Who is lazy: The poor or the motorists?
These days, with the gap between rich and poor (the wealth gap) steadily growing, you would think most people would vote for the left to correct the situation. The increasing wealth gap alone is an obvious reason to vote for the left, regardless of how much money you have--if you believe in democracy, that is. Unfortunately, either many people do not believe in democracy, or democracy is not working.
Why do people insist on voting against their own interests for the right? Evidently, they do not understand the issues. The reason why they don't understand is because they are constantly being told things that are not true -- or not quite true, which can be just as bad.
The right wing use their money to influence the media, which in turn supports right-wing ideologies by spreading misleading information about the merits of left versus right-wing politics. To take one of many examples: conservatives argue that you can't introduce or increase wealth tax because that will mean that widows who own homes will have to pay tax on those homes. Is that fair, they ask? First, that is not true if the threshold for paying wealth tax is higher than the value of such a home. Second, even if it is not, widows should contribute taxation in the same fair way as everyone else. The argument is nonsense, but people fall for it when it is repeated in the media.
Another idea that the right-wing likes to spread is this: "THE POOR ARE POOR BECAUSE THEY ARE LAZY". People seldom say this directly, but they often imply it, and irrational beliefs of this kind run deep. At first sight, the idea seems appealing. If free enterprise was working, which unfortunately it is not, the amount of money you earned would depend on how hard you worked. This is correct, of course, if you are working independently or being paid by the hour. But it is incorrect for people on benefits if they lose their benefit by working harder (I considered a solution here). Many people are trapped in this situation. And what about the working poor: people who work full-time and still can't afford basic expenses?The truth about laziness is this. There are lazy poor people and there are lazy rich people. There are also hard-working poor people and hard-working rich people. I know of no evidence that the lazy-to-diligent ratio is different in those two groups. If only people would understand this, things would change for the better.