Skip to comments.Reagan Had the Recipe for Success. Let's Follow It (Newt Gingrich in WSJ)
Posted on 12/29/2011 6:53:23 PM PST by CutePuppy
Officially, the recession ended two and a half years ago. President Obama tells us the economy has been moving in the right direction since June 2009.
Few will take solace in that statistic. Americans are suffering. For nearly three years, nearly one in 10 have been out of work. Almost double that number are either underemployed — working part time when they would rather be full time — or have simply given up looking.
Historically in America, the deeper the recession, the stronger the recovery. By historical standards, we should be completing the second year of a booming recovery. Recall that, just like President Obama, President Reagan inherited a terrible economy when he took office. But Reagan enacted historic income tax rate cuts, regulatory reforms and spending controls. The recession officially ended in November 1982, and in the following two and a half years the unemployment rate dropped 3.6 percentage points, more than eight million Americans went to work at new jobs, and the longest period of economic growth in American history commenced.
Mr. Obama's policies have been just the opposite: trillion dollar stimulus-spending waste, a government takeover of the health-care system, an activist EPA attacking businesses, and demonization of job creators. The president barnstorms the country advocating tax increases for investors, entrepreneurs and small businesses, teeing up the country for another crash in 2013 when the Bush-era income tax rates expire. Meanwhile, America's businesses continue to suffer from the highest business tax rate in the industrialized world, with no relief in sight.
This nightmare will not end until Reagan-era economic policies are restored: tax reform, a sound dollar and smarter regulations. If they are, within a year the American economy will take off on another historic boom.
(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...
Newt makes the point that these reforms are not designed to be "revenue-neutral" but to maximize job creation, wages and economic growth, which will help grow revenues and, along with spending cuts, will help balance the budget.
Let’s wait a bit for Pat Buchanan to weigh in. He must have an axe to grind against Reagan. All of his latest books are little more than attacks on politicians who defeated him.
Yes, I started reading his Suicide of a Superpower, and I’m disgusted that in the first few pages he has quote a CFR stooge a couple of times and levels more attacks at Bush than Obammie the Commie.
Come on, Pat. We know Bush was a big government spender, but the WOT is not what is bankrupting this country.
Stop using every book as nothing more than a soap box to ream the guy who defeated you.
For someone who claimed the era of Reagan was over not long ago, Gingrich sure keeps bringing Reagan’s name up and trying to give the impression he is the new Reagan.
Sometimes Gingrich talks so much he talks himself in circles.
Why? Because far too many conservatives do not view his talk now as that of a true conservative, and suspect he will revert to his 'cuddle-up with the Dims' actions shortly after he walks into the Oval Office.
I thought this outline showed an excellent, even exciting plan.
It is true that the Reagan Era is over. However, Gingrich is not trying to recreate Reagan or his policies, but is trying to come up with new solutions adapted to these new times but based on those principles. I thought these were all great ideas and would really revitalize the economy and our creative spirit.
and romney will do what????????????????
No offense to Newt..but I am totally tired of hearing people use Reagan here and Reagan there. Reagan was not perfect..but I loved him and he was the right man for that specific moment in our history. We were very blessed to have him.
Newt is not Reagan and he often comes off as a wannabe or as a creator of Reagan. Newt is running..not Reagan. I don’t like it when everyone else swears to do it the “Reagan way”.
I’d love to know what Reagan thinks about the GOP these days. I bet he wouldn’t be too happy with the cave-ins and big spenders and none too happy that they spout his name every chance they get.
With all the other candidates out of the race, with the possible exception of Perry, Gingrich is likely to take very close to 50% of the vote, and immediately put him in the lead in terms of the delegate count, which is the only count that counts.
After Florida, there will only be three candidates left: Romney, Gingrich and Paul. Gingrich gets close to 60% in most of the remaining states. Case closed.
The key to realizing who will win and who will lose the nomination is that once you conclude that Romney has a ceiling of probably somewhere near 30% of the Republican vote, it's just a matter for the rest of the field to whittle down to the candidate who is most acceptable in most of the states. And that clearly is Gingrich, who has an established national track record.
-Excerpt from TheStreet.com today
“For someone who claimed the era of Reagan was over not long ago,”
The era of Reagan is over. It ended when George Walker Herbert Bush became President. I think Newt wants to resurrect it to what degree he can. The RINOs are coming down hard on him for it.
I didn’t see anything in there about getting the numerous Clinton cronies out of Wall Street where Billy Jeff, and the Democrats “influenced” their hire, and their control, but I guess that’s not something for the campaign is it.
But, now that you mention 'romney' - he's 'likely' to be the nominee at this point - simply because he has more money, has polled better than others for a longer time, and seems to have the backing of most of the GOP insiders. All while conservative voters polled are all over the map, unable to get behind a single candidate other than 'romney.'
Same here on FR - there seems to be little strong consensus, or argument for any of the candidates.
The bloody media has done a great job of marginalizing every candidate other than 'romney' - and the GOP in VA is doing its best to marginalize all candidates, other than 'romney' and crazy Paul.
'Nuff said. Now you tell me what you think 'romney' will do.
