Terry Paulson

As a result, Republicans road into control of both houses of Congress in the 1946 mid-term elections by riding the theme—“Had enough? Vote Republican!” Had citizens “had enough” inflation, enough high taxes, enough price controls, and enough coddling of unions with their frequent strikes? Out of control of Congress since 1930, Republicans used these simple words and promised to end controls, lower taxes, and restrict labor unions. The strategy worked: in 1946, both houses of Congress flipped.

We face a similar time today. The administration said they could keep unemployment under 8% and that their stimulus plan would create jobs. Contrary to recent claims of jobs “saved”, his stimulus plan is not working, and those ‘too big to fail’ do not include you! Had Enough?

This administration said it would bring accountability to our federal budget, yet our nation faces escalating and catastrophic deficits that future generations will have to pay unless we change course. Had Enough?

Increasing government spending will never produce sustained prosperity. It’s time we learn from history. Every time we have cut government spending and lowered taxes, we have stimulated the private sector, produced jobs and unleashed economic growth.

In 1980 and 2001, Reagan and Bush helped turn around the economy with tax cuts. Unfortunately, corresponding spending cuts did not materialize, and the federal government just got bigger.

I’m optimistic that America will once again right its course. Our best days need not be in the past. Polls are now indicating that Republicans may be given another chance to learn from both their past successes and failures. This time they must do more than lower taxes; they must actually cut government spending before Washington drowns us in debt we can’t pay off.

Had enough?

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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