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Reagan: Want Hope? Make a Change

By Michael Reagan

President Obama was supposed to be all about hope and change.

But after almost four years he's squeezed the hope out of most of us.

A new Rasmussen poll is the latest proof that the only hope of getting out of our economic ditch is to fire the hopeless guy in the White House who keeps digging it deeper.

Since early 2009 Rasmussen has been asking two questions that serve as a good barometer of what people think about both our present and our future.

The first question is: "Will today's children be better off than their parents?"

The answers from late July are as depressing as the latest GDP numbers. Only 14 percent of adults told Rasmussen they expect today's children to be better off than their parents. Meanwhile, 65 percent said they think our children will be worse off.

In 2009 those numbers already were nothing to brag about -- 27 percent and 47 percent. But the trend under Obama is clear and grim. The only bright spot is that the poll numbers are so bad they can't get much worse.

The other question Rasmussen asked is: "Is it still possible for just about anyone in America to work hard and get rich?"

Amazingly, given the Obama administration's relentless propaganda assault on the rich and successful, 28 percent of Americans told Rasmussen they still believe it can be done.

Working hard and creating wealth by providing things or services people want or need is as American as Steve Jobs, Bruce Springsteen and Mitt Romney.

Millions have done it. It's part of the American Dream. It's something the president should be publicly encouraging and cheering, not punishing and scolding or demeaning.

Unlike Barack Obama, my father knew this. Speaking to the 1984 Republican National Convention, Ronald Reagan said that what had made America the greatest country in the world was still true:

"The poet called Miss Liberty's torch the 'lamp beside the golden door.' Well, that was the entrance to America, and it still is. And now you really know why we're here tonight.

"The glistening hope of that lamp is still ours. Every promise, every opportunity is still golden in this land. And through that golden door our children can walk into tomorrow with the knowledge that no one can be denied the promise that is America.

"Her heart is full; her door is still golden, her future bright. She has arms big enough to comfort and strong enough to support, for the strength in her arms is the strength of her people. She will carry on in the '80s unafraid, unashamed, and unsurpassed.

"In this springtime of hope, some lights seem eternal; America's is."

My father did his best to make sure that America's lamp of hope and promise burned brightly. He knew America's strength was in its founding principles and its people, not its government.

He knew if he kept taxes low, regulations rare and America strong, the future would be even brighter for future generations.

Four years ago no one expected Barack Obama -- a community organizer with no understanding or appreciation of what it takes to succeed in the private sector -- to think or act like Ronald Reagan.

But it's too bad for the country that Mr. Obama didn't behave more like one of his favorite rich men, John F. Kennedy. Kennedy, for all his faults, knew that the best way to assure a better future for our children was by lowering taxes, making the country strong and believing in the greatness and goodness of America.

Hope and change had little to do with it.


Copyright ©2012 Michael Reagan. Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of "The New Reagan Revolution" (St. Martin's Press). He is the founder and chairman of The Reagan Group and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Visit his website at

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  1. billwvComment by billwv
    August 2, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    Is there anyone so destitute as the person waiting on Barrack Hussein Obama to actually get the economy going? He has piled up government regulations and restrictions to business owners and has allowed his departments and henchmen to complete the job of shutting down the economy. His answer to everything this nation needs is Big Government. Tax, tax, tax and spend, spend, spend is his only ‘modus operandi’; has been and will continue to be. He has put the U.S. economy in such a hole that it will take a concentrated effort on the part of a good president and a willing Congress to ever get us back on the road to fiscal sanity.

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  2. PATRIOTComment by PATRIOT
    August 2, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

    Barack Obama is now suffering the consequences of his own agenda, which was to fundamentally change America. The policies Obama has forced onto the majority of the American people are “his chickens coming home to roost.” His radical, progressive policies have coalesced into an instrument for his own political defeat. Let the presidency of Barack Obama be a lesson to the American voter. Vote only for those politicians that will look out for the best interests of America and her people. That will never be a progressive democrat.

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    • thedoveComment by thedove
      August 2, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

      “Barack Obama is now suffering the consequences of his own agenda, which was to fundamentally change America”

      I disagree. Obama is enjoying the consequences of his agenda; this is the change he wanted. It’s the American people who are suffering for it. Yet poll after poll suggests enough people may want more of it to give us at least four more years to complete the destruction.

