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Letter to the editor:

Republicans need to do ‘inreach’

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The Republican National Committee will spend $10 million on an “outreach” effort to better communicate conservative principles. There is no intent to actually change any of those principles or the policies that flow from the RNC. It will merely repackage them more attractively for sale. The RNC will pay people in black, Asian and Hispanic communities to talk about the GOP to woo some of these minority voters. There was no mention of an outreach to gays or women.

“Wooing” Asians, blacks and Hispanics with words is called “pandering.” Even the occasional deed, such as proposing and sometimes actually voting for a bill that helps minorities, is pandering. Until red-state voters stop electing people who disdain minorities, they stand no chance of attracting them since it’s just so apparent that those people look down on them. In the meantime, that miserly $10 million would be better spent on “inreach.” Conservative legislators need regular attitude adjustment sessions.

Sadly, however, it does seem that for the near future at least, the GOP will continue striving very hard to remain, as Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal put it, “The Party of Stupid.”

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  1. Senator Marco Rubio raised $2.3 million in campaign contributions, mostly private citizens and less than $1000, in the last couple of weeks. He's not up for reelection until 2016. That's 3 years away. Looks like the GOP may be onto something.

    Carmine D

  2. Perhaps the RNC has done too good a job of communicating conservative "principles". Many have noticed inconsistencies and even hypocrisy in those "principles" and their zeal to impose those principles on others is more than disturbing.

    As examples:

    Pay cuts for teachers and tax cuts for millionaires is a tough sell. (When last I counted there were more teachers than millionaires)

    They seem overly concerned about the prenatal period but once an individual is born they seem to lose interest.

    They want less government involvement in our lives but only after they impose their reproductive and marriage principles via that same government.

    Communication is not just about sending a message. It's also about listening to feedback. The RNC has a long way to go on the latter.

  3. It's laughable. Advice coming from those that support "buying" votes with tax dollars. Talk about "pandering!" The Dumbocrats, along with their fellow travelers, are the undisputed champions in that category! Over the past 4+ years, the outlay for welfare, food stamps, "disability" payments, etc. has risen at an accelerating pace and there is one underlying reason: the buying of votes from the parasitic class that has exploded in the USA! This is nothing more than legalized corruption and those who not only condone its practice but advocate it want to lecture the rest of us? Talk about chutzpah!

  4. Just keep arguing over larger government versus smaller government. That's just what both parties want everyone to do. That takes the focus off of the fact that both parties favor a large activist government. The only real difference is in what 'areas' they want the large activist government to be involved.

    Note as well that neither party is very interested in taxing enough to pay for the activist government or controlling the spending the activist government does.

    Note also that neither party shows any interest at all in reforming the way Congress works with term limits, pubic funding of campaigns and lobbying reform.

    So just keep arguing over philosophy as the country goes down the tubes. That's exactly what both parties want everyone to do. As long as 1/2 of us support the Democrat party and the other 1/2 support the Republican party, both parties have us exactly where they want us....

    Michael

  5. Enjoyed the letter, Mr. Goldfarb. Totally agree.

    You can't sell the same pizza that don't taste good, is foul and undigestable, by coming up with the rocket scientist idea to make a new box to put it in.

    But I do encourage the Tea/Republican Party to concentrate on solving their problems by throwing money at it.

    In the meantime, my best advice is this....

    More cowbell. That's what the song needs. I got a fever. Really hit that thing. That's what makes the song. I NEED MORE COWBELL, BABY!

  6. Republicans DON'T need to do a thing other than stick to the platform. Adopting more illegals would further devastate our economy and further HARM GOP CANDIDATES. The GOP is already the baseline for family, Catholicism, self reliance, the American Dream, earning your own way. DNC supports more hand outs, less self reliance, negative rhetoric about anything and everything. No wonder Independents and Libertarians are thriving.

  7. Roberta,

    More and more people are looking at Independents and Libertarians because 'both' parties are failing the country. The R's have policy positions that don't match the reality of 21st century America... especially on social issues. The D's have policies that large numbers of Americans realize will bankrupt the country over time and work against self reliance. And neither party is willing to effectively and honestly deal with the debt and deficit. I cheer each American that forsakes our two major parties and looks for a 3rd way.

