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Newt Gingrich - The economy can't wait
September 23, 2008
Vol. 3, No. 39
The Economy Can't Wait, Change Friday's Debate: Candidates Should Focus on Economic Priorities
By Newt Gingrich
This week I will bring you up to date on the latest plans for Solutions Day, this Saturday, and spell out the dangers of the Paulson bailout/power-grab plan now being debated in Congress. But first, a word about Friday's presidential debate:
Senator McCain should call for Friday's debate to be about the economy We are seeing a meltdown in our financial system because our political system - the Congress and the President - has refused to confront how big the challenges are and has refused to enact real change.
We do not need a series of gimmicks and bailouts which leave us weaker and more in debt than ever. We need a serious, pro-growth plan for America's long-term economic health.
The economy is in crisis. The Paulson bailout will fail.
Senator McCain should seize this moment and demand that Friday's presidential debate focus exclusively on a pro-growth economic plan for America.
Foreign policy can be covered in a future debate.
Now to the Paulson Disaster We are living through one of the most challenging periods in modern America.
I cannot remember any time in my lifetime when we have had such a combination of big challenges, bad policies, and bad political leaders.
After a summer of failing to solve our energy problems, failing to solve our economic growth problems, failing to get federal spending under control, failing to modernize the health system, we now have an absurd and dangerous proposal to give a former Chairman of Goldman-Sachs $700 billion of our tax money to bail out Wall Street.
Treasury Secretary Paulson had two years to get ahead of the financial problems and failed.
Fool Us Twice, Shame on Us We were told this summer that when the terrible $300 billion-plus housing-bailout bill passed the Congress it would solve the problem.
President Bush signed a housing bill that gives $500 million a year to ACORN, a very leftwing political organization, because it was going to solve the problem.
Now we are told the next $700 billion spent by Secretary Paulson will solve everything.
No Economic Growth = No Recovery = No End to the Financial Decay The most important thing to remember is that without economic growth there will be no end to the downward spiral.
Without economic growth there will be another bailout next year and another bailout the year after.
The number one goal should be to restore economic growth.
Only through economic growth can we generate the resources to soak up the bad debt and heal the broken institutions which litter the landscape.
In the 1930s, faced with an immediate crisis of bad debt, the government adopted a series of bad ideas - tax increases and regulatory interventions that allowed the Depression to extend until World War II.
If we're not careful we're going to allow bad politics in Washington to lead to bad policies and the result is going to be a long period of weak growth and massive indebtedness.
In other words, politician, lobbyist, bureaucrat and lawyer generated economic decay.
Pro-Growth or Pro-Decay: Silicon Valley or Detroit as America's Economic Future The stunning difference between a pro-growth and pro-decay policy was driven home by the three days I spent in Silicon Valley late last week.
While Washington and Wall Street were in a panic, the venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and creators of new technologies, new solutions and new wealth in Silicon Valley were too busy inventing the future to worry about Secretary Paulson.
I drove a Tesla, a new electric sports car that goes 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds. It is a Silicon Valley invention built in San Jose. It is telling that it was not designed by the old auto world or produced in Detroit.
While Silicon Valley has been creating new wealth, new technology and new products, the city of Detroit has been decaying. In 1950, Detroit had 1,800,000 people and the highest per capita income in the United States. Today Detroit is below 900,000 people (the first major American city to drop below a million) and ranks 62nd in per capita income. Half the housing stock in Detroit is unneeded. Imagine what that does to the value of the rest of the housing supply.
Silicon Valley is a product of a combination of science, technology, entrepreneurship, venture capital and very educated people.
Detroit is the product of two generations of bad politicians, bad bureaucracy, high taxes and crime.
We are at a crossroads between Silicon Valley and Detroit.
The Paulson bailout would move us one step further toward Detroit and a failed future.
Secretary Paulson, Meet Lord Acton In the mid 19th century, Lord Acton warned that "power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts absolutely." Note that he dropped "tends" in the second sentence.
Secretary Paulson's proposal for a $700 billion grant of power with no legislative oversight and no judicial review is a fundamental violation of Lord Acton's principle. It is an invitation to corruption and tyranny.
If Russian leader Vladimir Putin had written the plan, I would have understood it. But having an American Secretary of the Treasury write such a plan is such a fundamental violation of our constitutional processes that it makes you wonder how Secretary Paulson can serve in the Cabinet.
Danger One: Crony Capitalism The first danger of the Paulson bailout proposal is that it will create crony capitalism. People who are failing in business will hire lobbyists and curry favor with politicians to protect them from their own mistakes.
You cannot have capitalism on the way up and socialism on the way down.
You cannot create a welfare state for rich investors.
Danger Two: Bureaucratic Capitalism The other great danger of the Paulson bailout is that to avoid crony capitalism we will create bureaucratic capitalism.
