Gingrich: 'Super committee' must go
August 16th, 2011
11:55 AM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich: 'Super committee' must go

Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wants the congressional "super committee," charged with cutting more than a trillion in spending by the end of the year, to get cut itself.

"Why is it super other than that they've aggregated power into 12 people who will spend the next few months fighting?" said the Republican presidential candidate in a speech Tuesday at the Heritage Foundation.

Members of the bipartisan committee, who were appointed last week, are tasked with finding between $1.2 and $1.5 trillion in spending cuts, scored over the next 10 years. The committee has until Thanksgiving to reach a decision.

Calling the idea "absurd," Gingrich said the committee is set up in such a way to prolong the recent partisan gridlock that pushed the debt-ceiling deal into its eleventh-hour agreement on Aug. 2.

"We've gotten into this cycle where small groups of elites get together, argue with each other in secret, tell us occasional press reports of their version of the arguments, and at the last minute come up with a proposal that says 'We're either going to cut off your right leg, or shoot you in the head. Which would you prefer?'" Gingrich said. "And we call that government."

Should the committee reach a stalemate, or if Congress votes down its proposal, the debt ceiling will be raised by $1.2 trillion by the end of the year, triggering automatic across-the-board cuts in government spending, including defense cuts.

The end-of-the-year agreement would also require both chambers of Congress to vote on adding a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

However, Gingrich said he expects nothing but a political impasse in the debt commission.

"They'll be engaged in an ideological fight: tax increase or no tax increase," Gingrich said.

The former House Speaker insisted that Congress pass hundreds of small laws over the next few months instead, each with their own plan to cut spending or bring in revenue through various energy and government reform programs.

Gingrich argued his plan would "dwarf" the goals set by the deficit reduction plan set by Congress, and claimed that about $3 trillion in cuts–also scored over 10 years–could be found by Christmas.

While the Republican candidate didn't answer questions about the presidential campaign, Gingrich said he represents those he's been listening to across the country who feel "very offended by the 'super committee' and very threatened by it and distrust it deeply."


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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. The Other Michael in Houston

    You know what Newt, you might be right about this. What I want to know is what exact cuts will be made if the "Super" commitee cannot come to an agreement. I need detail on that. But we still have not addressed the real issue, a revenue problem.

    August 16, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Laverne

    Shoot, I forgot Gingrich was one of the republican candidates, he is basically irrelevant these days. Instead of wasting his time and money on a campaign that is proving to be fruitless, maybe he should take his money and pay off his Tiffany's account.

    August 16, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. BeverlyNC

    REPUBLICANS must go!

    The know this committee will show the nation how much they hate the American PEOPLE, how much they are bought and paid for by CORPORATIONS and how little they really care about JOBS, our ECONOMY, EDUCATION, or a restored America. Republicans want America to FAIL for their sick twisted political game of thinking it will help them in the 2012 election. NO MORE REPUBLICANS! They have destroyed America and the lives of our PEOPLE enough.

    August 16, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. Vince

    This guy is still running?

    August 16, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. CCMars

    My first thought exactly, Vince.

    August 16, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. John, PA

    The supper committee must go; then Obama and his amateur hour administration, but first, Obama and his tax cheating appointee and Democrats need to be investigated for driving this nation into bankruptcy.

    August 16, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. SuperD

    Newt is right. The Dems nominated a bunch of status quo big govt progressives. There's not even a scent of at least a Blug Dog Democrat nominated. It's going to fail, and when it does, a small 5% reduction will happen. The Dems are not there to cut, they are there to negotiate keeping the status quo.

    August 16, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Gingrich: 'Super committee' must go
    -------------------------------------------------–
    After you.

    (I love these slow days at work!).

    August 16, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. maf

    Because the President formed it, the GObP must tear it down!!! No other reason than to continue to stonewall, divide, do anything in their collective party mindset to accomplish GRIDLOCK!!!

    The Party of NO is quickly painting themselves into an indefensible corner. Good luck having anything to run on in the 2012 election. Not only will you have NO viable candidate, you won't have an economic platform, foreign policy, defense strategy or anything that resembles moving forward.
    Hope you have your resumes updated, as you will certainly have a difficult time in a job market that you all campaigned on!

    August 16, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    "We've gotten into this cycle where small groups of elites get together, argue with each other in secret, tell us occasional press reports of their version of the arguments, and at the last minute come up with a proposal that says 'We're either going to cut off your right leg, or shoot you in the head. Which would you prefer?'" Gingrich said. "And we call that government."
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    I think Newt has chosen to ignore the fact that it is his party making the threats. By doing so, he is shifting the guilt of making threats onto the Democrats. Nice lie. Nice guy.

    August 16, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. kat

    He's right, if we only need 12, why are we paying all the other senators and congressmen?

    August 16, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Texas Doc

    Um, Newt, It is you guys that are standing in the way of progress and helping this nation. Oh wait, you are totally irrelevant and have no say, but you can remind your colleagues that we are waiting for them to get over their temper tantrum and get back to fixing this mess that they created.

    August 16, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    @ John, PA

    The supper committee must go; then Obama and his amateur hour administration, but first, Obama and his tax cheating appointee and Democrats need to be investigated for driving this nation into bankruptcy.
    _______________________________________________________________

    John, the debt is accumulated from the tax cuts you cons insisted were needed to create more jobs. The GOP in the last 30 years never met a tax cut they would not make, or a weapons system they would not buy. You want to investigate people? Be my guest. In the meantime, the country will continue to decline because you are far more willing to side with millionaires who could care less about you, yet have you convinced Obama is the biggest threat in American history.

