Gingrich: This is baloney! Every major poverty-stricken city is run by Democrats

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich pointed out something Sunday that many Democrats won’t admit – that every major poverty-stricken city is run by Democrats.

ABC’s Jonathan Karl, sitting in as host of “This Week,” asked if Republicans should be talking about income inequality and referred to the homeless problem in New York City.

“Absolutely,” Gingrich said. “And without talking about government, say, surely a society that cared, that believed every person was endowed by their creator with the right to pursue happiness, would come up with a better solution than 22,000 children that are homeless.”

Republicans have to rethink their indifference to the poor, Gingrich said, but Democrats have to ask themselves why the war on poverty hasn’t worked over the past 50 years.

Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich attempted to place blame on Republicans for not passing jobs bills, supporting low-income housing or providing better opportunities.

Gingrich responded with a resounding, “This is baloney.”

“Every major city which is a center of poverty is run by Democrats,” he said. “Every major city. Their policies have failed, they’re not willing to admit it and the fact is it’s the poor who suffer.”

Watch the exchange here via NewsBusters:

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  • car333

    Newt hit it right on the button, but you must remember one little thing. George Bush was the cause of all the failures. If you don’t believe me just ask any Dumacrat.

    • NoCrud

      The reason Bush is the great enemy of the Democrats is because Bush is high on the Valerie Jarrett revenge list.

    • chrisnfolsom

      Yes you are so right, Bush had nothing to do with the economy and thus cannot take any blame. Interesting that a president did nothing for eight years – is that good or bad. NO ONE is blaming anyone for everything, but if Bush didn’t have any effect what in the hell was he doing?

      • Liberalbasher1955

        Bush had a lot to put up with. The world trade center being nailed and Barney Frank torpedoing his last two years in office !

        • chrisnfolsom

          Yes, no one is saying Bush had nothing to deal with – although I would say that Obama has much more opposition as he didn’t have a disaster to help him wage war, or a bunch of extra money to give away. NO president has it easy, good or bad, but I have never heard the opposition plan to just do nothing (not even what they should) to stop a president. I don’t remember the specific Barney Frank stuff – I will have to look it up.

          • HonestToAtee

            If you are unaware of Barney Frank then you should STOP posting now, you are the most uninformed writer in the blogosphere.

          • chrisnfolsom

            I am aware of Barney Frank – he isn’t in politics anymore – does talk from time to time, I just don’t remember the specific facts about how he ruined Bush. Sorry I don’t follow all your conservative talking points… . and you are the most overstating person on the blogosphere.

          • HonestToAtee

            Why don’t you use google for a day or so and then come back to us here! Barney Frank didn’t ruin Bush, he took part in the Communist redistribution system that ruined the housing market and lead to the global economic meltdown and historic suffering worldwide! You Communists always blame Capitalism for Socialist systems and schemes that always fail!

          • chrisnfolsom

            OK, I had not known that you guys blamed the whole financial crisis on Barney Frank – now your accusations make sense although I think that he had some help, and that he didn’t bundle the loans and sell them as AAA, or actively sell loans that he know would not stand up – as I personally experienced (didn’t take it) from a country wide rep – all so that they got their bonuses up front… Yes there is some blame, but I didn’t hear too many complaints and I do remember Bush saying that under his administration a higher percentage of Americans owned houses then ever before – so he wasn’t attacking the system yet. I don’t blame Bush for everything, but somehow Obama is ruining America – interesting.

          • HonestToAtee

            Listen up, this is your study period:

            “From 1994 to 2003, Fannie and Freddie’s purchases of mortgages, as a percentage of all mortgage originations, increased from 37% to an
            all-time high of 57%, effectively cornering the conventional conforming
            market. With leverage ratios that averaged 75-to-1, and funds raised
            with implicit government backing, the GSEs were pouring money into the
            housing market. This in itself would have driven the housing bubble.
            But it also appears that, perhaps as early as 1993, Fannie Mae began
            to offer easy financing terms and lowered its loan standards in order to
            meet [Congressionally] mandated affordable housing goals and fulfill the
            company’s trillion-dollar commitment. For example, in each of the years
            2000 and 2001, the first years for which data are available, 18% of
            Fannie’s originations–totaling $157 billion–were loans with FICO scores
            of less than 660 (the federal regulators’ cut-off point for defining
            subprime loans). There is no equivalent data available for Freddie, but it is likely that its purchases were proportionately the same, amounting
            to an estimated $120 billion.”

            http://www.forbes.com/2009/02/13/housing-bubble-subprime-opinions-contributors_0216_peter_wallison_edward_pinto.html

          • HonestToAtee

            And lets go to the video tape of Democrats in their own words creating the housing bubble that blew up the world economy! And Obama with his ACORN thugs was right in the middle of it!

