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Thread: Reagan Classic Speech

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    But it isn't Reagan who is running, SOM. Thanks for the memories, though.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ProudUSC:
    But it isn't Reagan who is running, SOM. Thanks for the memories, though. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Not Reagan but his principles
    If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans

    Democrats - Brave enough to KILL our unborn, just NOT our ENEMIES!

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by a9b3h5:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ProudUSC:
    But it isn't Reagan who is running, SOM. Thanks for the memories, though. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Not Reagan but his principles </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Reagan wasn't a right-winged Republican. Neither was John McCain until after he started campaigning for the presidency. That's the difference. McCain shifted positions to suit his party and I don't think that was a good thing.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">McCain shifted positions to suit his party and I don't think that was a good thing. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Don't have much time to comment but this is soooo true...

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    It's sad and he made a grave mistake. Oh well. The Republicans deserve the oust they are gettting on Nov. 4th.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ProudUSC:
    But it isn't Reagan who is running, SOM. Thanks for the memories, though. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
    I think what SOM is saying is that the Republican Party needs to get back to its core principles. This is what Eisenhower and Reagan did. As long as the Republican Party is in disarray, it will continue to be fractured. And the Republican Party has some hard choices. For instance, I remember that the Republicans used to preach fiscal conservatism. But when Pres Bush came into office, The Republican Congress and the President have spent like most Democrats would only dream of.

    What I see are three critical key decisions that the Republican Party needs to make:

    <UL TYPE=SQUARE><LI>Economics: The Republcan Party needs refine its economic policy, namely the fiscal policy of cutting taxes. The tax cuts need to be directed at specific economic goals, not a panacea attempt to "save the economy." Furthermore, spending needs to be curbed in both discretionary and non discretionary items. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, need to be reexamined and keep. Federal Pay for most, if not all employees needs to be frozen for three years. This would include Congressional staff, executive pay, etc. Monetary policy needs to be only concerned with keeping inflation down as what chairman Volcker did in 1981-1984.
    <LI>Social: the Republican party needs to readdress the issue of immigration and other programs that affect families. Additionally, the abortion policy needs to be redefined more into a state rights issue rather than a woman's right to choose. Some hard line stances on abortion need to be abolished.
    <LI>Security: Although this is the Republican's strongest area, the policy needs refining from a political standpoint. For instance, policy should attempt to provide minimal interference for the average American while providing maximum deterrence to terrorist activities from within and abroad.
    <LI>trade: Free trade works only if two equal partners agree to such an aggrement. However, with developing nations, fair trade is not exactly fair to both parties either. A mix of the tow would be very beneficial to both economies and this is what the Party should focus on.
    <LI>Health care: Probably should push for a means test for Medicare. Individuals like H. Ross Perot may not elect into Part B, C, or D, but Part A would be automatic after "retirement age. And a universal health care is not the answer, but the Party can make changes on coverage. For instance, allow parents to still have children above the age 18 ,but not claimed as dependents listed on their health care. Make it Create Federal/State initiatives for insurance pools to minimize the uninsured. [/list]

    these are just a few, but the Party does have some serous choices to make.
    "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." John Adams on Defense of the boston Massacre

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by iperson:
    Republican party ideals failed miserably, and it is obvious they don't work and never will.
    GOP as it is today needs to cease to exist. It has no future, no matter how much tweaking you attempt. I doubt that it has a chance of surviving beyond pandering to corporate interests in the future.
    Republicans are not intelligent by design, and that's the major problem. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
    Iperson,
    You need to stip looking through rose colored glasses. Corporate interests are very sound in the Democratic Party. For instance, Sen Reid is a big advocate of eliminating the tax restrictions for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Or take a look at this from the Democratic Underground. Or how about Sen Biden's and his corporate interests. Or Business friendly Democratic Party platform reflects interests of party leaders.

    As for the Republican Party, their policies did work in the 80's and mid 90's (with that contract with America). What has happened is the Republican Party has lost sight of its central political ideals. What is stated today, in most cases, is far too inflexible for any policy consideration. That is what must change.
    "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." John Adams on Defense of the boston Massacre

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