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(CNN)   GOP wants to become the "iPhone party." So does that mean they'll take away your freedom and overcharge you while doing it?   (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com) divider line 156
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2014-04-20 01:30:47 PM
"Imagine your government as your iPhone."

That was the message from Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, in the GOP's weekly address Saturday.

In a call for free markets and open platforms, Alexander argued that government should be more like Apple, Inc. - working to give private citizens the means "to create a happier, safer, more prosperous life."


Not sure if best troll in world or accidentally telling truth.
 
2014-04-20 01:35:26 PM
They will map out the future of America.
 
2014-04-20 01:42:05 PM
Wouldn't they want to be more like an Android phone? Freer market and all that.
 
2014-04-20 01:52:01 PM
i595.photobucket.com
 
2014-04-20 02:16:47 PM
I'd say that's more of an AT&T thing, subby.
 
2014-04-20 02:19:36 PM
Why would the GOP want douchebags like Subby spreading lies about them?
 
2014-04-20 02:19:48 PM
I remember how well this worked out with iRaq:

AMERICANS: "Siri:  search for sensible pragmatic policy positions"
GOPSIRI- "Searching for portable dramatic fantasy munitions- 1 result found"
 
2014-04-20 02:56:59 PM
Hey, just when I thought the Republican Party couldn't possibly be more out of touch, they reach a new level. Congratulations, once again you've exceeded any expectations I held.

/You suck, please disband for the good of the planet
 
2014-04-20 06:09:30 PM
I just got a new iPhone 5. Now i feel dirty.
 
2014-04-20 06:15:59 PM
The iPhone is a series of tubes!
 
2014-04-20 06:22:54 PM
I was wondering why my new iPhone is always pulling up alternate definitions of rape and buzzing really hard when I talk to gay people or women.

Thanks for the warnings, iPhone!
 
2014-04-20 06:31:51 PM
They want people to sleep on the streets in search of overpriced disappointment?
 
2014-04-20 06:50:30 PM
media.tumblr.com

What an iPhone Party might look like.

/yeah, I know
 
2014-04-20 07:13:11 PM
He's quite the "hep cat."

i2.cdn.turner.com
 
2014-04-20 07:15:03 PM
So they want Americans to blindly buy what the GOP is selling and that all those who actually work hard to create the GOP are held in slave like conditions where suicide is the only way out.
 
2014-04-20 07:16:20 PM
Sorry Lamar, the Democrats have the market covered on douche-ster.
 
2014-04-20 07:19:31 PM
Well whatever the GOP is up to, it is always evil.
 
2014-04-20 07:22:34 PM

grokca: They will map out the future of America.


cache.itsagadget.com

Looks clear!
 
2014-04-20 07:24:42 PM
Too bad being conservative means not being allowed to "think different"

"This was what people thought in the late 1700s! You have to believe this forever!"
 
2014-04-20 07:25:15 PM
Daaad, nobody says "groovy" anymore.

/stop trying to be cool
//a walled garden designed and built for people with too much money
 
2014-04-20 07:28:28 PM
Thankless slave labor in factory conditions that drive people to suicide? Sounds about right.
 
2014-04-20 07:29:11 PM

dr_blasto: Hey, just when I thought the Republican Party couldn't possibly be more out of touch, they reach a new level. Congratulations, once again you've exceeded any expectations I held.

/You suck, please disband for the good of the planet


Yes, because countries with a one-party system are so awesome to live in.
 
2014-04-20 07:30:30 PM
Covered in cameras that don't have lens caps? Sounds about right.

/Also, I'm sure Apple is thrilled about having its brand tied to Republicans
 
2014-04-20 07:31:57 PM

Catsaregreen: dr_blasto: Hey, just when I thought the Republican Party couldn't possibly be more out of touch, they reach a new level. Congratulations, once again you've exceeded any expectations I held.

/You suck, please disband for the good of the planet

Yes, because countries with a one-party system are so awesome to live in.


Hey! Maybe we can do this radical idea of voting for people instead of parties!

/Nah, never work. Only radicals like this guy Washington ever advocate against political parties...
 
2014-04-20 07:32:02 PM

fusillade762: grokca: They will map out the future of America.

[cache.itsagadget.com image 600x449]

Looks clear!


Holy shat, get over it! Version 1 of a product wasn't perfect!

It works nice now, and has taken a big chunk out of Google's search.
 
2014-04-20 07:32:23 PM
So they think that by repackaging the same old ideas with the term i-phone they will sound cool and appeal to the young generation.  And the appeal made by someone who wouldn't know an i-phone from an eyeball.
 
2014-04-20 07:32:40 PM
With well-known free thinkers and style mavens like the Koch brothers on board, good luck with that. But I guess some people confuse "rent-seeking behavior" with "paradigm-breaking innovation".
 
2014-04-20 07:36:28 PM
yet again, nothing at all wrong w/ their policies or actual legislative actions - just find the right marketing and messaging.

yes, they really, truly believe you are this stupid.
 
2014-04-20 07:40:08 PM
Just imagine the Internal Revenue code, the Food and Drug Administration or the Labor Department enabling you rather than ordering you around," Alexander said.Healthcare is the biggest divergence, according to Alexander, who slammed Obamacare for "mandating" too much."Too often, Obamacare cancels the policy you want to keep and tells you what policy to buy, even if it costs more and restricts your choices of doctors and hospitals. Republicans believe that freedom and more choices will empower you to find a policy that fits your needs and your budget," he said.
 
