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Thos Paine

Can someone please explain to me...

Posted on 2008.01.07 at 13:03
Current Music: Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation - When the Levee Breaks (Live)
...why it was so great when, in 1980, Ronald Reagan said that he was paying for the microphone? I just somehow don’t get it.

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eitanhalevy
eitanhalevy at 2008-01-07 18:25 (UTC) (Link)
Something about a citizen who pays taxes demanding respect, to be heard in a public forum, etc.
Jonathan
theservant at 2008-01-07 18:31 (UTC) (Link)
It wasn't a public forum, he was saying that he paid for it and ought to determine the rules.
eitanhalevy
eitanhalevy at 2008-01-07 19:04 (UTC) (Link)
I don't really know how funding for those things works, but I assume it's paid for by the Republican party if it's a Republican debate, or by the TV station or something, not by the debating parties. I assume the statement was more ideological, or at least was taken that way by his supporters. Given what we know about Reagan and his supporters' views on fiscal matters, I think the message should be rather obvious, if vague. The basic ideology behind right wing economic policy is that, as opposed to a socialist system-- where the assumption is that most people will do what they can, and it is the job of the government to collect from those who have and provide for the weaker sectors of society from a common fund--those who contribute the most should be the beneficiaries of their own labors and allowed to help the weak, or not, as a matter of choice. As opposed to a value of overall societal responsibility, they place responsibility on the individual, both to provide for himself, and for those in need, but only of his own free will, and they therefore consider government taxation for those purposes to be coercive and counter to the purpose of government. Therefore, he 'paid for the microphone,' whatever that means, so how dare that guy turn it off!

That said, I am, by American standards, practically a dirty commie because I think socialized healthcare is great. One more reason to live in a country that provides it! On the other hand, I can sympathize with the other perspective at least enough to understand it. Good luck there.
mrfares at 2008-01-08 04:31 (UTC) (Link)
'When the Nashua Telegraph offered to sponsor a debate between the two of us on the Saturday evening preceding the election, we both accepted. Understandably, this brought howls from the other candidates. In protest, one of them, Senator Bob Dole, complained to the Federal Elections Commission that by financing a debate between only two of the seven candidates, the newspaper was making an illegal campaign contribution to the Bush and Reagan campaigns. The commission agreed with him, so my campaign offered to pay the full cost of the debate - a few thousand dollars - and they accepted. " -RR
jonnymoon at 2008-01-10 16:25 (UTC) (Link)
"That said, I am, by American standards, practically a dirty commie because I think socialized healthcare is great. One more reason to live in a country that provides it!"

So...you live in Canada?
eitanhalevy
eitanhalevy at 2008-01-10 17:13 (UTC) (Link)
Israel.
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