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  •  my experience is counter to that explanation (0+ / 0-)

    If you knew the people who, like where I live, are living in the safety net but are madly "conservative" in their politics, you may think differently.

    Maybe you are familiar with the culture, maybe not.

    For a somewhat entertianing yet sad view of what I'm talking about, watch the documentary Harlen County USA (1976). In it you can see both collective action by poor southern workers and the injection of the "southern strategy".

    Then watch the Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virgina. The worst case example of  what multiple generations of that southern strategy will do to people who while living (and getting very high) on the safety net and voting, with significant margins, for any "conservative."

    These are extreme examples, but I see it every day in Alabama.

    There are millions who will cut off their own nose to spite their face.

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