The following is a statement from Nan Hayworth on the unveiling of President Obama’s new $50 billion stimulus package.
You may have noticed the first recurring feature on our blog, “John Hall vs. the Constitution” (link to Part I, Part II, and Part III). As it happens, Mr. Hall provides so much for us to talk about that we’re introducing a second recurring feature, in which we’ll be cataloguing the ways in which he fails to live up to his own criteria for re-election.
Summer officially starts today, which means baseball season is now in high gear. As a Yankee fan myself, I love watching Teixeira or Granderson send one sailing over the fence (as both did last Saturday night, I’m happy to say!). Sadly, however, even the Yankees’ best occasionally fall to that third strike. Disappointing, but not the end of the world. You shake it off and move on to the next batter.
Governance, on the other hand, is a little more exacting.
(Courtesy of Young Voters for Nan Hayworth.)
In 1964, Lyndon Johnson’s Presidential campaign released “Daisy”, an ad that was so striking in its evocation of Americans’ fears of Cold-War annihilation that it only ran once. That one time was enough, though, to secure its place in our cultural memory. And, thanks to a combination of factors over the ensuing decades, the eventuality described in “Daisy” did not come to pass.
That does not mean, however, that Americans are now free of any fears about our country’s future security and prosperity. In fact, as Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana noted in a remarkable speech yesterday in Washington, our enormous and mounting debt means that “the American experience is mortally threatened.”
And the outcome this time may not be so reassuring. If our Congress and Administration do not stop making politically convenient but fiscally disastrous decisions, we will, in no uncertain terms, squander our children’s future. President Reagan said, echoing Churchill: “there are simple answers, they just are not easy ones.” Fiscal discipline is the simple (and only) answer, and we are going to have some very difficult choices to make, but our candidate, Nan, has the intelligence and the integrity to make them.
The Young Voters have adapted “Daisy” for 2010 to make clear what will happen if we ignore that imperative:
Feel free to browse other videos from Young Voters, as well as from Nan herself, on the Hayworth campaign’s YouTube channel.