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  •  Perhaps just on taxes and budgets, then? (0+ / 0-)

    It seems like the kind of budgets that get laughed out today as too left-wing would be rather conservative twenty, thirty years ago. It seems to be similar with tax levels.

    Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

    by Gygaxian on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 03:35:44 PM PST

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    •  The actual policy is one thing (1+ / 0-)
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      but people's views on them is another. I would imagine that those budgets with higher taxes were not all that popular then either. Also there's the whole "let's not fund things for black people" thing that happened then and still happens locally today.

      However I'm not disagreeing that people's views on fiscal issues haven't shifted right since the 60s, just that such a trend is not occurring today with the browning of America. I guarantee you though that if we had a Dem wave like 1964 happen, you'd see some very progressive legislation happen if you had a president as committed to economic equality as Johnson was with the Great Society. That kind of stuff requires changes in representation to occur, not nearly as much the change in underlying views of the electorate. Of course both those things feed back into each other, but the policy shifts tend to happen in waves like the Great Society or the debacle that was Reagan's first budget that slashed taxes on the rich and set off our current boom in inequality.

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