Newt Gingrich entered the room to deliver his speech to CPAC to a standing room only audience on their feet and excited to receive him. The song playing was "Eye of the Tiger" and it continued to play as Newt slowly made his way to the stage, slowed by those extending hands for shaking and patting him on the back.
Gingrich's approach is optimistic. "A coming, massive conservative majority", as Newt Gingrich said during his speech to CPAC, is credited to the presidency of Barack Obama.
"Two plus two equals four" - a bold new slogan for the next few years. Gingrich says 'there are more of us than there are of them', those who support the veering to the hard left ideologue of the current president. The slogan was used in a Camus novel - authorities can't stand the truth. And, George Orwell to the torturer, as the innocent citizen realizes what if two plus two really does equal four? A secular socialist machine is so far away from our ideals, as Americans, to personal freedom, that it must be exposed for what it is. The forcefulness of saddling Americans with the health care/insurance reform legislation is a prime example.
Time to pass a balanced budget amendment to return government to ending all the spending. Newt reminded the audience - 2.9% increase per year, including entitlements while balancing the budget and creating jobs while he was Speaker of the House.
No tax increases. They are job killing and must be defeated, especially during a major recession.
Time has come to tell the truth about corruption of government run unions of this country. Corruption as a systemic process by which rules were changed so that government got its way. For example, union contracts in NY that it takes 7 yrs to fire a bad teacher. Rooms were set up to place bad teachers, outside of classroom, yet still paid and pensions being paid. It costs NY $50 million a year. That is $50 million not spent in classrooms on students, where it is suppose to be spent.
Principled bi-partisanship will be necessary as GOP takes back Congress and the presidency. Newt believes Congress will go back to the GOP in 2010 and to GOP in presidency in 2012. Newt points to his working with Clinton. He used the Reagan adage of "trust by verify" in those dealings and was successful. He hopes GOP leaders will insist 50/50 split in time and agenda during the hc 'bipartisan' forum. He advises the GOP to insist starting over on bill and pledge to work with him. Litigation reform and stop paying the crooks - the theft of payment sent to doctors who abuse government programs are two basic starting points of agreement that can be bipartisan.
Principled bipartisanship is not simply standing back as the Democrats implode. GOP must step forward and be brave enough to say let's work together. Do not be afraid of the left's ideas.
There is nothing bipartisan about President Obama. He has absolutely no past history of working with the GOP in his political career. Even those who are usually charading as not biased - reporters and authors - have come to begin speaking about the selfish concern of Obama about his own career, even at the expense of this Democratic leadership.
Douglas Brinkley, author and historian, said recently that the Obama administration failed to 'package' his agenda the first year in office. Chuck Todd, reporter on MSNBC, said senior Democrats in Congress bemoan that Obama is not all about successful legislation but his own political career. Both of these men are huge Obama supporters and any pretense otherwise of journalistic nonpartisanship was long gone during the last presidential campaign. The conclusions now drawn on the gang that can't shoot straight is eyebrow raising good. It is interesting to watch as the wheels come off the bus that Obama is prone to throw friends, family and colleagues under as they get in the way of his dream legacy.
From The Wall Street Journal online: "One Democratic official went further, saying some Democratic House members actually believe that the White House "wouldn't mind having a foil, and that foil is a Republican [House] majority--that would serve their political purposes going into 2012." "
"These House Democrats say privately that veterans of Bill Clinton's administration working in Obama's White House may think having a Republican majority in Congress will help Obama win reelection, as it did Clinton in 1996. House Democrats know that Obama will do whatever it takes to win reelection, whether or not it helps members keep their seats this year."
Principled bipartisanship is not selling out for conservatives. It is leadership. It is moving your agenda forward. It is time to understand that simple truth and rise to the occasion. The perfect storm approaches.