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Gingrich Earned Twice As Much As Previously Disclosed From Ethanol Lobbying Group
njtoday.net - iWatch News | News Report ^ | 12/19/2011 | John Aloysius Farrell

Posted on 12/20/2011 4:24:14 AM PST by PieterCasparzen

Newt Gingrich earned some $600,000 as a consultant to a major ethanol lobbying group, not the $312,500 that the organization, called Growth Energy, disclosed last spring.

When quizzed by iWatch News in April, Growth Energy spokesman Chris Thorne said Gingrich’s contract ended after 2009. Attributing the mistake to an internal miscommunication, Thorne now says that Gingrich remained on the payroll through 2010 and earned an additional $262,500.

Thorne said that Gingrich continued to work for Growth Energy for the first few months of 2011 as well, but he could not say how much the former Speaker was paid.

Growth Energy was founded in late 2008 by the world’s top ethanol producer — the South Dakota based POET group — and other fuel companies to promote the use of the alternative fuel. According to the company’s Web site, Gingrich was paid to offer advice on “strategy and communication issues” and to “speak positively on ethanol related topics to the media.”

Gingrich’s ties to the industry have been a boon, no doubt, to his presidential campaign in a farm state like Iowa. But his embrace of federal ethanol subsidies has irritated some conservatives, who believe that government intervention in the economy violates free-market principles.

Gingrich got into a well-publicized spat with the editorial page editors of the Wall Street Journal — they called him “Professor Cornpone” — a year ago, compelling him to declare, “I am not a lobbyist for ethanol.”

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Professor cornpone.
1 posted on 12/20/2011 4:24:19 AM PST by PieterCasparzen
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To: PieterCasparzen

That’s it, ‘’Get a rope’’


2 posted on 12/20/2011 4:25:44 AM PST by shadeaud ( “Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8”. Just doing my duty a Christian)
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To: PieterCasparzen
Newt Gingrich earned some $600,000

Well, at least he 'earned' it. What has Obama earned?

3 posted on 12/20/2011 4:28:40 AM PST by The Iceman Cometh (Proud Teabagging Barbarian Terrorist Hobbit Son-of-a-Bitch!)
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To: PieterCasparzen

4 posted on 12/20/2011 4:33:22 AM PST by Perdogg
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To: PieterCasparzen
Oh no!

A Republican earned a paycheck!

He must be part of the EVIL 1 % ! ! !

5 posted on 12/20/2011 4:33:35 AM PST by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: shadeaud
They destroyed Mr. Cain with sex, now Mr. Gingrich with money. I'm so confused who to tell will be the right one. Give it time is the advise I received. n/s
6 posted on 12/20/2011 4:34:51 AM PST by cameraeye (A happy kaffir!)
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To: The Iceman Cometh
What has Obama earned? Since you asked, from 2008....

German Publishing’s Man in the White House Obama's ties to Bertelsmann are a massive conflict of interest yet to be fully disclosed.

But Bertelsmann merits no interest from the MSM. Go figger.

7 posted on 12/20/2011 4:38:02 AM PST by mewzilla (Santelli 2012)
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To: PieterCasparzen

GOOD for him!!!!


8 posted on 12/20/2011 4:41:20 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: PieterCasparzen

One more thing: I’ll bet his charitable giving FAR outweighs yours or....let’s say Mr. Obama’s.


9 posted on 12/20/2011 4:43:15 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: PieterCasparzen

so if it is finally revealed that Gingrich earned $350,000 from planned parenthood, is everyone here going to keep saying, ‘well at least he earned it!’


10 posted on 12/20/2011 4:46:41 AM PST by jjw
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To: jjw

Apparently there is a large grassroots movement to elect a Lobbyist-in-Chief.


11 posted on 12/20/2011 4:49:55 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: PieterCasparzen

A private citizen, earned money while at the same time encouraging US energy independence.

Gosh darn patriot capitalist!

/s


12 posted on 12/20/2011 4:53:25 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ("FREE TRADERS": Self-loathing Americans)
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To: jjw

**Energy was founded in late 2008 by the world’s top ethanol producer — the South Dakota based POET group — and other fuel companies to promote the use of the alternative fuel.**

Bearing in mind - these are JOB and energy PRODUCERS - and using American sources of energy. You might not like ethanol as an alternative to oil/gas - but these people put their money where their mouth are - it’s called capitalism.

