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    mightymouse, indie17

    no matter how wrong the GOP is on every issue.  they are always "right" when it comes to so called handouts.

    in private conversation this seems to be the main issue that  more mainstream conservatives or independents think about.

    its the glue that holds that party together.

    very unfortunate that there is so little messaging effort to counteract this stupid concept of handouts.

    •  "Handouts": Part of the answer (6+ / 0-)

      is to force Republicans to be specific.
      Lots of low-info voters like the idea of "cutting handouts" in the abstract, but when you force them to think about the details, some of them can be educated.  
      Don't let the Republicans run on a vague "cut handouts" platform.  Pin them down: Does that mean cutting Social Security, or Medicare, or unemployment benefits, veterans benefits, or what? Medicaid for the elderly in nursing homes? By how much?
      The easy cuts ("welfare for illegal aliens") are already gone, or don't amount to much. For cuts to make a difference in the budget, they're going to hurt the middle class, retirees, and everybody's friends and neighbors. Thus far, the Republicans haven't been forced to acknowledge that.

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