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Sowell: Inarticulate Republicans
Creators Syndicate ^ | October 8, 2013 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 10/07/2013 10:09:38 AM PDT by jazusamo

If the continued existence of mathematics depended on the ability of the Republicans to defend the proposition that two plus two equals four, that would probably mean the end of mathematics and of all the things that require mathematics.

Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, epitomized what has been wrong with the Republicans for decades when he emerged from a White House meeting last Wednesday, went over to the assembled microphones, briefly expressed his disgust with the Democrats' intransigence and walked on away.

We are in the midst of a national crisis, immediately affecting millions of Americans and potentially affecting the kind of country this will become if ObamaCare goes into effect — and yet, with multiple television network cameras focused on Speaker Boehner as he emerged from the White House, he couldn't be bothered to prepare a statement that would help clarify a confused situation, full of fallacies and lies.

Boehner was not unique in having a blind spot when it comes to recognizing the importance of articulation and the need to put some serious time and effort into presenting your case in a way that people outside the Beltway would understand. On the contrary, he has been all too typical of Republican leaders in recent decades.

When the government was shut down during the Clinton administration, Republican leaders who went on television to tell their side of the story talked about "OMB numbers" versus "CBO numbers" — as if most people beyond the Beltway knew what these abbreviations meant or why the statistics in question were relevant to the shutdown. Why talk to them in Beltway-speak?

When Speaker Boehner today goes around talking about the "CR," that is just more of the same thinking — or lack of thinking. Policy wonks inside the Beltway know...

(Excerpt) Read more at creators.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: boehner; debtceiling; govtshutdown; inarticulate; republicans; sowell; thomassowell
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To: BillM

Sorry, I misunderstood what you were proposing. I am quite clear on the difference between the cost of debt servicing and the debt itself. That’s also why the budget deficit is actually a more important concern than the gross debt. Shrinking the deficit to zero will eventually allow us to pay off the gross debt, the same way as ceasing to charge new items on a credit card will allow you to eventually pay off that credit card balance.

All that said, however, adding another new tax and giving the government more money to piss away is probably not such a good idea. If they would actually use it for debt service, that’s one thing. However, what’s the odds that they’ll just put the new revenue stream into the general treasury and then declare that we can now afford new or expanded entitlement programs since there’s more revenue coming in?


51 posted on 10/07/2013 11:22:11 AM PDT by stremba
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To: jazusamo
You might think that the stakes are high enough for Republicans to put in some serious time trying to clarify their message. As the great economist Alfred Marshall once said, facts do not speak for themselves. If we are waiting for the Republicans to do the speaking, the country is in big trouble.

Democrats, by contrast, are all talk. They could sell refrigerators to Eskimos before Republicans could sell them blankets.

Ain't that the truth!!!

52 posted on 10/07/2013 11:23:11 AM PDT by pgkdan
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To: stremba

That is why I propose a dedicated tax. The only thing it could be spent on would be debt servicing, interest and/or principal. You must make it a federal criminal offense for anyone or any group to divert one penny!


53 posted on 10/07/2013 11:34:54 AM PDT by BillM (.)
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To: jazusamo

Sowell is exactly right and he expresses the single most important reason Boehner and his ilk have to go. The dems continue to win the war of words and we have little chance as long as Boehner remains in power.

Because the media is blatantly biased, it is much more critical for Republican leaders to be effective and articulate speakers. They will get zero help from the media. Boehner has never gotten the job done in this respect and he never will. If he was a reasonably self aware person and actually cared about the principles he so weakly espouses, be would resign the speakership.


54 posted on 10/07/2013 11:45:40 AM PDT by PAR
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To: jazusamo

From my many years of observing the political scene and the amoral and criminally lazy media, here is my advice to the Republicans.

Adopt the tactics of the Great Communicator:

1. Make it brief.
2. Say it in the form of a funny story. In case you haven’t noticed, the media will always use a bite that is entertaining, in spite of their hatred of conservatives.
3. Have your friends repeat the message whenever they are in front of a microphone. Have them be brief too.


55 posted on 10/07/2013 12:32:01 PM PDT by Liberty Wins ( The average lefty is synapse challenged)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

This so called “inability to articulate” is purposeful. Playing dumb as a post is a strategy as old as the hills and effective.

