Des Moines, IA —
2012 Presidential election candidate Newt Gingrich visited Des Moines yesterday to unveil what he calls a new “21st Century Contract with America”. The 10-point plan is a focal point Gingrich hopes will allow Americans and the GOP to focus on a new solution-based type of politics. Although he admitted that details outlined in the 26-page document are still evolving, he has promised that the new contract with be finalized by the 18th anniversary of his original “Contract with America” (September 27, 2012).
Speaking before nearly 350 people at Principal Financial Group in downtown Des Moines, Gingrich said that the “scale of change I am suggesting is so enormous that I couldn’t possibly, for every single reader, show you everything that I am going to do…this is the beginning.”
While Gingrich merely helped to write the contract, it has been part of what helped Gingrich become elected as the Speaker of the House in 1995, where versions of the original contract were passed. Gingrich told those in attendance that the real purpose of the original contract (1994) was that it helped drive the direction of the Republican Party and created a sort of management checklist. The contract has been given credit in helping the GOP win the majority for the first time in nearly 40 years in 1994.
The new plan would repeal the healthcare reforms that President Obama has called for, allow private individuals to invest part of their Social Security contributions into personal savings accounts, lift development and production on key federally-owned that environmental activists have fought over through lobbying for decades and other key ideas, including border control and enforcement of the Tenth Amendment.
Gingrich has a large margin to overcome if he desires to be a front-runner in the 2012 elections, however he confidently admitted yesterday that he shouldn’t have launched a bid for the nomination by hiring costly consultants. Gingrich also told the crowd that the media has been focusing on what he called “gotcha” questions and not relevant, serious issues of today. He said, “We are in enough trouble that we deserve to have a serious, adult conversation between two candidates for president of the Unites States…”
Reading from the new “21st Century Contract with America”, Gingrich calls ‘Obamacare’ a “disaster”, and insists that the first task of his administration would be to repeal it. Gingrich states that he feels the law is “unconstitutional, unaffordable, unworkable, and stunningly unfair” in that the healthcare plan expands federal power over the people. He also states that the law creates powers to bureaucrats in excess of 1,986 grants, most of which will fall under the Secretary of Health and Human Services. In addition, he speaks about a grant of “discretionary power to unelected officials to make corrupt decisions overseen by the federal government. His promise is to fight to repeal the law until it repealed “in its entirety”, citing that if the government isn’t limited, Americans will see more limitations placed upon them by the government.
Gingrich’s plan also speaks of job creation via bold tax cuts to enable American to invest in businesses and hire more workers. He points out that Ronald Reagan was able to end the “economic stagnation of the 1970s for good by freeing American businesses to create nearly 20 million new jobs in less than a decade.”
Gingrich proposes “a system of citizen involvement” to implement such changes. “We need a citizen-centered model that uses social media, because I don’t ask anybody to be for me…I ask people to be with me, because for eight years, we need to work together.”
Today at 8 am, Gingrich met with local grassroots activists for a breakfast at the Best Western Starlite Inn in Fort Doge, Iowa. At 11 am, he will be holding a town hall meeting on creating jobs in Science and Technology at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
Get a copy of the “21st Century Contract with America” at Gingrich’s official website
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