January 29, 2009

Schneider: GOP's new rallying cry is 'Back to Basics'

Posted: 10:51 AM ET

By Bill Schneider, CNN's Senior Political Analyst

With the departure of President George W. Bush, Republicans have a new rallying cry: "Back to basics!"

Nothing is more basic to the Republican philosophy than smaller government, a principle many Republicans believe got lost at the end of the Bush administration. "President Bush in the last few months has opened up the door to Mr. Obama's big-government activism," Ken Blackwell said earlier this month.

Blackwell, the former Ohio secretary of state, is one of six candidates running for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. Republicans believe they lost in 2006 and 2008 because they became a "me too" party. And Democrats can play that game better.

"Republicans blew it on spending, but now Democrats are on steroids with spending," says Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tennessee.

(Read more of Schneider's commentary HERE)

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Bill Miami Fl   January 29th, 2009 11:31 am ET

It is amazing to see and read the nonsense now spewing from Republicans. Their party and former President Bush created the largest deficit and government spending in the history of this country. And now they want to convince us that they are the solution.

I can get more laughs on SNL!

As an independent it is frustrating and hard to accept what politicians have done to this country.

Vincent Nizzardi   January 29th, 2009 11:38 am ET

Larry-Baby, if we can ever get back to basicd, starting with honesty, integrity, transparency, etc., we must demand that our elected officials first pass more harsher laws for elected officials found guilty of wrong doing, while in office,
We must stop the ongoing outright buying of elected officials, through campaign contributions, and instead, ban all contributations/ gifts, etc.,of any kind. We must have federal tax dollars given out equally to candidates running for office, so no mega corporation, special interest group. etc., has favor with a politician.
If we implament the 2 suggestions I mention above, we will at least have a starting point, at which to go forward.If our Government won't take these first basic steps, that will tell the whole store. More of the same, until they find themselves in the middle of an all out revolution.

Terry   January 29th, 2009 2:50 pm ET

Revolution ...Mr. Nizzardi...that's ludicrous...we just had a peaceful transition of government that a foreign notion to you? I agree with your contribution ideas...good points. Now we all may not agree on things however revolution....that's obscene and neutralizes any good idea you might have.

Joe G. (From Illinois)   January 29th, 2009 4:59 pm ET

If you don’t believe that everything that is or happens is God’s will.. Then.. Well.. Go hire all them consultants, Nobel Prize experts, and economist. Better yet… Now that people elected Obama… Let him explain, fix and correct everything.. Life is a privilege; a gift; a training ground; a testing ground all in one and so much more.. At the prospect of some minor financial setbacks some people turned to Life and Wholesome Family Values were some others just the opposite and to many other non-judgmental aspirations I might add. I’ll say Fear God and brace yourself if you are still breathing.. The Conservative Republican Party didn’t lose.. Just look at the facts.. The very prospects.. America got what it (The majority) wanted and deserved.. And when they will hit the very low level they deserve… Come on ..! Don’t play dumb..! Grow up people!!!

Val   January 29th, 2009 5:39 pm ET

the cry should be "Bush for the Howard Stern show"
After 650 bail-out dollars have disappeared with the Republican plan.
Now 650 bail-out dollars will disappear with the Democratic plan
And 250 might actually get to the american people
Can't they help the people that they already helped before?
and be bi-partisan 🙂

hugh ~ california   January 29th, 2009 6:21 pm ET

Back to basics? Yeh Right! Right back to the same poor republican decision-making that got us into this mess in the first place.

hugh ~ california   January 29th, 2009 8:30 pm ET

Apparently Rep. Pence is not listening and Rep. Blackburn is stating the obvious. Talk some sense for a change.
To Pence and your followers: Obama IS going to provide business incentives to create jobs, that's a part of his plan, just not a part of this one.

Blackburn, DUH! As you said, The best stimulus package is a job, but absolutely none of you republicans have done anything major in the past eight years to promote them. You never passed any legislation to encourage corporations to keep jobs in America.

Now your lame excuse is jobs?! America already knows that. DUH again! If only politician's jobs could be outsourced to a foreign country then you would finally get a clue! The GOP has always claimed they're for the middle-class and jobs, but they never do anything major to prove it. They just suck up to the corporate elite. Look at the fine mess we're all in now thanks to their do nothing politics.

