May 6th, 2009
01:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Gingrich picks Obama's winners, losers

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gingrich picked winners and losers of President Obama's policies."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – When it comes to some of President Obama's national security policies, terrorist are the winners, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday.

In a posting on his Web site, the former House speaker who has been highly critical of Obama listed various administration initiatives, like closing Guantanamo Bay, picking a new Supreme Court Justice and the Chrysler bankruptcy, and picked the winners and losers of each.

"The Obama Administration has elevated rewarding some Americans and punishing others to a governing philosophy," Gingrich wrote. "And as he has expanded the size and the scope of government, President Obama has only increased his ability to reach into our businesses, our communities, and even our homes to separate Americans into two groups: Those who will benefit from the new order, and those who will pay the bills."

Gingrich called Obama's decision to close Guantanamo Bay a "truly mind-boggling idea" and said the winners are the terrorists and the losers are "new neighbors of terrorists and the American tax-payers."

Gingrich was also highly critical of Obama's comment that he would choose a Supreme Court Justice with "empathy," saying that the winners are "anyone the president deems deserving of judicial 'empathy'" and the losers would include "everyone else."

"Feeling the people's pain is the job of the people who make the laws," Gingrich said. "The job of judges is to interpret the laws without regard to the race, color, creed or station of the individuals involved. When we start picking judges based on their 'empathy' for certain groups, the rights of favored groups inevitably collide with the rights of others."

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