Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Al Jazeera English: The 'magic' of conservative politics

. . .(F)rom 2000 to 2008, 56.3 per cent of self-identified conservatives said we were spending too little on assistance to the poor, compared to just 36.6 per cent who said we were spending too little on the military. And multi-decade data from the GSS about social spending on seven items - social security, welfare, education, the environment, health care, big city problems and improving the conditions of blacks - showed that seven out of 10 conservatives thought we were spending too little overall. 

Political scientist Scott Lemieux put it bluntly:

What this decision makes particularly clear is the stark choice facing Americans in November... If Mitt Romney is charged with replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the federal powers that have been taken for granted since 1938 will almost certainly perish. The constitutional revolution being proposed by Justices Kennedy, Scalia, Alito and Thomas did not succeed today - but it is frighteningly close, and should it be realised, the effects on America's most vulnerable citizens would be catastrophic.

see The 'magic' of conservative politics - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

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