Crime, Greed, Money, Corruption: The Gang of Four Starring Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum

Every Tuesday morning, Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., meets with a couple dozen Republican lobbyists. Here is how Nicholas Confessore describes the ritual in the July/August  Washington Monthly:

[T]he lobbyists present pass around a list of the [lobbying] jobs available and discuss whom to support. Santorum’s responsibility is to make sure each one is filled by a loyal Republican — a Senator’s chief of staff, for instance, or a top White House aide, or another lobbyist whose reliability has been demonstrated. After Santorum settles on a candidate, the lobbyists present make sure it is known whom the Republican leadership favors.

From a July 13, 2003, Slate Magazine column by Timothy Noah

By Gary P Jackson

With far too many people focused on the horse race and who will “save us” from “The Great Satan” Mitt Romney, one thing is continually overlooked: Just how corrupt Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are. As much hand-wringing that is going on over the possibility of Mitt Romney being the Republican nominee, few are paying attention to the alternatives.

That both Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are Big Government Statists is well documented. So is Newt’s record of selling his soul to anyone with some ready cash, be it Freddy Mac who paid him $1.6 million for “history lessons” or Big Pharma and Big Insurance who paid him $37 million to shill for government mandated health care insurance.

Thing is, Rick Santorum isn’t much better.

Back in 1995 Newt, Santorum, Tom Delay, Dick Armey, and others teamed up with Grover Norquist to create the “K-Street Project,” an effort to get Republicans hired on to top positions in major lobbying firms. In turn these lobbyists would co-ordinate with lawmakers for fun and profit.

This effort was so egregious that in 2007 Congress made the practice illegal.

Santorum was the liaison between Congress and the lobbyists. Rick met weekly with corrupt lobbyists and gave them their marching orders. It was understood that if they didn’t fall in line, precious access to influential members of Congress would be denied.

In addition to this, Santorum took money from a group in Saipan that was involved in the sweatshop business.The Tan Family engaged in many human rights violations, was involved in the illegal sex trade, and forced female workers to have abortions if they wanted to keep their jobs.

That’s pure evil, and Santorum was paid, not just to look the other way, but to help defeat legislation that would have stopped much of this.

Here’s a devastating video that spells it out:

The Gang of Four is a about crime, greed, money, corruption. The power of money. Washington insiders. Influence Peddlers. How the influence of Money influences Washington, Politicians and Congress. Starring Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Tom Delay and Jack Abramoff. The K Street Project turns corruption into scandal, bribery, money-laundering, fraud. Lobbyist influence politicians and Politicians stacking the lobbying firms with Republican staffers. See how the sweatshops of Saipan are protected when lobbyist use their financial clout to influence Washington politicians, decision-makers in Congress, the House and/or Senate

Sickening. And yet, many voters think one of these two are the answer to our problems. That continually blows my mind.

With all of Santorum’s talk about “family values” and the like on the campaign trail, his disgraceful actions regarding Saipan are unforgivable, and just show what an absolute hypocrite he is.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results.

We keep electing and re-electing the same feckless, corrupt bastards, and we wonder why the United States is on the brink of destruction!

More on Santorum:

Rick Santorum’s integral involvement in the corrupt K-Street Project is nothing less than full-on Crony Capitalism. Santorum enthusiastically kept the revolving door spinning between Lobbyist and Party Loyalists. Again, because this was in the interests of the Republican Party, perhaps the Tea Party will now gladly look the other way. However, it would smack of sell-out hypocrisy for the Tea Party, known for condemning government corruption, to now support one of its most active participants. They might want to question Sen. Santorum on his well-documented participation with, and close ties to, disgraced ex-con lobbyist Jack Abramoff – whose new book, profiled recently on 60 Minutes and The Colbert Report, condemns precisely the process Santorum coordinated for the GOP: facilitating post-Capitol Hill lobbying positions to those holding Congressional office and their staffers.

Crony Capitalism – The K-Street Project

The K Street Project is an effort by the Republican Party  to pressure Washington lobbying firms to hire Republicans in top positions, and to reward loyal GOP lobbyists with access to influential officials. It was launched in 1995 by Republican strategist Grover Norquist and then-House majority whip Tom DeLay. It has been criticized as being part of a “coziness” between the GOP and large corporations which has allegedly allowed business to rewrite government regulations affecting their own industries.

