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The Club for Growth is the Special Forces of class warfare, a sinister league of multi-millionaires dedicated to making rich people even richer. Poor people are regarded with indifference or outright hostility. No act of generosity toward one's less-fortunate fellow man is permitted Club members. Even such a champion of selfishness as Ayn Rand was blackballed by the Clubbers, on the ground that she was too soft-hearted. (It's said she was devastated.)

The Club uses its vast resources to elect politicians who equate wealth with virtue, and to defeat those who support government programs for the common man — Social Security, Medicare, public education. Tom Cotton, the Republican candidate for Congress in the Fourth District, is the Club's kind of guy. Cotton has received $1.4 million in contributions, most of it from out of state, much of it from the Club for Growth Political Action Committee. Cotton's opponent, Gene Jeffress, a Democrat who has raised only $58,000, says that Cotton's money was "hauled in by a big freight train load from the East Coast, the special interest groups. ... They think they are buying themselves another congressman."

Jeffress would never get the Club for Growth's support; he's a former public school teacher. Cotton is an occasional Arkansas resident whose means of making a living is, like Mitt Romney's, not entirely clear. What is abundantly clear is that Cotton would be a worse representative for the low-income Fourth District than even Mike Ross was. We do not say this lightly.

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