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Gingrich Policies Would Create 6.6 Million Jobs in First Two Years; Balance Budget in First Term
newt.org ^ | February 23, 2012 | Peter Ferrara

Posted on 02/23/2012 7:54:58 PM PST by Marguerite

Newt 2012 Senior Economic Policy Advisor Peter Ferrara released the following topline summary of the official score of Newt’s Jobs and Economy Recovery Plan, which predicts Gingrich policies would balance the budget within the first term of a Gingrich presidency and lead to 6.6 million new jobs created in two years:

Newt Gingrich has proposed a very aggressive, comprehensive, supply side economics, jobs and economic recovery plan. It features dramatically lower personal and corporate tax rates, the elimination of the capital gains tax and death tax, deregulation and sound monetary policy. The plan would especially roll back regulatory barriers to energy production, unleashing the private sector to maximize all forms of American energy production. Full details of the plan can be found in Appendix A.

Art Laffer, supply side economics guru and architect of Ronald Reagan’s economic recovery package, has endorsed Gingrich’s economic recovery plan as the most promising pro-growth package, saying, “Newt has the best plan for jobs and economic growth of any candidate in the field.” He predicts that the plan “would create a boom of new investment and economic growth leading to the creation of tens of millions of new jobs over the next decade.”

To demonstrate the impact of Newt Gingrich Jobs and Economic Growth Plan, as well as his other polices for controlling spending and reforming government, Newt 2012 hired Fiscal Associates and its lead economist Gary Robbins to score the impact of Gingrich’s polices. They were chosen because they have a fully developed economic model with demonstrated ability to estimate the effects of rate cuts in promoting jobs and economic growth.

Their study yielded the following key findings:

President Gingrich’s pro-growth policies would create 6.6 million new jobs in the first two years;

President Gingrich’s pro-growth policies combined with sensible spending reductions and increased federal royalties from American energy development would balance the budget in his first term;

President Gingrich’s structural reforms to entitlements would keep the budget balanced.

President Gingrich Pro Growth Policies Would Create 6.6 Million New Jobs In Two Years

The Fiscal Associates score projects that Gingrich’s supply side program would restore the economy to the long term economic growth path of 1947 to 2007, when the economy averaged 3.2% real growth per year, up from the current trend predicted by CBO of 2.4%. That catch up would involve average real growth over the first 10 years under the Gingrich program of 4.4% a year.

That booming economic growth would produce 6.6 million jobs in the first two years alone, reducing the unemployment rate ultimately to 4.6%. The overall results from the Gingrich path would be a 20% higher standard of living for the American people compared to the Obama path, indefinitely into the future.

This findings are consistent with the Reagan expansion resulting from similar policies. The score does not include further economic deterioration under the Obama policies likely to begin next year, stemming from his dramatic tax rate increases already enacted into current law for 2013, not to mention the further tax increases Obama called for in the State of the Union, and in his recent budget. Those policies will cause another steep recession next year. President Gingrich Would Balance the Budget in his First Term

It was Newt Gingrich’s leadership as Speaker of the House of Representatives which led to the last balanced budgets, and the Fiscal Associates score of Newt’s policies show he would achieve this goal again. In fact, with the above Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan, President Gingrich would be able to balance the budget within his first term.

The first step to balancing the budget is to restore booming economic growth, which produces both surging revenues and reduced spending, all by itself. In fact, each percentage point of increased GDP growth by itself reduces the deficit by close to $3 trillion over 10 years.

The Gingrich tax reform plan was not designed to be revenue neutral, but to maximize job creation, economic growth and prosperity. The Gingrich plan is not to bring revenues up to the level of federal spending, but to reduce federal spending to the level of revenues produced by a maximum jobs and growth economy.

The Fiscal Associates score projects a net revenue loss on a dynamic basis from the above tax cuts of $140 billion in the first year. But the pathbreaking paper published by Harvard’s Martin Feldstein in 1996 in the prestigious American Economic Review projects the present value of the net gain in GDP of shifting to personal savings and investment accounts for Social Security of $20 trillion. Based on that analysis, we estimate that the additional revenues produced by the pro-growth effects from those accounts would be at least $26 billion in the first year.

