Two things that make me think “something’s just not right here”, and warrant some investigation:
- Teenagers asking “so, are you going out Friday night?”
- Liberals citing Reagan.
Lately, there’s been a plague of liberals, in print/blogs/on Twitter, stating without fear of contradiction (because, if you’re a Twin Cities liberal, nobody has ever contradicted you) that “today’s conservatives would never nominate Ronald Reagan”.
It’s a claim based on two dubious premises:
- Reagan wasn’t especially tough on abortion
- The claim that “Reagan raised taxes”
We dispensed with the second point last week; leaving aside that the “Reagan tax hikes” were entirely a result of Reagan keeping up his end of a bargain and the Democrats welching on theirs, Reagan’s tax cuts were 50% bigger, in terms of percent of the budget, than his tax hikes. The fact that the hikes accounted for in absolute dollars than in percentage in fact proves the conservative point; Reagan’s tax cuts contributed to the economy reversing from the Carter era malaise to the mid-eighties boom – a boom that could absorb some hikes (whether it was a wise idea or not) – certainly better than it could have in the middle of a recession.
As to the abortion issue – that, again,shows how little the left understands the Tea Party. Abortion is a key conservative issue – but when the economy is in the tank, it’s not the most important issue facing the Chief Executive. As Reagan allocated political capital among his key priorities – the economy, defeating communism – his metaphorical “abortion” budget was squeezed down to “using the bully pulpit against the practice”…
…which is pretty much where today’s Tea Partiers are with the issue; mortally opposed, but focused on other things at the moment.
The lesson? As your liberal friends start parrotting these memes, by all means set ’em straight.
(Closed-circuit to liberal commenters: Go ahead. Point out that “Reagan legalized abortion in California”. I dare you)