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5 Things The GOP Needs To Stop Doing

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The second half of this article, “5 Things the GOP Needs to Keep Doing,” will be featured exclusively in the next edition of Pocket Full of Liberty’s newsletter. So sign up in order to read it!

1. They need to stop defending big business and big unresponsive government and defend the little guy. 

“The politics of a shutdown in these states are very different than in the nation as a whole. We can try to estimate the popularity of a shutdown by taking as a national baseline CNN’s recent finding that 46 percent of voters would blame Republicans for a shutdown vs. the 36 percent that would blame Obama. If we adjust these numbers according to the results of the presidential election in 2012, we would estimate that the president would shoulder the blame for a shutdown in each of those states save for North Carolina, and that outright majorities would blame the president in West Virginia, Arkansas and Kentucky.”

2. The GOP needs to stop volunteering as the cleanup crew for the Democrats’ welfare state.

3. They need to stop pretending Medicare is not hurting our healthcare system and creating poor health care choices for seniors.

4. Stop offering heartless numbers and using phrases nobody understands. 

5. Stop treating base voters as if they are the enemy. 

That’s my two cents. We’d be happy to hear yours in the comments.

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Amy Otto, contributor is a founding member of Pocket Full of Liberty . She also is a Senior Contributor at The Federalist and her work has been featured at Townhall and the UK site The Conservative Woman. Amy has worked in healthcare for over 18 years. Her work shifted from bench science to oversight of drug development and commercialization. Mom of three. California transplant. Steadfast Philadelphia Eagles fan. Armchair Oenophile. Capitalist. Amy received her BS in Biochemistry from University of Delaware and an MBA from Pepperdine University with a focus in Conflict Management and Resolution. Follow Amy on twitter @AmyOtto8

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9 Comments

  1. Anna

    October 15, 2013

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    I could not agree more with #4. What the GOP needed in 2012 was a smart businessman who could connect with voters, what they got was a smart business robot. And adding Ryan to the ticket to talk more about the budget didn’t help. Great piece, Amy.

  2. drklrdbill

    October 15, 2013

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    Obama is a big fan of big business, otherwise known as a traditional pro-corporate Republican. Surprised that it took this long for you guys to admit this. Funny that he and Bush would have been best friends, but now that it’s a “liberal” doing it, it’s evil!

    • Skyler Mann

      October 15, 2013

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      Of course you assume that it’s impossible to disagree with or disapprove of both presidents. Funny how many liberals are okay with Obama’s policies now that a Republican isn’t in the White House.

      • drklrdbill

        October 15, 2013

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        I disagree with both. Those “liberals” you mention aren’t liberal, but they are just Dem-loving hacks.

    • Amy

      October 15, 2013

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      I think Pocket Full of Liberty has taken a pretty strong stance against cronyism. Further if you hadn’t noticed, many GOPers started sitting on their hands in 2006, handing the Congress to the Democrats. They’ve now perfected crony capitalism. Awesome achievement.. The GOP is the only party even having this debate right now. I don’t see one Democrat standing up for the individual. Look at the rollout of ACA, look at the economy. Who is this good for?

  3. J. Cal Davenport

    October 15, 2013

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    Good stuff!

    I disagree a bit with #2 (and I think, Amy, that you kind of do as well, which is why #3 kind of conflicts). I don’t want liberals to solve the problems they create; they created them by trying to solve other problems. What we agree on here is that conservatives need to be on the offensive here, rather than just trying to prove that we aren’t just “the party of no.”

    Also, Rand Paul is doing a better job at bridging the gap between the establishment and the grassroots. I think I agree with more of Ted Cruz’s policies, but Rand is the better politician so far. But they’re both new. We’ll see how they develop.

    • Amy

      October 16, 2013

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      Heh, yes Its not that we don’t have solutions, its that we don’t spend the time getting the Democrats solutions out there for comparison. Realistically we can’t get anything done currently so if we accept the current structure as is, we have a right to demand accountability and solutions from the majority party. They are experts at avoiding responsibility. At times, it feels like they rely on us to be “the adult” in the room and take advantage of it. The dynamic isn’t winning us any new converts and keeps putting us on the defensive. I say lets try making them accountable so its clear who made this mess and who has no plan to avert it.

  4. mustango

    October 15, 2013

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    Well you got part of what you wanted, the Medical Device tax cut is kablooey. Congrats?

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