Skip to comments.GOP begins seeking ideas from public
Posted on 05/25/2010 3:37:57 AM PDT by Bad~Rodeo
Cites voter frustration.
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
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Staying the hell out of our primaries would be a good start.
What about the “You Cut” site?
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.
Exactly my thought
Asking my 15yo the same question she came up with taxation, social security, illegal immigration, foreign oil and a car for her, LOL~
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.
“Grow a pair”.
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?
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.
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.
Staying the hell out of our primaries would be a good start.
Damn right! Steele and that vile scumbag Cornyn should drop to their knees and apologize to the people of Fl and Ky!
We want candidates who put the best interests of the constituents first. The GOP puts their best interests first.
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!"
Heartily agreed. Leaders don’t do market research.
FYI, they’re looking for your balanced budget idea.
Sock it too them.
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.
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.
Get rid of Steele.
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.
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.
The tea partiers are quiet for now so they figure they don’t need to play nice anymore.
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.
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".
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.
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???????????
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!!!
In other words, the GOP wants to be the party of "sometimes yes", or the Party Of Slightly Smaller Big Government.
If Pence is behind it, that’s actually encouraging.
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The Pubbie gov's acting just like a 'Rat...
Fire the RNC leader.
Good grief, a two year old could figure out the strategy.
I tried, but the site is insanely slow... can’t submit. I guess they don’t want to hear ideas after all...
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
Has the benefit of actually being effective.
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.
The GOP can be a bit deef. ;-]