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Reagan Had the Recipe for Success. Let's Follow It (Newt Gingrich in WSJ)
WSJ ^ | December 29, 2011 | Newt Gingrich

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.

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(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; economy; elections2012; gingrich; newt; newtgingrich; obama; reagan
Summary of salient points that Gingrich spells out in his broad general economic plan:


1 posted on 12/29/2011 6:53:25 PM PST by CutePuppy
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To: CutePuppy

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.


2 posted on 12/29/2011 7:02:22 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival. (Karl Denninger has jumped the shark. Do not visit his blog.))
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To: CutePuppy

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.


3 posted on 12/29/2011 7:05:28 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: CutePuppy
Yeah, it looks good on paper and here on the screen - BUT, I just don't see how Gingrich is going to land the nomination, and or, if he somehow pulls off a miracle, how he can get elected with his 'baggage.' If he's the nominee, I think Obama wins.

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.

4 posted on 12/29/2011 7:11:49 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: CutePuppy; TomGuy

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.


5 posted on 12/29/2011 7:15:57 PM PST by livius
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To: Ron C.

and romney will do what????????????????


6 posted on 12/29/2011 7:18:57 PM PST by ldish (Looking forward to Independence Day)
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To: CutePuppy

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.


7 posted on 12/29/2011 7:31:02 PM PST by stillafreemind
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To: Ron C.
In Florida, Gingrich is in the lead already, close to 40%. Romney has a ceiling near 30%. Paul is unlikely to draw more than 10% to 15% tops in Florida.

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

8 posted on 12/29/2011 7:33:50 PM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Rubio 2012 with Cain, Bolton, Santorum, Perry, Watts, Duncan, and Bachmann in the Cabinet!!)
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To: TomGuy

“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.


9 posted on 12/29/2011 7:34:54 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: CutePuppy

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.


10 posted on 12/29/2011 7:35:26 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: ldish
LOL - I didn't say one word about 'romney.' Didn't prognosticate one thing about him in my post.

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.

11 posted on 12/29/2011 7:36:15 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: ldish

“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)


12 posted on 12/29/2011 7:37:22 PM PST by lodi90
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To: CutePuppy

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.


13 posted on 12/29/2011 7:37:54 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: TomGuy
Yes, Arnoiled Schwartzenrenegger made big speeches at Republican National conventions and talked like he'd be the Terminator of liberalism, but instead, just like Gingrich, he has a huge streak of GANG-GREEN right up the middle of his back.

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!!!

14 posted on 12/29/2011 7:48:47 PM PST by SierraWasp (I'm done being disappointed by "He/She is the only one who can win" and being embarrassed later!!!)
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To: Revolting cat!
One of them, I hear, bore 47 children.

Several of them have bored 300,000,000 Americans...

15 posted on 12/29/2011 8:11:28 PM PST by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too... @Onelifetogive)
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To: CainConservative

Hope you’re right.


16 posted on 12/29/2011 8:17:43 PM PST by Proudcongal
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To: TomGuy; Parley Baer; Ron C.; stillafreemind; livius; All
For someone who claimed the era of Reagan was over not long ago, Gingrich sure keeps bringing Reagan's name up

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.

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.

17 posted on 12/29/2011 8:46:47 PM PST by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: Revolting cat!
Newt, alone among the eight reindeers, offers concrete proposals and commitments.

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.

18 posted on 12/29/2011 8:51:07 PM PST by Crichton
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To: All
Just to add: it was none other than Newt Gingrich who made Bill Clinton to say after 1994 elections "The era of Big Government is over!.

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"?

19 posted on 12/29/2011 8:55:22 PM PST by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: Crichton

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.


20 posted on 12/29/2011 9:07:22 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Why don’t you promote your monkey instead of dissing others with unsupported accusations and idiotic characterizations!

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.

21 posted on 12/29/2011 9:12:14 PM PST by Crichton
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To: Crichton
is there anything more disgusting

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.)

22 posted on 12/29/2011 9:17:43 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!
the trashy writing of a Michael Crichton

God rest his soul, he courageously spoke out against global warming alarmists like Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich.

23 posted on 12/29/2011 9:27:01 PM PST by Crichton
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

pat buchannan is grizzled old man and an a-hole


24 posted on 12/29/2011 10:51:59 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: stillafreemind

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.


25 posted on 12/29/2011 10:55:24 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: CutePuppy

All I see is more kicking the can down the road.


26 posted on 12/30/2011 1:21:28 AM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and nervous supporters.)
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To: CutePuppy

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.


27 posted on 12/30/2011 4:05:58 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot
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To: Ron C.; ldish

>.’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.


28 posted on 12/30/2011 4:14:28 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Crichton

****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.


29 posted on 12/30/2011 4:58:07 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason..)
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To: CainConservative

But Santorium is surging. /s


30 posted on 12/30/2011 5:05:18 AM PST by petercooper (2012 - Purge more RINO's.)
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To: CutePuppy

Newt has his chance. He needs to go away


31 posted on 12/30/2011 5:49:29 AM PST by Diggity
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To: SierraWasp
Yet you have no proof of Gngrich ever acting like that when he was in government. In fact, he did the opposite and made enemies with the Republicsn establishment and the Democrats.

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.

32 posted on 12/30/2011 5:58:59 AM PST by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: Ron C.

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.


33 posted on 12/30/2011 6:01:33 AM PST by McGruff (Hold the House, retake the Senate.)
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To: Ron C.

Actually, I think it’s that whole “circular firing squad” thing we’re so good at.


34 posted on 12/30/2011 6:23:08 AM PST by RockinRight (If you're waiting to drink until you find pure water, you're going to die of dehydration.)
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To: All

I see the closeted RomneyBots are playing today....

lol, you people are fooling nobody.

Gingrich will take over when the Southern states are up.


35 posted on 12/30/2011 7:18:48 AM PST by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: McGruff

Newt Gingrich's 21st Century Contract With America

Part 1:  Legislative Proposals

  1. Repeal Obamacare
     
  2. Return to Robust Job Creation
     
  3. Unleash America’s Full Energy Production Potential
     
  4. Save Medicare and Social Security
     
  5. Balance the Federal Budget
     
  6. Control the Border by January 1, 2014 
     
  7. Revitalize Our National Security System
     
  8. Maximize the Speed and Impact of Medical Breakthroughs
     
  9. Restore the Proper Role of the Judicial Branch
     
  10. Enforce the Tenth Amendment


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36 posted on 12/30/2011 8:34:20 AM PST by true believer forever (First, they came for the rich.)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot
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."

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.

37 posted on 12/30/2011 10:06:36 AM PST by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: CutePuppy

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............


38 posted on 12/31/2011 1:46:55 PM PST by phillyfanatic
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