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  • Former Speaker Newt Gingrich to Speak at Heritage on Deficit Reduction

    Newt Gingrich knows a thing or two about how Congress operates. The former lawmaker represented a Georgia district for 20 years and spent four of them leading the U.S. House as speaker. So when Congress approved the Budget Control Act, creating the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, Gingrich didn’t hold back his criticism.

    “I think this super committee is about as dumb an idea as Washington has come up with in my lifetime,” Gingrich said last week. “I used to run the House of Representatives. I have some general notion of these things. The idea that 523 senators and congressmen are going to sit around for four months while 12 brilliant people, mostly picked for political reasons, are going to sit in some room and brilliantly come up with a trillion dollars, or force us to choose between gutting our military and accepting a tax increase, is irrational.”

    In a policy speech Tuesday morning at Heritage, Gingrich will flesh out his criticism of the committee and propose an alternative approach to achieve meaningful deficit reduction. The event begins at 9 a.m. and will be webcast live on Heritage.org. C-SPAN2 is also planning to carry it live.

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    6 Responses to Former Speaker Newt Gingrich to Speak at Heritage on Deficit Reduction

    1. Helen Spingola says:

      Newt was on fire at the recent debate!!

    2. flower p. says:

      as ecnomic growth cannot occur, no jobs, until, people spend again, big: i hope you all consider ideas that simply cuts costs for everyone. for instance, these facts: opec isn't why oil has been high, futures isn't a real supply demand issue, which should not affect prices. gas controls. keep as low as possible huge influx of money for consumers. …and this is a fact, that health insurance is so inflated because of the middle man, the insurance co. get this costs off everyone, includes busi. with single payer system. the middle man's co. should be helped into another industries. please address the middle is the problem, as we all know he is why costs are upsurd. …. housing deflation. keep housing costs down by giving loans out only to who does afford, instead of raising interest rates, [which caused the first crash 1889/aka savings and loans debacle]._never ever give loans out but at true appraisal values. allow deflation

    3. americancaptialism says:

      We, Conservatives and Republicans, deserve the consequences if We do not find the best way to keep this most experienced leader, legislator and thinker in our Federal Government!
      If not elected to his objective of President of the United States, Speaker Gingrich should be the Czar of Czars of our New Conservative President.
      Thanks Heritage

    4. Jake says:

      Yeah, the super committee is almost as dumb as when Gingrich helped Carter get the Department of Education established, or the ethanol subsidies he continues to push for! What a great conservative!

    5. Joan says:

      Newt does appear to embrace more than a few "flaky concepts" such as paying for performance in healthcare. This is a "concept" favored by liberals and the insurance industry because the standards are vague . ALL of the responsibility falls on the provider (who evidentally will not be compensated unless an- as yet to be defined -"favored outcome " is achieved). None of the conservatives running have endorsed the realistic tenets of the Ryan plan, where personal responsibilty is the key.

    6. Bobbie says:

      "pay for performance" is an ugly suggestion in the health field. It would fit in nice to have government democrats paid by their performance. there'd naturally be accountability! We wouldn't be paying much if anything at all…

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