February 12, 2016 2 Comments
I’ve been reading some of Reagan’s old speeches to confirm something to myself. At the Trump-less debate, Rand Paul finished his closing statement by saying something like, “And I’m the only Republican who’ll balance the budget.”
This provoked a reaction from me, because I thought — would Reagan have just made the promise that he would balance the budget? In a closing statement, in which he could chose his own words as he liked?
Looking back at Reagan’s speeches, I don’t see him just promising some government action. I see him promising a government action and then immediately telling you how this will directly and tangibly benefit you.
This has something to do with Trump’s appeal, he does it crudely, but “we’re gonna get rich” is surely a benefit. But other things we talk about have them too. Reducing regulatory burden? More jobs and/or better pay because business’ aren’t spending mega bucks doing government paperwork, and trying to comply with nonsensical ideas imposed by government lawyers. And so on, ad infinitum.
This ties into what economists call ‘opportunity cost’. Every dollar spent complying with Washington (or Lincoln, for that matter) could have been spent in other ways, buying a car, expanding operations, saving for college, whatever. It’s true for us all, business and labor, rich and poor, whatever. What the government takes, we can’t spend for what we want or need.
So often I hear candidates lapse into Conserva-Speak where they trouble themselves over points of policy, shorthanding years or decades of conservative ideological infighting on the issue.
But they do not end their statement with:
* This will make you freer.
* This will make you safer.
* This will make you richer.
* This will make you happier.
* This will make a better world for your children.
There is a principle called the 80/20 principle. You surely know it: 20% of the work produces 80% of the gains. But the next 80% of the work only produces the last 20% of the gains.
Trump is being taken seriously because he’s not forgetting the most important thing: to tell people
YUP!! Talk like Reagan, it a good part of why he won, twice.
A friend of mine published a so-called rant yesterday. I don’t think it is, really. To my mind, it is simple common sense, from those of us out here on the fruited plain, expressed quite clearly. Here’s part of what Cultural Limits had to say:
Two states into the 2016 presidential primary season, and the Republican “establishment” has yet to finish above third place. Not that two states is all that much in the larger scheme of things (especially when the states in question are Iowa and New Hampshire, important only because they butted in at the front of the line), but out of the gate, the people who supposedly know what they are doing are losing, and losing badly.
Why? Well, as so many of us have observed since 2009 when the electorate decided exercise their first amendment right to peacefully assemble, and over a million of them did so in Washington on September 12 of that year (a day that scared the $#@! out of all political operatives, according to one insider at the time), the American people are…how do we put this…PISSED OFF. No one in Washington seems to be listening to the great unwashed masses that foot the bill for the government and everything else that seems to get stuck in the swamp that is the District of Columbia. At that point over six years ago, the issue was mostly taxes, and the specter of ObamaCare, that has been every bit of the nightmare predicted. Now…now the issues are so numerous that the people of the country fear for survival: the culture, the country, and, well, we the people ourselves.
We out on the fruited plain see an emasculated “establishment” that cannot or will not put our best interests ahead of their own and those of their donors.
[…] These are real, actual results which are the consequences of real, actual resentment stemming from real, actual betrayal.
The establishment may not see it that way, but the people do. And that is what matters this time around. 2016 is the most important election in at least one hundred years in the United States. The “dumbed-down” people are proving that they aren’t as much the blind followers as the “establishment” would like to believe. The people aren’t falling for the narrative. We are making up our own minds. And we want America to be great again.
Now the question is who actually can facilitate that happening….
Yes, and that is what We the (sovereign) People of these United States are going to decide this year, not the establishment (whoever they are). Us!