Newt is the only bold candidate that inspires me to get up and vote, if I have to hold my nose for someone else, it’s only because the Democrat economy has been that bad.
Congratulations on getting published your memorable article.
There are hundreds at FR who are convinced that Newt is the salvation for conservatives even though after resigning from the House he supported numerous liberal initiatives: the global warming scam, cap and trade, Medicare D, individual mandates, amnesty and Dede Scuzzafava. He praised RomneyCare and ObamaCare. It matters little to them that they can not name a single conservative initiative that Gingrich aggressively supported during that time or that he claimed the Reagan era was over and that he was “Wilsonian” and a “progressive” - his words, not mine.
Hey guys, I thought we had a moratorium on posting slanted propaganda crap like this?
Bein' as you be the author why not post the entire article?
Are conservatives such wusses that they’re so gravely offended by this answer from Newt where he spelled out his specific objection to the Ryan plan? What is so offensive about his simple, clear, honest opinion?
MR. GREGORY: What about entitlements? The Medicare trust fund, in stories that have come out over the weekend, is now going to be depleted by 2024 , five years earlier than predicted. Do you think that Republicans ought to buck the public opposition and really move forward to completely change Medicare , turn it into a voucher program where you give seniors...
REP. GINGRICH: Right.
MR. GREGORY: ...some premium support and — so that they can go out and buy private insurance ?
REP. GINGRICH: I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left- wing social engineering . I don’t think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate. I think we need a national conversation to get to a better Medicare system with more choices for seniors. But there are specific things you can do . At the Center for Health Transformation , which I helped found, we published a book called “ Stop Paying the Crooks .” We thought that was a clear enough, simple enough idea, even for Washington . We — between Medicare and Medicaid , we pay between $70 billion and $120 billion a year to crooks. And IBM has agreed to help solve it, American Express has agreed to help solve it, Visa ‘s agreed to help solve it. You can’t get anybody in this town to look at it. That’s, that’s almost $1 trillion over a decade. So there are things you can do to improve Medicare .
MR. GREGORY: But not what Paul Ryan is suggesting, which is completely changing Medicare .
REP. GINGRICH: I, I think that, I think, I think that that is too big a jump. I think what you want to have is a system where people voluntarily migrate to better outcomes, better solutions, better options, not one where you suddenly impose upon the — I don’t want to — I’m against Obamacare , which is imposing radical change , and I would be against a conservative imposing radical change .
RULE 9: "The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself." Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality... The upshot is that the organization (NEWT) will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)
IT DIDN'T WORK
“As numerous commentators have portrayed, shed struggle to manage a lemonade stand.”
That’s putting it very nicely, Bill. You might have said she couldn’t manage a two-stall loo, which is about what congress has become.
I for one agree with you about Newt’s remarks probably damaging Republican chances. It almost seems that the party is intentionally trying to shoot itself in the foot early on.
I don’t think we have much talent in the pool anyway, no good can come from shooting fish in a barrel.
No end of tired old cliches that apply to these losers. Looking more and more like Obama will win.
So who DO you support, Romney or Paul?
“His infidelities trouble me.”
How do you feel about the homoPOTUS?
Any troubles with that?
Donald Young? Larry Bland? Nick Colvin? Nate Spencer?
How about Lt. Quarels Harris?
“Key witness in passport fraud case fatally shot.”
Mitt won’t beat Barry-even George Soros said Mitt and Obama are the same.
What’s your point? Sniff.
If you are looking for a transcendent leader and you're a Republican, you are in the wrong party.
Imagine that, Wall Street’s magazine backs Wall Street’s candidates (both Romney & 0bama) and trashes the guy who will turn the bailout spigot off. At least you can’t say that Forbes doesn’t look out for their own best interests.
NOT, of course, to be confused with Barack Obama's "overarching" concern, or Mitt Romney's "overarching" concern or Nancy Pelousy's "overarching" concern, or Hairy Reed's "overarching" concern, or Barney Frank's . . . . . .
You get the point.