They hired a knowlegeable individual with respect to government regulation and the players in Congress. I suspect if you were a risk taker - you would want someone like Newt on your side and be willing to pay for his expertise.


13 posted on 12/20/2011 4:56:40 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason..)
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To: jjw

I take it you don’t like Newt LMAO.


14 posted on 12/20/2011 4:58:28 AM PST by Venturer
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To: sodpoodle

The problem is it was done on the backs of taxpayers with government subsidies.

Why is the government picking which particular business should do better against the others? And use the tax dollars of the competitors to build the success?


15 posted on 12/20/2011 5:01:31 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: sodpoodle

Actually, not where their money.
They were lobbying for taxpayer money to be used for their inefficient energy source. Without subsidies, this business is useless.

Just like Solyndra. Gov hands out taxpayer money to inefficient technology.

Tea Party should have hired Newt similarly to speak against big gov initiatives. We were late.


16 posted on 12/20/2011 5:02:28 AM PST by heiss (heartless and inhumane (radical rightwinger))
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To: PieterCasparzen

More anti-Newt propaganda.

Turns out he earned more because the lower figure was only for the first year.

And the person who misreported the amount wasn’t Newt, but the company that employed him.

End of story.

Meaningless.


17 posted on 12/20/2011 5:08:10 AM PST by Pravious
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To: PieterCasparzen

Good for him!

Ain’t America grand?


18 posted on 12/20/2011 5:08:12 AM PST by Happy Rain ('The GOP establishment thinks a conservative can't win--Liberal Democrats KNOW conservatives win.)
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To: jjw

That’s an awfully big “if” there. Grasp at straws much?


19 posted on 12/20/2011 5:08:12 AM PST by Clara Lou
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To: PieterCasparzen; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Gilbo_3; ...
Now Newt was just making an honest living nothing wrong with that, and saving the planet too with Ethanol, just ask Pelosi.

Video : Newt Gingrich and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi - We Can Solve It (Newt : "We agree that we need to demand action from our leaders to combat climate change")

20 posted on 12/20/2011 5:11:23 AM PST by sickoflibs (You MUST support the lesser of two RINOs or we all die!)
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To: PieterCasparzen
Newt gets a private-sector check and gets hammered.

They never bother to say Obama has never really drawn a check from anything other than some sort of a "government entity".

21 posted on 12/20/2011 5:12:35 AM PST by radioone ("2012 can't come soon enough")
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To: thackney; All

DON’T YOU KNOW ???

As long as Newt can really hammer Obama in a debate, and he tells us that he’s sick of government like we are...

we’re all supposed to support him. Cuz he’s a Tea Party guy. Didn’t you know ???

He has told us that he will not shut down Fannie and Freddie, he believes there is such a thing as global warming caused by man, and he supports ethanol subsidies.

It does not matter what he says about lobbying and big-government policies that he has supported his whole career.

Michele Bachmann is “crazy” dontcha know.

Santorum is .... I don’t know... just don’t vote for him.

Vote for the lobby... I mean consultant. Vote ! Don’t go out there and search for what he said a few years back.

As long as you don’t vote for the other big-money-big-government guy, Romney. It’s real important, there are big differences between Mitt and Newt. Newt’s the one to vote for.

Dollars to donuts, whichever one wins will pick the other for their running mate. There’s no way Romney could resist the allure of having the biggest lobbyist since Abramoff as his VP.

Yes, Abramoff and Newt go way back as well.

Old “consulting” buddies.


22 posted on 12/20/2011 5:25:55 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: heiss

***Without subsidies, this business is useless.***

Sad but true - here’s a list of teat-suckers (from taxpayer suckers) (leftist site?)

http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/11/13/366988/over-half-of-all-us-tax-subsidies-go-to-four-industries-guess-which-ones/


23 posted on 12/20/2011 5:27:23 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason..)
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To: PieterCasparzen

ETHANOL whore (Nancy Pelosi global warming anyone), Freddie Mac whore (Barney Frank buddy), how anyone who calls themselves a conservative can support the NEwtster is beyond me. The guy is a smooth talking carnival barker whose BS is matched only by his oversized ego. Stick a fork in him and get him off the stage.


24 posted on 12/20/2011 5:29:15 AM PST by milwguy
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To: PieterCasparzen
OK, so how do the rest of the field (candidates) fare in the question of continue subsidizing Ethanol?

