Offering an alternative to Obama, Republicans pushing ideas for helping America's poor

  • Article by: KEN THOMAS , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 9, 2014 - 7:55 PM

WASHINGTON — Faced with an empathy gap before the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans are trying to forge a new image as a party that helps the poor and lifts struggling workers into the middle class.

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palsarJan. 9, 14 7:40 AM

"They help people deal with poverty, but they do not help them escape it" --- The last thing the Democrats want is people to lose their dependence on Gov't assistance. This is how they keep them voting democrat. BTW, the GOP is not against extending unemployment, they just want to pay for it and not figure that out later like the Dems.

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texas_technomanJan. 9, 14 7:47 AM

Turning it over to the states that already refused to expand Medicaid should work well, right?

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markeyboyJan. 9, 14 7:50 AM

I would guess that LBJ would underappreciate the use of the 50th anniv. of his "Great Society" efforts by the GOP for image polishing. Especially after the "Ryan Plan" included efforts to end Medicare, and Medicaid. It was LBJ who signed the Medicare Amendment to the Social Security Act in 1965.

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formergopJan. 9, 14 8:13 AM

The so called new image for the teapublicans reminds me of the old saying. You can put lipstick on a pig, but you still have just a pig.

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Seawaves AheadJan. 9, 14 9:24 AM

The President and congressional Democrats should continue to ignore all proposals offered by Republicans. The minimum wage must be raised to at least $15 per hour and must rise to $20 by 2016. Unemployment benefits should be extended at least 2 more years. It should be paid for by raising the tax rate on the top 5% to 75%.

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roadtoruinJan. 9, 1410:16 AM

It should be paid for by raising the tax rate on the top 5% to 75%... And of course if that is not enough, they can always just print more money.

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jgmanciniJan. 9, 1410:17 AM

"[Rubio] called for replacing the earned income tax credit for low-income workers with a federal wage enhancement for low-wage workers as a way to create incentives for the poor to work instead of receiving unemployment insurance."------------------I'm confused. What's a "federal wage enhancement?" Is that code for "increasing the minimum wage?" I thought Republicans were against that, but maybe this mean they're starting to understand that Democrats really do know how to deal with poverty better than they do. And that their old "trickle down" ideas just plain don't work. Although, the rest of the comment shows a surprising lack of understanding about how unemployment works. "The poor" don't collect unemployment in lieu of working. People who have worked, and paid into the system, and then lost their job through no fault of their own collect unemployment just until they can land another job. It's a pretty simple concept, Mr. Rubio.

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theagonybhoJan. 9, 1410:18 AM

Seawaves ahead, that quite possibly is craziest thing i have heard of yet. Why go to school when you can make 40,000 at Mcdonalds serving 11 dollar hamburgers. You obviously would benefit from that.

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avejoeconJan. 9, 1410:35 AM

. "The poor" don't collect unemployment in lieu of working. People who have worked, and paid into the system, and then lost their job through no fault of their own collect unemployment just until they can land another job. It's a pretty simple concept, Mr. Rubio.-----------------Yes they DO colleft unemployment in lieu of working. They have NEVER ONCE paid into the system, their employer paid it. And "just until the can land another job" is a little misleading when many of them turn down many jobs or simple don't look until they run out of benefits. That is why nearly every study on the subject shows that extending unemployment increases the amount of time it takes for those on UE to find a job.

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palsarJan. 9, 1410:35 AM

"The President and congressional Democrats should continue to ignore all proposals offered by Republicans." --- And you call the GOP obstructionists. Also, the liberals keep saying the GOP have no plans, well, this is probably why you never hear of any, Ried, Pelosi, and Obama have their fingers in their ears going, "nah nah nah nah."

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