Although most of us knew this was coming for some time now, I can not help but feel some sadness, both for the Speaker and for our great nation. My hope now is that at least some, if not most of what he was advocating for will be taken up by the presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney. It should not be entirely out of the question, as we never really got a sense of what Romney ever really stood for anyhow, other than that he believes himself to be the only Republican capable of defeating Dear Leader. Such is the state of American politics in today's world I'm afraid, it's more about perception, obfuscation, and the ability to successfully attack one's adversaries.

With that being said, I am officially throwing my support completely behind Mitt Romney. He is now may man, and will be until November 6, 2012. One day after the election, I will begin working on support for a third party in American political discourse that speaks with the voice of Conservatism. Until that date, this will be the last that I mention it. This election is too important to get bogged down with anything that would distract from the all important task at hand, which is the electoral defeat of Barack Obama.

As an open letter to Mitt Romney, here are some of the things that Speaker Gingrich was campaigning on, that I would like to see become your causes as well.

Repeal of Obamacare:

Legislative Proposal #1: Repeal Obamacare and pass a replacement that saves lives and money by empowering patients and doctors, not bureaucrats and politicians.

Obamacare is a disaster and the first task of my administration will be to repeal it.

The Obamacare law is unconstitutional, unaffordable, unworkable, and stunningly unfair. Its so-called "individual mandate" is blatantly unconstitutional and an unprecedented expansion of federal power.
In addition to the unconstitutional nature of individual and employer mandates, we are learning that they simply don’t work. 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.

Their intractable problem is this: once you have a mandate, the government has to specify exactly what coverage must be included in insurance for it to qualify. This introduces political considerations into determining these minimum standards, guaranteeing that nothing desired by the special interests will be left out.

And once the government mandates such expensive insurance, the government becomes responsible for its costs. It has to adopt expensive subsidies to help people pay for the expensive plans that it is requiring. The resulting cost to the taxpayer and strain on the budget leads the government to try and control healthcare costs by limiting healthcare services. The inevitable result is rationing by a nameless, faceless, unaccountable board of government bureaucrats.

The Obamacare law also creates one thousand, nine hundred and sixty eight separate grants of power to bureaucrats, most of them to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and her bureaucracy. It creates 159 new boards, agencies and other government entities to administer health decisions that should be up to the individual in consultation with their doctor. This unprecedented grant of discretionary power to unelected bureaucrats guarantees the rise in arbitrary and corrupted decision-making by the federal government.

For these reasons and more, I will fight for the repeal of Obamacare until it is repealed in its entirety.

We must either limit government or we will have government limit us.

Restructure of our punitive and disastrous regulatory environment:

To empower job-creators, we must get rid of regulations that prevent them from growing and hiring. This means taking decision-making power away from bureaucrats who don’t understand how job creation works.

My Jobs and Prosperity package would repeal the Dodd-Frank legislation, a 2,300-page law passed in 2010 that mandates 400 new regulations written by unelected bureaucrats. Dodd-Frank is paralyzing lending to entrepreneurs, killing small banks, crippling small businesses, driving down the value of housing, and creating corrupting Washington controls over the biggest banks.

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. When businesses are targeted unfairly by government for creating jobs in different states, businesses simply won’t create jobs in any states. We need to stop this unaccountable, activist bureaucratic agency from harassing job-creating companies. The NLRB is currently harassing Boeing, our country’s biggest exporter, because it decided to build a new factory and create hundreds of new jobs in the right-to-work state of South Carolina instead of the forced-unionization state of Washington. We need a new common sense organization for labor-management relations to replace the NLRB.

Later in this Contract, I outline ideas for pro-market, pro-growth, pro-consumer reforms to the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Truly unleash our full energy potential, which coincidentally will rebuild our manufacturing sector:

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.

The United States has more energy resources than any other country in the world – more than Russia, Saudi Arabia, Canada, or Brazil. Expanding the development of these resources could create up to 1.1 million new jobs and deliver $127 billion in new government revenues by 2020, according to a recent Wood Mackenzie study. With the right regulatory policies, the United States could be the largest oil producer in the world by 2017.

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. Yet we pay nearly $4 per gallon for gasoline and continue to import nearly half of our oil from foreign countries, many of which have governments hostile to the United States. Meanwhile, millions of Americans in energy-rich regions of the country remain unemployed.

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.

An effective pro-American energy bill will lead to a boom in American jobs, a dramatic increase in the value of the dollar as we spend less on energy from overseas, and more revenue for state and federal government from royalties and increased economic activity.

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.