    August 16, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. Voice of Reason

    Newt if full of hot air. I've watched him in the last two debates, and have been unable to reach any conclusion other than this guy is a loose cannon gasbag who likes to lay blame at everyone else's feet (loved how he went off on Chris Wallace and only looked like a total fool doing it).

    Newt's 'best-if-used-by date' arrived 15 years ago.

    August 16, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Inmyopinion

    Newt as Speaker of the House ran things very well for Clinton as President, he knows what he is talking about, Clinton relied on Newt to keep the economy as good as it was. Of course it is ridiculous to have these committee of 12, this is just a distraction and a way to satisfy, appease people who are nervous of the economy and are losing trust in the current administration. Now everyone will concentrate on this committee and forget about Congress, the Senate and the President and blame this committee for what ever goes wrong or doesn't get done such as jobs. This is as dumb as it can get.

    August 16, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. diridi

    idiot...shut up...

    August 16, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Mr. Moderate

    Interesting that Newt now wants Congress to pass "hundreds of small laws". When he was speaker, a focus of his was repealing laws.

    August 16, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Tom

    While Newt has a point, it's the only thing about him that's relevant today.

    August 16, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. REG in AZ

    More Republican hype to block efforts. The Republican Party / Tea Party definitely does not care about the average American! To not see that, to ignore that, to deny that is absolutely ridiculous and for the average American it amounts to being totally self punishing. Everything they have done has continually and belligerently demonstrated their complete focus on their political ambitions above all else; all of their stubbornly sought positions clearly identify their self-serving concentration; and every statement they arrogantly make seeks to con, excite and manipulate public opinion into accepting and supporting their irresponsible partisan attitude. They are completely committed to doing whatever it takes to return to “more of the same”, Bush-Cheney style, which used government and America’s resources to benefit only Special Interests and the powerful, influential and extremely wealthy few, who strongly supported them and who completely dictated to them, all while giving the majority only apathy, the costs and an abundance of subterfuge to rationalize and confuse. That is all clearly evident and has been proven, just as the “trickle down” theory, which they continually support and try to push, has been proven by Bush-Cheney to be a totally irresponsible fraud that just makes the wealthy wealthier and solicits political support from those few who benefit.

    They talk about jobs and the economy, constantly faulting Obama and the Democrats, yet they have blocked every effort, offered nothing constructive and just advocate giving more to the wealthy, which has already failed (the wealthy won’t ever invest without a sound economy to warrant it). Their strategy to have the problems continue and the Democrats faulted clearly demonstrates their irresponsible self-focus without any real concern for the people. They are cocky, being arrogant and confident in the power, influence and money provided by their supporters to be used to coerce and intimidate their own, to insure unity, and then to provide the substantial backing needed to con and manipulate public opinion; past successes have emboldened them in the manipulation of the Christian block (2000), with the Swift-boat propaganda (2004) and with the extremes and excitement generated by the Tea Party movement (2010 & now), all having been designed, organized, financed and guided by those intending to benefit. We see the manipulation by 3rd party groups like Norquist’s “anti-Taxes” pledge, like Rove’s and Cheney’s groups and several others all providing the substantial money and then their just as substantial demands. This isn’t conjecture as all of it is well documented and obvious to anyone who is willing to look and simply open to recognizing the corruption; just recognizing the truth in all that is stated here should prove the point beyond any doubt. The Democrats are not perfect, not even close, but really offer far more to the average American and this country really can’t afford to return to “more of the same”, Bush-Cheney style, which is what the Republicans are seeking.

    August 16, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. sonny chapman

    Our Founding Fathers feared Mob Rule. That's why we have an REPRESENTATIVE form of Govt. Of course, if you're trying to remain relevant, like Newt,you make irresponsible comments again & again.

    August 16, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. Round Them Up

    @The Real Tom Paine

    So you say to 'John, PA'....... "In the meantime, the country will continue to decline because you are far more willing to side with millionaires who could care less about you, yet have you convinced Obama is the biggest threat in American history"

    Well, I guess Obama doesn't feel this way because he sure hangs out with all those millionaires and billionaires at his numerous campaign parties all the while taking their money, right? Obama preaches to his sheeple about all those mean nasty rich people all the while taking their money and getting cozy with them. Pssssst, The Real Tom Paine, Obama puts the fool bait out there and people like you keep taking the bait.

    August 16, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "...they've aggregated power into 12 people who will spend the next few months fighting"

    ...they've aggregated power into 539 people who will spend the foreseeable future fighting

    Fixed.

    STUPID STUPID AMERICA. ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES. YOUR VOTE IS NOT YOUR CHANCE TO THROW A MISINFORMED IDEOLOGICAL AND SOMEWHAT BIGOTTED TEMPER TANTRUM. THATNKS FOR NOV 2010. NOW WAKE THE HELL UP.

    August 16, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. C. Howe Yulikit

    Who cares what Newtie thinks? Only 385 Iowa right wingers even bothered to vote for the has been.

    Inmy – "Clinton relied on Newt to keep the economy as good as it was" Great example of Republican revisionist history. You people are hopeless.

    August 16, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Peggy - TX

    Of course he does. That Newt is a really smart person ... to bad he can not be trusted.

    Elites getting together to decide what is in the best interest of the Nation is exactly what the founders virsioned when they established a republic form of Government. the key is "best interest of the Nation " .. not just the best intertest of Newt and his cohorts.

    Newt is just a professional politician .. this is how he makes a living. He says something really mean and hateful ... people send him money. If he ever figured out how to similarly scam money from Dems, no doubt he would speaking liberease rather then GOPease.

    August 16, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. NC

    Newt is still running for President, good grief he needs to find a real job.

    August 16, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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