we celebrate laziness and mediocrity. Privatizing the school system sounds great for the privileged, and "sorry, we're looking for only a ...certain kind of people, wink wink" to the underprivileged. Curtailing the EPA sounds great for the oil companies, and "well, if our ground water gets contaminated by the pollution and we have to drink bottled water from now on, there goes our gas money savings, as well as our environment" to the rest of us. It might be useful in the long term to get more concessions out of the unions, but the unions are the only way a lot of people have leverage to improve their working conditions or make a sufficient wage. You have to appeal to the rest of the country with something other than a 1982 strategy.