Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Gingrich Gets Things Done... Lives Up To Promises



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    Gingrich, an orphan, has been married three times. His first wife, Jackie Battley, was his geometry teacher while he was in high school. They began their relationship when he was 16 years old, and married in 1962 after he graduated. The couple had two daughters, and divorced in 1981. Liberal and mainstream media sources have perpetuated a myth for years Jackie was served with divorce papers "on her deatbed," however, she is very much alive.
    Gingrich married Ginther in 1981. The couple separated in 1988, and reconciled in 1994.
    Newt Gingrich publicly admitted to having an extra-marital relationship. ""The honest answer is yes," Gingrich, a potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate, said in an interview with Focus on the Family founder James Dobson. "There are times that I have fallen short of my own standards. There's certainly times when I've fallen short of God's standards." Gingrich contrasted owning up to his shortcomings with President Clinton's perjury and criminal offenses, "The President of the United States got in trouble for committing a felony in front of a sitting federal judge," the former Georgia congressman said of Clinton's 1998 House impeachment on perjury and obstruction of justice charges. "I drew a line in my mind that said, 'Even though I run the risk of being deeply embarrassed, and even though at a purely personal level I am not rendering judgment on another human being, as a leader of the government trying to uphold the rule of law, I have no choice except to move forward and say that you cannot accept ... perjury in your highest officials."

    Gingrich is a student of history that applies the lessons to his own beliefs and to the problems confronting society like so many others that have influenced our path such as Martin Luther, Thomas Locke, Frank Meyer, Russell Kirk, Friedrich Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Milton Friedman, James Burnham, Ludwig von Mises, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Ronald Reagan.  Like many people, several of these important individuals underwent transitions during their lifetime.  The way you are educated is not your choice, however what you do with your mind after that is your choice and responsibility; that being said - it takes time to put things in order...

    “If you're not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you're not a conservative at forty you have no brain.”   ~Winston Churchill

Gingrich's accomplishments in Congress -
  • All ten items in the Contract With America were brought to a vote in the U.S. House in the first 100 days (the promise was to bring them to a vote). Nine of the ten items passed the House. The sole exception was term limits which received a plurality but required a two-thirds majority as a Constitutional Amendment. 
  • Committee Chairmen were term-limited as was the Speakership. 
  • The Legislative branch was cut including the Speaker's office. Also reduced were committee sizes. Unnecessary perks like the House barbershop, shoeshine and ice service were eliminated. 
  • The Congress was forced to live under the same laws as the rest of the land - OSHA, disabilities, workplace laws, members, staff etc. 
  • A big six accounting firm audited the U.S. House's finances for the first time in history. 
  • The Budget was balanced for the first time in a generation. When Time Magazine named Gingrich their Man of the Year in 1995, they said that because of Newt a balanced budget was no longer a question of if, but when. 
  • Tax rates were cut for the first time in 17 years. Included were a lowering of the capital gains tax rate, a $500 per child tax credit and new tax credits for tuition to college and voc-tech schools. The cap gains tax actually ended being scored as a revenue increase, a shift in tax policy debate due to Gingrich's success. 
  • Military spending increased for the first time in over 10 years including funding for a national missile defense. 
  • The line-item veto passed and was signed into law. 
  • Six of the bills were signed into law by the President. (In 1996, President Clinton pointed to 13 separate reforms that were contained within the Contract with America at the Democratic National Convention.) 
  • More women were appointed to leadership positions in the House than anytime in history. 
  • Increased funding for the Violence Against Women Act by 700%. 
  • Megan's Law was passed.