By Gary P Jackson
So many phony Conservatives, so little time!
I’ll be honest, I had to read Chuck Roger’s essay in American Thinker a couple times to make sure I understood where he was going with Newt’s latest hair-brain scheme to “Win The Future™.” It’s that crazy.
It seems the establishment GOP’s “smartest guy in the room” has come up with a winner.
Way, way back in 1994, Newt Gingrich complained vigorously about a Democrat-controlled Congress’s fiscal irresponsibility. Representative Gingrich led a successful campaign by Republicans to takeover House and Senate in the 1994 Election. At the core of the Republican game plan was the Contract with America, a key element of which was the Fiscal Responsibility Act, in which Gingrich promised:
A balanced budget/tax limitation amendment and a legislative line-item veto to restore fiscal responsibility to an out-of-control Congress, requiring them to live under the same budget constraints as families and businesses.
That was then. Republicans failed to deliver on most of the Contract’s promises.
This is now. Failure to deliver is the least of Republicans’ worries if Gingrich’s GOP nomination bid gains traction.
“We must stop the irresponsible spending,” Gingrich wrote in an email to supporters. So he is again complaining about Washington’s fiscal madness. But there’s a slimy facet of Newt Gingrich 2011-hypocrisy. Gingrich now makes it clear that he wants to continue to grow federal “investment in science and research.” The man is sounding more and more like just another big-government Republican, a progressive one to boot. Gingrich slams the reduced research subsidies in Representative Paul Ryan’s budget plan for being ….
…essentially like saying, I want to save money on your car, [so] we’re not going to change the oil. And for about a year I can get away with it. And then the engine will freeze up and we’ll have to replace your engine. But if I have a CBO that scores oil but doesn’t score engines, I can annually replace the engine for free, because it won’t count as a budget cost.
In this analogy, the federal government keeps the “engine” of scientific research from “freezing up.” But scientific breakthroughs do not depend on government subsidies. Mr. Gingrich has revealed himself to be no more fiscally responsible than the progressive Democrats whom he criticizes for fiscal irresponsibility.
Roger goes on to hammer Gingrich for the stuff conservatives always hammer Gingrich for, namely being a big fat liberal!
Frankly, Newt lost me when he was spooning with Nancy Pelosi on the now infamous couch, shilling for Al Gore’s global warming hoax. And he’s still going down that road today as he shills for the ethanol lobby, which has paid him hundreds of thousands of dollars to push that “green” scam.
In the current-day version of Gingrich, Republicans are saddled with a man who goes out of his way to play nice-nice with progressives. Gingrich is prone to embrace nutty and economically destructive progressive ideas.
Then comes this:
First, irresponsible global warming spending, then irresponsible biofuel spending. Now Gingrich is making a “deliberate, fundamental argument against the entire current [health care] delivery system,” claiming that only government “investment” in research can create a better health care system.
So here we have a formerly great “conservative” pushing colossal government involvement to create a health care system to replace the Obamacare colossus.
Where did Gingrich make his “investment” pitch? Why, at an event hosted by the Brookings Institution, a progressive think tank.
Read more here.
The Republican establishment is always telling us Gingrich is the smartest guy we have in the party. Of course, these same people tell us Mitt Romney is a genius too, and we know what a joke that is.
We are told Newt Gingrich is an “idea man.” OK, I’ll buy into that, but what good is an “idea man” when all of his ideas are ridiculous?
The thing is “idea men,” prized creatures that they are, are mostly worthless.
For every good idea they come up with, they’ll have hundreds that are useless, and in some cases down right dangerous. You know, like creating a Big Government boondoggle to replace another Big Government boondoggle.
Idea men, big thinkers, what ever you want to call them, are dreamers. We need dreamers. They serve a great purpose to society. But the last thing you want is a big thinker, an “idea man” in a leadership position.
You put one of these cats in charge, where no one can stop them from implementing every insane idea that pops in their head, and you have a recipe for a disaster of biblical proportions!
Thinkers, dreamers, “idea men,” geniuses, wonks, whatever you want to call them are not the sort one puts in charge. They are not CEO material, or even middle management. Their place in life is to do what they do. Think up stuff. If they’re lucky, they think up something that is beneficial. Or, if not, they are Newt Gingrich.
It’s time for Americans to wake up and realize that we need real change in Washington, and looking to the same old Republican establishment hacks who got is in this mess in the first place is not the answer.
We need new, fresh leadership, that has no ties to the current mess in DC. Someone who has vast executive experience, and a solid record of accomplishment. A Governor.
“Idea men” are a dime a dozen.