Falling for it is worse. These guys display tongues of silver when it’s about them or their own re-election.

The ones who can articulate it, and “get it” like Bachmann, for example, are marginalized and run off.


56 posted on 10/07/2013 12:32:58 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: RitaOK

Some of it is no doubt. No denying that.

HOWEVER: - some of it is just reflective of how isolated and out of touch they are. These beltway Republicans - talking consultants and officials - really are as dumb as they seem sometimes.


57 posted on 10/07/2013 1:09:33 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: jazusamo

Having knowledge of the “abbreviations”, Boehner’s conservative critics are likewise remiss in demanding the necessary layman’s speak — save the sagacious Mr Sowell of course.

Unlike the defamatory simpletons on the Left, Republicans tend to argue in a whirlpool of jargon.


58 posted on 10/07/2013 1:31:09 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: jazusamo
Say what you want about Newt Gingrich, but he is a master of oratory and has the ability to explain the unexplainable......

Several decades ago, I had the pleasure of attending a fund raiser for a Republican running against my then representative David Bunion (Bonior). Gingrich was a guest speaker at the dinner and spoke without note cards, without Obama teleprompters and never an uh, or ah, or um.........

He's a terrific public speaker.......

59 posted on 10/07/2013 1:40:54 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Ms. Muffett suffered from arachnophobia)
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To: Hot Tabasco

I agree, he knows the Constitution and he communicates with skill.


60 posted on 10/07/2013 1:48:34 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

agreed, boehner should have used his mic time better. They need to get on the same page with a SIMPLE message that gets the points across.

I think they are on to this, all saying Obama shut down government becuase he will not negotiate - a simple message anyone can understand.


61 posted on 10/07/2013 1:55:39 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Liberty Wins
The basic advertising rule is you have to repeat a message 25 times before the customer will buy it.

AND, keep it simple enough a fourth grader can understand.

62 posted on 10/07/2013 1:57:37 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: NVDave
>>>That’s pretty much what I’ve seen.

This is pretty much exactly what I said after the press conference last week. Failed opportunity.

63 posted on 10/07/2013 2:12:51 PM PDT by NELSON111
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To: CitizenUSA
The left ceaselessly attacked everything that Bush did, and his administration simply laid there prostrate and took it.

I'm fairly certain this was due to the advice of one Karl Rove.

64 posted on 10/07/2013 2:19:32 PM PDT by ez (Muslims do not play well with others)
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To: jazusamo

Boehner’s “speech” upon becoming the Speaker should have given all of us a 5-ton clue.

Inside GOP, there are some wonks, to be sure. They know their stuff, they can debate with the best of Obama/Dems. But you don’t get people motivated talking wonkish.

After you lay out facts and numbers, people already moved on and lost interest after your first 10 sec.

Hate to admit it, the last time GOP had a short slogan was “Read My Lips”.


65 posted on 10/07/2013 2:37:56 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: InterceptPoint
In general you are correct. But please exclude Ted Cruz from that generalization. He nailed it on Sunday with Candy WhatsHerName.

Yes. And, in all fairness, I think Rand Paul understands how to communicate, too. And I don't say that to start a war over which one would be a better candidate.

66 posted on 10/07/2013 3:24:11 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Workers and consumers are, of course, identical.)
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To: jazusamo

You know....I do kind of think it is funny that these politicians campaign, campaign, and campaign...

Yet they are the most inarticulate people at the microphone...


67 posted on 10/07/2013 3:26:52 PM PDT by EBH ( The Day of the Patriot has arrived.)
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To: BfloGuy

In general you are correct. But please exclude Ted Cruz from that generalization. He nailed it on Sunday with Candy WhatsHerName.
Yes. And, in all fairness, I think Rand Paul understands how to communicate, too. And I don’t say that to start a war over which one would be a better candidate.

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It is so refreshing to have two articulate, intelligent members of the Conservative/libertarian front. I don’t want this to degrade to whose better, just saying it is a pleasure to listen to ``them. Trey Gowdy also has presence. These young men could be the future. Otherwise I fear we have no future


68 posted on 10/07/2013 3:28:54 PM PDT by Chickensoup (...We didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: BfloGuy

frankly I think both Cruz and Rand need to be interviewed on a daily basis in the conservative press, both online and on cable. DAILY. We need the exposure and their ideas out there.


