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Conservatives Should Think Twice About Newt

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Great article from the Editors of Washington Examiner that outlines who the real Newt has been—and will be—once in office:

Gingrich has long been a fan of Dr. Donald Berwick. Berwick just resigned as President Obama’s director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees Obamacare. Obama put Berwick there because of his professed love for Britain’s socialized medicine.

Gingrich wrote this in a Washington Post op-ed published in 2000: “Don Berwick at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement has worked for years to spread the word that the same systematic approach to quality control that has worked so well in manufacturing could create a dramatically safer, less expensive and more effective system of health and health care.”

In his 2005 book, “Winning the Future,” Gingrich put it this way: “We need some significant changes to ensure that every American is insured, but we should make it clear that a 21st Century Intelligent System requires everyone to participate in the insurance system.”

More recently, as The Examiner’s Byron York noted yesterday, Gingrich has been seen as an ultimate Washington insider, as exemplified in that $1.6 million he was paid to represent Fannie and Freddie, and his work with Nancy Pelosi on behalf of cap-and-trade. Such facts make it difficult not to view Gingrich as an exemplar of Washington’s professional Republican politicians who talk the talk to get elected, but often don’t walk it once in office. He has an answer for such worries no doubt, but will it persuade Republican voters, many of whom watched in frustration as the Contract with America faded into political oblivion?

 

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Gingrich Nuanced Immigration Policy Makes No Sense UPDATE: The Corner says “It’s dishonest”

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If Newt Gingrich’s goal was to confuse everyone on his immigration policy, well, he’s succeeded. It’s been four days since the last debate and he still is having to clarify his remarks.

Gingrich this morning said the following:

“I am not for amnesty for anyone. I am not for a path to citizenship for anybody who got here illegally,” Gingrich told the crowd of roughly 750 people, many of whom were forced to stand in the hallway. “But I am for a path to legality for those people whose ties are so deeply into America that it would truly be tragic to try and rip their family apart.”

What does “a path to legality” mean then? Does it seem like he wants to have both sides of this issue? He says he’s not for amnesty, yet wants to play to the Latino base by telling them he won’t rip apart their families who have been here 25 years. But what about families who have been here 19 years, or 14 or 9?

Here’s Gingrich solution:

Gingrich wants to model his immigration plan for illegals already in the country on the WWII model of the Selective Service System program, which allowed local communities to decide who would be drafted for war. He noted that the program “really tried to take general policy and give it a human face.”

“I think the vast majority [of illegal immigrants] will go home and should go home and then should reapply. I do not think anybody should be eligible for citizenship,” the former speaker said to loud applause in Southwest Florida with his wife, Callista, sitting in the front row of the audience. “I am suggesting a certification of legality with no right to vote and no right to become an American citizen unless they go home and apply through the regular procedures back home and get in line behind everybody else who has obeyed the law and stayed back there.”

So a local community will make the determination if they stay or go. Yeah, that will work. This is the problem with Gingrich, he has so many ideas of what he wants to do with a particular issue, he confuses everyone.

So, let me get this straight…He wants “a path of legality” for those families who have been here an undetermined amount of time, but they can’t vote, and “have no right to become an American citizen” unless they go home and get in line. But it begs the question of why would these people want to go home and get in line when they already have what they want: a way to stay in the country with fear of being deported?

Gingrich is giving illegals another “magnet” –a path to second tier citizenship. Now the question is how many years does one have to be in the country to earn this status? This will only cause more problems long term and will not incentivize illegals to go home and to get in line.

UPDATE: Mark Krikorian of National Review’s The Corner agrees with my assessment and goes further–“It’s dishonest”

UPDATE: Saw this at the Washington Examiner: “Gingrich Supported Bush’s Path to Amnesty”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich signed a letter in 2004 praising President Bush’s plan for comprehensive immigration reform — which gave illegal immigrants a path to citizenship — according to Rep.Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who released the Gingrich letter today.

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