Newt Gingrich’s Confusing Contract

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.


Is Newt finished for real this time?

The campaign news of the day is that at least 5 of Newt Gingrich’s top campaign people have left his campaign.  There were disagreements about the direction of the campaign that led to their exits.  Some people have speculated that it could be that some of these aides want to move on to a possible Rick Perry campaign, though they dispute that (though one co-chair has moved to Pawlenty).

The big question though is can his campaign withstand this overhaul.  He says he isn’t going anywhere and will begin anew.  I respect his desire to push through, but is it worth it.  He is already an older candidate which in this day and age will work against him, and he has already battled his own party over comments he made on television.

I thought he made some good comments when he questioned the support for Ryancare, but I was disappointed when he backtracked from his comments days later, because the party was upset.  I think it would have been good for him to stand up for what he really thinks.

After going through that, then factoring in his top campaign people, I am not sure he can make it through this.  There has been an influx of more attractive candidates into the race, and I think it may be time for Newt to call it a career when it comes to running for public office.