Comments on: Gingrich’s anger management http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/12/15/gingrichs-anger-management/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: jcfl http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/12/15/gingrichs-anger-management/#comment-40397 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 18:42:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=11320#comment-40397 to oneofthesheep reagan did have a way of getting people to trust him. unfortunately that trust started the huge deficit slide we have seen since then, with 80% of the deficit increases coming under the past three gop presidents. reagan and bush 1 took the deficit from 900B to over 4T in 12 years, and bush 2 added an additional 8T (including war costs) to that in just 8 years! what both reagan and bush 2 were able to accomplish were huge give-away tax breaks to the wealthy and large corporations, with little or no “trickledown” as promised. now the rest of us “sheep” are to believe another round of huge tax breaks to the same group will turn things around. we can’t be that stupid can we?

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By: OneOfTheSheep http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/12/15/gingrichs-anger-management/#comment-40375 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 02:42:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=11320#comment-40375 In the upcoming presidential election I will not be casting a vote FOR anyone or any concept. I will be casting a vote AGAINST someone and some concept.

While I did not see eye-to-eye with all that he believed, I was motivated to work hard and long for Ronald Regan, first as Governor of California and then as President. That man knew how to inspire people. He knew how to make them believe in themselves. In doing so, he made them believe in him.

While not by any means perfect, events he set in motion made this world a better place for thirty years at the very least. On his watch, Americans long held hostage by Iran came home. On his watch the Evil Empire was defined and ultimately fell. America desperately yearns for another Reagan, but those like him are all too rare.

Gingrich is no Reagan, nor is Romney nor any of the others. But I will say this for him. As much as any politician can be, he is a man of conviction. He has passion and he has intelligence. The latter has not been a strong point of recent America’s most recent leaders. He unfortunately lacks consistency.

The Gingrich of the “Contract with America” was brilliant. Since then, not so much. But the “bar” seems lower, somehow, of late. If the man takes the Republican nomination, it is possible he can reach deep down inside and find that earlier brilliance to offer a vision for American greatness that would quickly relegate Obama to the realm of history. It is also possible he could turn out to be a 21st Century Goldwater.

The choice between a driver who cannot drive and a driver who has no destination for the next four years is less than inspiring. Many might not put forth the effort to even cast such a vote.

Our founding fathers gave us a government that is so ponderous in it’s workings that it’s hard for anyone to screw up quickly. Unfortunately, “we, the people” and those we have elected have been screwing it up so consistently over an ever-increasing number of years, our “ship of state” is on course for a whirlpool.

If there is no swift, clear correct course correction beginning in a year, we are in for not only a rough ride, but genuine peril. To paraphrase a well known saying, all that is necessary for bad things to now unfold is for good men to do nothing. Nobody promised easy.

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By: BajaArizona http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/12/15/gingrichs-anger-management/#comment-40367 Thu, 15 Dec 2011 16:31:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=11320#comment-40367 I am ready to officially anoint Newton Gingrich the Republican Nominee.

I am also ready to officially anoint Barack Obama a second term.

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