GOP as the "iPhone party"
April 19th, 2014
11:43 AM ET
5 months ago

GOP as the "iPhone party"

(CNN) - "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."

It's an idea that "Republican enablers" have fought for for years and that "Democrat mandators" have prevented, he said.

"Republicans want to enable and empower you. We want to be the iPhone party."

Specifically, he cited House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's JOBS Act, which passed in 2012 with bipartisan support and was signed by President Obama. It eases the rules that the Securities and Exchange Commission enforces on small companies going through the process of becoming a publicly traded company, opening up access to new sources of revenue and lifting some regulatory burdens.

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.

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. Democrats, on the other hand, want "fixed wages and more lawsuits," he said.

Alexander chided other government organizations, too.

"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.

To drive home the point of an e-government, Alexander finished his address by calling on constituents to submit their own ideas.

"We'll learn from you," he said, closing out with Easter wishes.


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soundoff (480 Responses)
  1. Adam

    Glad I don't own an iphone.

    April 19, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Carlos Ernesto Queso aka Charles E. Cheese aka "Chuck"

    Somewhat fitting because that's how the GOP sees everything, through an 'i".........."i the people, in order to create a more perfect union...."

    April 19, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. t money

    Democrats are going to have to fight reality/personal experiences on obamacare....they are telling people how great the program is but the have to overcome the reality of the price increases people are now facing in healthcare. I am paying more for premiums and more out of pocket in the last two years than I ever have. My premiums increased 30 percent from last year and my deductibles and copays went up. They also decreased the amounts they are willing to payout to doctors on shots and basic preventative medicine so I receive a bill for the difference even though my doctor is in the network. Long story short people are going to paying substantially more for less to make up for Medicaid expansions and higher risk pools.... democrats will not be able to hide the impacts on the average Joe.

    April 19, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Suspicious of the overpaid self servers

    So typical of the GOP. The want to emulate something a ton of folks can't afford and then run a platform on which everything is controlled by them and if it is not then it is not allowed just like on the iPhone. Do we really want to play in the GOP's walled garden for the rich where everyone else (99%) don't get squat?

    April 19, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Hmmm

    What a joke. What an awful analogy. Apple wants to be as restrictive as possible. Open Platforms HA. Apple wants to be a monopoly(of Smartphones)
    An iPhone does not empower you, it restricts you and forces you to do as they say. So the Republicans want to be like Democrats?

    April 19, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Android4Hipstaz

    Android-based phones are gimmicky and mediocre at best. Apple doesn't need to add a bunch of features that users won't even use after a week of showing them off to their friends. Samsung, LG, and HTC just create gimmicky features and hope they stick, but alas, they don't. Every Android phone I have ever owned in the past had so much bloatware pre-installed, would continually crash from unlicensed third-party apps, and lagged worse than AOL dial-up internet!

    April 19, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Anarimus

    Seeing that iPhones are holding people back with restrictions and a our way or the highway mentality then yes the GOP fits the bill.

    April 19, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. TNPatriot

    "To drive home the point of an e-government, Alexander finished his address by calling on constituents to submit their own ideas.

    "We'll learn from you," he said, closing out with Easter wishes."
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    What a sick joke this is. He is one of my Senators and I have written him several times and a variety of subjects, I ALWAYS get the typical 'ROBO' response. "I know what's best but remember to VOTE for me. His idea of an Iphone is a tin can with a string attached and NOTHING on the other end.

    April 19, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. Doug

    Unlike the government (either party), iPhones just work.

    April 19, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. whatTheHey

    It seems that Alexander has no understanding of Apple and the iPhone. The iPhone is a closed platform, everything is regulated by Apple. Its actually more of a dictatorship.

    April 19, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. oops

    what a load of lies the gop hates everyone but the rich. the party of no. good luck in mid terms

    April 19, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. yogi

    "Alexander argued that government should be more like Apple"...Good luck with that, the GOP will never have the vision, creativity, intelligence and playfulness of Apple. The GOP is stuck in the past and will never evolve, republicans don't even believe in evolution, it is such a sad party.

    April 19, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. mentallect

    Apple guru Steve Jobs supported Obama. The GOP will remain the grandpa Party of yesterday.

    April 19, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. yoda0000

    Conservatives, by nature, are not creative people.

    April 19, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. mikes

    iPhone party? They want to lock you in a walled garden, where everything you touch has been reviewed by the government for your protection?

    April 19, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Matt

    Except Mr. Alexander, the iPhone IS NOT an open platform as you think it is, but you already knew that, right?

    April 19, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. Zac

    I would have gone with Android. After all, Apple is tailor-made to match the democratic party since it is the most restrictive phone platform out there.

    April 19, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. David

    Er....iPhone isn't an "open platform"..it's the exact opposite in fact. It's 100% closed and proprietary. It's completely walled off and separated from all other platforms (not compatible with Windows phones, Android, Blackberry, etc). Nothing "open" about that at all. You do what Apple says and agree to Apples rules, and Apple take a cut of any sales you make (ie. Kindle) on the Apple platform. You can certainly argue Apple is the best platform or you just like it best, but this is horrible analogy.

    April 19, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. skytag

    That's just sad. Apple is notorious for trying to control everything about the iPhone.

    April 19, 2014 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Yeah Right

    Yes, that fits, they should be the party of proprietary hardware and software that sought and still seeks a monopoly on ideas as simple as rectangular screens with rounded edges. The most horribly anti-competition player in the mobile market is a perfect model for the Republican Party, or, maybe the iPhone was actually modeled on the Republican Party instead?! Maybe the GOP could sue Apple for violating their patent on being elitist jerks?

    April 19, 2014 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. jon

    Ha ha ha! More like Apple? A terrible platform for campaigning. Let's steal other people's inventions, rebrand and glitz them up, make them in China, then sell them at 500% profit... all the while only allowing apps we want, excluding 3rd party app developers. Wow, this is the most misguided thing ever.

    April 19, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Brad

    The GOP should be the party that are looking for jobs next election.............

    April 19, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. tony

    G – O – P . . . . . Great Oligarchy Party. And that's now a sceintific fact.

    April 19, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. JG

    The GOP, always late to the ball...

    April 19, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. Conservatism is a disease

    I really think this is just another cry for help. Right wing fascism is fighting with hands and feet to escape the inevitable death of their cause.

    April 19, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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