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Left Confused

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I’m a white guy.  I’m straight.  I’m married.  I have a son.

I’ve worked for big companies in the private sector.  I’ve hired dozens of people.  I’ve let several go.  I’ve run a small business for 12 years.  I’ve dealt with all sorts of regulations.  I’ve always paid my taxes.

I have a master’s degree.  My student loans have been paid off for 15 years.  My credit card bill is paid in full every month.  I’m in debt to no one.  Our household income is in the top 15-25%.

I was raised Catholic.  I have a moral compass.  I’ve never been arrested.  I have no criminal record.  I’m not a burden on the healthcare system: I’m not obese or unhealthy.  I’ve run 25 marathons.  I’ve never tried smoking.

So I’m a well-off straight white guy.  Every demographic study I see says I should vote R.  But I never have.

So my question is this: At what point do I automatically vote R?

When 2 guys I’ll never meet get married?  When I have to wait 3 days for an assault rifle?  When my tax rate exceeds 20%?  When one dollar of my income goes toward the public good?  When everyone has access to healthcare?  When every cop in my town is laid off?  When a nonwhite family moves in down the street?  When oil companies have to pay more than 5% in taxes?

Any idea?  Can any Republican tell me what I’m missing?

 

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