To clarify, Gingrich further explained what it means to be fiscally responsible. He said, "During the period I was speaker, the U.S. government – for four years – total growth was 2.9 percent a year. Under Bush, it was 6.1 percent. ... This year, I think it will be 36 percent in one year. It is just literally irrational." Indeed it is, I'm with Newt Gingrich 100%.
In late September 2007, Gingrich founded American Solutions for Winning the Future. The stated mission of the group is to become the "leading grassroots movement to recruit, educate, and empower citizen activists and elected officials to develop solutions to transform all levels of government." Gingrich, the General Chairman, recently spoke about the breakthrough impact of the organization and what drives its powerful approach:
* Broad scale engagement of elected officials and candidates of both parties at all levels of government, interested citizens, private sector leaders, reporters, scholars and students.
* Development of big, breakthrough solutions to the most important issues facing this country, including creating jobs and prosperity, energy independence, protecting workers' rights, reforming education, moving government into the 21st Century and more.
* A process to educate, ignite collaboration and implement these solutions across all levels of government with widespread support from citizens.
Going back to fiscal responsibility for a moment, in an interview from On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Gingrich said, "I am very sad that a number of Republicans do not understand that this country is sick of earmarks. They are sick of politicians taking care of themselves. They are sick of their money being spent in a way that is absolutely indefensible ... I think you're going to see a steady increase in the number of incumbents who have opponents because the American taxpayers are increasingly fed up." Newt noted how, at American solutions, the organization is "working to help people with the April 15 taxpayers parties," because it was good for those Americans who are fed up to communicate how ready they are to fire some of their incumbents next year. The organization joined a growing Republican Revolution following the February 27 "Chicago Tea Party" protests, helping to guide future rallies where hundreds of thousands of taxpayers showed public outrage against massive bailouts for businesses thought to be too big to fail.
When Greta asked if he is thinking of running for President in 2012, Newt replied, "I want to spend all of 2009 trying to develop good policies at American Solutions ... trying to defeat bad policies, like the effort to take away your right to a secret ballot before being forced to join a union. We need to focus everybody on 2009 and finding solutions this year because we are on the edge of being in big trouble."
Most recently, Newt Gingrich was welcomed to The Daily Show for an interview with Jon Stewart. Gingrich made an appearance on Comedy Central to talk about his book, 5 Principles for a Successful Life, and he also discussed current political issues that have affected the Republican Party.
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Newt has proven that he knows what it means to be accountable in politics, holding himself and the government to a higher standard, upholding fiscal responsibility with taxpayer dollars; and at the same time, he can be funny but serious too!
I thoroughly enjoyed his interview on The Daily Show. In fact, it's one of the first times I've seen liberal Jon Stewart have a, "Wait, what?!" moment when discussing political issues with a Republican. If Gingrich can show Stewart the light, there's a possibility he can show others what it means to be accountable in politics too. I expect to see more and more of him in the coming years, hopefully playing a much larger role in politics once again, showing what it means to not just talk-the-talk, but walk-the-talk.
For everything Newt Gingrich does to appropriately and successfully represent the American people, he has proven that he loves America -- for that, he's a true patriot!