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22 November 2009

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Barbara C.

I think these comments mainly pop up, though, when the commentator feels like people are not only not voting for what would be best for them but what would be best for others in the community. And the concern that that those voters are voting based on false propaganda or conspiracy theory.

For instance, in my home city (Louisville, KY) last year they voted down more funding for the public libraries, which are in terrible shape. So when said libraries then had to cut back their hours the same people who voted it down said "See, if we had given them more money we would have been cheated because they just cut back their hours" instead of realizing that the library hours were cut due to lack of funding.

I do understand, though, what you mean about a certain amount of arrogance in such statements.

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"I think these comments mainly pop up, though, when the commentator feels like people are not only not voting for what would be best for them but would be best for others..."

But that's exactly my point -- if you're supposed to vote for what would be "best for others" then that rather puts the lie to the idea that one ought to vote "in your own interest" at all.

And let's take the example of the folks who voted down the library funding. If from the very beginning they believed that the library would cut their hours regardless of how much money they got, then it's completely "in the voter's interest" to withhold money from an organization they believe to be unreliable (for reasons other than lack of money). The belief on which the perception of interest is based may be incorrect, but one couldn't accuse such voters of not voting in their own interest.

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