Newt’s The One for Me…… and You, and Economic Growth, and a Stronger America

Newt’s the One for President!

Bookmark and Share It is with great hesitation that I allow my own endorsement of any specific Republican candidate for President to occupy space in White House 2012. As the founder of White House 2012, I do not want to see my words and opinions diminished in the eyes of those who do not agree with my endorsement. But  the whole reason for my initiating White House 2012 was because I am passionate about my politics and in addition to offering news and information, I also wanted to share my opinions. As stated in the description of White House 2012, the site is meant to offer news, analysis, information, and opinions. So I mislead no one when I offer my opinions and present them as such. With that stated, in my opinion, of all the Republican candidates who have actually been courageous and committed enough to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is the one who I believe is best suited to fulfill the needs of our nation and to set us on a sustaianable, longh term trajectory for growth and prosperity.
Newt Gingrich may not be the best candidate, but he offers the best leadership and is the candidate best prepared to articulate, promote, and enact a conservative agenda that must begin to undo the liberal injustices carried out by what is one of the most radically liberal, and misguided Administrations we have seen in generations.

While many may not view ideology as the most important quality in a President, to be quite frank, it is one of the most important to me. And given the fact that our current President is an ideologue who turned our nation so sharply to the left that we are suffering from political whiplash, I believe that a steadfast conservative leader is required to quickly change the course of our ship of state before we sail straight into the harbor of European Socialism, a place that shelters governing values which are antithetical to those which our nation was founded on. I believe Newt Gingrich is the conservative leader running in this race who can steer us right.

Newt is not only a strong defender of conservatism, he is a true believer in it. His passion for America and the conservative principles that created its Constitution, and established the glow of freedom that beckons the world to our shores, is as strong or stronger than that of any other single political leader out there today. But along with that passion comes something that few others have the ability to do in quite the same way that Newt can. Newt Gingrich has a knack for taking what may seem to be complicated issues and breaking them down in to clear and simple terms that create a better understanding of the problems we face. Furthermore; he has an uncanny ability to articulate conservative solutions in a way that makes arguing against them a difficult task. When Newt is done making a point, any point, you can’t help but say to yourself, “you know, that makes a lot of sense“.

Better than anyone else, Newt has a superior ability to take what some initially  write off as partisan, conservative, politics, and convert it into what amounts to undeniable common sense.

While his conservative credentials quite strong, one of the other most important factors for chosing a candidate is how they intend to translate their ideology in to policies that can be applied to government, and if they can realistically infuse them in to the practical application of government.

A look at Newt’s initiatives demonstrates that he can.

On the issue of the day, the economy and all the subsets included in that issues, such as jobs, trade, taxation, competitiveness in the global markets, government spending, regulations, and more, in addition to having a superb command of those issues, Newt takes the concepts of conservatism and turns them into realistic government courses of action that effectively improve the business environment of our nation, strengthens the American dollar, eliminates the destructive environment of over-regulation and bureaucratic burdens, grows the economy, controls federal spending, and in what prove to be some of the most important aspects of his policies, reforms the system.

Newt does not tinker with our arcane, unfair, and jumbled, loophole ridden tax code, he dismantles it and offers a new one, a flat one that provides one nation with one rate——- a reasonable of 15% rate .

His flat tax also preserves deductions on charitable giving and home ownership, and creates a new personal deduction of $12,000 for every American. This deduction is well above the current poverty level, and ensures that this new system does not unfairly target the poor.

Other reform minded policies of Newt’s road to real economic recovery, include eliminating the capital gains tax to make American entrepreneurs more competitive against those in other countries; reducing the corporate income tax which is currently among the highest in the world, to 12.5%. His reforms also incude 100% expensing of new equipment to spur innovation and American manufacturing, ending the death tax permanently, and beyond tax reform, Newt seeks to also balance our budget with reforms that replace damaging policies and regulatory agencies with new approaches. Such ideas include reforms scrapping the Environmental Protection Agency and its regulations by replacing them with an Environmental Solutions Agency that rewards innovation.

While scrapping the E.P.A. may be a little to much to hope for with a Congress that shares seats with liberals, it signals the leadership direction that is required to flow from the White House, a conservative direction that relies more on the competition of ideas, American ingenuity, and the strength of freedom more than the wasteful bureaucratic behemoth known as the federal government.