    Michael

  8. Republicans: It is what you said, now how you said it. If you don't accept that soon and adapt your platform, you might as well start planning on how you're going to obstruct everything President Clinton tries to do when she takes office in 2016.

  9. I guess free cell phones don't fall under Mr. Goldfarb's definition of pandering.

  10. El_Lobo - "The present day Republican Party is no longer the same party that Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower led.....Far from it!"

    Got that right! For people who don't believe in evolution the GOP sure as hell de-evolved into a relic of the 50's. Ronald Reagan wouldn't recognize this GOP.

    "never mind the cellphones, how about all the new recipients of food stamps? This administration is just another giveaway program."

    Most full time workers at Walmart and like type companies need food stamps. Not because of Obama, but because people are being paid peon wages creating higher rates of poverty. You fools and your offspring backing these principles, sooner or later, will get slapped by the plutocracy/oligarchy. As long as the wealthy and special interests control our politicians we all will get screwed.

    You load 16 tons,
    And what do you get?
    Another day older,
    And deeper in debt.
    Saint Peter, don't you call me,
    Cause I can't go,
    I owe my soul to the company store

  11. Vernos,

    Both parties contribute to a smaller middle class. Both take their marching orders from powerful interests with lobbyists in Congress. R's want to spend too much on the military wile holding taxes low and that crowds out other necessary spending and D's want more and more social support programs, and to only tax the wealthy to pay for them which just helps keep more people out of the middle class.

    Congress must be reformed with term limits, public financing of campaigns and lobbying reform. Absent that the shrinking middle class continues to shrink.

    Michael

  12. The Republican't hired a consultant to critique their performance in the 2012 elections. He handed them their heads in baskets.

    Results? Totally unexpected. The Republican'ts changed the propaganda they distributed but didn't touch their positions.

  13. "The present day Republican Party is no longer the same party that Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower led.....Far from it!"

    And the Ku Klux Klan were Democrats. Does the name Senator Byrd come to mind?

    Carmine D

  14. The NAACP was founded by a black Republican.

    Carmine D

  15. "Look at what is going on in the Senate with the current debate over background checks....

    9 out of 10 Americans want background checks on the sale of guns but the GOP members of Congress are going to collectively vote against background checks..."

    Sad that the background checks didn't pass. But not for the lack of trying. Toomey [R-Penn], a TEA party Republican favorite, struck and forged a compromise with Manchin [D-WV], a non-Obama Democrat, and tried very hard for passage. Had 54 votes but not the needed 60, counting Senator Reid. It's dead for this Senate session.

    Quote all the national polls on background checks you want. It's a moot point. The issue is not what the country wants. It's what the constituents in the Senators' states want. They elect the Senators, not national polls.

    The President was THE big loser. GOP, and even some Democrats like Manchin, won't give him the time of day. The Obama party is over.
    Carmine D

  16. No they don't. The GOPer's need to STOP FALLING FOR HYPE. Failure to stick to self-reliant principles has devastated our economy and ruined any prospect for long term unemployed to find work. Illegals have stolen 7 MILLION JOBS and the hype is that GOPer's are not concerned enough ABOUT THE ILLEGALS? What about Americans?

  17. Carmine: You say "And the Ku Klux Klan were Democrats."

    The certainly were! And from the mold that now produces the Southern Republicans! Who even hold many of the very same opinions.

  18. Rough: Lobo's fondness for the ad hominem attack renders his posting unreliable. What's an ad-hominem attack? Example:

    1. Person A makes claim X.

    2. Person B makes an attack on person A.

    3. Claim X is therefore false.

    Note - There's no reference whatsoever to Person A's claim.

  19. Robert:

    You mean like Senator Tim Scott:

    "Timothy Eugene Scott (born September 19, 1965) is an American politician, a member of the Republican Party and the junior United States Senator for South Carolina, in office since 2013. Previously he was the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 1st congressional district from 2011 to 2013. Elected in November 2010 to the 112th Congress, he was the first Republican African-American Representative from South Carolina since 1897."

    Would you like me to name some more?

    Be really, Robert. Both parties have their skeletons in the closets. This holier than thou Democrat attitude is so laughable now it's pathetic. Give it up. It only serves to prohibit progress.

    Carmine D