Is there ONE who has vocally and consistently advocated a complete cutoff of such funding?

If there is (someone can remind me) I am not aware of who she/he is.

While I hate (and oppose, as do most Cons) this subsidy, it will not be a "deal breaker" for me as there are much more importing issues to contend with....such as our SURVIVAL and I support anyone who has the "stones" to call a spade (or in this case, Islam) a spade and will not only identify this evil, but will acknowledge it (and its belivers) are out to destroy us and the rest of the world.

25 posted on 12/20/2011 5:29:15 AM PST by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: PieterCasparzen

Good for Newt.

I don’t have a problem with that.


26 posted on 12/20/2011 5:30:00 AM PST by Gatn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer) (")
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To: The Iceman Cometh

‘earned it’ at the expense of the taxpayers and those of us who are FORCED to put that crap in our gas tanks. The way he ‘earned’ the money was by influence peddling, which I despise whether done by a dem or repub.


27 posted on 12/20/2011 5:30:54 AM PST by milwguy
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To: sickoflibs

Newt was for that commercial before he was against it.


28 posted on 12/20/2011 5:31:06 AM PST by MagnoliaB
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

A ‘private citizen’ could not earn that kind of cash. Only a former Washington insider who could use his influence coulkd earn that kind of money. Newt is everything real ‘conservatives’ should despise about Washington DC.


29 posted on 12/20/2011 5:33:05 AM PST by milwguy
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet

Rick Perry Attacks Ethanol Subsidies in Iowa

http://news.yahoo.com/rick-perry-attacks-ethanol-subsidies-iowa-171700937.html

If he is willing to take that position while campaining in Iowa, he is serious about the stance.


30 posted on 12/20/2011 5:33:14 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: sodpoodle

It’s not called capitalism you moron. When the gov’t FORCES us to buy an inferior product, when the gov’t slaps a 50cent a gallon tariff on imported ethanol, and when the gov’t offers MASSIVE tax breaks to ethanol producers, what you get is more akin to the command economy of the USSR than free market capitalism.

I recommend you read Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom if you want to actually educate yourself on what a free market economy looks like and how when gov’t inserts itself in the conomy, bad things are bound to happen.


31 posted on 12/20/2011 5:36:02 AM PST by milwguy
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet

From his book “Fed Up! Our Fight To Save America From Washington” written before he was running from President:

7. Agricultural subsidies are just another form of wealth redistribution

The 11 craziest things in Rick Perry’s ‘Fed Up’ manifesto
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/09/15/the-11-craziest-things-in-rick-perrys-fed-up-manifesto/


32 posted on 12/20/2011 5:36:47 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: PieterCasparzen

“Obama: A New Wind in the White House” ...So THAT explains what I smell.


33 posted on 12/20/2011 5:37:02 AM PST by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: PieterCasparzen

Thank God I’m not the only one! :)


34 posted on 12/20/2011 5:38:43 AM PST by Pessimist
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To: milwguy

Try to curb your enthusiasm for personal insults.

I understand that the government has insinuated its influence into our energy, food and manufacturing industries. Soft socialism and destructive.

What are your solutions to this entrenched status quo?

Taxpayers will not benefit if the subsidies are removed - we will be ‘punished’ with higher prices. Any savings will not be realized by reduced government spending - the ‘subsidies’ will be transferred to other programs.

We have been sucked into the swamp and the alligators are eating us - munching from the feet or the head - what’s the difference?


35 posted on 12/20/2011 5:44:48 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason..)
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To: PieterCasparzen

Are you working for Romney or Paul ?


36 posted on 12/20/2011 5:45:11 AM PST by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !)
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To: Pravious

Another sea of election trolls who are doing someone bidding here .


37 posted on 12/20/2011 5:47:46 AM PST by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

“I don’t have a problem with that.”

I don’t have a problem with Newt earning a buck. I have a problem with nominating a guy who would earn a buck off of organizations/policies that are synonymous with “big government”, and that’s Newt. At his heart, and now it is clear at his wallet, he is fundamentally a big government guy, and therefore unsuitable to be President.

At his core - and this is every bit as provocative as something Newt would say - but at his core, he is no different from Obama - he thinks government has an ever increasing role to play in peoples lives, and in the business those people do.

Newt = Obama


38 posted on 12/20/2011 5:55:19 AM PST by RFEngineer
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To: PieterCasparzen

That about covers it.


