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Bush-Reagan Debate 1980 on Taxes

Bush-Reagan Debate 1980 on Taxes

Some of the best YouTube videos are the ones you find when you are looking for something else.

And I think this is a pretty good one for three reasons. 

First, how great is it to see this piece of history?  Second, it highlights the argument over tax cuts as a means of growing the economy and creating jobs; we now know the answer.  Third, at the start Howard K. Smith notes that Bush had just won Pennsylvania, yet we know who won the nominiation — how crazy are we possibly to declare the race over early in the process?

Money quote from Reagan at 7:55:

“Government does not tax to get the money it needs, government always needs the money it gets.”


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Go over to Drudge. Newt’s ex-wife Marianne was interviewed by ABC two weeks ago and apparently dropped bombs on Newt that will end his political career. We are running out of alternatives and Newt was never acceptable to me. Neither is Perry.

    herm2416 in reply to Pasadena Phil. | January 18, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Just saw this. Wasn’t she involved with payoff money overseas while he was in office? Something about him being able to swing a vote and $10m being donated to his coffers.

Excellent — this has been one of my favorite clips for quite a while. It’s a real study in how Reagan framed his arguments and slowly built his case to a strong close. Notice his grasp of detail and the conviction and positiveness in his voice and language. Notice Bush’s whiny voice, body gestures and smirky, head-sliding. Remind you of anybody?

God Bless Ronaldus Magnus. Thanks Professor, for making me smile.

Mr. Jacobson said, “Third, at the start Howard K. Smith notes that Bush had just won Pennsylvania, yet we know who won the nominiation — how crazy are we possibly to declare the race over early in the process?”


Is this from the same person that’s been saying it’s already over for Perry and Santorum? Is this from the same person who backs the guy who declared the primaries won before a single vote had been cast?

Yes, this is irony.

    William A. Jacobson in reply to Astroman. | January 18, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    The race should continue, but not all the candidates because that will split the conservative vote and cause the race to be over.

      Professor, I am in touch with people close to South Carolina and they say the energy is building for Newt.

      The insistence from the Establishment that the contest is over and Romney is the winner before the contest even gets started is the Establishment’s desperate attempt to put out the bonfire of energy for Newt before the fire gets started. But it’s just about too late for that.

      They know Newt will sweep, and break up their ESTABLISHMENT Pottersville sweet dealio.

      Romney’s already saying there are just too many debates!!! He can’t debate Republicans, but he’s the one who can beat Obama!! Oh hahahahahahahahaha.

This embedded video clip highlights why President Bush 41 endorsed Romney, they are of the same view, including compromising on principles, which in their view depend on what it takes to do what they want done; really quite simple, isn’t it!

Reagan’s key quote at the 7:55 mark really is what Newt has been saying in many different ways. So, here’s hoping Newt can survive this so-called bombshell interview on ABC; God willing.

You have to love youtube for making gems like this so readily available(and hate SOPA).