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The Need to Explain

doc, aka Rich Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 11:41 AM
It is less important that a people be knowledgeable and informed as it is that they be industrious. Sadly, Americans have transitioned from a people who once believed the American dream was the opportunity to work towards success to a people who today believe the American dream is a government responsibility to provide. I believe the American people's vote is an expression of their choice ... the American people have expressed their preference for socialism because it has become easier to live off public benefits. "Subsidize something and you get more of it". People don't need to learn economics, they see the lessons of it all around them. It cannot change thru education. When the gravy train ends people will learn as if by magic!
carole28 Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 12:32 PM
I agree that the American people have made their choice and their preference is socialism. After listening to 4 years + of what's "fair," instead of hearing reasonable, common sense explanations and solutions, the American public decided it likes class warfare with the government paying their way. It's a sad commentary on this great country that so many of its citizens are looking for handouts rather than the chance to earn their way and develop self-satisfaction and self-respect. In Larry Elder's column today, he quotes his father: "Hard work wins. Nobody owes you a living. You get out of life what you put into it."

The most successful Republican presidential candidate of the past half century-- Ronald Reagan, who was elected and reelected with landslide victories-- bore little resemblance to the moderate candidates that Republican conventional wisdom depicts as the key to victory, even though most of these moderate candidates have in fact gone down to defeat.

One of the biggest differences between Reagan and these latter-day losers was that Reagan paid great attention to explaining his policies and values. He was called "the great communicator," but much more than a gift for words was involved. The issues that defined Reagan's vision were things he...