Already there is talk of salary caps and other government regulatory requirements which would drive the "private" out of "private enterprise."
Bureaucratic enterprise is no replacement for free enterprise - it's a contradiction in terms.
The Paulson bailout holds the potential to slow down American economic growth for another decade.
Or, as in the case of Detroit, forever.
What Should We Do? As I wrote on Sunday on National Review Online here are four immediate steps we can take:
Eliminate the "mark to market" accounting provision which is driving companies into bankruptcy unnecessarily.
Repeal the Sarbanes-Oxley law which failed in every case this year and which burdens new companies with a $3 million-a-year accounting fee.
Join China and Singapore in eliminating the capital gains tax and watch money pour into the system from private investors at no cost to the taxpayer.
Pass a strong energy bill to return at least $500 billion a year in energy money to the United States.
If we had an extra $5 trillion in energy spending in our economy in the next ten years with a zero capital gains tax and a liberated entrepreneurial sector no longer crippled by Sarbanes-Oxley we would generate the wealth to absorb all the current losses.
A No-Growth Bailout Just Sets the Stage for More Bailouts Congress should pass no bailout without attaching a powerful economic growth component to it.
A bailout in isolation simply sets the stage for more bailouts.
In the absence of economic growth the economy will decay and debts will decay and they will be back next year for even more of your money.
Economic growth is the only way to get America on the right track.
Action item: Call your Congressman and Senator today and demand they vote "no" on Paulson and "yes" on economic growth.
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C. STORY - TWO UPDATES TODAY, 09/26/08
Posted By: billym <Send E-Mail>
Date: Friday, 26 September 2008, 2:02 p.m.
In Response To: CASPER for AUG 26th - ANOTHER BAD GUY ENTERS THE FRAY - WE HOPE WE'RE WRONG (hobie) Christopher Story has posted two updates today and both are well worth reading. Those who have followed his reports have a sense of WHY the current crisis is happening and will understand that the corporate media version we see is pure bullshit. This is not about "mortgages," it is about CRIMES.
These updates are contained within the update titled:
LATEST FALSE PROSPECTUS FROM 'PAULSON'S' TREASURY
http://www.worldreports.org/news/174_la ... s_treasury
SECOND UPDATE, 26th September 2008:
WHO'S BEING 'RESCUED'? THE BANKS? WRONG: THE CROOKS
When 'Paulson' was televised getting down on bended knee in front of Pelosi, as though he was proposing to her (yuk), what do you suppose he was saying, apart from possibly asking for a less prominent lamp post? Here's what he may have been pleading to his co-conspirator:
'PLEASE vote for whatever convoluted version of the Plan comes out of the works, because quite clearly if you do not, we'll be TOAST on Monday. I don't care what Congress does, AS LONG AS YOU ALL VOTE FOR SOMETHING, cuz then Dubya will be able to appear on TV and praise me for having saved America and the whole world. But the underlying reason that you MUST DO THIS, darhling, is that it's our pocket money, the on-the-books cash that we need for our new trading platform, so's we can continue our hypothecation operations after we get out of this hellhole, like nothing ever happened. So be a dear, would ya?'
• FACT: The money that Paulson wants Congress to deliver is indeed the crooks' trading platform money. They cannot touch the Settlements. They cannot steal money any longer without getting caught as has happened on multiple occasions. Their own stolen money is stuck and cannot be brought onto the books because it is illicit, and most of it is frozen. So they need some more cash so they can start trading all over. They can turn $700 billion into several trillion in weeks or less.
• FURTHER FACT: Embedded in this deception, which has gone so predictably wrong and is being perpetrated for public consumption, is the lie that the 'rescue' package (ANY OLD package) will be the 'solution' to the crisis. However the mechanism that will RESOLVE this hideous crisis is NOT THIS CHARADE, but something ENTIRELY DIFFERENT, to which is attached a LETHAL DEADLINE. The 'rescue package' serves and exclusively cosmetic purpose in this context.
We refer, of course, to the Settlements. This is all we are 'allowed' to say at this juncture.
At an earlier stage of this Music Hall, 'Paulson' made some comment about his original Plan 'sticking in his craw'. What will stick in the craw of the American people, have no doubt, is that these odious crooks are STILL DECEIVING, because the new money they are after IS NOT for rescuing the corrupt banks at all, but for RESCUING THE CROOKS AND THEIR CRONIES so that they can all go on playing tiddly winks after they manage to escape from the Beltway. They make the stupid and increasingly pathetic assumption here that they will never encounter any of those lamp posts in an upside down position. At this rate, the American people may well have the last word on that score.
• FIRST UPDATE, 26th September 2008:
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPERIENCE THEIR LONG-AWAITED AHA! MOMENT:
It is quite obvious from the justifiably angry responses of ordinary Americans interviewed for TV shows 'as we speak' that the wheels have come off the 'Paulson'-Bernanke Bravado Circus Wagon.
