Friday, January 20, 2012
NEWT GINGRICH'S 1980s-1990s VOTING RECORD
Gingrich VOTED FOR:
- an increase in the debt ceiling in 1979, 1980, 1981, and 1984
- to permit the Federal Reserve to purchase Treasury Debt
- Bailed out savings and loan institutions in 1991. $40B bank bailout
- to strengthen the federal home loan agencies
- increased powers to the FDIC to bail out struggling savings and loans through reorganization, purchase of bad assets, or recapitalization.
- in favor of the Chrysler Bailout in 1979
- an oil windfall profits tax in 1979, which was signed by Jimmy Carter.
- Urged the House to repeal the War Powers Act and give the Presidency more power.
- Urged Clinton to expand military presence in Bosnia.
- Gingrich voted against a provision requiring congressional approval prior to deployment of U.S. troops into Central America in 1983.
- Gingrich voted to increase CIA secrecy and against any requirement that the President report covert activity to congress before it is initiated.
- Jimmy Carter’s “Energy Mobilization Board.”
- an increase in taxes on coal producers in 1981
- a 5-cent increase in the gas tax to fund highway and other mass- transit projects.
- Gingrich was one of the few who voted against the 1984 bill requiring the President and Congress to submit a balanced budget
- a congressional pay raise
- Gingrich voted against a bipartisan 1% cut to the Department of Defense budget for 1983
- He was a draft-dodger during the Vietnam War, yet pushed aggressive foreign interventionism his entire political career, and did say that Vietnam was the "right battlefield at the right time."
4/2/1987 - He cosponsored the 1987 Fairness Doctrine (Fairness Doctrine is misnamed in that it forced media to spend equal time for conservative and liberal, instead of letting the people decide what they want to listen to.)
10/22/1991 - He voted for an amendment that would create a National Police Corps.
3/1993 - He voted for sending $1.6 Billion in foreign aid to Russia.
11/19/1993 - He voted for the NAFTA Implementation Act.
11/27/1994 - He supported the GATT Treaty giving sovereignty to the U.N.
04/25/1996 - Voted for the single largest increase on Federal education spending ($3.5 Billion)
4/10/1995 - He supported Federal tax dollars being spent on abortions.
1/22/1997 - Congress gave him a record-setting $300,000 fine for ethical wrongdoing.
11/29/2006 - He said that free speech should be curtailed in order to fight terrorism. Wants to stop terrorists from using the internet. Called for a "serious debate about the 1st Amendment."
11/29/2006 - He called for a "Geneva Convention for Terrorists" so it would be clear who the Constitution need not apply to.
2/15/2007 - He supported Bush's proposal for mandatory carbon caps.
9/28/2008 - Says if he were in office, he would have reluctantly voted for the $700B TARP bailout.
10/1/2008 - Says in an article that TARP was a "workout, not a bailout."
12/8/2008 - He was paid $300,000 by Freddie Mac to halt Congress from bringing necessary reform.
3/31/2009 - Says we should have Singapore-style drug tests for Americans.
7/30/2010 - Says that Iraq was just step one in defeating the "Axis of Evil".
8/3/2010 - Advocates attacks on Iran and North Korea.
11/15/2010 - He defended Romneycare
12/5/2010 - He said that a website owner should be considered an enemy combatant, hunted down and executed, for publishing leaked government memos. (Remember, that kind of legal punishment can swing in all directions.)
1/30/2011 - He lobbied for ethanol subsidies.
1/30/2011 - He suggested that flex-fuel vehicles be MANDATED for Americans.
2/13/2011 - He criticized Obama for sending less U.S. tax dollars to Egypt.
2/15/2011 - His book said that he believes man-made climate-change and advocated creating "a new endowment for conservation and the environment."
3/9/2011 - He blames his infidelity to multiple wives on his passion for the country.
3/15/2011 - Says that NAFTA worked because it created jobs in Mexico.
3/19/2011 - He has no regrets about supporting Medicare drug coverage. (Now $7.2T unfunded liability.)
3/23/2011 - He completely flip-flopped on Libyan intervention in 16 days.
3/25/2011 - He plans to sign as many as 200 executive orders on his first day as president.
4/25/2011 - He's a paid lobbyist for Federal ethanol subsidies.
5/12/2011 - He was more supportive of individual health-care mandates than Mitt Romney.
6/9/2011 - His own campaign staff resigned en masse.
7/15/2011 - His poorly managed campaign is over $1 Million in debt.
8/1/2011 - He hired a company to create fake Twitter to appear as if he had a following.
10/7/2011 - He said he'd ignore the Supreme Court if need be.