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

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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. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    The iPhone is manufactured in overseas factories where the employees are paid slave wages and the company had to install nets to keep so many from jumping to their deaths.

    Yep, sounds to me like what the gop wants for our country!

    April 19, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. O'drama Ya Mama

    Thats really funny because the GOP doesnt get that iphones are no longer the supreme smart phone!

    April 19, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Democrat Party of Corrupt Lying Criminal Terrorists

    Efficiency to Democrats means you take as much money from people as you can, build the biggest most oppressive government you can and continue the process. It isn't about doing things well, it is about total control.

    April 19, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Leftist Democrats would be all for sending weapons to Ukraine if the country wasn't white. Their opposition is based on pure racism.

    April 19, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Julia

    Harry Reid...THE biggest political terrorist in Washington.No doubt. He has terrorized the American people for years and needs to be removed from office.He is so ineffective and does the people no good.He quit being about THE PEOPLE long ago.What a plie of @%&^@ he is

    April 19, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. veep

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

    Sounds great, but it's utter nonsense.

    Republicans want none of that for YOU.

    April 19, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Bob

    Someone misspelled something here: They meant to say IPhony partky.

    April 19, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Talking about the party of the past

    April 19, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Really?

    Agreed with O'drama. Much like the iPhone, the GOP is past its prime.

    April 19, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Bob

    Ok. my computer is going crazy. I tried to say: The article should read – GOP wants to be the IPhoney party.

    April 19, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    This is so beautifully ignorant of them!

    The iPhone has a closed system. It is tightly controlled by Apple. It is a very, very nice gilded cage.

    Android is more free and empowering to regular users.

    By picking iPhone instead of saying smartphone they ended up saying exactly the opposite of the message they are trying to get across.

    But that is OK. One should not be suprised to find the Old White Guy party a little bit out of touch.

    April 19, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. what?

    Worst analogy ever! iPhones/Apple platforms are the most locked down and restrictive out of pretty much all available platforms.

    April 19, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Thomas

    First of all Apple would not hire GOP's that are as dumb as doornails !

    As far as I know , most visionary companies want to employ visionaries , not turtles who stay in there shells .

    April 19, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Brent

    Funny how he says "open platform" and iPhone in the same breath. Typical clueless 15 years behind reality republican.

    April 19, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Mike

    This guy is the perfect argument against legalizing pot. Can you imagine what he would come up with if her were stoned?

    April 19, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Scott

    The Republican brand is a lemon. Apple makes products people want to buy. Political parties are trash by comparison.

    April 19, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Doug

    So many things wrong with this one, where to start?

    April 19, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Tampa Tim

    It appears that the GOP is going to ditch smoke signals, pony express, the telegraph, and go with turn of the century technology. As for ACA, everything he said has been debunked. Just watch the Goopers beat a dead horse for another loss this November. Over 290 million insured, without a single republican vote.

    April 19, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. T.rex

    Hippies use Apple, so really this should be the Libbies saying this.

    April 19, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Tech Nerd

    Um, perhaps he doesn't understand Apple: they take 30% off the top anytime an app is sold, they must approve every app before it is placed into the app store, and they reserve the right to censor any app. Is that really what the repubs want? 30% flat tax, gov't control of all commerce, and the right to censor? Idiots.

    April 19, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Gary

    The GOP is the I'm Phony party.

    April 19, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Tony Torres

    Unfortunately way too many GOPrs will vote for these idiots, they either do not think it thru or just follow the lead because they are Republicans. If they really understood what the GOP wants to do to all of us they would not vote against their own self interest. Until these people pay attention we will keep the status quo. It is so sad for all of us.

    April 19, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Vijay

    gop = outsourcing party.

    April 19, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. WhiteSites

    They already are the Iphone Party. In my experience ( I am not saying everyone is like this ), People with iPhones are terrible at using computers, and constantly need help with anything involving technology. They refuse to learn new tricks, and would rather just pay someone else to do it for them. Yeah that pretty much sums up the GOP. They want all the power, and refuse change.

    April 19, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Dr. T

    iPhone party...that sounds exactly what they are...and shows their lack of knowledge and how far behind they are. They can be the iPhone party...while the Democrats are the Android party. The iPhone is very closed and proprietary...only those approved by Apple can develop anything for them. Android is open to all...and far outnumbers iPhone users. Only iPhones run on the iPhone operating system...while the Android has many different brands of phone that will work their system.

    Just like the the closed party that only lets in the exclusive who they say can join and exclude the rest. Way to stay up with the times. I swear...they really need a new publicist.

    April 19, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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