Karen   January 29th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

I can only hope that the people in the district that these so call public servants represent can see the true colors and throw them out of office. The mess this country is in is the making of the GOP and George W. Bush their leader. To bad they didn't voice of of these so called concerns 8 years ago! They have never done anything for the working class. I don't know why we would think they would now. They are all just little old men with very small minds and big egos!

mrs b   January 29th, 2009 11:45 pm ET

Do we really want to hear more solutions from those Republican white guys? You had your turn and the rich got richer! My representative can't even think about equal pay for men and women for the same job! And I care about what he thinks now.?........not.......time for a new, fresh approach. We best all hope, pray and work with Obama to be successful.

luis cuevas   January 30th, 2009 12:38 am ET

Preacher Ted appears to be a master of deception. Larry King should have challenged this expert liar and manipulator. What a hypocrit this preacher is. God knows how many other young men in his former congragation he was involved with. Of course it doesn't really matter as he always uses the power of Christian forgiveness to wash over any and all shortcomings. This is one deceptive person and he should be called out on it. I don't believe a single word he utters.

RICK ABRAMS   January 30th, 2009 12:49 am ET


ed ,vancouver canada   January 30th, 2009 5:33 am ET

In the last 4 months there have been riots,protests,wars and murders because of the economy in almost every country on earth.
Suicide of the 5 th richest man in germany worth 9.2 billion dollars.The 54th richest man in the world.
Think of what some poor people with not much to live for might do.
A revolution of a gun toting nation is not that far off the mark.
Neither is a world war if the middle east collapses.
The Mayan calendar ending in 2012 is not looking inaccurate.

ed ,vancouver canada   January 30th, 2009 5:55 am ET

There is hope for the world yet......and ....small government is not the answer.You need HUGE government.
Actually the entire country should work for the government.
Pensions,job security,holidays and perks.No accountabilty issues.
By the time the government buys all the banks and businesses,you will all work for the government anyway.But why be underpaid?
The government should give each citizen a billion dollars.Just print it all. Then freeze all prices so there is no inflation,or people will charge 50 grand for a cup of coffee,because they know you are a billionaire.
It will not matter if the currency is worthless in relation to other countries as trade will not be needed as everyone will have everything they need supplied and just work for the government forever.If you do not work,you go to prison.No imports.No exports.Just one big biosphere.Oil will be eliminated and the terrorists will starve to death.World peace at last.
All huge vehicles are turned in for electric cars .The steel is ground up and used to pave roads.
Not a bad deal,no hungry or homeless people.
The only worry there would be is going to work.
Think of it as democratic communism.
I wish the only worry i had was going to work.

Michael C. McHugh   January 30th, 2009 9:09 am ET

Republican policies over the past 30 years have gotten us into this mess we're in now. We had a Second Gilded Age of deregulation, free markets, low taxes for the rich, breaking labor unions and basically letting Wall Street and big business run the country. Now, the chickens have come home to roost, and we're going to be in this depression for a long time.

If the Republicans think that all the voters want is more of the same, then I hope and pary they run in every election on that platform. I hope the Republican gentlemen from the South continue to vote as a bloc against everything Barack Obama proposes.

If they do that, there won't be anything left of their party but a Southern accent. That will be good for the country.

Dave of Detroit   January 30th, 2009 10:00 am ET

I think it is time for BOTH parties to get out of bed with Special Interest Groups and START representing their CONSTITUENTS and the STATES THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT. Big OIL whistles and Boehner and CO. forsake their breaktime to do their Pavlovian lip smacking but when time to seriously deal with problems all they come up with is-if the Democrats want it, we are against it. Not one word of a plan that they are committed to or desire to help millions of Americans out of work and home....If that is the best they can do, may they also join the ranks of the unemployed and leave their plush little offices that wave an American flag but worship the big green dollar sign!

Lisa   January 30th, 2009 12:03 pm ET

Micheal –
"If the Republicans think that all the voters want is more of the same, then I hope and pary they run in every election on that platform. I hope the Republican gentlemen from the South continue to vote as a bloc against everything Barack Obama proposes"

LOL and you think what the Dems are doing by throwing 800Bilion plus at our problems is going to help anything?

Have you looked where this money is going? It is scary what they are doing.

Why do we need a Republican group and a Democratic group?
Where is the Common Sense group?

Diane   February 8th, 2009 8:09 pm ET

Remove all political labels from those in Washington. They might actually find they agree with one another on the "basics". I am a registered Republican, who wants my party dissolved. Americans want Washington to stop the political bickering. We don't have time for such childish games. More action, less talking!

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