Read Newt’s debate defense of his past support of an individual mandate and then I will have some comments.
The original individual mandate originally was developed by Heritage Foundation and others as a method to block HillaryCare in 1993, and virtually all of us who were conservatives came to the conclusion that, in fact, it was more dangerous and more difficult to implement and guaranteed that politics and politicians would define health care. And that’s why virtually every conservative has, in fact, left that kind of a model.
So basically he came to the conclusion that the individual mandate would not deliver the promised results and so he abandoned it. But here is my problem, what if it did deliver the promised results? So what? The idea that the federal government has no such power and no such right does not even enter into his thinking. Fundamentally, Newt has no problem allowing the government to overstep its bounds and tell you what you have to do as long as Newt thinks it is a good idea.
Additionally, it is lost on Newt that he is now daily telling us how he has changed his mind on this or that and that those bad ideas could be law under Newt’s leadership whether it is the proper role of government or not, constitutional or not. It is one thing to be an arrogant intellectual slut when you are merely a pundit or a lobbyist, quite another when you are president.
Again, fundamentally Newt has no problem allowing the government to overstep its bounds and tell you what you have to do as long as Newt thinks it is a good idea. Newt is no conservative. Then or now.
December 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm
Kindly walk me through the exegesis that takes you from:
"…it was more dangerous, and more difficult to implement, and guaranteed that politics and politicians would define health care"
"So basically he came to the conclusion that the individual mandate would not deliver the promised results and so he abandoned it."
December 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm
It seems to me that Newt is saying he supported the individual mandate to block HillaryCare, but then he realized that decision was a mistake, because it gave the government power to define healthcare. Hence it was "more dangerous" than HillyCare. How's that not conservative?
December 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm
Give Newt the boot.
December 4, 2011 at 10:29 pm
I think I'll probably be voting for Ron Paul in the primaries – yeah he's crazy as hell sometimes, but at least you know what you're getting yourself into with him!
December 4, 2011 at 10:48 pm
Yeah, sound money, secure borders, fiscal responsibility, the salvaging of bankrupt Social Security for older people and allowing the younger to plan their own futures and opt out of the Ponzi slave scheme,peaceful trade with other nations, end of occupying empire, central planning and economic liberty for ALL (not just those who "pay to play")….if that's "crazy as hell" I want me some.
December 4, 2011 at 11:01 pm
That doesn't necessarily follow…
Why so quick to drag Newt off of the platform? We've got time to hear him during the upcoming debates. He's the only one who even sounds consistently intelligent and can think on his feet at this point. With all of the others, I would have been voting against Obama, not for them. Newt, at this point, is the only one I would be voting for, instead of against the current office holder.
December 5, 2011 at 3:33 am
Have you you even heard Newt Gingrich at all the debates? I have! Have you even read his website, newt.org? I have! Your comment of Newt that he came to the conclusion about Hillary's failure of promised results in turn can lead to Newt's belief in the results if they could succeed is one wild conspiracy theory…. Good luck finding any candidate to please you!
December 5, 2011 at 11:36 am
Never mind who paid for this, it should be watched and responded to if Newt is to be supported. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWKTOCP45zY&feature=player_embedded
December 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm
Pat, you and your brother Mat are invited to be on the show tonight (Monday), or either one of you. We will discuss religion and politics. Please call me or email your response to email@example.com. Thanks. http://www.rpconradio.com.