Grover, Reagan, an angry GOP base, and a demand for Fiscal Cliff TV negotiations.
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In so doing, in combining an open on-going insistence on talking principle while using the leverage of the American military and high technology — as Margaret Thatcher later noted at Reagan’s funeral, Ronald Reagan “won the Cold War without firing a shot.”
Who now is doing the equivalent of what Reagan did with the Soviets in these closed door negotiations with the President’s negotiators on the fiscal cliff? Who is looking across the table and, in Reagan’s words, “philosophically and intellectually” taking on the principles of redistribution in which Obama so clearly believes? What leverage are they using to get to the goal?
Or are GOP leaders too worried they would offend the President and his media allies if they, again using Reagan’s words, “struck at anything so basic.” Well, so what? Who cares if they offend the President and his liberal media allies? Redistributionist thought — socialist thought — is every bit the empty cupboard today as it was when Reagan was president.
But we don’t know what’s happening beyond the thus far caving statements from the House GOP. Precisely because the doors are closed.
So let’s recall some of those who were demanding transparency when the issue involved had anything to do with Mitt Romney.
• President Obama: The demand for transparency started with Obama himself, as here on July 9, 2012, when he demanded that Romney be “an open book” on his finances.
• The Obama Campaign: On July 10, 2012, the Obama campaign posted this web ad hitting Romney for a lack of transparency. In the cutsie style of web ads with appropriate accompanying music, the ad featured a cast that included CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, ABC’s Brian Ross hitting Romney for not being transparent with his tax returns. Notably the ad ended with graphics that read:
How long can Romney keep information on his investments in overseas tax havens a secret? And why did he do it in the first place? Time will tell.
Notably the ad ends with this: “Obama Biden Truth Team.”
• New York Times: On August 16, 2012, the Times editorial page editor’s blog, bylined by David Firestone, ran a column about Romney’s lack of transparency titled “Just Trust Me.” Firestone, in the traditional liberal snarky style, wrote that Romney “deigned to answer questions about his tax returns today.” Wrote Firestone: “At some level, Mr. Romney doesn’t seem to understand that voters don’t automatically trust the assurances and promises of politicians.” Firestone also said why Romney had to be transparent:
A long tradition of American political scandal has made voters wary of any candidate’s assertion of honesty. It’s especially important for Mr. Romney to practice transparency given his history of using obscure and extensive tax shelters—unavailable to the wage-earning public.
• Washington Post: In a June 9, 2012 editorial titled “Mr. Romney’s Secret Bundlers,” the Post’s editorial board demanded to know of Romney: “Why would he hide his roster of key supporters?”
• Chuck Todd, NBC News: On the June 12, 2012 edition of his MSNBC show The Daily Rundown (as reported, with video and audio, at NewsBusters, Todd jumped on the Romney-isn’t-transparent bandwagon saying: “…if he wins in November, Romney could very well be the least transparent president in a generation.”
• Andrew Sullivan: On July 17, 2012, Andrew Sullivan wrote a column in the Daily Beast headed “When Candidate Romney Was Transparent” comparing Mitt Romney unfavorably to his presidential candidate father George Romney on the issue of transparency.
• Paul Krugman: On November 2, 2012, the New York Times columnist wrote a column titled “Dewey, Cheatham and Howe for Romney” in which he complained about “Wall Street’s hard turn away from Obama toward Romney.” One of Krugman’s demands was for more transparency on Wall Street and he wrote that the fight for liberals comes because “more transparent markets are not good for the Masters of the Universe.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?