“and romney will do what????????????????”
And Newt will do what? “Cut federal spending in half”??? LOL. This is just another fairy tale list for primary voters. No chance of getting much of that list through Congress. He would be better off proposing realistic things like a 10% cut in the federal workforce. (that was Mittens idea)
Newt, alone among the eight reindeers, offers concrete proposals and commitments. Others concentrate on telling us how good they’ve been and how bad things are. One of them, I hear, bore 47 children.
Newt will do the same thing to America that the Turdminator did to CA's economy and it's statewide Republican Party. They're two peas out of the same pod!!! Not in the Reagan mold whatsoever!!!
Several of them have bored 300,000,000 Americans...
Hope you’re right.
That's because he is/was stating an objective, undeniable fact - the "era of Reagan" was over as soon as George H.W. Bush uttered and proceeded with his "kinder and gentler" era, followed up with CLinton's era of "I feel your pain", followed by George W. Bush and his era of "compassionate conservatism".
The only time when the U.S. came close to - or even exceeded the domestic policy results - the "era of Reagan policies" was when the same Newt Gingrich led the Gingrich / Second Republican Revolution in 1994. Four years later when he handed the reins over to Bob Livingston Danny Hastert, any similarity to the "era of Reagan policies" was over, even with GOP in power for full 6 years.
Reagan and Gingrich (Reagan's Ghost Writer?) - FR, 2011 November 19
Tony Blankley: Gingrich would be the most conservative president since Reagan - FR, 2011 November 26
Of the entire sorry Republican field, only Gingrich has policies achievements and fresh policies portfolio, and, yes, it reads like something that Reagan would be proud to endorse had he faced today's environment and today's challenges.
Newt was the only one who had the courage to state the obvious and objective truth ("the era of Reagan is over") and he is also the only one who adapted conservative policy portfolio to deal with the problems left by Republican and Democratic Presidents and Congresses and activist courts since both Reagan and he left the government.
Rush Limbaugh either didn't hear or didn't understand what Gingrich was talking about during that interview and went on absolutely embarrassing rant, not even letting Newt explain what he meant ("era of Reagan is over" but Reagan's fiscal and conservative tenets and policies are not), that Rush can't let go and admit to this day (after all, he is "certified" to be "factually" 99.9% right).
It's a strange and misleading spat, and Rush should either own up to it or, at least, stop bringing this up - this one is not to his credit.
GINGRICH: That's just objectively a fact. I think if Governor Reagan were here today, and he were looking at where America should go, he wouldn't be saying, "Let's go back to 1980." He'd be saying, "Here are the solutions, here are the policies, here's what will carry us into the future." And I think we've watched these guys run around saying, "I'm like Reagan. I'm like Reagan." Reagan was a unique one-time personality whose great achievement in eliminating the Soviet empire was historic. Now we have a different world with a different set of problems. I don't think it can be, "Here's how you go back 28 years to reinvent Reagan." It's gotta be, "Here's how you apply conservatism to solve America's problems today." RUSH: Wait a minute, Newt, how are you going to apply conservatism to today's problems when you just said it's dead? Reaganism is simply conservatism. That's all it is, and if the era of Reagan being over is objectively a fact, then conservatism's finished. Now, nobody's talking about going back to the 1980s and reliving the same set of policies. What we're talking about is applying principles, which is what Reagan did, to the existing problems of that era. .....
DOOCY: Some comments you made over the weekend I heard replayed on Rush Limbaugh yesterday. Is it true, sir, that you think that the Ronald Reagan era is over in America?
GINGRICH: That's just objectively a fact. I think if Governor Reagan were here today, and he were looking at where America should go, he wouldn't be saying, "Let's go back to 1980." He'd be saying, "Here are the solutions, here are the policies, here's what will carry us into the future." And I think we've watched these guys run around saying, "I'm like Reagan. I'm like Reagan." Reagan was a unique one-time personality whose great achievement in eliminating the Soviet empire was historic. Now we have a different world with a different set of problems. I don't think it can be, "Here's how you go back 28 years to reinvent Reagan." It's gotta be, "Here's how you apply conservatism to solve America's problems today."
RUSH: Wait a minute, Newt, how are you going to apply conservatism to today's problems when you just said it's dead? Reaganism is simply conservatism. That's all it is, and if the era of Reagan being over is objectively a fact, then conservatism's finished. Now, nobody's talking about going back to the 1980s and reliving the same set of policies. What we're talking about is applying principles, which is what Reagan did, to the existing problems of that era. .....
Where did Newt say that "conservatism is dead"? He said quite the opposite, how to apply conservatism / "Reaganism" ideals to today's problems.
They were saying almost the same thing; Gingrich was not talking about "Reaganism" or "conservatism" as the ideals being over, he was stating a fact of political life in the U.S. over the last 20+ years, which is bemoaned every day on FR and elsewhere.
Rush flew off the handle for no reason. It's sad that so many people keep repeating something completely misinterpreting its meaning.
Oh yeah. His idea of health care reform is promising to cure Alzheimers.
(Truly -- I could not make that up.)
