GOP as the "iPhone party"
April 19th, 2014
11:43 AM ET
7 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. jondoe88

    They are already the iHATE party. They will use their phones to spread that message!

    April 20, 2014 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  2. Mark

    So if I make a game for the iOS I have Apple to go through a rigorous licensing process where they take between 15-40% of the cut... a cut they will not even tell you up front exactly what that cut will be until they review your application. Next Apple limits you from having anything they consider obscene. No adult material obviously. On top of it if you intend to make money at it... they want a dun & brad street number, and you can expect an 'interview' with an Apple representative just to be able to get 'permission' to put an application you build on the iPad you bought from them. In other words... see that Ipad in front of you? You can't make a single thing to run on it yourself without paying an annual fee from Apple and entering into their program. Then anyone that resembles anything close to their design... you get sued. Government run like Apple? It would be a dictatorship because that is how companies are run.

    April 20, 2014 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  3. D

    The republicans are no better than Putin when it comes to the average man's rights and retirement benefits. They can't use a typewriter effectively.

    April 20, 2014 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  4. more like

    More like the iPhoney party.

    April 20, 2014 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  5. william davis

    When that happens, them I guess we'll be jailbreaking more often huh?

    April 20, 2014 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  6. Matt

    Ironic, I'm exclusively an Android developer because Apple tries to control everyone including the people who write software for the iPhone platform. They put every app through a review process and can reject it for whatever arbitrary reason they chose and they don't even have to tell you what it is. Is that the analogy he was going for? Go Android!

    April 20, 2014 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  7. jason

    If GOP would be running Apple...these debates would happen
    1. Did god create Iphone
    2. Iphone keyboards would have one touch hex spells
    3. It would spy on you in your bedrooms
    4. The only music/radio it would play would be the Rush limbaugh show
    5. It would kill you if your ever fell sick
    6. It would launch missiles on your neighbors house

    April 20, 2014 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  8. Sambell1

    The Republicans want America to be more like Apple so it can ship the rest of the jobs to China!

    April 20, 2014 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  9. Kris Jackson

    Oh, take it easy on him, he's trying to be "cool." Oh, and he approves of rock'n'roll music and even long hair and beards. Yeah, and he knows what an iPhone is. And a Twitter.

    April 20, 2014 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  10. Thatguy371

    That's it Alexander, keep proving the fact that unfortunately your party is not only out of touch, but has no clue how to get back to reality and enter the 21st century.

    April 20, 2014 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  11. Tulsa

    Apple supports marriage equality and considers it a civil rights issue... can you get with that GOP?

    April 20, 2014 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  12. feritq

    always getting outdone?

    April 20, 2014 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  13. Ted Striker

    LOL this is the dumbest analogy I've ever heard

    April 20, 2014 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  14. Rocinante

    Yeah, I would have said "the Android Party".

    April 20, 2014 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  15. wc

    more like the bag phone party.

    April 20, 2014 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  16. bob

    Just switch the i with the e in Iphone and they will be right on the money.

    April 20, 2014 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  17. maggieheyoka

    Blackberry would have been a better choice given the GOP's relevancy.

    April 20, 2014 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  18. BD70

    So the GOP finally admit that they cannot think outside of the iPhone.

    April 20, 2014 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  19. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Can't wait to see Alexander,Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Rove,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats Mitt the twit style.

    April 20, 2014 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  20. BO

    Iphone is foir the: weak minded. Android is for leaders.

    April 20, 2014 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  21. Kim Carnes

    The GOP led us into the longest war in US history–to date–the Iraq war. They did this, telling us that Sadaam had WMD, deceiving naive Americans, who didn't realize he not only didn't have them, he had nothing to do with 9/11. By trying to connect those dots, they cost American taxpayers so much money that our economy was in a huge deficit and collapsing, just before Obama took the presidency. Democrats, who voted for the attack on Iraq, are to blame as well, not asking enough questions and trying to listen to AIPAC over common sense. Millions of lives were destroyed–both American and Iraqi. While the Republicans took us to war with the help of Democrats, it was Mr. Obama–love him or hate him, who said he was going to end those wars, and mostly, he has–though too late. The Republicans can forget about my vote–for all eternity I won't vote for them. The can find another sucker to "rebuild" Iraq on my dime!

    April 20, 2014 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  22. Gurgyl

    GOP is pretty much gone to dogs for another fifty years or so.

    April 20, 2014 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  23. king

    any credibility i had with the repubs party as rational, went through the window with this bundy character in nevada. are you kidding me folks, their are folks actually out there that support this crap, have america went to the dogs. can anyone imagine in suburban and inter city, folks taking up arms against law enforcement officers. these same folks would be running around with pitch forks shouting cop killers. these folks actually had their sniper weapons trained at police officers, as they put women and children up as cover. what the hell is going on here. i have often called fox news a terrorist front posing as legitimate news program, who still refuse to hire a single dem as host. what kind of precedent are we setting in america. now if anyone in the intercity and suburban areas take up guns against law enforcement officers, should not be charged because fox news and her illogical followers have set a precedent, that drove the country back into the stone ages. what the hell is going on.

    April 20, 2014 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  24. JDinHouston

    GOP is more like the Blackberry party – they are old news and all thumbs when it comes to communication.

    April 20, 2014 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  25. jim

    Sounds like we are going to have a very interesting mid term election in 2014. By pushing back the mandate on small businesses Obama has brilliantly continued his deception on the economic affects the ACA will have on the economy. The uneducated sheep like democratic followers believe any thing he says and still claim his "keep your plan, keep your doctor" was just a technical issue not a lie. On the other hand the republicans underestimated how many would sign up because just like everything else that involves Obama they think this bad idea can't really catch on. If the republicans have no plan on either immigration or making sure people with long term health issues or those insurance companies use to kick off if something bad did happen they will not win the senate. I have no idea who wins the senate. I do know one thing both parties will continue to lie to their bases and their bases will follow & defend them like the idiot sheep they are.

    April 20, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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