Gingrich Sounds The Alarm – Will The GOP Listen?

(Thanks Angelic One. I meant to post this yesterday.  This is exactly what he was talking about on Friday afternoon to us at the Young Republican Leadership Conference.  His main point was, we aren’t going to win by running on Reverend Wright.  We need to stand for something. – promoted by EaBo Clipper)

Former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich had an article published in yesterday's online edition of Human Events titled “My Plea to Republicans: It's Time for Real Change to Avoid Real Disaster”. The gist of his article is that recent GOP electoral losses “validate a national pattern” which, if left unattended, will result in “a catastrophic collapse of trust in Republicans built up over three generations on the deficit, two generations on taxes, and two generations on national security.” To stave off disaster, Gingrich suggests:

  1. Repeal the gas tax for the summer, and pay for the repeal by cutting domestic discretionary spending so that the transportation infrastructure trust fund would not be hurt. At a time when, according to The Hill newspaper, Senator Clinton is asking for $2.3billion in earmarks, it should be possible for Republicans to establish a “government spending versus your pocketbook” fight over cutting the gas tax that would resonate with most Americans. Lower taxes and less government spending should be a battle cry most taxpayers and all conservatives could rally behind.
  2. Redirect the oil being put into the national petroleum reserve onto the open market. That oil would lower the price of gasoline an extra 5 to 6 cents per gallon, and its sale would lower the deficit.
  3. Introduce a “more energy at lower cost with less environmental damage and greater national security bill” as a replacement for the Warner-Lieberman “tax and trade” bill which is coming to the floor of the Senate in the next few weeks (see my newsletter next week for an outline of a solid pro-economy, pro-national security, pro-environment energy bill). When the American people realize how much the current energy prices are actually a “politicians' energy crisis” they will demand real change in our policies.
  4. Establish an earmark moratorium for one year and pledge to uphold the presidential veto of bills with earmarks through the end of 2009. The American people are fed up with politicians spending their money. They currently believe both parties are equally bad. This is a real opportunity to show the difference.
  5. Overhaul the census and cut its budget radically. The recent announcement that the Census Bureau could not build an effective hand-held computer for $1.3 billion and is turning instead to 600,000 temporary workers to do a paper and pencil census in 2010 is an opportunity to slash its budget, shrink its bureaucracy, and turn to entrepreneurial internet-based companies to build an information-age census. This is an absurdity that cries out for bold, decisive reform (see my YouTube video “FedEx versus federal bureaucracy” for an example of what I mean).
  6. Implement a space-based, GPS-style air traffic control system. The problems of the Federal Aviation Administration are symptoms of a union-dominated bureaucracy resisting change. If we implemented a space-based GPS-style air traffic system we would get 40% more air travel with one-half the bureaucrats. The union has stopped 200,000,000 passengers from enjoying more reliable air travel to protect 7,000 obsolete jobs. This real change would allow the millions of frustrated travelers to have champions in congress trying to help them get places better, safer, faster.
  7. Declare English the official language of government. This real change is supported by 87% of the American people including a majority of Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and Latinos. It is an issue of national unity that brings Americans together in a red, white, and blue majority.
  8. Protect the workers' right to a secret ballot. The vast majority (around 81%) of Americans believe that American workers have a right to have a secret ballot election before they are forced to join a union. Last year the House Democrats passed a bill that would strip American workers of the secret ballot. A new bill should be introduced reaffirming that right, and it should be brought up again and again until marginal Democrats are forced to vote with the American people against the union power structure.
  9. Remind Americans that judges matter. Senate Republicans should mount an ongoing fight (including a filibuster of other activities if necessary) to get the American people to realize that liberals want to block all current judicial appointments in order to maximize the number of left wing radical judges they can appoint if they win the White House. This issue has three advantages. It reminds people that judges matter and that a leftwing radical Supreme Court would be bad for the values of most (70 to 90 percent, depending on the issue) Americans. It shows the Democrats are not engaged in fair play. It arouses the activism of those who have been disappointed by Republicans and have forgotten how bad a liberal Democratic Presidency would be.

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  • Karl Marx

    However all the stars are lined up for a Republican catatrophe this fall with skyrocketing gas prices leading the way. Will the electorate remember that the big swing took place under Democratic control of Congress. Big media will see to it that never happens.

    Still some of Newt’s ideas are underwhelming. I don’t think repealing the gas tax across the board is a good idea. It’s bad economics. If I were to tinker I would get rid of the tax on diesel fuel upon which we rely to get goods and services to market. Putting more federal oil on the open market is a good idea. More aggressive policies are needed and I’m surprised Newt didn’t offer them: nuclear power, alternative energy including wind and real ethanol from sugar rather than subsidies for Iowa corn farmers. Yes we should be drilling both offshore (See China near Cuba) and in Alaska (both will be done more environmentally friendly than China)

    The GOP should be bold, even at the expense of hurting red states, and call for the end of farm subsidies.

    The idea about $1.3 billion hand-held computer at the US Census is hardly thrilling but I sure understand the larger point: Government is the dead hand (pun intended).

    I like making English the official language of the United States. As the son of immigrants I think language unites us as a people, regardless of which ship we arrived. This no doubt will be played as a wedge issue and may cause some difficulty for the McCain effort.

    While I disagree with Chairman Newt, I think he’s one of the most original thinkers in American politics. It’s too bad he left Congress.  


    This list is nothing more than tinkering around the edges and is so far removed from an agenda of “real change” (whatever that’s supposed to mean) that it’s laughable.  I can just see the average voter now as he hears about these proposals, “Sure, the GOP exploded the deficit, created a huge new entitlement and backs a war two-thirds of us want to end, but they are on top of that Census Bureau problem, so all is forgiven.”  If this is the best they can come up with, they may be in bigger trouble than I thought.