This means development of offshore oil and natural gas resources in places currently blocked by the federal government, such as the Atlantic and Pacific Outer Continental Shelves and the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

It also means ending the restrictions on oil shale development in the western U.S., where we potentially have three times more oil than Saudi Arabia.

Under this plan, coastal states will receive a share of the royalty revenues the federal government takes in – a benefit that states that drill on land already enjoy -- to give them an incentive to allow offshore development.

This plan will also ensure that federal agencies get out of the way in places where drilling is already allowed.

For example, even though companies have been cleared to drill in the western Gulf of Mexico for months, the Department of Interior has dragged its feet on reissuing permits – and Gulf Coast economies continue to languish.

Through citizen action, we can liberate America’s energy resources. For example, in the spring of 2008, gas prices were surging towards four dollars a gallon, a citizen-led petition called Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less, called upon Congress to immediately address the energy crisis.

One and a half million signatures later, Congress voted to end its 25-year ban on offshore drilling. By the end of 2008, gas prices had plummeted to under $2 dollars a gallon.

A pro-American energy plan must also recognize the enormous natural gas potential in the United States, especially the development of vast shale gas resources across the country. America is a world leader in responsible shale gas production, and we must continue to promote this form of safe domestic energy production that is creating jobs and strengthening our economy, from Pennsylvania to Texas to Colorado.

This also means maintaining the strong and effective regulation of hydraulic fracturing at the state level and ending the federal government’s attempts to clamp down on this vital technology that has been used safely for more than 60 years.

We must also replace the EPA, which pursues an anti-jobs agenda the economy simply cannot sustain. A pro-growth Environmental Solutions Agency in its place will operate on the premise that most environmental problems can and should be solved by states and local communities. Rather than emphasizing centralization and regulation, it would emphasize coordination with states and local communities, the sharing of best practices, and focus on incentives for new solutions, research and technologies.

The imperative to unleash American energy is not just economic. It is also a basic question of national security. The more energy we can produce here, the less dependent we are on foreign countries, many of whom have interests hostile to our own. At the same time, we must strengthen our relationships with close allies that have vast natural resources, such as Canada. For example, we must immediately authorize the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which will bring 700,000 barrels of oil a day from Western Canada, Montana, Oklahoma, and the Dakotas to Gulf Coast refineries in Texas, reducing our dependence on Latin America and the Middle East and creating tens of thousands of new jobs.

I look forward to learning more about your ideas and solutions for a bill that will end our man-made energy crisis, and pursuing solutions that will create jobs, bring in more revenue, and lower prices for all Americans.

We have done this before, and we can do it again.

Fiscal Responsibility by balancing our federal budget and reforming entitlement spending:

Balance the federal budget by freeing job-creators to grow the economy, reforming entitlements, and implementing productivity improvement systems, such as Lean Six Sigma, to eliminate waste and fraud. Pass a balanced budget amendment to keep it balanced.

If, however, there is a commitment to balancing the budget, then each agency has to find better ways to do things and more innovative ways to get things done. If you want innovation, better outcomes at lower costs, greater productivity, and a spirit of entrepreneurial public management, the balanced budget creates much more pressure for real innovation. Getting to a balanced budget is absolutely vital. When there is a permanent budget deficit there is no reason for any politician to say no to any interest group. That is, in fact, how we ended up with the current, absurdly bloated, undisciplined federal government. If deficits do not matter and spending is open-ended, the most rational strategy for every bureaucracy is simply to ask for more money.

Over time, the requirement to balance the budget leads to smaller government. Politicians who have to face the voters because they are raising taxes have a much harder sell to make than politicians who can bring home "free" goodies with only some distant deficit to explain.

Two months after I became Speaker in 1995, we came within one vote in the Senate of passing a constitutional amendment that would have required a balanced federal budget.

Even though we didn’t win the vote, the House Republican leadership decided to act as though the Balanced Budget Amendment had become law.

We had pledged to balance the budget within seven years of getting elected, and experts laughed at us – but we ended up doing it in three. And we balanced it for four straight years for the first time since the 1920s.

The financial impact of achieving balanced budgets was startling. When I was sworn in as Speaker of the House in January 1995, the Congressional Budget Office projected that over the next decade the cumulative federal budget deficits would total $2.7 trillion.

Shortly after I left office in January 1999, CBO projected that over the next decade federal surpluses would total over $2.2 trillion– a four-year turnaround in the fiscal outlook of the United States of nearly $5 trillion. A comparable four-year improvement in the U.S fiscal outlook today would total over $8 trillion (as a percentage of GDP).