Such thinking is applied by Newt to his robust, all of the above, job-creating, energy policy and his approach to what may be the most needed reforms of all, the ones required to solve our budget busting entitlement programs for future generations.

When it comes to the economy, Newt Gingrich is in tune with the free market principles that built this nation. Much like the free market, Newt’s thinking process is an endless competition of ideas that allows him to put the best ones to work for America, but such thinking by Newt does not only apply to the economy.

With Newt, that thought process is also demonstrated in his approach to such things as education. In that area, Gingrich probably has the most innovative, aggressive, and comprehensive program of all the candidates.

His American educational proposals include insuring that parents have the right to choose the school that is best for their child, and are never trapped in a failing school. He seeks to adopt per-pupil school district funding formulas that follow each child to the school their parents wish them to attend and provides parents who home school their children with a tax credit. Newt’s vision for education in America seeks to allow schools to manage their own staff, and exempts them from laws regarding tenure, and the need not unionize, a reform that places power back in to the hands of parents and helps prevent big labor bosses from using children as hostages to their demands. He seeks to allow schools to define their own curriculums in line with state standards and assessments, and he puts an emphasis on the growth opportunity for charter schools. But that’s not all, Newt’s education reform agenda is too detailed to lay out in its entirety in one post covering his broader agenda. However, the details deserve your attention and I suggest that everyone review them.

Those are but only two areas where Newt distinguishes himself from his Republican rivals for the presidential nomination. But they are superb examples of the way that Newt will lead us. They are examples of his innovation and the bottom line for me is that now more than ever, America needs not only a true conservative leader, we need an innovator. Someone who can breathe new light in to a federal government that is failing us. Someone who can again make the Republican Party the Party of ideas and just as it is suppose to be in the free market, once again allow the competition of ideas, new ideas and new approaches, to dominate federal policy creation. Our 21st century nation needs a 21st century government that allows our people to compete, succeed, and thrive. Achieving that requires bold new thinking, thinking that does not tinker with antiquated processes or codes, but that revamps, rewrites, and rejuvenates them in an attempt to allow the federal government to protect and defend a way life that allows it to strengthen the people. Currently, the United States is mired in a mode of thinking which works the other way around. Instead of empowering our people, our people are being used to empower government. Newt Gingrich realizes this and opposes it more than any other person for running for President today.

And it is that understanding and innovation which seeps into all areas of his thinking.

This is especially the case in an area that lies in the domain of federal responsibility more than all others…..foreign policy and our national defense.

Here Newt Gingrich knows that we are in the midst of a long war against a radicalized Islamists belief system that is adhered to by a small but powerful minority of Muslims and that we must accept that truth and confront it wherever it rears its ugly head. He knows that our national foreign policy and defense strategy must think big but smart and develop what he calls a “grand strategy for marginalizing, isolating, and defeating radical Islamists across the world“. And through it all, Newt does not ignore the fact that our nation is what Ronald Reagan called the world’s “abiding alternative to tyranny.” As such, Newt Gingrich understands that American foreign must always be designed to protect and defend ourselves and those who share our values. This is a reality ignored by even some in the G.O.P. who stake out unrealistic isolationist policies that would allow the enemies of freedom to build a strong foundation that will enable them to surround us and eventually overwhelm us. And not just physically, but ideologically as well. Newt understands that the less willing we are as a nation to defend our values abroad, the more likely we are to see our values threatened here at home. America’s foreign policy must begin by understanding who we are as a country. Therefore, America’s foreign policy must be to ensure our own survival and protect those who share our values.

As such, Newt will adopt the same innovative approach that he does in all other initiatives, to our defense and foreign policies and he will do so by incorporating a host of strategic initiatives into the development of sound policies to keep America safe. Under President Gingrich national security will include the implementation of an American energy plan that reduces the world’s dependence on oil from dangerous and unstable countries, secures our border with inventive new methods and the type of resolve that we have been lacking for decades. And most unique to Newt is his wisdom and willingness to include education in his formula for national security. Unlike others, he sees the need to incentivize math and science education in America to ensure the men and women of our Armed Forces always have the most advanced and powerful weapons in the world at their disposal.

With Newt Gingrich the United States can count on having a true America First policy, one that considers our best interests without denying the effect that the rest of the world has on those interests.

