Ex-Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Newt Gingrich is one of the four remaining Republican candidates running for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination.
Gingrich has a very detailed job plan to regain economic well-being to the United States. He wants to stop the 2013 tax increases, in order to create stability, and he wants to dramatically reduce how much corporations are taxed so as to allow more spending on new equipment, thus igniting American manufacturing. Gingrich also plans on repealing, removing, or renewing several programs, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Dodd-Frank Law, and the Food and Drug Administration so as to improve American lives and promote a more laissez-faire trade system.
He, like many Republicans, wants to eliminate Obamacare and implant a different healthcare system that is, according to Gingrich's website newt.org, "pro-jobs and pro-responsibility." This new healthcare plan would allow patients to buy health insurance across state borders, thus increasing competition among insurance companies and reducing prices for the consumers. Gingrich's plan would use a more electronic system that would reduce insurance fraud, saving more than $200 billion dollars a year (newt.org).
Gingrich's plans on protecting our borders and granting visas in his proposed immigration plan. He wants to change the outdated visa system, making acquiring visas quicker and more beneficial to the American economy. By providing these visas, jobs that acquire temporary workers will bloom, tourism revenues would increase, and new, foreign ideas can flow into the American manufacturing industry. Granting legal status to immigrants would require English competency test, a clean criminal record, and the ability to survive without Medicare, Social Security, or any other government programs. Gingrich claims that young immigrants have the right to enlist and earn their citizenship (newt.org).
Gingrich wants to make changes in the education system; he wants to renovate the current system in order to compete with China and India. Gingrich would install a Pell-Grant style system for students from kindergarten to 12th grade, funding schools per pupil. Each state has to raise their standards and expectancy for their students, making sure that the students are ready for the future work force. The new system would encourage local professionals, such as retired physicists, pharmacists, scientists, to "teach one or two hours a day and bring knowledge to the classroom and business-like adult expectations to the students." The system also calls upon states to create colleges that allow students to graduate debt-free, working on campus, and reduce the size of the federal Department of Education, returning power to the states.
Gingrich believes in the importance of investing in the space race and competing with China. Gingrich wants to incentivize the private sector to invest private capital in the race to establish a profitable base on the moon. Gingrich believes that private investment in the space race will benefit the overall economy with new technology and jobs, which will allow the United States to be technologically competitive in the 20th century.
"I think [Gingrich] has some good ideas, but there's just something about him that I don't like," commented Elissa Lombardi, physics teacher at Granite.
Gingrich is not as popular as compared to the other Republican presidency candidates due to the fact of his use of negative media to degrade Republican presidency candidate Mitt Romney. Gingrich has also had three wives, which resonates very deeply among women and casts him in a dark light.
"His personal life is going to kill him [Gingrich]," stated Christine Amann, special projects coordinator at Granite. "To women, he is not loyal, not trustable, and his leadership is questionable as well."
Above Photo: Newt Gingrich is one of the five GOP presidential candidates.(Photo courtesy of Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT Campus)