In Goffstown, Gingrich disses Obama’s speech
As originally appearing in The Union Leader


Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich answers a question from a New Hampshire resident Friday before his speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College. KIMBERLY HOUGHTON

GOFFSTOWN — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, bashing President Barack Obama’s recent jobs speech, said Friday there is no aggressive momentum to create jobs in America.
By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
GOFFSTOWN — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, bashing President Barack Obama’s recent jobs speech, said Friday there is no aggressive momentum to create jobs in America.

“The economy is not recovering,” Gingrich told a group of about 100 people at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College. “We just can’t remain paralyzed.”

Gingrich, who is campaigning for President in 2012, said the nation has a President who doesn’t learn from his mistakes, and that he has had 2½ years to make a change.

“We need leadership now, and it is clear the President is not going to provide it,” he said, describing Obama’s Thursday night speech as disheartening.

Gingrich claimed the President was grandstanding about his American Jobs Act, calling on Congress to pass it. Yet, according to Gingrich, there is no bill and no plan to pay for it. During the “Politics and Eggs” program, Gingrich said proven policies from the Reagan presidency and his own time as House Speaker should be implemented to empower Americans to create jobs.

Reagan praised job creators, which is the exact opposite of Obama’s practices, claimed Gingrich.

“The psychology of optimism changed everything,” Gingrich said of Reagan’s actions.

Obama on Thursday introduced his own plan for creating jobs, which includes spending $447 billion to extend a payroll tax cut, cut taxes on businesses that hire new employees and help roads, schools and teachers.

Aside from supporting the payroll tax cut extension, Gingrich said Obama’s plan is a sequel to his failed stimulus.

Instead, Gingrich highlighted his own Jobs and Prosperity Plan, which would first stop the 2013 tax increases to promote stability in the economy. The presidential candidate said he is opposed to tax increases to solve the deficit, but would rather create more revenue.

His plan includes implementation of an American energy policy, repealing the Dodd-Frank Law that is hurting small businesses and replacing the Environmental Protection agency with an Environmental Solutions Agency.

“If the jobs weren’t shovel-ready after his $800 billion stimulus, which the President himself admitted, why will this be different,” asked Gingrich.

Before his speech at St. Anselm, Gingrich appeared on Fox and Friends, discussing the President’s speech and the bias of elite media. He also planned to make a campaign stop in Exeter.

Andrew Smith, a political science professor at the University of New Hampshire and director of the UNH Survey Center, was in the audience to hear Gingrich’s remarks.

Smith called the former House Speaker’s comments engaging and entertaining, even for some Democrats in the crowd. Smith said he was impressed with Gingrich’s historical knowledge, and how he uses that historical perspective to understand and debate current issues and policies.

In response to Obama’s speech on Thursday, Smith said although it was delivered with renewed energy, he doesn’t believe it connected with people sitting in their living rooms.

“I don’t think it was transformative, or had a big impact in any way,” said Smith.

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