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Paul Krugman - Ronald Reagan Was a Racist

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Published on May 22, 2011

Have you read the reviews on Krugman's new book yet? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004...

If we have universal healthcare, it will empower people who are stuck in bad jobs that they only keep because they fear being uninsured. It would allow for more entrepreneurship. One of the main reasons that people work for big companies is to get a good health insurance package. There is a lot of creativity occurring in countries like Japan. A lot of what makes this possible is that there is a safety net if the worst case scenario happens.

The white southerners will probably never join the viewpoint of the rest of the country, but they are diminishing in importance. Southern white men are a smaller demographic than unmarried women. Why should they get such special treatment in politics. There are now more World of Warcraft players than there are farmers. The Democrats are not going to get the southern white votes for quite some time, and they have the ability to win without them. The problem isn't poor white trash, the problem is rich white trash.

Ronald Reagan has been reinvented as an icon of puritan conservatism, but the reality was quite different. His career was remarkably ugly. He was astonishingly mean spirited. When talking about Americans who went to bed hungry, he quipped that they were probably just on a diet.

His first speech was about States' Rights. His entire career was based on racism. He was a politician who mastered the ability to appeal to people's racism without ever saying the words. He even tried to eliminated social security, but the push back came to hard and fast. George W. Bush was a natural son of Ronald Reagan.

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