1. Yes, much of the public debate is about the size of the Federal government. But the real debate ought to be about the policies of the Federal government – what it does and who pays for it. Few of the small-government types are calling for an end to our wars of aggression in the Middle East, for example.

    Many people, when they are asked are the size of the Federal government, say that they favor small government. But if asked about specific policies and programs (e.g., Social Security), the same voters favor maintaining or enlarging the programs.

    Why pays – and who doesn’t pay! You mentioned Mitt Romney. Last year, I paid the same percentage of my income in Federal taxes that Mitt Romney did, even though he made more money in a week than I make all year. Those loopholes are put into the Federal tax code for a reason: to enable millionaires and billionaires to avoid paying their fair share in taxes. Mitt Romney had offshore bank accounts in the Cayman Islands that exist for no other purpose.

  2. Scientologists use Freedom of Religion to get away with their scam, but being in favour of Freedom of Religion does not make one a Scientologist.

  3. If Mississippi racists simply folded into the Republican Party in the 1972 election, why did they go for Carter in ’76? The fact is that Nixon won every state except Massachusetts, because McGovern was such an appallingly bad candidate.

  4. Fails to mention urban populations tend to vote more Democrat versus rural populations which tend to vote more Republican. This just as easily explains the divide without it being a racial one, as urban whites also tend to vote more for Democrats and rural blacks for Republicans.

    The author also makes the erroneous claim that “African-Americans have little resentment of a federal government that rescued them twice from intolerable conditions…” My anecdotal experience has been that African-Americans resent and outright fear the FBI, DEA, ATF, NSA, IRS and CIA more than many other races. Much of that fear stems from surveillance and policies performed during their fight for equal rights in the 1960’s. It’s hard to love a government that wrote this about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    March 1968 FBI memo, “Counterintelligence Program – Black Nationalist-Hate Groups – Racial Intelligence”

    (King) could be a real contender for this position (black messiah) should he abandon his supposed “obedience” to “white, liberal doctrines” (nonviolence) and embrace black nationalism. (King) has the necessary charisma to be a real threat in this way.

    …Through counter intelligence it should be possible to pinpoint potential troublemakers and neutralize them before they exercise their potential for violence.”

    Yes, even in the 1960’s, our own government was planning on “neutralizing” citizens for crimes they have not yet committed. It’s only gotten worse today.

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