Monday, April 18, 2011

Let's Not Waste a Serious Crisis

Taking their cue from the President himself, the Democrats have decided to attack Rep. Paul Ryan's 2012 Budget Plan, as well as any and all conservative Republican budgeting principles, with the same tired strategy they've employed since FDR was in office.  That is, GOP policies will harm the helpless, the poor, the elderly, the infirm, women and children, minorities, blah, blah, blah....  As this strategy has almost always worked for them before, they see no reason to change it now.

Anyway, as predictable as this all is, we still have to fight back and not allow them to establish the terms of the debate.  It's taken a crisis to do it and, as we have been instructed by no less than the serving Mayor of Chicago, "we shouldn't let a serious crisis go to waste":  For the first time in a long time, I think a solid majority of the American people are prepared to listen to an alternative.

How should we go about this?

1.  I suggested awhile back that we should use the admittedly non-focus-group-tested, but still quite solid word "irresponsible" every time we mention how the Democrats have managed our fiscal policy.  Well, I've decided we need to beef it up a bit by adding the word "childishly" to the front of it.  As in, "Even when the Democrats controlled all the elected branches of the government, they were childishly irresponsible for not passing at all a budget for 2011."

2.  Another word, two words actually, we should discipline ourselves to employ, and dismissively so, are "not serious".  As in, "The budget proposed by the President demonstrates that he is not serious about getting our fiscal house in order."

3.  I mentioned before that the Dems are using the "as we know it" phrase quite a bit in order to frighten people and thereby undermine Republican plans to deal with the so-called entitlement programs of Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security.  As in, "The Ryan Plan will destroy Medicare as we know it."  Again, the easiest response is something like, "Medicare as we know it is on the verge of bankruptcy.  We have to do something, and soon, or it won't exist at all."

4.  Another phrase I've noticed them using of late is: "We're not broke."  I suspect they realize they're vulnerable on this point because almost everyone in America now believes that we in fact are broke.  Gee, I wonder how they got such a crazy notion?  Oh, I don't know, how about because we are untold trillions of dollars in debt!  A debt that continues to grow rapidly even as I speak/type!  For heaven's sake. Try this as a comeback:  "If we're not broke then why are we running such huge and growing deficits?  Unless you mean to tell me that if a man has no cash, has no money in the bank, has nothing in fact but a high-interest credit card that is fast approaching its limit, he's not broke?  Get serious, will ya?"  (See #2 above)

5.  "Tax cuts for the rich"  Another golden oldie from the Democrat Party.  How about this retort: "While we want the tax code to treat everyone equally, the Democrats want the tax code to make everyone equal.  Equally poor!  Lower rates benefit everyone because they help fuel economic growth.  Economic growth means more job creation and thereby more tax revenues, and especially so from the rich!  More tax revenues means less debt and less debt means the at least near-term salvation of the currently doomed entitlement programs."

6.  That's enough for now.  Practice them regularly and then use them on your Democrat friends...if you still have any, that is.

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