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Gingrich: If it comes to a shutdown, the GOP should stick to its principles
The Washington Post ^ | 2/25/2011 | Newt Gingrich

Posted on 02/11/2012 10:50:08 PM PST by JediJones

The Washington establishment believes that the government shutdown of 1995 was a disastrous mistake that accomplished little and cost House Republicans politically.

The facts are exactly the opposite.

While the shutdown produced some short-term pain, it set the stage for a budget deal in 1996 that led to the largest drop in federal discretionary spending since 1969. The discipline imposed by this budget — overall spending grew at an average of 2.9 percent a year while I was speaker of the House, the slowest rate in decades — allowed us to reach a balanced-budget deal in 1997.

...the balanced budget was an outcome driven by House Republicans with limited support from skeptical Senate Republicans [Me: RINOs.].

House Republicans passed a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. Seventy-two Democrats joined us, giving us the required two-thirdsmajority to amend the Constitution. Unfortunately, the Senate failed to reach this threshold by one vote.

Our constitutional amendment would have set a seven-year deadline to balance the budget. We adopted the same timetable and created a plan that would end deficit spending by 2002.

It was President Bill Clinton’s veto of our budget in December 1995 that closed the government. The White House knew that it could use the power of the presidency and the support of liberal media to blame us.

We could cave in and be accepted by the Washington establishment, or we could stand firm for a balanced budget for the American people.

We decided to stick to our principles through a very contentious and difficult period.

Nonetheless, the ultimate result was the first four consecutive balanced budgets since the 1920s...

Becoming one more promise-breaking, Washington-dominated, sellout group is a much worse fate — politically and ethically — than having the government close for a few days.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: billclinton; climatechange; congress; debunked; gingrich; globalwarming; governmentshutdown; newt; newtgingrich; pelosi; shutdown
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To: true believer forever

This is true. Huckabee asked Santorum on Huckabee’s show a few weeks ago why he endorsed Romney instead of Huckabee, and Santorum basically looked sheepish and said it was just a calculated move based on who he thought could beat McCain at that time.

101 posted on 02/12/2012 1:56:24 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: lwoodham; dixiechick2000
I just realized that no one can do a FUBO like acronym with Charles Krautmammer's name without getting the language police down on you.

LOL, can't do it with Carol Kane either...

102 posted on 02/12/2012 2:10:55 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: lwoodham

103 posted on 02/12/2012 2:18:53 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Gene Eric; onyx; TitansAFC; hoosiermama; JediJones; Marguerite; C. Edmund Wright; greeneyes; ...
I see the old "Newt wars" are flaring up again and the old, thoroughly debunked and rebutted rumors and lies, planted by the liberal media and Newt's Republican detractors are surfacing up again... Might as well be armed with some facts, because the truth and the facts are the first casualties of war.

C'mon, have you ever seen his ex?

Not just see her (Marianne Gingrich, she kept his last name), but did they hear her own words...?

When she was asked by ABC interviewer what she thought Gingrich meant when he called her and asked to finalize the divorce in 1994 (they were legally separated and lived separately, in different states since 1987, well before he met and started dating his future wife Callista in 1993) Marianne said that she thought that it was (incredibly!) an offer of an "open marriage". Is that delusional or what, but did anybody in the media point this out or had an issue with that?

The divorce from Marianne, who he has financially supported for 12 years despite separation and left most of whatever he has earned from his publishing and speeches to her in the divorce, was not finalized until Gingrich was done implementing The Contract with America and resigned from Congress, in 1999. He could finally settle his private life and have a very successful marriage with Callista (they've been together now for 18 years, since 1993). Not that he feels the need to trash his former wife, who threatened to derail his political future, only to try and keep him for his [potential] earnings.

When Newt said that during those years he sacrificed his personal life for the good of the country, it was not a flippant comment, chronology shows that it was true. Without him, neither the Contract With America nor the impeachment of Clinton could happen, he was the driving force behind both, even when it cost him his job and political reputation, with both sides doing everything they could trying to ruin it, including sham "ethics investigation" and filing 84 frivolous, bogus "ethics" charges, from all of which he was eventually cleared.

Ref: Gingrich admits ABC claim was false - FR post #32 / WSJ, No-Fault Newt, by James Taranto, 2012 January 20
Ref: The Inner Quest of Newt Gingrich (1995: Marianne Promised To "Undermine Everything" For Newt) - FR post #143, 2012 January 18 / PBS/VF, by Gail Sheehy, 1995 September

I've seen some people here still repeating the good old liberal and new Romney's (in toto, Alinskyite) lies about "serving divorce papers to wife dying of cancer" and the story about "Callista's expensive $500K/$1M jewelry from Tiffany's" which turned out to be an untapped high-limit credit line that is available from similar sources and is used by people as a form of inexpensive financial insurance (Romney might have it but probably doesn't need it, and nobody cared enough to dig into anybody-but-Newt).

