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How to legislate and communicate for the imminent battles.
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For years, they have been paying for the special-education needs of that child via a “Flexible Spending Account.” Obamacare now limits that exemption to $2,500, thousands below what the McGoods have been using. So not only do the McGoods have extra costs now in order to pay for their child’s education, but (if Obama succeeds in raising taxes on couples making over $250,000 rather than over $450,000) they would have less time to meet the child’s need because they can’t afford the part-time clerk. (Meanwhile, the clerk, a young woman trying to put herself through classes at the University of Phoenix — another institution that has had to retrench due to Obama policies — would be out of a desperately needed job.) ….
Okay, you get the picture. Surely in all the world of Republican PR experts there exists somebody with the skill to package stories like these in ways that finally cut through the fog of rhetoric and impress the public that Obama’s proposals hurt ordinary Americans. The point is not to get lost in the details, but to put human faces front and center on the conservative side of the debate.
Those human faces, and real human needs, ought to be in the forefront of conservative politics from now on. Conservatives must demonstrate the true compassion of the free market, so that in regaining “compassion” for conservatism they need not provide a government program to make that compassion real.
With true human compassion, not government’s ersatz variety, foremost in our minds, we now are barely halfway into the new set of strategies, tactics, and messages that are needed (including, to repeat, a half-hour TV buy) for the next three imminent budget fights and beyond. More on those in the next column right here in this space, later this week.
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