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr1M1T2Y314

      • CatLadyHouston

        There were a lot more people employed under George W than there ever has been under Obama. I don’t recall having to worry about finding another job, UNTIL Obama came into office.

        • chrisnfolsom

          First of all what you have to deal with has little to do with the numbers. Second, NO ONE is happy about unemployment. Third, Obama has not been able to do much to affect policy as all he gets is a brick wall and in reality the only that that has been done is what the Republicans have been fighting for – Trickle Down Economics as the rich HAVE NEVER been richer – so where are the jobs? Now, a fact is that for Obama;s first four years there are been 1.2 million new jobs while GW only had 1million over his entire eight years….and the trend is there will be even more, perhaps 1.5 million by the time he is out of office. Again, NO ONE is happy, and everyone wants more, but you could not give the rich and businesses any more help by being able to borrow money for almost nothing, but they are not creating jobs – so ask you business guys you love and trust so much where the jobs are?

          • Carline D. Long Jr.

            LOL I would believe the 1.2 million are Different Jobs, because loosing 500,000 full time jobs become 1,000,000,000 part time jobs with no benefits under Obama

          • chrisnfolsom

            Remember, Obama or Bush don’t create jobs – they just help grease the process. I agree the new jobs suck, but how many good/vs bad jobs were lost from Bush? Also, Bush had a HUGE amount of military scale up and Homeland Security and Government jobs – yes we needed many of those, but the amount of money and jobs from Bush were the biggest federal budget expansion since FDR 70 years ago. From 1990 to 2000 the 22 agencies turned into the DHS went from 9 billion to 11 billion. in 2001 it went to $13 Billion, 2002 $29 Billion, 2003 $34 Billion, 2004 $28 Billion and by 2008 was back to $34 Billion… Strange for a “small government republican. Now I know all the Tea Party people say “he wasn’t my president”, but he is in your party, you vote for him, you get the good and the bad. And I am not saying Bush was bad for this, but it was alot of money, and he didn’t make cuts, or taxt to pay for it – he just gave money away to all of us while spending more – I don’t see why that doesn’t piss more people off. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/oct/19/big-government-gets-bigger/?page=all

          • HonestToAtee

            Barack Obama is the Barry Bonds of Big Government. He offers America
            liberalism on steroids. While he earns grand slams for spending and
            debt, his pitiful results constitute strikeouts.

            http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/280861/obama-grows-government-record-shattering-pace-deroy-murdock

          • chrisnfolsom

            You just quoted the article? it is an attack article – this has been the largest recession in years – of course the federal spending (the war too) will go up as private sector business drops – although it is going up. What you are trying to say is that he has some agenda to spend money, to “steal” taxes and such. There have been problems as we all know as with ALL presidents. He is trying to do alot and in spite of all the attacks we still will have to see what really doesn’t work as none of the “scandals” I have seen have been proven – no matter how many times Faux News reports them over and over and over. As they learned with the election last year – you can’t just will crap to happen as there is a reality you have to answer to eventually.

          • HonestToAtee

            You might just be practicing for Jay Carneys job as he is surely near death from all the lying! Keep up the parroting, you sound just like him! Faux News, ha ha ha, I love it, every time you Communists are hit with facts you pul! Even though I did not quote FOX News!

          • chrisnfolsom

            That is all Obama’s fault? The rich and businesses have made more money in the last 5 years then in a log time – where is the trickle down?

          • HonestToAtee

            Are you a dumbo or what? Obama has used the Executive Privilege and Executive orders so often that Congress might as well shut down for good!! WHAT A DUNCE!

            I guess you missed Obama giggle when he said this, “I guess shovel ready wasn’t so ready”! THAT WAS A GREAT LAUGH HUH MORON?

            And please explain why the US Employment participation rate is at it’s worst in 30 years!!

            http://www.cnbc.com/id/100610528

          • chrisnfolsom

            Dumbo? Sorry, but that is a first for me. So what is Obama supposed to do, nothing as congress won’t let him?