Shortly after the 1994 elections which gave a majority of seats to Republican candidates, DeLay called prominent Washington lobbyists into his office. He had pulled the public records of political contributions that they made to Democrats and Republicans. According to Texans for Public Justice, he reminded them that Republicans were in charge and their political giving had better reflect that—or else. The “or else” was a threat to cut off access to the Republican House leadership.

The project is named for K Street in Washington, D.C., where the largest lobbying firms have their headquarters. Lobbyists are, in some circles, referred to as the “fourth branch of government,” as some have great influence in U.S. national politics due to their monetary resources and the “revolving-door” practice of hiring former government officials. It is widely believed to be common practice for politicians to solicit money from lobbying firms in exchange for better access to officials, especially members of the United States Congress, and to buy favoritism in policies.

Candidates seeking to succeed DeLay as majority leader sought to distance themselves from the project, and as of January 15, 2006, all three announced candidates had vowed to dismantle it and overhaul the lobbying process. The fundamental quid pro quo at the center of the K Street Project — the withholding of policy favors from interest groups and lobbying firms that hire Democrats — is now illegal: the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, Sec 102, bans members of Congress and staffers from using their political power to influence the employment decision of any private entity “on the basis of partisan political affiliation”.

Read even more here.

Some of our readers get upset that we don’t trash Mitt Romney enough for their tastes and have the audacity to point out the sort of lying, corrupt, weasels the other candidates are. I constantly hear from readers who equate fully vetting these bottom feeders to a form of “hate speech.” All I can say is get over it!

The fact is, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are corrupt Washington insiders. Both have a long history of being “team players” when there is cash involved. Both have sold their influence, with Santorum hooking up with some down-right evil sons-a-bitches.

Ron Paul is no prize either, as he is one of the biggest porkers in Congress, collecting earmarks by the millions and feeding them to his cronies. He’s been caught double billing the taxpayers for trips, and other assorted shenanigans.

The bottom line is all three of these candidates, but most especially Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, represent everything that is wrong with American politics. They are the sort that need to be run out of politics forever if our beloved Republic is to survive.

Sadly, far too many people are willing to give these corrupt bastards a pass. Far too many are willing to look the other way, just as Santorum did when it came to the women of Saipan. What I want to know is why?

How could anyone who wants a better America support any of them?

America not only deserves better, it must have better, or it’s all over.

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39 responses to “Crime, Greed, Money, Corruption: The Gang of Four Starring Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum

  1. Excellent post! The gap between values and morals, most evident in Rick Santorum, is a most interesting subject.

  2. Joy

    And don’t think the DNC wouldn’t find & use this very info to smear the bejesus out of whichever of the aforementioned candidates might reach the final round! But recently I’ve read that old Mitts hasn’t been quite so squeaky clean himself: Namely, he’s far more in bed with Wall street – incl. the “seamy”/corrupt capitalism side – than has so far been discussed.

    Now, a more touchy question (re Newt Gingrich): Why would Sarah Palin have even voted for the (perceived) scumbag? I’m OK with Todd (the family “Independent!”) working for Newt (or, at least, letting Newt use the useful Palin name); but why, do you suppose, would Mz Anti-Corrupt Crony Capitalism herself vote for (but not quite “endorse”) Newt Gingrich?

    This is all getting QUITE depressing!!

    • Gary P

      They are all pretty bad. None of them are worthy. That said, at least Mitt was a private citizen and not a government figure. What private citizens do is a bit different than those entrusted by the people to do the people’s business.

      Both Newt and Santorum have broken the public’s trust on many occasions. They simply can’t be rewarded for that.

      • NHConservative0221

        The fact that the GOP Establishment supports Mittens means nothing to you? That he practically outspent Santorum 12:1 in Ohio and in other states, using his Superpac to smear mud instead of running on his own record?

        You said before that Obamacare may not be an issue since the Supreme Court would rule on it this spring, however now that may be pushed off until 2014! Face it, Romneycare alone disqualifies Mittens! There’s now clips of him saying the mandate would be a good national model! Why do you keep defending this clown? All you do is run hit pieces on Santorum and Newt while promoting Mittens! His record as Governor of MA flat out sucks! Romneycare, 46th in job creation, banned semiautomatic weapons, increased fees. Mittens has waffled on every position except big gov’t healthcare!

        Finally, Mittens is a wimp who will cower to the Establishment. He’s not afraid to smear GOP contenders, but he won’t fight Obama like that. Mittens won’t call Obama a socialist and even recently said he’s not going to say “incendiary” things abotu Obama! Mittens thinks Obama is just “in over his head!”

