Where and how should conservatives next attack Liberalism?
Americans know that government is too big and elected officials everywhere are spending too much. Taxpayers know that cutting back on wasteful and unnecessary programs and reforming entitlements are necessary to prevent the country from going bankrupt.
Conservatives will win the battle of ideas by communicating their vision better than liberals, who are very good at using irrational and emotional appeals to overcome logical and intellectual arguments. Keep the message simple and understandable, such as the Republican Study Committee’s “Cut, Cap and Balance” approach to the debt ceiling vote in August. Use examples from resources such as the Government Accountability Office’s March 1, 2011 report that found 56 federal programs that promote financial literacy – all from an operation that itself is going bankrupt.
Citizens Against Government Waste issued its first “Congressional Pig Book” in 1991, and 20 years later, Congress has adopted a moratorium on earmarks. Winning the battle against believers in big government is a long-term effort. Liberals want to give everything away regardless of the consequences; conservatives want to save the future for our children and grandchildren. Conservatives’ arguments must have both a rational and moral underpinning in order to win the fight against liberalism.
Thomas A. Schatz is the President of Citizens Against Government Waste