69 posted on 10/07/2013 3:31:26 PM PDT by Chickensoup (...We didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: jazusamo
We are in the midst of a national crisis, immediately affecting millions of Americans and potentially affecting the kind of country this will become if ObamaCare goes into effect — and yet, with multiple television network cameras focused on Speaker Boehner as he emerged from the White House, he couldn't be bothered to prepare a statement that would help clarify a confused situation, full of fallacies and lies.

Please, please, please can we elect Sowell to be a Professor for elected Republicans? Send our guys back to school? Every point Sowell made is spot on... Our guys are a disaster - they're The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight ...

70 posted on 10/07/2013 4:19:41 PM PDT by GOPJ (Brieitbart sent me... Freeper newfreep)
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To: onedoug

Thomas Sowell for speaker!


71 posted on 10/07/2013 4:22:57 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: GOPJ
Please, please, please can we elect Sowell to be a Professor for elected Republicans?

Great idea...It's something Dr. Sowell might even do on a part time basis and the Lord knows they need someone tutoring them like him.

72 posted on 10/07/2013 4:28:14 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

I love Sowell and I definitely agree with him here. We have been lacking in the communication department for a very long time in the Republican party. But what I would have liked to have seen in the article, and maybe he will write part two and lay it out, is what he would say if he were in front of the cameras. How do you lay this out so that the average person that doesn’t follow this understands why it’s a bad deal. Lay it out for me, a person that tries to stay a little bit informed, so I can understand it better and I will know how to spread the word.


73 posted on 10/07/2013 4:48:16 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: GOPJ

That’s a great idea. But I think so many of them up there don’t really care. If they go up there caring, they get sucked into the machine, and it gets squeezed out of them. I know Dennis Prager, who often has Sowell on his radio program BTW, has had talks/given speeches to groups of Republican law makers.


74 posted on 10/07/2013 4:51:40 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: jazusamo

Sowell is so right. The Republicans are hardly bothering to even try to communicate their side to the people. The comments about the CR are very fitting, one of the things I hate most about a lot of the “news” articles I read is that initials are tossed about as if everyone is supposed to know what they stand for. I have spent fifteen minutes trying to figure out the meaning of something I could read in two minutes. Even some Freepers have a maddening habit of writing as if they are deathly afraid that someone might figure out what they are trying to convey.


75 posted on 10/07/2013 5:43:53 PM PDT by RipSawyer (The TREE currently falling on you actually IS worse than a Bush.)
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To: jazusamo

The GOP is obsolete. Effete. Inept. Few labeled GOP rise above corrupt party politics.


76 posted on 10/07/2013 5:49:22 PM PDT by eleni121 ("All Along the Watchtower" Book of Isaiah, Chapter 21, verses 5-9)
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To: Liberty Wins

“The reason low-information voters don’t understand the conservative philosophy is Republicans have not broken it down into simple terms.”
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There is probably a lot to what you say, I have the impression that a lot of people who are convinced that they do not agree with conservatism simply do not realize that they need to start from basic principles. Once you have forgotten that you came to drain the swamp you can get all wrapped up in ideas about how to save the alligators. Most people will agree with strict conservatism if you can get them to begin from the basics. That is why most hardcore liberals go nuts if you try to force them to deal with basic premises, they know that what they are supporting really makes no sense but they refuse to be pinned down on it. Liberals often like to use the term “basic human right” and will claim that something like medical care is a basic human right. I like to ask them if they would agree that a basic human right is a right they would still have if they were the only person left on the planet. If they agree with that they have just shot down their whole agenda because to them medical care does NOT mean bandaging your own sore toe as you would do if you were alone it means the right to have someone else bandage your sore toe for you.

Liberals are strange creatures, most would say that if they need something they do NOT have the right to try to force their own brother or sister to pay for it if they don’t wish to do so yet they will claim to have the right to have the government force a stranger to pay for it simply because the stranger has the money and he should “pay his fair share”. Of course they don’t ever allow themselves to realize that they have taken such an absurd position, that is why they will resort to any and every kind of disgustingly twisted “logic” to try to justify their absurdity.