No-one is 'buying' the criminalist operatives' attempt to bamboozle the Congress into divvying up the on-the-books bribery and platform trading money they are seeking so that they can revert to corrupt hypothecation 'dirty financial business as usual' when this disastrous Administration leaves office (assuming it is not afforded the opportunity to implement its now floundering 'coup d'etat by installments' scenario both financially and physically).
Republican legislators are contemplating annihilation at the polls and personal political oblivion if they vote for whatever package emerges, which will most certainly NOT be what the two criminalist operatives thought they could extract from the Legislative Branch by bluster and stutter. Their plan is in tatters and their duplicity has now impressed itself where it matters: on Main Street. This is the END of the road for these crooks, and they know it. 'Paulson's' blackmail ('back us or be wiped out at the election: be our guest') went down like a huge lead balloon, as these veteran Congressmen, whatever their faults, are both individually and collectively NOT STUPID.
They may be compromised, but none of them are sitting on their brains. Everyone knows that the highest-level criminalist operatives are on the wrack. There are even those who are now prepared to accept that this crisis, which has driven Americans from their jobs and homes, with their sons dying in wars launched for ruthless private gain, is about one thing only: OPEN-ENDED OFFICIAL FRAUDULENT FINANCE OPERATIONS. The 'subprime mortgage crisis' was a 'slide' [see below].
As soon as this factor is understood by the general public, as seems likely, there will be hell to pay. Applications for a Permit-to-Carry arms have increased enormously in recent weeks and months, with correspondents emailing the Editor with observations such as:
'Everyone I've talked to affirms they will die with their guns at their hands. We'll fight! These people have overestimated themselves and underestimated us "useless eaters"'.
Our view remains that what is about to change is that THE RULE OF LAW will be re-established and that these criminal operatives will NOT get away with their crimes. Certain information, backed by extremely sensitive 'smoking gun' data, has been in the hands of the appropriate authorities for about a week, that proves inter alia that these crooks have engaged in war profiteering on a scale with no historical precedent, which explains why Bush was never in the slightest interested in the dead bodies that were and are being buried in Arlington Cemetery, which ran out of space to take the daily new arrivals. These people are brought up to INFLICT PAIN WITHOUT FLINCHING.
The intelligence in question is embargoed but it is believed that if matters are not resolved, there will be an avalanche of revelations the like of which has never been seen, even in the geomasonic United States where, every year since the Editor started multiple visits in 1977, there is ALWAYS a huge scandal raging inside the Beltway. The clear intention is that with an imminent change of US Administration (just as happens whenever the European Commission changes) the dirty washing left by the outgoing Government will be incinerated. But we are not talking just about dirty linen. We are talking about enormous, multiple crimes, thefts, embezzlements and two million dead.
The Men and Women on Main Street are saying: 'What do you mean, you want these dictatorial powers and you want us to pay you because 'Wall Street got drunk?'', as the drunkard Bush II told the American people on 24th September. 'YOU have been in power all these years, what exactly have you been doing?'. The answer to that question is that these highest-level criminals haven't been GOVERNING. They've been looking after their criminal investments and spending all day and every day wriggling and playing for time while drowning in the sewage from their own cess pool.
The people have finally seen through the criminal duplicity of these odious creeps, and the bipartisan accord sent to the White House at about 3.00pm on 25th, followed by the White House Meeting from which Shelby emerged saying 'There is no agreement', makes it clear that the Bunker mentality rules. When Pelosi and Reid took 'Paulson' aside (on camera) afterwards, what did they say to him? Something along the lines of 'which lamp post do you fancy?' springs to mind.
The key to the new phase of this historically unprecedented crisis is that the American people have at last experienced the necessary 'Aha!' moment. It's curtains for these crooks. The curtain at the end of Act One of Die Meisterschwindlern, starring the full cast of the Weltkriminalgesellschaft, has collapsed on top of the cast. The lights have gone out and there is a danger of a serious fire.
The building may have to be evacuated, but the management is drunk in charge, so everyone is stampeding for the exit. The safety officers have been asleep for years and now there's no-one around to give any coherent orders. How are the mighty fallen!
And still no mention of the $14 trillion. Naturlich.
• 'Slide': A prepackaged, falsely constructed 'consensus' mindset which precludes further analysis or investigation, yielding a public perception preferred or intended by the kakocracy.
• 'Kakocracy': 'Governance' by the worst elements of society exclusively in their own interests and to the permanent detriment of all other classes and members of society except their cronies.
• 'Sib': A sophisticated deception which reverses normal perceptions. The victim, whether actual or imagined, is the perpetrator. Beware of those who protest too much, in this context.
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