Today we find ourselves in a situation similar to 1994: Deficits projected as far as the eye can see and an urgent need to return to balanced budgets.

But Americans should not have to accept a defeatist attitude from Washington: There is every reason to believe a comprehensive program of economic growth, government modernization, returning power to the citizens and states and dramatically expanding American energy production can lead to a balanced budget far faster than experts now predict.

The biggest key to reducing the deficit is robust economic growth. Elsewhere in this contract, I outline principles that would 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 that we the people own through our government.

We can have higher revenues without having higher taxes.

More revenue through economic growth may be the surest method of reducing the deficit, but the federal government must also commit to spend no more of Americans’ money than is needed. That is why this legislation will strive above all to corral the reckless growth of federal spending.

Finally, the bureaucratic rules and procedures that are commonplace in the federal government have no place in the twenty-first century. This legislation must dramatically overhaul the entire structure of the federal civil service, and make it clear that Americans will only tolerate a government that aggressively targets and eliminates waste and fraud, and incorporates private-sector best practices.

Strong America Now, an organization dedicated to bringing modern management to government at every level, estimates that we can save $500 billion a year in spending through proven waste-cutting and value-enhancing techniques from the private sector, such as Lean Six Sigma. The Defense Department has already used Lean Six Sigma to save more than $22 billion, increasing productivity 1,000 percent in some facilities.

IBM’s Business of Government consultancy makes a more conservative estimate, suggesting that the federal government could save $100 billion annually by implementing commercial best practices.

Using fraud detection techniques similar to those employed by credit card companies, we could save between $70 and $120 billion a year in Medicaid and Medicare fraud, according to the Center for Health Transformation.

The opportunities for improvement and waste reduction are endless, and I look forward to hearing Americans’ ideas about other ways to make the federal government more efficient.

Rebuild the decimated military:

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 current leadership of the United States is severely out of touch with the escalating dangers that threaten our security.

As American presidents have traditionally found, our nation’s peace and safety is best maintained through a robust military capacity, tireless vigilance, and a clear strategy for identifying and countering potential threats—a policy widely known as “peace through strength.” Adherents of such a policy do not seek confrontation. To the contrary, America leads the world in spending on the military and on national security precisely to ensure that our wars are as rare and as swift as possible.If the people’s security cannot be assured, the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are meaningless, which is why the first responsibility of government is to defend the nation. In the preamble to the Constitution, providing “for the common defense” is identified as a primary reason for forming the new government.

This world is in danger of becoming dramatically more dangerous in the not-too-distant future, and we need to overhaul our entire strategy now if we intend to continue being the safest, freest and most prosperous country in the world.

It is very dangerous for Washington to consider dismantling key parts of our national security structure during a time of war. When we convey weakness and confusion, we become most vulnerable to attack. As Ronald Reagan warned in 1980, “We know only too well that war comes not when the forces of freedom are strong; it is when they are weak that tyrants are tempted.”

General John Abizaid, former Commander of the Central Command, points out that in America “there is a bigger strategic deficit than the fiscal deficit.”

We need to be able to discuss the threats that face us in a clear and open manner. The courage to be free is only sustained by the moral capacity to distinguish between good and evil. If evil cannot be called by name, we will not be able to deter—or even recognize—threats to our nation. Likewise, if we cannot proclaim the righteousness of our values, then we won’t be able to mobilize the spirit necessary to defend America.

The next Administration and Congress must decisively address the following realities:

There are very, very different challenges emerging simultaneously and each requires a fundamentally different strategic response.

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.

Our military infrastructure has become dangerously outdated, with our arsenal and equipment in urgent need of new investment.

There are new emerging technologies endangering us – for example, electromagnetic pulse weapons, cyberwar, and lawfare, which we are not prepared to deal with.

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.

We need a new strategy that is as decisive and comprehensive as our bold and unprecedented response to the rise of the Soviet threat after World War II. It will streamline our security, intelligence and diplomatic departments, and recapitalize our military infrastructure.

This bill would be the beginning of that process, not the end.

These immediate executive orders:

Eliminate the 39 White House "Czar" Positions Created During the Current Administration: The president does not have the authority to appoint bureaucrats to power who are not accountable to the Congress.

"Mexico City Policy" of Respect for Life: Reauthorize President Ronald Reagan’s policy – also known as the "Mexico City Policy"— to stop tax payer dollars from being used to fund or promote abortions in foreign countries.

Restore Conscience Clause Protections for Healthcare Workers: No American working in a medical environment should be forced to perform any procedure that he or she finds morally or ethically objectionable based on religious teaching. This protection should include, but not be limited to abortion. Existing conscience clause protections need to be strengthened.

