How Mitt Romney Would Screw the Red States That Support Him
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But it wouldn't remain there. We relitigated the question 75 years later. A million Americans, or about 3 percent of the population lost their lives in the Civil War, and the prodigy of the anti-Federalists were defeated once again. But the vision of a Disunited States has once again emerged in Paul Ryan's “Roadmap,” which would, as the non-partisan Center for Budget and Policy Priorities put it, offer “a long-term spending path under which, by 2050, most of the federal government aside from Social Security, health care, and defense would cease to exist.”
As Jonathan Cohn wrote recently in The New Republic, the Romney-Ryan plan “to turn vast swaths of public policy—including Medicaid, food stamps, and housing—over to the states” is “one of the most radical parts of their agenda.” But just why it is so radical, and how it would impact Americans living in the red states probably isn't fully appreciated by most voters.
Cohn appeared on this week's AlterNet Radio Hour to elaborate. Below is a podcast of our discussion – it runs a bit over 20 minutes, and is definitely worth your time.