Republican Party’s Embrace of Privatizing Medicare via Vouchers Is Now Complete

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 8:55 am

It has been a long road, but the Republican Party’s embrace of the idea of privatizing Medicare via a voucher system is now complete. The GOP will add Paul Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program to their official party platform, based on a draft version likely to be ratified. From Bloomberg: “While [...]

What “Classical America” Are You Talking About Newt?

By: Monday January 23, 2012 8:04 am

In his victory speech Saturday Night Newt Gingrich accused President Obama of not liking the “classical America” of our founding fathers. …what we are going to argue is that American exceptionalism, the American declaration of independence, the American constitution, the American federalist papers, the founding fathers of America are the source from which we draw [...]

Gingrich the Great Deficit Creator

By: Tuesday December 13, 2011 9:44 am

Apparently the very expensive and unpaid for Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act may not have happened without New Gingrich’s aggressive advocacy.  From Politico: Newt Gingrich played the role of political godfather in pushing the Medicare prescription drug benefit into law, returning to Capitol Hill in November 2003 to deliver a pivotal speech that turned [...]

So Newt, If There Were Republicans Who Would’ve Voted For the DREAM Act, Who Are They?

By: Sunday October 10, 2010 10:24 am

Wait, wait, wait. Back up there, Newt. What was that? You support passage of the DREAM Act, and claim there are Republicans in the Senate who would’ve voted for it if Harry Reid hadn’t “rigged the game” by bundling it in the Defense Authorization Bill with a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

If that’s the case, do tell, Newt…

Can the Internet Fix Politics?

By: Thursday June 3, 2010 10:16 am

(The following is the text of my speech at the Personal Democracy Forum on Thursday June 3, 2010 in New York City — jh) Thank you to Andrew and Micah for inviting me to be here today, and I appreciate the opportunity to speak on today’s topic: “Can the internet fix politics?” Which raises the [...]

Bill Clinton: Newt Who?

By: Wednesday May 19, 2010 7:20 pm

After Steven Gillon’s book salon on FDL the other day, I went back and listened to what Bill Clinton had to say about his efforts to reform Social Security at the Pete Peterson confab last month: CLINTON: The reason we didn’t get Social Security reform is because the Chairman of Ways & Means Committee, Bill [...]

How is Newt Gingrich Not a Lobbyist?

By: Friday November 27, 2009 10:31 am

I’m certain there are people who have thought about this a great deal, but “do you or an organization you work for stand to profit as a result of the actions of this panel” seems a more effective threshold for participation in federal advisory boards.

Because the definition of “lobbyist” seems a bit too flexible to prohibit the biggest of the professional influence peddlers.