On issue after issue, Newt Gingrich is not only conservative he is right. He is also a true and courageous leader. Newt does not follow agendas, he creates the agenda, an American agenda that uses the conservative ideology as a means to unite and improve our nation, not as a partisan political tool to divide our nation.

Be it his willingness to make English officially the first, but not the only language of our nation, or his willingness to reform the most basic institutions of our government, Newt Gingrich is bold and persuasive, and is just what America needs. While he is quite experienced with the political process, he is also far from being what Americans are tired of……establishment politicians. His willingness to reform the system that is often rigged in favor of the political class is antithetical to political orthodoxy and his passion for news ideas makes him anything but a status quo politician.

While I admit that Newt Gingrich is not the candidate currently best positioned to win the nomination, I must also admit that picking the name of the person who does become the Republican presidential nominee, does not get me anything. I am not going to win any bets by endorsing Newt Gingrich. If I was a betting man, I would put my money on Mitt Romney. But being right about who the inevitable nominee will be is nowhere near as important to me as doing what I feel is the right thing to do. That is why I choose to endorse Newt Gingrich.

With the exception of Ron Paul, I can easily support almost all of the nominees currently seeking the Republican presidential nomination. In 2008, I supported and worked for Mitt Romney. But 2012 is a different time and a different election. All those differences lead me to conclude that Newt Gingrich is the best candidate running. That determination can not be arrived at by any poll or prediction. For someone such as myself who takes their politics, civic duties and committment to our nation so seriously, such a determination can only come from a unique confluence of heart and mind which allows the seeming truth and logic behind my beliefs to be so strong that they inspire me emotionally, and stimulate me intellectually.

For all these reasons, I confidently endorse Newt Gingrich. Other Republican candidates may be good and while I have faith even in a candidate like Mitt Romney, whom I believe is far more conservative than some would lead us to think, I do not have the same sense of deep-rooted appreciation and confidence in him as I have in Newt. Newt is the type of conservative who does not just take part in history, he makes history. He is not the type of conservative who just promotes ideas, he comes up with the ideas that others promote and now more than ever, given the critical ideological juncture our nation is now at, and given the severity of the problems that confront us socially, economically, and internationally, I believe that Newt Gingrich has the ability to steer us in the right direction, at the right time. Newt is more than just a leader, this former Speaker of the House is a leader of leaders.

***Editors Note: This endorsement is mine and mine alone. Other contributors have different opinions and White House 2012 is proud to make them available for others to consider. At the same time, sincere opinions can and often do allow the light of impartiality to let the truth be known and as this campaign progresses, White House 2012 will continue to let the truth be known and still share the opinions of its writers with its readers. In a sense I am actually being more honest than most who cover politics. I am at least willing to be truthful about who I favor. Others present their case without ever revealing their biases. I also have faith in the ability for intelligent people to be able discern fact from opinion and in my writing I do not hide either the facts or my opinion.

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Newt Gingrich: Phoenix Rising or Leader Emeritus? Can Newt be the Next Frontrunner?

  Bookmark and Share  While Mitt Romney maintains a steady 25% in most Republican presidential polls, the polling numbers for other candidates have seen wide fluctuations that provide them with five minutes of fame in frontrunner status. That has been a phenomenon mainly to the desire of the G.O.P. base to find a viable alternative to Romney that they can get excited about. For a while that alternative was Mike Huckabee Mitch Daniels, and Donald Trump.  Then it was  Michele Bachmann, and soon after her it was Rick Perry.  When Perry stepped in and did not meet expectations, the enthusiasm shifted back towards the hope that a new name would jump in to the race.  Paul Ryan again declined and then Chris Christie spent an hour in a press conference convincing people that he was not running.  Soon after that, Herman Cain catapulted to the top.

At the moment, Cain still remains in the lead in several state and national polls, but it is a slim lead that seems to be slowly fading.  Meanwhile Romney stays mired in the mid twenties.

So what’s next?

Will Cain build on his lead?

It is possible but not very likely.

Herman Cain has had a few hiccups such as his contradictory remarks regarding abortion.  These bumps in Cain’s road to the White House have stalled his momentum a bit and it provides a little space for a new name to move up in the polls.  And while Cain can certainly recapture that momentum, he is still quite limited in the sense that he has not been able to coordinate any significant organizational strength on the ground in any of the early states.  Without such organizational strength, high poll numbers are in truth artificially inflated.  Coordination of an operational organization that keeps a close track on voters is the only way to insure that those high poll numbers translate in to actual votes.

