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The Change You Deserve PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chet   
Tuesday, 13 May 2008 15:54

Effexor I just can't resist this.  The blogosphere has been abuzz since yesterday with talk of the new House Republican "motto" coming out of D.C.  Here's the story:

It looks like Republicans will counter the Democratic push for change from the years of the Bush administration with their own pledge to deliver, drum roll please, “the change you deserve.” The first element of the party agenda developed over the past few months by the leadership and select party members will focus on family issues.

“Through our “Change You Deserve” message and through our “American Families Agenda,” House Republicans will continue our efforts to speak directly to an American public looking for leaders who will offer real solutions for the challenges they confront every day,” said the memo prepared for lawmakers.

NY Times (The Caucus blog)  

So why is the blogosphere abuzz with the House GOP's motto?  Here's the fun part:

According to Wikipedia, the prescription drug "Venlafaxine is used primarily for the treatment of depression, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder in adults."

The brand name version, Effexor, is sold by Wyeth, which marketed it using the slogan, "The Change You Deserve™."

According to a December 2007 Alternet article, Are You One of Big Pharma's Lab Animals?, the drug company's ad agency came up with this marketing slant:

Wyeth's ad agency serenaded the nation with the message in its "The Change You Deserve™" campaign that, if we were not enjoying things the way we used to do, if we were lacking in what agencies used to call get-up-and-go, it was time to go on the antidepressant Effexor.

"The Change You Deserve™" was trademarked by Wyeth, so we're wondering if that will be a problem for the NRCC, regardless of the unfortunate analogy between its political fortunes and the genuine suffering that plagues people experiencing depression.


The Republicans have chosen as their motto a trademarked ad slogan for an antidepressant. 

The Republican Party is officially a parody of itself. 

You deserve a better change.

Comments (6)add comment

spababe said:

We are getting the Change we Deserve.....Finally
Well,,that figures, they can't even get their slogan right!. Sort of like "Mission Accomplished." Why shoule we be so surprised!

And tonight another republican seat went Democratic with Childers (D) taking Wicker's seat in Mississippi. This after Dead eye Dick Cheney went there and the RNC sunk in $1.3 million. We could only hope Dick goes on the campaign trail much much more, like with McCain.
May 14, 2008
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Ab2kgj said:

the people who are nominating john McSame...
are using THIS slogan???

Thats a new one!


It had to be an antidepressant too.

May 14, 2008 | url
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Common Sensible said:

Now that there's a cure ...
I always had a feeling that Republicanism was a diagnosable mental disorder. Now we have proof that it is, and it can be cured with a pill. What a relief!
May 14, 2008
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Ab2kgj said:

So here are the side effects...
Maybe we're not all that far off?

May 15, 2008 | url
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MsSwin said:

The New and Improved Republican RX for America
"The Change You Deserve"


The new and improved Republican Platform Prescription XR for America produces side effects including but not limited to generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, nervousness, yawning, and/or sweating.

Studies have shown a propensity for abnormal vision, impotence, nausea (31%) and constipation (10%).

Also revealed were increased instances of depression, decreased libido, agitation, nightmares, delirium, blurred vision and difficulty focusing.

Known to cause loss of appetite, cold feet, postural hypotension and hemorrhoids (see Bend Over For Bush Syndrome).

Most common side effect is flatulence and political irritability.

Less common side effects include acne and/or pustular rash.

Not a controlled substance and has not been studied in clinical trials regarding potential for abuse.

For further information see Effexor XR for additional warnings.

Consult your family doctor if symptoms persist for more than four years.
May 16, 2008 | url
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Ab2kgj said:

thanks for that!
Was hoping somebody would take this and run with it...
May 16, 2008 | url
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