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    Default It all started with Gingrich

    The deconstruction of government, that is:

    Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), writing in the Washington Post: “Our decay as an institution began in 1995, when conservatives, led by Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), carried out a full-scale war on government. Gingrich began by slashing the congressional workforce by one-third. He aimed particular ire at Congress’s brain, firing 1 of every 3 staffers at the Government Accountability Office, the Congressional Research Service and the Congressional Budget Office. He defunded the Office of Technology Assessment, a tech-focused think tank. Social scientists have called those moves Congress’s self-lobotomy, and the cuts remain largely unreversed.”

    “Gingrich’s actions didn’t stop with Congress’s mind: He went for its arms and legs, too, as he dismantled the committee system, taking power from chairmen and shifting it to leadership. His successors as speaker have entrenched this practice. While there was a 35 percent decline in committee staffing from 1994 to 2014, funding over that period for leadership staff rose 89 percent.”

    “This imbalance has defanged many of our committees, as bills originating in leadership offices and K Street suites are forced through without analysis or alteration. Very often, lawmakers never even see important legislation until right before we vote on it.”
    "Reason and facts are sacrificed to opinion and myth. Demonstrable falsehoods are circulated and recycled as fact. Narrow minded opinion refuses to be subjected to thought and analysis. Too many now subject events to a prefabricated set of interpretations, usually provided by a biased media source. The myth is more comfortable than the often difficult search for truth."







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    Seditious lump of excrement.
    Rattling the teacups.

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    January 21, 1997 - Gingrich is assessed costs of $300,000 and formally reprimanded as a result of his using tax-exempt funds to promote Republican causes and lying about it to the House Committee on Ethics. He originally has 84 charges brought against him, but is exonerated of 83 of them.

    November 6, 1998 - Announces he will not seek a third term as speaker of the House. His last day is January 6, 1999.
    1999-2011 - Founder and leader of the Gingrich Group, a communications and consulting firm. Ends his involvement with the center before becoming a candidate for president. The Group declares bankruptcy April 5, 2012.
    October 27, 1999-May 2011 - Commentator for Fox News.
    2003 - Founds the Center of Health Transformation, a public policy group based out of Washington, DC. The organization declares bankruptcy on April 5, 2012.
    September 27, 2007 - Founder and chairman of American Solutions for Winning the Future, a political think tank. American Solutions for the Future closes its doors in July 2011.
    March 2, 2011 - Fox News suspends Gingrich and former congressman Rick Santorum for 60 days. If on May 1, 2011, or before, they do not notify Fox that they are not in the running for US president in the 2012 election, their contracts will be terminated.
    March 3, 2011 - Announces the formation of NewtExplore2012.com, an exploratory website instead of an exploratory committee, establishing him as a contender for the White House in 2012.
    May 5, 2011 - Fox ends its association with Gingrich and Santorum after neither respond by the May 1 deadline regarding their decisions on seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
    May 11, 2011 - Announces via Twitter and Facebook that he is in the 2012 presidential race, "I have been humbled by all the encouragement you have given me to run. Thank you for your support."
    June 9, 2011 - Gingrich's campaign manager Rob Johnson resigns, along with 15 other Gingrich campaign aides.
    July 6, 2011 - News media reports the Gingrich campaign is $1 million in debt and has $225,000 in the bank.

    https://www.cnn.com/2013/11/16/us/ne...cts/index.html

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    the stain of Gingrich spread out in other ways like promoting Ahmed Chalabi and the “bad intel” from the INC. The political battles in DC became the reality, not what happened in the country or the Middle East, securing power was paramount to where the end justifying the means became standard.

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    The miserable creature appears to have business skills on par with Turnip's.

    What are you doing about it?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Orca View Post
    The miserable creature appears to have business skills on par with Turnip's.
    And wives...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    And wives...
    Oh?

    (ETA: Oh! Yeah.)

    What are you doing about it?




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    Newt is doing alright. He was an early supporter of TRump and, in 2017, his wife was appointed by TRump as United States Ambassador to the Holy See. So Newt gets to spend a considerable amount of time in Rome on the taxpayer's dime.
    Last edited by Tom Montgomery; 01-11-2019 at 03:21 PM.
    War is peace.
    Freedom is slavery.
    Ignorance is strength.
    Tribalism is family and extended family.
    Trump is doing beautifully.





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    He sold a bunch of American a bill of goods, and they bought it. Now we all suffer
    How do we form a mutiny? Our new captain is navigating poorly.

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    Is this photoshopped?


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    Gingrich arrived at the House with a highly developed and morally perverted understanding of history and an agenda to destroy democratic self-governance. As a freshman in Congress Gingrich had no power but he somehow saw the power of the then mostly ignored C-SPAN, hogged the camera, and perfected fully weaponized rhetoric. As Gingrich pointed out recently, C-SPAN was the twitter of its time.

    A good summary of his impact was on "Fresh Air" last fall. Transcript at https://www.npr.org/2018/11/01/66290...ournalist-says

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
    Gingrich arrived at the House with a highly developed and morally perverted understanding of history and an agenda to destroy democratic self-governance. As a freshman in Congress Gingrich had no power but he somehow saw the power of the then mostly ignored C-SPAN, hogged the camera, and perfected fully weaponized rhetoric. As Gingrich pointed out recently, C-SPAN was the twitter of its time.

    A good summary of his impact was on "Fresh Air" last fall. Transcript at https://www.npr.org/2018/11/01/66290...ournalist-says
    Which makes him guilty of sedition.
    Rattling the teacups.

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    That's what the Federalists thought in 1798.

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    Newt by name, newt by nature...
    Xanthorrea

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