Newt’s baaaaaaack, and stomping hard on all the 90′s era dog whistles:
So more Americans now get food stamps therefore and we now give it away as cash,” Gingrich said of President Obama. “You don’t get food stamps. You get a credit card and the credit card can be used for anything. We’ve had people take their food stamp money and use it to go to Hawaii.”
Only one problem, Newtie. You’re lying out your ass.
Each of Gingrich’s claims about food stamps is so ridiculous — especially for a self-styled policy wonk — that we wondered whether he was really intending to be serious. (By publication time, we did not receive answers to several queries made to his press staff.) But the transcript makes it sound like he wasn’t joking, so we’ll assume he wasn’t. For being so ridiculously wrong in so many ways, we rate his statement Pants on Fire.
But you know what? Republicans don’t care about truth. They just hate President Obama (and anyone who looks like him). And that includes portraying “poor people” as the singular cause of all our economic woes.
“Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works,” the former House speaker said at a campaign event at the Nationwide Insurance offices. “So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash,’ unless it’s illegal.”
Gingrich lately has been unspooling an urban policy, beginning with his comments at Harvard University last month when he discussed child labor laws. “It is tragic what we do in the poorest neighborhoods,” Gingrich said then, “entrapping children in, first of all, child laws, which are truly stupid.”
Children in poor neighborhoods, he said, should be allowed to serve as janitors in their schools to earn money and develop a connection to the school.
Really? Newt Gingrich, the first Speaker of the House to be brought up on ethics charges before the full House of Representatives, who faced 84 ethics violations, and was made to pay a $300,000 fine? This is the man lecturing anyone on “work ethics”? I love it. Newt Gingrich’s full title is “Disgraced Former Speaker” for a reason.
Please let this billowing blowhard win the nomination. I’d love to see Barack Obama win Kentucky…and every other state out there.