Next week when House Republicans are sworn in as a new majority, they will have a greater opportunity to enact real change than any House majority since the Democrats took over in 1930.The American people know we are at both a values and performance crossroads.We know that President Obama is radically out of step with the American people. For instance, a recent USAToday/Gallup poll found that 80% of Americans believe in American Exceptionalism, and yet nearly 40% are convinced President Obama does not.We know that a substantial majority wants to repeal Obamacare, his greatest legislative victory.We also know that, in terms of performance, this administration is a disaster: we have the highest sustained unemployment since the Great Depression, the largest increase in federal debt in American history, and bureaucracies that don't work but keep getting bigger, more powerful, and more expensive.This is not 1995, when the economy was strong, unemployment was relatively low, and we were not at war. It is a very different era with a very different set of challenges.The great opportunities today are to reassert classic American values and to develop a clear alternative to Obamaism.The news media will want Obama to set the proposals and the Republicans to "compromise" -- an elite euphemism for conservative surrender.Instead, House Republicans, with the largest conservative majority since 1928, should set forth the proposals they believe in and urge President Obama to negotiate on their terms.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
From Newt Gingrich on Human Events on Dec. 29: