A question for everyone on this summer Friday afternoon:
When the Presidential election rolls around this November, will you vote for the candidate whose policies are:
- Better for the country (ie, for the average American), or
- Better for you
Presumably, given enough time and consistent leadership, these priorities need not be mutually exclusive: Most people probably think–or at least tell themselves–that what’s best for them is best for the country, although this is not always the case.
(The wealthiest Americans, for example, need to understand that, without a healthier middle class, it will be much, much harder to get and stay wealthy than it has been over the past half-century–because the middle class provides most of the spending in the economy. So saving yourself some taxes for a few years while further increasing income inequality could hurt you in the end.)
But in the short-term, the priorities are often at odds.
The Bush tax cuts, for example, helped the wealthiest Americans by allowing them to keep more of their incomes, but hurt the average American by helping to increase income inequality and bring about the financial crisis.
And, this November, a vote for Romney will likely mean helping rich Americans pay lower taxes and taking away healthcare benefits from the middle class, etc., while a vote for Obama will likely mean paying higher taxes and keeping those benefits.
So, depending on where you sit on the income continuum, a vote for Romney or Obama could be seen as a vote for or against YOU and YOUR interests.
So which will you vote for?
Or the country’s?
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