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In a wide-ranging new weekly update posted today at Red County, Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, describes the current Washington debate over federal spending in stark terms, calling it the ultimate ideological clash in America. The kicker? When I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool.