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To understand why the current conservative crackup so confounds and confuses the Republican establishment, you have to recognize that the party is facing two separate revolts taking place simultaneously: one led by Ted Cruz, the other by Donald Trump.One middle-class tax exemption for employer-based health care costs the federal government more than three times the total for the food stamps program.Trump's supporters, on the other hand, are old-fashioned economic liberals. In a powerful analysis, drawing on the most recent and thorough survey data from the Rand Corp., Michael Tesler shows that the Trump voter is very different from the Cruz voter. Trump's voters reflect an entirely different revolt. Ever since the 1960s, a part of America's white middle and working class has felt uncomfortable with the changes afoot in the country. They were uneasy with the social revolutions of the 1960s, dismayed by black protests and urban violence, and enraged by the increasing tide of immigrants, many of them Hispanic. Trump's support follows a different but familiar pattern.
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