No wonder voters are afraid of you stupid, greedy, self loathing, wing nuts.
You may notice that I am not an American... therefore unable to vote in your elections. Having said that, I was an Obama supporter (for what little it counts in a country that does not get to vote for him.) I still think that he has a lot going for him; you are right, be afraid of us stupid, greedy, self loathing, Obama supporting wing nuts!!!
Really, you have to realize that I am just here to point out the flip side of arguments. I rarely speak against the Republican side on this board because it feels like stomping somebody who is already being stomped- not my style. I do support some of the conservative fiscal policies and the liberal social policies, but do not really have any party allegiances.
Now, if you want to argue that the Republicans have led the country into the depressions (and say the recessions as well) then I would argue that is not a reason for the very poor not to vote Republican. If I am on welfare and food stamps, unable to find a job, poor and have 5 children then this recession (or the GWB depression, if you prefer) has not really hurt me. As a matter of fact, my payments that I collect stay the same and the deflationary recession makes my rent, fuel and food cheaper. Right now natural gas sits around $4.00 where prior to this it was near $10.00. This will help many this winter heat their house (though it has played havoc with a few of my holdings...)
My property value has fallen quite dramatically- perhaps yours has as well. Reasons for us to hate GWB (if we are really going to lay this all at his feet- something I am unwilling to do.) But if I were younger and was looking at $300 000 for a starter home (what you used to pay in Calgary) I would find this recession has helped make homes more affordable. Now I am looking at $220 000 or $250 000. When you argue that this recession has been bad you argue from the point of a home owner / working man / somebody with a retirement fund. If you are making minimum wage and renting this has been a bonus... Vote early, vote often, vote Republican (if you are poor.)
I noticed that you still have not addressed the question of weather you believe that at least some poor people are not voting Republican based on economics but rather for other reasons...
***Edit- in the name of disclosure I also supported Ron Paul. I was kind of glad that I did not have to actually choose between him and Obama when voting.***