But between now and when the first votes in Iowa take place, perception is the name of the game.  Voter perceptions will continue to be the driving force behind the polling numbers and if I am right, I believe that perceptions will soon find Cain being viewed in a much dimmer light and cause Newt Gingrich’s name to the forefront.

As Rick Perry focusses on tearing Romney down instead of building himself up, and as Herman Cain is forced to waste time correcting and explaining himself, candidates like Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Ron Paul will continue to look for opening that will let them get in to contention.  Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich has recently found his opening.  An average of polls as indicated by Real Clear Politics, shows that Newt Gingrich is practically tied with Ron Paul for third place.  Paul’s numbers are basically as high as they can go in a Republican primary or caucus.  That essentially leaves Newt as the candidate in third place and that ultimately gives Newt Gingrich the best chance to become America’s next new Top Model………….,  I mean candidate.

Up to now, Newt has been running g a low-key campaign.  That is mainly due to the fact that he has had no choice in the matter.  His fundraising has been relatively meager, many conservatives have not wanted to give Newt much of a chance because of his personal marital infidelities, and the establishment has not wanted to give Newt much consideration because of what they see as a general image problem that makes Newt unelectable.

But all that may change and Gingrich is ready to force that change upon voters.

Mitt Romney is eventually going to have to move in one direction or another.  He will have to break out of the mid-twenties and break in to the at least the low  to mid-thirties.  Unfortunately, this is not likely to happen until Romney wins a primary or caucus other than New Hampshire, where he is an obvious favorite.  Until Republicans who are apprehensive or unhappy with Romney have concrete reasons to resign themselves to an inevitability of Romney winning the nomination, they will either remain on the fence or commit themselves to another candidate.  Right now, Rick Perry, the candidate seen as having the most potential to be the alternative candidate,  is not picking up many votes and he is not having an impact on the 25% that Romney steadily maintains.

Perry also has many troubling hurdles.  While his Republican rivals will continue to chip away at his strong suit……..job creation, and hammer away at his unpopular illegal immigration positions, Perry is stuck with other problems.  He is not good on the stump.  Perry does not do well in unscripted environments.  Whenever he is left to his own devices, he fumbles and stumbles and does not portray the type of command of the issues and confidence that is necessary.   While in time, he may improve, right now there is little room for on the job campaign training.

As for the others, Herman Cain faces the same problem and I believe that he and his cornerstone 9-9-9 plan are not going to hold up to the scrutiny that comes with being a frontrunner for very long.  Ron Paul has hit his usual 8 to 14 percent ceiling of support, Bachmann will fight for her life and exhaust her resources in Iowa to compete for a stop spot and in the end, she might pull off a win in Iowa but that is becoming increasingly unlikely and even if she does take the Iowa caucuses, she will have little ability to translate that in to a victory in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida, Nevada or any other contested races.

In regards to Rick Santorum, while he will campaign well, he has not demonstrated an ability to catch on with voters and without any significant money available to him, it is not possible for him to become a contender for the top spot.

This leaves Jon Huntsman and Gary Johnson.

Johnson is just not a factor and will not be.  He is investing all his time and very limited resources in New Hampshire where he is counting on pulling off a miraculous upset victory over Mitt Romney and suddenly become the man to beat.  But that won’t happen.  Huntsman may be able to surprise many with a second place finish in the Granite State but that too is unlikely.  And regardless of how well he does, he will not gain the type of momentum from his New Hampshire finish that can  propel him to a top spot in South Carolina, Nevada, and/or Florida.

This leaves Newt Gingrich with multiple windows of opportunities to become the next best alternative to Mitt Romney and the next flavor of the month, or at least the week and he knows it.  He already believes that he has a chance to do well in New Hampshire, and states that Romney does not have a lock on that state’s primary. And he may be right.  That is why Gingrich is finally building an organization in New Hampshire.  More so than any of the other candidates, Newt has the potential to sneak up on Romney, a state which recent primary history has shown to be the scene of many surprises.  If Newt has the resources, he could take advantage of New Hampshire by pulling off a surprise second place showing.  That would be a great start to the firewall Newt has stated that he will build in South Carolina.  With a good showing in New Hampshire, Gingrich may be able to build what could more accurately be called a large sand dune in South Carolina, but not a firewall. Nonetheless, he can establish himself there and turn what is currently a campaign to talk about in passing, in to a campaign that grabs the headlines——positive headlines.

