Thursday, November 29, 2012

Towards 2106:Gingrich-Ism Without Gingrich; Palin+Gingrich-ism The Remedy

When Sarah Palin let it be know that she would not be a candidate for the presidency in 2012 I enthusiastically endorsed Newt Gingrich and created a Blog "Gingrich2012". Palin herself suggested that Gingrich be supported, and voted for him herself. In turn Gingrich advised he would consider Palin for a position in his administration or possibly as his VP candidate.

At one point, after his landslide win in South Carolina, Gingrich was positioned to go on to win the nomination. Unfortunately he campaigned badly, it must be admitted, in Florida, and seemed to be stunned by the full blown negative attack mounted by Romney and his team with multi-millions of  media dollars at their disposal. The establishment, with their "electability" nonsense, and the support of erstwhile conservatives like Coulter, aided Gingrich's defeat, which he never recovered from.

Clearly too, Newt had personal baggage and overcoming the media, especially the leftist "humorists" was a challenge. This baggage, plus his age and the desire for a younger fresher face would count against him if he is serious about his stated consideration of another run. What is not at issue I believe, is the soundness of his ideas, his huge ability to deal with the media and his presentation skills. All would be a great asset in support of a conservative candidate in 2016.

Gingrich's "21st Century Contact For America 2012" should be a basic document for policy/plank consideration going forwards. I reproduce below the ten basic points, and the fuller elucidation of them is at his site AT THIS LINK.    Palin/Gingrich-ism is the winning formula for 2016.


Executive Summary

  • 1. Repeal Obamacare and pass a replacement that saves lives and money by empowering patients and doctors, not bureaucrats and politicians.
  • 2. Return to robust job creation with a bold set of tax cuts and regulatory reforms that will free American entrepreneurs to invest and hire, as well as by reforming the Federal Reserve and creating a training requirement for extended federal unemployment benefits to encourage work and improve the quality of our workforce.
  • 3. Unleash America’s full energy production potential in oil, natural gas, coal, biofuels, wind, nuclear oil shale and more, creating jobs, stimulating a sustainable manufacturing boom, lowering gasoline and other energy prices, increasing government revenues, and bolstering national security.
  • 4. Save Medicare and Social Security by giving Americans more choices and tools to live longer, healthier lives with greater financial independence.
  • 5. Balance the federal budget by freeing job-creators to grow the economy, reforming entitlements, and implementing waste cutting and productivity improvement systems such as Lean Six Sigma to eliminate waste and fraud. Pass a balanced budget amendment to keep it balanced.
  • 6. Control the border by January 1, 2014 and establish English as the official language of government; reform the legal visa system, and make it much easier to deport criminals and gang members while making it easier for law abiding visitors to come to the US.
  • 7. Revitalize our national security system to meet 21st century threats by restructuring and adequately funding our security agencies to function within a grand strategy for victory over those who seek to kill us or limit American power.
  • 8. Maximize the speed and impact of medical breakthroughs by removing unnecessary obstacles that block new treatments from reaching patients and emphasizing research spending towards urgent national priorities, like brain science with its impact on Alzheimer’s, autism, Parkinson’s, mental health and other conditions knowledge of the brain will help solve.
  • 9. Restore the proper role of the judicial branch by using the clearly delineated powers available to the president and Congress to correct, limit, or replace judges who violate the Constitution.
  • 10. Enforce the Tenth Amendment by starting an orderly transfer of power and responsibility from the federal government back “to the states, respectively, or to the people,” as the Constitution requires. Over the next year, state and local officials and citizens will be asked to identify the areas which can be transferred back home.

Last January the conservative site "White House 2012" advised, whilst supporting Romney if he were to be the candidate, they preferred Newt Gingrich. Their article was critical  presciently so, as they chided Gingrich for not running a strong enough campaign against Romney. 

However, they pointed out why Gingrich would be the preferred candidate (a thought I echoed at the time in lieu of Palin running). The crux of their reasons were as follows (with links), and are also to be considered for 2016 (without Newt as the candidate I'm afraid).

"Do we we want the type of Gingrich reforms which led to the greatest reform of the last 30 years…..welfare reform, or do they want the type of Romney reforms which created Romney and Obama style government-centric healthcare?
This theme is probably the most fertile for Gingrich.
It allows him to remind people that when Newt became Speaker, he reformed the House and made many changes that forced its members to live by the same rules they create for others.  The scandal which saw members of Congress involved The House banking scandal when it was revealed that the United States House of Representatives allowed members to overdraw their House checking accounts without any penalties, prompted Newt to enforce rules that made it harder for legislators to live above the law.
But there is much more to point to when it comes to Gingrich’s proven record of reform.  Some of the most dramatic include:"