Sunday, November 27, 2011

Is Newt Our Man?

There seems to be a candidate I have never really discussed or given much thought to, but now that he has gained a little more attention maybe it is time to do so.
            Newt Gingrich, or Mr. Speaker, has recently been endorsed by New Hampshire’s largest newspaper, The Union Leader.  Now, this is a state that Mitt Romney is usually the guy they’re talking about. So why Gingrich?

            Gingrich grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor’s degree in History from Emory University and his master’s, as well as his doctorate, in Modern European History from Tulane University. In the 1970s Gingrich ran for the House of Representatives two times before being elected on the third try in 1978, then was notably re-elected ten times. It was not until twenty years later, in 1998 that he resigned.
In those twenty years Gingrich really got things done. He was the architect for the “Contract With America.” This contract was a detailed plan of action from the Republican Party that stated what they would do if they became the majority party in the United States House of Representatives.

According to Newt’s website there are a couple of more things to take note on.

“Under Newt’s leadership, Congress passed the first balanced budget in a generation, leading to the repayment of over $400 billion in debt.  Congress also cut taxes for the first time in sixteen years and reformed welfare, leading to over sixty percent of welfare recipients either getting a job or going to school.  In addition, the Congress restored funding to strengthen our defense and intelligence capabilities, an action later lauded by the bipartisan 9/11 Commission.”

            Newt Gingrich has the stuff to back up his candidacy, but where does he stand now? (Again, going through his website you can find more detailed descriptions, but here is a brief overview.)

Gingrich has ten solutions for Immigration. To name a few:
-Control the Border
-Create a 21st Century Visa Program
- “In-source” the best brains in the world (Which basically means allowing foreign students to immediately start working in America, instead of forcing them to leave and start from scratch.)
-Allow foreigners, who want to spend money, invest and create jobs in America to do so.

As far as Jobs & Economy goes, he has a strategy that balances the budget, pays down the debt, and creates more jobs.
-Stop 2013 tax increases
-Strengthen the dollar
-Move toward an optional flat tax of 15%
-Repeal & Replace Obamacare (Shocking)
-Balance the Budget

Newt has always been a leader on Healthcare. On his website he has a thirteen point solutions plan that he calls Patient Power reforms.
Everyone would be able to obtain essential health care and coverage when needed.  For those who are too poor to buy health insurance, states will have more flexibility to provide them with the assistance they need to buy it.  For those who nevertheless choose not to purchase coverage and then become too sick to do so, high-risk pools will provide access to coverage.”

Clearly Newt Gingrich appears to have the experience and the knowledge to really do something in this race. But there has to be something about him that is holding him back from overshadowing a former CEO of a pizza company. For me, it has little to do with the experience he has had in politics, but more so to do with his personal “affairs”. Gingrich has been married three times, and both marriages, previous to his current marriage to Callista Bisek, ended in divorce because he had an affair… twice! Gingrich does not appear to be the upstanding and honorable man the People usually want to elect.
Unfortunately, for Newt Gingrich, personal affairs are just about as important as political affairs.

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