The Panther Press
Newt Gingrich: Key ConservativeWednesday, March 07, 2012 By Briona Smith
Newt Gingrich is one of the Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential race. Well known for his 20 years as a member of the House of Representatives serving Georgia’s 6 th congressional district, Gingrich was the 58 th Speaker of the House. He served in the House until his resignation in 1999. Gingrich is running on a complex platform that includes promises to balance the national budget within five years of taking presidential office. As evidence, he touts his participation in 1997 in the first House to pass a balanced budget in almost 30 years. Gingrich wants to replace the Environmental Protection Agency with a proposed “Environmental Solutions Agency” and to eliminate the Obama-Care healthcare policy. He believes that healthcare should be competitive and allowed to cross state lines, not controlled by the government. Concerned about the high expenses of Medicare, he believes they should focus on preventative healthcare instead of treatment of illness. Doing so would save billions on diabetes treatments alone. To push citizens to find work, Gingrich wants to limit unemployment benefits to a maximum of four weeks. Focused on education, Gingrich would provide students at failing schools with private school scholarships. He is also a strong supporter of charter schools. Gingrich believes that opposing higher taxes is a key conservative value. He knows that taxes are necessary but believes that they are too high because the government does not responsibly spend taxpayers’ money. Gingrich wants the public to give their input on any major tax reforms. Some of his proposed tax cuts include eliminating the so-called “marriage tax” and cutting middle class taxes. Should Newt Gingrich be the president of the United States?