Voters Aren’t Buying the Party’s Fiscal Message

The Failure of Leadership’s Communication
By Jim Stockdale 

All good leaders must be good communicators.   I am reminded of FDR with his fireside chats and Reagan and his stories which made a point.   These men knew they had to “sell, sell, sell”.   In today’s world, Newt Gingrich is a great communicator.  There may be others that don’t immediately come to mind.   For good or for bad, free trade has always been a core value in conservative thinking.   It has been successful–but perhaps more narrowly successful than broadly successful.  It has made fortunes for the men at Goldman Sachs but has not always trickled down to America‘s middle class.   New Studies are showing that our middle class may be shrinking–whether it is or not, most Americans think it is.  This is the failure of leadership’s communication.   It is very difficult for the average American to equate free trade being a benefit with a President who wants to open our borders to bring in cheap labor and additional public costs.   What America needs most is a public lecture on economics.   At this moment the lectern is empty.  

GOP Tax Dilemma
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Friday, October 5, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT


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