Respect Each Sovereign Nation’s Choice of its Capital: Each sovereign nation, under international law and custom, may designate its own Capital. Accordingly, the U.S. State Department should be instructed to respect the choice of each sovereign nation and place the American embassy in their Capital. (Israel is the only country the United States discriminates against in this regard. The people of Israel have designated Jerusalem as their capital. Yet the United States retains its embassy in Tel Aviv.)

End the Attorney General's Assault on the States: Instruct the Attorney General to withdraw all immigration-related lawsuits against states immediately, including those pending in Arizona and South Carolina. The Obama Administration refuses to enforce federal immigration laws, and instead sues states who are merely trying to enforce the laws that the federal government neglects. The Gingrich Administration will secure the border by Jan. 1, 2014 by any means necessary.

The Keystone Pipeline: Unleash American Energy by Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline. Instruct the State Department to approve a Presidential Permit immediately for the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that will send 700,000 barrels of oil a day from Great Plains and Southwestern states to Gulf Coast refineries lower staggering energy prices, and create up to 120,000 American jobs.

Cross Posted at Musings of a Mad Conservative.

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Comment by Deb in Texas on April 30, 2012 at 3:09pm

Thx for the video to try to clear things up.  First off the guy introduces his video by saying, "Newt said he was "ending" his candidacy next week" then he asks Newt directly if it's true that he is "suspending" it.  The word END is never uttered in your video!  End and suspend are absolutely 2 different things and don't necessarily come to the same conclusion.  Then he is asked if he would be supporting Romney and Newt's answer is, "Sure!"  (as he shrugs his shoulder like it's a reeeaaallllly dumb question... then continues with)  "We have to beat Obama.  Four more years of Obama will be a disaster."

You talk about my basket of eggs when yours are cracked!

Comment by Deb in Texas on April 30, 2012 at 2:55pm

I never mentioned any names until I had to go into self-defense mode.  YOU took what I initially said personally and took it from there.  You really need to find a better job!

Comment by John Wiseman on April 30, 2012 at 12:02pm

O.K. Sally, I'll be careful.  Never mind that I endorsed Gingrich very early on, wrote at least two dozen posts dedicated solely to the virtues of the former Speaker, defended him vociferously all over the web, and even in this post, if you'd bothered to read it at all, made it all entirely positive about Newt Gingrich and the fact that Romney would be best served by accepting Newt's agenda largely as his own, I guess I am nothing more than a Romney lover.  I stand so warned, Jeesh.  

I know that reading one or two sentences and probably the headline is what passes for comprehension in today's world, but I really haven't actually found anything complimentary about Mitt Romney in the post above to merit this kind of pro Mitt vitriol, and I wrote the damned thing.  

If you find me abusive, it is because you have earned it.

Comment by John Wiseman on April 30, 2012 at 11:30am

Edie Boudreau, I read of Newt's suspension of his campaign on April 24, and wrote this article on the 25th.  I was called an idiot by people who refused to believe it, but when I read the same thing in basically every single credible source that I checked, including Hotair, Townhall, The Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, I came to the realization that it basically was true.  Speaker Gingrich is a savvy guy, and the delay of his formal announcement probably has something to do with two things.  One would be the negotiation of his role in supporting Romney and the inclusion of some of his finer campaign points, ie having the say that we all found so appealing about Speaker Gingrich in the first place.  Two would be disposition of his campaign's $4 Million worth of debt.  My guess is that Mitt Romney's campaign is going to pay those bills for the privilege of having Newt at his absolute best out on the stump.  By the way, after Newt called it quits, I again donated to his campaign in order to help him retire that debt, precisely so that we stood a better chance of getting our message included, and I would urge all of Newt's supporters to do the same.

  sally, I do not know how far back you started reading the comment thread, but Deb began her comments with some pretty nasty insults aimed at my direction.  She could have merely stated that she disagreed with me, and possibly added some of her own analysis to bolster her position, but instead labeled me as a dolt who's loyalty was not worth a hill of beans to us her own expression.  One thing about me, if you lob epithets in my direction, I will follow suit, and give back exactly what I got in the first place.  I let others dictate the terms of debate, always.  Those who dish it out, should be able to take it just as well.  If millions of Americans are so emotionally shallow that my comments to someone who is not on the ticket anywhere would cause them to stay home, than indeed America is in deeper trouble than having the Zero be President for another four years.  vote your conscious, or don't, that is your own concern.  Just know this, come November you will have a choice, and we may very well end up with Barack Obama as President still, based on the decisions of Americans.  The worst possible scenario for America is another Obama term.  I personally still blame partially those many who refused to vote because McCain was the GOP nominee four years ago.  My personal favorite at that time was Duncan Hunter, then Rudolph Giuliani, then Fred Thompson, ...., but I eventually voted for McCain in the general.  

