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More Proof that Newt Gingrich Lies When the Truth Would Work Better

Newt and Callista observing Greece’s financial crisis up close and personal.

By Gary P Jackson

I guess we could call this “Newt’s Great Big Greek Vacation Adventure”!

I actually have a couple of stories where Newt has obviously lied when the truth would work better, and I’m not even talking about Newt claiming he got $1.6 million from Freddie Mac for “history lessons

Here’s a little deal from Political Wire:

Newt Gingrich “claims that it was his first wife, not Gingrich himself, who wanted their divorce in 1980, but court documents obtained by CNN appear to show otherwise.

The Republican presidential candidate, now in his third marriage, has been peppered with attacks and questions about his divorce from Jackie Gingrich for the past three decades.

Newt Gingrich filed a divorce complaint on July 14, 1980, in Carroll County, saying that “the marriage of the parties is irretriebably (sic) broken. Jackie Battley Gingrich, the congressman’s wife and the mother of Jackie Gingrich Cushman, responded by asking the judge to reject her husband’s filing.

Details here.

OK, what’s the big deal?

Seriously, what’s the big deal?

If Newt did indeed file for divorce, not the other way around, why would he feel the need to say his wife filed? What does it matter?

There’s a puff piece on Newt in the New York Times that talks about his campaign as a whole. When they get to his highly criticized trip to Greece, just as his campaign was getting started, this jewel popped up: [emphasis mine]

Gingrich says now, in what may be a characteristic bit of revisionist history, that it was clear early on that he needed to break free of his highly paid and conventional consultants, and that he and his wife, Callista, actually took their much-maligned Greek vacation last June — a pleasure trip in the middle of what was supposed to be his ramp-up as a candidate — in order to provoke a confrontation with the campaign’s leadership. (Gingrich later added that he really needed to see the Greek fiscal crisis up close.) If so, it worked, because the entire senior team quit en masse when he got back. Thus cast out into the campaign wilderness, Gingrich persevered through the summer and early fall, despite the mockery of those who considered it a sad final act. A few times, he now admits, he considered quitting.

One could go on all day long about the poor management and leadership qualities Newt exhibits here, but I think that’s pretty self evident. It looks like he’s throwing a hissy fit, sort of like when he learned he screwed the pooch getting on the Virginia ballot.

What got me, and you KNOW it’s unmitigated BS, is Newt felt he had to add that he wanted to see the Greek fiscal crisis close up. Seriously? This helps the story how?

Really, it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out what went wrong in Greece. You’d think the smartest guy on earth, according to some of his supporters anyway, would INSTINCTIVELY know what happened, and why.

I’ve written a lot about Newt, the con man, most particularly of his decades long support of mandated health care, and how he’s able to con folks with his slick talk. Lately though, now that I’m actually paying attention to this fraud, I’m noticing a much deeper issue.

Newt is the sort who continually lies when the truth would work better. Now these aren’t big lies, and most are inconsequential. Meaningless really. But it says something about Newt, the man. It goes to character. It speaks to why Newt can spend his entire political career supporting socialist ideas, standing with socialists like Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Al Gore, and many more. It’s how he can support their agenda, at the exact time Conservatives are trying to stop it, and then look you right in the eye and claim he just wanted to be part of the conversation.

In both cases, most especially in the case of the trip to Greece, this hurts his creditability. It’s almost as if he can’t help himself.

I dislike Newt Gingrich at a gut level. One can point out his flip-flops, his pallin’ around with socialists, his support for every left wing notion to come along, while spinning it into some sort of “conservative solution. But for me it goes deeper. I just don’t trust the guy. I don’t believe a word he says.

I also don’t trust him to keep his undisciplined mind in check. Newt has a lot of crazy “solutions” running around in his head. He has some good ones as well, but unfortunately, most always create more government, not less. I saw someone on Twitter today who summed up Newt perfectly. Newt is an inventor, not a leader. You never want an inventor running the company. Too scatter brained. Too many ideas, and many times, not enough discipline.

Look, we all embellish stories now and then. If you’re a hunter, fisherman, or racer, you know what I mean. The problem with Newt is he not sitting with his buddies swapping lies over a few beers. He’s running for president and trying to have us believe he’s taken in millions from big companies for “history lessons” and went on a vacation with his wife so he could observe a financial crisis first hand. Both are silly notions and hurt his cause, rather than help.

In case of the trip to Greece, why not just say everything was going to hell in a handbasket, he was frustrated, and needed time to think? No one would have thought less of him, and most can relate. The “ needing to see the Greek fiscal crisis up close” thing just sounds silly. It also destroys any credibility he might have left.

