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How Conservative is Newt's Actual Voting Record?
libertarian-neocon.blogspot.com ^ | libertarian neocon

Posted on 12/02/2011 1:50:20 PM PST by libertarian neocon

The folks at Club for Growth has white papers on all the GOP candidates summarizing their public records and does a pretty objective job. Looking at Newt's I really was struck by how conservative Newt's actual voting record was (which of course was mischaracterized by Jennifer Rubin, who I think must have been offered a post in a Romney administration. How else do you explain her going full spittle in support of Romney and anti-Newt?)., with most of the worrisome aspects of his record coming from speeches AFTER he left public office. This is pretty much the exact opposite of Romney, who has a very questionable record from his limited time in elected office, with most of his conservatism coming from campaign speeches. Anyway, let's look at Newt's actual record:

I also decided to look myself at how much federal spending increased while Gingrich was Speaker of the House (1995-1999). By my calculations, Federal spending rose an average of 3.1% a year while he was speaker. When you compare it to the Presidential terms from Reagan on, this is the lowest rate of spending growth over the last 30 years. Under Reagan, spending grew an average of 7.6% a year. Under George H.W. Bush, 6.7%. Under Clinton, 3.3% (it would have been much more if he got his single payor health care plan through, also he was restrained by Newt later). Under W., it as 6.6% and under Obama, a whopping 8.6% a year. Also, under Newt, Federal spending as a % of GDP fell from 21% to 18.5%, a whopping decline in 4 short years.

Is his record perfect? Nope. Not even close. But the point is that on the big issues, he voted Conservative and helped champion balanced budgets and tax reform. Focusing on that actual voting record really makes me more comfortable with him. Especially when his main opponent is someone whose main accomplishment is a massive government healthcare program.



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1 posted on 12/02/2011 1:50:28 PM PST by libertarian neocon
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To: libertarian neocon

I am not surprised and I’ll tell you why: most of Newt’s liberal dalliances - and yes he’s had them - are in books and in editorials and PSA’s and so on. When it comes down to actual governance, he’s been - as the article says - very good (though not great).

I think people also remember that he did not maximize the Contract with America opportunity - so with all of that, they tend to also forget that he did do some great things while Clinton was President and did vote right for the most part while in congress.

Not to say we should ignore the liberal dalliances - which are more from his mindset of being a government tinkerer - than anything else - but keep it in perspective.


2 posted on 12/02/2011 1:56:16 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright (Moderator of Florida Tea Party Convention Presidential Debate)
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To: libertarian neocon

Gingrich is a politician, and he’s been running for office for a long time. He’s been trying to appeal to as many voters as possible—even muddleheaded TV watchers. A politician’s voting record is the only way to see the truth about him.


3 posted on 12/02/2011 2:00:12 PM PST by familyop ("Don't worry, they'll row for a month before they figure out I'm fakin' it." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: libertarian neocon

Good job.

There are so many lists being posted on FR - it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. Newt’s many years in Congress shows that he VOTED yea or nea - not ‘present’. He did what he believed was the right thing. We may not agree with all his decisions - but the people of Georgia did.

off topic but relevant: On Hannity today - Mitt made the statement that Newt was a career politician. Question: What is a career candidate called?

The years following his political career - Newt has been a successful consultant.

The years following his Governorship - Mitt has run for elective office - spending his inherited fortune.


4 posted on 12/02/2011 2:02:11 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newter the Democrats - top to bottom.)
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To: libertarian neocon

1998 was the last year that Gingrich, Paul and Santorum were all in Congress. Gingrich’s annual and lifetime ACU ratings were far better than both of the others:

100% - Gingrich: Annual 1998 ACU Rating (90% Lifetime Rating as of 1998)

88% - Paul: Annual 1998 ACU Rating (88% Lifetime Rating as of 1998)

84% - Santorum: Annual 1998 ACU Rating (83% Lifetime Rating as of 1998)

Source: http://www.conservative.org/ratings/ratingsarchive/1998/98houseratings.htm


5 posted on 12/02/2011 2:06:27 PM PST by Notwithstanding
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When you compare it to the Presidential terms from Reagan on, this is the lowest rate of spending growth over the last 30 years. Under Reagan, spending grew an average of 7.6% a year. Under George H.W. Bush, 6.7%. Under Clinton, 3.3% (it would have been much more if he got his single payor health care plan through, also he was restrained by Newt later). Under W., it as 6.6% and under Obama, a whopping 8.6% a year. Also, under Newt, Federal spending as a % of GDP fell from 21% to 18.5%, a whopping decline in 4 short years.”

