“’08 Debate: Biden Complains People ‘Can Barely Pay To Fill Their Gas Tank’”
Quick, somebody get Paul Ryan on the phone. I think we maybe have a keeper here.
By the way, when Biden brings up the “47%” remark — assuming he does, and that Obama hasn’t forbid him from doing so, wanting now to save the staff-written one-liners for his next debate against Romney in order to appear more aggressive — Ryan should respond by 1) agreeing that Romney said it; 2) noting that the spin the Democrats have put on it has been intended to mischaracterize what was being discussed (here, he could point out that the audio was crudely clipped, with a big segment of the remarks missing and then the ends spliced together); 3) then finally explain it in simple terms: in 2008 Obama won more than 50% of the vote. So even assuming many people change their minds and either switch votes or stay at home, Obama — like nearly every presidential challenger — is likely to get 47% or thereabouts of the vote. That the Democratic Party’s constituency also happens to include, for the most part, the majority of those who pay no federal income taxes — or receive tax rebates — and are on some government program or other is a truism that doesn’t disappear simply because it is stated as such.
Ryan should then say that it is the goal of the Romney campaign — and of conservatism/classical liberalism more broadly — to reach out to those who have found themselves out of work or on government assistance but who want to work and who want to live in free country with a vibrant economy, to appeal to those who would be willing to vote against what they’ve been told are their immediate self interests in order to vote in a ticket whose reforms in the tax and regulatory codes will increase growth, bring back jobs, increase individual liberty, and allow many of those now dependent on government to change their station.
All while refusing to deficit spend, and working on reforms to entitlements that are otherwise unsustainable and likely to prove so within the lifetimes of most who’ve paid (or will pay) into them.
– At which point Biden can tell us all a pre-planned story about a man named “Kenny” from a small town in Delaware whose disability from a thresher accident is forced to live on government assistance and doesn’t much like being considered a taker who supports Obama because he’s lazy — without even realizing Ryan has already preemptively taken the sting out of such manipulative horseshit.