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GOP begins seeking ideas from public
washingtontimes ^ | 7:42 p.m., Monday, May 24, 2010 | Sean Lengell

Posted on 05/25/2010 3:37:57 AM PDT by Bad~Rodeo

Cites voter frustration.

<Associated Press
Senate candidate Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, arrives at his campaign headquarters in Bowling Green, Ky., on Wednesday, the day after winning his party's nomination.

America, House Republicans want your help.

In an effort to shed its image as a "party of no" with few original ideas to challenge the Democrat-controlled Congress and White House, House Republicans on Tuesday will begin a campaign to ask the general public for input in drafting their next agenda.

The nationwide "America Speaking Out" campaign seeks to capitalize on growing voter frustration of the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress. Organizers say they welcome ideas from all voters, regardless of party affiliation.

"American Speaking Out is an effort to open the back rooms and closed doors that have defined Congress and allow Americans to be a part of drafting a governing agenda from the start," the outline says.

"Congressional Republicans have offered positive alternatives to the misguided policies pursued by Washington Democrats. But we recognize the American people are in charge, and constructing a governing agenda must begin with the people."

The campaign will solicit public input via an online forum at www.AmericaSpeakingOut.com,and town hall meetings, according to an outline obtained from a senior House Republican aide.

"We expect it will generate a great deal of interest, a great deal of participation around the country," said House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana. Mr. Pence, a project organizer, declined to discuss details until the campaign is officially unveiled at the Newseum in Washington.

The campaign's mission to tap into the "growing disconnect between the priorities of the American public and the agenda that is debated in Washington" echoes the grass-roots "tea party" movement

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: agenda; gop; partyofno; randpaul; stupidparty; washington

1 posted on 05/25/2010 3:37:58 AM PDT by Bad~Rodeo
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To: Bad~Rodeo

Staying the hell out of our primaries would be a good start.


2 posted on 05/25/2010 3:40:53 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Bad~Rodeo
I just checked the website in question (www.AmericaSpeakingOut.com)---it's an ungodly mess and open to Rat infiltration.

Useless.

3 posted on 05/25/2010 3:46:20 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

What about the “You Cut” site?


4 posted on 05/25/2010 3:46:22 AM PDT by Biggirl (I Have A New Rainbow Bridge Baby, Negritia! =^..^=)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

This is why I consider myself and Independent to Libertarian. If the GOP has to ask what they should be doing then they are beyond hope.


5 posted on 05/25/2010 3:46:26 AM PDT by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Abbeville Conservative
If the GOP has to ask what they should be doing then they are beyond hope

Exactly my thought

6 posted on 05/25/2010 3:48:48 AM PDT by Bad~Rodeo (To join contact: info@BoycottMexicoNow.com)
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To: Bad~Rodeo
Breaking News: GOP to reinvent the wheel.

(pathetic)

7 posted on 05/25/2010 3:53:25 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal texted me at 0330 on 2/3/10: AMERICA!)
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To: don-o

Asking my 15yo the same question she came up with taxation, social security, illegal immigration, foreign oil and a car for her, LOL~


8 posted on 05/25/2010 3:58:32 AM PDT by Bad~Rodeo (To join contact: info@BoycottMexicoNow.com)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

Here’s a radical idea. What if the Republican party read the Constitution and followed some of the principles highlighted there? They could campaign on being “representatives” instead of “we promise to slow the slide into communism a little bit”.
“We suck less” isn’t much of a campaign promise.


9 posted on 05/25/2010 3:58:56 AM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (America held hostage - day 393)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

“Grow a pair”.


10 posted on 05/25/2010 3:59:51 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Palin / Rubio 2012)
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To: Bad~Rodeo
Two words:

Fire Steele
11 posted on 05/25/2010 4:01:32 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines '66-'67)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

bump


12 posted on 05/25/2010 4:05:48 AM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: Bad~Rodeo

These people are beyond belief.

How about starting with creating Financial Reform bill draft of 10 pages or less, reforming and phasing out Too Big To Fail Fannie, Freddie and abolishing or severely restructuring FHA and repealing all CRA conditions on mandatory lending to those who cannot afford the mortgages or other loans, i.e. reining in the government-sponsored or government-owned institutions and government rules and regulations which have been primarily responsible for recent real-estate and related financial bubbles..?

