teachers. But the teachers' unions - the
National Education Association (NEA) and American Federation of
Teachers (AFT) - stand in the way of these reforms.
The NEA (along with the trial lawyers) is the biggest donor to
the Democratic Party. One in 10 delegates to the Democratic National
Convention last summer was a teachers' union member. So a vote
against Kerry was a vote against teachers unions, and in favor of
Consumer choice/better prices
Kerry was the anti-candidate here, too. …