Leading up to the first nominating contests, in order for any of this to be possible, Newt can and must begin to take control of the agenda through successful strategic messaging.  By turning his numerous ideas in to the topics of discussion, he can quietly rise in the polls, as he has already been doing, but at a significantly faster rate.

If and when that happens it will be quite possible for Newt Gingrich to make his move and turn the nomination contest in to a two or three man race between himself, Mitt Romney and either Herman Cain or Rick Perry.  If that does occur, all bets are off because Newt can not be underestimated.  He is a man of superior intellect and his ideologically passion can be infectious among conservatives.   Add to that the undeniable fact that Newt is a  figure who has helped shape contemporary conservative thinking and what you have  is a candidate who in a mano y mano environment, will allow Newt to score many points and finally begin to tap in to all that is needed to unite critical factions of the electorate into a winning coalition of voters, a coalition that even includes the TEA Party.

While Newt is not considered a darling of the TEA movement he has the ability to tap into them and win them over. In New Hampshire he has already begun to tap in to the TEA Party.  He recently hired Andrew Hemingway, a Tea movement activist and former state chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, as his state campaign director.  In line with his potential TEA movement appeal, while Newt was once part of the establishment, he is far from an establishment thinker or player and that bodes well for him in an anti-establishment electorate.  When it comes to the conservative base of the Party, few true conservatives can turn their back on Newt if he positions himself as “the’ alternative to Romney.  Social conservatives may still put their noses up at Newt, but their vote may be end up being divided between players like Cain, Perry, Bachmann, and even Santorum.

Of course none of this is definite.  Newt has been reluctant to demonstrate a willingness to allow his campaign to operate in carefully structured environment, and while that may be refreshing and have a degree of popular appeal, it prevents Newt from avoiding pitfalls and from organizing the type of ground game that is needed to keep support once you get it.  However, as demonstrated by his new hires in New Hampshire and the opening of 5 offices in  New Hampshire, there are signs that he is resigning himself to the reality of the need to employ some type of  basic and traditional campaign structure.

All of this leads me to suspect that Newt is the next name to become the focus for the Republican presidential nomination.  The question is, will he have the ability and resources to keep his name at the top once he gets his turn, or will he fall back into the ashes like others have done?   The answer  will either start a new chapter for Newt as President or close the book on his political career and forever remain simply, the former Speaker of the House.

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Newt Gingrich’s 21st Century Contract With America Puts Him In Comfortable Territory

Bookmark and Share     Newt Gingrich revealed his 10-point 21st Century Contract With America in a one hour long speech to about 150 people gathered at  a town hall-style meetings sponsored by the Principal Financial Group, an entity holding a series of such forums with presidential candidates in Iowa.

Some of the key elements of his new contract  include repealing President Barack Obama’s health care plan, giving taxpayers the option of paying a flat tax and allowing young people to opt out of Social Security, boosting domestic energy production, easing government regulation of businesses,  curtailing the power of the courts, and providing a boost to medical research aimed at combating diseases like Alzheimer’s. [see details below]

While this new contract is not ground breaking, it is a clearcut plan to apply traditional Republican principles to government and is his attempt to set the tone of the presidential campaign season.  If successful, Gingrich could force candidates like Mitt Romney and Rick Perry to play on his turf and give Gingrich an upper hand in the election.  By making his new Contract With America a plan that the ongoing presidential debate addresses, Gingrich will have the opportunity to do something that none of the other candidates can do as well ………………….articulate and defend the conservative cause and its principles.

No one has the ability to define conservative values and policies in the way that Newt does. He has an uncanny ability to explain ideas and issues in a way which defines them in terms that are so easy to relate to, that they are seen as hard to deny, common sense points.  Newt offers a type of simplification and humanization of the issues that is similar to that of Ronald Reagan’s own capacity for making complex issues understood by relating them to the everyday lives of all Americans.  This is Newt Gingrich’s greatest quality.  It his ability to present both his vision and solutions in common sense terms that become undeniably logical and difficult for many to argue against.

His only problem now is making sure that he has enough face time with the Republican electorate to put that talent to work.

