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U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney gestures while making a point about children's education at The Latino Coalition during the Annual Economic Summit at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, May 23,
A good fit for Wyoming, if not the nation.
In Wyoming—which is 86 percent white, gets the most federal dollars per capita, and gave Mitt Romney his second-biggest winning margin—Republicans are concerned that the country is being overrun by parasites. No, really, according to one conservative publisher and radio talk show host, "The parasites now outnumber the producers." He's not alone:
"It's a fundamental shift," said Khale Lenhart, 27, a lawyer here. "It's a mind-set change—that government is here to take care of me." [...]

"It spooks me," said James Yates, 46, a self-made businessman who owns 15 restaurants and employs about 1,000 people. "The young vote and certainly the minority vote went toward the perspective of 'What can I get?' Where the government runs everything, it's completely not sustainable. They don't see that."

Certainly minority voters? Well, I guess we know where that guy is coming from. And that's not even getting into the question of M. Lee Hasenauer, who other conservatives tell the New York Times they see as "pretty out there," yet who just won a county commission seat. He thinks a revolution may be in order.

If you're in one of the whitest states in the country and are insisting that while your state gets more federal dollars per capita than any other, it's the Democratic-voting parasites and young people and certainly minorities who just want the government to take care of them ... well, you're a good fit for today's Republican Party. Beyond that, for all these people's talk of self-reliance, what they really need is to be hit with the self-knowledge stick, which in this case would come with a bonus hit from the "yeah, you are a racist" stick.

All the Marco Rubios and Mia Loves in the world won't make this mindset anything but what it is.

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