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The Need to Explain

tommy159 Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 8:37 AM
Hardly. GW Bush created strong growth with his tax cuts. It is a fallacy that the economy was lousy during his entire term in office. In fact, he inherited an economy in decline and turned it around rather quickly--so quickly that most did not even notice it was in decline. After 9/11, we were told there would be a catastrophic recession; the economy was humming just fine only months later. I'm getting tired of the nonsense that is bandied about by liberals (and ignorant conservatives) that GW Bush somehow ruined the economy. If he were president right now, the economy would be in better shape than it is.

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...