Currently Gingrich is lacking both the organization and financial resources to effectively compete with the likes of Romney and Perry and now, even Herman Cain.  This is a point he admitted while at the same time claiming it will not hold him back.  According to Newt, while his campaign war chest may not be able to compete with others, he will compete in the marketplace of ideas, the place that Newt Gingrich is most comfortable in.  Gingrich states, “Voters are so worried about the condition of the country that they are demanding detailed solutions from candidates.”

While Gingrich’s plan is not revolutionary, it does offer significant change for the better and is a step towards the type of total transformation of our existing arcane tax code .  Such change will be required for America to expand its economic growth and be competitive in the global economy.  But while Newt’s plan is a strong solution to our problems, his greatest challenge will be convincing Republican voters that the messenger is as strong a candidate as his message.  That for me is one of the greatest tragedies of the 2012 presidential election cycle.

Newt Gingrich is a conservative hero to me.  He is a man who made it possible for much of the success that conservative policies saw in the late twentieth century.  While he may not have been solely responsible for those successes, he played a major role in developing the policies, shaping the debate, and setting the agenda that ultimately achieved conservative success in the 80’s and 90’s.  Yet despite his being a major architect of contemporary conservatism, he has been to a great degree, sidelined in the 2012 Republican nominating contest because of an incorrect initial perception that he was too much of a lightning rod.

Having not yet endorsed any of those candidates running for the Republican nomination, I for one am still giving Newt a chance to prove himself.  We all should.

If given a chance and a fair hearing, Newt could surprise people.  Not me however.  I am confident that if he is given that chance, people will see that he is the type of leader who is not afraid of introducing new approaches to old problems and is not intimated by new approaches and ways of thinking. In many ways, Newt is a conglomeration of all that the TEA movement stands for.  They are an anti-establishment movement that wants to make sure that government changes its ways.  And while Newt worked within in the establishment, he was always reforming the establishment.  He can still do so.  He is capable of coming up with, and implementing, the plans for change we need to insure that in the 21st century, Americans have a federal government that is based on the needs of today and tomorrow, not yesterday.

The media may not want to give him the opportunity to prove that, but as republicans, we should not be so willing to follow the media’s lead.  We should give Newt the chance to prove himself that he deserves.

Executive Summary of Newt Gingrich’s 21st Century Contract With America

  • Repeal Obamacare and pass a replacement that saves lives and money by empowering patients and doctors, not bureaucrats and politicians.
  • Return to robust job creation with a bold set of tax cuts and regulatory reforms that will free American entrepreneurs to invest and hire, as well as by reforming the Federal Reserve and creating a training requirement for extended federal unemployment benefits to encourage work and improve the quality of our workforce.
  • Unleash America’s full energy production potential in oil, natural gas, coal, biofuels, wind, nuclear oil shale and more, creating jobs,  stimulating a sustainable manufacturing boom, lowering gasoline and other energy prices, increasing government revenues, and bolstering national security.
  • Save Medicare and Social Security by giving Americans more choices and tools to live longer, healthier lives with greater financial independence.
  • Balance the federal budget by freeing job-creators to grow the economy, reforming entitlements, and implementing waste cutting and productivity improvement systems such as Lean Six Sigma to eliminate waste and fraud. Pass a balanced budget amendment to keep it balanced.
  • Control the border by January 1, 2014 and establish English as the official language of government; reform the legal visa system, and make it much easier to deport criminals and gang members while making it easier for law abiding visitors to come to the US.
  • Revitalize our national security system to meet 21st century threats by restructuring and adequately funding our security agencies to function within a grand strategy for victory over those who seek to kill us or limit American power.
  • Maximize the speed and impact of medical breakthroughs by removing unnecessary obstacles that block new treatments from reaching patients and emphasizing research spending towards urgent national priorities, like brain science with its impact on Alzheimer’s, autism, Parkinson’s, mental health and other conditions knowledge of the brain will help solve.
  • Restore the proper role of the judicial branch by using the clearly delineated powers available to the president and Congress to correct, limit, or replace judges who violate the Constitution.
  • Enforce the Tenth Amendment by starting an orderly transfer of power and responsibility from the federal government back “to the states, respectively, or to the people,” as the Constitution requires. Over the next year, state and local officials and citizens will be asked to identify the areas which can be transferred back home.

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Does Newt Gingrich Deserve Another Chance?

