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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
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1800 clicks; posted to Politics » on 20 Apr 2014 at 7:08 PM (2 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-04-20 08:16:20 PM  
4 votes:

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 07:15:03 PM  
3 votes:
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 01:42:05 PM  
3 votes:
Wouldn't they want to be more like an Android phone? Freer market and all that.
2014-04-21 12:36:29 AM  
2 votes:
Oh, good, the GOP's "model US company" is one that is most famous for:

1. Outsourcing
2. Using slave labor
3. Literally poisoning workers to death and providing no medical care (not even first aid)
4. Having conditions so bad that the company installed netting around the building to deal with all the suicide-jumpers

Yeah... good luck selling us that as an ideal standard, buddy.
2014-04-20 07:31:57 PM  
2 votes:

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 07:22:34 PM  
2 votes:

grokca: They will map out the future of America.


cache.itsagadget.com

Looks clear!
2014-04-21 06:19:25 AM  
1 vote:
FTFA: 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."

Of course this is Republican speak for cutting funding for public schools, gutting public infrastructure, denying access to healthcare, and eliminating food assistance for anyone facing hard times; or people struggling to make ends meet on the poverty wages paid by the "job creators". Apparently kicking a person when they are down is defined as "opportunity" to the GOP.

FTFA: He also pointed to legislation proposed by Republicans as examples of the "iPhone government," including pushing for more school vouchers and giving states more control of their Medicaid programs.

Yep, exactly what I said it meant. When you think about it, this is a very inefficient use of funds. It prevents the pooling funds and increasing the buying power of public schools and the Medicaid system; making them have to create redundant services as well as purchase equipment/supplies at a premium rather than wholesale prices.

FTFA: Alexander referenced the Dodd-Frank law as a Democrat counter-example, saying it makes "community bankers spend more time filling out forms than... making loans." The sweeping financial reform bill was signed into law in 2010 and meant to strengthen consumer protection, rein in complex financial products, and head off future bank bailouts; critics call it more harmful red tape.

Of course these laws were put in place because loans were way too easy to get. Companies like Taylor, Bean & Whitaker were able to take multiple loans/mortgages out on properties then sell the loans to larger banks/financial entities like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Colonial Bank. Taylor, Bean & Whitaker even created a second company which would package these fraudulent loans into mortgage backed securities which they also sold. All of this was enabled by lack of paper work required due to lax regulations.

The popular Republican talking point for the financial collapse was that stupid people bought mortgages they couldn't afford, quit paying. went into default, and brought the banking sector down. That the poor bankers were the victim of the evil government making them loan money to people who aren't independently wealthy. The truth is many people who lost their homes were dutifully paying their mortgage, it's just they had no idea their lender had multiple mortgages & loans backed by the property taken out and/or outright sold the property multiple times. It was easier to foreclose than to weed out who owned what and who paid what.

Here is a summary of what happened: Link

It seems Republicans feel that this time, unlike the previous financial collapses, we can trust the financial sector to "regulate" themselves. This might work in a fantasy land of rainbows and unicorns where everyone is honest, but in truth they are empowering those who which to commit fraud.
2014-04-21 02:59:36 AM  
1 vote:
"Republicans want to enable and empower you. We want to be the iPhone party."

Enable and empower.. the opposite of what Republicans have done for decades.
2014-04-21 02:57:29 AM  
1 vote:
Once again, the GOP knows nothing about technology. They complain about too much regulation, but everyone (else) knows that you MUST DO EVERYTHING THE APPLE WAY. No choice. No freedom. That's why Android users are worth1/4 of an iPhone user. Iphone users pay four times as much for apps and such as Android users.

/Galaxy Note 3 here.
2014-04-20 11:34:42 PM  
1 vote:
Steve Jobs nor Tim Cook want to be in anybody's bedroom or vagina, Senator.

And I'm pretty sure that if the Apple board needed to vote on something 50 times, they would get the hint on whether something is going to stay.
2014-04-20 11:03:05 PM  
1 vote:
I always love it when the GOP tries to go after younger voters because of how comically patronizing it always turns out to be. The Democrats are better able to fake interest for whatever reason. The GOP going after younger voters reminds me of those parents who try to act cool by talking in the lingo that the kids these days are talking.
2014-04-20 10:02:21 PM  
1 vote:
The GOP could always do the radical thing and become the not-screwing-everyone-so-the-rich-can-get-richer party.

For some reason, the GOP thinks the path to success is finding a new and better way to polish their turd.
2014-04-20 09:54:36 PM  
1 vote:

The Name: I do not envy that young political strategist who had to explain to them what an iPhone is.


It was probably pretty easy by the time he got to the "here's the differences between an iPhone and an android" part.
After all, by that time he would have already covered such things as "Yes, they can now make phones that don't have to plug into a wall", "Yes, they make phone where you can push the numbers and not actually "dial", "No, you don't have to tell an operator what number you want to call anymore", and "Goddamn it Randy, put down the two tin cans connected by a string!  We went over that last week."
2014-04-20 09:12:50 PM  
1 vote:

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.


I can attest to that.

When I signed up for my new policy on the exchange, the guy from the government standing next to me didn't only tell me that previous plan that hadn't been cancelled had actually been "cancelled", and then put his hand on top of mine and moved my mouse to select the exact policy that he wanted me to have.
2014-04-20 08:33:00 PM  
1 vote:
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."

I suppose, if instead of giving you an iPad for $600, Apple charged $10,000 a year to buy itself some fighter jets they'll never use, and gave you not an iPad but some intrusive laws out of the Old Testament. And if you complain about the shiatty service, they'll call you a freeloader and a welfare queen.
2014-04-20 08:31:45 PM  
1 vote:
GOPs idea of becoming more hip:

3.bp.blogspot.com
2014-04-20 08:20:36 PM  
1 vote:

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 07:52:41 PM  
1 vote:

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 07:42:40 PM  
1 vote:
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 07:41:06 PM  
1 vote:
All in all, a laser-like focus on Steve Jobs.
2014-04-20 07:32:23 PM  
1 vote:
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 07:30:30 PM  
1 vote:
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 07:24:42 PM  
1 vote:
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 02:56:59 PM  
1 vote:
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 02:19:48 PM  
1 vote:
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 01:52:01 PM  
1 vote:
i595.photobucket.com
2014-04-20 01:35:26 PM  
1 vote:
They will map out the future of America.
2014-04-20 01:30:47 PM  
1 vote:
"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.
 
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