        I’m afraid a gutless Establishment wimp like Mittens will actually lose to Obama. He’s John McCain 2.0.

      • Gary P

        This isn’t about Mitt Romney. It’s about two corrupt bastards that should be run out of politics forever.

        It doesn’t matter to you that Santorum cuddled up to some real nasty sons-a-bitches for money? Doesn’t matter he worked to STOP legislation that would have saved young girls being forced into the sex trade and to have abortions?

        Doesn’t matter that he [Santorum] took more money from corrupt lobbyists than anyone in Congress?

        Santorum, like Gingrich is a despicable human being. Both have been and will always be part of the problem.

        I’m not supporting Romney, but people like you, with such an irrational hatred for someone who is a pretty decent guy is sickening to me.

        Most of us disagree with Romney on policy, but he has never been involved in the despicable acts Gingrich and Santorum have.

        You keep prattling on about RomneyCare but conveniently “forget” that Newt Gingrich not only praised RomneyCare, but has himself been consistently pushing for government mandated health care insurance for decades. LONG before RomneyCare and long after.

        Oh, and Santorum is in the pocket of all of the union thugs. He voted AGAINST making the entire United States a “right to work” country. Knowing how the unions have destroyed America, that is down-right evil.

  3. You say:
    “This isn’t about Mitt Romney. It’s about two corrupt bastards that should be run out of politics forever.”

    What you say may be true for all I know but would you repeat those words to Sarah Palin? Especially now that you know she voted for him.

    I’m no special fan of Newt Gingrich but I find your language extravagant.

    • Gary P

      Yes, I would say it to Sarah Palin’s face.

      There is no bigger of a supporter of Sarah’s than myself. I was following her long before she was ever considered, let alone chosen, for McCain’s running mate. I can honestly say her voting for Newt is the only big thing she has ever done that I disagree with.

      BTW, it IS OK to disagree with someone you respect. Palinistas aren’t cultists. We are capable of having independent thought.

      You say my language regarding Newt is “extravagant.” Please explain how one could be any more reasonable when describing the poster child for everything that is wrong with politics today.

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  5. “Yes, I would say it to Sarah Palin’s face.

    I can honestly say her voting for Newt is the only big thing she has ever done that I disagree with.

    BTW, it IS OK to disagree with someone you respect. Palinistas aren’t cultists. We are capable of having independent thought.”

    This is hardly a “we agree to disagree” type of dispute. You and Sarah Palin disagree, fundamentally, in your ability to appraise political candidates. In Alaska, when she cast her ballot for Newt, she was, for all intents and purposes, voting for someone she hopes is the Republican nominee for 2012 and, by extension, for President.

    You, on the other hand, think that Newt is “the poster child for everything that is wrong with politics today.” These differences are not reconcilable.

    I do not ask you to separate yourself from the politics of Sarah Palin but, rather, to moderate your appraisal of Gingrich. Sarah, herself, has said that Newt is an imperfect vessel but she has weighed the pros and cons and has decided, on balance, that he would be the best Republican candidate to replace Obama. That is to say: he is ready, willing and able. These are qualities that she finds, in some measure, lacking in the other candidates.

    You need to take a step back, Gary, and take a second look at your position.

    • Gary P

      I don’t need to step back and look at a damned thing! I’ve followed Newt for decades. He’s a lying, corrupt, PROGRESSIVE con-man.

      Newt has ALWAYS stood with the communist elements of the democrat party when it really mattered. The list of betrayals is long.

      There is NOTHING good about the man. NOTHING.

      I love Sarah Palin, and would crawl over broken glass to vote for her, but I do not agree with her choice of Newt. Newt cannot beat Obama. He has too much baggage that will be easily exploited. Past that, if he WAS miraculously elected, he would be WORSE than Obama. Far more dangerous.

      https://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/newt-gingrich-is-more-dangerous-to-america-than-obama-and-i-can-prove-it/

      Of course, now that Conservatives are remembering why they have hated the SOB for years, his chance of winning the nomination are exactly what they are supposed to be: ZERO.

