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Yet Another Reason America's Future Hinges on the Disappearance of the Republican Party as We Have Come to Know It

David Atkins:

Why do conservatives hate Americans?: Given the Right's recent lurch toward Ayn Rand-style Objectivism, it seems that an intelligent journalist would put the following facts together:

  1. 80% of Americans own only 7% of America's wealth.

  2. The new mainstream in conservatism maintains that the poor are only poor because of laziness and lack of initiative.

It's not exactly a leap in logic to point out that mainstream conservatism now maintains that 80% of Americans are simply ungrateful, lazy bastards who need tough love to do better.

In that context, trying to get rid of Social Security and Medicare makes sense for them. But shouldn't someone start asking, then, why conservatives have such contempt for the vast majority of Americans, and their work ethic? It's not a hard question to ask. The politics of it may be controversial, but the logic isn't.

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