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    • PATRIOTComment by PATRIOT
      August 2, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

      thedove — you are paying to much attention to the wrong polling data. We have learned recently that many of these polls have over-sampled democrat voters by as much as nine points. The progressives want you to think that Obama is doing well when in fact he is not. Barack Obama is not presently enjoying the consequences of his own agenda. He is fighting for his political life and runs a very good chance of losing the election.

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  3. pypypypyComment by pypypypy
    August 2, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

    True but Gov Romney has to satisfy his base and select a vibrant VP. No vanilla flavoured VP, please. Vanilla is only good in ice cream. I personally want a VP candidate who makes me want to listen to his message, not make me want to turn the TV off. Voters would merely stay home.

    If Gov Romney does not listen to his base, he will loose the election. It will be a close one, so close that BO may snatch it from Gov Romney.

    Sen Rubio, Cong Ryan, Gov Christie or LTC West for VEEP!

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  4. rustypatComment by rustypat
    August 2, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    2012 @ 65 (worse):14 (better) = 4.64:1
    2009 @ 47 (worse):27 (better) = 1.74:1

    4.64:1.74 = 2.66:1

    That’s nearly 3x worse “change” than before Obama took the reigns … so much for “hope” yielding “change”.

    You do the math … I did.

    He has dug us into a hole that the next person trying to turn this country around will be doing really good just to get us “close” to back to where we were before BO took over. Heck, from where we are now, even 3:1 would be an improvement.

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  5. mercyComment by mercy
    August 2, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    Hope & Change… here’s some real hope & change from the next generation…

    People keep telling us that my girls need to play for the convention. Want to help?

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  6. rustypatComment by rustypat
    August 2, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    Sit around and “hope” in order to keep others from “doing” … and things definitely “change” … just not for the better.

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  7. bna42Comment by bna42
    August 2, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    “Four years ago no one expected Barack Obama — a community organizer with no understanding or appreciation of what it takes to succeed in the private sector — to think or act like Ronald Reagan.”

    That is because he ran a campaign on slogans such as “hope and change”, “yes we can”, and “fundamentally transform America”, but the media refused to research the man or ask the proper questions. Obama should have been challenged every time he made one of these comments and asked to explain EXACTLY what he meant by them. He was allowed to move into office without allowing anyone to know anything about him, his background, his beliefs, or his vision for the U.S.

    I sincerely hope that enough people have awakened and will not make the same mistake twice. If the election is close, it will show just how ignorant the 40% are who still support him.

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    • paulesavemeComment by paulesaveme
      August 2, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

      Wait for the media to research the man ?
      Ask to explain himself ? His beliefs ? His background ? Do you honestly believe this communist will reveal himself ?
      Pardon me, it was all put out for everyone to see. It is the voters chore to do the work, no one else. You are passing the buck on this one. It was the voters greed, ignorance, and being allowed to be brain washed by the mass media alone, which put this communist leftist into the position. The majority received what they paid for. And if you believe we will pull out of this mess anytime soon, you are in for it. We have been set up by this foreign occupier and his leftist buddies. You sincerely hope ? Stop begging, get off your knees and get ready to fight the Revolution. We are being attacked by the enemy from within. omg.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      August 2, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

      “Stop begging, get off your knees and get ready to fight the Revolution”

      paule, I don’t know what you mean by this comment, but I am not “begging” and certainly “not on my knees”, and a remark like that could be insulting.

      “Wait for the media to research the man?”

      You are damned right the media needed to research the man and report to the people. You know as well as anyone that each individual does not have the time nor the ability to research the man for themselves while they are trying to keep themselves above water.

      “Pardon me, it was all put out for everyone to see.”

      There were a few clues things out there for discerning people to pick up on, but it wasn’t “all out there” and even today isn’t “all out there”. He has never released any records to verify his background, his education, or anything about him, and has spent over $2 million keeping all that data secret. All we have to go on is what he tells us, and he is a known liar. That’s why I say it’s incomprehensible that 40% of the population still support this fraud.

      “You are passing the buck on this one.”

      What makes you think I am passing the buck? I didn’t vote for this fraud, I am totally against his lies, deception, distortions, and his lack of ethics. If I wanted to pass the buck I would mention that 98% of the blacks in this country voted for him because of the color of his skin, and they will do it again.

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    • Comment by AcadGrad81
      August 3, 2012 @ 8:47 am

      It’s ironic that we knew more about the Aurora, CO shooter within 48 hours than we’ve ever known about the current squatter in the People’s House.

