For each class of American, there is an anti-that-class oppressor, even though usually it's just the same fat, evil, white guy with a sicko laugh. ...and a cigar. ...and a top-hat. ...that doesn't pay his fair share of taxes.
But that's not quite the same thing. What I meant was that Republicans, in 1980, 1988, and during the more recent Newt Gingrich "revolution," were able to play on the fears, ignorance and prejudices of the predominantly white middle class, convicing them that their hard-earned money was being thrown away-- given to lazy welfare cheats. Unspoken, of course, was the incorrect notion that most welfare recipients were non-white or of foreign extraction. Nor did it matter that in reality very little of their money went toward welfare. Nevertheless, in much the way it was done in 1930's Germany, they effectively created scapegoats.