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Why do people vote Conservative / Republican?

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Add another one to my "things that confuse me" list...

Why do average, ordinary people vote for Conservative / Republican / (insert your right-wing party here) politicians?

I can see voting for them IF:
Your household income is more than $500,000/yearYou are a majority shareholder in a corporation that employs more than 500 peopleYou are a senior management in a major corporationYou have the majority of your net worth invested in energy and "defense" stocksBut honestly, unless one or more of the above applies to you, it just doesn't make sense.

For the average Joe, voting for Conservative politicians is basically the equivalent to shooting yourself in the foot -- over and over again.

Their modis operandi is to systematically underfund and dismantle public institutions, and replace them with private corporations they can profit from.

The result is an ever increasing divide between rich and poor, creating a cheap labor force at the bottom (more profit!) and increa…