      The complicit, corrupt, communist-loving clods in the dominant liberal media need to be held to account for their shameless “creation and shaping” of so-called news. Since we know they have been in bed with Democrats/liberals/Socialists and became their propaganda machine, where and how can we make them hurt? This is more than a contest of ideas, it’s a battle for the soul of our beloved country. We need to communicate through our buying and watching habits and urge people from “our side” to hit them square in the nose with facts- boldly, assertively and aggressively- so that all they can do is stammer and go to a commercial break. Wouldn’t hurt to fight fire with fire when it comes to mockery and ridicule either, so “Mr. Tingle up my leg” and his ilk can get a taste of their own medicine.

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  8. wellknownComment by wellknown
    August 2, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    Rather than thinking how to drive Obama, you batter think how you can drive mother nature.

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  9. loriecComment by loriec
    August 2, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    I know I am sick and tired of Obama’s “Hope and Change”; moreover, I do not want his “Foreward” either. I just can’t understand where they come up with him winning polls in some swingstates though.
    The people of America are waking up; Obama, you and Michelle need to start packing!

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  10. jdb121Comment by jdb121
    August 2, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    In 2008, even those of us who voted republican were hoping that change would foster hope. It was an historic first. How could one not hope for the best because of it? Many of us disagreed with and were disappointed by the policies of the previous administration, i.e., they were not conservative enough. Whatever the residual effect of those policies on the current administration, there has been plenty of time to make changes.
    If people are satisfied with the way things are going, they will vote for the Democrats and if they are not, they will vote for change. Elections are always referendums on policies and the feeling of well-being that pervades the electorate. There is no doubt that the consequences of policy failures affects the sense of well-being in the country. However people are faring, it is the negativity that pervades conversation about politics that ought to be a clear signal that a lot of people are not happy. In a representative democratic republic, not to be attuned to what people are saying and paying attention and responding to it, seems just a bit naive and presumptuous. We will be proved wrong it they should win in November.

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  11. JDZComment by JDZ
    August 2, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

    What is worrying (one of the things) me is that the polls still have the election relatively close when, based on the poor performance of the Obama administration, it should not even be close. Why are the polls still, in some cases, showing Obama ahead of Romney even a few points? I know that some of the polling is purposely biased toward Obama by polling more Democrats then Republicans but, it seems to me that that many Americans still do not realize what is happening to our country. They still have not connected the dots on how President Obama’ s policies are making our economy worse, building unprecedented national debt, and tearing down our national defense, energy independence, and overall national security.

    Why would anyone with good commonsense want this to continue? Are the hundred million Americans getting regular payments from the government as a part of the entitlement and social programs like welfare and food stamps going to vote for a President that is purposely putting all of these programs in jeopardy by his reckless borrowing and spending?

    I am hoping that the American people wake up to the reality of what is happening and the dangerous path our radical and incompetent President is forcing on this country. Everything he is promoting is contrary to the best interests of the majority of Americans and, if re-elected, will feel totally empowered to broaden his use of executive orders and internal policy changes to take down our capitalistic system and convert America to a socialist country.

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    • liesmaComment by liesma
      August 2, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

      Sadly, I never pay much attention to polls. They are so skewed towards the answers they want that one can never be certain just how accurate they are. Especially since Obamarama became President. Most polls are run by the news media be it print or televised. As they never want to research the “O”, they never ask questions in their polls which can really do harm or at least not to people who might not like him. They try their best to contact only the demographics they believe will give the answers wanted. So I believe there’s probably more of a width between the candidates. One can only hope for Romney to be more ahead than polls show. You can bet if it was Obamarama, the polls would definitely show that!

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  12. noveldogComment by noveldog
    August 3, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    My hope is nearly gone and so is my folding money. Now all I have left is a little bit of change and according to Obama he wants to raise taxes so he can get even that.

    The Democrats sold out to The One World Government advocates and now they and the News Media are one and the same. They lean so far left that they make the Leaning Tower of Pizza look like it is as straight as a bean pole.

    The bottom line is if you want more of the same, perhaps even worse, then vote Democratic and keep on being a slave.

    But if you have any hope left, then vote Republican and continue to trust in God, your country, and allow Mitt Romney to restore us to prospirity. Yeah, it is just that simple.

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