Its clear what Democrats will use to campaign on this Fall. With a record of four years of failure, and having to defend policies that they KNEW were unpopular with the electorate, they plan to run on the demonization of the other republicans and running against Bush. The G.O.P. strategy should be this:
On the subject of Bush, lets set the record straight. He inherited a RECESSION from Bill Clinton, the internet bubble, and a NASTY terrorist problem with a guy that Clinton declined to take custody of because he “lacked evidence.” Clinton closed the govt in a fight AGAINST a balanced budget; he vetoed welfare reform twice. Bush’s trillion dollar tax cuts lead to 52 months of consecutive job growthand record revenues. All that being said, the 22nd Amendment prohibits Bush from serving more than 10 yrs – and elections are about the future.
America’s outlook on that future is more critical now then ever – because America “gets it”. The “entitlement culture”, brought to you by progressive Democrats, have future generations facing crippling debt in exchange for benefits that are spartan at best. Recent polls, one showing that only 30% think were on the right track, and another showing that 63% would not pay more taxes to keep entitlements afloat, prove it.
So when Harry Reid pulls the old “she’s too radical – she wants to change social security” routine that helped cause this fiscal debacle in the first place, her response is excellent. “Harry Reid has done more to endanger social security than anyone else in Congress.” However, it needs to be followed up with: “Whats radical,empowering individuals with a belief in Americas future, or doubling the payroll tax?”
This leads to a somewhat more controversial argument – but one we NEED make: These government programs are bad for most people, especially the poor. And this is an argument that should appeal to the younger voters. We need to be ready to expose these govt programs as the criminal enterprises they are, while at the same time recognizing that the victims of these schemes, our elderly and disabled, need to be kept whole under any and all circumstances.
Without getting too far into the weeds, because voters “dont do” weeds, we need to educate the voters as to the nature and size of the problem. We need to explain briefly that these programs are run like ponzi schemes, hence the nature of the problem. They need to understand that Social Security has been “fixed” 23 times with tax hikes, and they’re about to “fix” it again. As for the size of the problem, these kids are looking at $107 trillion in promises made for which no revenue, outside of their paychecks, exists.
Again, keeping the weeds thin, the subject of SS/Medicare reform should be one we welcome. Invite the voter to ask these questions:
1) Would it be legal for any private retirement fund to be run in the manner that Social Security is? Why not? (for answer, ask Madoff)
2) Do Congressmen contribute FICA taxes? If its such a good program, why are they exempt?
3) Is it true that I currently contribute 16% of my income into a “fund” that has NO LEGAL OBLIGATION to pay me one nickel back? And the “fund” is currently facing liabilities that exceed the value of the entire planet earth’s value? And I’m facing a MANDATORY AND INVOLUNTARY increase in my contribution to said fund? For what would be under the ROSIEST of circumstances a 1.13% rate of return?
If by suggesting that fundamental reform need be applied to the fiscal disaster that democrats have created is radical, then so be it. However, given the changing demographics, the well deserved mistrust of Washington DC, and the electorate’s unprecedented attention on debt, theres NEVER been a better time to meet them head on and finally force them to take ownership of the debacle they solely constructed.