I found myself on the receiving end of a losing argument with a radio host, simply because I was (in retrospect) woefully unprepared.
The topic was mandatory drug testing for recipients of public assistance.
I argued against it from three angles:
1) It's demonstrably not cost-effective; therefore, it's not an example of fiscally responsible behavior.
2) Unless the affected government agencies start up their own Analysis of Other People's Pee Department (which increases the size and expense to the taxpayer of the local bureaucracy) they'll have to outsource it to some private sector place that analyzes other people's pee. This will cost money, too. (See #1 above.)
3) No conservative will even admit that there's a Constitutional aspect to government-mandated drug testing. I believe that there is, a very visible one, grounded in both the letter and the spirit of the 4th and 5th Amendments.
I could sure use some nicely-crafted talking points. I don't think I represented Our Side very well. But then I've never been much of a salesman. Some good, well-structured words would be a big help, because I'd love to call this guy back and cram it down his throat. We were both winging it, but it was his bat and ball; by the time I got my shit together the call was over. Where better to get some good words than DUers?
The good news? The GOP is actually going to have to govern now.
The bad news? They'll probably finish killing off the middle class and all that goes with it.
A middle class cannot exist without law to pull obscene amounts of wealth back into an economy to support it.
The Keynes model never had a defined middle class graph, if you will.
And when most of the wealth of the world is sitting in bank accounts doing nothing but collecting interest, it's not in the economy.
That, friends, is exactly what the high and mighty in the GOP already know.
Congratulations, America. You probably just got rid of your minimum wage, your workers rights, your over time pay, your forty-hour work week, your healthcare choices, equality, safety, free highways, maybe even your ability to vote. Hell, pick something, anything, that tax dollars from the ultra-wealthy might have paid for, and kiss it goodbye.
Our country now officially belongs to a little clique of filthy rich greedheads who own you, lock, stock and tomahawk.
Enjoy it. But hey, at least you got to keep your gun!
And govern they will. They're going to govern the shit out of you, because they've got a much bigger collection of guns.
Their new slogan might as well be, "We're the GOP and we own the joint."
Bend over, grab your ankles, shut up, and take whatever the Koch brothers are willing to give you. Because, you know.....Murka!
Or maybe not....apparently the National Review feels that the best governing strategy for the GOP is to, uh, not govern.