Sowell: America Needs a Man of Action

An interesting column by Thomas Sowell, attempting to make the case for former Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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What the media call Gingrich’s “baggage” concerns largely his personal life and the fact that he made a lot of money running a consulting firm after he left Congress. This kind of stuff makes lots of talking points that we will no doubt hear, again and again, over the next weeks and months.

But how much weight should we give to this stuff when we are talking about the future of a nation?

This is not just another election and Barack Obama is not just another president whose policies we may not like. With all of President Obama’s broken promises, glib demagoguery and cynical political moves, one promise he has kept all too well. That was his boast on the eve of the 2008 election: “We are going to change the United States of America.”

Many Americans are already saying that they can hardly recognize the country they grew up in. We have already started down the path that has led Western European nations to the brink of financial disaster.

Internationally, it is worse. A president who has pulled the rug out from under our allies, whether in Eastern Europe or the Middle East, tried to cozy up to our enemies, and has bowed low from the waist to foreign leaders certainly has not represented either the values or the interests of America. If he continues to do nothing that is likely to stop terrorist-sponsoring Iran from getting nuclear weapons, the consequences can be beyond our worst imagining.

Against this background, how much does Newt Gingrich’s personal life matter, whether we accept his claim that he has now matured or his critics’ claim that he has not? Nor should we sell the public short by saying that they are going to vote on the basis of tabloid stuff or media talking points, when the fate of this nation hangs in the balance.

According to Thomas Sowell what matters is concrete accomplishments, especially when another Ronald Reagan isn’t in the cards for voters.

While the televised debates are what gave Newt Gingrich’s candidacy a big boost, concrete accomplishments when in office are the real test. Gingrich engineered the first Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in 40 years — followed by the first balanced budget in 40 years. The media called it “the Clinton surplus” but all spending bills start in the House of Representatives, and Gingrich was Speaker of the House.

Speaker Gingrich also produced some long overdue welfare reforms, despite howls from liberals that the poor would be devastated. But nobody makes that claim any more.

Did Gingrich ruffle some feathers when he was Speaker of the House? Yes, enough for it to cost him that position. But he also showed that he could produce results.

In a world where we can make our choices only among the alternatives actually available, the question is whether Newt Gingrich is better than Barack Obama — and better than Mitt Romney.

Personally I have strong reservations about former Gov. Romney, as do many conservatives.  However I also have strong reservations about former Speaker Gingrich, especially in light of his reactions following the Iowa Caucus.  That being said, Thomas Sowell makes a very interesting point.

Those who want to concentrate on the baggage in Newt Gingrich’s past, rather than on the nation’s future, should remember what Winston Churchill said: “If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost.” If that means a second term for Barack Obama, then it means lost big time.

It’s a point that actually could be applied to all the Republican candidates, as each has flaws and shortcomings.



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Rep. Nygren to serve on JFC

Congrats to Rep. John Nygren of Marinette.

Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette) was appointed today to serve on the 2011-12 Wisconsin State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance. Speaker-Elect Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon) chose John to be one of six Assembly Republicans to serve on the sixteen member committee.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve on the Joint Committee on Finance,” Nygren said. “This committee faces a difficult task of balancing a state budget with a structural deficit approaching $3 billion. The job is humbling, but I am excited for the opportunity to serve and to meet this challenge head on.”

“I have owned or operated a small business for over three decades and will bring this valuable job creating experience to the committee,” Nygren said. “Serving on the Joint Committee on Finance is a great opportunity and I appreciate the Assembly Speaker-Elect’s willingness to offer me this post. The people of Wisconsin have sent a clear message that they want Wisconsin’s fiscal house in order. I look forward to accomplishing this goal.”

“During the economic downturn, families all across Wisconsin have made hard decisions to balance their own family budgets,” Fitzgerald said. “They expect the state to balance its budget in the same way. I am confident that with his experience as a small business owner Representative Nygren can bring this type of fiscal responsibility to the Joint Committee on Finance.”

Representative Nygren was originally elected to the Assembly in 2006. Prior to being elected, John operated a small business for nearly two decades and currently owns a financial consulting firm in Marinette, Wisconsin. Nygren represents the 89th Assembly District that includes portions of Marinette, Oconto, Brown, and Shawano Counties.

A daunting task and a great responsibility to get the fiscal house in order.  To accomplish it tough decisions need to be made and those start in the state legislature in the JFC.

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Jim DeMint: The Fired Congress

Some companies have a policy that once someone is fired, they aren’t allowed back on the premises out of fear they might do further damage to the company. It’s too bad Congress doesn’t have the same policy. Because before they’re replaced in January, all of the Democrats who are put out of a job in November will be able to come back and rob the nation blind.

More than a dozen senators will come back to Washington and decide how much more tax money to take from Americans, without being accountable to any of them. Higher taxes, cap-and-trade, amnesty, and card check will be top-priority items for the Fired Congress, otherwise known as the lame-duck Congress. They’re also likely to roll unfinished appropriations bills into a massive, pork-stuffed omnibus to snag every last possible earmark on their way out of Washington.

This must not happen. The only acceptable outcome of the lame-duck session is a continuing resolution to keep government operating at current levels of spending and taxation, as I pushed the Senate to do in 2006 after Republicans lost the majority to the Democrats. No last-minute earmarks, no add-ons, no tax increases, and no big deficit spending. (Source: National Review Online)

Considering the Democrats are about to get their hindside handed to them in three weeks, voters need to be vigilant.  As Senator DeMint points out in the rest of his article there is a lot of damage the Democrats could do if not held in check.

Will Congressman Steve Kagen and Senator Russ Feingold go on record promising not to support any attempts to cram spending and taxes through a lameduck session?  It’s important for voters to press them on this since they very well could be unaccountable to the voters after November 2nd.

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Ribble advances to top-tier of Young Guns program

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) announced today that Reid Ribble (WI-08) has reached ‘Young Gun’ status, the premiere level of its three-tiered Young Guns program. By advancing to the program’s top tier, Ribble has proven his ability to build a winning campaign and achieve substantial fundraising goals.

“Reid Ribble has proven that he’s ready to take on incumbent Steve Kagen, an out-of-touch Democrat who has blindly supported his party’s failed agenda of job-killing policies and reckless spending,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX). “Reid’s campaign is a symbol of the growing momentum behind Republican candidates in Wisconsin and across the country. As Democrats and their party bosses continue to force their big-government, big-spending policies onto the backs of hard-working families, Republicans like Reid Ribble will continue to present a clear alternative to a Democrat majority that unapologetically spends too much, borrows too much and taxes too much.”

Having owned and operated a small business, lifelong Wisconsin resident Reid Ribble knows all-too-well that the Obama-Kagen agenda is serving as a roadblock to an economic recovery. He is the former president of both the Ribble Group and the National Roofing Contractors Association. Unlike Kagen, Ribble has the real-world experience to get the local economy thriving once again.

Originally founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Paul Ryan (R-WI) as a member-driven organization, the Young Guns program has become an official NRCC effort dedicated to electing open-seat and challenger candidates nationwide. Reps. Cantor, McCarthy and Ryan remain actively involved in Young Guns, working together to recruit and prime conservative leaders for victory.

Now that Reid Ribble has completed the Young Guns’ benchmarks to place him on the road to victory, he is ready to take on loyal lapdog Democrat Steve Kagen in November. (Source: NRCC)

An important acheivement for Reid Ribble but not surprising to see now that the Republican primary is past.  The question is will Reid’s campaign see the boost Sean Duffy‘s did from a campaign donations standpoint after Sean achieved the designation months ago.

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