By Newt Gingrich
This newsletter will discuss three facts:
1. Tonight, I am doing an American Solutions town hall meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla., at 6:30 p.m. It is open to everyone and will be broadcast on the Internet. (Register here. Watch here.)
2. President Obama is going to use his health bill victory as a springboard to push other radical measures, thus the left will do anything to hide the destructive reality of the bill.
3. Sean Hannity has an important new book out, Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama's Radical Agenda, making the case for defeating the left. (Learn more here).
First, the town hall meeting tonight will be important because Florida and St. Petersburg capture many of the challenges facing America in 2010:
* 48% of the homes have mortgages bigger than the home value;
* 24% (one out of four) are facing foreclosure;
* Florida's unemployment rate for February is 12.2%, the highest on record for the state;
* Environmental extremists are blocking development of Florida's oil and gas reserves worth billions at a time when the Russians and Chinese are signing deals to develop oil and gas in Cuban waters 45 miles from Florida.
In Florida and throughout the country, the Obama stimulus package has failed to create jobs. That's $787 billion added to the federal deficit with little to no positive impact on the economy. In fact, the huge amount of debt being accrued by Obama administration policies will prove to be an anchor to economic growth.
To give you an idea of the scale of the problem, consider the fact that an average 20-year-old will pay more in federal income taxes in their lifetime for interest on the debt than they will pay for national security -- maybe two to three times more -- if we don't get spending under control.
Government at all levels - national, state and local - is too expensive. Without major and difficult changes that fundamentally replace the outdated, inefficient and broken policies and bureaucracies of the left, the American economy will never return to a sustained level of dynamic job creation.
To learn more about American Solutions' "Jobs First" Plan, click here.
Will Obamacare Be A Prelude Or Last Gasp?
Second, the Obama White House has been telling the news media that they felt emboldened by their victory on healthcare legislation.
Let's be clear.
Obama should feel good about winning.
He made the decision to run over two-thirds of the American people and he got away with it.
If you were a left-wing President representing values of the secular-socialist elite, wouldn't you feel pretty confident if you had done that?
Now that the biggest increase in government power and spending since Lyndon Johnson in 1965 has been passed, the left is going to be even more aggressive.
Expect the left to try and pass other items from their wish list of new laws and programs that would grant Washington more control over our lives: more spending, higher taxes (like a Value Added Tax), a big energy tax, and a new push to eliminate the secret ballot in union organizing so union bosses can coerce people into joining.
Henry Waxman Demands We All Say 2+2=5
Furthermore, expect the left to be vicious in their attempts to hide the destructive effects of Obamacare.
We've already seen a preview of their behavior thanks to Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).
Recently a number of large companies have announced (as they are required to by law) that they are reducing projected profits because Obamacare will raise their costs so dramatically. Caterpillar announced the new law will cost them $100 million. AT&T announced that Obamacare was going to cost them over $1billion.
It was especially embarrassing for President Obama to have his visit to Iowa marked by John Deere announcing that they were going to have to take a $150 million write down of their profits to pay for Obamacare.
Henry Waxman and his fellow leftwing Democrats were outraged by this embarrassment.
How dare they tell the truth?
Don't they know the party line is that Obamacare is wonderful, cost free, and will lower costs?
So Waxman is demanding that the CEOs of these companies come to Washington to testify as to how they came by these numbers. They are also demanding that the companies produce for lawmakers detailed internal documents about their healthcare spending.
The message to every other company is clear: fall in line or risk being summoned as well.
Albert Camus, the French novelist and philosopher, would have understood Congressman Waxman's behavior. Camus wrote (in the novel The Plague) "Again and again there comes a time in history when the man who dares to say that two and two make four is punished with death."
This attack by Waxman has a little of the Stalinist or Maoist show trial spirit attached to it.
If Waxman does follow through with his demand for a hearing it would be nice if every witness came equipped with a copy of Camus' The Plague. Highlighting the dishonesty and bullying of the machine may further educate the country into how sick our system is getting and how much it needs to be changed.
A Conservative Comeback?
Third, it is important to remember that if elections have consequences, then those consequences also get to be validated or rebuked in new elections.
President Obama signing the health bill into law was merely a single, first step in a long process of implementation.
At the Center for Health Transformation, we are launching a newsletter to monitor the efforts to implement 2,700 plus pages of law through 159 new offices and agencies. Sign up at www.healthtransformation.net.
As people learn more about the new law, the demand for repeal will grow and intensify.
The 2010 election is the time to stop Obamaism in its tracks.
The 2012 election is the time to repeal and replace Obamacare and the other secular socialist policies of the left.
Sean Hannity's new book Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama's Radical Agenda is a great place to start in developing an action plan to win overwhelming victories in both elections.
The left had two good years in 2006 and 2008.
They took their victories and abused them with bullying, bribery, secrecy and dishonesty on a scale we have seldom seen.
Now it is the American people's turn.