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Roger Stone: Dumbing Down of Voters?

Tuesday, 04 Nov 2008 07:48 PM

By Jim Meyers

Veteran political analyst Roger Stone tells Newsmax that voters’ acceptance of Barack Obama’s tax cut vow reflects the “dumbing down” of the electorate — and says Obama’s economic policies are a “recipe for Depression.”

VIDEO: Stone Interview: 'Dumbing Down of Voters?'

Newsmax’s Ashley Martella pointed out that while Obama said 95 percent of people would get a tax cut under his leadership, analysts said that’s impossible. He asked Stone why he thinks this was accepted by many voters anyway.

“First of all, 32 percent of the American populace doesn’t pay taxes at all so I don’t know how you give these people a tax cut — or a tax rebate, unless in fact we are going to redistribute the wealth and take from those who are paying taxes and give to those who are not, which is rather what I expect he’s talking about,” Stone said.

“But I think the revulsion over eight years of George Bush, the hyper-partisanship of the media, to most voters it sounded good, it sounded great, it sounded like change without [voters] really examining the facts.

“I don’t know if this is the dumbing down of the voters, but it escaped real scrutiny because nobody in the media … was saying, ‘Wait a minute folks, this isn’t possible.’”

Referring to Obama’s plan to let the Bush tax cuts expire, Stone said, “Sure, that’s a tax increase.”

He added: “We know one thing for sure, and that is if you raise taxes, and pursue these restrictive trade initiatives in the face of a recession, this is exactly what Herbert Hoover did.

“It is a recipe for depression…

“I do think a great many Americans are going to be disillusioned very shortly.”

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