Besides his stunning leap in yesterday’s Rasmussen Iowa poll, Newt Gingrich is surging in a few national polls and sagging badly in at least one Iowa poll. What the final numbers will show in Iowa remains to be seen.
Nevertheless, aside from his “paper serving” episode with one of his ex-wives, there are a few additional very important items in Gingrich’s past – some not very far back – that demand a closer look.
Gingrich has been tagged by Willard Romney as the inspiration for RomneyCare and eventually ObamaCare’s requirement for a individual health care mandate which would require all of us to march lockstep into the clutches of a gray, faceless socialist health care system. In his 2008 book Real Change, Gingrich wrote “Finally, we should insist that everyone above a certain level buy [health-care] coverage [or, if they are opposed to insurance, post a bond].” Post a bond? Really, Mr. Gingrich? And just who would hold the bond money, the federal government?
Gingrich supports a “partial amnesty.” He would accept a “partial amnesty for illegal aliens” to help them game our system. He seems to rely on the liberal’s favorite way to justify destroying our legal system – the old tried and true sob story citing the “plight” of a 19 year old illegal brought here at 3 years old. By his logic there are very few laws that could not be repealed. Mr. Gingrich a “partial amnesty” is like being “partially pregnant” or “partially dead” — it just doesn’t exist.
Despite his kind of, sort of, opposition to TARP before he supported it, he warned us that it was a recipe for, “crony capitalism and the appearance of — if not the actual existence of — corruption.” Why support it then, Mr. Gingrich?
In 1987 Gingrich co-sponsored a bill to bring back the Fairness Doctrine which would have destroyed conservative Talk Radio and Television shows.
Reminding us that being well thought of is still more important than conservative principles Gingrich said, “We do agree our country must take action to address climate change,” while sitting on a sofa with Nancy Pelosi.
In Ma,y Gingrich not only rejected Paul Ryan’s plan for saving Medicare, but said, “I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering.” When Gingrich asked about his comments, he lied and denied he was talking about Ryan’s plan. To prove it had nothing to do with Paul Ryan’s plan, he apologized to him as any squishy Washington Beltway politician would.
Anyone who thinks Gingrich will be a president who will help restore the power of states as designed by the Tenth Amendment ought to think again. In a Gingrich White House the power over our lives will continue to be sucked up by the voracious appetite of an ever growing federal government. No amount of “right wing social engineering” will save us from a big government fan like Newt Gingrich.
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This article originally appeared on CoachIsRight.com and is reprinted with permission.