Less than a half hour ago, Newt Gingrich twittered a link to his response to President Obama's State of the Union Address, in which Obama borrowed a theme first used by Newt Gingrich, in Gingrich's 2005, book titled, "Winning the Future". For those conservatives who hope that Newt will promptly respond, tit-for-tat, by an announcement that Newt's next speech will be "The Audacity of Hope"; unfortunately, that audacity nor hope is yet realized.
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My take on Obama's State of the Union speech is up at Yahoo News: http://yhoo.it/gerXcM
Following are excerpts transcribed from Newt's opinion piece:
When I first heard that President Obama was using "winning the future" as the theme of his state of the union I thought it was ironically funny.
I wrote a book, "Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America" in 2005. I used the title "Winning the Future" to make the case that the future was not automatically ours, that we Americans were not winning the future with our current policies and that we would have to make real changes to win...
I looked forward to the State of the Union address to see how President Obama would build on this theme of winning. Winning implies a real contest. Winning implies losing is possible...
After telling us government is failing (with a cute story about three different departments dealing with salmon) he then proposed more power and more money for the very institutions he has just suggested were ineffective and inefficient.
However, what was most depressing about President Obama's State of the Union address was not its big government liberalism, its clever maneuvering to keep all the big government of the last two years, or its failure to admit how much liberalism had failed to create jobs.
What really saddened me about the President's State of the Union address was its shallowness and lack of serious dialogue...
Sadly, there is no Obama plan for winning the future.
There is an Obama plan for protecting big government, for pouring more money into broken bureaucracies, for borrowing several trillion more from the Chinese dictatorship.
President Obama is on a path to lose the future while pretending to change things.
The Republican House of Representatives should aggressively move forward and propose a scale of change to genuinely win the future.
Let the American people see the contrast and let the American people decide if they want big government, high taxes, economic decay and dangerous cuts in defense.
I believe the American people want to genuinely win the future and will prefer a future of smaller government, more entrepreneurship, more genuine investment within a free market, more replacement of failing policies and institutions and a lot more honesty about the real change we need.
Let the debate begin.
Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995-1999 and is a potential Republican presidential candidate.