I suspect few of us need the benefit of opinion polls to realize the most glaring issue in this year’s general election is the economy. Whether you phrase it as jobs, inflation, debt, taxation or crony capitalism, it all distills down to ‘it’s the economy, stupid’. Even for a Joe Sixpack like me, this is a no-brainer. Check out the price of gasoline, or bacon. (My gorgeous 4 year old granddaughter insists bacon is her favorite vegetable.)
It’s also been repeatedly demonstrated just how in the tank the so-called MSM is for the Left in general, and Jug-Ears in particular. By deciding which Democrat talking points to parrot and which conservative principles to ignore, they tilt the playing field daily towards the Enemy by their very existence. It’s a given.
In light of those two facts, it puzzles me each time our side, our candidates, become side-tracked by this week’s Shiny Object: the war on women, pay their fair share, I got Osama, etc. Meanwhile the steady march to over-regulate, bailout and over-tax our capitalist economy continues unabated, often with little to no criticism. Instead, look over there, a shiny thing!
Especially at the college level, one of the more difficult instructor tasks is to remain focused on the lesson plan. Teachers want to encourage student engagement and participation, but getting off-topic can be hazardous. Sometimes the classroom discussion wanders productively and you let it go where it will; other times, not so much. The Shiny Object phenomenon can become a problem, especially when a student or two goes that way on purpose. Occasionally the subject is changed, like a thread-jack, due to student disinterest in the actual topic, lack of preparation, or just plain cussedness.
Whichever it is, the Adult-In-Charge has the responsibility to get things back on track, harvest what may be valuable off-topic, quickly reassert control, and teach what must be taught. You see where I’m going here, don’t you?
Each and every one of our politicians, candidates, talk-show hosts, columnists, pundits and activists must conclude their articles, paragraphs or speeches with a slap at Obamanobics, unemployment, inflation, debt and failed cronyism. Each one, every day. Use the method of the despised husband of Mary Matlin at every opportunity: It’s the economy, stupid. Or, if you must be more dignified, the Reaganesque: Are you better off now than 4 years ago?
Everyone. Every day. Until November. Make it hurt.
1. Do we risk becoming Johnny One-Notes? Yes, indeed. But this is a note that negatively affects everybody.
2. But, ‘we inherited’ and ‘Boosh’! Ah, it’s a little late to be blaming your 4th quarter headaches on problems during the pregame show. You statists didn’t improve things; you made them worse, even using your own yardstick: “If you pass our stimulus, unemployment won’t exceed 8%”. Heh.