39 posted on 12/20/2011 5:57:38 AM PST by Double Tap
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To: milwguy

It isn’t just the crap subsidized gas the government forces us to put in our tanks.

As a result of the ethanol mandate from the Feds (thanks Newt!) it has raised greatly the price of corn and distorted the worldwide food market over the past couple of years. Your basic grocery goods cost more because of this.

I love listening to Newt. Sounds great in the debates. But then you look at his actions and he really is a big government lobbyist. I don’t know how you can get away from it. Based now on what we’ve learned, I’d be more afraid of him than Romney to cut some crappy “deal” with the Dems if elected.


40 posted on 12/20/2011 6:00:09 AM PST by SteveAustin
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To: sodpoodle

That list is pretty useless. Lumping in tax breaks with subsidies is a leftist/commie tactic to manipulate peoples perception.


41 posted on 12/20/2011 6:02:02 AM PST by Double Tap
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To: PieterCasparzen

Two-a-days have just begun for Gingrich. We’ll be hit with so many revelations, associations, deals, partnerships, gifts, purchases, trips, etc. that we’ll be expected to believe he’s Corzine’s twin. It will come so fast that Gingrich will be on his heels for the entire process. Other than his forward-thinking, his energetic speech and debate skills, his knowledge of the political system, his presence through history, I don’t find comfort in knowing Conservatives are flocking to him. This is turning into an interesting novel moving toward an end I’m not happy with.

Vote Perry. He can’t debate. He smiles too much. There was a rock on his ranch. He carries out policies voted on by the Texas legislature. He talks like a Texas boy. Other than that? He was an All-American Boy Scout. He is a graduate of an All-American college. He put on his country’s All-American uniform. He and his family are Christians. He’s a supporter of the belief that America is the best place on earth. A lot for your kids and grandkids to be inspired by. He’s a sitting governor of a great state. He doesn’t teach college classes. He’ll take care of America’s business.


42 posted on 12/20/2011 6:04:15 AM PST by FryingPan101 (Perry 2012)
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To: milwguy

So which candidate will replace Newt in the span of two weeks if we take him to task for his past mistakes? Who else has enough support to defeat Willard Romney the open socialist?

Willard Romney, who compulsively talks out of both sides of his mouth so he claim any particular position down the road.

Willard Romney, who signed socialized medicine into law and thinks it’s great if the other states follow suit.

Willard Romney, the political featherweight who lost to a vulnerable Ted Kennedy in 1994 despite a disastrous turnout for Democrats. He couldn’t even defeat John McCain in 2008, let alone Barack Obama!

I’d like to see Rick Santorum or Rick Perry eclipse Newt in the polls, but with so little time remaining between now and January, barring a miracle, it’s simply not going to happen. We have to support Newt or we’ll end up with the socialist (note the pun).


43 posted on 12/20/2011 6:05:57 AM PST by Cato in PA (ABR: Anybody But Romney)
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To: PieterCasparzen

NEWT is counting on his gift of gab to win the electorate. It will work on some but it won’t be enough.

….”The former House Speaker spoke to a crowd of 175 likely caucus goers in the Cedar Rapids suburb of Hiawatha on Monday. Much of his talk focused on the barrage of criticism he has faced since vaulting to the lead in the presidential race.

“These are people who apparently have nothing positive to offer,” Gingrich said. “Do you really want to reward politics as usual? Or do you want to vote for the only person who has been consistently, steadily positive throughout the campaign.”

….“The next time you see one of the candidates who’s running the negative ads, ask them to take it off the air immediately,” Gingrich implored the eastern Iowa crowd. “Because the only person who it helps in the long run is Barack Obama.”

…..For the most part, Gingrich avoided responding to the criticisms from his opponents. But the constant browbeat is too much to resist at times. “A couple ads say ‘Gingrich isn’t a consistent conservative’. I’m not going to get too much into responding to that, but when they talk about a consistent conservative, one wonders how they would know one if they saw it.”

….Later, Gingrich asked the crowd, “Which one of us would you like to have standing on a platform with Barack Obama?”

http://theiowarepublican.com/2011/gingrich-condemns-negative-attacks-inside-they-continue-outside/


44 posted on 12/20/2011 6:06:20 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: All

Not sure why people are jumping for joy. Obama will run against Romney, if Newt doesn’t make it. Obama’s America and Romney’s America are not much different. Our country will continue to decline, only the rate at which it happens will differ. Cheers.


