Unearthing some politically incorrect statement by President Reagan, the media would charge, "You did this, didn't you?"
Reagan's reply: "Darn right, and I'd do it again!"
Mitt Romney could do the same — "Game on, Mr. President!"
Here are some examples.
You've criticized President Obama's economic policies but offer few specifics on what you'd do ...
Politicians don't turn around economies — entrepreneurs, investors, and workers do. It's time to unleash the free-enterprise investments and innovations that will lead to renewed economic vitality.
What will I do? I'm going to start by undoing what this administration has done to handcuff and stifle America's economy.
I will actually cut unnecessary spending and regulations, repeal Obamacare, make the Bush tax cuts permanent, lower the capital gains tax, and reward the entrepreneurs and workers who are willing to work their tails off to bring our economy back.
Aren't those the failed policies of the past?
It's his "hope and change" that's failed! I'm returning America to the core principles of freedom, free enterprise and economic opportunity that have made this country the envy of the world.
In Texas, they'd say he's all hat and no cattle. He promised unemployment wouldn't go above 8 percent and he'd pay off the deficit in his first term. Unemployment hasn't been below 8 percent, the deficit has exploded and we have the most anemic recovery in decades.
Let him keep his "hope and change." "We the people" are ready to return to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
What's wrong with giving a tax cut to 98 percent of working Americans while making the rich pay their fair share?
Let's be clear, for the first time in our history 49 percent of Americans pay no income tax. The top 1 percent make 17 percent of the income and pay 37 percent of the income taxes! These are the hardworking, hard-driving Americans who run companies and hire workers.
President Obama's policies punish success and reward dependence. It's time we return to rewarding achievement and letting people take more responsibility for their own failures. No more "too big to fail!"
It's time to help more Americans become rich and to reap their rewards when they do.
What makes you think you'd be a better leader?
The president is no leader; he's a perpetual campaigner. He has the least administrative experience of any president ever elected.
From running our national Olympic team to turning around struggling companies, I've made the tough decisions and inspired achievement. In the White House, I'll walk my talk and lead.
How can the average American relate to someone as rich as you?
True Americans respect citizens who've earned their success because they want to do the same. This is the country of the American dream. The ones who don't believe that won't even try. The achievers and new immigrants take advantage of our freedoms and opportunity.
Instead of punishing achievement, I'll positively gossip about the Americans who are making America work and what we can learn from them. I'll measure my success not by how many are receiving aid, but by how many no longer need government support.
Would you invest more stimulus funds to get more Americans working?
We need fewer, not more government workers! Where does the money come from to hire government workers and invest in failing companies like Solyndra? It comes from your pocket!
I want you to keep more of your money so that the companies who provide the services and products you want prosper. President Obama believes government knows best; I believe American citizens do. It's time to get government out of your wallet and out of micromanaging our economy.
But what about President Obama's many accomplishments?
Hearing him talk, you'd think America is working again. Are you better off? We're bringing a spotlight to his administration's dismal record.
He talks transparency; we'll deliver it. I'll earn your respect as president when I get America believing in itself again. Join me in inventing a future we can again be proud of.
Terry Paulson of Agoura Hills is a speaker and author of “The Optimism Advantage.” Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.