In the weekly Republican address Saturday, Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, said that when it comes to ideas about growing the economy and creating jobs, “Republicans are the enablers and Democrats are the mandators.”
Alexander compared the Republican Party to an iPhone, saying that his party wants to create a platform that allows people to thrive rather than dictate how people should behave.
“Republicans want to enable you. We want to be the iPhone party. We believe government ought to be a platform that gives you opportunity and freedom to create a happier, more prosperous, and safer life,” he said. “Just imagine the internal revenue code, the Food and Drug Administration or the Labor Department enabling you rather than ordering you around.”
Republicans made it clear that Democrats are more inclined to intrusive policymaking that sets broad mandates rather than encourage innovation and personal agency, Alexander said on his broadcast and reported in CBS News.
Alexander made reference to the Dem’s position on minimum wage hike and equal pay legislation, which Republican’s state would make it easier for women to sue employers who pay them less than men for doing the same job, and he compared those proposals with a GOP proposal that would allow more flexibility in paid time off.
“Democrats want to mandate fixed wages and more lawsuits, while Republicans want to allow more flexibility for working parents, enabling them to attend soccer games and piano recitals,” he said.
Alexander also went on to attack the Democrats position on education.
“I have proposed allowing states to turn half their federal education dollars into $2,100 scholarships that enable parents of low-income children to choose the best school. Democrat mandators insist on telling those children what school is best,” he said. “Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina would allow federal dollars to follow a child with Down syndrome or another disability to the school the parents choose. Democrat mandators say no – government knows best.”
Republicans believe that the iPhone party is the party that urges freedom and more choices that will empower American’s and provide the opportunity and freedom to create a happier, more prosperous, and safer life.
Interesting speech coming from a party that opposes gay marriage, and denies a woman’s freedom of choice.
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