GOP Needs to Bring New Ideas to Table

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    Wanted: New Ideas
    By Michael Barone, U.S. News & World Report
    November 19, 2006

    Back when Republicans were winning elections in the 1980s, Tip O'Neill used to say that was because Democratic policies made a lot of people rich enough to vote Republican. Republicans who are saying that the party needs to go back to the principles of 1994 or Ronald Reagan should keep O'Neill's lesson in mind: Successful public policies render moot the issues that bring parties to power. They won't keep winning unless they address new issues.

    What issues could Republicans raise in 2008? They would do well to look to the states, and especially to Florida, where Jeb Bush has enacted innovative policies on school choice and healthcare. They could look at some Democrats as well, like Tennessee's Gov. Phil Bredesen, who has been reforming an overly generous Medicaid program. They could highlight the proposal of GOP Rep. John Shadegg of Arizona to allow people to buy health insurance across state lines. They could consider Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin's proposal to get lower-income workers to save and invest with tax credits for IRA contributions. Republicans aren't going to win elections with the new ideas of 1980, 1994, or 2000. They need new ideas for 2008.

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    What good will new ideas do Republicans when they have failed so miserably to fight for the ideas they already have?
     
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    Such as???
     
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    End abortion.

    Balance the budget.

    Reform Social Security.

    Put conservatives on the federal bench (remember that GWB’s 1st slate of judicial nominees included a Democrat that had been nominated by Clinton).

    Fight the war on terror without regard to collateral damage (meaning we haven’t killed enough Iraqi civilians for them to realize they lost a war).

    Implement term limits.

    Uphold the sanctity of marriage.
     
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    What do the Courts have to do with balancing the budget? Only Congress can spend money.

    In other words GWB has a one-track mind, which is a dangerous thing in a politician.

    How did the make up of the Senate force GWB to nominate Democrats? Just because the Senate won’t confirm legitimate conservatives, is that any excuse for GWB to not fight for conservatives? How can the Senate confirm conservatives, if GWB won’t nominate conservatives?

    We will not win in Iraq. Not one single allied soldier set foot in Germany during WWI and the million-Hun German army managed to march home in perfect order, fully armed. The German civilian population had no concept that their country had lost a war. We have made the same mistake in Iraq.

    Didn’t the citizenry put Republicans in Congress in 1994 for the express purpose of having them propose a term-limit amendment?

    Typical libertarianism: fewer laws and no morals.
     
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    The only issues that matter are closing the border and suspending trade with fascist china.
     
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    Amen.

    If we don't have government handing out any marriage licenses, people won't get married. There will be anarchy, wild orgies in the streets, and general mayhem. Just like before the civil war, when state-issued marriage licenses had not yet been issued. Besides, everyone knows that the bible defines marriage as a compact between a man, woman, God, and Caesar.
     
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    Actually Flaja had a problem discerning his posts from mine, though my post made it clear.
     
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    Huh?
     

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