Leading Towards Newt
I am not yet endorsing Newt, never mind that nobody much cares who I endorse at any rate. I still think that either Michelle Bachmann or Rick Perry has a chance to break out of the pack and suddenly take this thing.
Of course the Blue Blood Elites in the GOP desperately want Romney as they know better than us boobs who want someone besides an Obamer Lite.
For now, we have Newt Gingrich surprisingly taking a lead or at least a forceful lunge at the lead so I must ponder.
It was around the era of Gingrich's Speakership that I first became interested in politics. Before that, like so much of America all busy carrying this country on their backs, law-abiding, making it work...I was raising a family and working a job. Newt's hayday was during the presidency of Bill Clinton and as I was paying attention, I remember some things.
Ann Coulter, goodness, really has a dislike of Newt and she writes just the stupidest column listing reasons why. Most times I like Coulter's sarcastic style and like to consider myself one of her devotees. But she's way wrong about Newt and I know of whence I speak.
One of the big reasons Ann gives for a distrust of Newt is his alleged devotion to the writing of Alvin Toffler, specifically "The Third Wave". Man, this really makes me scratch my head. First, I had no idea that Newt had an allegiance to the Tofflers as Coulter asserts.
BUT….but,but,but…. "The Third Wave" was one of my all time favorite books; I thought it the stuff of genius. Coulter mentions several unusual assertions that could be found in the Toffler book, such as an idea to give poor people tax credits to buy computers and something Toffler espoused in the book called "social wavefront analysis". Bear in mind that's it's by now been over 25 years since I read this book but I would never characterize that book as some sort of social engineering leaning toward outright socializing.
Coulter laments that Gingrich praised the Tofflers for their foresight and he championed their predictions enthusiastically. Well that right there, instead of making me DISTRUST Newt, makes me like him all the more. I thought Alvin Toffler wrote a terrific book at the time and over the course of time he has been proven right.
Coulter asserts that "The Third Wave" was written by Toffler and his wife but I only recall it being a product of Alvin Toffler. She also says that Toffler and his wife could not program a VCR, I've no idea where she gets that story.
Remember please that this book was written well BEFORE there was anything called an Internet. I read the book as a college assignment and I was enthralled. In the book, as I search aging memory, Toffler described a future that would be very different than the world of that time. He said that the entire planet would be interconnected, that someday such as elections and national discourse could be made without leaving the house. In fact, Toffler's most intriguing prediction was the concept of "electronic cottages".
Indeed. Toffler asserted that people would not even have to commute to their jobs, that job duties could be done from one's home, that school classes could be attended via computer, online, with full interaction of all the parties.
I hated my commutes during that time, often spending many hours in heavy traffic. I considered commuting a waste of time and gasoline. I was enamored by the idea that one day I would live in an "electronic cottage", able to roll out of bed, fix a cup of coffee, than sign in to begin my employment chores. Maybe one, maybe two days a week I would have to show up to work for meetings and necessary human interaction, but for those jobs not requiring a jaunt in a desk chair, I could work from home.
Please tell me how Toffler's Third Wave hasn't happened? Working from home is almost commonplace today. I am so proud of myself that I saw where Toffler was coming from, bearing in mind again, that during the Toffler book era people didn't even have computers in their homes yet!
Everything Toffler predicted has happened and right now knowing that Newt Gingrich so believed Toffler I must thank Ann as she made me admired Newt even more.
Which is not to say, ahem, that I don't have concerns about Newt. I saw him sitting on that couch with Nancy Pelosi and I heard him call the very first sensible Republican plan to work on the pesky entitlement problems as "right wing social engineering". I'm not fooled that Newt worked for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to convince them that they were waaaaay in the wrong, I'm clued in that he was probably working to make their brand of stupid socialism via federal monies palatable to recalcitrant Republicans.
I think Newt was just plain jealous that Ryan was getting kudos for daring to broach the entitlement issue and, well, it's a stretch, but Newt made a lamebrain explanation of the Pelosi thing that could be. He said that since the global warming caused by humans was not going away, best for "our" side to join the pack to see how it goes, to be part of the deals, if, for no other reason, to make sure they don't get too stupid about it.
Lookit, I've no doubt that Newt Gingrich too puts finger in the wind like his opponent Romney. But bear in mind that Gingrich DID do some impressive things and I was paying attention at the time. He did make Bill Clinton implement welfare reform, yes he did, like a real politician who knew the public was on his side and the wind was at his back, not like the RINOs(Republicans in Name Only) of today who care more about cocktail party invite than the glory of pleasing the public.
