Newt Gingrich is a conservative visionary.
Democrats controlled the House of Representatives for 40 consecutive years. Mr. Gingrich came up with a campaign idea called the Contract with America which would empower voters.
Voters liked it and put Republicans in control of the House for a dozen years beginning in 1994.
Gingrich and his fellow Republicans produced remarkable results by reducing government spending and balancing the budget. As you can see in the chart above, federal spending as a percentage of GDP began to plummet when Gingrich became speaker. It began to climb again when he resigned from the Speakership in 1998. More…
“Thank you, Mr. President. With all due respect, John Boehner has called you incompetent, a liar, the emperor with no clothes and, as recently as yesterday, dangerous. How will you work with someone who has such little respect for your leadership and who is third in line to the presidency?” More…
A simple story in the Des Register about the impact of the coming sequester on Iowa airports had a subtle bias to it. More…
By Tom Quiner
Barack Obama is president.
The House is controlled by Republicans.
The Senate is controlled by Democrats.
Campaigns were waged by skewering one’s opponent.
Mistrust between parties has most likely intensified rather than abated after all the negative advertising.
We’re back where we started.
Because of the closeness of the vote and his lack of an agenda, the president can’t claim a mandate. Nor can the Republican House.
With the fiscal cliff looming, Congress and the president need to find some common ground fast. Mr. Obama wants one thing: to increase taxes on America’s most productive workers. Republicans want spending restraint.
Time for the two parties to hunker down and compromise. Tax simplification should be a part of the discussions since it has enjoyed some bipartisan support in the past.
Majority leader John Boehner has indicated he’s ready to talk. He’s asked the president to lead.
Let’s hope Mr. Obama is ready to do just that.
“John Boehner is nothing but a country club Republican.” This sentiment was expressed by Barack Obama in regard to the Speaker of the House. It encapsulates the risk we face should Mr. Obama win re-election. We will find ourselves mired in more political polarization while America rots. More…