Bookmark and Share    Going so long without a clear and popular frontrunner with a willingness to run in the Republican presidential field has forced many to create an almost impossible standard for those who are willing to run or even think about running for President. Republicans have themselves been the most critical but nearly all voters and pundits have become frustrated by the fact that none of the candidates or potential candidates are perfect. While I too would love a perfect candidate to suddenly materialize, I have also come to grips with the fact that there is no perfect candidate. For that reason, perhaps more than most observers, I have had a genuine willingness to give the entire field a fair chance to prove who is the best candidate.

I have been especially willing to give Newt Gingrich a chance.

No matter what, for his past achievements, Newt is a remarkable political leader. But as it turns out, one of the best things about Newt Gingrich, is turning out to be the most damaging thing to his chances of being elected President.

Gingrich is a leader who is eager to think outside of the box and go against the grain. He is undeniably innovative and always seeking and coming up with original legislative solutions that are free market based and require as little government involvement as possible. And while often viewed as an establishment politician, his independent thinking and penchant for going against the flow, makes him a true leader with an anti-establishment streak that could and should appeal to the growing TEA Party movement. Yet these same qualities that make Gingrich a uniquely qualified prospect for President, have come to seemingly derail his presidential candidacy. All of these qualities are based on an apprehension for discipline. Newt prefers to break rules rather than follow them. For him conventional rules lead to traditional thinking which he feels stifles the pace of innovation and leaves one mired in the past.

For Newt, a traditional campaign was not good enough. His dislike of a standard regimen along with a typical politicians ego that has him believing he is so special that he need not run a campaign like “traditional” candidates, has led to the resignation of his leadership team and a short term collapse of his campaign that is looking like the beginning of the end for his presidential ambitions. As such, as talented as Newt Gingrich is, it is becoming apparent that his talents are not suited for being the country’s only nationally elected leader.

In a nation that needs leadership that is modest, honest, and shrewd, I have come to conclude that Newt lacks two out of three of those prerequisites. His lack of modesty prevents him from even being honest with himself. So much so, that he can not, or is not, willing to realize that he is no more special than any other candidate in this race. By not accepting that, Newt is at a disadvantage, a disadvantage that his leadership team sees quite clearly, but that Newt quite clearly does not see. This then begs the question, if Newt is so arrogant that he can’t even properly lead a campaign which is designed to serve his own best interests, than can he do proper service to a job which has the sole purpose of serving the nation’s best interests?

There is still time for Gingrich to prove that he  has the judgment needed. But much of that opportunity requires a willingness by conservatives to still consider Gingrich as a viable candidate.  He may have exhausted their willingness to give him another chance.  But now that hehas  returned from his very inappropriately timed vacation to Greece that followed the bungled announcement of his presidential candidacy, the reality check that the en masse resignation of 16 members of his leadership team provided him, might be enough to get Newt on track. Unless of course it is too late.

Much of the team that abandoned him, quickly aligned themselves with candidates who will are running against Newt. On top of that, some of the other most talented operatives out there have already been snatched up by many of those same candidates. So it is hard to say if Newt can now assemble a major league campaign team with a minor league staff.

As much as I want to give Newt Gingrich a chance to show the promise of his potential that I do believe is there, with the clock ticking, even, I am beginning to close the door on his candidacy. I deeply believe that we have yet to begin to see just how good many of the candidates in the Republican presidential field can be. Part of that thinking is based upon the magic that I know a good campaign do. A good campaign can turn an obscure Governor of a relatively small Southern state and make them the hope of a nation, i.e. Carter and Clinton. But as we have seen with Carter and Clinton, for a good candidate to become a truly good President, they need more than just a good campaign. Eventually the campaign ends and leading must begin. Up till now, despite the personal indiscretions which remained personal and were not national scandals, and despite an initially rocky start to his campaign, I believed that Newt Gingrich could serve the conservative purpose as President. I believed that he could effectively administer limited government in limited areas where it was absolutely necessary but otherwise release the genius of the American people from the chains of excessive regulation and taxation.

The problem is that I also believe there are several others who have that ability. Of those running, or with the realistic potential to run, I believe it could be Palin, Santorum, Romney, Pawlenty, Rick Perry, or even Herman Cain. And right now, after seeing how hard it has been for Newt Gingrich to prove he has the judgment and skills that it takes to administer the conservative ideology that we share into government , I am holding out more hope for any of those other names to have a better ability to do so than Newt seems to have.

