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Federalism Could be the Solution to GOP Branding Problem

Surtr Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 10:48 AM
- liberty: who is keen on getting scanned nude in airports? no one so prevent it! wanna smoke pot, well there you might win with states' rights -empire: we spend more on our military than the next 10 biggest spenders combined..... waste upon waste. Let the Swedes pay for their own protection. -infrastructure: we're the only major power left w/o a top notch rail system leaving us at the mercy of oil prices and to meddle in MENA to secure our cheap gas. That needs to stop
Stuart95 Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 11:54 AM
Not to belabor the point, but it is the federal governmen'ts failure to enforce the rights of interstate commerce that has, in part, given us the ridiculous health insurance rules.

And I refer you to my earlier post about sacred cows and the need for flexibility. Don't blame Goldberg for looking ahead.
Surtr Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 11:38 AM
- States' rights is what's preventing interstate commerce of insurance... they're also tacking on mandatory coverage driving up prices.

- Infrastructure, like high-speed rail, is government business as are roads, etc.

My general point is that in any focus group healthcare, taxes, etc. will rank far higher than the fine points of federalism. Jonah's failure to grasp this truth, along with his asinine pro 3rd world immigration stance, led to this ridiculous article.
Stuart95 Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 11:02 AM
Sutr, most of what you list is the result of an over-active federal government. In a federalist system, the federal government would not have its big fat paws in health care, but it would be responsible for controlling the borders. It would not be responsible for airplane safety, nor would it have an opinion on marijuana.

But like most people who want change, you have your own pet projects. For instance, you don't want the feds handling health care, but you do want them handling the railroads? (Have you seen how they run Amtrak?) Give up the special interests; otherwise we'll surely elect whatever new, useful idiot the Democratic Socialists are grooming to be the next president.

To understand why Republicans have a "branding problem," you first need to understand how the system is rigged against conservatives.

Such is the schizophrenic dysfunction of our politics: We constantly demand "conviction" politicians who will "do what's right" and then condemn them, often in the same breath, for being unwilling to put aside their conviction and their sense of what's right.

But such condemnation does not fall equally on conservatives and progressives alike. For the progressive's principle is, at its core, more. Do more. Spend more. Spend more doing more. Any compromise of progressive principle in this regard is seen as...