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Monday, May 25, 2009

RNC is Living in the Past

I have a piece up in Newsmax today, about the RNC, including my own version of a "extraordinary special session resolution" the RNC might want to consider.

"Self-important 'extraordinary special sessions' are why Republicans are spoofed as out-of-touch geriatrics from the Cretaceous period. Official-sounding resolutions that begin 'Whereas' are why many people think of Republicans as the monocled mascot from Monopoly. And cheap gimmicks like renaming the Democratic Party are why liberals think we’ve run out of good ideas."


The Liberty Ship said...

Hammer, meet Mr. Nail's head. This bit of drab is exactly the reason we decided to launch The Liberty Ship (www.thelibertyship.com). All of the other GOP-centric cruises are, to put it kindly, snoozefests. Listen, we LOVE listening to Karl Rove, Dick Morris and Charles Krauthammer speak. Just not on our vacation, thanks.

Our vision is a much more entertainment-oriented event for the outside-the-beltway American. The Liberty Ship will feature spirited panel discussions (à la Red Eye), some Q&As, and lots of live music, comedy, charity auctions, unique interactive events, hosted by a variety of common-sense personalities and celebrities.

Hey, you're a common-sense personality and political celebrity... you should join us! Love to have you onboard!

Anonymous said...

1978-1980: new ideas lead to a revolution for a party down on its fortunes.
1992-1994: new ideas (Contract with America lead to a revolution for a party down on its fortunes.
2006-2008: new ideas (as crazy as they are) lead to a party retaking every facet of government.

America is a country fascinated with innovation. Innovation in technology, health care, military, etc. We sort of hold our politicians to expect them to find new ways of solving old problems. And even when they fail miserably, we kind of have that attitude of "we appreciate the effort."

The bottom line is Republicans need to walk to the table with some concrete ideas.

Here's a start:
Fiscally--combined services between localities. We're the party of small government for the love of it. Let's suggest our rural municipalities engage in service-sharing ventures to button down against useless overlap (im for getting rid of half of it, but people dont necessarily buy that argument without a lot of education).

Education--Let's incentivize full community participation in education. The teacher's unions' fatal flaws are that they say everything falls on the back of the teachers. Its an absurd leap of logic that negates the importance of family, religion, and business to our community. Why can't we provide tax relief for businesses who take it upon themselves to help prop up charter schools? Why can't we shop out some services to parochial schools? Summarily, why does our educational effort have to end in the classroom and with teachers?

Health--What are we doing to reduce costs? Tort reform? Mass purchasing cooperation? (Aka small business pooling to purchase prescription drugs). Encouraging health lifestyles (back to community here) that reduce stress/overload and subsequently cost on our system?

Environment--Instead of saying global warming is fake (and I think it is), why don't we say where can we work to both save our environment and be more efficient in a manner that saves businesses, government and people money? For instance, why in the world do so many people leave their blinds closed all winter long during the days and open during the summer days? I mean, cmon, common sense folks. Additionally, what can we do to free up more energy resources that subsequently allow us to increase production and eventually purchase more costly items that reduce our consumption rates? Where can we encourage recycling that is cost efficient (really, how many morons wash motor oil down the drain?)?

Transportation: I love how we have signs in buildings that say ride two, walk one. But then we say plenty of parking at 7-11 two blocks away. Tolling is the best answer because it is consumption based. But we need to think outside the bubble and not just about so-called 'smart growth', but at things like flex-work/remote access, remote work sites, etc. Its funny the government is just now looking into it...corporations have been doing it forever.

And so on and so on for ideas. Right now we're the party of no. And nobody likes naysayers.