When talking about taxes Cons always use the combination of “tax” and “burden.” Avoid their trap and never allow yourself to repeat those two words together. Taxes are a necessary reality of a civilized society. Taxes pay for services, so always talk about taxes in the context of the services they pay for. Taxes pay for roads, police officers, firefighters, air-traffic controllers, food inspectors, justice services, clean water monitors, national parks, libraries, schools, and so
Smile whenever you make your case. Being a progressive you are advocating for humane, enlightened, and uplifting positions. Make sure your audience knows that you are confident and proud of the position you are advancing, and the easiest way to convey confidence is to smile while you make your case. Cons are trained to smile despite the fact that they are arguing for un-American policies based on exclusion and greed. Surely with the power of
Score your points by stating your strongest points, then repeating them often and make the opposition try to overcome your strength. In this way you stay on offense and keep your opponent on defense.
You score more points on offense than on defense. The vast majority of Americans agree with Democratic positions. Since you are supporting positions that are favored by the majority of good Americans, there is no reason to be defensive. Be bold and stay on offense.