45 posted on 12/20/2011 6:07:33 AM PST by LuvFreeRepublic
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To: PieterCasparzen

Looks like Newt has some people scared. So he used his name as a lobbyist so what? Are any of them campaigning against ethanol?

Merry Christmas


46 posted on 12/20/2011 6:11:17 AM PST by bray (The Tea Party Occupy's their Mind)
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To: milwguy
The way he ‘earned’ the money was by influence peddling,

Don't hate the player, hate the game.

47 posted on 12/20/2011 6:19:38 AM PST by The Iceman Cometh (Proud Teabagging Barbarian Terrorist Hobbit Son-of-a-Bitch!)
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To: ncalburt; All

I’m not working for any candidate.

If you look at my entire history, you will never find me saying that I would vote for Romney or Paul.

The candidates that I’ve always said were the most likely to help America were Bachmann, Cain and Santorum.

I was not so opposed to Newt until people here started blindly pushing him after Cain was “dropped out” (oh and many here said good riddance). I was not happy with the way he handled the exit - I think Cain is a no-go for any office from here on because of that. He should have immediately supported either Bachmann or Santorum.

I bothered to do some simple searches and came up with tons of published articles detailing Newt’s grey-area lobbying since he left office. I’m not talking at all about opinions or analysis, just the raw information that is reported. If someone has been “consulting” to further various political causes like he has for 10 years, it’s painfully obvious that he’s using his influence, which is lobbying in the spirit of the law if not the letter.

The only reason he’s saying he’s not a lobbyist is because that would drop off a lot of his support. Amazing - he’s functionally equivalant to a lobbyist - and no one cares a fig.

I’m just trying to shed light on Newt being an enormous DC political guy who is all about the revolving door between lobbying and elected office.

Anyone who does not want to hide from the truth will not take what I say without checking it out themselves.

Just do simple web searches about Newt and lobbying.

It’s not all left-wing rags that are reporting these things, there is a ton of stuff out there.

I am not anti-business I am pro-small-business.

Small business does not get a “tax-holiday”. This cr@p makes me so mad, it’s infuriating.

Big business waddles up to the Federal Reserve trough for low interest loans any time they please. They don’t care about regulation - they love it since it hinders small competitors.

I just read today - US IDIOTS DO NOT KNOW THIS - BUT BIG FINANCE IS TELLING CONGRESS AS WE SPEAK THAT THEY DO NOT WANT DODD-FRANK REPEALED.

DO YOU GUYS HEAR THAT ?

You think the next President and Congress are going to repeal all of Obama’s legislation ?

Bachmann, Santorum - maybe.

Any other candidate - KEEP DREAMIN’.

I hope we all like Obamacare, cuz it ain’t going away unless we STOP ELECTING REVOLVING DOOR ESTABLISHMENT LOBBYIST-TYPES like Romney and Newt.

Paul might get rid of some of Obama’s legislation, but of course, he’ll arrange things so our military has it’s pants down, so he’s a no-go pothead’s candidate.

IMHO...


48 posted on 12/20/2011 6:20:42 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: LuvFreeRepublic

We have choices. If Bachmann or Santorum finishes well in IA, they will be serious candidates. New candidates, including Sarah, may still enter, if the race is wide open.

I’m sick of hearing that “he/she is too conservative and hence, unelectable” bs. Obama was supposed to be unelectable. In the end, any GOP nominee has very high chance of winning.

Newt is not really different from romney. Both have been supporting anti-conservative policies. We don’t know what they really believe.


49 posted on 12/20/2011 6:20:42 AM PST by heiss (heartless and inhumane (radical rightwinger))
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To: PieterCasparzen
The MSM wants to push the idea that making a profit should be a criminal offense and making a profit from a public institution doubly so.

Ben Franklin was a master at this sort of thing.

When the Pennsylvania Assembly was debating raising the limits on the amount of paper currency in the colony, Franklin wrote an anonymous pamphlet that swung the tide in favor, "A Modest Enquiry into the Nature and Necessity of a Paper-Currency". He was then awarded the lucrative commission to print the currency, having also come up with an ingenious way to thwart counterfeiting by using unique leaf prints.

50 posted on 12/20/2011 6:22:48 AM PST by Bobalu (even Jesus knew the poor would always be with us)
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