* OCTOBER 1, 2010
The Twister of 2010
America’s political landscape will never be the same.
* By PEGGY NOONAN
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The primary reason is the severity of the moment. But another is that negative ads worked so well in the past. For a generation, the American people have been told their politicians are lowlifes. You know what they now think of them? They think they’re lowlifes! People don’t really expect high character from their political figures anymore. “Congressman Smith cheated on his wife.” That’s her problem. Cut my taxes.
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I think Ms. Noonan understates the demand.
It’s no longer JUST “cut my taxes”. I think the Tea Parties are now on to the game. It’s cut spending, cut taxes, and cut out all the other “barbara streisand”.
See we were fooled under Reagan, who cut taxes, but not spending. The tax and spend Democrats were repelaced by the borrow and spend Republicans.
So, the meme has changed.
Reduce Gooferment and taxes will come along naturally.
I always find it interesting that the Gooferment “cuts” (what I would call) Customer facing services. They want the Taxpayer and Taxconsumer to say I want that. (When I was on Wall Street if I’d done that, I’d have been looking for a job. The challenge was always to cut your budget WITHOUT cutting services. Figure it out.)
“We, The People” seem to be on the warpath to cut everything.
Is this a glacial shift? Yes. Will it last? Yes. (Our parent’s generation was scared by the Depression; we’ll be too.)
Will it be enough to save the Republic? I don’t know!
When the Gooferment shuts down the Federal Department of Education, then we will be on the road to recovery.
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