  6. DAVIS-BACON ACT (RIGHT TO WORK): According to the Library of Congress, the vote was 68-31. Santorum wasn’t the swing vote, he was the freshman senator from a union state where he won with less than 50% of the vote just 18 months before. To cast a vote against unions when the bill was already defeated would be pointless and self-defeating. From reading the roll call, I suspect that a few of the swing republicans voted no only when the 60 vote margin was cleared, including Santorum. That won’t please purists who prefer martyrdom, but remember: Partial Birth Abortion Ban wasn’t passed until 2003. Would it have been passed if Santorum had already been voted out for sticking his finger in the eyes of his working class base for a vote already lost?

    • Gary P

      Interesting, you don’t address the massive corruption from Santorum’s time being one of the ring leaders of the K-Street Project something so egregious that Congress made it illegal. I mean that IS the topic of this article.

      Others went to prison but somehow Newt and Santorum escaped, even though they were neck deep in it all.

      You also don’t address the fact that Santorum took money from the Tan crime family, a group that forces young girls into prostitution and forces the pregnant ones to have abortions.

      I guess family values aren’t important to people at all, when it’s their guy who violated everything that is decent.

      Newt and Santorum also fought against a bill [and defeated it] that would have gone a long way toward ending these human rights violations. The money for Santorum from the Tan family was just too good I guess.

      As far as I am concerned that makes Rick Santorum one evil son-of-a-bitch.

      As far as the right to work laws, it’s called standing on principle. Of course, weasels like Santorum wouldn’t know nothing about that. The right to work is one of man’s basic rights, but like those poor girls forced into prostitution by his buddies the Tans, Rick didn’t give a shit about the human rights of his fellow Penn Staters. He was too woried about staying in Congress so he could make some more under the table money from the corrupt lobbyists.

      Oh, and what about Mr Pro-Life standing with Arlen Specter as Specter ripped Christians and said it was his goal to make the GOP PRO-CHOICE? Santorum was right there, being the good “team player” he’s bragged about before.

      Seriously, Santorum is an unpricipled swine. His “family values” talk is all bullshit. Especially if the other side is paying better.

      I was willing to give this POS a break because he wasn’t Newt. But the more I look into his past, I’m finding that he may be a more despicable human being than Newt, something I once thought impossible.

      I don’t know what motivates people to stand up for lying, corrupt, crapweasels like Santorum [and Newt] but it’s disgusting.

      • “THE ARLEN SPECTOR ARGUMENT” has been addressed numerous times, but short version is… The GOP had a one vote advantage in the Senate 51-49. It was apparent that President Bush would get at least one Supreme Court appointment in his second term. Specter was going to be the head of the Judiciary Committee, and he was the guy who demolished Anita Hill’s credibility to get Clarence Thomas approved. Santorum asked Specter for a commitment to get Bush’s Supreme Court appointments through. Specter said he would. And Specter was a sure bet for reelection as opposed to Pat Toomey (who was elected in the tea party wave). A 50/50 Senate split would endanger the possibility of a conservative justice appointment. So Santorum endorsed Specter and we got Justices Alito and Roberts. Now, can anyone plausibly make the case that they saw a supermajority for Dems in the Senate and a liberal President to pass Obamacare coming 4 years later? Unlucky, but this is hardly a case of Santorum “going rogue.” One of the foremost reasons I support Rick Santorum is the same position causing others to dismiss him–his support of Specter over Toomey in 2004. He knew conservatives would revile this decision and perhaps never forgive him, but yet he assessed that Toomey would have a hard time winning and if Spector were removed as the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, the opportunity to confirm Alito and Roberts would be gone.

      • Gary P

        Arlen has called Santorun an out and out liar. Said there was NO deal.

        Neither one of these corrupt career political opportunists have a single ounce of credibility. Not one drop.

        You still aren’t addressing Santorum’s deep ties to the K Street Project, something so corrupt folks went to prison and Congress made it illegal.

        Evidently you don’t care that Santorum dealt with a crime family that forced young girls into prostitution, and forced the pregnant ones to have abortions. Santorum is an evil man for blocking legislation that would have done something about these things. Money was more important than his so-called “family values.”

        You don’t seem to care that Santorum’s voting record shows that he is a Big Government Statist.

        No way this guy will be the nominee. We already have enough corrupt bastards in Washington, we don’t need any more, especially a man of no principles like Rick Santorum.

