I think several of you missed my point about identity politics.
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This change affects how people vote and how strongly they are affected by associations between those policies and the identity group they belong to.
It almost seems like you're trying to make the case that Black and Latino voters are in the Democrats because of government handouts to the poor. I'd caution you against going down that line of thought too far. Remember that you don't have the Asian vote either, and there are many other reasons why minority voters may be hesitant to join the Republican ranks.
In the identity politics game, the Left will always have an advantage over the Right simply because it's much harder to convince people that a small government platform benefits their group more than a big government platform will. Let's face it, it's pretty hard to convince a group of people that the government *not* giving them stuff is really better for them.
Okay seriously, the Republicans have at best an iffy record on reducing government expenditures. That's the thing, you guys aren't a small government party. You guys have a terrible habit of running on a small-government platform and not following through with it. Cancelling a few token Democrat-backed programs and jacking up the military budget doesn't count as small government, especially times when you increase overall spending in the process.
Tax cuts are fine, but you actually have to follow those up with the promised budget cuts when you are in the White House. Given the past record I have no idea why people would believe you would do that.
But ask yourselves what you really won.
Four more years.
And? What does that get you? What exactly do you expect to gain?
Given the past records, if I have to choose between spending money on the military and spending money on social programs, I'll take the social programs any day of the week. The other has plenty of money already. If you want to convince people you're a small government party, you're going to have to do more in that area. Right now it seems you only want to reduce budgets when you're not in charge, and then the Dems can pin that "party of no" label on you all, and it sticks. I'm sympathetic, but this falls in the "fool me twice shame on me" category, ya'll are going to have to do more here.
Edit: grrr... quote boxes... Edited, Nov 15th 2012 8:47am by someproteinguy