Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Honorable Speaker Newt Gingrich: Presidential Candidate

The Honorable Speaker

     Newt Gingrich is probably the most memorable former Speaker of the House in recent history (in my nineteen years I have heard of no former Speaker more than Mr. Gingrich). And we all understand the ‘Republican Revolution’ he led as Speaker against President Bill Clinton. This revolution was written in ‘The Contract With America’ that Mr. Gingrich is famous for and includes such success as welfare reform and a capital gains tax cut.
     What you may not know about Mr. Gingrich is that he has a Ph.D in Modern European History and is the author of twenty - three books. He is a proven leader with backbone and intellectual prowess. But is he presidential material?
     Right out of the gate there is the issue of check kiting, which he engaged in. Check kiting, for those who don’t know, is the illegal act of taking advantage of the float (duplicate money present in the banking system during the time between a deposit being made in the recipient’s account and the money being deducted from the sender’s account) to make use of non-existent funds in a checking or other banking account. This, paired with the issue with Tiffany’s is enough to make one wonder if Newt is the man we want to give significant control of our finances to. Also, he is the only Speaker of the House to have been disciplined for ethics violations.

     Gingrich is living up to his reputation in the House, he is calling for less government. He wants NASA to hand space exploration over to the private sector and he wants to replace the EPA with the Environmental Solutions Agency. Gingrich supports the individual healthcare mandate as well as moving toward state-based healthcare solutions and block granting Medicaid. Still, Mr. Gingrich is an interesting candidate. Far from towing the line, he combines an opposition to cap - and - trade with a support for ethanol. He mixes an interest in conservation with an ideal to drill and mine domestically, while researching and developing alternatives.
     He also surprised me with his views of prison reform. He wants to move money from prisons to probation services. He believes there is a need for ‘humane alternatives’ to incarceration. So, if you favor a unique candidates with intellect and leadership history, Newt Gingrich may be worth your attention.

Question Everything,

Alexander Fisher

"Those that dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their mind, wake in the day to find that all was vanity, but the dreamers of the day, are dangerous men, for they may act out their dreams and make them real."

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