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The GOP Eats Its Own

In a new article by Newt Gringrich – The Plan – the founder of the NeoCon movement turns his teeth on the recently departed Republican President.  Lambasting the Stimulus package just signed into law, Newt has this to say”

This isn’t the Obama-Pelosi-Reid Spending Frenzy , this is the Bush-Obama Spending Frenzy, Part IV.

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This is why you can’t put them in the same cage with each other…

Instead of following the path of the past and current Presidents, Newt lays out a 12-step Plan to save the economy based on what he believes are Reaganomic principles:

1.    Payroll Tax Stimulus. With a temporary new tax credit to offset 50% of the payroll tax, every small business would have more money, and all Americans would take home more of what they earn.

2.    Real Middle-Income Tax Relief. Reduce the marginal tax rate of 25% down to 15%, in effect establishing a flat-rate tax of 15% for close to 9 out of 10 American workers.

3.    Reduce the Business Tax Rate. Match Ireland’s rate of 12.5% to keep more jobs in America.

4.    Homeowner’s Assistance. Provide tax credit incentives to responsible home buyers so they can keep their homes.

5.    Control Spending So We Can Move to a Balanced Budget. This begins with eliminating congressional earmarks and wasteful pork-barrel spending.

6.    No State Aid Without Protection From Fraud. Require state governments to adopt anti-fraud and anti-theft policies before giving them more money.

7.    More American Energy Now. Explore for more American oil and gas and invest in affordable energy for the future, including clean coal, ethanol, nuclear power and renewable fuels.

8.    Abolish Taxes on Capital Gains. Match China, Singapore and many other competitors. More investment in America means more jobs in America.

9.    Protect the Rights of American Workers. We must protect a worker’s right to decide by secret ballot whether to join a union, and the worker’s right to freely negotiate. Forced unionism will kill jobs in America at a time when we can’t afford to lose them.

10.    Replace Sarbanes-Oxley. This failed law is crippling entrepreneurial startups. Replace it with affordable rules that help create jobs, not destroy them.

11.    Abolish the Death Tax. Americans should work for their families, not for Washington.

12.    Invest in Energy and Transportation Infrastructure. This includes a new, expanded electric power grid and a 21st Century air traffic control system that will reduce delays in air travel and save passengers, employees and airlines billions of dollars per year.

Not all of these things strike me as bad ideas (I particularly like “12” – and so does the current President).  But as Jon Meacham and Evan Thomas in the current issue of Newsweek suggest, both world events and President Bush’s actions seem to have boxed America into a more European postion for the foreseeable future:

Bush brought the Age of Reagan to a close; now Obama has gone further, reversing Bill Clinton’s end of big government. The story, as always, is complicated. Polls show that Americans don’t trust government and still don’t want big government. They do, however, want what government delivers, like health care and national defense and, now, protections from banking and housing failure. During the roughly three decades since Reagan made big government the enemy and “liberal” an epithet, government did not shrink. It grew. But the economy grew just as fast, so government as a percentage of GDP remained about the same. Much of that economic growth was real, but for the past five years or so, it has borne a suspicious resemblance to Bernie Madoff’s stock fund. Americans have been living high on borrowed money (the savings rate dropped from 7.6 percent in 1992 to less than zero in 2005) while financiers built castles in the air.

Now comes the reckoning. The answer may indeed be more government. In the short run, since neither consumers nor business is likely to do it, the government will have to stimulate the economy. And in the long run, an aging population and global warming and higher energy costs will demand more government taxing and spending. The catch is that more government intrusion in the economy will almost surely limit growth (as it has in Europe, where a big welfare state has caused chronic high unemployment). Growth has always been America’s birthright and saving grace.

So amidst this swirl of historical trends we – led by the Obama administration – need to devise a growth plan to gain the advantages of the European nations while avoiding their pitfalls.  While we are busy doing this the question for the Neo-NeoCon GOP may well be:

“Will the New GOP simply hope to bring us to the past, or will it be something new?”

Time will tell.


  1. anna shane

    …they get votes.  They are positioning themselves for the bring back more of the same party, and with the media’s help, universal health care is socialism, and if Barack can’t fix the bush mess in one year he’s run out of time.  

  2. “1) Payroll Tax Stimulus” Great idea. Let’s starve the government. Maybe it will die a natural death.

    “2) Real Middle-Income Tax Relief.” Another great idea. Let’s lower the upper tax rates, but make sure we keep all of the deductions in place that favor rich people. We can finally make the poor finance this country.

    “3)  Reduce the Business Tax Rate.” Brilliant idea! We all know how well Ireland’s economy is doing these days.

    “4) Homeowner’s Assistance” Definitely need to help homeowners. Let’s get renters to pay more taxes so they can help out people who own their own home. We all know renters are mostly welfare queens anyway. If you don’t own your own home you aren’t a real American anyway.

    “5) Control Spending So We Can Move to a Balanced Budget” Damn straight, as long as we get to decide what is wasteful. Let’s up defense spending and cut entitlements.

    “6) No State Aid Without Protection From Fraud” Many, I love these ideas. We all know everyone on welfare is a cheat. Let’s dump their asses in the street where they belong. While we are at it let’s make fraud easier for business. (see #10 below)

    “7) More American Energy Now” Drill, baby! Drill!

    “8) Abolish Taxes on Capital Gains” This might be the best idea yet. People who have capital gains didn’t really work for that money so why should they have to pay taxes for it? If we keep this up we might reach the point where the only people who pay income tax are ones who get their hands dirty on the job. Let’s go back to the golden age where only peasants paid taxes.

    “9) Protect the Rights of American Workers” This is a joke, right? We’ve been working to destroy unions for 75 years. Why would we change now, Newt? Is there something I don’t know?

    “10) Replace Sarbanes-Oxley” Damn straight. Enron, WorldCom, and their like are ancient history. We should repeal this and allow accounting firms to go back to the way they used to do business. Occasional fraud is a small price to pay for an unfettered free market.

    “11) Abolish the Death Tax” That damn Teddy Roosevelt should have been shot for backing this idea. The whole goal of life is to accumulate as much as possible. To us Repubs, life is like a winner-take-all poker tournament. It will never be finished until one family owns everything.

    “12) Invest in Energy and Transportation Infrastructure” I think you went too far here, Newt. Even those stoopid Demorats should like this idea. Besides, shouldn’t the free market do this? I thought that was the whole idea. Gubermint can’t do anything as good as the free market can.

  3. creamer

    Give everyone a gun so we won’t need the police or the military. Repeal universal sufferage. Link voting to land ownership. Eliminate OSHA and worker protection laws in general. Bring back witch burning and the inqusition. Restart the crusades.

  4. Hollede

    watching them eat their own. I am likening it to some of my favorite zombie movies. Kysen just reminded me of Shaun of the Dead and I have always loved They Live. Do you think we all got our sunglasses this past year?

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