            Yes a black man giggling is annoying – better then a white man who starts off by saying “we are measured by what we don’t get done”…

            Employment – doesn’t that have something to do with the worst recession in 70 years? And that is added to the evisceration of manufacturing in America creating a huge shift down for many people causing them to be disillusioned with the opportunities out there? And I am sorry to say this, but the majority of job loss and financial problems happened before Obama was in office – I know that argument doesn’t work as Obama assumes all fault when he became president, but that was a problem.

            Thanks for the link – we all know there are problems except congress which would rather do nothing then help.

          • HonestToAtee

            You are obviously a Union member!!!
            I despise what you and your Communist clan has done to exactly what you complain about, US manufacturing, yes sir, thanks to Union thugs and the bloated contracts forced on business owners we lost all of our top industry over the last 50 or so years. The garment industry, steel, auto and the rest! Yes sir, you are right, Obama is not responsible for everything, Progressivism and Communist policies which he carries the water for is the cause of our demise. SOCIALISM SUCKS AND OBAMA IS A SOCIALIST!! Nothing else matters! Until him and the rest of you Progressives are out of power we will all suffer! Maybe not you personally so much as I believe you are living on a fat pension as are many who sucked from the teet of the hard working Americans!

      • HonestToAtee

        Back to your cell now chris, your yard time is up!

  • Randy Coombes

    “Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich attempted to place blame on Republicans for not passing jobs bills, supporting low-income housing or providing better opportunities”….you see, in the mind of a liberal progressive Marxist democrat, jobs bills, low income housing and providing better opportunities is the responsibility of the imperial federal government and not the individual….a person who takes responsibility for their own choices in life will pursue an education, find a job on his own, pay for his/her own housing and move up the ladder without getting a handout from the taxpayer…in some cases people have no choice but to accept some form of government aid and that’s what it’s there for…applying for and taking government assistance isn’t a “career choice”, it’s throwing up your hands and putting your full faith in the government to give you what you need from cradle to grave….that’s not what this country was founded on…it was founded on hard work, dedication and the right to pursue anything you want to be if you work hard and take individual responsibility for your life choices…..

    • chrisnfolsom

      Sorry, Marxism is your label – socialism is more the ticket, and I know of no Republicans – even Tea Party members publicly ready to attack social security, medicare, military (should be free market of course), all schools, all roads as well as all the other “Marxist” institutions out there – none of least more hypocritical then law enforcement and fire which are so anti democrat this and that, but enjoys those great pensions and pay (in many areas) and owe their lifestyle to unions. They work hard, but get paid an awful lot – with pensions compared to the average worker who is getting no pension and shitty health care.

      • Liberalbasher1955

        When you give something to the masses it’s hard as hell to take it away. Thx God Obamacare is such a train wreck that people have seen it for what it is and are screaming to get rid of it !

        • chrisnfolsom

          I agree about the giving thing – it is tough as in all those public service jobs that are costing our cities, counties, states and federal governments insane amounts of money – most private companies got rid of all those liabilities….don’t exactly know what to do, but something has to be done.

          • HonestToAtee

            Please provide the source for this tripe!!!

      • CatLadyHouston

        the Dems just love to spout this garbage until it is so repetitious you can almost quote WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO SAY NEXT. When our Country is gone forever, it will still be Bush’s fault. Not the one who hates America and has surrounded himself with NOTHING BUT America Haters and communists.

        • chrisnfolsom

          Saying that Bush’s 8 years in office affects what Obama has to deal with is hardly stretching anything. Sorry, he handed off quite a bit and you cannot deny that – well, you can, but that would be ridiculous. Is anyone blaming Bush for everything – NO, so please stop taking everything to extremes – there are grey areas in ideas. America Haters? Are you serious? There are few who respect and appreciate America MORE than immigrants – they after all had to work to get here, and it it was not for immigrants we would not have made it to the moon, the silicon valley would NOT have happened – all the Jews who built Wall Street would be somewhere else so please stop labeling the people who helped generate a huge amount of our current income as anti American. I understand many in America are scared – hell I am as the world has changed, but screaming holy hell and pointing fingers is what a scared child does, not a member of society interested in solutions.

          • HonestToAtee

            Obama should not have run for POTUS if he was unprepared to do what he promised, but he was LYING ALL ALONG! His intention was global wealth redistribution from Americans to Islamists worldwide!! He is achieving that goal just fine too! And don’t challenge me on this, it will be my pleasure to bring forth all that Obama has done for his muslum brothers!!