2014-04-20 07:40:08 PM
They thought this was the iPhone:

cnet3.cbsistatic.com
 
2014-04-20 07:41:06 PM
All in all, a laser-like focus on Steve Jobs.
 
2014-04-20 07:41:40 PM
I see it.

Constantly trying to reinvent itself while making very few changes.  The iPhone and Republican Party.
 
2014-04-20 07:42:40 PM
FTA: "In a call for free markets and open platforms, Alexander argued that government should be more like Apple, Inc. - working to give private citizens the means "to create a happier, safer, more prosperous life."

umm... those words...
 
2014-04-20 07:44:00 PM
Apple is probably pissed.
 
2014-04-20 07:45:21 PM
Pretty edgy for 2005
 
2014-04-20 07:46:20 PM

Peter von Nostrand: Pretty edgy for 2005


And by 2005 I clearly meant 2007
 
2014-04-20 07:47:14 PM
In a call for free markets and open platforms, Alexander argued that government should be more like Apple, Inc.


Know how I can tell the GOP doesn't understand Apple?
 
2014-04-20 07:48:09 PM

Catsaregreen: dr_blasto: Hey, just when I thought the Republican Party couldn't possibly be more out of touch, they reach a new level. Congratulations, once again you've exceeded any expectations I held.

/You suck, please disband for the good of the planet

Yes, because countries with a one-party system are so awesome to live in.


Haha. That's better than anything the republicans have to offer. Democratic Party fractures soon after, providing a home for the center right, center left and so on.
 
2014-04-20 07:50:42 PM
So the analogy is we have a two-operating system system: Apple & Android?
 
2014-04-20 07:52:41 PM

Zeb Hesselgresser: Too often, Obamacare cancels the policy you want to keep and tells you what policy to buy, even if it costs more and restricts your choices of doctors and hospitals.


Smells like bullshiat to me.
 
2014-04-20 07:54:37 PM

unyon: I remember how well this worked out with iRaq:

AMERICANS: "Siri:  search for sensible pragmatic policy positions"
GOPSIRI- "Searching for portable dramatic fantasy munitions- 1 result found"


Life is imitating a MadTV sketch?

i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-04-20 08:05:25 PM

theorellior: Zeb Hesselgresser: Too often, Obamacare cancels the policy you want to keep and tells you what policy to buy, even if it costs more and restricts your choices of doctors and hospitals.

Smells like bullshiat to me.


A Republican lying about the ACA? This is my shocked face:

islandnotes.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-04-20 08:07:30 PM

HawgWild: Wouldn't they want to be more like an Android phone? Freer market and all that.


Considering the "freedom" you get with an android device is illusionary, I'd say they are the perfect analogy for the American oligarchy.
 
2014-04-20 08:12:03 PM
Okay.. I'm sure Apple will be just THRILLED by this little endorsement.
 
2014-04-20 08:15:29 PM

runwiz: So they think that by repackaging the same old ideas with the term i-phone they will sound cool and appeal to the young generation.  And the appeal made by someone who wouldn't know an i-phone from an eyeball.


Hy! We are the iGOP!
 
2014-04-20 08:16:20 PM

Catsaregreen: dr_blasto: Hey, just when I thought the Republican Party couldn't possibly be more out of touch, they reach a new level. Congratulations, once again you've exceeded any expectations I held.

/You suck, please disband for the good of the planet

Yes, because countries with a one-party system are so awesome to live in.


Who says the second party has to be Republicans?

It's a little sad that these days I'm seeing this line pop up more and more. It's as if the only rationalization for the Republican's existence is that there must be opposition. But opposition does not have to be idiotic and malevolent.
 
2014-04-20 08:20:36 PM

Catsaregreen: dr_blasto: Hey, just when I thought the Republican Party couldn't possibly be more out of touch, they reach a new level. Congratulations, once again you've exceeded any expectations I held.

/You suck, please disband for the good of the planet

Yes, because countries with a one-party system are so awesome to live in.


Here's a wild idea: Get rid of the Republicans, and get a liberal party on the national stage. to balance out the center-right Democrats?
 
2014-04-20 08:20:42 PM

Lord_Baull: In a call for free markets and open platforms, Alexander argued that government should be more like Apple, Inc.


Know how I can tell the GOP doesn't understand Apple?


See, Apple is popular, that means they're all freedom and America and stuff.
 
2014-04-20 08:27:12 PM

HawgWild: Wouldn't they want to be more like an Android phone? Freer market and all that.


Not to mention much more fiscally responsible.
 
2014-04-20 08:30:38 PM

Catsaregreen: dr_blasto: Hey, just when I thought the Republican Party couldn't possibly be more out of touch, they reach a new level. Congratulations, once again you've exceeded any expectations I held.

/You suck, please disband for the good of the planet

Yes, because countries with a one-party system are so awesome to live in.


The GOP marginalizes itself by going further and further right until it collapses.

The Democrats consolidate more market share by assimilating the few Republicans who didn't go guano-psychotic, like Olympia Snowe and... that's about it.

A genuine left-wing party emerges as more and more Americans discover that the US should be more like Denmark (equal education and healthcare for all) and less like Mexico (all power and money in a few hands, low taxes on the rich, meager social services for most).
 
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