It really is a mental disorder.


77 posted on 10/07/2013 6:09:24 PM PDT by RipSawyer (The TREE currently falling on you actually IS worse than a Bush.)
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To: BillM
That is why I propose a dedicated tax. The only thing it could be spent on would be debt servicing, interest and/or principal. You must make it a federal criminal offense for anyone or any group to divert one penny!

You mean like the Social Security "lock box"?

78 posted on 10/07/2013 7:16:26 PM PDT by Egon (Apparently, Jimmy Carter DOES need a third term.)
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To: RipSawyer
(Liberalism) really is a mental disorder.

This discussion has now morphed into why do liberals think the way they do, one of my favorite subjects.

A mental disorder? A high percentage of homosexuals are mentally off. Atheists, Communists, drug dealers - - wow, this could be a long list.

Then there are the people who don't see anything hypocritical about doing the exact thing they tell other people not to, like carry a gun for self defense, or send their kids to upscale private schools.

Let's say they are like the math-challenged people who buy lottery tickets. Liberals are logic-challenged, and tend to go into fields where opinion and emotion hold sway, like sociology and humanities. There is certainly a lot of confused thinking out there masquerading as expertise.

79 posted on 10/07/2013 7:55:55 PM PDT by Liberty Wins ( The average lefty is synapse challenged)
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To: Egon

Nope, current account cash in, cash out.


80 posted on 10/08/2013 5:52:48 AM PDT by BillM (.)
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To: Liberty Wins

“Let’s say they are like the math-challenged people who buy lottery tickets. Liberals are logic-challenged, and tend to go into fields where opinion and emotion hold sway, like sociology and humanities. There is certainly a lot of confused thinking out there masquerading as expertise.”
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Can’t argue with that. I do know one or two fairly sane people who buy lottery tickets but it is a routine of ONE ticket per week, never more, and is considered a small entertainment expense, worth it for the vanishingly small chance that they may EVER hit it big, expense wise it is like playing penny poker. I think I have bought a total of three lottery tickets in my entire life and not one within the past ten years. I did talk on the phone last night with someone who was my coworker over thirty years ago and he mentioned that he actually is personally acquainted with not one but two huge winners, huge like 140 million and 260 million. It sounds almost impossible but I believe him because I do know that this man who is past eighty survived seven heart attacks in his forties which is even more amazing than knowing two lottery winners. After all those heart attacks he married a coworker who was at least ten years younger than he was and has outlived her. He now lives as an elderly widower in Asheville, NC. Neither of the lottery winners has offered to buy him so much as a new recliner.


81 posted on 10/08/2013 6:21:48 AM PDT by RipSawyer (The TREE currently falling on you actually IS worse than a Bush.)
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To: jazusamo

Loved this line:

“Democrats, by contrast, are all talk. They could sell refrigerators to Eskimos before Republicans could sell them blankets.”

I have come to the sad & sickening conclusion that the Establishment Republicans in Congress (which is about 99% of them) know exactly what they are doing. That’s why a lot of them are drunks. They know what they are doing is wrong — they are complicit with destroying America while looking like they are trying to stop the Train Wreck in the White House.

If Soetoro falls on the sword and defaults for the first time ever, this will be with the full knowledge & collaboration with Boehner and Mitchell. The next chapter of the NWO Game Plan may then proceed as designed with countries bailing on the US Petro dollar — just want Soeotoro has wanted from the beginning. Nasty won’t begin to describe life after that point.


82 posted on 10/08/2013 12:05:54 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: jazusamo

Thank you for the ping and post, Jaz.

I agree with Dr. Sowell. I stinkin’ HATE acronyms.

Except B.O. He stinks, so B.O. is appropriate in that one instance.


83 posted on 10/08/2013 5:19:17 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

I’ve had this as my tagline since his 1st inauguration.


84 posted on 10/08/2013 5:23:22 PM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: TheOldLady; Reddy

BUMP! & BUMP!


85 posted on 10/08/2013 5:26:00 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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