Marco Rubio gave the Republican response to the State of the Union address for two reasons. First, Rubio’s Cuban, and the GOP wants to court Latinos. Second, Rubio’s relatively young, and the GOP wants to stop the bleeding when it comes to young voters. But there’s a fundamental problem with the Republican approach, and it stems from the GOP’s least favorite discipline: behavioral science. Young People Are Naturally Skeptical You hear about scams that target
Yes, I’m feeling a wave toward Romney. My gut tells me this year is a lot like 1980. 1980 Was A Dead Heat The final Gallup poll that year had a dead heat. Time Magazine’s November 3, 1980, called the race a dead heat. So did Newsweek. The press was hoping John B. Anderson, a former Republican Congressman running for president as an independent, would siphon votes from Reagan. He did siphon votes from Reagan,
Ronald Reagan loved to tell jokes about the Soviet Union. If Obama’s re-elected, though, these same jokes could be turned on the United States. Some of them already can be. It’s hard to get an automobile in the United States. They are owned mainly by elite bureaucrats. It takes an average of 10 years to get a car. 1 out of 7 families owned automobiles. You have to go through a major process and put
Is the US economy about to collapse worse the Greece’s? Some, like Paul Krugman, say that it’s okay for governments to print unlimited money. Others, who have actually managed businesses, say otherwise. David Stockman is among the latter. He was Reagan’s budget director for a few years. He became a media sensation because of his command of numbers. He left the White House early, fretting over federal debt. But debt in the 1980s was as
Doing the right thing is hard. Doing the right thing after years of practicing the wrong things is even harder. When your senate separated the fiscal responsibility provisions affecting union collective bargaining powers from a bill that previously included tax and spend provisions, you took a big step toward fiscal recovery. For years, public sector unions have dictated states’ taxing spending policies through brute force. These unions were not elected by the people, but the
A truer leader never walked this land In human relations, there is a fixed ratio between leaders and those they lead. The people trust leaders as much as the leader trusts the people. In my lifetime, no leader ever trusted me as much as Ronald Reagan. And I have trusted no leader as much as I trusted him. And we never even met.