GOP Focus On Economic Growth
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#1 Feb 19, 2013
ST. LOUIS • Lo uisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal brought an unexpected message on Saturday to Missouri Republicans who are focused on the national debt: It’s the wrong focus.
“Balancing our government’s books is not what matters most ...(It’s) a nice goal, but that shouldn’t be our primary objective,” Jindal told a packed ballroom at the Renaissance Grand in downtown St. Louis for the Missouri Republican Party’s Lincoln Days.
“We must not become the party of austerity. We must become the party of (economic) growth,” Jindal said.“We have fallen into a trap of believing the world revolves around Washington.”
Jindal, one of the national GOP’s stars and a frequent mention for a future presidential run, capped a series of speakers during the weekend convention who called for fundamental change in the party’s focus after its second straight presidential election loss last year.
Earlier speakers had called for better grass-roots organizing, less focus on divisive social issues in elections, and ending “factionalism” within the party.
But Jindal’s speech challenged a central strategy of today’s national GOP: the focus on fighting for budget austerity against Democratic spending programs.
“America is not the federal government,” said Jindal, prompting applause from the audience of state Republican leaders and supporters.
He said the fight in Washington is between Democrats who “want to be in charge of the federal government so they can expand it” and Republicans who want to be in charge so they “can get it under control.”
While the goal of controlling spending is laudable, he said, he questioned the party’s obsession with Washington issues such as the budget instead of issues such as promoting private enterprise and education reform locally.
“As conservatives, we are falling into these sideshow traps” instead of hammering at the message of economic growth, said Jindal.“We seem to have an obsession with government bookkeeping.”
The annual Lincoln Days convention is designed to bring state Republican leaders and activists together to rally the party. Jindal’s speech was the highlight of a weekend focused largely on disputing claims that the Republican Party is falling apart.
“To quote that great Missourian Mark Twain, reports of our death are greatly exaggerated,” U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., assured the gathering on Friday.
But Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder also reminded the audience that, despite the party’s dominance of the state Legislature, he was the only Republican to win statewide last year.“It’s getting kind of lonely. We need to do something about this.”
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, the only Republican running for statewide office next year, pleaded with his fellow Republicans Friday to end what he called “factionalism” between moderates and conservatives. He said conservatives who call moderates RINOs (Republican in Name Only), and moderates who throw around phrases like “right-wing wacko” to describe social conservatives, are all hurting the party.
Also on Friday, conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly stressed the importance of grass-roots organizing.“I think that’s where our party fell down ... last year,” said Schlafly, who collected a lifetime achievement award at this year’s event.“We didn’t have a ground game that could match what Obama was doing. They were very efficient.”
#2 Feb 19, 2013
Dave Spence, the Missouri GOP’s unsuccessful candidate for governor last year, told the convention Friday that the key to winning in the future was for Republican candidates to “stay on the topics that win elections,” such as the economy, and not on controversial issues that stir anger.
“The media and the other party want to have you go down the rabbit hole of issues that polarize people,” said Spence.“When you step out in public, stay on the subjects that don’t polarize anyone.”
Spence, perhaps following his own advice, didn’t specify any polarizing issues. But controversial comments about abortion rights in relation to rape have been blamed for the GOP loss in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race between Republican Todd Akin and Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
If there were more people like Jindal in the GOP, they might have a future. But the GOP is more focused on insulting and name calling the Obama administration ..and it shows by the comments made by their voters in Caruthersville Topix forum.
#3 Feb 19, 2013
Jindal seems to be more "focused" on where the problems are in the Republican party, and they ignore his arguments because the Koch Bros and Fox News says differently.
I ask you Republicans, and even you Comrade who likes to call people "child molesters" and vile names while quoting scripture at the same time.....The problem is not the Republican party platform, the problem is what the Republican party platform has become.
How can you sit there and support the party that has allowed each of you to support the hatred that you ALL bring forth into any discussion?
You cant win with hate. If you're the God fearing Christians you all claim to be, why are you full of hate and name call me for speaking my opinion?
Since: Mar 08
#4 Feb 19, 2013
If government overspending and money printing created prosperity, all america would envy the economic strength of Zimbabwe.
#5 Feb 19, 2013
Again, you mislead with an attempt of a answer. You use analogies of other countries in comparison yet avoid the question. Answer the question directly. Why do you hate?
Since: Oct 11
#6 Feb 19, 2013
When was the last time there was economic growth and prosperity under a republican president.
Maybe Eisenhower. Reagan, wasn't good for the economy and certainly had the biggest scandal and cover up since Nixon. Republicans sure like to break the laws. There's W, I don't need to say any more.
#7 Feb 19, 2013
Fish, you show your ignorance once again. Reagan pulled us out of the Carter malaise, Clinton squandered the Bush senior economy and the .com bubble while Bush Jr. Failed us by NOT slapping the stupid / corrupt Pelosi, Reid cabal into line before they could destroy the banking and housing industries, which brings us to the mess we find ourselves today. Barry can't do much other than read what Soros pays him to put on the teleprompter.
Last descent democrat was Harry Truman. NOTHING but corrupt, thieving, pandering,vote buying scrum since.
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