Casualty of Capitalism

Exiled into Wilmington, Delaware by virtue of corporate layoffs. (Note: Unless otherwise stated, all photos on this blog are Copyright 2005, Michael Collins, and cannot be used without permission.)

Location: Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Graduate of University of Maryland School of Law; University of Maryland, College Park (Economics/Political Science).

Thursday, November 04, 2004

More on "Stupid People and Rednecks"

Here are a couple people who don't get it:

"Nicholas Kristof in the NYTimes today makes the argument that “the Democratic Party’s first priority
should be to reconnect with the American heartland”. He continues later by
saying that “One of the Republican Party’s major successes over the last few
decades has been to persuade many of the working poor to vote for tax breaks for
billionaires.” Precisely. I am always shocked when I have conversations with
people – doesn’t happen too often, but I try to do it when possible – who are
clearly hurting the most by Bush’s politics, but who are nonetheless avid
(Crooked Timber)

Nobody is voting for "tax breaks for billionaires," they are voting for the principle that there should in general be fewer taxes and smaller government. I keep reading today how baffling it is that anyone would vote for Bush because he is giving billions of dollars to the rich. No he isn't. The government had been taking billions of dollars FROM the rich. That's what liberals can't seem to grasp. Most of the red state, "working poor" that they speak of are the hard working, self-made types who don't feel like they need government to do everything for them, and wish more than anything else that government would play a lesser role in everyone's lives. They're not selfish about that view. Lower taxes for all. Less government intrusion for all. There is no contradiction there, nor is there anything nonsensical about not wanting government handouts despite tough times. Some people just prefer to fight the good fight.


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