Newt explains why he doesn’t support Cap and Trade and doesn’t know regarding global warming, why he initially supported the individual mandate but decided that it isn’t workable, and he also explains his consulting work with Freddie Mac.
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Newt would destroy Obi in a debate— the guy is super smart. However, too much baggage on him will prevent this from going forward
Yeah but to quote Bobnus here on this site:
“He’d make a great president. It’s too bad that he’s got too much baggage… I’m not sure what it is. They haven’t made it up yet.”
Who the heck doesn’t have baggage? Oh yeah forgot… liberals. It’s just that with liberals it’s not baggage… it’s badges of honor.
It is interesting to watch as the media and legal hyenas go after Cain, while they are deafeningly silent on Gingrich’s indiscretions.
So who are you voting for?
I can live with Cain/Gingrich…but too many people are suffering from Newtnesia right now…his record is long and anything but conservative…people better remember before its too late
You argument doesn’t carry the day. Newt has a Contract with America for 2012. Who cares what his positions used to be over his 50 year plus career. Did Newt not live up to the last Contract with America? Of course, he did. Thus, your argument is baseless! Newt will adhere to his Contract with America for 2012.
You’re right, I should have substantiated what I said. Here you go.
04/02/1987 – He cosponsored the 1987 Fairness Doctrine
10/22/1991 – He voted for an amendment that would create a National Police Corps.
03/–/1993 – He Voted for sending $1.6 Billion in foreign aid to Russia.
11/19/1993 – He voted for the NAFTA Implementation Act.
11/27/1994 – He supported the GATT Treaty giving sovereignty to the U.N.
08/27/1995 – He suggests that drug smuggling should carry a death sentence.
04/25/1996 – Voted for the single largest increase on Federal education spending ($3.5 Billion)
04/10/1995 – He supported Federal taxdollars being spent on abortions.
06/01/1996 – He helped a Democrat switch parties in an attempt to defeat constitutionalist Ron Paul in the 1996 election.
09/25/1996 – Introduced H.R. 4170, demanded life-sentence or execution for someone bringing 2 ounces of marijuana across the border.
01/22/1997 – Congress gave him a record-setting $300,000 fine for ethical wrongdoing.
11/29/2006 – He said that free speech should be curtailed in order to fight terrorism. Wants to stop terrorists from using the internet. Called for a “serious debate about the 1st Amendment.”
11/29/2006 – He called for a “Geneva Convention for terrorists” so it would be clear who the Constitution need not apply to.
02/15/2007 – He supported Bush’s proposal for mandatory carbon caps.
09/28/2008 – Says if he were in office, he would have reluctantly voted for the $700B TARP bailout.
10/01/2008 – Says in an article that TARP was a “workout, not a bailout.”
12/08/2008 – He was paid $300,000 by Freddie Mac to halt Congress from bringing necessary reform.
03/31/2009 – Says we should have Singapore-style drug tests for Americans.
07/30/2010 – Says that Iraq was just step one in defeating the “Axis of Evil”.
08/03/2010 – Advocates attacks on Iran & North Korea.
08/16/2010 – Opposes property rights of the mosque owner in NYC.
11/15/2010 – He defended Romneycare
12/05/2010 – He said that a website owner should be considered an enemy combatant, hunted down and executed, for publishing leaked government memos.
01/30/2011 – He lobbied for ethanol subsidies.
01/30/2011 – He suggested that flex-fuel vehicles be mandated for Americans.
02/13/2011 – He criticized Obama for sending less U.S. taxdollars to Egypt.
02/15/2011 – His book said that he believes man-made climate-change and advocated creating “a new endowment for conservation and the environment.”
03/09/2011 – He blames his infidelity to multiple wives on his passion for the country.
03/15/2011 – Says that NAFTA worked because it created jobs in Mexico.
03/19/2011 – He has no regrets about supporting Medicare drug coverage. (Now $7.2T unfunded liability)
03/23/2011 – He completely flip-flopped on Libyan intervention in 16 days.
03/25/2011 – He plans to sign as many as 200 executive orders on his first day as president.
04/25/2011 – He’s a paid lobbyist for Federal ethanol subsidies.
05/12/2011 – He was more supportive of individual health-care mandates than Mitt Romney.
06/09/2011 – His own campaign staff resigned en masse.
07/15/2011 – His poorly managed campaign is over $1 Million in debt.
