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Are Hispanics natural libertarians, too?

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Certainly Rand Paul realizes that backing immigration reform is only a first step to winning over Hispanic voters. But what would that next step be, exactly? National Journal’s Matthew Cooper doubts Hispanics will have much interest in Rand Paul’s “pinched libertarian vision of Washington’s responsibilities.” At least that’s what the polling data strongly suggests:

The Pew Research Center notes, “Latinos have often been characterized as more socially conservative than most Americans. On some issues, such as abortion, that’s true. But on others, such as acceptance of homosexuality, it is not. When it comes to their own assessments of their political views, Latinos, more so than the general public, say their views are liberal.” It’s telling that when asked if they backed President Obama’s position that “health insurance organizations should be required to cover contraception,” 68 percent of Hispanics said yes; only 11 percent said no.

But it’s on the question of big government that Hispanics stand most solidly with Democrats. The 2011 Pew Hispanic Center survey asked Latinos whether they would “pay higher taxes to support a larger government or pay lower taxes and have a smaller government”? Hispanics backed higher taxes and more government by 75 percent to 19 percent. For the population as a whole, 48 percent favored smaller government to 41 percent wanting big government.

That “vision” to which Cooper refers can be seen in Paul’s 2013 budget plan, which would balance the budget in five years.

16 thoughts on “Are Hispanics natural libertarians, too?

  1. The problem with the higher taxes/bigger government question is that it doesn’t define how much higher and who will pay them. Also, no two people have the same notion about just what “government” is. To the elderly, it is Social Security and Medicare; to Conservatives, the military; to the oil industry, the regulatory state; to environmentalists, the regulatory state. Depending on who you are and your point of view, more government can be a feature or a bug.

  2. The basis of these thoughts lies in the same conceit expressed by race hustler Charles Murray some months ago. The Great Thinker was positively beside himself that Asians weren’t voting with Romney’s “greed and bleed” tautology.

    Note to Jimmy: a poll question like this: ” For the population as a whole, 48 percent favored smaller government to 41 percent wanting big government.”

    …doesn’t mean anything. At all.

        • There’s a huge divergence between the way Hispanics answer and the rest of the population answer. You can’t write that off as “nothing.”

    • The Great Thinker was positively beside himself that Asians weren’t voting with Romney’s “greed and bleed” tautology“…

      Still long on whine and short on substance…

  3. “Hispanics backed higher taxes and more government by 75 percent to 19 percent. ”

    “higher taxes and more government” = more government for me, higher taxes on somebody else. And now Rand wants to give this sentiment 11-30 million more votes.
    Let’s all just commit suicide and be done with it.

    • Weasel Rand Paul has just shot himself in the foot again! He would have had a better career if he had just stuck w/ the basic libertarian freedom policies but his power delusion led him to throw in with the dying Republican NeoCons! He’ll be back on the bench in KY at the next election.

  4. The co-sponsored Amnesty(let’s just call it what it is) bill which will be passed with the eager help of the GOP will quickly become known as the longest suicide note in history.

    The GOP will not win an election for decades. America will become like California. At some point, the Democrats will have a constant super-majority and a de-facto one-party state will begin.

    • I can add that California has already seen the above changes. The GOP can now not even use the filibuster at all.

      And California is usually a preview of what’s next for the entire nation.

    • “At some point, the Democrats will have a constant super-majority and a de-facto one-party state will begin.”

      Which means all resistance to even more illegal immigration will end. The United States will be swamped with third world poverty until we reach a point where we are just another hell-hole, no point in making the effort to sneak across the border “in search of a better life.”

  5. Amnesty support by Republicans is pure suicide. Beyond that, it is a betrayal of the 6 million working class people whose jobs have been taken by illegal aliens, and the millions more whose wages have been depressed. Next, it is mental illness to reward mass lawbreaking with amnesty, citizenship, and the right to vote. The Democrats must be laughing their asses off at Republicans dumb enough to support amnesty, and giving Democrats another 10 million more voters than Republicans have. What we need is E-Verify, which has gigantic public support. It would open up the jobs now held by illegal aliens for American unemployed workers. E-Verify would drop the unemployment rate to below 5%. Many problems solved all at once.

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