As Newt Gingrich makes a small surge in the polls he is making a push to mirror something he did back in 1994. Back then he introduced the Contract with America that helped push Republicans to gain control of the house. Now he has a new version, his presidential version called the 21st Century Contract with America. Gingrich will outline the plan later today, but his hope is that it showcase his presidential plans to have less government.
I am not sure if this new contract screams less government though. It seems to take the easy route by offering options, which don’t exactly always amount to less government. One of my issues is with his tax plan. Instead of pushing for either reforming the tax code or switching to a straight flat tax, he wants to give tax payers a choice. If you want the current system keep using it, if you want to pay a flat tax you can choose that option. How is this less government? Would not we need more government to manage two different tax codes?
To me the real kicker is health coverage, because it also involves this bizarre tax code plan. So consumers will have the option of purchasing insurance through a tax credit or deducting the value of the policy. So if people want help with paying for health care they need to keep filing with the current tax system and not the flat tax. Even his senior citizen plans call for more government through things like financial aid if they don’t want Medicare.
Instead of picking one path he seems to be playing the fence and by doing this creating more and not less government. I think this may be a last-ditch effort to revive a dying campaign.
Yesterday, Mitt Romney officially entered the 2012 race. He has to be considered a front-runner to obtain the GOP nomination. I say not so fast. Let me start by saying I do think he is the Republicans best shot at being competitive in 2012. He is a very strong fiscal conservative who know about turning around a deficit into a surplus. I still believe that the budget and job creation will be the biggest issues that decide the nominations and ultimately the next President. As a Governor, he managed to fix the budget and create a system for job creation.
Of course, those who do not like Romney are focused on his Heath Care bill that he signed into law. This law included the dreaded mandate that conservatives are so opposed to. He has to be able to weather the initial firestorm that the Tea Party is ready to throw his way. I think this issue will go away. As time moves on it will become harder to focus on “Obamacare”. The focus of people will shift back to our budget deficit, debt ceiling, and unemployment. When the debate shifts back that way, Romney will stand out.
The issue I have with Romney is that will he stick around for the whole fight. During his last run, he didn’t run the greatest campaign as evident by how much money he went through. However, he was still right in the race only trailing McCain. He had made it through the drama of his flip-flops and was poised to take the nomination down the stretch, but he pulled out. I will always think had he stuck around he would have won the nomination. Plus, Palin would never have gotten the VP nomination, and the Republicans would have stood a better chance in the General Election. He didn’t stick around and the rest is history.
Let’s see if he is willing to stick around for the whole fight, or back away when things aren’t going exactly to plan. If he does, I think he has a great shot at winning the nomination. Who knows, maybe he would pick Herman Cain as his running mate!