[StBernard] 100 Days of Devastatingly Swift Success

Westley Annis Westley at da-parish.com
Wed Apr 29 08:25:16 EDT 2009

100 Days of Devastatingly Swift Success
by Newt Gingrich

To mark President Obama's 100th day in office, I'm going to say something
you might find unexpected, even shocking:

President Obama's first 100 days have been spectacularly successful.

President Obama is the strongest domestic Democratic President since Lyndon
Johnson. His ability to get Democrats in Congress to give him things that
undermine their own power is impressive.

In just 100 days, President Obama has been devastatingly effective in moving
forward swiftly the most radical, government-expanding agenda in American

Successfully Moving to a European Model of Government Control

At home, in everything from his economic policy to his energy policy to his
just-announced science policy, President Obama has successfully moved the
country from a traditional American model of entrepreneurship and private
initiative to a European model of regulation and government control.

Abroad, he has succeeded in his apparent goal to be the un-George W. Bush;
replacing aggressive, if sometimes flawed, American leadership with a
humbled, weakened America on the world stage.

Judged by these standards, President Obama's first 100 days have been a
remarkable success.

Getting Congress to Give Him Things That Undermine Their Own Power

The Obama record in the first 100 days includes three instances of
spectacular political impunity:

* Under the guise of "economic stimulus" he was able to pass a $787
billion gift for his liberal special interest base. And he did it so quickly
that no member of Congress was able to read it before they voted.

* After campaigning on a pledge to end earmarks, he signed an
appropriations bill loaded with 8,000 earmarks - and paid no political

* President Obama has kept congressional Democrats marching with him
in lockstep. House Democrats tow the party line an amazing 94 percent of the
time and Senate Democrats vote Democratic 91 percent of the time.

Two Historic Bureaucratic Power Grabs

In these first 100 days, the Obama Administration has achieved two historic
bureaucratic power grabs:

* President Obama has transformed the Federal Reserve and the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) into giant engines of unsupervised
spending. Together, they've spent the equivalent of the entire federal
budget for 2007, without having to disclose where the money went.

* Just two weeks ago, the President presided over an unprecedented
bureaucratic power grab when his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruled
that greenhouse gases pose a threat to public health. This seemingly
innocuous decision opens the door to wholesale regulation of American life
by government. The threat is so great that politicians and activists are
using the specter of an out-of-control EPA to force Congress to pass a $1
trillion to $2 trillion energy tax in the form of cap-and-trade legislation.

In Foreign Policy, Weakness and Self-Delusion

The Obama 100 days record also includes remarkable weakness and
self-delusion overseas:

* In an attempt to overcome anti-Americanism abroad by agreeing with
it, President Obama has gone on a global apology tour, labeling America as
"arrogant, dismissive and derisive" in front of foreign audiences.

* President Obama has unleashed a domestic war over the meaning of
guilt by caving in to the anti-American left and leaving the door open to
prosecuting Bush Administration officials over the interrogation of
terrorists who plotted to kill Americans.

All Other Obama "Accomplishments" Are Only a
Prelude to His $3.5 Trillion Budget

But all these successful expansions of government at home and retractions of
American leadership abroad are merely a prelude to President Obama's looming
crowning achievement: His 2010 budget which remakes our health care system,
remakes our energy system, raises taxes and forecasts an amazing $9 trillion
increase in the national debt.

As I write this, Democrats in Congress are fashioning a deal to pass the
budget's provisions on health care by preventing Republicans and moderate
Democrats from having a voice in the debate.

Think about that. The Obama-Reid-Pelosi political machine is going to pass
legislation that fundamentally affects every single American - as well as 17
percent of our economy - by cutting the elected representatives of half of
all Americans out of the process.

If they succeed, the budget will be President Obama's most enduring - and
devastating - accomplishment.

Will the Future Bring Change We Can Believe In?
Or a Change in What we Believe?

One thing is clear at this point in President Obama's presidency: His
control of Washington Democrats has been so masterful, and his policies so
successful, that he has officially claimed ownership of the American

Going forward, it won't be possible to continue to place blame on former
President Bush and the Republicans. If President Obama fails, it will be his
failure and his alone.

As for us, the "success" of the first 100 days of the Obama presidency
raises a threatening possibility.

As my daughter and columnist Jackie Cushman
81:230F525AF2E5AEEF8C4864B5F1E1BDB0> put it, if we're not careful, instead
of change we can believe in, we're going to have change in what we believe.

It's something to ponder for the next 1,361 days.

Your friend,
Newt Gingrich

Newt's Quick Links:

* I testified opposite former Vice President Al Gore before the House
Energy and Commerce Committee last week on climate change legislation
establishing a cap-and-trade system to tax energy. Needless to say, there
were some fireworks. You can watch my testimony here
81:230F525AF2E5AEEF8C4864B5F1E1BDB0> .

* I am proud to announce that four CHT Members were listed as "Top 25
Most Powerful Women in Healthcare" by Modern Healthcare

#1 - Angela Braly, President and CEO of WellPoint, Indianapolis
#14 - Karen Ignagni, President and CEO of America's Health Insurance
#17 - Rosemary Kennedy, Chief nursing informatics officer at Siemens
Healthcare, Malvern, Pa.
#18 - Michelle Molden, President and CEO of the Piedmont Heart
Institute, Atlanta

I encourage everyone to nominate
81:230F525AF2E5AEEF8C4864B5F1E1BDB0> an individual (by May 8) for the "100
Most Powerful People in Healthcare".

* I want you to be the first to know about a new book I've written
with my daughter, Jackie Gingrich Cushman. It's called 5 Principles for a
Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours. Jackie and I had a lot of fun
working with people like Rush Limbaugh and General David Petraeus to share
our thoughts on how to live a successful and happy life. 5 Principles for a
Successful Life won't be out until May 12, but you can pre-order now here
81:230F525AF2E5AEEF8C4864B5F1E1BDB0> .

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