      • Yes, these candidates were pro-abortion. But who were their opponents? Christine Todd Whitman (NJ) ran against James McGreevy, yes that guy. Doug Forrester (NJ) ran against Frank Lautenberg. Charlie Dent picked up Pat Toomey’s seat in PA when he gave it up to run for Senate. Jim Greenwood was the incumbent GOP congressman in PA. What do they all have in common? All these pro-abortion candidates were in the Northeast. Santorum and Toomey were the rare exceptions to the rule that most of the Northeast demands socially liberal candidates (as we saw in a certain 1994 Massachusetts Senate Race). But you can hardly blame Santorum for supporting the GOP in Pennsylvania races and trying to get a couple less-bad candidates elected in New Jersey. (If he had contributed to Chris Christie, he would be guilty of the same thing).

      • Gary P

        Address Santorum’s ties to the Tan crime family. Address the fact this corrupt bastard took money from a criminal organization that forces girls into prostitution and forces them to have abortions.

        THAT is what this article is about, and you haven’t addressed it yet.

        How any decent human being can just let that go is beyond me.

        Face it, you can’t justify Santorum’s despicable behavior in Congress, so you think it shouldn’t count.

        We need men of honor, not corrupt weasels like Santorum.

      • Gary P

        STAY ON TOPIC. Address the massive corruption Santorum was involved in.

        You think any of those young girls forced into prostitution and forced to have abortions give a damn about Roberts and Alito?

        Sanorum is a fake and a phony. He should be in prison with the rest of his K Street buddies.

  7. Carol Cumbie

    I think Newt has changed. If not Newt then who. I first choice is Sarah. Just because you said it doesn’t make it true . The ad Romney ran about had some truth to it but it was more lies than truth. Romney has done worse than all of them. Romney has put money behind everyone he would need this time around. The great job he did on the Olympics was not as good as we thought . He received well over 1 billion in tax payers money. More than all the Olympics together. All those companies he took care of were not the kind of capitalist company we all thought about. Taking the companies that were doing okay but finding ways they could make more while finding the lower paying jobs overseas and firing the americans. That is what I call un american capitalism. So who is your person. I hope Sarah can get it during the convention she is the one that has been vetted more than anyone.

    • Gary P

      Nah, Newt is the same corrupt egomaniac he always was. He’s still the guy who has sided with the communist left every time it mattered the most.

      Don’t forget, Newt was pushing individually mandated health care insurance as late as last May. The only reason he isn’t pushing it now is obvious, but he wants it. Thinks it’s the only way. He has certainly given Big Pharma and Big Insurance their $37 million dollars worth of effort.

      Also, don’t forget Newt teamed up with Pelosi to try and push Obama’s “energy tax” and he went around with race hustler Al Sharpton and Education Secretary Arnie Duncan, a Chicago communist, to push Obama’s “education” programs.

      Newt should have run as a democrat. He might have had a chance.

      I haven’t even got into all of the corruption he’s been involved in, the influence peddling, the lies.

      I’m not Romney’s biggest fan, but out of the current choices, all of which are horrible, he’s the least horrible. He also has the organizational skills to beat Obama. That’s rather important.

      Both Newt and Santorum are so disorganized they couldn’t even get on the ballot in their home state of Virginia. If you can’t even do something that basic, how can you be president? The folks that served under Newt when he was Speaker back up the fact he’s horribly unsuited for management.

      I’d love to see an open convention where a Palin/West ticket emerged. That said, I gotta deal with reality, and reality is, as much as all of these guys suck, Romney sucks less and has actual executive experience. That is NOT an endorsement of Romney, just harsh reality.

    • Joy

      I think we’d better forget our pipe dream of Palin emerging as the nominee at a brokered convention. The fix’s been in since the get-go. For now, the RINOs have the upper hand, so the only hope for the Conservative Movement in future is for Palin to take on a new – a slightly less assailable – role as its leader. We need to retire the Republican Party as its currently constituted and, like the Whigs 160-plus years ago, put it out to pasture once & for all. Not sure what it should be called, ’cause Tea Party may already pre-empted.
      I am totally discouraged about the fate of the Republic – let alone the Republican Party! We’re over a cliff if Obama stays in, but barely hanging in by our toe-nails if Romney gets the nod. All in all, a VERY discouraging scenario…

      • Gary P

        I agree and disagree. Yeah, the very best outcome, something that is looking more realistic as time goes on, would be an open convention where Sarah Palin and Allen West emerged as the Republican ticket. That would send the left into full panic mode. It would also be a winning ticket with leaders that could get stuff done.

        I’m not Sarah, but if I were, and was going into the convention knowing what was about to happen, I’d have West by my side and get ready to roll if she was chosen.

