Speech to CPAC in 1975.
Parsed. Update from 2012, in the context of yet another political year.
B. Excerpt itself
Cross reference to Rachel Maddoe: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/books/drift-by-rachel-maddow-of-msnbc-traces-american-militarism.html
A. In summary, Reagan espouses these principles
1. Stand for fiscal integrity and end deficit spending.
- Note that Ronald Reagan raised taxes some 11 times as part of his fiscal integrity. See http://www.npr.org/2011/02/04/133489113/Reagan-Legacy-Clouds-Tax-Record; taxes are lower now than under Reagan, see http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/06/01/233526/taxes-lower-reagan/
- Deficit spending pattern after Reagan admonition not to: http://www.ctj.org/html/debt0603.htm
- .Reinstate Reagan's levels? No reference to limiting taxation on passive, un-employment earned income; or estates - inheritances being the main source of the 1%'s vastnesses, is that true or false? vet.
- Why not simplify all finance-related documents and contracts so all taxpayers can pay without hiring lawyers? No loopholes; plain meaning and examples that any high school graduate in the country can understand -- if that means improving education, fine.
- No more standardized tests; use the tax code or a sample mortgage at graduation, flunking students to be subsidized for two years of remedial education.
As part of reform, why not add paybacks to those who were hit with Alt Tax as well as the COLA dragon?
- Reagan's reasoning would follow, that if the free market does not provide for the people, then it shall be tweaked until it does.
- .Tweaking the free market to provide for the people would include no socializing of the risk of the market so the people pay, while privatizing profit so the marketeers benefit
- Government coercion is already in effect as taxation and enforcement activities, and appropriately so to further basic principles of
- providing for the people,
- making people personally accountable for misdeeds, and
- to promote our free way of life as a democracy as Reagan enumerates.
- Government intervention remains open, then, for other purposes, not related to "warding off socialism."
- Define "socialism" terms. See #6 on the market's socializing of risk, already in effect, so that the people pay; but privatizing profit, so the marketeers benefit.
- Reagan leaves open areas where government might be justified in intervention, as in fostering non-industrial areas of action for the common good, areas of needed activity where people cannot participate in ownership: infrastructure, and where the private sector has misdeeded, as in health
- Note that such people's increased ownership in the industrial machine requires access to tools of opportunity: education, employment, health, infrastructure; measures opposed by the Party of Label.
- Ergo, regulation is open for other competitive purposes: to contain and prevent abuses, and to provide for accountability and enhanced ownership of the people in the industrial machine.
- Regulation to prevent financier gambling with investors' funds, or increase accountability, would be fine as ultimately serving competition and sustainable global commercial activity.
Demand personsal accountability not only from criminals, but from mis-doers. For "Misdeeds" as Reagan describes.
- .Personal accountability need not mean incarceration;
- Accountability can mean clawbacks for the financial misdeeds, or a new misdeed tithe on earnings thereafter for a calculated period until payback is made, to such entity as is determined as part of the misdeed identification process; or
- Containment of the individual but outside an institution, for example
- To protect the law-abiding, Reagan would also look to the future, would he not: and provide that persons who have served their accountability, be by then socially productive. That means education, training and health programs
- Any immigration restrictions would be limited to a clear and convincing need to "protect" the law-abiding from the immigrant's misdeeds. How is the law-abider damaged by the immigrant in question? That is the question.
9. Stand up to "international adventurers"
- International adventurers include corporate colonizers, ours and theirs.
- Free way of life is Democracy, the system;
- Reagan did not suggest that democracy as a free way of life supports a no-obstacles highway for some, to any level of material consumption, to the detriment of others --
- Reagan would support the 99%
These fundamental beliefs for his label party, and Democrats, include, as stated by Reagan,
- personal accountability for any misdoer's misdeeds,
- fostering a responsible market,
- supporting enhanced ownership for the people as to the industrial machine,
- the democracy's free way of life [not free exploitation] for all.
Ronald Reagan. The Democrat.
Hush, child. Ideologues do not want to hear. The wreckers are out.
B. The full speech
See it at http://www.mofopolitics.com/2008/11/05/ronald-reagan-1975-cpac-speech/ We chose a pertinent section, and the numbering of ideas is added for ease of reference to discussion in part A.
Our quoted excerpt, with enumeration