Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Why I love Newt Gingrich
One Angry Christian
1-16-06


Consider this a shameless plug for his efforts to make a bid to run for president. I am officially endorsing Newt for President.

Moving From Ideas to Solutions

These two meetings represent a tremendous opportunity to put
forward bold solutions based on the bold colors Reagan gave us.

We need to move from the right principles to the right policies.
And we don't just need good ideas, we need solutions that work.

After all, a solution is a much higher standard than an idea.
It's pretty easy to have a good idea. But it takes a tremendous
amount of work to take that idea and make it a solution.

So what are my bold solutions based on bold colors? I thought
you'd never ask. The following are just a few.

Bold Solutions for Immigration, Citizenship and Accurate Honest
Voting


Border control for national security with sufficient intensity
and accuracy to ensure that no terrorist and no drug dealer can
cross the border.

Make English the language of government while respecting the
language background of all Americans and encouraging younger
Americans to learn foreign languages.

Make passing a test on American history in English and giving up
the right to vote in any other country key requirements of U.S.
citizenship.

Since becoming a citizen requires knowing English, have all
election ballots in English.

To insure that only legal citizens vote, require every voter to
have a photo ID card.

Cut off all federal aid to any city or county that declares
itself a "sanctuary" and refuses to enforce legal immigration
requirements.

Enforce the laws requiring employers to know that their
employees are legal.

Outsource to Visa, Mastercard or American Express (or a
consortium of the three) to have an accurate, real-time
computerized system for identifying those participating in a
worker visa program and for instantly notifying any employer
that the person they are about to hire is illegal.

Create a systematic worker visa program with a biometric card
run by the computer card companies to avoid fraud, a background
check to eliminate any criminals and a signed contract to obey
the law and pay taxes or else be removed from the U.S. within 48
hours for failure to comply.

Bold Solutions for Energy to Help National Security, the Economy
and the Environment


Create a series of incentives and prizes to develop a hydrogen
economy and return the Middle Eastern oil supply to being a
petrochemical feedstock. A hydrogen economy would be better for
America and our allies. A hydrogen economy would be better for
the environment (no carbon loading of the atmosphere). A
hydrogen economy would be better for the American economy
because it would keep at home all the cash we are currently
sending to Venezuela and the Middle East.

While working to develop a hydrogen economy, there should also
be an interim strategy to include incentives for conservation
and for renewable fuels, including wind, solar and biofuels. It
is better to send the money to American farmers than to send it
to foreign dictators.

Create a $1-billion prize for the first affordable car to get
500 miles per gallon of gasoline and be manufacturable at a
price of $30,000 or less per car with reliability and
performance comparable to a gasoline powered car. This car would
probably combine an e-85 ethanol fuel with a hybrid motor using
electricity (and allowing a plug-in to absorb the 40% of
electricity production currently unused at night) with a
composite construction modeled off the Boeing Dreamliners very
light and very strong (much stronger than steel) composite.

A second $2-billion prize should be offered for a car getting
1,000 miles to the gallon of gasoline.

Bold Solutions for the Cost of Higher Education

As higher education costs soar out of sight, liberals focus on
subsidizing student loans and larger Pell grants but no one asks
why costs keep rising so rapidly:

Why are textbooks so expensive when printing costs are dropping
and specialized publishing on demand is very cheap? There should
be a project to produce textbooks at market costs not monopoly
costs.

How much have higher education bureaucracies expanded since 1960
and how much has that added to the unnecessary increase in the
cost of education? A new model of flattening the hierarchy and
shrinking the bureaucracy should be aimed at lowering the cost
of higher education dramatically.

How much can be saved by encouraging students to learn as
rapidly as possible and graduate as quickly as possible? How
much do current curriculums both in K-12 and in higher education
actually slow students down, waste their time and waste taxpayer
money?

Bold Solutions for Permanent Space-based Research and
Exploration


NASA has become a slow and paper-dominated bureaucracy. It is
proposing to spend billions very slowly and very
bureaucratically. It will both waste the taxpayers' money and
actually slow the speed of getting into space. A bold
alternative solution would be to:

Focus the NASA bureaucracy on science projects and inexpensive
unmanned space exploration.

Set aside the money currently allocated for manned space
exploration for getting to the moon and Mars and turn it into
prizes with bigger rewards for earlier achievements and smaller
prizes for later achievements. Entrepreneurial startups and bold
adventurers will get into space much faster and more excitingly
than a government bureaucracy.

Change the FAA and NASA rules to make it easy for entrepreneurs
and explorers to get into space at a much higher risk than we
would tolerate for government programs. Establish an equivalency
with mountain climbing as an acceptable risk informed adults
could take in space launches.
Imagine that! Real ideas instead of just downing his opposition. What a concept. There are more ideas in one paragraph of this letter than I've seen out of the entire far left in the last four years.

-One Angry Christian

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