Long story short, pouting on the sidelines also has its price. 

Comment by Edie Boudreau on April 29, 2012 at 9:54pm

John  Wiseman, I need to know the actual dates.  When did Newt Gingrich first announce that he was dropping out of the race?  When were the robo-calls made that said Romney was the only candidate?  Even if Gingrich had already said that he would announce his suspension on May 1st, does that make robo-calls ethical?  Also, what about Ron Paul?  He hasn't dropped out; is he waiting for the Florida convention? 

Comment by John Wiseman on April 29, 2012 at 9:23pm

Deb in Texas, this is all for you.


It is a video of Newt Gingrich articulating by himself, quite clearly that the reports of his campaign suspension are all accurate.  He also stated very plainly that he fully intends to endorse Mitt Romney at that time.  Your devotion to your man is honorable.  As I said before though, get your eggs straight in your basket before you throw them, otherwise, blind devotion merely looks moronic.

Comment by Deb in Texas on April 28, 2012 at 4:41pm

Thanks Agi!  We all need to file a complaint.  There is strength in numbers!  I gave you the link, you just have to click on it and write your letter.  It's just one more thing we have to do to protect our freedoms!

Comment by Agi Yaeger on April 28, 2012 at 7:32am

Thanks Deb.

Now I know why that lady was so depressed about Newt's chances, when I talked to her in DE. I'm on the case and will report this, too.

Comment by Deb in Texas on April 27, 2012 at 10:33pm

I filed a complaint with the Attorney General of New York State, Eric Schneiderman, against Mr. Reda (the RNC guy who put out the robocall saying everybody dropped out of the race so vote for Romney) for "voter fraud, vote tampering and deliberately spreading lies about another candidate with the soul intention of changing votes and hurting turnout for Newt Gingrich at the voting booth".  MANY others are doing the same.

You can contact him at:  http://www.oag.state.ny.us/contact-attorney-general
Then scroll down and you'll find "eMail form" or something like that to click on. There is also phone numbers if y'all are that brave and polished... lol  You don't need to be a NY resident to contact him.

This isn't just about my candidate but has everything to do with the integrity of our most sacred right in America, a fair and honest voting system. Please take this seriously and do what you can to stop this and get this guy punished. That is the only way this will stop because if this is allowed to continue then we have damaged our system as a free people and other states will follow.

I've heard that the same is happening in NC now.  When I can get the evidence I'm going to file a complaint with their AG, too, along with DE.

Comment by faith m martin on April 27, 2012 at 9:41am

With all the videos and news reports conflicting, then not conflicting, and all the confusion over whether Newt is still in, or out, I think it is time to step back and take a deep breath. Count to ten if we must, and wait patiently until Tuesday. Newt is supposed to make his announcement then. The we will have the facts from Newt. To all those who still have primaries left to vote in, vote your hearts sisters and brothers. Newt is still on those ballots. If you feel you have to switch your vote to Romney, then, I know you do so with a heavy heart. If Newt endorses Romney, then you have followed his wishes. If you are like me, a Newt stalwart, and just can't, that is fine also. These are primaries after all, not the general. And the more votes Newt has, even if as the media says, he has actually withdrawn, it will show Romney how very valuable, respected, and loved Newt is, and may encourage him even more to offer Newt an important cabinet or advisory position in his administration. Perhaps it would encourage him to ask Newt to be his VP, although that position is not as influential as others in the political arena.We need to think of where Newt would do the most overall good, anf if he endorses Romney, we need to email Romney as make our voice heard over the political hullaballoo and let him know our preferences. Romney is not stupid, we may not all LIKE him, but if we are honest with ourselves, we have to know that. Perhaps he will see the advantage of having the smartest man in the arena working with him. I know I would. Be patient with each other, it never hurts to be patient, and really costs you nothing. When Sarah left many of us were devastated, and now with the imminent possibility of Newt withdrawing, we are once again hurting badly, many like myself, heartbroken. Those of you out there who aren't, give us a little time. We have a little while to grieve, and then we can look at this with new eyes. There is too much sniping, and it is not because we are bad people. We have a sense of urgency, the "we gotta get this done, we gotta make "them" see NOW" syndrome, slow down, we have a few days until Newt makes his announcement. The convention isn't until August, anf the General isn't until Nov., go gently, be patient.

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