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Tim Scott: GOP Must ‘Embrace People in a Way They Deserve to be Embraced’

"It's more important for us to build the best country" -- and election results will follow, senator tells the RNC.

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Bridget Johnson

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January 24, 2014 - 5:57 pm
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WASHINGTON — As a politician tinged with a dash of evangelist, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told the Republican National Committee today that the party needs to fully embrace people who are hurting in this country without pausing to count their votes first.

“We have an opportunity to raise the potential for folks who want a hand up and not a hand out,” Scott told the committee as the meeting’s special lunchtime speaker.

That means focusing on the people and not worrying about whether or not they’re immediately marking their ballots for a Republican candidate. “It’s more important for us to build the best country — and everything will take care of itself,” Scott said.

With a seasoned delivery and the hope-infused tone of a senator bent on redefining change, Scott noted in his journey away from the podium that “Mama wanted a preacher, not a politician.”

“Think about the road this nation has traveled,” he noted. “My journey has been filled with potholes. I hit them all.”

Overcoming those challenges, the senator stressed, is “the story of America, but also the story of conservatism.”

“You can think your way out of poverty,” he said, adding that over the past few years “government thought us into poverty… we were spending $3.6 trillion and only bringing in about $2.5 trillion.”

Scott confidently declared “2014 is the year that the Republican Party takes back the United States Senate.”

“In 2009, Democrats had the White House, the Senate and the House — where was their remedy for poverty then when they had the whole control?” he continued. “Instead they focused on Obamacare without any Republican support.”

The senator noted how the cost estimates for Obamacare just keep climbing: from $900 billion at the bill’s passage to $1.8 trillion and now soaring past $3 trillion. Whereas the law was passed citing 15 percent of Americans as not having health insurance, Scott said the $3 trillion investment is projected to leave 10 percent of Americans without coverage by the year 2023.

“I’ll tell you, I’m not impressed,” he said.

Scott predicted that the healthcare law is going to “eliminate — unless we have some congressional action — the 40-hour workweek” as employers try to avoid the mandates. And if people want conservative solutions, “the welcome mat is out.”

Scott said the GOP should be branded the “great opportunity party.”

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the party needs to fully embrace people who are hurting in this country without pausing to count their votes first.

He's right!
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It's plenty of time. The problem is the teachers, administrators, and the system of our public schools.
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Scott hasn't changed a bit since he first ran for Charleston County Council. He says the same things, believes the same things, treats everyone with respect - including those who show him nothing but scorn.

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First, you have to get rid of the RINOS.
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Good points. Just a little off the mark.

The whole point, the IDEA, of the USA is that people, the citizens, are to be left alone. To find their own ways to their marks in the world.

That this has CHANGED during the past half century thanks to the belief - the arrogance - that members of the government administrative offices of Legislture, Judiciary and Executive know better is possibly, probably the cause of the mess that is now the USA.

And has little to do with which political faction is "managing" since they all use the same lesson plans and means for administration.

Sadly not those which enabled the citizens to become the most powerful, richest, most competent, generous and most respected and envied people of the past two centuries.

The instrutions in the Management Handbook each Member of government administration swears/ affirms to Uphold and Defend of the Constitution of the USA.

Instead, heady with the essentially unaccountable power over "The Lives of Others" they made all sorts of law to make sure citizens understand and accept their "expertise" AND that they, the "represenatives of the People" are the ones in charge.

Laws that restrict the lawful and socailly responsible, respectful of compatriots dignity and rights behaviours of the citizens to force compliance with sometimes manifestly illegal laws to comply with what these "experts" decide is the "way to go".
26 weeks ago
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Like the warm embrace of a mother for her child, heh?
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the party needs to fully embrace people who are hurting in this country without pausing to count their votes first.

He's right!
26 weeks ago
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Our message needs to be that government will not - can not - give you a hand up. The bureaucrats who actually implement government policy will do everything in their power to chain you into dependency. Because your dependency is their power.

If you want to help people, the best way to do that is to allow Americans to help their fellow Americans.
26 weeks ago
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the party needs to fully embrace people who are hurting in this country without pausing to count their votes first.

I don't know what that means.

On second thought, it sounds like an accusation against some Republicans.

Maybe some more specifics would make it clear.
26 weeks ago
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Good salesmen give specifics, great ones don't.
26 weeks ago
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Scott hasn't changed a bit since he first ran for Charleston County Council. He says the same things, believes the same things, treats everyone with respect - including those who show him nothing but scorn.

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Sadly, the unproductive class as well as the McCains and Boehners, heavily dependent on the plunder of others, will fight you every step of the way.

Regards,
Gary Marshall
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"With a seasoned delivery and the hope-infused tone of a senator bent on redefining change"

Didn't I see this "movie" before?

Sure seems familiar.

"he said: educational opportunities that fall short and skills that do not meet those required in a 21st century workforce."

12 years isn't enough time to learn to read and write and add?
26 weeks ago
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It's plenty of time. The problem is the teachers, administrators, and the system of our public schools.
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Well that's certainly part of the problem, and would help to explain why it might take 6 years to learn to read and write and add, but not 12 years. Of course, the other problems are not to be named.
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