Good solid information.In addition, the meat ax taken to the welfare state should be mentioned, saving us untold TRILLIONS if we continued down that path.

Newt is never criticized for his achievement in office, but for his affairs, peccadilloes and rampant capitalist pig behavior making money for his firm(s) after the fact, even though he has never been found guilty of breaking or even denting any laws or stautes. Even his bogus charges in the House were dismissed one by one, the last and only one that earned hm the censure, being dismissed by the IRS after the fact...

Of course, I can see why people wouldn’t want him in office...we no longer have problems cutting entitlements, run away deficits or over spending. Why put a race car driver in the 88 car when we can get a NY cabbie with a hack license?


6 posted on 12/02/2011 2:08:05 PM PST by jessduntno ("They say the world has become too complex for simple answers... they are wrong." - RR)
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To: Notwithstanding

“1998 was the last year that Gingrich, Paul and Santorum were all in Congress. Gingrich’s annual and lifetime ACU ratings were far better than both of the others:”

That’s great stuff. I didn’t realize Santorum only had an 83% at that point. I wonder what his weakness was? Pork projects for PA?


7 posted on 12/02/2011 2:10:57 PM PST by libertarian neocon
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To: Notwithstanding

Newt’s congressional constituency was a lot more conservative than Santorum’s. An 83% lifetime ACU rating from a state which is maybe 50% conservative shows a lot more courage than a 90% rating from a congressional district which is probably 90% conservative.


8 posted on 12/02/2011 2:13:43 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: libertarian neocon

I will give Michele Bachmann her props and note that she has a lifetime rating of 100%.


9 posted on 12/02/2011 2:14:36 PM PST by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton, "Paradise Lost")
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To: libertarian neocon

The BIG issue, IMO is abortion.


10 posted on 12/02/2011 2:16:32 PM PST by thesaleboat (Pray The Rosary Daily (Our Lady, July 13, 1917))
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To: familyop
He’s been trying to appeal to as many voters as possible—even muddleheaded TV watchers. A politician’s voting record is the only way to see the truth about him.

This is what I have been trying to say but couldn't articulate it as well! Please repeat this often :-)

11 posted on 12/02/2011 2:35:04 PM PST by Bobalu (even Jesus knew the poor would always be with us)
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To: ez

“I will give Michele Bachmann her props and note that she has a lifetime rating of 100%.”

Yup. I’m very happy she is around and on our side. As the nominee though? not so much.


12 posted on 12/02/2011 2:36:54 PM PST by libertarian neocon
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To: libertarian neocon

I’m glad you took the time to look. All this RINO talk is just a bunch of crapola. I believe that Newt has a lifetime 90% conservative record. He is a senior fellow with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. He is also a constitutionalist. If nominated and elected I believe Newt will do his best to enact the 21st Century Contract For America which is a good plan.


13 posted on 12/02/2011 2:58:37 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: libertarian neocon

stuff like you posted is why Newt is winning.

If you look at his ACU ratings and votes from 79-88 when he and Cheney were both in the House they’re virtually the same. Is Cheney some RINO?

The idea that Newt isn’t conservative is hard to stomach, and that’s why very few are buying it.


14 posted on 12/02/2011 4:46:46 PM PST by jeltz25
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To: libertarian neocon

Bump for later reference.


15 posted on 12/02/2011 5:14:56 PM PST by SunTzuWu
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To: Vigilanteman

So, by applying your logic, given that Santorum’s constituency would be 50% conservative as president, we can expect him to cave on important conservative issues just like he did as a PA senator.

Nice.


16 posted on 12/02/2011 7:35:07 PM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: Vigilanteman; Notwithstanding
Newt’s congressional constituency was a lot more conservative than Santorum’s

Newt wasn't conservative enough for his district.

17 posted on 12/04/2011 2:48:19 PM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Or another way to look at it is that his liberal dalliances have come in the last 13 years, his conservative record was before that.


18 posted on 12/04/2011 2:52:18 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: ez; Colonel_Flagg

“I will give Michele Bachmann her props and note that she has a lifetime rating of 100%.”

Another reason why I support her.


19 posted on 12/04/2011 3:11:52 PM PST by LUV W (This tagline reserved for a hero.......)
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To: libertarian neocon

Here’s to your zot, n00b!


20 posted on 12/04/2011 3:13:05 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio)
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