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Gingrich Plan for Restoring American

Posted on: October 2, 2011

My friend and fellow blogger has again given us information and sound advice on the Gingrich Plan.  I am happy to bring it to you.  If you haven’t already you really should make ‘ticker’s blog one of your favorites.  BB

Gingrich Lays Out His Plan For America– New Contract or Same Old Thing?

 Newt Gingrich has laid out his plan for American Recovery which he calls New Contract with America after watching Herman Cain surge in the polls and win the Straw poll after he put forth his plan in Florida last week. Here is an overview of his plan. How does it compare to Cain’s and others?  Is it a New contract or just merely a rerun of his Old contract?
I have attempted to shorten the reading as much as possible and still keep the context of his plan.
While it is lengthy it is an opportunity to become informed on the issues that this candidate sees as important for the country.
It is vital to be informed in order to make the decision on who will lead this country in 2012 and for the next four years following.        Gingrich’s Contract With America

1. Repeal Obamacare and pass a replacement that saves lives and money by empowering patients and doctors, not bureaucrats and politicians.
If the federal government can coerce individuals—by threat
of fines—to buy health insurance, there is no stopping the federal government from forcing Americans to buy any good or service.
We must either limit government or we will have government limit us.

Replacement legislation must include provisions to make health insurance more affordable and portable by allowing Americans to purchase insurance across state lines.
It must increase price competition in healthcare. It must improve patient safety and decrease overhead costs by digitizing all medical records ( Not sure I agree with this  because I don’t want my records open to just anyone who wants to see them.  BB), and it must introduce lawsuit reform to stop the frivolous lawsuits that drive up the cost of Medicine.
The federal tax code should provide the same tax relief for the individual buying his own insurance as the employer providing health insurance to its employees.  Return to robust job creation with a bold set of tax cuts and regulatory reforms
that will free American entrepreneurs to invest and hire, as well as by reforming the Federal Reserve and creating a training requirement for extended federal unemployment benefits to encourage work and improve the quality of our
Workforce.

2. JOBS AND PROSPERITY PLAN: LOWERING TAXES
First, I pledge to veto any tax increase. American families and businesses deserve certainty and predictability, and I will work to make permanent all current rates of taxation that would otherwise increase automatically in 2013.

JOBS AND PROSPERITY PLAN: TAX SIMPLIFICATION WITH AN OPTIONAL FLAT TAX  (I am not sure I want a flat tax that is optional—either it is good for everyone or it is good for no one.  I do believe EVERYONE should pay taxes!  Right now 47% of Americdan pay no income taxes  they pay Sosical Security fees and Medicare fees but NO INCOME TAXES>  This is wrong.  I thing all income that comes into a household no matter the source should be taxed at one flat rate for all with no exceptions and no deductions. BB)  Simply and clear
My legislation will also include an optional flat tax. All tax filers would be given the option to pay their income taxes subject to current income tax provisions or to pay under
a lower single rate of taxation with limited deductions.
Such an optional flat tax system would create a new standard deduction, which would be above the established poverty level, meaning an optional flat tax would not unfairly target
the poor.
An optional flat tax would eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax. And if a person had twice as much income as another, he or she would be taxed twice as much. Furthermore,a single rate tax structure would eliminate taxes on savings, capital gains, and dividends.
Saving would increase and businesses would expand to create new jobs.

JOBS AND PROSPERITY PLAN: FEWER AND SMARTER REGULATIONS  (YES! YES! YES! BB)
To empower job-creators, we must get rid of regulations that prevent them from growing and hiring.
My Jobs and Prosperity package would repeal theDodd-Frank legislation, a 2,300-page law passed in 2010 that mandates 400 new regulations written by unelected bureaucrats.
Repeal the Sarbanes-Oxley law, which has crippled American start-ups with burdensome compliance costs, driven publicly-traded companies private, and forced American companies overseas.
Replace the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) which is harassing job creators.
JOBS AND PROSPERITY PLAN: REFORMING THE FEDERAL RESERVE  (YES! Or eliminating it altogether. BB)
I will also include in jobs and prosperity legislation provisions to reform the Federal Reserve. They will include a full-scale audit of Federal Reserve activities as well as a narrowing of the Fed’s statutory mandate.

JOBS AND PROSPERITY PLAN: REFORMING THE UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION SYSTEM
The best way to repair our broken unemployment compensation system is to make the problem of perennially high unemployment obsolete through robust economic growth.
It is fundamentally wrong to give people money for 99 weeks for doing nothing.   (It is wrong to give people 99 weeks period.  Studies have shown that people on unemployment only begin to seriously look for a job when their benefits are about to run out so why allow more that a few weeks of unemployment help?  Those who are now unemployed are ready to hang me but if they are honest with themselves they know they have not been truly searching for a job but have been holding out for the job they want.  A free people who are self reliant will take any job they can in order to stay off the government handout!  With my income I am eligible for food stamps, subsidized housing and a whole bunch of other government handouts and I will be starving and begging in the streets before I take a one of them.  I take Social Security and take Medicare  and those of you who read me know why but that is where I personally draw the line. BB)  That’s why we undertook and passed welfare reform when I was Speaker. It is also why I will introduce a training requirement for extended federal unemployment benefits.
This program should be delegated to the 50 states so each can experiment with the best way to use unemployment compensation as a job training program. (This might be a good idea. BB)
I look forward to learning more about the most innovative state-level job-training   programs, such as Georgia Works and Texas Back to Work…

