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January 13, 2011

THE REHABILITATION OF NEWT GINGRICH

By Profesor Martin Danenberg "El Quijote del GED"

I spoke with Newt Gingrich last year in Huntington just after he signed his book for people. Once you read this article, you can conclude that property taxes or income taxes could have been lower over the last 25 or more years. The article written about by Newt Gingrich and Pat Nolan could have been done decades ago and this probably could have reduced school taxes as well and made schools better with less money.

Newt Gingrich and Pat Nolan write about prison leaders advocating for the release of people from jail. I mean conservative leaders not prison leaders. The cost was $68 billion in 2010. Think of all the years of doing the same, same, same and conservatives contributed to those high costs at tax payer expense. Texas it says has been doing something new for about 5 years. There really have been big changes. The pipeline to prison has been reduced in this way. Crime was reduced in one year by 10 percent and the crime was lowest it has been since 1973. They write about low cost community supervision for low-risk offenders. This is good news for Democrats and liberals. New York, they write, reduced crime greatly while Florida did not and this was related to their differences in incarceration. I do see that Pat Nolan is a vice-president of the Prison Fellowship and a former member of the California State Assembly from 1984-1988. I wonder what he did as an assemblyman, but I know that the Prison Fellowship has helped ex-prisoners. I just wonder if they are helping as many right now to succeed during this terrible national economy as they did before the collapse of the economy.

It sure is nice to see conservatives make up for policies that have put a huge percentage of minorities behind bars come to their senses. I guess Reverend Al Sharpton must have helped Newt Gingrich in this transition. Reverend Al can tell me if it is so. The truth will come out across conservative states as the racial statistics are released. It is amazing that there is not a single syllable about race in their article. Oops did I say that. I keep asking myself where have the racists gone since the 1960's. Where have they gone? Have they gone into drinking tea or fighting to reduce taxes? Will they agree to pay for huge programs that are needed regardless of the race or ethnicity to finally make America better? Are we heading for a USA that cares about the human race? First of all, I told Newt Gingrich last year that forty million Americans do not have a GED. I would love to see the actions he has taken since I told him about it. Don't I count or is it just Pat Nolan who counts because of the personal relationship he has with Gingrich.

These American leaders have made their mistakes for decades. Four million youth are at-risk and disconnected from work and school. Where are many of them heading? You know the answer. Pat Robertson has been crying because he knows he has done things wrong. The youth who could end up in jail must get more help so they do not end up in jail. This will call for much greater high school dropout prevention and GED help that centers on communities and not just people who are currently seeking the help. Amen Pat Robertson! The current rhetoric is about uniting or continuing to talk about tough individualism that has made America great. I guess the terrible economy is making conservatives more liberal as they feel it in their pockets or try to balance the state and federal budget. To put it another way, Milton Friedman spoke about eliminating bad programs and eliminating bad justice is important to all (finally).

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Profesor Martin Danenberg January 13, 2011 06:37 AM