In addition, the free market energy policy referenced above, unleashing American companies and workers to maximize production of American energy from all sources, would produce at least another $18 trillion in future increased royalties and other pro-growth effects. While that too would grow sharply over time, we estimate at least $15 billion in the first year from those effects alone, reducing the net revenue loss below $100 billion.

That revenue loss would be overwhelmed by a budget policy of returning every federal line item to 2007 levels, except Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, defense, debt interest, and federal employee retirement benefits. That was just a few years ago, and America survived perfectly fine with those levels of spending. The first year savings from that policy would be almost $500 billion, growing larger in future years due to the lower trend line.

That would just be a down payment on the desirable budget cuts, as federal spending grew by one-seventh as a percent of GDP during the Bush years, and by another one-fourth already in the Obama years, less than half the time for the Bush increase. Further cuts would come from eliminating every corporate welfare program and bailout, and outdated or counterproductive programs such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Repealing Obamacare would save at least $725 billion in the first 10 years alone.

Additional spending reductions proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan in his 2012 and 2013 budgets, and by the Simpson-Bowles Commission, would be adopted as necessary to balance the budget. The Fiscal Associates score shows that these budget cuts would easily balance the budget in the first Gingrich term. Indeed, that score shows that the pro-growth effects of the tax reforms alone would balance the federal budget within 10 years. The budget plan that Speaker Gingrich negotiated in the 1990s in fact produced a balanced budget in 3 years.

President Gingrich Would Keep the Budget Balanced

That budget balance would be maintained over the long run by the sweeping entitlement reforms specified in great detail at Newt.org. Those include beginning and expanding an option for personal savings, investment and insurance accounts for Social Security and Medicare, eventually expanded to finance all the benefits financed by the payroll tax today. That would ultimately shift federal spending equal to 10% of GDP to the private sector, where the private savings, investment and insurance would pay better benefits than Social Security even promises today, let alone what it could pay. The transition to the accounts is financed entirely by the reduced spending from the other entitlement reforms, as was accomplished for the personal accounts proposed in the Ryan Roadmap, as scored by CBO.

The transition financing plan also includes extending the enormously successful 1996 AFDC welfare block grant reforms, adopted under Speaker Gingrich’s leadership, to all of the nearly 200 federal means tested welfare programs, block granting welfare back to the states. Based on the results of the 1996 reforms, we estimate that would likely reduce federal spending by $4.14 trillion over the first 10 years alone, while the poor would benefit further as they did under the 1996 reforms.

Further transition financing would result from adopting the Medicare reforms proposed by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), along with ultimately a personal account option for the Medicare payroll tax that would generate additional resources in retirement to help pay for private insurance in place of Medicare. Each senior would be free to choose among those private alternatives or traditional Medicare if they preferred. That choice would benefit seniors by freeing them to escape the rationing President Obama is imposing on traditional Medicare.

The entitlement reforms would also include repealing and replacing Obamacare with Patient Power, as proposed by the godfather of Health Savings Accounts, John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis. These reforms would reduce federal spending by 50% as a percent of GDP over the long run. That would be the largest reduction in government spending in world history, and a complete solution to America’s fiscal and entitlement crisis.


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The Gingrich Jobs and Growth Plan

Tax rate deductions and eliminations:

An optional 15% flat tax; Federal corporate tax rate of 12.5%; Zero capital gains tax rate; No death tax; Immediate expensing for capital investment;

The plan would also slash regulatory costs and barriers, including:

Repeal of Dodd-Frank; Repeal of Sarbanes-Oxley; Repeal of Obamacare; Repeal CAFE Standards; Replace the Environmental Protection Agency with an Environmental Solutions Agency; Modernize the Food and Drug Adminstration to enable new medicines to be developed and brought to the sick far more quickly and far less expensively.

