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March 1, 2013

Column: The fallacy of 'low-information' voters

Barbara Anderson’s column the other day (“Washington, Obama and ‘low-information’ voters,” Feb. 20) highlights a blind spot in the myopic vision of the American electorate, herself included. Her article can be summarized as Obama supporters lacking enough information to recognize that the president makes many grand pronouncements with nary any actual effort toward initiating the solutions he proposes.

She is entirely correct in pegging President Obama as all bluff and bluster when it comes to delivering on empty promises. He has changed nothing in the political establishment’s commitment to sacrifice taxpayers along with the private economy upon an altar of social entitlements and militant imperialism. However, her assessment that this failure stems from Obama’s inability to segue from campaign orator to executive enforcer misses the mark entirely.

“Low-information” Obama voters don’t need to recognize that he’s failed to manifest his vision for reform. They need to recognize that he could never truly deliver upon the vision he espoused to begin with. This is much in the same manner that those who supported Romney need to realize there would have been no material changes to the course of policy endemic in Washington had he been elected, regardless of his executive prowess.

Forget the lip service that Romney paid to delivering on the promise of America during the campaign! The problems faced by this country are systemic and beyond the cure of tweaking the management team.

Besides, as governor of Massachusetts, Romney was the prime architect in forcing collectivist health care upon society. Romney signed the nation’s first state ban on tactical rifles. Romney acknowledges anthropogenic global warming and sees carbon taxes as an effective tool in a national energy policy. And he would no doubt continue the militant imperialism and senior entitlement programs doomed to beggar the national treasury.

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