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Why Newt Gingrich Matters

I don’t care aboot baggage, which whenever I mention being a fan of Newt Gingrich, people always want to bring up. The Right complains aboot people he’s endorsed. The Left always brings up his marriages. I just don’t care.

And that includes when it comes to Democrats. I was only marginally upset over the Rev. Wright stuff because less than a year after Senator Obama was the first to throw Don Imus under the bus, here he was telling us how “context matters.” But when you accept the fact that Newt Gingrich, Barack Obama, and pretty much everyone else has shown varying degrees of hypocrisy over the years…you can get down to important things, like vital issues n’ stuff.

This is why I’m such a huge fan of the former Speaker because there is no one on our side who has thought more aboot, developed more solutions to, or has more ideas on how to deal with the various issues this country faces. He doesn’t just no the catchphrases and applause lines; he knows the problems and how to fix them.

This was evidently on display during a great interview with Politico.com on education, a topic that not nearly enough of our side talks aboot in depth (I hate the teachers unions too). Some excerpts…

I would go a step further. I think we ought to have a Pell Grant for everyone from K through 12. People talk about vouchers and vouchers is a bad word, but liberals love Pell Grants once you get to college, so why wouldn’t they love Pell Grants to get you to college. And I think if—you know, both the Netherlands and Israel use a system where parents have—it’s public education. It’s paid for by the public, but you as a parent have the right to pick the school you want to go to, and if that happens to be, for example, a Catholic school, that’s okay. If it happens to be a school that focuses on math and science, that’s okay. If it happens to be a school that focuses on ballet, that’s okay. But you have certain standards to meet, and then I think you have a very wide range of how you get to those standards…

[A Ph.D. in physics] who pointed out that he could not teach high school physics. So, he couldn’t just say, I’m willing to go back and teach high school physics. He’d have to go get certified and then he’d have to join the union. He also couldn’t go to a local school and say, you know, I’ll come in one hour a day for free and I’ll teach high school physics, but I’m not going to do homeroom, I’m not going to go to the football game. I’m not going to be part of your–you know, I don’t want to be a full-time part of the bureaucracy, I just want to teach physics…magine you’re a small town somewhere in America and you have somebody who runs the pharmacy and knows a lot about chemistry, and the current teacher of chemistry doesn’t know anything about chemistry–which is true, by the way. The number of science teachers who are not qualified to teach science is very sobering. Well, one–you know, people keep trying to figure how you’re going to improve the quality of the current teaching population. I want to figure out how you can flood the current population with all sorts of experts and experienced people from all–from other ways of life…

So, my point has been–we were out at Apple last year looking at the iPhone and looking at the concept. What if–you know, MIT and Duke now put their courses online at Apple for free. You can take an undergraduate course at MIT and take all the knowledge on your Apple–on your iPod–or rather your iPhone. And so, ma–and Governor McDonnell, for example, has proposed that every child get a Kindle rather than textbooks, and the savings over the course of your educational career would be breathtaking, and you could upgrade science texts in real time. So, you could literally–instead of having a three, or four, or five-year-old science text, you could have immediate text.

Personally, regardless of if he runs or not (and the more I think aboot it, the more I’d love to see a Newt/Ryan ’12 or a Newt/Christie ’12 sticker on the back of my car), I would love to see Newt have the opportunity to actual put his money where his mouth is. Yes, I hate the unions. No, I’m probably not voting for the budget either. Now that we got the talking points out of the way, let’s talk aboot how to fix the problems.

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3 responses to “Why Newt Gingrich Matters

  1. PEOPLE LIKE NEWT,RUSH, AND THE UNCLE CHARLEY’S THAY WANT TO JUMP ON THEIR ANTIBLACK
    BAND WAGON ARE NO BETTER THAN THE 911 COWARDS. IN 1861 THERE WAS ANOTHER GROUP OF COWARDS THAAT WANTED KEEP THINGS THE WAY THEY WERE,THEY CALLED IT ANTEBELLUM.THEY LEAD THEIR SO CALLED FRIENDS (700.0000) TO THEIR DEATH.THET FAIL AND SO WILL YOU AND TOUR SO CALLED TEA PARTY FOLLOWERS.PSALM 37:1-2 AND JOSHUA 23:5 HAS PROPHESIZED YOUE FATE.

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