08/01/2011 – He hired a company to create fake Twitter to appear as if he had a following.
10/07/2011 – He said he’d ignore the Supreme Court if need be.
11/16/2011 – Was revealed he actually received 1.6 million from Freddie Mac, vs. his previously stated $300,000
– Gingrich voted for an increase in the debt ceiling in 1979, 1980, 1981, and 1984
– Gingrich voted to permit the Federal Reserve to purchase Treasury Debt
– Bailed out savings and loan institutions in 1991. $40B Bank bailout
– Gingrich voted to strengthen the federal home loan agencies
– Gingrich voted for increased powers to the FDIC to bail out struggling savings and loans through reorganization, purchase of bad assets, or recapitalization.
– Gingrich voted in favor of the Chrysler Bailout in 1979
– Gingrich voted for an oil windfall profits tax in 1979, which was signed by Jimmy Carter.
– Urged the House to repeal the War Powers Act and give the Presidency more power.
– Urged Clinton to expand military presence in Bosnia.
– Gingrich voted against a provision requiring congressional approval prior to deployment of U.S. troops into Central America in 1983.
– Gingrich voted to increase CIA secrecy and against any requirement that the President report covert activity to congress before it is initiated.
– Gingrich voted for Jimmy Carter’s “Energy Mobilization Board.”
– Gingrich voted for an increase in taxes on coal producers in 1981
– Gingrich voted for a 5-cent increase in the gas tax to fund highway and other mass-transit projects.
– Gingrich was one of the few who voted against the 1984 bill requiring the President and Congress to submit a balanced budget
– Gingrich voted for a congressional pay raise
– Gingrich voted against a bipartisan 1% cut to the Department of Defense budget for 1983
– He was a draft-dodger during the Vietnam War, yet pushed aggressive foreign interventionism his entire political career, and did say that Vietnam was the “right battlefield at the right time.”
“The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument.” – Newt Gingrich
Casey, this is information that should be sent to his campaign for a rebuttal. You also called him a draft-dodger. That is a bit extreme.
Thank you. People also need to understand that the Department of Education was passed with only a 3 vote margin,and guess who one of those 3 votes? You guessed it,the Tea Party’s favorite son Newt Gingrich. It is also documented that Newty’s favorite president was Woodrow Wilson and FDR. I am still in shock that the tea party and conservative’s are going gaga over Newt. Wake up people and do some research,Newt is the antithesis of the Tea Party movement.
It is not uncommon for an academic and professor like Newt to speak effectively….I wouldn’t necessarily want these academics to be president.
Got any links to substantiate your claims?
It’s a twisted lie taken from an answer, in an ABC interview. The question they asked (of each of the GOP candidates) was “Who do you think should be the fifth President on Mt.Rushmore?” , Newt’s answer was “I’ll go for five and six, FDR and Ronald Reagan”. “leighrow” is not the first person to try and twist this answer on this site. Here is where the interview is: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/11/romneys-allergy-perrys-theme-song-the-personal-side-of-8-gop-hopefuls/
Romney hack. I know it from another site. Very little coming from Leighrow is factual. It was repeating lies about Gingrich divorcing his first wife while she was on her “deathbed” just today. We all know his daughter has debunked that story.
My response and Newt’s response: See the Contract with America.
Newt will govern based on his Contract with America for 2012.
man ur pathetic i bet ur a paulbot…ur taking votes from 1979, 1981…newt has cast nearly 7000 votes and all u can see is the stuff u disagree with…atleast u can give newt the courtesy of looking at his entire record…i think he has earned it given what he has done for the conservative movement…unlike armchair qb’s like u
Nope…not a Paulbot at all…can’t stand the guy.
I actually like Newt as VP or Sec. of State…but not as the “conservative alternative to Romney” he’s being portrayed as.
A GREAT quote…
“The idea that a congressman
would be tainted by accepting money
from private industry
or private sources
is essentially a socialist argument.” – Newt Gingrich
Newton is definitely NOT a socialist.
Now, while NOT in office, Freddie and Fanny offered to pay Newton for informed advice, which THEY chose to ignore, and Newton accepted their offer of payment, which HE chose to put in the bank.
As Yakov Smirnoff said, “America, what a country.”
“In Russia is freedom of speech.
In America is also freedom after speech.”