I remember the incident of the airplane, how Newt griped because while flying on Air Force 1 Bill Clinton relegated him to the back of the plane and did not speak to him for the entire trip. And you know what? NEWT WAS RIGHT! Come on, he was Speaker of America's House of Representatives! Clinton was behaving like a little boy, a silly man-child, and didn't follow normal protocol, which would have the President seated with the third person in line for the presidency, both of them engaging in pleasant small talk, showing the world how we all can just get along. But Clinton was mad at Newt for forcing his hand, for being in charge of the first Republican takeover in America's House for over 50 years, for being a force that the sniveling Bill Clinton had to deal with when he just wanted a little Monica in his life. So when yon reader should come across that incident, please, please, Newt at least had the courage to make such shabby treatment public. Bill Clinton was the bad guy here, NOT NEWT!
Yes I remember the Contract With America and yes I remember some Democrats getting Newt, illegally on tape, I remember how the Lamestream of the era demonized Newt Gingrich as Hillary Clinton loved to do and made no secret of. Yes I remember that stupid penalty of hundreds of thousands of dollars assessed to Newt over a book he wrote, not that every damn politician doesn't write a book that is bought by the millions by unions and other supporting groups to sit in warehouses….but the Clintons were mad at Newt and as much as possible, they made him suffer.
I agree with Jonah Goldberg's rather pragmatic assessment of Newt:
...the times may be ripe for precisely the sort of vexing, vainglorious and all-too-human revolutionary Gingrich claims to be. That's the argument a few people have been wrestling with. Gingrich, after all, is the only candidate to actually move the government rightward. While getting wealthy off the old order, he's been plotting for decades how to get rid of it. To paraphrase Lenin, perhaps the K Streeters paid Gingrich to build the gallows he will hang them on?
It's just not that big of a deal anymore. Sure I think more of a man who's been faithful to his wife all his life than one who's a horn dog, but would I give a completely unqualified faithful fellow the job or the very qualified horn dog who will bring it home? Americans are just more practical than that.
I think Newt can read the handwriting on the wall and the handwriting is telling him to move right, Newt, for God's SAKE MOVE RIGHT! We've had enough moving left.
So while Newt Gingrich might not be any kind of devoted stalwart conservative, he's got a history of taking it on and emerging victorious. He's a political opportunist but that's okay, so long as he knows the opportunity now upon is wrest America away from those nutty liberals running this great country into the ground.
If he does a bad job, well after four years we'll kick him out.
For now, I've got a very open mind about Newt and can certainly see myself supporting him with enthusiasm. He just needs to toe the line is all and I seriously think he will.
Should Math Be Taught In Public Schools?
It's scary folks, how stupid are the adults churned out by the public school teachers unions. Check out mine own state's Miss Delaware.
Oh the Devotion of the Occupiers
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
THE ONLY THING WRONG WITH THIS CALCULATION IS THEY FORGOT TO FIGURE IN THE PEOPLE WHO DIED BEFORE THEY COLLECTED THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY!!!! WHERE DID THAT MONEY GO?????????????
Remember, not only did you contribute to Social Security but your employer did too. It totaled 15% of your income before taxes. If you averaged only $30K over your working life, that's close to $220,500.
If you calculate the future value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer's contribution) at a simple 5% (less than what the govt. pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working you'd have $892,919.98.
If you took out only 3% per year, you'd receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (until you're 95 if you retire at age 65) and that's with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit! If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you'd have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month.
The folks in Washington have pulled off a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madhoff ever had.
Entitlement my butt, I paid cash for my social security insurance!!!! Just because they borrowed the money, doesn't make my benefits some kind of charity or handout!!
Congressional benefits ---- free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days, now that's welfare, and they have the nerve to call my social security retirement entitlements?
We're "broke" and can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless
In the last months we have provided aid to Haiti ,Chile , and Turkey . And now Pakistan ......home of bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!!
Our retired seniors living on a 'fixed income' receive no aid nor do they get any breaks while our government and religious organizations pour Hundreds of Billions of $$$$$$'s and Tons of Food to Foreign Countries!
They call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives and now when it’s time for us to collect, the government is running out of money. Why did the government borrow from it in the first place? Imagine if the *GOVERNMENT* gave 'US' the same support they give to other countries.
Sad isn't it?
Obamer recently spoke at a place called Osawatomie. In and of itself it's not an unusual name in that many towns in America are given Native American type appellations. During this yet another lecturing talking-down-to-us-speech, Obamer lied as per the norm, telling the gathered that some billionaires pay only 1% in income tax. Right, the mythical millionaires and billionaires Obamer wants us to hate.
But Osawatomie has an intriguing history. It was the place John Brown ran to with a hope to start a racial war that would end slavery. John Brown was a radical nut job but moving on, we discover that Osawatomie has a more recent intriguing history. It was the headquarters of the Weather Underground, that radical organization that gave rise to Obamer's buddy Bill Ayers, another radical nut job who did kill a policeman during the 70's and for which he has never repented.
In fact, see below:
Sure they label you nuts when this sort of stuff comes up but always remember, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're NOT out to get you.