Gingrich rallies opposition to spending bill, START treaty
December 16th, 2010
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Gingrich rallies opposition to spending bill, START treaty

Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich rallied his supporters Thursday to oppose two major pieces of legislation that Democrats want to pass before the end of the lame-duck Congress.

In an email to the 1.2 million members of his advocacy group American Solutions, Gingrich called the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill "outrageous" because it includes roughly $8 billion in earmarks.

He accused Democrats of "blackmail" - threatening the American people "with a shutdown of the government if we don't accept their pork barrel spending."

And the former House speaker said it would be "dangerous and irresponsible" to pass the New START Treaty in the lame duck before properly considering "whether the treaty limits further development of our missile defense systems."

"We must stop the irresponsible spending," Gingrich said, urging his backers to call their senators. "We must stop the rushed consideration of a treaty that threatens to compromise America's right of self defense. And once we've rejected the Left, we must start in January to replace their obsolete ideology and policies with a new model of safety, prosperity and freedom."

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soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. carlos

    David Copperfield......please make him disappear for good, this cheater and unamerican does not deserve any journalistic ink or air time, besides he is freaking liar.......UGH

    December 16, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Its good to have a sense of humor when listening to Republicans talk out of both sides of their mouth.
    On the one hand, Republicans can sign an agreement to stall EVERYTHING until they get their tax cut extension for the RICH, but can accuse Democrats of resorting to :blackmail" if they try and use the system as intended to help the not rich.
    Hypocrisy at its most magnificent.

    December 16, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. vic nashville tn

    Working for 2012

    December 16, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. JohnB

    All I needed to hear was "Newt" and I stopped reading. The rest will all be lies that the sheep believe.

    December 16, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Bob, Virginia

    Lil help, please - who is this fat pantload and why should we care what he thinks?

    December 16, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. Rob Johnson

    Newt is exactly right–except for the part about the Democrats shutting down the government. That would be the Republicans, who specifically stated "We aren't going to do anything unless you give us what we want first."

    Gingrich is a fool and a liar, but I am genuinely surprised that even he could say this with a straight face.

    December 16, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. gregg

    I can't wait to take my hard earned money and retire overseas.

    People like Newt, Sarah, Limbaugh and politicians on both sides could give a damn about the US or the Citizens. It’s just money, money and more money….

    Hitler would be proud of the way our politicians use propaganda, disinformation and outright lies to further “party” objectives only.

    The only true difference between Dem and Repub politicians is which corporations they help line their pockets.


    Embarrassed to be a US Citizen. The world is laughing.

    December 16, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. mortalc01l

    Gingrich you sanctimonious, insincere, hypocritical, spineless, two-faced liar.. There are MILLIONS, upon MILLIONS of dollars in those earmarks from you and your Republican slimebags... The kind of balls it takes for you to lie to the American Taxpayer's faces is astounding to me.

    Let's get this straight... In the entire time the Republicans were in office and the Bush tax cuts for the uber-wealthy were in force, there is not one single job that can be substantiated as having been produced by those cuts. Not ONE! AND furthermore, there is no proof that the tax cuts stimulated the economy.

    When the uber-wealthy (I have a few friends that are worth in the $100's of millions to about $2 billion range, so I know what they spend their money on) get tax cuts, they just stuff it into their already bloated Bank accounts, or buy a new Yacht, Ferrari, or $100,000 watch. The products they buy are usually European and there is basically ZERO trickle down effect to the US economy.

    If you give the middle class a tax cut, they will buy a new Car, or truck, do some home upgrades (new kitchen, bathroom, repair their roof, buy a new washing machine from Sears etc) or go to a store and buy something that has a chance of stimulating the local economy. PLUS.. there are hundreds of thousands more people in the middle class than there are in the upper echelons.. Where a rich person might get $1 million in tax breaks and buy a Lamborghini, that same $1 million given to the middle classes would result in hundreds of Fords, Chevys, Dodges and other cars being bought.. Plumbing and roof repairs, new PC's, Laptops etc...

    There is no proof that giving the super wealthy more money will help the economy, whereas there is a MOUNTAIN of proof that doing the same for the middle class will stimulate spending.

    December 16, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. carlos

    republiCONS earmarks amount to about 80% of the 8B, so who is the stupid and uninformed........Four and the Door you are such an imbecile, you have been totally brainwashed by f.cks news, get and educaton and get informed, same goes for rickster the scumm.

    December 16, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Ha Ha Hypocrisy

    Democrats use blackmail to add $8 billion to the deficit.
    Republicans use hostages to add $700 billion to the deficit.
    Independents use 3-Card Monte to add $3.16 to the deficit.

    Newt Gingrich uses smoke and mirrors to try and create the illusion that he is trustworthy, moral, and honest.

    December 16, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. Trythefacts

    So many of these responses are just like the Congressman . . . they too are stupid and lack intelligence . . . how can so many people in Congress be so reckless and have their own vote buyting as more important than what is good for USA.

    December 16, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Newt is a lying, America hating, debt creating, hypocritical stufit. And we all know that is as bad as it gets.

    December 16, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. Trythefacts

    I have more common sense in my finger than all of the Congressmen in DC.

    December 16, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. Shari from Madison

    To Four and the door, You think that Newt is for all of us? Or our you one who benefits from the pot calling the kettle black? I wonder if you are one who will benefit from the tax cut for the very rich? Also, since you are so enamored with Newt, I wonder if you benefit from the arms race? If you don't benefit from Newt's pet projects, I really feel sorry for you as he has you completely hoodwinked

    December 16, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. seiLnoigileR

    Newt gives newts a bad name.

    December 16, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. Former Republican

    Newt was the reason I left the republican party. Mr. family values cheats on his wife then leaves her. While I dislike the Dems he and Sarah Palin are the two reasons I won't go back to the republicans. They loved earmarks when Bush was in, now that it politically popular to be against them, whoosh they vote to not have them. This is sad, politics continue to drive the debate while the American people are left picking up the scraps.

    December 16, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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