I’m no psychologist, but I see a deep character flaw in Newt that makes him particularly unfit to serve. And we’ve got enough liars in Washington now.

We need someone of character who can be trusted. Someone we won’t have to watch like a hawk watches chickens. I’m afraid babysitting a President Gingrich would be a 24/7 job.



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VP Biden Is Right–We Are Barbarians!

In addition to Teamsters’  head, Jim Hoffa’s vile comments on Labor Day, which Governor Palin wrote about yesterday, there were Vice President Biden’s comments where he castigated those who oppose the views of the Leftist labor movement as “the barbarians at the gate”. However, much like the attempted maligning of the Tea Party by a Wall Street Journal columnist and Senator McCain in comparing the Tea Party to hobbits, this comparison really could be gleefully accepted. After all, the hobbits were among the protagonists of J.R. Tolkien’s trilogy. The term “barbarian” is generally used as a pejorative term for “uncivilized people”, but as Patrick S. Adams reminds us, Palin supporters embrace such a term, as Rebecca Mansour and  Rob Harrison wrote about more than two years ago.

The term “barbarian” originated in ancient Greece to refer to a person who did not speak Greek and was first applied to the people of the Persian Empire and later the Turks. Considering we currently have a President whose economic philosophy is “it’s all Greek to me”, being called a “barbarian” is high praise! After all, we don’t speak the language of out-of-control debt, runaway entitlement programs, massive unemployment and credit downgrades.  President Obama’s economic illiteracy and subsequent policies are leading us down a path similar to that of Greece (complete with the fake Greek columns). This comparison to Greece is something Governor Palin noted in her Tea Party speech in Iowa on Saturday:

Folks, the truth is Barack Obama is adrift with no plan because his “fundamental transformation” is at odds with everything that made this country great. It doesn’t make sense. He doesn’t make sense. Unbelievably our President declares that he “believes in American Exceptionalism… just as the Greeks believe in Greek Exceptionalism.” Well, the path he has us on will make us just as “exceptional” as Greece, alright – with the debt crisis and the stagnation and the unemployment and uprisings and all.

In her speech, she noted several ways to address these Greek-like problems by outlining five key points to help put America on the right track: (1) Enforce the 10th amendment (2) Repeal Obamacare (3)No more runaway debt—cancel unused stimulus funds and reform entitlements (4)Make America the energy superpower—increase drilling, build refineries and pipelines (5) Make America an attractive place to do business by eliminating the corporate tax while simultaneously eliminating corporate welfare, loopholes, and bailouts.

These points are not the empty rhetoric of a politician, but of a woman who has a proven record of implementing similar things as a Governor. As I noted last week, unlike Governors Perry and Romney, Governor Palin used the 10th amendment to protect against bad federal policy. Perry and Romney have pled the tenth by using it to defend poor state level policies.  Governor Palin was a leading voice in opposition to Obamacare’s passage in the first place, but in addition to that, she strove to implement patient centered, market focused health care reform in Alaska that was to remove red tape, rather than add more.  Governor Palin reformed Alaska’s pension program which led to a 34.6% reduction in state liabilities and paved the way for a credit upgrade for the state. This coupled with a nearly 10% reduction in state spending over her tenure means that she has a better record on state debt than the current governors running for President. She is also the only potential or declared Presidential candidate to embrace Congressman Ryan’s Roadmap which called for true entitlement reform.  Her energy policies as Governor included a natural gas pipeline project that when completed will be the largest private sector infrastructure project in North American history and a oil tax re-structuring that led to record number of oil industry jobs every year of her tenure following its passage. She also has been a consistent advocate for drilling in ANWR and the National Petroleum Reserve as well as offshore in Alaska, Gulf Coast, and other coastal areas. Her oil tax restructuring helped move Alaska from the 4th best business tax state to the 2nd best business tax state in the country. It also led to the doubling of the number of oil companies filing tax returns with the state of Alaska in 2009 and  provided independent and foreign oil companies the opportunity to invest in development in Alaska. This is because her legislation was devoid of the crony capitalism and favor trading of previous administrations and provided a level playing field for all companies with enough initiative and innovation, not connections, to be successful.

While Vice President may have intended to insult us as uncivilized, he really complimented us as Americans who are not fluent in the Obama administration’s language of massive debt and soaring unemployment. Thankfully, we can support someone who speaks the same language of economic sanity and freedom that we do—Governor Palin.

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