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WASHINGTON – Characterizing Barack Obama as a “Saul Alinsky president,” former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told an appreciative CPAC audience that he intended to be a “pay-stamp president,” not a “food -stamp president.”
Gingrich was introduced today at the Conservative Political Action Conference by his wife, Callista, in an apparent effort to counter negative publicity generated in the media over the past few weeks by his first wife, Marianne.
The background screen as Gingrich took the stage displayed his “Dream Team,” consisting of Fred Thompson, Kellyanne Conway, J.C. Watts, Chuck Norris, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Michael Reagan, and Linda Upmeyer – all of whom have endorsed Gingrich for president.
“Bold solutions to get America working again,” was the theme Gingrich chose to present his case to the CPAC audience that he should be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 2012.
“There is a world that works and most, if not all, of it is in the private sector, and there is a world that does not work and most, if not all, of it is in the public sector,” he insisted, in a speech that was filled with a laundry list of specific campaign promises.
His private enterprise example was package service Federal Express and his public sector example was the federal government’s effort to enforce immigration laws.
“The federal government can’t find 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the United States,” he noted, “so the solution would be to have Federal Express send each of them a package. That will solve the problem.”
He promised that if elected president, he would turn back 40 percent of the Obama administration
He also said he would ask Congress to stay in session to repeal Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank financial services regulation bill so he could sign legislation two hours after delivering his inaugural address that would rid the nation of both burdens.
He then promised his next acts as president would be to sign a series of executive orders removing all the White House czars appointed by the Obama administration, as well as an executive order approving the Keystone pipeline.
“My message to Prime Minister Harper is simple,” he stressed, “you do not need the Chinese, the United States will buy your oil.”
Other right-away measures Gingrich pledged to accomplish involved opening a U.S. embassy office in Jerusalem and to reinstate the “Mexico City policy” of using no U.S. taxpayer funds to perform abortions overseas.
Next, Gingrich ticked off a list of policy initiatives he would seek to implement in his first 100 days in office, including:
- Reducing the capital gains taxes to zero and demanding work training as a requirement for receiving unemployment insurance;
- Closing or replacing the Environmental Protection Agency with a business-friendly agency and streamlining the Food and Drug Administration to accelerate the drug approval process;
- Eliminating “the death tax,” by abolishing estate taxes; and
- Capping corporate income taxes at 12.5 percent, the same tax used in the Republic of Ireland.
“We are not the tax collectors of the welfare state,” he insisted. “We will not tax the American people for Barack Obama’s credit card.”
He said his goal was to get back to $2 per gallon gasoline in order to prove the effectiveness of the free enterprise system.
“Obama has been an anti-American energy president and every American pays the price when going to the gas pump,” he said. “I want to pledge that no American president ever again bows down to a Saudi Arabian prince.”
He argued for establishing private investment accounts within the Social Security system.
And he called for a full and immediate audit of the Federal Reserve and he insisted that he would remove Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke from office, if Bernanke did not resign voluntarily.
He railed against the Obama administration’s insistence that faith-based health providers must provide contraceptive and abortion services despite religious convictions to the contrary.
“If Barack Obama wins re-election, he will wage war on the Catholic Church the day after his second inauguration,” he insisted. “We know who Barack Obama is and the American people need to know as well.”
Gingrich compared the hostages currently held in Egypt to the American embassy hostages held in Iran during the Carter administration and for the same reason – a failure in foreign policy, this time Obama’s.