Then introduce it to public and in Congress and unanimously vote for it (even if Democrats won’t allow to bring it to the floor for a formal vote) and stand for it as an alternative for huge, loopholes-ridden and harmful finreg bill (which is driving the markets nuts), and become a Party of Yes to smaller, more sensible and accountable government... and see their popular and political support skyrocket.

Or is it too tough for them?


13 posted on 05/25/2010 4:07:54 AM PDT by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

How about the novel concept of eliminating those programs and agencies that do not comply with the enumerated powers specifically listed Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution! Those wild and wacky guys known as our founding fathers had this crazy idea of a limited federal government by instilling those enumerated powers in the Constitution.


14 posted on 05/25/2010 4:09:35 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Bad~Rodeo
I have a great idea for the RINOs in the GOP: GFYS.

Cheers!

15 posted on 05/25/2010 4:11:08 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Bad~Rodeo
Organizers say they welcome ideas from all voters, regardless of party affiliation.

That's the problem right there.

The GOP already knows what we want, and they don't like it, so they come up with a new stall and ignore tactic.

16 posted on 05/25/2010 4:11:13 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: cripplecreek

Staying the hell out of our primaries would be a good start.

Brilliant post!


17 posted on 05/25/2010 4:11:23 AM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: cripplecreek

Damn right! Steele and that vile scumbag Cornyn should drop to their knees and apologize to the people of Fl and Ky!


18 posted on 05/25/2010 4:13:40 AM PDT by rrrod
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To: Bad~Rodeo
Seeking ideas from the public....heh heh heh.

How about just attending a TEA party and reading the freakin' signs...that should give them some remote idea at what people are pissed about, and what they want.

The RINO arm of the GOP are - face it - scared $#!+less of the democrats. They are so afraid the dems will call them a name, or say something negative about them, they have to double up on the "Depends" every morning.

People are NOT looking for a "gimmick"...we've got one of those in the White House now. The only "idea" the GOP needs is called "The Constitution of the United States of America".

While most of us were proud when they were called "The party of 'NO'", the RINO sissies were acting like shrinking violets trying to run away from it.

The RINO's spend half their time figuring out how to please the democrats and the other half hiding from the lamestream press.

Meanwhile, those of us who are conservative are looking for a leader, a fearless leader...like the new Governor of New Jersey, or like the Governor of Arizona, or the former Governor of Alaska. People who aren't afraid to say what they think and what they believe in.

Every one of them who try and appease the black caucus, code pink, the gay lobby, NAMBLA, whacko environuts, or any other radical group, are marked off my radar. They are RINO's through and through. This nation is about the people, not fringe, special-interest groups.

The tail needs to quit wagging the dog in this country, or it will surely die. When these special interest groups go against the majority at large, they have shown their desire to go against the grain and NOT participate in America.

So, GOP, join the chia pets and fluff your foiliage, and you will be in the unemployment line after November. November is not just about getting rid of democrats, it's about getting rid of @$$holes who are taking our once brave and free nation and turning it into a third world dictatorship.

So, here's your "idea"...be an American.
19 posted on 05/25/2010 4:14:17 AM PDT by FrankR (Standing against tyranny must start somewhere, or the future belongs to the tyrants.)
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To: BnBlFlag

We want candidates who put the best interests of the constituents first. The GOP puts their best interests first.


20 posted on 05/25/2010 4:16:00 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Abbeville Conservative
-- If the GOP has to ask what they should be doing then they are beyond hope. --

This is only a form of "listening tour." The party will continue to do what is in the party's self-interest, which, as far as I can tell, isn't necessarily to be "in power." Rather, the party exists to give its members elite status, and "not winning" (a majority of Congress) relieves the members of the burden of accountability.

"Which way did my people go? I have to get ahead of them so I can lead them!"

21 posted on 05/25/2010 4:16:56 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Abbeville Conservative

Heartily agreed. Leaders don’t do market research.


22 posted on 05/25/2010 4:19:10 AM PDT by motor_racer (That which you manifest is before you.)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

FYI, they’re looking for your balanced budget idea.