True, but another way to look at this is that Newt had the reputation, the intellectual power and political influence to expose Fannie, Freddie, and the whole DC engineered mortgage fraud before it caused such great damage to the Nation.
He chose instead to take their money.
99.999% agreement (… yes, 999 pun is intended)
Former head of Fannie Mae Franklin Raines “took” around $90 million of our money.
Newton “accepted” less than $2 million payment by contract.
January 24, 2011 –
>> NY Times – http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/r/franklin_d_raines/index.html
“Legal Bills for Fannie and Freddie Abuses Cost Taxpayers $160 Million
By GRETCHEN MORGENSON
“Since the government took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, taxpayers have spent more than $160 million defending their former top executives in fraud lawsuits.
And then after Obama got elected I saw Newt on Sean Hannity and he said that he had come to realize that his friends in academia and the left are far more readical than he had realized [Paraphrasing] “and I have come to the realization that these people are so radical that they are a larger threat to the United States than the Soviet Union. If these people get their way America will look nothing like the America you and I grew up in.”
Newt is a changed man. I am glad that he woke up.
The conflict we entered in Vietnam was the “right battlefield at the right time.” During that period, communism was making inroads all over Southeast Asia and even in Okinawa which is north of there. Nations such as the Phillipines and Taiwan and Thailand and Cambodia were also experiencing the influx of communism.
When we went over there, we half kiddingly would say we were going to fight “the spread of communist aggression.”
After returning home, and hearing the hippies the leftists and the media report that we had “lost the war” was interesting and still is, in that communism did not have a major toe hold here in the United States of America until the election of 2008.
There are still conflicts in Vietnam which we do not hear about too much over here because that would lend credence to the fact that we did not lose.
The media even reported that we lost the Tet offensive in 1968. Check the data. According to most statisticians the facts say otherwise.
May you always know the truth, and be at peace within.
Signed: The Fool On The Hill
On the “Draft Dodger” comment, let’s just say maybe you should take a gander at this list of prominent figures that received Deferments:
I would prefer Cain/Gingrich also because all these whinners who say Cain doesn’t know foreign policy, well his V.P Gingrich DOES, so problem solved! No candidate has experience in all areas, what matters most is he/she recognizes their weak spots and surround him/herself with knowledgeable people and listen to them! I believe Henry Ford expressed similar sentiments!
Not true, Obamakov was the perfect man for the job of destroying America and all aspects of it. Nobody can deny this.
I’d prefer Perry/Rubio
Newt is part of the problem. His Freddie Mac deal stinks. It’s about the political payoff schemes that are dominating Washington that people are only now looking at. If you want to know why things can’t get reformed or changed in Washington look at Newt’s contract with Freddie Mac, look at the legal inside trading, look at the grants and loan programs that go to political contributors, look at the earmarks, etc. It’s a cesspool in Washington. We need an outsider to send a message that we reject what’s going on in Washington and we reject the political class and we reject politics as usual. The only outsider in this race is Herman Cain. Cain is able, Cain 2012!
Newt is John McCain part 2. Both are big government amnesty loving crony politicians who will do anything for money,power and prestige. They both have egos the size of Texas and they both are career politician and Washington insiders with bleach blond wives and who have no chance of winning the general election.
Excuse me, but what does having a “bleach blond wife” have to do with anything???
BTW in case you haven’t noticed, Ann Romney is also a “bleach blonde.”
Not sure I can make myself sit and listen to newt lying and denying his history with cap and trade and global warming, especially when his own statements and interviews on the issues show what a liar he is.
This is classic “Who me?” that we saw in the debate where he was called out for taking 300k from fanny/freddy.
Only now we are finding out it was closer to 2 million.
If I have time I will listen to the interview… and im sure post even more ranting on what a rino newt is.
Newt was paid by Fannie as an advisor. They ignored his advice and caused a financial crisis. What is your point? He tried to get them to adopt reforms on their own initiative. Let me caution you to make sure you are distinguishing fact from opinion when you are reading Ann Coulter et al. hit pieces against Newt. Newt has a Contract with America for 2012. The last contract worked out pretty DAMN good sir!
Your only proof that he gave advice that they ignored is his word when asked about 300k.
Obviously the word of one of the most corrupt politicians in the GOP is fine with you.
Not with me and not with a lot of other people who would need a lot more than just his word to let that issue go. Especially when we are finding out there was a lot more money than just 300k that changed hands.
secondly, if this was his only issue, then it would be enough to overlook.
