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Newt Gingrich

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  1. He advocated taxpayer funding of abortion services in 1995 when he was speaker of the House, poor people who had been raped, or were at a health rick, which I don't mind. (Jacobs, Jennifer (November 29, 2011). "Examples of Gingrich comments in favor of federally-funded abortion, stem cell research". Des Moines Register. Retrieved November 29, 2011). But he has now flip-flopped. 


"Child janitor comments" are evidence that he has a lot of stupid ideas.

Background: Newt: Fire the janitors, hire kids to clean schools

Reasons to agree:

  1. The federal government shouldn't be telling local schools to fire janitors.
  2. What does a presidential candidate care about janitors? Is Newt running for a school-board or president of the United States? 
  3. Children are not going to do a very good job as janitors.
  4. Janitors have to climb ladders, use dangerous chemicals, and have plumbing training. This "have children be janitors" idea is the kind of thing that someone comes up with who has been in politics his whole life. They have never done a cost-benefit analysis for anything. They just sit around and pat themselves on the back for stupid ideas. It would cost more money than it saves. It would take hours and hours of training. Who is going to train them? The Janitors? You tell janitors, do a great job teaching this kid to be a janitor, and when you are done; we are going to let you go? Are kids going to do electrical work in the schools? Change 277Volta lamps?
  5. It is demeaning to say that just because you are poor you need to start learning how to do janitorial work.  



  1. "In the past decade Newt Gingrich's “consulting” firm got $37 million in fees from pharmaceutical firms lobbying for the 2003 prescription drug benefit (Medicare Part D), from ADM and ethanol makers lobbying for subsidies, from Freddie Mac lobbying for federal support for the soon-to-be toxic sub-prime mortgage market, and from banks lobbying for the 2008 “TARP” bailout (which Gingrich endorsed).
  2. When he wasn’t busy pursuing these various corruptions, Gingrich was busy promoting Al Gore’s “cap and trade” legislation and global warming myths in widely-publicized TV and print ads sitting cozily on a coach with Nancy Pelosi, whose political tactics he has subsequently characterized as “despicable,” “dishonest” and “vicious.” Well, it takes one to know one." ~Richard M. Salsman


Climate Change

Reasons to agree:

  1. In his 2008 commercial for WeCanSolveIt.org, Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi agree that "our country must take action to address climate change."[16][17]
  2. In February 2007, Gingrich stated that he "would strongly support" a cap and trade system for reducing carbon emissions based on the success of the 'Acid Rain Program' enacted by Congress under his tenure. He later changed his position, saying that such a trading system "would lead to corruption, political favoritism, and would have a huge impact on the economy."[18]  



  1. “He knew nothing about running meetings and nothing about driving an agenda,” DeLay writes in his memoir, No Retreat, No Surrender.


  1. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.): “On Monday, we would say we’re not going to give a $500 child tax credit to people who don’t have tax liabilities. On Wednesday, he’d meet with President Clinton, and that position would change.” 
  2. “In May 1997 . . . Newt declared the GOP willing to separate tax cuts from other items in a balanced-budget deal that we were negotiating with Bill Clinton,” writes former speaker Denny Hastert (R., Ill.) in his memoir, Speaker. “That was news to us and represented a huge change in policy in less than twenty-four hours.”  


Embryonic Stem Cell Research

  1. In 2001 he supported embryonic stem cell research. In 2011 he said he never supported it. 
    1. 2011: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/12/gingrich-breaks-from-some-in-anti-abortion-community-on-when-life-begins/
    2. 2001:  http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/283696/gingrichs-stem-cell-history-ramesh-ponnuru 



  1. A Romney presidency would be better for the future of the conservative movement than a Newt presidency.
    1. Newt looks like a 68 year old stay puff marshmillow man.... not exactly the brand that we want to bet the future of the party on. 


House of Representatives

  1. Newt was a member of the House. If you want to win, you should at least nominate a senator, that has to win a big election for about 1/2 of a state. I think their are 14 members of the house in Georgia. Newt has never won a large statewide election, for a high profile position. Governors get much more scrutiny. If you want to win a presidential election you should usually try to nominate someone from the Governor's office. At least Rick Perry was a Governor of a large state. 



  1. He was hyperbolic. “He’d call something ‘the single most corrupt act in the history of Western civilization’ . . . always these Armageddon-type announcements,” says Rep. Pete King (R., N.Y.).


Individual Mandate

  1. In a May 15, 2011, interview with David Gregory on Meet the Press, Gingrich repeated his long-held belief that "all of us have a responsibility to pay – help pay for health care", and suggested this could be implemented by either a mandate to obtain health insurance or a requirement to post a bond ensuring coverage.[43][44][66]. Now he criticizes Romney for supporting the individual mandate in the states. 



  1. Gingrich, meanwhile, is a constant reminder that political leaders can have too much, as well as too little, imagination. His recent proposals on immigration are classic Gingrich: innovative-sounding, accompanied by high-tech gadgetry, and wholly absurd. Local community boards will decide which illegal immigrants to expel! We will be “humane,” while denying temporary workers the vote and stripping their children of citizenship! 



  1. Newt needs to stop referring to himself as the smartest guy in the room, if he wants to win elections. That line was about the people who ran Enron, and believed they were the smartest men in the room. If Newt Gingrich has any pattern at all, and he does – it is a pattern of getting himself into trouble because he thinks he is the smartest guy in the room.



  1. Newt said that he was paid tens of millions of dollars as a historian? The last time I checked historians didn't make that type of money. That sounds more like former-speaker-of-the-house-government lobbyist type of money. 


Nancy Pelosi

  1. Smiling on a couch with Nancy Pelosi. But when he wants to make it through the republican primary he says she is “despicable,” “dishonest” and “vicious.”


  1. Newt needs to stop having $1 million dollars debt at the high-end jewelry store Tiffany’s if he wants to be president. This is the man who is supposed to balance our budget? http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/57487.html




  1. Gingrich was one of the 71 co-sponsors of a bill to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine after the Federal Communications Commission stopped enforcing the rule in 1987.[52] 



The last time Gingrich held office, he reached a depth of unpopularity that suggested that the public did not merely disagree with his policies but disliked him as a person. Memories have faded, and his current fans say he is a changed man. But he still has the rhetorical style — by turns incendiary, grandiose, and abrasive — that turned off middle-of-the-road Americans then. (November 16: “Because I am much like Reagan and Margaret Thatcher . . . ”) And he does not seem to have learned that aspiring presidents should weigh their words carefully. Recall the events that led to his campaign’s meltdown this summer, in which he first praised Paul Ryan’s plan for entitlements, then condemned it as “right-wing social engineering,” and finally apologized to Ryan for the comment. 


Stay Puff

  1. Newt needs to stop winning Stay Puff Marshmallow man look alike contest if he wants to be president.  


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