Sock it too them.


23 posted on 05/25/2010 4:19:54 AM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: rrrod

In my district we started out with what appeared to be two great candidates till one was enticed into snuggling up to the liberal main street republicans.

The last main street republican we had in our district (Joe Schawrz) was defeated by a conservative so he turned around and ran a write in campaign against him. In 08 Schawrz endorsed the marxist democrat and this year is looking at running in the governor’s race as an independent.

These liberal republicans have the attitude that if they can’t have their way, they’ll make sure to destroy the conservatives on the way out.


24 posted on 05/25/2010 4:29:07 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Bad~Rodeo
I'm just brainstorming here, but start by reading the Republican Party Platform and the Constitution, not necessarily in that order.

They might promise that before one new idea gets a review, everything passed since Obama was sworn in will be repealed. If they don't have enough votes to defeat a veto, it will be two light years legislatively. They should say that positively so they aren't accused of being the Party of No.

25 posted on 05/25/2010 4:31:46 AM PDT by stevem
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To: Bad~Rodeo

Get rid of Steele.


26 posted on 05/25/2010 4:35:25 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama - The anti-American dictator disguised as a President)
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To: Bad~Rodeo
QUIT PLAYING GAMES repubics... YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO... FIRE steele AND GET OUT THERE AND JUST DO IT! Oh no... you will just play games and send out more requests for donations that are filling up land fills all over America.

LLS

27 posted on 05/25/2010 4:35:50 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ( WOLVERINES!)
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To: FrankR

Well said


28 posted on 05/25/2010 4:37:09 AM PDT by Bad~Rodeo (To join contact: info@BoycottMexicoNow.com)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

They are looking for some kind of cover to support a more “progressive” agenda... again.

These people are total frauds and should be FORCED from the party by large men wielding baseball bats and large caliber weapons.


29 posted on 05/25/2010 4:42:59 AM PDT by myself6
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To: cripplecreek

They need to STOP OPENING up the primaries for the DEMS to cross over and give us WEAK Candidates. We have begged the GOP to close off the primaries so only registered REPUBLICANS could vote for REPUBLICANS in the primaries. THIS is how we ended up with McCain.


30 posted on 05/25/2010 4:43:25 AM PDT by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: myself6

The tea partiers are quiet for now so they figure they don’t need to play nice anymore.


31 posted on 05/25/2010 4:45:11 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Bad~Rodeo

Talk about flailing. I wonder how much money they’ve poured into their “rebranding” effort thus far.

They started with the “National Council for a New America” which didn’t last long.

Determined to continue on their populist track they’ve launched the youvote thing and now this.

I guess LEADERSHIP is too much to ask for.


32 posted on 05/25/2010 4:56:18 AM PDT by Nickname (2012 - Yes You're Canned!)
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To: cripplecreek
Staying the hell out of our primaries would be a good start.

Amen.

33 posted on 05/25/2010 4:57:34 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Tea Party. We are the party of NO! NO to more government! NO to more spending! NO to more taxation!)
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To: FrankR

Great post.


34 posted on 05/25/2010 5:01:56 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Tea Party. We are the party of NO! NO to more government! NO to more spending! NO to more taxation!)
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To: grey_whiskers
LOL!

I concur.

35 posted on 05/25/2010 5:06:23 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Bad~Rodeo
In an effort to shed its image as a "party of no"

WHAT THE HELL'S WRONG WITH "THE PARTY OF NO"?

with few original ideas to challenge the Democrat-controlled Congress and White House

The only original ideas you bastards need are "the original ideas".

36 posted on 05/25/2010 5:35:13 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves Month")
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To: cripplecreek

Great point.


37 posted on 05/25/2010 5:49:22 AM PDT by HonestConservative (Remember; You can't spell Mohammed without HAM.)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

IDEA #1: RESURRECT THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT!!!!!!!!

Idea #2: Put a cap on the percent of National budget/tax receipts which can be spent on non-military Federal Employees.


38 posted on 05/25/2010 5:55:15 AM PDT by TitansAFC (The Left does not devote so much effort into attacking Sarah Palin because she's a weak candidate.)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

Damn, Reagan must be spinning in his grave. Whatever happened to a positive, optimistic vision for America’s future, and setting the milestones down to get there?

