People care about jobs, healthcare, national security, etc. They do not understand how the Federal Reserve impacts the economy other than they think interest rates are too high. Americans are used to a debate that is bi-polar. More of X, or less of X. More regulation. Less regulation. More taxes. Less taxes. That's it. If you want to move the debate, you can only do it by an inch at a time. Education can be a part of the campaign. That's a good idea. But in national forums, if he talks about competing money, people's eyes will glaze over. They simply do not understand the link between reforming the Fed,monetary policy and their daily life.
I strongly support Ron Paul's ideas, but if he puts gold and monetary policy and any other issue that 0.02% of voters care about as his top issues it will be a true waste of his and his supporters time and money. There are huge issues: immigration, terrorism, taxes, Social Security! If he has the right answer for one- just one- of those issues, he can become a serious contender.
People understand common sense. They can grasp that having more control over their life will make them happier than turning more power over to Washington. Keep the message simple and bring every issue: healthcare, taxes, education, back to a recurring theme. Every debate question should allow him to reiterate the same theme on a different major topic.
"I favor tax reductions under any circumstances, for any excuse, for any reason, at any time." -Milton Friedman
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