3. Unleash America’s full energy production potential in oil, natural gas, coal, biofuels, wind, nuclear oil shale and more, creating jobs, stimulating a sustainable manufacturing boom, lowering gasoline and other energy prices, increasing government revenues, strengthening the dollar, and bolstering national security.
It is time to harness the immense natural energy resources our country has, get Americans back to work, and lower gas, diesel, and other energy prices for every American.
My administration will pursue an “all of the above” American Energy Policy that allows expanded development of oil, natural gas, coal, biofuels, wind, and nuclear sources of
energy.    (I certainly hope this means also eliminating any government handouts and subsidies to any of these programs.  If they are good for private companies to pursue without government help then they are good for Americans.  BB)
As President, I will immediately reset our energy policy by removing bureaucratic and legal obstacles to responsible oil and natural gas development in the United States.

We must also replace the EPA (YES! The EPA has been responsible for more job and lives being destroyed than any other governmental; program.  Get rid of an agencies chuck full of fanatics who know better what is right than the rest of us Americans!  BB), which pursues an anti-jobs agenda the economy simply cannot sustain. A pro-growth Environmental Solutions Agency will in its place balance environmental issues with economic realities and will focus on incentives for new solutions, research, and technologies, and pursue a cooperative approach with local communities.

4. Save Medicare and Social Security by giving Americans more choices and tools to live longer, healthier lives with greater financial independence.
…we need to think outside the box with fundamental, structural reforms that would transform and modernize these two programs, changing how they work to achieve their
goals. Any American who wants to enter or remain in the existing Medicare and Social Security programs will be able to do so, but we will also introduce optional alternatives
that give Americans more control over their health and retirement.
Any American who wants to enjoy the existing Medicare and Social Security systems will be able to do so. At the same time, this legislation will provide Americans with new options. It will offer voluntary market-oriented alternatives that allow Americans to take more control of their own retirement planning.
As more Americans move voluntarily onto the new market-oriented systems, costs will naturally decline.
Medicare
First, stop paying the crooks. An estimated $70 to $120 billion a year is paid to crooks by Medicare and Medicaid.
My proposed legislation will offer seniors new choices in Medicare, as well. It will give them the option to choose, on a voluntary basis, either to remain on the existing program,
or to transition to a more personalized system in the private sector with greater options for better care. If they select the personalized system, beneficiaries would receive support to cover their private sector premiums. Giving all seniors the option to choose their insurance provider will improve price competition and help lower costs for the program.  ( I have on many occasions over the years tried to report on cheating on Medicare and Medicaid and have always found the government emeployees I contacted to be  down right hostile to my attempts.  They all but tell me it is not my money so just keep my nose out of it!  It was my money and I was trying to report fraud so maybe just giving the customers like us a hot line to report these cheats and then actually forcefully follow up!  Might even reward people for reporting the cheats.  BB)5. Pass a balanced budget amendment
… each agency has to find better ways to do things and more innovative ways to get things done.

… to reducing the deficit … empower job-creators to hire millions more Americans by dramatically reducing tax and regulatory burdens, and a program to unleash our bountiful untapped sources of American energy. By creating more wealth and more taxpayers, and by developing billions of dollars worth of new American energy resources, we will dramatically increase federal, state and local revenues and decrease budget deficits.
More revenue can also come through American energy development and through better development of federally owned land including the 69% of Alaska and 85% of Nevada
We can have higher revenues without having higher taxes.
That is why this legislation will strive above all to corral the reckless growth of federal spending.
… legislation must dramatically overhaul the entire structure of the federal civil service,  (One way is to disallow  government employees to be able to negotiate and strike over wages and benefits.  This puts public servants whose jobs offer security over pay and benefits a knife at the tax payers throat.  Even Franklin Roosevelt the all time socialist was against government employees being allowed to unionize.  BB)

6. Control the border by January 1, 2014 and establish English as the official language of government; reform the legal visa system, and make it much easier to deport criminals and gang members while making it easier for law abiding
visitors to come to the US.
This bill will waive every obstacle to controlling the border and would shift resources to achieve virtually 100% control by January 1, 2014. If necessary, we would move one-half
of the 23,000 Washington-area Department of Homeland Security bureaucrats to the Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona borders.
We want the best legal students in our universities and colleges, and then staying to create American jobs.
We want legal businessmen and businesswomen visiting the United States easily and comfortably so they can do more business in the United States and create more American
jobs.
We want potential investors and entrepreneurs to visit America easily so they can create American jobs.
Finally, we want family members to find it easy to visit legally for holidays and family events to strengthen the human bonds that we Americans cherish.7.Revitalize our national security system to meet 21st century threats by restructuring and adequately funding our security agencies to function within a grand strategy for victory over those who seek to kill us or to limit American
freedom.
The next Administration and Congress must decisively address the following realities: 1. There are very, very different challenges emerging simultaneously and each
requires a fundamentally different strategic response;
2. The bureaucracies of national and homeland security, intelligence, diplomacy and space activities are all decaying in their effective implementation capability and are wrapped up in red tape and inefficiency;
3. Our military infrastructure has become dangerously outdated, with our arsenal and equipment in urgent need of new investment;

