We Wince At Every Hit
'We must fix the potholes' has always been winner, at least since the gummint paved the roads.
What about: "Because they're out to get us"?(or does that come under number 2?)
Harry: A really interesting one. It works a treat in local politics, but I don't think it ever works in national politics, perhaps because politicians seem compelled to call it "infrastructure."Brit: Actually, that comes under number 3.
What about all the hoary arguments for (not updating) SS and Medicare? Are they #1 or #2?
Number 1, although I admit that both sides try to make the argument (as they would, since there are only three successful arguments).I particularly like this argument that Social Security violates the First Commandment because we are trusting in it rather than in G-d to take care of us in our old age. This is some weird time-space where wacko Fundamentalism meets far fringe Libertarianism.
#2 encompasses all nanny state programs. I'd say it applies more to old people than children, since the great majority of our taxes go to entitlements for the aged, but old people are like children, so it applies. No politician has ever made a campaign pledge to cut spending on education. We always seem to think that we can't spend too much on it, it's one of those subjects for which extremism is not a vice.
... old people are like children,...Smile when you say that, pardner.
'No politician has ever made a campaign pledge to cut spending on education'Except Reagan.As for potholes, that one did have a national run, again with Reagan. It sticks in my mind particularly because after a hard winter, the administration and the Congress appropriated some huge amount to fix the potholes -- an intrusion on state rights if ever there was one -- and we in Hawaii got our share, having suffered through winter along with everybody else.
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