“Either we will save our country or we will lose it,” Newt Gingrich writes in a book he didn’t expect to write.
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Gingrich writes, “Once the Left’s values and goals are clear, their secular-socialist agenda will be crushed in free and fair elections.” That is why the Left has to lie, and why Obama has demonstrated such a consistent pattern of calculated deception, a long-standing theme of this column. Gingrich explains, “President Obama hides his duplicity behind secrecy, clever language, and legalisms. As an apologist for the secular-socialist Left, Obama knows clarity is his opponent; the less the American people understand about what he’s doing the better.” Gingrich provides “two examples of Obama’s fundamental deception of the American people. While he promised a new dawn of abundant energy, he actually planned to declare war on the coal industry; and while he publicly praised the goodness of the American people, he really thinks we’re a bunch of angry, racist, gun-toting, religious extremists.”
Of course, in Barack Obama you are dealing with a man who taught Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals on behalf of ACORN. Gingrich writes, “Many of [Alinsky’s] ‘rules’ are guidelines for engaging in immoral, dangerous, political dishonesty,” as explained by David Horowitz in his book Barack Obama’s Rules for Revolution: The Alinsky Model. Gingrich also notes, “in his early days in Chicago, Barack Obama taught courses on Alinsky’s techniques for community organizing groups. So his endorsement of these tactics of fundamental dishonesty is a matter of public record.”
2 + 2 = 4
Gingrich, who successfully led the revolution to overturn 60 years of liberal Democrat domination of Congress, explains how to win the now far more urgent fight against the secular socialist machine. He writes, “Despite the enormous challenge of defeating the secular-socialist machine, I am an optimist for one simple reason: we have the truth on our side. Free people insisting on telling the truth have changed history…. The first step is to refuse to be silenced.” And to persist in telling the truth.
Gingrich recounts some valuable intellectual history:
Writing shortly after the defeat of Nazism, as the world faced the rapidly expanding threat of Soviet totalitarianism, Albert Camus wrote in his novel, The Plague, “Again and again there comes a time in history when the man who dares to say that two and two make four is punished with death.” Camus was describing…the power of conformity that coerces people into denying the truth and saying things that are patently false but politically correct.
Similarly, the fraudulent party slogans the citizen must believe in George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel, 1984, are described by the book’s protagonist, Winston Smith, as “2 + 2 = 5.” Smith writes, “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”
The Polish people used the same 2 + 2 = 4 slogan in their fight against Poland’s Communist dictatorship after Pope John Paul II’s visit there in 1979. They were asserting that the truth would come out no matter what the dictatorship said or did. Ultimately, after a decade of struggle, the dictatorship collapsed and was replaced in free elections.
Gingrich explains the meaning of this slogan in the current struggle against Obama’s secular socialist machine. The American people are already emerging from the too easy acceptance of Obama’s calculated deception, “but we must accelerate this process; we must even more consistently, even more emphatically tell the truth in the face of enormous pressure to conform to the politically correct lies that now dominate our discourse.”
Freedom and Prosperity
The second half of the book is a breathtaking endorsement of sweeping free market economic policies. He calls for an optional 15% flat tax, with each filer free to choose between filing under that with a postcard, or filing a stack of complex forms under the Obama socialist code. He calls for reducing the soon to be highest in the developed world American corporate income taxes to the far more successful 12.5% rate adopted in Ireland over 20 years ago. He calls for abolishing capital gains taxes as in China and 14 out of 30 OECD countries, and death taxes.
He also proposes a 50% cut in payroll taxes for two years, to alleviate unemployment as quickly as possible. After two years, this cut would be translated into
a permanent personal account option for that portion of payroll taxes for younger workers, with the personal accounts substituting for an equivalent portion of future retirement benefits. Given historical capital market returns, workers would get much higher benefits than Social Security promises, let alone what it would actually be able to pay in the future. Workers holding these personal accounts should be federally guaranteed to get at least as much as Social Security promises today. This would provide a continuing gusher of new savings for capital investment, resulting in more jobs and higher wages.
Gingrich then proposes slashing federal spending to fit within the revenues generated by these pro-growth tax policies to achieve a balanced budget within 7 years. That would start by cutting federal spending by the same proportion as the Reagan 1981 budget cuts, which would amount to $180 billion per year today. Then he proposes adopting a budget that cuts federal spending by another $1 trillion over 10 years, as the House did when he was Speaker in 1995, when $1 trillion was still real money. He would terminate TARP and all bailouts, and repeal all unspent, so-called “stimulus” funds.
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