However, this is not his only problem. This is just one of dozens.
And the only thing you have to defend him with is his say so… cute.
Watch it with your condescension bud. Let me educate you, I have his word. All you have is the fact he was paid by them. What does that prove again? There is a confidentiality agreement that blocks him from stating more here. But, he has already said they ignored his advice. What does that tell you? Assuming all of this is true, what is wrong with advising Fannie/Freddie to reform their practices? Would that not have helped prevent the Financial Crisis? P.S. Answer these questions before popping off again!
Right, all I have is the fact that one of the most corrupt government funded entities since the epa is paying newt to give them advice…
And even that story is shifting as people sift through the story of what freddy mac says Verses what newt claims.
For 8 years and 2 million dollars he gave advice they did not take?
IF you buy that crap then there is nothing you wont buy.
In either event, good luck with this issue.
There is only about two dozen other issues that are a lot more damaging than this he can’t excuse his way out of and God knows how many more waiting to come falling out of his closet.
“newt lying and denying his history with cap and trade and global warming”
Yeah, here’s a little bit of his recent history testifying before congress:
I love it when someone feels free to give “comments” on an interview they haven’t bothered to listen to. It’s almost as good as someone reviewing a movie they’ve never seen.
Is there something in the interview he said that somehow will make me forget all about his past stances on global warming and the individual mandate just because its now more beneficial to be perceived as being a conservative for a politician?
I have heard newt’s crap before. Im less than impressed. He is a political opportunist who is just trying to make sure his Tiffany’s tab gets covered, and whether that is from tax payers money or from selling his books and speaking engagements, he comes with a price tag and whoever has the highest bid “wins” a big fat cat politician for hire that will tell you anything you want to hear.
Mark was out of line here. He asked where Newt was today and didn’t let him finish his response. I love Mark, but come on Mr. Levin, let Newt finish a sentence! Way too many other interruptions here too. I am beginning to think Mr. Levin cannot deal with anyone who he cannot steer to his VIEW on EVERY issue.
The Record of Newt Gingrich
1979 Elected to Congress from Georgia’s 6th District
1979 Voted to create the Department of Education, under President Jimmy Carter
1990 Becomes member of Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
1993 Voted for NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement
1994 Supported the WTO, the World Trade Organization. Voted for GATT, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade that subjected Americans to the international authority of the WTO
1995 Becomes Speaker of the House of Representatives and recommends reading The Third Wave by Alvin Toffler as required reading for all of his Congressional colleagues. (See accompanying article.)
1995 Delivers speech to the Center for Strategic and International Affairs in which he blames the US Constitution for making America’s role in leading the world more difficult! Read his full quote in accompanying article, “The American challenge in leading the world is compounded by our Constitution…”.
1995 Wrote the foreword to another one of Toffler’s books, The Politics of the Third Wave, Creating a New Civilization
1995 The liberal establishment Time Magazine names Newt Gingrich their “Man of the Year”
1995 Appeals to the US House of Representatives to increase the power of the Presidency by repealing the War Powers Act of 1972, and urged President Clinton to expand the US military presence in Bosnia.
1996 Under his leadership, Congress passed the largest single spending increase on education in US history, a whopping $3.5 billion dollars!
1999 Newt resigns over failed midterm elections in which Republicans lost 5 seats, the worst loss in history for a Party who did not control the White House. At the same time, he was also involved in a flap over an extra marital affair and a controversial book deal.
2008 Records the ‘We Can Solve It’ global warming TV commercial for Al Gore along with Nancy Pelosi
2009-2010 Travels around the country with Al Sharpton and Arne Duncan to promote President Obama’s new educational policies: i.e. increased local control of schools with increased Federal subsidies and regulations from Washington. (Sounds like quite a contradiction to me.)
2010 Supported ultra-liberal, pro-abortion, pro-union, establishment candidate Dede Scozzafava in New York’s 23rd Congressional District in a special election, over conservative candidate Doug Hoffman.
man ur pathetic i bet ur a paulbot…newt has cast nearly 7000 votes and all u can see is the stuff u disagree with…at least u can give newt the courtesy of looking at his entire record…i think he has earned it given what he has done for the conservative movement…unlike armchair qb’s like u
The “stuff” I disagree with are the extremely liberal policies of big government and globalism that Newt Gingrich has had a long history of supporting, which shows me he is not a real conservative.
