Obama is not the only Santa Claus who won on Tuesday. Democrat Chaka Fattah won his Philadelphia Congressional seat with 90% of the vote; his Republican opponent only mustered 9%. A master of the welfare vote, Fattah knows democratic politics is a simple science: pay for votes with other people’s money. Speaking on Al Sharpton’s show on MSNBC, Fattah said, “Those people who are unemployed, they’re not going to be voting for the party who wants to cut their benefits, cut access to food stamps, cut job training.” How hard is it to win an election when you simply buy the people off?
Obama won the 2012 Presidential Election as the candidate who provides the goodies. Welfare spending for the gigantic “taker class” is really what won on Tuesday. Unemployment is high and the economy is bad, but voters came out strong to support Santa Claus and his ribbon-wrapped welfare packages. Welfare spending has increased 32% during Obama’s first term, according to the Congressional Research Service and Senate Budget Committee. Now the government spends over $1 trillion per year on more than 80 assistance programs. The welfare vote is only getting stronger, so it is becoming more and more necessary to present an alternative to the welfare state.
Romney’s most infamous remark of the entire presidential campaign concerned the welfare issue: “My job is not to worry about those people,” Mitt Romney famously said about the “taker class” folks who were always going to vote for Obama for the benefits he gives. “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” Romney was correct in his statement, but he did not have the courage or frankly state the philosophy to bolster it with evidence and swag. Romney lost to the welfare vote because he did not represent a clear alternative approach to the world of Barack Obama. Gary Johnson did. But without major party status, voters passed over Johnson’s anti-welfare state approach without a thought. Ron Paul ran for the Republican nomination against Romney and warned the Republicans would lose to Obama if they did not give the people a strong alternative; Paul was right.