      • HonestToAtee

        I am attacking Social Security right here and now, I am sick and tired of you Communists continuing that lie, the SS system is empty and a ponsi scheme created by Communists like you and we Tea Party Americans would like nothing more than to have it finally die along with the rest of your Communist schemes so we can at last get back to the decent Capitalist system that built America and maintained the lowest unemployment rates in history! WE DON’T WANT OUR MONEY STOLEN BY YOU COMMIES ANYMORE!!!

  • NoCrud

    Democrats are famous for trying to blame Republicans for what they are actually doing. It’s as if they want to make the first jump into the blame game, as if they are afraid that if they do not, they will be blamed deservedly. One problem is that too many Republicans are so concerned with being seen as “gentlemen” that they fall into the Democrat PC cesspool and just stand in front of a camera, smile and talk about the price of tea in China.

    Democrats are people that have to be met at the door and taken to the floor. It’s the ONLY think they understand. But even then, it’s a brief respite because they will pull back and fall into the old Socialist/Union attitude of “Well, we lost this time but we will win next time.” Unless you totally eliminate Democrats/Socialists, they will continue to come back time-after-time. They are never defeated, they are only constrained for a while. They have the patience of Job: They consider a setback merely a time to recharge their batteries and come back full charge later.

    Republicans/Conservatives have to have the mindset that if they are not willing to completely eliminate the Threat from the Left, then they must be prepared to fight the same battle over and over and wonder if they will ever win. Even giving the Democrats/Leftists half of America is not enough to them: They want it all and will not be satisfied with only part of the American Pie. It’s because they are smarter than we are ☺and☺ “know” theirs is the better way. Ha!

  • EliseR

    Rated as “mostly false” by Politifact.

    http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2013/dec/15/newt-gingrich/new-gingrich-says-poverty-problems-are-tied-democr/

    Also note that some of the richest cities in the country (including Boston and San Francisco) are run by Democrats.

    • jfmoris110

      “As you can see, out of the top 5 poorest major cities, two are led by Republicans — Miami and Fresno, Calif. When we expand that to the top 20, we find three Republican mayors. “

      Sounds more like “mostly true” for the first 5, and overwhelmingly true for the top 20. And lets not forget the higher cost of living in demoncrat hellholes. On the other hand, many of those counted as poor are probably criminals, another big feature of democrats.

      Those two R cities in the top 5 are Fresno and Miami. I’d suspect a lot of illegals and others who don’t have legal income, wouldn’t you?

      • EliseR

        Again, you choose to ignore the facts. And take a look at the poorest states. Mostly southern red states in the Bible Belt.

        • jfmoris110

          Some states have an advantage of being close to;the geyser of money flowing from Washington DC. Some have an advantage of being port cities in a time we export raw materials to the opposite side of the globe, and import finished goods.

          A quick look at the census report (distribution level by state, with totals) , I am surprised by a couple things:

          -how high the ratio of the ultra-wealthy is in the blue states. What do you suppose their political influence is?

          – how narrow the difference is between median incomes in those poor red states, and the high cost blue ones.
          Given a choice of makikg 55k$ in MT, or 66k$ in NY seems like an easy call- unless you are feeding at the govt. or wall street trough, and in the higher brackets?

        • chrisnfolsom

          And most of those states get MORE in taxes then they pay – talk about socialism…

        • Liberalbasher1955

          What I think you miss also is that when demo-rats control DC the money well over flows to their allies in those blue states and cities. While Red states are punished. Look at what the SLRB did to Boeing when it wanted to open a plant in the Carolinas. A plant that would cost no union jobs but the SLRB shut down a plant already built !!

          • chrisnfolsom

            There are many specific things you can point at to make any argument – the overall issues with good jobs is that they are not here, and we are all watching “reality tv”, then learning anything and becoming more marketable. If you don’t talk about what you have and plan for the future – how many hours a year??? How can you expect to actually do well in that future?

      • PMM

        If you are talking about any city in California (liberal land), I would be almost guaranteed there are many illegals and Miami is a given! So you would be correct there, and for the rest, I also suspect that the republicans that get elected are liberal republicans or rinos.

        • chrisnfolsom

          1st – not all California is liberal – we have had republican (although many of you would say they are not “real” Republican mayors). California may be more expensive, but we pay more too. It’s a bit amazing as most of the world wants to live in California – I know not all, just those without some idiotlogical problem with California.

          No place is perfect, and all places generally have some good aspects – unless of course you just want to hate something like many conservatives do.