I will still keep an open to mind to the possibilities. In 2012 we Republicans must, I repeat, must get it right. And if Newt doesn’t get things right fast, he will remain a leader who I believe did great things as Speaker of the House and who is full of good ideas, but does not have the ability to implement those ideas as President.

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Newt Gingrich Announces His Presidential Candidacy

Tim Pawlenty Could Stand To Gain While The Big Names Sit On The Sidelines

Bookmark and ShareThe 1st GOP Presidential debate is in the books. There are those who feel it lacked the “Wow” factor that it would have had if the top polling candidates had taken part. With Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin all declining to attend, the field was filled with candidates whose names are not well known on a national scale. Texas congressman Ron Paul is probably the exception to that statement but his public persona and Libertarian views have never played well to most in the GOP.

Of the remainder of the field that included former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and conservative talk show host Herman Cain, Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, it may have been Pawlenty that came out with the most to gain from the absence of the big name candidates.

Most of those polled said that they came away with a better opinion of Herman Cain than any other candidate. I agree. Cain came away as the non-politician’s politician but he is an unknown to most voters and will need much more than this debate to get the recognition he will need to mount a serious run. Santorum is known to a certain degree through his work on Fox News but has established himself as the social issues candidate so far in a time where the economy will likely reign supreme. Gary Johnson is the poor man’s Ron Paul and did little to move up the ladder in the debate and at points looked uncomfortable on the stage. Ron Paul is simply Ron Paul. Most Republican’s tend to agree with his economic stances and most independents with his social stances but he has difficulty communicating them in a manner that helps him in a conservative GOP primary.

That leaves Pawlenty, who did little to “Wow” the audience but came across as a solid candidate when put next to the CEO with little experience, the Libertarian’s with little communication skills and the evangelical social issue guy, as a possible challenger to the big name candidates who themselves have issues that will be exploited if and when they decide to enter the race. Romney has to answer for his health care program he implemented while Governor of MA. Gingrich has had marriage issues that have haunted him for years. Huckabee has issues regarding his stances on crime while Governor of Arkansas and Palin, well she has always incurred the wrath of the media and I expect if she decides to run in 2012 it will be no different.

So although he may have not brought the “wow” factor with him to South Carolina last Thursday night, it could be Tim Pawlenty who very well takes away the most from the debate. Although Herman Cain may have hit the “wow” factor it was Pawlenty who by reason of recognition stands to gain the most from the decision of the big names to sit this one out. If he stays on message and the more recognizable names continue to sit dormant, Tim Pawlenty has one up on the other candidates.

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Gingrich Presents His Tax Plan in New Hampshire

Bookmark and Share Speaking to an audience at New Hampshires St. Anselm College in Manchester, Newt Gingrich laid out a tax plan that claims will shift nearly 2/3 of the people on unemployment and dependent on government, into becoming independent, self sufficient, taxpayers and thereby be the single biggest step you can take back toward balancing the budget,

The former Speaker of the House and likely presidential candidate called for cutting the capital gains tax to zero, making the so-called George Bush tax cuts permanent, eliminating the estate tax, an allowance for companies to write off 100% of new equipment purchases in the first year, and a 12.5 percent corporate tax rate.

Gingrich explained that reasonable tax rates will prevent companies like General Electric from sheltering profits to avoid paying federal taxes. He also stated that the slight increase of jobs recently added to the market only occurred after President agreed to extend the Bush tax cuts for another year. He added though, that businesses still remain leery to adding jobs because those tax cuts are set to expire and if they do, businesses will take a hit that they are prepared for.

Gingrichs plan is seemingly sound, but is it truly brave and bold, or is it just the same cut tax mantra that Republicans have always rightly called for? Dont get me wrong, tax cuts are necessary, but we can keep on raising and lowering taxes and tinkering with a broken tax code for the next two hundred years. Or we can fix the broken and antiquated tax system by calling for bold reforms such as a flat tax.

Personally I am disappointed in Newts tax proposal. As someone who has a proven record as an innovator, I expect more from him than the same old solution, a solution we must repeat every time Democrats raise taxes. A Flat tax would truly spur economic growth. In the case of former Soviet bloc nations, such a taxcode created some of the fastest growing economies in the world. A Flat tax is one rate for one nation and its time for Republicans to demonstrate the will to bring about true reform and show some true vision.

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