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The Voting Percentage Scam

Here’s a political game and ploy that is used with both parties, however, at this point in history it’s the Dems that are working this scam.  I learned about this when the California house raised sales taxes to 10% recently, contrary  us screaming “no”.

When a bill passes that they know the people don’t want, i.e.; tax increases, Obamacare, etc., you’ll notice that it always just scrapes through – example: If they need 60 votes, they will get exactly 60 votes (sometimes 1 or 2 extra) but never with a large margin.

Let’s take the passing of the health care bill and use the House of Representatives as an example.  Here’s how it goes and why:

Democrats that are in secure districts (where they are not vulnerable or have no viable competition for reelection) will vote for the bill.

Also, politicians that are retiring and not seeking another term will vote ‘yes’ (they have nothing to lose).

Next are the ones who’s reelection may be affected by their vote.  To these people, the Speaker of the House (Nancy Pelosi) will coax (coerce) them into a vote by assuring them that if they lose, the Party will take care of them, i.e.; promised a cushy job, extra funds for the reelection campaign, etc.

Then there’s the elected Democrat in a toss-up state (could vote either way – Dem or Rep).  He knows that the bill will be a noose around his political neck.  That the populace of his state does not want it and, with his ‘yes’ vote, will not vote him back in.  He goes to the Speaker (Pelosi) and asks permission to vote against the bill!
She tallies up the ‘yea’ votes and, if she has enough, will grant permission for a ‘no’ vote.  That way, when he is campaigning for reelection, he can tell everyone he voted against it, thus giving the appearance of fulfilling the wishes of his constituents.  Once in office, he takes off the sheeps clothing and sways to the beat of his party wants.

The haggling comes about if there are not enough votes to pass.  That is where you see the sweet deals cut for states, etc. (buying their vote).

That’s how it works – watch the next controversial bill and see what margin it passes with.  So the next time you hear a Dem boast they voted against the bill, just know it was only with permission that they did so.

ALSO, WATCH YOUR PERCENTAGES

The next time you read or hear that a candidate voted 98% with this party or 89% against this – don’t take it for face value.  Go on the web and find their voting record (lobbyists even pay for them to abstain).  Abstain?  Yes.  Since the congressman knows he would get flack for voting on something, they just don’t vote.  That way, it’s not held against them and it also helps the lobbyists (or others) by not have negative votes counted.

Here’s how this one works –

If there are 30 issues that are being voted on during the year and the congressman votes against his constituents 20 times, it means he only supported his voter’s position 33% of the time. (10 out of 30 times he voted for his majority’s position)

BUT what if there are 30 votes for the year but he doesn’t vote on 20 of the bills?  Take is step farther and say he votes once against his voter majority wishes.  He is still in good standing because he can brag that he supported the people’s stand 90% of the time! Only one out of 10 times he voted against the majority’s wishes.   But…if you add the time he didn’t vote into the equation, he only represented the voters 9 out of 30 times! (approx. 30%)  No one with those kind of numbers can look forward to reelection.

So, don’t be fooled by number and percentages.  Find out how many times they actually voted ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – not ‘absent’ or ‘present’ (which means “I’m here but won’t vote.”)

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