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10-13-2010 04:28 PM  8 years agoPost 1
Dennis (RIP)

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The Food Stamp Party "Doth Protest too Much"

by Newt Gingrich October 13, 2010

There is a famous line from Hamlet: "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

In Shakespeare's play, Queen Gertrude is referring to what she believes are overwrought vows from a Queen pledging fidelity to her King.

In modern times, the phrase has come to signify the tendency of a guilty party to so passionately insist on their innocence that they suggest their guilt.

Last week, this newsletter highlighted a memo I sent to candidates across the country suggesting the closing argument for the 2010 campaign be a choice between the Democratic Party of food stamps and the Republican Party of paychecks.

Watching Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats' reaction to that memo, one couldn't help but think "the lady doth protest too much."

The difference between the record of the Nancy Pelosi Democrats since they assumed control of Congress in 2007 and the last time Republicans took control of Congress in 1995 could not be starker.

From 1995-1999, when I was Speaker, unemployment fell from 5.6% to 4.2% and food stamp usage dropped by almost 9 million to an enrollment of a little more than 18 million Americans. That's because we pursued a job-creating agenda of controlling spending, cutting taxes, reforming government and balancing the budget.

Compare this to the record of Speaker Pelosi, who since 2007 has presided over a rise in unemployment from 4.6% to 9.6% and an increase in the number of food stamp recipients from 26.5 million to a record 41.8 million—more than one in eight Americans.

That's an additional 15 million Americans depending on government for nutrition, thanks to the Democrats' job-killing agenda of higher taxes, bigger government, and more spending.

This record legitimately makes the Democrats the party of food stamps.

Meanwhile, Republicans have outlined a pro-growth, less spending, low tax, reform agenda for government similar to our program from 1995 to 1999 that resulted in less Americans on food stamps and more Americans receiving paychecks.

This legitimately makes the Republicans the party of paychecks.

Faced with the crippling reality of her record, Speaker Pelosi and the rest of the food stamp party have reacted to this accurate contrast in a way Queen Gertrude would find familiar.

Last week, Speaker Pelosi again made the absurd claim that food stamps and unemployment insurance are the best way to create jobs, rather than serve as a safety net for those who have lost their jobs.

In addition, Speaker Pelosi hysterically accused me of trying to "stomp on the poor."

Speaker Pelosi and the rest of the food stamp party are desperately trying to spin the accurate and devastating contrast between the Democratic Party of food stamps and the Republican Party of paychecks as a threat to take food stamps away from the poor and unemployed who need them.

But they ignore the actual historic record that repudiates their baseless attack. During my tenure as Speaker, we didn't eliminate the food stamp program; we were, however, able to reduce the number of people receiving food stamps by pursuing paycheck policies instead of food stamp policies. Millions of poor and unemployed people went off food stamps as they took up jobs and work.

It may cause Speaker Pelosi a conniption to hear it, but it turns out that paycheck policies are better for the poor than food stamp policies. Far from stomping on the poor, the Republican Congress from 1995-1999 did more to help the poor by giving them jobs than the Democratic Congress has during the last four years under Speaker Pelosi.

Drawing the contrast between food stamp policies and paycheck policies is not an attack on food stamps or on those who depend on the program for nutrition. It is an attack on the job killing policies of the Democrats that have led to more Americans needing food stamps. And it is a pledge to enact job creating policies of lower taxes, smaller government and less spending—the same formula that worked when I was Speaker, leading to more Americans with paychecks and fewer Americans with food stamps.

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10-13-2010 04:41 PM  8 years agoPost 2
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where did you find all this blind HOGWASH!

Newt Gingrich, what a pile of dung he was and is.

The only reason there is overwhelming food stamp issues is because we got double bush wacked with 8 years of a republican dung for brains, yes george of the jungle who should have stayed ruining his daddys buisinesses and keeping his nose filled with coke. Instead the republican party gets this great idea that this numbskull should give speacial interest to the oil bearing arabs while in the white house.

8 years of the worst president ever will ruin a country

and I hope people dont make the same mistake with that jack obama

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10-13-2010 04:50 PM  8 years agoPost 3
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The only reason there is overwhelming food stamp issues is because we got double bush wacked with 8 years of a republican dung for brains, yes george of the jungle who should have stayed ruining his daddys buisinesses and keeping his nose filled with coke.
You sound like a loony progressive delusional lefty.

