There is the clear implication that some people — a large segment, given what we were debating — wants to “be on the dole”. Or, as I’m told the kids say these days, “mooch off government”. If there’s a difference here, it’s not a terribly clear one.

Suffice to say that not everyone on the dole wants to be on the dole, which seems to be your assumption.

That said, if I AM on the dole, and I don’t see a way on or off it in the near term, I quite obviously want to make sure it keeps coming.

People are remarkably clear-headed when it comes to their own personal interest, but one must be willing to look outside the narrow confines of economic interest to see it sometimes.

Yes. And the vast majority of the time, that “personal interest” is economic. That said, it’s hardly a “trap”; it’s simply the intuitively obvious behavior of a rational actor.

It’s true that no amount of “look, they’re not taking your jobs” will convince these voters. You ascribe that to stubbornness and ignorance (extended to the whole population);

Well :-). sometimes they ARE taking their jobs, though. :-) It’s not just stubbornness; some of these people are looking out their windows watching houses being built by illegal aliens.

The data contradicting your view is in the original set of articles. Trump voters were not characterized primarily by economic hardship; that is a simple fact. Wealthier whites voted more for Trump than poorer ones, everything else being equal.

I think the devil in the details is trying to figure out what a person sees as “economic hardship”. That’s often a rather subjective matter.

It does not have a hard and fast economic definition, because individuals perceive their situation in different ways depending on their level of aspiration.

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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