        That said, I’m trying to look at Romney objectively. As a businessman he was very, very good. As a Governor, he was very, very uninspiring. I keep wondering if he had decided to be governor of a non-socialist state, would his record, as a Conservative, look any different. Hard to tell. And I’ve researched the notion a bit.

        The only thing I do know is both Newt and Santorum are totally unacceptable. Both have been involved in massive corruption, and both have a record of talking the talk, but not walking the walk.

        Santorum is a huge phony whose principles matter not when politics and/or money is involved, and you know how I feel about Newt.

        Looking at the sheer numbers, and factoring in what Gingrich and Santorum are up to, there are two possible outcomes: Voters keep picking Romney over the other two, and he simply wins, or … thanks to the GOP system of proportional votes, Romney keeps winning, as voters keep voting, but he splits the delegates with the other two, and no one has enough delegates come Tampa.

        Either way, one has to figure Romney is the most probable nominee. You can bet that if it looks like going into Tampa there will be no nominee, a lot of deal making will be going on between all three candidates.

        There’s a lot I don’t like about Romney, and I have been pretty loud in my protests to his campaign over the years. That said, we could do worse. Romney is better than Obama and I think he might just fool us all and make a decent president.

        I’m still hoping for the near impossible, but I’m ready for the reality.

        At this point, it’s time to get serious about the local and congressional races. We gotta take back the Senate.

      • Joy

        In response to your comments several “comments cycles” ago, I agree that we need to get behind some very strong Tea Party & Conservative GOP candidates for both houses of Congress – and that’s where I’m hoping & praying that Palin – post-Tampa – really swings into action! I want to see her imprint all over every key race, ’cause with each success, she’ll be laying the groundwork for her NEXT big push (which I pray is still in the public arena!!).

      • Gary P

        I suspect she will again play a huge part in the election. I look for her to start making endorsements soon.

        This election is going to be like no other.

      • Joy

        Boy, with Palin front & center and taking a major leadership position in the coming Election for Conservative candidates up & down the ticket, that would raise the enthusiasm factor by a gazillion! I’d love to have my fire lit again like 2008, ’cause no matter who’s at the head of the ticket, it’ll still be dullsville…

      • Gary P

        Oh yeah, Sarah has the ability to energize the kind of people who would actually volunteer and work their butts off.

        I’m looking at the electoral math and if Newt and Santo stay in, there is a good chance Romney can’t get the 1144 needed to win the nomination. Even if Newt drops out, Santorum can’t beat Romney. Most Newt supporters would go to Romney.

        Santorum and Newt both have talked about a brokered convention, as they know it’s their only hope. This is where Palin supporters need to have people in the room.

        Frankly, I’d love to see Sarah and Allen West walk arm and arm onto the convention floor minutes after the first ballot fails to produce a winner. That would be all it would take.

  8. Carol Cumbie

    I have to disagree with you. I think Romney is the rights’s version of Obama. You forget how dirty Obama’s people about throwing the dirt at the candidate. Romney has been running for the last four year and he still doesn’t have the conservative base. If Romney wins the RNC then Obama will win again. First thing Obama will do is make the economy look like it is getting better. Many jobs will be filled even though they haven’t. The OWS will be out again protesting. Romney will be the 1% before it is all done they will behave everyone convinced that Romney himself caused all the problems we have. The only person who has been really vetted is Sarah Palin. Romney when he got that money for the Olympics McCain was complaining be time. You can say what you like about Newt but he got things done. He did what he said he would do.I have heard two that were against Newt and they talked highly of Newt. I know he will be able to change things quickly. He is not afraid of saying things to people face. Romney wants back room deals. Newt promises to get repeal health care right after he is swore in, fire the czars,unleash the America’s energy production,balance the fed budget , save medicare and social security, restore the proper role of the Judaical branch. He has plenty more. Newt really give a better choice than than the others. When he took over they had balanced budgets like he said. He probably knows who will turn against the republicans and side with the democrats. I still pray Sarah will somehow manage a brokered convention. Newt had his papers in more than he needed but the were a bunch no good

    • Gary P

      Obviously, an open convention, with Sarah Palin as the nominee would be best for the country. I mean that’s not even in question.

      That said, we have the worst field of candidates ever to choose from, so we have to choose someone who isn’t a lying corrupt, lifelong political insider. Both Newt and Santorum represent absolutely everything that is wrong with politics in America today. Both are the poster children for the type of pandering, influence peddling political insiders who MUST be run out of politics forever if our Republic is to survive.