On the food stamp issue, if you bothered to take the time to check the facts, it will ring true. Thats something you are constantly accusing others of not doing.

Besides, if you like the Palosi food stamp policy, then she might have a job for you in DC.

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10-13-2010 05:25 PM  8 years agoPost 4
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You dont have a remote clue as to who I am

food stamps are directly tied to unemployment

george "your boy" put the world where it is today.

I never stated I like pelosi but I also dont blame others for mistakes made by a party I back.

do all republican's pass the buck and the blame?

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10-13-2010 05:39 PM  8 years agoPost 5
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do all republican's pass the buck and the blame?
Bush was far from perfect. Never claimed he was. In fact, he was not a conservative. Just a Repub.

But, to put the food stamp issue on him is stupid to say the least. The job killers in our present Congress & Senate and the executive branch are for the most part responsible. Don't forget, Palosi has led the Congress for almost 4 years now.

For the first 6 years of Bush's term, unemployment was well below 6%. Look it up for yourself. The housing crisis was directly responsible for the economic mess we are in right now. The last 2 years of the Obama/Palosi team have made it worse. The Dems caused it.

Just for your own info, here is some of the best information ever posted here by a regular participant a while back by a guy by the name of Ron Hill:

Ron Hill Quote:

Who signed into law the Commodity Futures Modernization Act that created credit default swaps?

Who repelled Glass-Stegall which allowed commercial and investment banking to merge?

More Dems than Repubs voted for Glass-Steagall to be repealed,

More Dems than Repubs voted for the Commodity Futures Modernization Act (which basically helped create credit default swaps),

Both were signed into law by a Democratic President,

Republicans tried to get more regulation in 2003, 2005, and 17 times in 2008 alone... And were shot down by Dems like Barney Frank each time.

Here is the data on who voted for the CFMA:
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Senate: 52 Republicans and 38 Democrats voted for the bill. Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama (Republican, formerly a Democrat) voted against it, as did 7 Democratic Senators: Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Richard Bryan (Nev.), Byron Dorgan (N.D.), Russell Feingold (Wisc.), Tom Harkin (Iowa), Barbara Mikulski (Md.) and Paul Wellstone (Minn.) Sen. Peter Fitzgerald (R-Ill.) again voted "present", while Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) did not vote. On Agreeing to the Conference Report, S.900 Gramm-Bliley-Leach Act, roll call 354, 106th Congress, 1st session Votes Database at The Washington Post, retrieved on October 9, 2008

House: Republicans voted 207-5 in favor with 10 not voting. Democrats voted 155-51 in favor, with 5 not voting. Independent-Socialist Rep. Bernard Sanders of Vermont voted no. On Agreeing to the Conference Report, S. 900 Financial Services Modernization Act, roll call 570, 106th Congress, 1st session Votes Database at The Washington Post, retrieved on October 9, 2008

It was rolled into the Spending bill H.R. 4577. The votes were 157-9 Democrats and 133-51 Republicans. (That's more Dems than Repubs BTW).

The Senate version passed by "Unanimous Consent." President Clinton signed it into Public Law (106-554) on December 21, 2000.

How is all of that a failure of the conservative philosophy? Other than it did fail to stop the dems?

In addition, and once again, if you check the facts, you will find that almost ALL of the money that was used as a bank bailout in the last part of Bush's term has been paid back in full. ALL the rest of the present deficit is put directly on the Obama/Palosi team against the wishes of the vast majority of Americans.

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10-13-2010 05:47 PM  8 years agoPost 6
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No matter what or who caused the turn on our economy there will always be one side blaming the other side. Why not blame both sides since it was really both sides that caused everything.

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10-13-2010 05:48 PM  8 years agoPost 7
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No matter what or who caused the turn on our economy there will always be one side blaming the other side. Why not blame both sides since it was really both sides that caused everything.
If you looked into the FACTS on the housing crisis, you will see otherwise. That was directly responsible for our present condition.

