A Way Forward for the GOP?

They’ve got entrepreneurs in tow.

Two Georgians said Monday that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s tax proposals would hurt their small businesses.

Joined by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, the entrepreneurs spoke with reporters during a conference call sponsored by Republican candidate John McCain.

McCain’s campaign bills them as Peach State versions of “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, who met Obama during a recent campaign stop in Ohio and has become an oft-mentioned part of the Republican’s presidential campaign.

But Obama spokeswoman Caroline Adelman said the conference call was another in a series of “11th-hour distractions from the McCain campaign.”

I’ve been saying for a while that the GOP needs to condition itself away from big business, which will whore out to whichever party will help regulate competitors and benefit the status quo. Instead the GOP needs to be the party of the entrepreneur.

But I doubt this is what’s going on.


  1. jkga says:

    Do you know what would really enable entrepreneurship? Single-payer healthcare.

    For a lot of people I know, they aren’t willing to take the plunge an start their own business unless they have a spouse with a job with good enough healthcare for their whole family. They are willing to take risks – which should be rewarded – but not willing to risk a situation where they can’t get treatment in case someone in the family has a serious illness.

    In other words, single-payer would open up labor markets, with employees less tied to their jobs.

    Plus, for a small business, having to deal with employees’ healthcare is expensive and a logistical pain.

    Just my opinion if the GOP is looking to appeal to entrepreneurs (the ones who aren’t already rich).

  2. Three Jack says:

    entrepreneurs are the blacks of the gop voting in large numbers for whatever candidate has the r behind his-her name. just like the dems treat their blindly loyal voters (blacks), republicans ignore small businesses except during election season.

  3. IndyInjun says:

    One wonders how the average Georgian with a 401K is gonna react toward Isakson, when it is revealed that the “conservative”, “safe” and “guaranteed return”, “fixed income” or other such reassuring option in his 401K plan turned out to be holding worthless CDO’s and other crap?

    Isakson and Chambliss, tools of Wall Street, have been in DC for YEARS while good conservative’s retirements were being silently looted.

    Anyone reading this really needs to tell folks with 401K’s to dig very deeply and very quickly. One prominent plan that I looked at in the last 10 days held a TON of bad assets in a “fixed income” option, said assets being worth ten cents on the dollar.

    How are you going to feel about rationalizing a vote for Saxby, only to find that he has been accomplice to stealing your money?

    I think we should start a Peach Pundit movement to line up an opponent for Isakson, irrespective of Saxby’s survival.

  4. jsm says:

    “Do you know what would really enable entrepreneurship? Single-payer healthcare.”

    jk, whatever you’re smoking is VERY potent. Single-payer healthcare has worked NOWHERE in the world. Instead of entrepreneurs hesitating to start businesses because of the risk of health insurance costs, everyone would be subject to a system that is run by bureaucrats watching a budget. A budget doesn’t heal people or provide the best care.

    Replace the name ‘Fannie Mae’ with ‘Health System of America’, and watch the collapse. That’s pretty scary.

  5. jkga says:

    jsm – all my Canadian friends seem pretty pleased with their system. They’re pretty healthy, too.

    Fannie Mae ran into trouble because it got greedy and was placing its bondholders’ profits ahead of its designated service mission. Not the same thing at all.

    Haven’t you noticed that we’re already subject to a system run by insurance bureaucrats watching their bottom lines?

  6. Dave Bearse says:


    I don’t know that I favor single payer, but a single-payer “system that is run by bureaucrats watching a budget” is not all that much different than a system run by insurance executives watching profits, except that the insurance executives are paid a lot more.

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