Ref: Romney Must Get Personal Over Bain Capital Attacks - FR, posts #21, #36, #42, #3, 2012 January 12
Ref: "Cain/Gingrich 2012"?" - FR, posts #64, #69, 2011 October 06

And, was there any other "family values" candidate who, after hiring a team of fund-raising consultants for his campaign, was thoughtful enough to take his wife on R&R cruise in [pre-default, pre-strikes] Greece, just prior to what was expected to be more than a year-long grueling campaign schedule?

I also thought that NY-23 2009 special election "endorsement" of Dede Scozzafava was a settled and buried "issue," but there they go again... Apparently people have short memories or they simply bring up just about anything to smear "the other guy" especially when "everybody knows" that "the other guy" happens to be "flawed" (as in "not perfect" or having a "baggage") so anything goes and whatever garbage is thrown will stick:

It was brought to Newt's attention that Doug Hoffman was not eligible to run for that seat because of residency issues; local Republican Party nominated a nationally unknown 10-year representative in State Assembly whom Newt didn't know from Adam, so he "endorsed" her to keep the safe Republican seat for 1 year, before elections next year (election of Hoffman would be disqualified and the seat turned over to Democrats). Hoffman was also a spoiler next year, when he lost the nomination from Republican Party, switched again to Conservative Party, ran for the seat and his 10,000 votes provided margin of victory to Democrat who won by 4,000 votes. I've read somewhere that Hoffman later acknowledged that Gingrich was right. So why is it still used as an issue - or is it just a lazy excuse not to "Dislike" Newt?

Ref: 'Stop Romney' Christian conservatives give nod to Santorum ahead of S.C. balloting - FR post #67, 2012 January 15 (also contains a plain rebuttal to Nancy Pelosi / cap-and-trade / global warming smears).
Ref: Pelosi Fires Back at Gingrich - FR, posts #27, #29, 2012 January 09

The online petition "Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less" gathered more than a million signatures a month, and later that year, during 2008 Republican convention, morphed into "Drill, Baby, Drill".

Here's what Newt has done for conservative causes groups, organizations and individuals since leaving office in 1999 (including raising and donating $150K to Bob Vander Plaats' group The Family Leader to oust three pro-gay-marriage Iowa Supreme Court judges; yet Santorum won the Plaats' "family values endorsement lottery" just before Iowa caucuses) :
Gingrich's Secret Weapon: Newt Inc. - FR, 2012 January 25 / WSJ, by Neil King Jr. and Patrick O'Connor, 2011 May 09

What did the other guys do during that time, except running and getting ready to run?

104 posted on 02/12/2012 4:06:39 PM 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’m so glad I have bookmarked this thread.

Thank you very much, as always, CutePuppy!

Your research and work are beyond superb!

105 posted on 02/12/2012 4:19:58 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: CutePuppy

Thank you!! Your post is a keeper! It’s should be posted on all the political threads.

106 posted on 02/12/2012 4:25:13 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: onyx

You are very welcome :-)

Time to bring a gun to a knife fight.

107 posted on 02/12/2012 4:26:09 PM PST by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: CutePuppy; Jim Robinson

Excellent. THis needs it’s own thread and some attention from the top guy.

Very well done.

108 posted on 02/12/2012 4:34:44 PM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: nickcarraway
Who is a liar?

What I saw as 'playing the dumb act', I now see is not play acting at all by you. Wipe the pablum puke off your chin.

You actually believe adultery is patriotism?

I actually believe you are a dumb@** troll. Patriotism would be to zot you.

109 posted on 02/12/2012 4:41:36 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: CutePuppy
C'mon, have you ever seen his ex?

That was merely a diffuser to the overplayed and currently irrelevant charge of adultery. In fairness to his ex, I have no idea what she looks like, nor do I care -- it is equally irrelevant.

110 posted on 02/12/2012 4:59:07 PM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: nickcarraway
nothing in the Bible says I can’t use my reason to determine who would be a good leader.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Psalm 3:5,6

111 posted on 02/12/2012 5:57:03 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: capt. norm

The PTB must have known you were here.

Your sign up date is even earlier than you thought.

1-21-98. betcha you kept the comments smokin’! There were no mods! It took until after the 2000 primaries for me to get the gumption to sign up! lol

112 posted on 02/12/2012 11:45:04 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: JediJones

What a wonderful actress! One of my all time favs.

How come you guys are so clever with the acronyms? lol

Thanks for the laff, Jedi.

When the revolution starts, will we have cookies AND light sabers? ;o)

113 posted on 02/12/2012 11:48:11 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: trebb; nickcarraway; onyx

“Can a person not be patriotic because they committed adultry? They can be saved despite it and worse.”

You are absolutely right. People make mistakes, even God loving believers. No one is perfect.

onyx, is it true that since Newt was converted to Catholicism after his marriage to Callista, that the Church considers her to be his first wife?

I’ve heard that, but I’m not Catholic, so I don’t know.

I know that with us SBs, we are forgiven if we ask to be, and change our ways.

The main point that trebb makes, though, is that just because has Newt sinned, as we all have, it doesn’t make him less patriotic.

114 posted on 02/13/2012 12:09:42 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: CutePuppy
Better yet, bring one of these...

115 posted on 02/13/2012 12:48:56 AM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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