No, the Left repealing the Bush tax cuts and the resulting crash is not needed for people to understand. There is economic data, it’s a history lesson.
People like the woman who asked the question, even though she is college educated, she knows very well how to research, how to study, how to get to the economic facts WANTS TO BELIEVE that the Bush tax cuts did not work.
Because of this desire, nothing is going to keep her from believing this. It’s is the definition of self dishonesty and every person that grows older and remains a liberal suffers from it.
Liberalism is a mental disorder.
Your comment is confusing. You say the people do not need to understand the economic impact of tax increases, then you say they can do their own research to determine those impacts, then you say “they” won’t because they are dishonest.
The working masses don’t need and don’t want a lot of micro- and macro-level economic analysis, but they understand what their current income/outgoing is and they understand what will happen if their income is cut through tax increases.
The point of the answer is not to educate that one woman asking such a planted question, it is to create a soundbite that the masses can grasp quickly and that has a double impact: First, it rejects the premise, that tax cuts do not work. Second, it both reminds the people that it was a Republican who cut their taxes and then it plants the seed of fear in people’s minds that if a DemocRat is in charge, they will repeal those tax cuts, effectively imposing a new tax, since everyone has accepted the Bush tax cuts as the normative.
It is a good answer because it primarily rejects the premise. Our side shoots itself in the foot repeatedly by not identifying a false premise and then rejecting it. That is what we need to do every opportunity we get.
Some of my quickest and surest victories in political debates has come about by pouncing on and rejecting a false premise. What I’ve found is that liberals regurgitate these false premises because they do not understand them and the issues behind them but think they sound good. When you reject them outright, they have no where to turn.