Sounds good, doesn't it?
Too bad he's a charlatan who will promise anything to anyone with a straight face and not an ounce of sincerity, intention or ability to deliver.
Can we say the same today? Which is more likely to be said by most U.S. citizens, including FReepers, today - that "the era of Big Government is over" or that "the era of Reagan is over"?
Why don’t you promote your monkey instead of dissing others with unsupported accusations and idiotic characterizations! What does he or she propose? 47 foster children? We are waiting.
Squealing like a stuck pig.
Really, is there anything more disgusting than falsely promising a cure to the many individuals and their families dealing with such a heartbreaking illness?
Senator Ben Cardin, the Democrat scumbag from Maryland, did the same thing when he made an election year promise to cure cancer -- in 8 years, after his election and reelection.
Yes, there is, your cliched responses, and while we're at it, the trashy writing of a Michael Crichton.
(See Rising Sun, for example, for disgusting scares and promises.)
God rest his soul, he courageously spoke out against global warming alarmists like Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich.
pat buchannan is grizzled old man and an a-hole
Newt wasn’t pretending to be Reagan incarnate.
He was comparing the current Sissy of the United States to Reagan.
Newt has plans that relate to our current predicament.
All I see is more kicking the can down the road.
It is my opinion, after seeing/hearing several well known Republican Conservatives, that some are jealous of Newt’s intelligence and are intent on proving he is not “the smartest person in the room.” They say that is what he thinks of himself and they are determined to prove that they are the smartest, not Newt. Rush and Bill Bennett are two of those people. Each has a reputation of being smart and they don’t want to share that with Newt.
>.’Nuff said. Now you tell me what you think ‘romney’ will do.
Lose to Obama in the general election.
Obamacare is lost as an issue. Romneycare was a key model for Obamacare.
More importantly, Romney has shown no ability to really take on the opposition and the media (but I repeat myself). Newt has. This is key for a Republican candidate. And since he is a large part of the topic of this thread, it is also something that Reagan was very good at. This same ability is an important part of why so many were big Herman Cain supporters, until his campaign imploded.
****Oh yeah. His idea of health care reform is promising to cure Alzheimers.****
Newt was drawing attention to our ever increasing life expectancy and how Altzhheimers during those extended years costs families both financially and emotionally.
He was advocating for investment in ‘brain sciences’ to eliminate this disease and its devastation.
That is called vision.
But Santorium is surging. /s
Newt has his chance. He needs to go away
He's already done the same in this race wih every establishment so-called conservative recoiling in horror at the thought of his nomination. Why? Simple. He doesn't play by their rules.
For that he should be Applauded not castigated.
I wasn’t a Newt fan, but his performance in this campaign has been stellar. I’m going to trust him at his word. He does have the Contract With America on his resume.
Actually, I think it’s that whole “circular firing squad” thing we’re so good at.
I see the closeted RomneyBots are playing today....
lol, you people are fooling nobody.
Gingrich will take over when the Southern states are up.
Part 1: Legislative Proposals
Part 2: Day One Executive Orders
Submit Your Ideas For Changing Washington on
Day One of a Newt Gingrich Presidency
Presidents can begin turning things around very very quickly.
As part of his 21st Century Contract with America, Newt has pledged to issue a series of Executive Orders to create jobs and help undo the damage of the Obama administration on the first day of his administration.
To harness the wisdom and knowledge of the American people, Newt is now collecting ideas for executive orders that he would sign on the first day. Newt.org will periodically release user submitted executive orders which will be added to the list he will sign on the first day of his presidency.
Answers to attacks on Newt (submit your questions about attacks on Newt)
Newt. Because he knows where the bodies in DC are buried...
and what goes on behind closed doors...
(and lots of other reasons, too)
Exactly, you nailed the intent.
They say that is what he thinks of himself and they are determined to prove that they are the smartest, not Newt.
Exactly. Newt is often "lost in translation" by third parties.
Democrats an media successfully used this tactic when he became Speaker, to undermine the Second Republican Revolution.
They also sowed the seeds of envy, and all kinds of conservatives and pseudo-conservatives are "translating" Newt to undermine him and to maintain their own reputation / position as the "movement leaders""opinion leaders," occasionally grudgingly giving credit to Newt for articulating positions or strategies (which may change over time, with the change in political landscape) that may not necessarily sound like "orthodox conservatism" which they must practice to stay on their high perch.
It is their business and they take it personally. Most often it's about differences in minutiae and is very petty and sad.
That Gingrich was able to accomplish so much in public policy and in business, despite numerous political enemies and frenemies on both sides, picking himself up and moving on despite political and personal setbacks, is nothing short of amazing.
I like your summnation .Too bad Newt did not just tell all the killer smear ads that he has changed and put forward these items like you did. He is obviously the smartest and best man for the job but seems now in Iowa to be out of it. Who knows? People might just rethink and wonder why they would vote for a 76 yr old foreign policy Quisling or a guy who has looked off and on like a Mass. lefty. I sort of like Mitt personally but still would rather see Newt as Prez. Hey, perhaps, Mitt would take the VP job............