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Pain is a powerful motivator

If you believe polls, most show President Obama with a slight edge over Mitt Romney going into the debates.  This edge has left many pundits scratching their heads wondering how Obama can even be in this race.  After all he has presided over one of the worst economic recoveries in our nation’s history.  Unemployment has been over eight percent for three and a half years, we have lost our triple A credit rating, slipped from first to seventh in global competitiveness, increased our national debt by $6 trillion with nothing to show for it, lost 662,000 jobs to China since 2008, and the list goes on and on.  Jimmy Carter presided over an economy that had in average unemployment rate of 5.8 percent in 1979 and lost big to Ronald Reagan.  So how can President Obama even be in this race with these horrible economic stats?  The answer in my opinion is simple.  When people don’t feel the pain of the above economic numbers they have no desire to change the current course.

Here’s what I mean.  When I was in Pennsylvania a few weeks ago I ran into a large number of people who were out of work, collecting some type of assistance.  They had enough money for food, rent, cable TV, cigarettes, beer, and all the time in the world to enjoy it.  When I asked them who they were leaning towards in the 2012 election, overwhelmingly they supported reelecting Obama.  This shouldn’t surprise anyone.  They’re not feeling the pain of this terrible economy.  Like a drug, they’re high on entitlements and nothing else matters.  They don’t care about the national debt or the high unemployment rates because it doesn’t impact them.  They don’t care about QE3 because they don’t understand it and have little desire to understand it.  They don’t care where the money is coming from, just as long as the checks keep coming.  They have zero motivation to change their condition because all their basic needs are being met.  So why would they support any candidate that threatens their lifestyle.  The answer is they won’t.  Now multiply this same scenario across the country and a picture begins to come into focus as to why Obama is still in this race.

This is not like the Jimmy Carter economy.  Back then people were actually feeling the pain of a bad economy and they had a strong desire to change their condition.  They wanted to work and knew that work was an avenue that would improve their condition.  They weren’t buying what Jimmy Carter was selling because they were dealing with the reality of his economy every day.  They were feeling the pain of inflation and the falling dollar and pain is a powerful motivator.  Today the pain is being felt by those who go to work every day trying to stretch a devalued dollar to make ends meet.  They pay taxes that are redistributed to another segment of society that pays little to no taxes and lives off the system.  These are the people who feel the pain at the pumps as more of their hard earned money siphoned from them and transferred from the private sector to the government.  Those who do not feel any of the above pains and live off a system that is on the verge of collapsing simply do not care about changing the course.  And the sad truth is that there are a great number of people living off the system; a system that relies on dependency and one that President Obama helped cultivate.

I do believe smoke and mirror tactics will only work so long for Obama.  Lying in campaign ads will catch up to him because eventually he will run smack into the economic reality he has created for all of us and that reality is painful.  And like I said pain is indeed a power motivator.  Use it against him on Election Day.

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  • Silverfiddle October 2, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Point well made. Failure and stupidity should hurt. When it doesn’t you get more failure and stupidity.
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  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire October 2, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    You make a great point, John. Stupidity can not be overcome without pain. Let’s hope that those that are feeling the pain are still a majority. We can not afford four more years of Obama.
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  • Steve Dennis October 2, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    It looks as if Romney’s 47% “gaffe” was actually true, wasn’t it? Barack Obama has made sure to “take care” of those who have been hurt by his policies and they want to keep the freebies coming so they will vote for him over Romney. We are facing an uphill battle but I still think we can win it if we can show the people that what you wrote is correct–this is nothing but smoke and mirrors.

    • John Carey October 2, 2012 at 10:09 PM

      Oh there was no doubt in my mind that he was speaking the truth when he talked about the 47 percent. The left just spun it in a way to make the truth sound dirty. It’s a very real thing Steve. I witnessed it first hand.
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  • LD Jackson October 3, 2012 at 6:14 AM

    Very astute observations, John. If Obama manages to win a second term, what you have witnessed will be directly responsible for that win. I am afraid far too many Americans simply do not care and that may be our downfall.
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    • John Carey October 3, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      I believe there is indeed a certain amount of apathy involved here. Many feel the system is broken and it’s time for a change. I even had one guy suggest that maybe America needed to experience an economic collapse in order to change. I replied are you out of your mind.
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  • Infidel de Manahatta October 3, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Sometimes (well, most of the time) I despair for America. Is it already too late? Too many Americans are hooked on entitlements and “free” stuff. Can a Republic survive like this?

    And where’s my free Obama phone?
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    • John Carey October 3, 2012 at 10:30 PM

      I do to. I sometimes wonder if it’s too late to reverse course and then I think about still having freedom of speech and the how words can indeed shift the mindset.
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  • John Galt October 3, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    In other words, or in those of Mitt Romney, “it is the 47%, stupid” (I added the “stupid”)