Published DateTo the editor,
For as long as I can remember, Republicans have always maintained that: "They represent the heartland and they believe in personal responsibility, family values, and 'getting the government off our backs'". This indeed has been their mantra which seems to work in "red states". Social scientists and economists have long questioned whether Republicans practice what they preach.
The statistical reality according to these learned men is that: "the red states are, on average less prone to pay income taxes, more prone to receive subsidies from the federal government, less physically fit, less responsible in their sexual behavior, more prone to inflict harm on themselves and on others through smoking , drunk driving, and misuse of firearms and more prone to "free ride" on the health care system compared to "blue staters".
Economists have long known that in spite of the rhetoric about "getting the government off our backs" , the red states receive more federal spending net of taxes than the blue states. Alaska, Mississippi, Louisiana, West Virginia, and North and South Dakota top the list of what Mitt Romney labeled as "moochers". Republicans fall far short of "practicing what they preach". Democrats in blue states on the other hand are guilty of "not preaching what they practice". ObamaCare, better known as the Affordable Care Act, champions personal responsibility. The states that hate it don't!! Establishing personal responsibility, not socialized medicine is the reason why conservative think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation proposed the idea of a "universal mandate" in the first place and why Mitt Romney enacted it in Massachusettes when he was governor.
In order for Republicans to have any chance at all in reclaiming legitimacy they are going to have to quit being the "stupid party"; quit believing their own rhetoric , and of course, marginalize the Tea Party.