          The “good old days” of the 60′s – 80′s are gone, and will never be back. They were here because America was making things the world could not at the time, and there was much less global marketing – there was some. The ONLY reason businesses pay more for labor is if they have to – they don’t now, so never will – at least for the middle and lower jobs

          Those good union jobs that created the lower middle class and boosted everyone’s income are gone, and soon the other union jobs left – government and some trades will die too when they figure out how as they are unsustainable. We need to talk about how low we can/will go so we can be competitive and figure out how to live there. You can pound your chest and think American Exceptionalism all you want, but in the end it’s what service or product you can provide at what price to make a buck. There is no “welfare” in world economics.

          • Liberalbasher1955

            If most of the world wants to live n good ole California why in it hemorrhaging population and businesses. The only population that is expanding are the illegals !!!!

          • chrisnfolsom

            Yes – although with a recession it’s harder to live in more expensive areas – that’s just the reality. My statement was “want’s to live” and many want to live in California… perhaps not people you know, but they are not hard to find… All the gloom and doom of the taxes and “bad business” climate – people still do business here, and California still generates huge amounts of business for the entire country and the world.

    • jksopinion

      haven’t been to the other states. But I live in Oklahoma, and if we’re the poorest than this country should be richer than Dubai. we are one of the leading energy producers in the country, and are FAR from being poor. just check our crime statisics

      • EliseR

        You are the 10th poorest. Mississippi is the poorest.

        • jksopinion

          ya, according to politifact? nice try. instead of trying to correct me, address LMW51

    • LMW51

      Politifact? The same group that took three years to figure out the President and the rest of the Democrats were lying to the nation about “if you like your plan you can keep your plan, period!”?

      If you want to know the TRUTH, you have to look deeper my friend. Let’s take a look at that poor state of Oklahoma shall we? While considered a “conservative” state, one has to look deeper to realize that that only is accurate with NATIONAL elections. The state has more registered Democrats than Republicans and consistently votes in Democrats to run their localities. And its poverty rate at 17.2% in 2011 was LOWER than New Jersey’s (24.7%). Not quite what Politifact wants you to think now is it?

      And let’s look at Maryland shall we? Their poverty rate has jumped 12.5% since Obama took office…and that was for 2010. At 10.8% it is higher than its been in two decades! And what about that “income equality” we hear so much about from the Liberals? The wealthiest 3 percent of Marylanders earn 36 percent of the state’s income, while Maryland’s poorest 24 percent earn just 9 percent. There was only one GOP Governor of that state since the 1960′s…

      Oh, and New Jersey has a higher poverty rate than South Carolina…24.7 vs 17%. Again, not quite what Politifact wants you to think.

      Anyhoo…hopefully you get the point. Politifact is a liberal group that seeks to HELP the Democrats who run the local governments where we find high murder rates, high unemployment and lots of that income equality you all scream so much about….dig deeper. You might find that Newt was right and good old Robert was simply spewing more of his propaganda.

      • chrisnfolsom

        Maryland? Do you think the sequester might have had an effect? You can cite specifics about all kinds of things to show anything. You have to look at trends. It’s like saying there is an epidemic of shootings when there is a new killing spree (especially with cute victims) – one case of a crazy person does not make a trend just as one state like Oklahoma doesn’t necessarily mean they are doing anything better, and having natural resources does not make you a financial genius – just watch the Beverly Hillbillies…that’s luck.

        • Liberalbasher1955

          I smell cyber warrior !!!

          • chrisnfolsom

            what is that, someone who asks you questions? If all you want to do is have unanswered ranting then let me know. I have not used 4 lettered words, expletives or ranted. I just ask questions and want to talk as this is a discussion. I know I differ from many of you, but I am looking for answers like us all.

          • LMW51

            chrisnfolsom…

            The sequestration did not begin until January 1 2013 so no, Maryland’s increasing income inequality and increasing poverty level does NOT have anything to do with it….since IF you read what I wrote, the numbers were from 2010…..released in 2011 which is the latest year that ALL the states can be compared at this point.

            And I used four states not one. Maryland, South Carolina, Oklahoma and New Jersey. Do I need to do your research for you? You could do the poverty level comparisons yourself….but I know…its far easier to read propaganda than to actually dig deeper.

  • Doug

    Baloney is good but Genoa salami rocks.

  • Arden Hale

    The democratic party would die without poverty. They need people to be poor. Who would they patronize if it was an all rich environment?

