I'd like to co-sign on the red. This is an extremely important thing for people to consider. Too often do I hear people (primarily Republicans, but people from all points on the spectrum) say things like, "Well, I
don't need <insert public service here>, so why should it be provided?" My one friend specifically, he's very very conservative. In talking recently the idea of universal healthcare came up. His logic was, he
can afford his health insurance and health care costs. So, WTF does he need universal coverage for? I pointed out that that was great for him, who'd had a pretty good streak of luck, but there are millions of people who didn't have the same advantages he had, the same skills he had, the same talents he had, and some people had little choice but to work three part time jobs in order to support their families and none of those jobs would be enough hours to get health insurance. And since going out and buying your own insurance costs an arm and a leg, where does that leave people who can't find one full time job to support themselves with? He didn't have an answer for that. He'd never thought about it.
I find that many Republicans around here vote for the party that will benefit the economic standing they wish
they had, or that they believe they one day will have. They're voting to make their current lives harder so that one they Get There, or Make It, they'll have it easier. What they don't seem to get is that in the mean time, they're screwing themselves.