Wednesday, January 25, 2012

So Far to the (SUPPOSED!) Right That They're Left!

Folks... the supposed "conservatives" who oppose Newt Gingrich are so far gone that they can't tell the difference between what's praiseworthy and what's "gotchya" ammo!

Case in point, this snippet from the neocons at the Weekly Standard used in a laughable attempt to diminish Gingrich's true conservative credentials:

There's one mention of Newt Gingrich in The Reagan Dairies.

It's in Chapter 3, which covers 1983. Page 123 in the book:

"Newt Gingrich has a proposal for freezing the budget at the 1983 level. It's a tempting idea except that it would cripple our defense programs. And if we make an exception on that every special interest group will be asking for the same."

Wow... how "liberal" of Gingrich... wanting to actually FREEZE federal spending!


Now here I was thinking that when all is said and done one of the few vulnerabilities of the Reagan record is that spending went up more than President Reagan would have hoped.


(Yeah... funny how the folks at the Weekly Standard didn't bother to post Reagan quotes to that effect; you know they're in there!)

So let me get this straight... the criticism of Newt is that he wanted an even leaner FY-1984 federal budget than did The Gipper...???



Remember, folks... by 1984 President Reagan had already undertaken the military build-up which ultimately fed the arms race which in the end led to the seizing up of the Soviet economy and the end of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.

Even so... let's assume President Reagan was right and the military budget had to grow from 1983 to 1984. Fine. Reduce spending elsewhere so as to allow this! Prioritize!

Folks... think about it... if there any legitimate criticism to be leveled at Newt Gingrich based upon the above excerpted Reagan diary entry it's this:



Folks... these so-called "conservatives" at outlets such as the Weekly Standard and National Review are nothing more than GOP Establishment pilot fish.

Wow... what a "bad" man Gingrich was... he wanted to FREEZE FEDERAL SPENDING as far back as 1984!

Sounds to me that Gingrich was a hero, not a villain.

And, folks... seriously... ten years later when Gingrich successfully led the "Republican Revolution"... what did he try to do?

YES... he tried to restrain federal spending...!!!

Remember the government shutdown...? That was Gingrich fighting Clinton, the Democratic Party, segments of his own Republican Party, the media, academia, and most of the Fortune 50 crony capitalists who feed at the federal trawl in order to reign in runaway federal spending.

He lost then. Yes... he lost. Momentarily. But while he lost that particular battle against a far superior force, even in losing he set set events in motion for the eventual budget discipline we saw for a few years in the late '90's through the opening couple years of the 21st century.

Folks, if anything what the Weekly Standard has done via their attempted smear is to demonstrate once again that the history is clear... the record is clear... Newt Gingrich has been fighting to hold back federal spending and the growth of government since the very beginning the the Age of Reagan.

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