Not even touching his individual mandate history and attacks on Paul Ryan’s healthcare plan for being too conservative.
But good summery.
man ur awright Southnsoul.
i bet ur a, uh, a free thinker, aren’t you.
But, seriously now, it would be nice to see similar itemizing for the other candidates as your info from EmergingCorrupton.com shows and as CaseyGeorge did in his post at the top of the page.
Keep this handy … people need to open both eyes when supporting Newt. So, when he self-destructs, no one will be in shock.
However, in some quarters, it seems you can’t even bring up facts or history anymore.
(Also, many have forgotten that there was a coup to oust Newt as Speaker by the conservatives.)
I wonder what the cainbots think of this article
I don’t know about anybody else, but this “Hurrah Cain” friend thinks that William Jacobson’s “Why I Support Newt Gingrich” post on his blog is one point of view that is just as valid as mine.
“Why I Support Newt Gingrich” intro –
“I have been agnostic on the Republican primary so far, but the time for choosing has arrived.
“For the reasons set forth below, I believe that the primaries will come down to Mitt Romney versus Newt Gingrich.
“As such, the choice is not between Newt Gingrich and some hypothetical more perfect conservative candidate, as Newt’s most vocal critics would have us believe.
“I’m supporting Newt Gingrich as the most conservative Republican who is electable and most qualified for the position of President.
And, the debate continues.
Folks can post whatever they want about Newt’s record.
It means NOTHING.
The fact remains that he honored the Contract with America in the 1990’s, and he has proposed another Contract with America for 2012, which he will honor.
Newt is a man of his word. Your choice is either Newt, who will honor his Contract with America for 2012, or Romney, the flip-flopper. Nobody else has a chance. The MSM has already shredded Cain et al.
oooooo a “contract.”
Well that just changes everything about his record now doesnt it? NOT.
Thanks, i’ll wait till newt self destructs again for the uptenth time and watch the fireworks between Perry, a real conservative, Verses romney.
This is the same rino clown that left his seat in disgrace amid scandals. You think you are smart marching him up against obamao just because he debates pretty? Half the Right base wont even bother showing up to vote again when his dirty laundry comes out to rain crap all over everyone.
Well, under your line of thinking, we should sit at home if we don’t have a perfect candidate. That is insane and is a de facto vote for Obama, which you will have to explain to your children and grandchildren one day. I will follow the Buckley Rule and vote based on a platform and who is the most electable Conservative in the race. Newt has a history of adhering to his platform, doesn’t he?
No, that is not my line of thinking.
Sorry you kinda fell short trying to figure me out… by a mile.
Go with whoever supports your ideals.
If you are a global warming alarmist that thinks the government has any business bailing out businesses and telling them how they can operate while punishing/rewarding sources of energy for your political benefit then romney or newt is your guy.
And probably cain too for that matter though he has had little if anything to say about the global warming issues.
But dont try passing them off as conservatives.
The word “conservative” should still have a meaning and when you apply it to either cain newt or romney or anyone like them it loses all sense of meaning.
Me? My ideals are actually too far right for any sane politician to try to fully support.
I will always support the strongest conservative in the field. Perry wins that title with about two dozen pieces of legislative accomplishments for conservatism and with it my support.
“man of his word”???? three wives later!!
That’s a lot of flip flops in one paragraph which means he lost any edge over Romney.
He supported draconian measures to “curb global warming” by the way.
Romney is a better choice, especially in light of this surreal set of epiphanies Newt has had.
six in one hand half a dozen in the other between newt and romney.
I don’t see any difference.
Worlds of difference between Newt and Romney. Newt has actually advanced the conservative cause by being the driving force behind the good economic times of the 90s. Or were you crediting that to President Clinton? Still like you my first choice is Gov Perry.
At this point in rank order my favs for my vote in the Florida Primary: Perry, Newt, Cain, Romney(voted for him in 2008), Bachman, Santorium, Ron Paul, Huntsman. Though if Sarah Palin jumped in she would be at the top of my list.
Oh yeah like the base foreclosures. Those were a hoot!
