So what will it really take to get this economy on it’s feet?
“Our confidence flows not from our skill at maneuvering through political mazes, not from our ability to make the right deal at the right time, nor from any idea of playing one interest group off against the other. Unlike our opponents, who find their glee in momentary political leverage, we [nourish] our strength of purpose from a commitment to ideals that we deeply believe are not only right but that work.”
Ronald Reagan 1987 speech “A Future That Works”
I’ll take a “citizen legislator” over a “skilled politician” every time.
Sometimes a short-term fix seems less uncomfortable or easier to accomplish. But what if it stood in the way of a long-term solution?
“To assure a sustained recovery, we must continue getting runaway spending under control to bring those deficits down. If we don’t, the recovery will be too short, unemployment will remain too high, and we will leave an unconscionable burden of national debt for our children. That we must not do.”
Ronald Reagan January 25, 1983 State Of The Union Address
The experts are always wrong on this stuff (“Well, we didn’t realize…” blah, blah, blah…), but one group will know the truth. Our children. They’ll know for certain if we traded expediency for growth.
I sometimes wonder if individual citizens have not seen a balanced personal budget in so long that they have no qualms when the Federal one is a shambles…
“The economic recovery package that I’ve outlined to you over the past weeks is, I deeply believe, the only answer that we have left. Reducing the growth of spending, cutting marginal tax rates, providing relief from overregulation, and following a noninflationary and predictable monetary policy are interwoven measures which will ensure that we have addressed each of the severe dislocations which threaten our economic future. These policies will make our economy stronger, and the stronger economy will balance the budget, which we’re committed to do by 1984.”
Ronald Reagan April 28, 1981 State Of The Union Address
It seems so odd to hear a politician recommend a course of action that deliberately excludes politicians, that some might think I was making it up. Nope, it was true. And it worked.
I grew up with animals and I learned that the more you fed them, the bigger they got, and the more unhealthy they became. A bunch of folks in Washington, DC could stand a dose of that wisdom.
“Let us cut through the fog for a moment. The answer to a government that’s too big is to stop feeding its growth. Government spending has been growing faster than the economy itself. The massive national debt which we accumulated is the result of the government’s high spending diet. Well, it’s time to change the diet and to change it in the right way.”
Ronald Reagan April 28, 1981 State Of The Union Address
Rocker Ted Nugent refers to the federal goverment as “Fedzilla”. At the rate we’re shoveling money down it’s throat, I hate to think how powerful it will become.
Not understanding the basics of economics and government may send us back to a very dark place.
“Now, whether government borrows or increases taxes, it will be taking the same amount of money from the private economy, and either way, that’s too much. We must bring down government spending. We need a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. It’s something that 49 states already require — no reason the federal government should be any different.
We need the line-item veto, which 43 governors have — no reason that the president shouldn’t. And we have to cut waste.”
Ronald Reagan March 8, 1985 CPAC speech
The more influence we give to government, the fewer decisions we will get to make. The fewer decisions, the less power we have. Do you really want that?
On this, the 200th anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln, let us not forget his influence.
“What they truly don’t understand is the principle so eloquently stated by Abraham Lincoln: “You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”
If we ever hear the Democrats quoting that passage by Lincoln and acting like they mean it, then, my friends, we will know that the opposition has really changed.”
Ronald Reagan 1992 Republican National Convention
I prefer actions over words. So did Lincoln. Speaking once of an unknown lawyer, Lincon said, “He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.”
How people view themselves and their work is crucial in any endeavor.
“I had never in my life thought of seeking or holding public of office and I’m still not quite sure how it all happened. In my own mind, I was a citizen representing my fellow citizens against the institution of government. [As Governor of California] I turned to the people, not to politicians, for help. Instead of a committee to screen applicants for jobs, I had a citizens’ recruiting committee, and I told this committee I wanted an administration made up of men and women who did not want government careers and who’d be the first to tell me if their government job was unnecessary. And I had that happen. [A] young man from the aerospace industry dissolved his department in four months, handed me the key to this office, and told me we’d never needed the department. And to this day, I not only have never missed it—I don’t know where it was.”
Ronald Reagan March 31, 1976 Primary Speech as GOP Candidate for President
It’s nice to see something from a politician that talks about the people doing things, not doing things for the people.