  • Michael Parker

    50 + years the demoturds have been saving the minorities, 50 + years the minorities have voted and supported the demoturds. How’s it worked so far? Keep doing the same thing and reap the same results. I know what I would do if I was needing a real change.

  • prowzee68

    10 Poorest cities in America and how it happen. Citys, State , % of people below the poverty level. #1 Detroit , MI 32.5% #2 Buffalo , NY 29.9% #3 Cincinnati , OH 27.8% #4 Cleveland , OH 27.0% #5 ST Louis , MO 26.9 % #6 Miami , FL 26.8% #7 El Paso , TX 26.4% #8 Milwaukee , WI 26.2 % # 9 Philadelphia , PA 25.1 % # 10 Newark ,NJ 24.2 %. What do the top 10 cities ( over 250,000 ) with the highest poverty rate all have in common? Detroit , MI (1st on the poverty rate list ) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1961. Buffalo , NY (2nd) hasn’t elected one since 1954.Cincinnati OH ( 3rd ) since 1984 , Cleveland , OH (4th) 1989 , Miami ,FL has never had a Republican mayor , St Louis , MO (6th) since 1949 , El Paso , TX (7th) has never had a Republican mayor , Milwaukee ,WI (8th) since 1908 Philadephia , PA since 1952 , Newark ,NJ (10th) since 1907. Einstein once said , “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” It is the poor who habitually elect Democrats…….yet they are still POOR. “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot srengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by takingaway peoples initiative and independence. You canoot help people permanently by doing for them , what they could and should do for themselves.” ABRAHAM LINCOLN

    • Doug

      Why can’t the GOP make inroads in these blighted cities. Is it because it doesn’t suit their overall purpose.

      • chrisnfolsom

        If you don’t believe in government then how can you make it work? If you live out in the boonies you can be master of your domain. In a city you live above, under and next to many and need police, services and such as there is NO other way to survive – you have to be social, and realize you rely on a social contract so government is not only your friend, but needed for you to live your life – not matter how much it pisses you off.

        • Doug

          Good point.

      • Liberalbasher1955

        As I said before. When you give something to the mob ! IE bread (Welfare, WIC. unemployment going on five years.) and games (Barry and the Demo-ratic party promising the world). The Mob will only vote for those that have given to them. Many of those poor under informed like to vote more than once also. LOL

        • Doug

          Weak point.

        • chrisnfolsom

          Why do I keep getting LOL on conservative statements – is something funny about this subject? You make a statement cutting down someone else and use your “Demo-ratic” and other cute words – which really don’t annoy anyone, but then say LOL?

          “The Mob” is more the block of people who want companies to spontaneously create good jobs like 30 years ago – which will not happen with a world economy. “The Mob” is a group of people who want to get paid Union wages again, but don’t recognize what work in America was like before unions gave us a weekend, health care, job security and safety. Yes, everything costs some money, and YES Unions screwed things up in the 90′s, but so did businesses who outsourced so many jobs (and their associated supply chains and support companies) – the Global Economy was a new thing many businesses and countries made large errors – but they learned and don’t keep wishing for something that cannot exist anymore. We need a new solutions – not socialism per se, but something new that will work, and there is one thing through all of history that is so evident to day and that is divide and conquer – we are doing to ourselves what China, the EU and all the Terrorists could not do and eating ourselves alive – we HAVE to work together before we have no money, no jobs and are really desperate.

      • prowzee68

        Because Democrats always vote Democrat , the people are not smart enough to see that it is the Democrats that are keeping them poor.

  • LiuD

    Clinton era’s economic success was because of Newt. It took the GOP dominated Congress to drag Clinton kicking and screaming to economic prosperity and a balanced budget. I do give Clinton credit for working with the GOP Congress and it alwasy takes two to tango… but Reich was a boob then and he’s still one now! He’s just dead wrong… too bad the current occupier in the White House cares nothing about economic prosperity and so Americans will continue to suffer needlessly… shame.

    • Liberalbasher1955

      Don’t bring that up it only confuses the left ! LOL

  • cumiadom

    Sec. Reich is entitled to his idiot opinion. However the facts prove him wrong. Can’t argue with Newt disarming argument. All major cities run by Democrats have become poverty centers due to the Dems failed policies. Liberal policies work just until they run out of other people’s money. Because they don’t stimulate wealth creation but parasite survival.
    Note: See Detroit.