More changes:

Personal savings, investment and insurance accounts eventually expanded to finance all the benefits financed by the payroll tax today, ultimately displacing that tax entirely. Reform of the Federal Reserve to mandate that it follow a price rule to maintain a stable dollar without inflation.

1 posted on 02/23/2012 7:55:07 PM PST by Marguerite
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The Fiscal Associates score projects that Gingrich’s supply side program would restore the economy to the long term economic growth path of 1947 to 2007, when the economy averaged 3.2% real growth per year, up from the current trend predicted by CBO of 2.4%. That catch up would involve average real growth over the first 10 years under the Gingrich program of 4.4% a year.

That booming economic growth would produce 6.6 million jobs in the first two years alone, reducing the unemployment rate ultimately to 4.6%. The overall results from the Gingrich path would be a 20% higher standard of living for the American people compared to the Obama path, indefinitely into the future.

This findings are consistent with the Reagan expansion resulting from similar policies.


2 posted on 02/23/2012 7:57:18 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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Gingrich’s Plan Contrast with Obama’s Budget for 2012:

The fourth consecutive trillion dollar deficit, while the highest deficit previously under any other President was less than half a trillion;

Further job-killing tax increases, beyond those he has already enacted into law for next year;

Continued increases in federal spending every year, totaling $3.795 trillion in 2012, an increase of over 27% during his first term alone, up another $193 billion from the last year.

President Obama’s own budget proposes that spending to continue to soar by 2022 to $5.820 trillion, the highest spending in world history. Over the next 10 years, President Obama proposes federal spending totaling $47 trillion… in his own budget!

Projected national debt held by the public to total $11.6 trillion for 2012, double the national debt of $5.8 trillion in 2008!

Consequently, by Election Day 2012, Obama will have doubled the national debt, in just one term of office. In that one term, he will have added as much to the national debt as all prior Presidents, from George Washington to George Bush, combined!

http://www.newt.org/news/gingrich-policies-would-create-6-6-million-jobs-in-first-two-years-balance-budget-in-first-term/


3 posted on 02/23/2012 8:02:11 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Marguerite
Thanks for sharing. I am praying that the people support

Newt. He is what we need right now. Newt/Palin ( my ticket)

4 posted on 02/23/2012 8:24:53 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: Marguerite

We will know by Newt’s numbers if voters want America, as it was designed to be, to live or die. WeThePeople are at the crossroads and I pray voters don’t let the media/mitt/GOP E sway them towards their babble.


5 posted on 02/23/2012 8:35:08 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Marguerite

Ping for later


6 posted on 02/23/2012 8:44:19 PM PST by Batman11 (Obama's poll numbers are so low the Kenyans are claiming he was born in the USA!)
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To: Marguerite

Why is this campaign piece in “Breaking News”?


7 posted on 02/23/2012 9:04:59 PM PST by nutmeg
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To: presently no screen name
Here's Newt's address: www.newt.org

Send him some money. This guy will fight for us us and this country, and he can dish it out verbally, WITHOUT a teleprompter.

No one and nothing is perfect. Newt is a fighter, he has a plan of action which he has published, he hits the ground running, and he can bytch slap the traitor in OUR White House by just opening his mouth.

Go, NEWT, GO.

8 posted on 02/23/2012 9:06:33 PM PST by itssme
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To: Marguerite

Bring it!

:)


9 posted on 02/23/2012 9:07:19 PM PST by LUV W (This space reserved for a hero............my AF son........)
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To: Marguerite

I’m trying to think if there is anyone else besides Newt who has the “cred” to make such bold statements and be taken seriously.

Obviously, anyone who makes such claims is going to be immediately targeted as an empty boaster... but Newt seems to me to be uniquely positioned as someone who has a proven track record of making good on what would otherwise be outlandish claims regarding changing the direction of Washington.

He may be the only person alive who can put forth such a bold plan, and be immune to the inevitable ridicule, since he’s already proved he’s able not only to be visionary, but to effectively make his vision a reality.