      That leaves us with Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. [God, just saying Paul’s name will bring out the loons!]

      Obviously, Ron Paul is completely unacceptable for reasons that need to explanations.

      Here’s what I know about Romney, looking at his history. He’s actually a pretty decent human being. Lots of heartwarming stories out there that back this up. But he also has a ruthless side. You need a bit of that in business. You damned sure need it in politics.

      Remember, while Santorum and Gingrich have been fighting each other, Romney has been consistently going after Obama on his record. Now Romney won’t call Obama out for his radical associations, and he’ll be more “gentlemanly” in his attacks, but he will attack Obama relentlessly on his record.

      I have no doubt Romney can beat Obama. I’d like more than that, but unless we have a miraculous intervention, that’s what we got.

  9. Regarding sweat shops, I know most of this is distortions and lies. When one of the source materials is DailyKos you know its false. I googled Gang of Four and all that came up was info on some foreign band. And when I added Congress, and the names all that came up was a video with that name, the article, and one from the DailyPaul. Nothing credible.

    • Gary P

      Elizabeth, you know better than that. Our source is NOT the Daily Kos. Evidently you can’t handle the truth about Mr Hypocrite Rick Santorum.

      There is plenty of documentation of Rick’s dirty dealings with the Tan crime family.

      http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/02/12/time-to-lend-mitt-a-helping-hand/

      Here’s more:

      http://www.balloon-juice.com/2011/12/29/santorum-may-be-too-nice-a-name-for-that-guy/

      That took all of about 2 seconds to find on Google. One could cite plenty of more sources, but hell, these link to everything.

      Face it, Santorum is dirty. He stood next to Arlen Specter while Specter trashed the pro-life movement and vowed to make the GOP a “pro-choice” party if elected President. Santorum not only stood by him during that presidential run, he would later stand with Arlen when he ran against an actual Conservative a few years later.

      Santorum has stood with the union thugs, he’s voted for tons of Big Government programs, and taken more money from lobbyists than any of those who served at the same time he did.

      Santorum is a crook and a liar. He should be in a cell along with Abramoff and DeLay. So should Gingrich, for that matter. What Santorum did by associating with the Tan crime family is unacceptable and unforgivable.

      PERIOD.

      • Joy

        Gary, I was not aware that DeLay went to prison – although I know the entire DNC wanted him to go! I think that Judge in Texas finally did rule against him, but has he been sentenced? And, if so, is he actually IN prison NOW?

      • Gary P

        Actually, the last I heard DeLay was out on bond pending appeal. Yeah, Ronnie Earle, the hyper-partisan Travis County DA, went after DeLay, but DeLay was certainly guilty as charged. When I was first following all of this I was on DeLay’s side until I saw the evidence. This is why I no longer accept corruption from anyone, and no longer give members of Congress the benefit of the doubt.

        http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/delay-sentenced-to-3-years-in-prison-freed-1176890.html

      • Joy

        Thanks, Gary – no tears shed for DeLay! Hope he lined his pockets with enough $$ to keep him & the missus in the chips for awhile. Like you, I agree corruption stinks no matter from which side of the aisle the “zephir” emanates…

      • Gary P

        I used to defend these cats because they were “one of us” No More!

        That’s why I refuse to lay off the presidential candidates. All of them are bad and voters deserve to know how bad.

        We need to clean house.

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  12. PHenry

    “Ron Paul is no prize either, as he is one of the biggest porkers in Congress, collecting earmarks by the millions and feeding them to his cronies. He’s been caught double billing the taxpayers for trips, and other assorted shenanigans.”

    Sources for any of this “double billing… and other assorted shenanigans?”

    Let me straighten out what seems to a bit of a misconception amongst a few misguided individuals:
    Congress must earmark money it has control over OR it gets handed over to the executive branch. Which, in turn, give more power to the President. So, Ron Paul, while against pork, makes sure that when the money needs to be earmarked, it is and stays out of the hands of the President as much as possible. Since his constituents are taxpayers, looted by the federal government (which is fundamentally wrong), he endeavors to get as much of their money back as possible.
    Not all earmarks are pork, there IS a difference.
    If by “cronies” you mean his constituents, then so what, he’s doing his job. If you mean “political pals and gals” however, I would love to see evidence of that.

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