4. There are new emerging technologies endangering us – for example, electromagnetic pulse weapons, cyberwar, and lawfare, which we are not prepared to deal with;
5. American leaders are tired after seven decades of being the world’s preeminent power, and are very resistant to putting in the time and energy it will take to understand the emerging threats and the necessary responses.8.  Maximize the speed and impact of medical breakthroughs by removing unnecessary obstacles that block new treatments from reaching patients and emphasizing research spending toward urgent national

priorities, like brain science with its impact on Alzheimer’s, autism, Parkinson’s, mental health and other conditions that knowledge of the brain will help solve.
A key first step is to transform the Food and Drug Administration to allow these breakthroughs to proceed rapidly.9. Restore the proper role of the judicial branch by using the clearly delineated powers available to the president and Congress to correct, limit, or replace judges who violate the Constitution. (YES! BB)
.The time has come to reestablish a balance among the three branches of government according to the Constitution. (YES! BB)

10.  Enforce the Tenth Amendment by starting an orderly transfer of power and responsibility from the federal government back “to the states, respectively, or to the people,” as the Constitution requires.

Read HERE the entire text of  the plan or you can copy and paste this link . The original is offered in the PDF format  which you find to the right of the document.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/section/documentcloud&dckeyword=253688-gingrich-contract-with-america_digest

Posted by Ticker at 2:54 PM

4 comments:

Anonymous said…
100%% for it. Smartest man among all the contenders but not electable ( I think ? )Fred G.

Fri Sep 30, 03:04:00 PM EDT
Ticker said…
Fred,
What is your reaction to the formation of another bureaucratic agency from one who wants or advocates smaller government such as the Environmental Solutions Agency”What about beneficiaries would receive support to cover their private sector premiums. This from one who wants the government to spend less and become smaller plus says we must follow the Constitution?

Restore the proper role of the judicial branch by using the clearly delineated powers available to the president and Congress to correct, limit, or replace judges who violate the Constitution. In his speech he said removal of Liberal activist judges. Maybe he remembered the Constitution.

Fri Sep 30, 06:22:00 PM EDT
Chuck said…
I am not a fan of Gingrich but I give him big credit for one thing, he brought the House in line with laws we all have to live under. Before him the House exempted themselves from most of their own laws such as the Equal Opportunity Act, etc.
Fri Sep 30, 07:07:00 PM EDT
Ticker said…
True Chuck but I fault him for failing to put safeguards in the legislation that was passed during the Clinton WH term. Even when presented with a majority in both House and Senate too much was left to chance and no action was taken on his plan. Basically it failed in too many ways when it had the opportunity to change the course of America. Spending being one of the worst left to chance.
Fri Sep 30, 08:22:00 PM EDT

3 Responses to "Gingrich Plan for Restoring American"

Now about the election, The republicans are blowing smoke out their asses thinking they can change things when they forgot or do not tell the people the pitfalls of the next election. Number 1. Obama wins the Presidency and the republicans win both houses, conclusion, they can’t do anything to stop the hemorrhage because they wouldn’t have enough votes to override a veto. Number 2. A Republican President is elected and the democrats retain control of the Senate and the House remains in Republican control, conclusion, the republicans can’t do anything because they can’t stop a filibuster in the Senate. 3. The republicans win the Presidency, 60 seats in the Senate and retain control of the House, conclusion, the republicans have at least 3 +1 possible Senator’s that will trip them up and vote with the democrats, Brown of Taxachusetts, Olympia Snow and Collins of Maine and one more possible, unknown. In other words the republicans would have to win 17 of the 21 democrat seats up for grabs and hold all the republican seats up for grabs. What is not understood by the people in America is that we are not coming out of this and when we collapse the people will vote in all the radical socialist in, just as they did in Germany, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela and the rest of the Socialist countries that have collapsed in the past and are now collapsing in Western Europe and if they collapse along with us a world wide Depression will be our fate because we have lost our faith thanks to the socialist. THE REPUBLICANS AREN’T TELLING AMERICA ABOUT THIS PITFALL. Is this end of days for America. If they can’t get rid of Obamacare after the next election it will bankrupt us.

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I am hoping that at some point before the election the Republicans will finally learn to fight fire with fire and speak the truth to the American people as you have spoken it on my blog. Maybe the final candidate will speak out but this is only possible if Cain is the candidate so far. The politicians in the line up would be afraid to “scare” the voters! BB

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