The phrase “vote against their own interest” is used quite a bit on these boards. And it almost always means that people (e.g., poor Republicans) vote against the party who wants to give them less stuff.
Do you people who use this phrase think the only wise or honorable thing to do is to vote for people who will give you a larger hand out?
Right in this thread LarkingPot says that you couldn’t pay him enough to vote Republican. So, even if someone—or the Republicans— were to pay him more than he currently gets with SNAP, would that make him an idiot?
I don’t think so. I think that people vote for more than what they might directly receive. LarkingPot believes that the Dems will craft a country more to his ideological liking, would he be a fool for voting for them even if there was no SNAP? Similarly, if a person believes that lower taxes and a more conservative social policy genuinely is the best thing for the country as a whole, why is he so often cast in a bad light on these boards as one of the idiots who vote against their own self interests?
Not that anyone need answer.