10 posted on 02/23/2012 9:11:28 PM PST by OHelix
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To: itssme
Here's Newt's address: ..Send him some money.

Are you serious? Did you just wake up or something? You are WAY LATE - I'm miles ahead of you.

11 posted on 02/23/2012 9:26:21 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: nutmeg

I don’t know why, but was glad to see the piece. I often put threads in the wrong place too as sometimes hard to tell where it should be placed.

I will support whomever our nominee is, but do hope Newt is the candidate we have to face BO in November!


12 posted on 02/23/2012 9:27:00 PM PST by seekthetruth (I want a Commander In Chief who honors and supports our Military!)
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To: Marguerite; All

Thanks for this thread.

Now that Speaker Gingrich has outlined his economic ideas, we the voters, have something of substance to discuss.

As a case in point, Newt plans to : “ - - - reduce federal spending to the level of revenues produced by a maximum jobs and growth economy - - - .” With this Newt is assuming that: 1.) there will be a rapid return (=within a year) to “a maximum jobs and growth economy,” or 2.) Federal overspending will continue until the economy catches up with Federal spending.

The very long history of Federal Government decision results demand that Federal Spending will continue to exceed Federal income for at least one Business cycle.

A better wording would be as follows: “ - - - reduce Federal spending to 10 % below the level of revenues produced in the average of the past two fiscal years.”

In that way EVERYBODY knows what the total Federal spending will be, and the Federal Checks will be reduced uniformly to all segments of the Federal Government.

Any surplus income will be used to pay down the principal of the National Debt, and NOT the interest on the Debt.

BTW, by leaving the 10 % reduction in each year, the United States Federal Government will be forced to privatize those Federally Mandated Entitlements that continue to lose money. That was easy!


13 posted on 02/23/2012 9:38:20 PM PST by Graewoulf (( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: presently no screen name

“I’m miles ahead of you.”

Glad to hear it. Wouldn’t want you to be lagging behind.


14 posted on 02/23/2012 9:39:52 PM PST by itssme
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To: itssme

It’s time for you to get caught up.


15 posted on 02/23/2012 9:47:28 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Marguerite

Well, yeah, but then millions more will re-enter the labor force and the unemployment rate will rise, perhaps even as high as 8%!


16 posted on 02/23/2012 10:45:50 PM PST by Darth Reardon (No offense to drunken sailors)
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To: seekthetruth
I don’t know why, but was glad to see the piece.

It's not "Breaking News". FR is a different place these days, I guess...

17 posted on 02/23/2012 11:33:51 PM PST by nutmeg
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To: nutmeg
Why is this campaign piece in “Breaking News”?

And why does it bother you? I really really dislike "collaborators" like we called them in France after the war. You know, people who told germans (the boss/moderators) where the jews were hidden? Yikes...hate this type of people.
18 posted on 02/24/2012 12:01:08 AM PST by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: American Dream 246
And why does it bother you? I really really dislike "collaborators" like we called them in France after the war. You know, people who told germans (the boss/moderators) where the jews were hidden? Yikes...hate this type of people.

It bothers me because it's not even remotely breaking news. This is the first time since I signed on here in 2000 that I've ever complained about a non-breaking news item in the Breaking News column. This is a pro-Newt piece from his campaign website. That's fine to post it on FR, but in no way is this breaking news.

So, American Dream 246, because I made a couple of comments about this upthread, you're actually comparing me to a vile, hateful, evil "collaborator" of Nazi Germany??

19 posted on 02/24/2012 12:08:13 AM PST by nutmeg
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To: nutmeg
There are moderators who will decide if it is or is not. That's what they're paid to do.

I'm glad it was there so I could see it. FWIW, Fiscal Associates also officially scored Cain's 9-9-9 plan.

20 posted on 02/24/2012 12:40:09 AM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum voted for Sotomayor, Obama's 1st choice for Supreme Court.)
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