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Gingersnap
05-25-2010, 11:24 AM
GOP begins seeking ideas from public

Cites voter frustration
By Sean Lengell

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.

Washington Times (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/may/25/gop-begins-seeking-ideas-from-public/)

FlaGator
05-25-2010, 11:29 AM
Inquiring of America what it actually want in the form of legislation and reformation. Now there's a novel concept for you. :rolleyes:

swirling_vortex
05-25-2010, 11:36 AM
The question is will it go anywhere or will it just be used by the GOP as another political stunt? It looks interesting, but the GOP likes spending as much as the Democrats do. Otherwise, they would have pushed for a balanced budget amendment a long time ago.

PoliCon
05-25-2010, 11:41 AM
CUT SPENDING - CUT TAXES - TERM LIMITS ON CONGRESS. Not hard really.

noonwitch
05-25-2010, 01:43 PM
The question is will it go anywhere or will it just be used by the GOP as another political stunt? It looks interesting, but the GOP likes spending as much as the Democrats do. Otherwise, they would have pushed for a balanced budget amendment a long time ago.



I think the national GOP will use it as a political stunt, but that there will be individual politians running for office who will seriously consider the opinions and needs of the voters and districts involved.

Wei Wu Wei
05-25-2010, 05:33 PM
The American Idol Generation.

djones520
05-25-2010, 05:37 PM
I never got the impression that our current Republicans didn't have any idea's. They've been offering up amendmants and counter bills to everything the Democrats have been ramming down our throats. The Dem's view of Bipartisanship has just been resulting in all of that stuff being flushed away like it never existed.

Articulate_Ape
05-25-2010, 05:38 PM
CUT SPENDING - CUT TAXES - TERM LIMITS ON CONGRESS. Not hard really.


We have term limits, they are called elections. If the people don't make good use of them, then they deserve what they get.

PoliCon
05-25-2010, 06:02 PM
We have term limits, they are called elections. If the people don't make good use of them, then they deserve what they get.

Oh right - and how many incumbents loose elections on average? :rolleyes: Term limits my ass. The system is built to protect incumbents - to protect the political class. There should be no such thing as a political class and the lack of term limits is one of the things that allowed the them to come into being in the first place.

Articulate_Ape
05-25-2010, 07:34 PM
Oh right - and how many incumbents loose elections on average? :rolleyes: Term limits my ass. The system is built to protect incumbents - to protect the political class. There should be no such thing as a political class and the lack of term limits is one of the things that allowed the them to come into being in the first place.

Well, as long as you aren't willing to let trivial things like the Constitution of the United States get in your way, you are as right as rain.

PoliCon
05-25-2010, 07:42 PM
Well, as long as you aren't willing to let trivial things like the Constitution of the United States get in your way, you are as right as rain.

Term limits would be added for congress in the same fashion they were added for the president. How does that equate to the constitution getting in the way?

lacarnut
05-25-2010, 08:08 PM
Cut federal employees and eliminate agencies. ...cut welfare...cut taxes and give incentives to small business owners.... or better yet just listen to common folks at the Tea Party rallies, and then your dumb ass will have all or many suggestions that you can take to the bank.:)

FlaGator
05-25-2010, 08:09 PM
I never got the impression that our current Republicans didn't have any idea's. They've been offering up amendmants and counter bills to everything the Democrats have been ramming down our throats. The Dem's view of Bipartisanship has just been resulting in all of that stuff being flushed away like it never existed.

My issue with republicans is that before the libs took control of congress they were spending like drunken Kennedy's at Christmas.

Gingersnap
05-25-2010, 09:23 PM
The GOP has to answer for being donkey-lite for so many years - no doubt. However, it's the only political party with the capacity to move in a different direction at this time.

Steele is the wrong guy for that job right now. He's a go-along guy.

swirling_vortex
05-25-2010, 10:04 PM
Well, as long as you aren't willing to let trivial things like the Constitution of the United States get in your way, you are as right as rain.
The President never had term limits imposed until the 22nd Amendment was passed. I don't see how imposing a similar rule on Congressmen and women would be a violation of the Constitution.

AmPat
05-26-2010, 02:03 PM
The American Idol Generation.

Correct! And we can blame them and even dumber voters for the current White House idiot traitor.:cool: