This excerpt from Jeffrey Lords piece Why Ryan Terrifies the Left hits at the heart of Democrat party strategy even today: Why Ryan Terrifies the Left By Jeffrey Lord on 8.14.12 @ 6:09AM The American Spectator : Why Ryan Terrifies the Left NOTE: Knowing he had no governing experience, Hussein thought he could fool the country into accepting him as their moral leader. My belief is that he truly thinks Americans have a spiritual longing for Islam, and hes just the guy to lead them there. Socialists have no claim to moral superiority on any level of society; less so in this election than in Ronald Reagans two presidential campaigns. So whats the problem? Romney-Ryan should breeze on in. I believe they will win, but it wont be a breeze, and it wont be a permanent victory for one reason: MODERATES. This excerpt from a piece by Daniel Greenfield identifies the problem: The Moderate Paradox Daniel Greenfield Tuesday, August 14, 2012 The Moderate Paradox I would say that Greenfield is talking about moderate Americans not just moderate Republicans. I often phrase it this way: Under our system of government anarchy is one extreme. Totalitarian government is the other extreme. Limited government is the permanent center. It never moves. If you doubt me, check the center Truman left behind, then Carter, then JFK, then LBJ, then Clinton, and the center Hussein will leave behind him. Those centers show a relentless march to the Left. Ronald Reagan was the only president who managed to move the center a step or two closer to limited government since Woodrow Wilson. Reagans gains, and then some, were wiped out by Hussein & Company. Romney-Ryan have their work out for them even with help from Tea Partiers. Republicans will vote Republican, Democrats will vote Democrat, and moderates will do what moderates always do because they delude themselves into believing they are not moving away from limited government whenever they unwittingly help Democrats establish a new center. The hope in the Romney-Ryan camp is that all of the economic blah, blah, blah, will convince moderates that defeating Hussein is a matter of self-interest if not philosophy. The real question is: How can Romney-Ryan demolish the moving center once and for all? There is but one answer: Repeal the XVI Amendment. That is the philosophical argument the Left cannot defend or win. The XVI Amendment funds socialism. Without tax dollars there is no socialism. The XVI Amendment is the one and only reason the Left will never be stopped. So long as Socialists feed on income taxes the center will move Left. Socialist parasites might be slowed down, or stopped, for a time but never defeated. Romney-Ryan putting this campaign on a philosophical track running parallel to economics is the right way to go even if they stop short of calling for the Income Tax Amendments repeal. Thats where tea Parties can help. Between Tea Parties and Romney-Ryan Hussein will have to defend the XVI Amendment rather than just saying Tax the rich. as though nobody elses income is confiscated. Never forget that the income tax takes from everybodys irrespective of the tax rate. In other words show the income tax for what it is. Tea Parties can go after the XVI Amendment at the same time Romney-Ryan make Hussein defend the Lefts claim to moral superiority in realistic terms rather than simply mouthing touchy-feely platitudes without providing viable applications as he did in 2008. I guarantee everything Hussein says about economics will depend upon the XVI Amendment rather than taxing the rich. Ill close with a few words about the Affordable Care Act. Romney-Ryan should expose Nancy Pelosis comments for what they are: [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJKGWEkkE7E&feature=player_detailpage]Pelosi: Obamacare Will Supply 400,000 Jobs Almost Immediately! - YouTube[/ame] First off, . . . create four million jobs, four hundred thousand jobs almost immediately. . . means it will go a helluva lot higher. A conservative guesstimate would be eight million by 2016. I base my number on every welfare state program ever implemented. LBJs losing war on poverty cost trillions of dollars more than first stated because of the welfare state programs that were implemented to fight the war. Every one of those programs cost many times the amount given when they were initiated. Most Americans already know the cost of Hillarycare II will balloon out of sight after it is fully implemented. The numbers are already going up as is the number of uninsured Americans the ACA promised to eliminate entirely. My point: Romney-Ryan should not limit talk about the ACA by relying on repeal. Ask ALL private sector Americans this question: Do you want to fund at least eight million more tax dollar jobs? Make no mistake about this. People who are paid tax dollars have government jobs. Romney-Ryan might also point out that eight million more people will suddenly have lifetime tenure at the public trough and everything that comes with it; little or no labor worth mentioning for many, job security, pensions, health benefits far better than private sector Americans will ever see, and so on.