There has been a lot of Newt News lately, none of it is good for his presidential ambitions. I for one, am pleased by this. I am not one of his admirers. While I have had great admiration for his intelligence as a thinker and historian, I have not liked his arrogance. It seems Tabitha Hale at Redstate thinks he is ready to go, too.
It’s no secret that Newt Gingrich has had his eye on the White House for several Presidential cycles, and has been waiting his turn for the nomination. Thankfully, his recent flameout has pretty much eliminated his chances. However, it has been a long time coming, and it is time to remind America that Newt isn’t so much on our side.
Let’s start things off with his support for Medicare Part D. At the time, it was the biggest expansion of entitlements since the LBJ era (has since eclipsed by ObamaCare), and remains one of the largest Republican travesties in recent memory. Club For Growth has a great white paper that takes an extensive look at Newt’s record. On Medicare Part D:
“Gingrich also has a recurring impulse to insert the government into the private economy. A particularly bad mark on his record came in 2003, when he urged “every conservative member of Congress” to support the Medicare drug benefit bill. He called it the “most important reorganization of our nation’s healthcare system since the original Medicare Bill of 1965.” The drug benefit now costs taxpayers over $60 billion a year and has almost $16 trillion in unfunded liabilities.
In addition, he’s long been a proponent, like Obama, of forcing us to buy health insurance with an unconstitutional individual mandate.