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What’s the Matter With Chicago?

Why are Republicans having such a tough time winning over voters in big cities and college towns? Fundamentally, it’s a question of bitterness. You go into some of these university towns in Massachusetts, and like a lot of college towns in New England, the culture’s been gone now for 25 years, and nothing’s replaced it. And they fell through the Bok administration and the Rudenstine administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow the culture in our universities is going to regenerate, but it has not. So it’s not surprising then that as they graduate and move to big cities they get bitter. They cling to regulations, or tax schemes designed to fund government programs and unaffordable entitlements as a substitute for the decent culture they were never able to find at college.

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