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10-13-2010 05:50 PM  8 years agoPost 8
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present 10,000 pages of proof, and all you will EVER get is, "Yeah well, it's still Bush's fault". I wonder if they're ready to hear the same about Obama when he is gone!!!! He's done FAR more damage in 1-1/2 years than Bush did in 8.
I've said it a thousand times: "JUST BECAUSE WE DON'T LIKE OBAMA, DOES NOT MEAN WE LIKED BUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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10-13-2010 06:07 PM  8 years agoPost 9
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No matter what or who caused the turn on our economy there will always be one side blaming the other side. Why not blame both sides since it was really both sides that caused everything.
isnt that the truth.

I can find 10 pages or junk exactly like what OP has done

And I can find 10 pages saying the other side did it lol

you have your choise between a turd sandwich or a giant douche.

dennis thinks his facts are absolute and he is the one with the magical answer to all the worlds problems LOL

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10-13-2010 06:08 PM  8 years agoPost 10
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Recession-plagued nation demands a new bubble to invest in.
http://www.theonion.com/articles/re...e-to-inve,2486/

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10-13-2010 06:10 PM  8 years agoPost 11
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dennis thinks his facts are absolute and he is the one with the magical answer to all the worlds problems LOL
Not hardly. There is always argument for the other side. Always.

If you like our present government and what it has done for the last 2 years, then get to the voting booth next month and keep them in power. Thats your right as a citizen.

If you/they win, you will get your reward.

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10-13-2010 07:07 PM  8 years agoPost 12
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the current gov is worse then the other crooks in power.

if ALL current poiticians died in washington dc I really dont think to many normal people would be to awfully upset.

Applause would be in order.

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10-13-2010 07:13 PM  8 years agoPost 13
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If you looked into the FACTS on the housing crisis, you will see otherwise. That was directly responsible for our present condition.
The housing crisis was caused by the banks giving loans to people who could not afford them, it had nothing to do with who is or was in office. The blame lies on both the banks and the greed of human nature to own what they can not afford. Those are the FACTS. I am an architect by trade, I know plenty of contractors and big developers, trust me I now what went wrong with the housing industry.

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10-13-2010 07:24 PM  8 years agoPost 14
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The housing crisis was caused by the banks giving loans to people who could not afford them, it had nothing to do with who is or was in office. The blame lies on both the banks and the greed of human nature to own what they can not afford.
Yes, and the banks, particularly Fannie & Freddie would not have made those loans if legislation did not force them to. You can blame that directly onto the Dems. In particular, Barney Frank & Chris Dodd. Then, AIG insured those loans, again forced to by legislation. They were warned of the impending crisis many times by the Bush admin.

There are plenty of YouTube videos out there showing that. Take a bit of time and look them up. Its not rocket science.

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10-13-2010 08:18 PM  8 years agoPost 15
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saying that the housing crisis was all dems would be the same as saying the war is a republican war. neither flys

FWIW you dont think the billions or trillions were spending on war? has anything to do with the economy and how tight things are in loacal,state and federal government??

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10-13-2010 08:31 PM  8 years agoPost 16
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FWIW you dont think the billions or trillions were spending on war? has anything to do with the economy and how tight things are in loacal,state and federal government??
Yeah well, for your information, military spending is a fraction of what entitlement spending is in the USA. Even when you factor in the wars we are involved in now and the past 8 or 9 years. Entitlement spending and the size of the Federal government is growing at astronomical rates. The private sector is stagnant because the Federal and state governments are sucking more and more from the private sector. It has to stop.

Check your FACTS. Once again, something you constantly remind the rest of us to do.

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10-13-2010 08:36 PM  8 years agoPost 17
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i have and yours are only republican opinions at best taken from right wing sources.

you should listen to rush a little longer maybe you can hear him popping pills again lol

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10-13-2010 08:51 PM  8 years agoPost 18
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The Democrats own the housing/banking crisis. To say otherwise is fiction. This is an oldie but a goodie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRjs...feature=related

This clearly shows the Democrats in their own words setting up our economy to fail.

Deny the facts if you want.

90% of life is "showing up"

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10-13-2010 08:56 PM  8 years agoPost 19
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10-13-2010 08:57 PM  8 years agoPost 20
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The housing crisis started about 3.5 to 4 years ago when there was a republican in the White House. I base my knowledge on my personal friends that are developers for big housing firms that are based all over the United States. So believe what you want, I will believe people that were actually affected by what happened and not what the media tells you.

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