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Boehner: Hard to Sell GOP Ideas Since Dems Offer Theirs Free

House Minority leader John Boehner thinks the Republicans have a marketing problem, not an idea problem. See, the Democrats have an unfair advantage. They peddle the notion that Americans can get something for nothing. Naturally, everything sells faster when it's free!

Boehner explained yesterday:

We have a tougher job than our friends across the aisle. They’ve been offering Americans a free lunch for the last 80 years, rather successfully. Those of us that believe in a smaller, more accountable government, we have a tougher time making our principles relevant to the American people. But it’s our challenge, and we’ve got to do it.

I'm pretty sure most politicians offer a free lunch from time to time. They have to win elections after all. Which idea do you think is easier to sell: small government or big government? How about we just settle on smart government.

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stephley stephley 6 years
Possibly - if we start voting for the sun and where it should be in the sky at any given time. Otherwise, the situations really aren't equal, are they?
Grandpa Grandpa 6 years
Credit or responsibility depending on your position on the sun setting in the West, that is.
Grandpa Grandpa 6 years
Stephley, So by my saying: "The sun rises in the East", I can now claim credit for the sun setting in the West?
stephley stephley 6 years
If you're gonna try and take credit for Reagan, you ought to be willing to take responsibility for Bush.
UnDave35 UnDave35 6 years
"Inflation was a problem throughout the 1970s, peaking at an annual rate of 13.5 percent in 1980." Hmmm, and Reagan was elected in 1980. Coincidence? No.
stephley stephley 6 years
Two wars, worst economic crisis in decades. The annual unemployment rate while Carter was president never rose above 7.1 percent, at least according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Annual unemployment rates were higher during the presidencies of Ford and Reagan. When Ford took office, inflation already was an issue, growing to a 10.9 percent annual rate the month he took office. Carter was sworn in as president in 1977. Inflation was a problem throughout the 1970s, peaking at an annual rate of 13.5 percent in 1980.
Grandpa Grandpa 6 years
21% inflation, and 12% unemployment.
stephley stephley 6 years
It's good that you won't talk about it because then I'd have to point out the whole Iran-Contra thing and the miracles that didn't happen under Reagan and anyway, talking about it would underscore the lie in current claims that both sides are equally to blame after eight years of Republican dominance.
UnDave35 UnDave35 6 years
Steph, do you NOT remember what the US looked like in 79-80?!? Did you really enjoy sitting in line for HOURS at the gas station, hoping to be able to get some gas before they ran out? I won't even talk about the mess he made in Iran.
Grandpa Grandpa 6 years
Liliblu, you made the following statement: "But I have been told by conservatives on this site that they will not read articles from certain sources." ANYONE, who refuses to look at all available data on any topic, and limit themselves only to those commentators they are comfortable with, loses the to claim to be knowledgeable, and can only claim to be an advocate of a particular position. Too many who claim to be knowledgeable are in reality advocates. Now as to sources, I prefer sources that can be documented, or lead me to an original sources.
stephley stephley 6 years
"lilblu, may I remind you of the "Regan Revolution", that got us out of the "Carter malaise" When you believe your definitions are gospel and favor your point of view, you have no problem assigning specific blame.
kranky kranky 6 years
Well, I gotta sign off. If you would like me to read something, please send it pm... I probably won't check back until Monday. Have a good one!
kranky kranky 6 years
lil- Thank you for being gracious. (not being sarcastic, I promise ;) ) Try me. I think it's fair to say that Op-Ed peices might not be great sources. But I posted wiki articles and a piece from Wired magazine (which has no political slant that I am aware of.)
liliblu liliblu 6 years
Here is my problem with posting articles that "back up" my opinion. You and those that agree with you will dismiss them. Why do I say that? I've posted articles that "back up" my claims before and never has a conservative on this board read it and changed their opinion. Your article did not change mine. I have had a few conservative posters refuse to read articles that came from certain sources. Those that did read them dismissed them as biased liberal source. I have dozens of articles I could share but would really care what they say?
liliblu liliblu 6 years
I don't hate what you say kranky. I often disagree.
kranky kranky 6 years
lil- I am sorry. I came off way harsh. I read your last comment as saying that tax cuts and deregulation are one in the same, and I reacted poorly. That was wrong. I am very relieved that you and I agree that tax cuts and regulation of the financial markets are not the same. I know you pretty much hate what I say. As a conservative speaking to a liberal, I would never assume otherwise. I would not comment on these boards if I expected everyone to love me for my opinion. I am not demanding that you read my links, but I am bringing sources to the table to back up my argument. You have not. I have read the Glass-Stegall Act and formed an opinion from it. You have not offered anything to back up your statements, so I have no new information at hand that would cause me to change my mind.
liliblu liliblu 6 years
Grandpa, I have no problem reading articles from many different sources. But I have been told by conservatives on this site that they will not read articles from certain sources.
liliblu liliblu 6 years
"I am really pleading for you to educate yourself." Never write something like this to me again or we really will have a serious conversation of what I think about a lot of what you write.
liliblu liliblu 6 years
kranky, stop telling me what I don't know and what I should read up on. My reference to tax cuts had to do with the fiscal responsibility claims some of you are making. It was not about Glass-Steagall. Have you read The Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999)?
Grandpa Grandpa 6 years
As far as taxes are concerned, I believe they have to go up, along with the cutting of entitlements. Our federal budget must be brought into balance before the nation starts printing money to cover their unsustainable debt. It is the kind of taxes that you have to look at. Taxing businesses are counter productive, it just moves jobs over seas, and passes the rest of the taxes down to the consumer as a cost of doing business.
kranky kranky 6 years
What the heck do tax cuts have to do with deregulation? Seriously, I encourage you to read up on these issues - they are not one and the same. I must also stress that the GS Act that you so love to demonize was signed by a DEMOCRAT. And, higher tax brackets paid more under Bush than they did Clinton. Seriously, if you are going to make sweeping statements, you should get your facts straight. I am not arguing that the Repubs are blameless and Dems are evil. I am really pleading for you to educate yourself.
kranky kranky 6 years
lil- No, I do not. Here's a wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass-Steagall_Act A lot of what caused the meltdown has happening before the repeal of the act (read under repeal of the act, specifically about the SIVs). It's there in a nutshell, and I think it speaks for itself.
organicsugr organicsugr 6 years
Lil, banks with security/investment affiliates were less likely to fail than banks without them. Unified banking obviously isn't the problem.
Grandpa Grandpa 6 years
lilblu, may I remind you of the "Regan Revolution", that got us out of the "Carter malaise".
Grandpa Grandpa 6 years
You are also right to want to read every article you can on any subject that effectd you, or even interests you. Knowledge serves you better then platitudes, and "conventional wisdom", not to mention "every one knows..."
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