As a couple of you have previously said, if at this late date the GOP is reaching out to the public for ideas, then it’s beyond hope.

Hannity has exhaustively tried to get Steele and Co. to listen and adopt his Blueprint for Victory, which is a Reagan Conservative set of ideas. Why the HELL don’t they start there???????????


39 posted on 05/25/2010 6:33:43 AM PDT by ScottinVA (RIP to the country I love...)
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To: cripplecreek
Staying the hell out of our primaries would be a good start...

I think they're starting to get the message. We just have to keep reinforcing it.

But enough of this 'Rat lite. I don't want "positive alternatives," I want them the h3ll out of my life!

They don't seem to get that when RR said, "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help," it was NOT A GOOD THING!!!

40 posted on 05/25/2010 6:33:52 AM PDT by gogeo ("Every one has a right to be an idiot. He abuses the privilege!" Groucho Marx)
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To: Bad~Rodeo
In an effort to shed its image as a "party of no" with few original ideas to challenge the Democrat-controlled Congress and White House

In other words, the GOP wants to be the party of "sometimes yes", or the Party Of Slightly Smaller Big Government.

41 posted on 05/25/2010 6:37:19 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Pretentiousness is so beneath me.)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

If Pence is behind it, that’s actually encouraging.


42 posted on 05/25/2010 7:39:32 AM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

“This story has been removed

Please visit one of our news sections below for the latest Washington Times headline”


43 posted on 05/25/2010 7:46:02 AM PDT by Danae (Don't like the Constitution, try living in a country with out one.)
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To: Bad~Rodeo
Well, here's a bad one...

Gov. Daniels weighs special election timing

The Pubbie gov's acting just like a 'Rat...

44 posted on 05/25/2010 7:49:57 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29.)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

Fire the RNC leader.

WAKE UP.

Good grief, a two year old could figure out the strategy.

IDIOTS!!!!!!!


45 posted on 05/25/2010 7:51:30 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (Please God, watch over our country.)
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To: 1010RD

I tried, but the site is insanely slow... can’t submit. I guess they don’t want to hear ideas after all...


46 posted on 05/25/2010 12:46:48 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

So this is what conservative leadership is all about?

“We don’t want to actually stick to the platform. Please give us some ideas that don’t include being conservative. thanks much, the GOP.”

Reduce the size of government
Stick to Free Enterprise
Reduce Taxes
Strict Constructionalism

Rinse, repeat.

Has the benefit of actually being effective.


47 posted on 05/25/2010 12:52:15 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: Bad~Rodeo

I like the idea that the Republicans are doing some thing concrete to listen to the people.

I think what they should do is say instead “what should we cut”

Rs could say “We know that we have to make cuts. Government is too big. Takes too much of your money. Spends your money on things you don’t want. Tells you want to do too often. But we also know that some laws are more popular than others, some spending is more popular than other spending. So we want to find out as much as we can from you the American People about what exactly you want cut. We really really need to make cuts, but we don’t want to cut anything that you want, so we need to hear from you, to make sure that we make the right cuts.

And that’s the whole thing “making the right cuts”

I personally could foresee an American Idol type show. Yes, that’s cheesy, and yes, not something likely to happen.
Let’s say the Republicans want to do away with the Sugar Tariff system. Soda companies put hfcs in their drinks because sugar is more expensive in the US than on the world marked due to sugar tariffs. The Republicans, What Cuts?, present their case in a slick video presentation - 2,5,10 minutes long and then the voters are asked to vote to keep or get rid of the tariff. Then, the next day the winner is revealed and the detailed results are made available. The results wouldn’t be binding, but it would create an atmosphere of listening to the voters, direct participation which would be beneficial to the Republicans.

I’m not saying we should do this. But it could be listed as one of the many things that we’re thinking about doing to make sure that we make the right cuts.


48 posted on 05/25/2010 1:29:20 PM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: PugetSoundSoldier
I guess they don’t want to hear ideas after all...

The GOP can be a bit deef. ;-]

49 posted on 05/25/2010 2:43:17 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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