State of the Union – 1982

There is an eight or nine minute portion in Ronald Reagan’s 1982 state of the union address, beginning at about 3:30, where he clearly explains the economy and how they were solving the problem.

I acknowledge that we don’t have the same problems now as we had then, but Reagan still had the basic principles of the solution right. More than anything: government can’t solve the economic problem, only the private sector can make real jobs that last.

Listen to this speech here: youtube= The thing I like most about it is how Reagan doesn’t talk down to us as he explains the way things work.


Beginning today we are adding a new, irregular feature to Quiddity. We call it “Non-Pareils” which is French for something without parallel, that is to say, without an equal.

Because we feel shame when we teach writers the form of careful thought, many people make a living as writers who are incapable of properly ordering a complex thought.

To help our readers, we will inattentively and carelessly grab samples of such inattentive and careless writing (which we can do because it is so easy, demanding little care or attention) and post them on this blog.

Then you will have the opportunity to pareil the non-pareils. Can you imagine how much fun we’re destined to experience?

Here’s non-pareil #1 and it’s a little tricky, though certainly not diabolic:

Obama defeated John McCain by winning the black vote 24 to one, the Hispanic vote two to one and taking a larger share of the white vote, 44 percent, than did John Kerry or Al Gore.

What’s non-pareil about this? How would you fix it?

If that excites you and you want another nibbler, I’ll give you this bonus sample from the US Air web site, though it’s quite a bit easier:

You can either buy a choice seat or we’ll assign you a free seat at the airport.