GOP as the "iPhone party"
April 19th, 2014
11:43 AM ET
4 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. Friendly

    And where are iPhones manufactured? I guess Republicans for advocating taking jobs to China.

    April 19, 2014 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  2. hmmmm

    lol while I understand the idea and like it.. Apple was a horrible analogy to make.

    April 19, 2014 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  3. Former republican, now an independent

    Senator Alexander can say all he wants about free markets, but he has always been a supporter of an unlevel playing field, giving imported goods the advantage. As a native Tennesseean, his policies have always made me wonder who is lining his pockets, but we will never know since the partisan Supreme Court rewrote campaign finance laws with the "Citizens United" debacle!

    April 19, 2014 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  4. carrotroot

    The Republican party is a regressive party that can best be compared to an early car phone from the 1980's than to anything remotely modern such as a smart phone. They are a party that is still stuck in the Reagan years.

    April 19, 2014 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  5. Chris

    They may want to be the iPhone party, but what they invariably end up being is the ET Phone Home party.

    April 19, 2014 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  6. mikeinthevine

    more like the iPhoney party.

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

    Because when I thiink "high tech" and "cutting edge creativity" I think of a party whose members dont believe in science or equal rights.for anyone but selfish white male half-wits.

    April 19, 2014 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  8. MiBigAl

    I'm so glad, now that it has all been so clearly explained to me in terms that my poor liberal mind can understand I've decided to vote republican next election. But it's not the iPhone party, it's the i1% party.

    April 19, 2014 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  9. Marty

    So, thinking of you as an I phone will somehow make us forget all the other things that you have done, and intend to do in the future? By the way, I phones are produced by exploiting really cheap labor. Seems to be right up your alley.

    April 19, 2014 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  10. Andrew

    Yep.. they both want their sheep to follow blindly.

    April 19, 2014 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  11. Paladin Kight

    The iPhone metaphor for the Republican Party is perfect. IPhones are very restrictive and are getting left behind by the Android OS phones who are more readily adept at changing and morphing with the times and needs of their users/customers.

    April 19, 2014 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  12. lobo

    They're half way there ... Phone-E

    April 19, 2014 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  13. bspurloc

    what a moron this guy is.... yes the gop like apple...
    biased towards certain companies, and only allowing APPS they deem are ok with no apparent reasoning

    April 19, 2014 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  14. MaryM

    lol, his statement just shows what the GOP knows about Apple and other cell phone companies. They collect your data so they can trace you.

    April 19, 2014 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  15. charles

    Restricting women to make their own choices? Wow!!! That's good empowerment.

    April 19, 2014 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  16. Bootyfunk

    everything republicans say tells you it's the part of old white grampas that are behind the times.

    April 19, 2014 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  17. lobo

    @ t money
    B.S. ACA can be tweaked and improved ... I only see whining from the nay-sayers ...No viable ideas. If insurance companies could get away with it, they would'nt pay for any "pre-existing conditions" ...which is just about everything you want insurance for. Fell off the ladder? It broke before you came to the ER ...Pre-existing condition!

    April 19, 2014 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  18. JC

    The I phone is more of a status symbol like Starbucks, Chipolte and green technology. The phone is overrated just like the coffee and the food and green products. To use them gives you street cred in the progressive world even though the products are inferior.

    April 19, 2014 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  19. RomneyLostIcantBelieveIt

    I'd still rather be a part of the iPhone party than the Android party.

    April 20, 2014 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  20. Joe P

    Please don't embarrass Apple, GOP.....you are a more appropriate match for an old and outdated rotary phone; especially since you'd like to see women's rights pushed back 60 yrs. and their pay behind that of men.

    April 20, 2014 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  21. Alexander Graham

    In the case of the Republicans, it should be called the (I)Phone, because the GOP is all about me, me, ME.

    April 20, 2014 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  22. billmosby

    Kind of accidentally appropriate. For one thing, I've read very recently that the working conditions are not all that great at Apple. Long hours, extreme secrecy, rigid top-down structure, lower than average pay for the industry (everybody and his dog wants to work there for a while to get it on their resume), closed architecture (which is actually better as far as I am concerned). I'm actually an Apple fanboy, don't get me wrong. But I know the human cost of creating insanely great products, and it isn't for everybody. Similarly, living the Republican work style isn't for everybody either. Only a few get to be successful entrepreneurs, the rest should have opportunities to have much better jobs than businesses seem to like to create these days.

    April 20, 2014 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  23. Dems and phones, no comparison!

    Hillary talked about phones and answering calls at 3 am when there is trouble around the world... A lot fat good that did for four brave Americans but she'll run for president with the only qualification that some people vote for her is that she is a woman. The Dems already did that with Obama and voted color of skin versus content of character, sorry MLK, but Dem politicians have no content of character, i.e. Harry Reid.

    As for phone comparison, Dems represent iPhone more in that they are a rigid closed system, but yet Android-like in that their philosophy and programs are malware exploiting America!

    April 20, 2014 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  24. Kuron

    The Republicans: Let's get the government out of our lives! ...Except in matters or morality.

    April 20, 2014 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  25. akmac61

    "Freedom and more choices", unless you are female or gay. As far as healthcare goes, the "freedom" was for the insurance companies to reject consumers or charge such high premiums that no middle class person or family can afford it. The real solution would have been either a single payer system or regulation of both medical care and insurance industries. Any of those would cause GOP heads to explode. Where is the GOP/TP alternative plan to the ACA, if they manage to repeal it?

    April 20, 2014 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
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