I can’t say there were any good times under clinton. Sorry? We went from Reagan, to Bush, to clinton, and clinton threw America under the bus with NAFTA (which has newt’s signature all over) and outsourcing jobs to india and china. Meanwhile Al Qaeda was using us for a punching bag and while clinton was “Not having sexual relations with that woman, ms lewinsky” newt was getting his own stimulus package from having an affair with his staffer, who is now his wife, and getting involved in the house banking scandal by signing off dozens of checks shortly before he had to resign in disgrace.
Yes there were good economic times in the 90s. yes some of the decisions Clinton did, like his version of enforcing the community redevelopment act, planted seeds that contributed to the housing bubble. to the extent that the economy did well and the budget was balanced in (1999?), we should give due credit to the GOP congress and Speaker Gingrich.
So everything that went well from 1994 through 2001 was the GOP doing things right in congress, all the bad you mentioned was Clinton. NAFTA, well I am a bit confused. I like free trade as a conservative who likes capatalism, but I am not sure that NAFTA was real free trade. Or perhaps Pat Buchanann was right when he ran for Prez in 1992 and that some protectionism is needed. I suspect that if you have true free trade between two countries the living standards will tend to equalize. And if you are trading between a third world country and …going of rails here on a tangent, nvm.
Look I agree with you about Perry, but I to me Newt is a better choice than Romney this cycle.
The dubious benefit of passing a balanced budget under clinton came at a high cost. I don’t think its worth bragging about considering how much they cut from our military and how much in loans was taken from china to pay it off. But hey, you are the one wanting to give credit where its due.
Newt signed one balanced budget.
Perry has six balanced budgets, with surpluses and spending cuts.
there is a great American Thinker peice today that I am sure you would enjoy reading.
In fact, I think I am leaning towards Newt over Perry now. Let me revise my list: Newt, Perry, Cain, Romney, Bachman, Santorium, Ron Paul, Huntsman. If only because Mr Wright has convinced me that Newt is more electable than I had thought.
Yeah that fluff piece is going to just contradict everything going on now about him such as this
White wash him all you want. It doesnt change who he is and how he legislates, which is absolutely corrupt and absolutely RINO.
The WORST thing that could happen is for him to win the primaries before all the skeletons and crap come flying out of his closet.
love how the trolls that support the others come on here..
I’d love to see Newt debate Obama and there’s no question he has certain skills that could be very helpful in setting America on a new course. I could care less about his so-called “baggage” (I find that stuff so incredibly stupid/irrelevant). But there is something about him I do not trust. With a heavy GOP house and GOP control of the senate, I wouldn’t be that worried. But I read this somewhere else, and I agree with it: Newt is too smart for his own good sometimes. He’s the kind of guy I would want to hear ideas from. Think tank. Analyst. Consultant. He has an impressive mind. However, I don’t think he has the right stuff to be a great LEADER. I see him more as a POTUS’s advisor rather than a POTUS.
I keep hearing this debate obama crap. Osama can refuse to debate anytime!
I wish I could see Ron Paul or even Santorum get the media coverage that Newt gets . I mean how many times do you channel to Fox and there’s Newt doing a interview . Even when he was down in the polls , there’s Newt on Fox . What blatant bias by the MSM . It shows that Fox is in the game with the Left . And it’s funny with all dirt bashing towards some candidates but never Romney ? . Romney is the Left’s Darling , because they know Romney has no chance against obama , because , both he & obama are quite alike in policies , so why change , we’ll just vote again for obama .
I have read Newt’s books, if you read his books there is no doubt that he is conservative and loves our country. He believes that our country must have patriotism, values, personal responsiblity. He is adamant that we must prevent Sharia law from entering out judicial system. He will reform the judicial system. Our country needs more than jobs and a better economy, we need to once again, be the shining city on the hill. Newt will do this with help from the American people.
Please don’t fall prey to the media or the rumours, look for facts, logical explanations and you will see what I see, a man that has spent years thinking of ways to save our our country. He has formed organizations to work on solutions, not perfect a campaign.
folks should read this white paper on newt’s record by club for growth
draw ur own conclusions…in my opinion newt has the best combo of electability and conservatism…initially i thought perry was the guy but his electability has dropped
Three Words folks: Contract with America.
In the words of Joe Biden, this election will be all about his infamous three letter word: J-O-B-S.
Newt has a history of getting the economy to boom and getting our fiscal house in order!
Wow! So newt, all by himself took control of the economy and got it to boom? I’m sure the other republicans in Congree at the time, as well as Clinton and his administration would find this observation amusing.
