ELDER PATRIOT – Last night Newt Gingrich told Sean Hannity that, “At the same time, I think when we get to a point where it’s obvious who the nominee is going to be, that nominee does need a bold agenda, and there Speaker Paul Ryan is doing yeoman’s work because he has entire teams of Republicans in the key committees, all of them working on a bold agenda…”
That would be the same Paul Ryan who in 2010 presented the Republican rank and file with “A Pledge to America.” So little, if any, of that pledge has been honored that the ability to link to it has been disabled. It is only available via a direct Google search and, even then, the first page has been scrambled to discourage those who are able to actually find it from scrolling down.
Ryan cannot use the fact that we have a Democratic president as an excuse for the failure to implement any significant part of the pledge. He was given increasing majorities in each successive election from 2010 to 2012 to 2014 and still nothing. In stark contrast stands Newt Gingrich’s 1994 “Contract With America” that was brought forward while Bill Clinton was president. That Democrat president wasn’t able prevent him from getting almost all of it’s common sense initiatives enacted into law.
So when Speaker Ryan brings forth his bold new agenda and says to us (as he told CNBC’s John Harwood he was going to do yesterday,) “Here is what we will do if you, our fellow citizens, will give us the ability to put it in place. Here’s how we get America out of the rut we are in,” why should we trust him now? What makes this agenda any different and more believable than the one he pledged in 2010?
Speaker Ryan cloaks himself as a staunch defender of conservative principles but nothing could be further from the truth. He has regularly campaigned for free-spending, big government Republicans during primary fights when they were under intense challenges from solid conservatives. As far as spending is concerned Ryan has never shied from increasing the size of government and the spending required to fund it.
Paul Ryan is not Newt Gingrich. Nor does he have any intention of trying to be as honest as Newt was with the voters.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me four times, shame on me.