Newt Gingrich will be our next President of the United States. It all comes down to who would you like to see on the debate stage debating the current POTUS? Hands down its Newt, and we all know it.
you may be right
That is an incredibily stupid basis for determining a nominee.
The fact is that Newt has never seriously been challenged on his record. Given his recent climb atop the field, he has been largely uncontested until this week. Then, when confronted, he obviscates or reverses his prior position in a dramatic way. The question is, who is the real Newt Gingrich? Who are some willing to turn to and hand the nomination?
Rest assured, a man who vastly changes his positions on numerous publicly stated policies is either untrustworthy or unreliable.
Can Newt debate? Certainly he can, better than others. But so can equally untrustworthy and unreliable Mitt Romney. In fact, there is very little seperating the two (depending on the day and which side they have flipped to on that given day).
For another view:
I think what bothers me about a lot of these candidates, is, we need to have a different program, etc. The federal government doesn’t need to get involved. The Constitution doesn’t allow for these federal programs on housing etc. I want to hear it should be handled by people, through charity if they want, etc, or through the states. We, meaning the federal government doesn’t, and shouldn’t do anything about getting people into houses. They can talk about it, but they have no business being involved in it. Just say no!
many past elected officials have won office based on advocating the establishment of a social safety net to protect to neediest and least-able in society. however you feel about that, i don’t think that genie is going back in the bottle.
I wish the premise Gingrich promoted in this interview about health care would be challenged. Newt said he was for the mandate because of the problem of people with money who refused to buy health insurance getting sick and then expecting their neighbors to pay for it.
On what planet was this ever possible? Seriously? When did this EVER happen? He wasn’t talking about poor people. He wasn’t talking about illegal immigrants.
I’ve had a couple of incidents where I didn’t pay a medical bill because of screw ups with my insurance. Small things like lab tests I got a bill for that should have been paid by my insurance, or bills my insurance rejected and became overdue before I got it.
These hospitals and labs are ruthless. You can’t just not pay it. They send collection agencies after you. So where is this magical land Newt was talking about where someone could have no insurance, get medical care, and not pay the bill? Without being hounded by collection agencies and sued? Where?
It’s a false premise, yet the entire health care debate is based on it. And nobody challenges it.
agreed. newt DID use a wrong premise. the premise should always be the quest to lay out the proper parameters of government’s role as a safety net for those in true need, and honor the limits no matter what.
SHEEPLE:”shur like the way he talks!”
SANEPERSON:”did you understand what he said?”
SHEEPLE: “uhh, uhh, no, but he shur talks purty!!”
NOBODY lays out the health reform problem properly. A combine of politicians and the insurance industry is using the cover of the smoke and fire to slowly just pull things in their own direction while the fight goes on.
The politicians want to appease the insurance industry supporters of theirs, doing not much reform while appearing to fix problems, and insurance companies want to limit free market competition that affects their profits and market share. So if there’s a government insurance mandate, the industry people want to be the go-to people to administer it and that’s where we’re at.
First, people with no health problems and/or benefit of youthful vigor have vastly different healthcare needs than people who have chronic health issues or advanced age. The free market USED to put them in separate insurance pools, with the young/healthy in a cheap pool with relatively few coverages and the unhealthy in a costly pool with barely enough coverages at a high price to cover the unavoidable costs.
Initial moves at reform always focus on 1. reducing costs as much as possible, and 2. finding ways to increase the government up-front support of coverage for low-income/unhealthy who otherwise would burden local counties via unfunded indigent cost mandates from the Federal government.
WHAT WE GET: loudly complaining low-income/unhealthy patient groups and advocates who harness that activity for purely political purposes and aren’t above empty promises and attempts at obviously unworkable payment models in order to keep worthless promises. It’s no more complex than that.
WHAT WE SHOULD GET: a public agreement that in order to get pools that charge different rates and provide different levels of coverage based on individual choice and needs, there needs to be government committment to establishing a focused and limited system of funding a high-risk pool for low-income/unhealthy, and that government WILL NOT expand it to fulfill impossible political promises.
Say what you like, when you examine what Mitt and Newt have had to say on reform, they adhere to the above sane model, and to their credit don’t shy away from it even while they blast the people who use govt healthcare for impossible promises.
Newt Gingrich has been a proponent of a healthcare mandate for years. Here is a link to a convincing expose on Newt’s history supporting the mandate.