Newt Gingrich, who apparently is clinging to the last seconds of his 15 minutes in order to pay those Tiffany bills, made an appearance on MSNBC's Hardball to discuss the probable Republican candidate of 2012, Mitt Romney. During the discussion, Gingrich announced, "Romney is a lot like Eisenhower."
Romney is a lot like Eisenhower?
During war-time, Eisenhower and his men went country to country defeating the Nazis.
During the war, Romney and his boys went door to door attempting to convert the French.
Eisenhower, a Republican, not only continued the New Deal policies of FDR, he expanded them and created the cabinet level Department of Health. Education and Welfare. Under Eisenhower, benefits were extended to 10 million Americans.
Mitt Romney has stated that he wants to privitize Medicare and increase the age requirement before Americans can obtain their Social Security because he refuses to ask fellow millionaires to pay their full tax bill.
Eisenhower, in his Chance for Peace speech (1953), spoke against increased military spending and referred to arms spending as stealing from the people. He stated,
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter with a half-million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. . . . This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."
Romney has stated that even though the US is going through the worst economic period since the Great Depression, that he would increase military spending.
Eisenhower began the desegregation of the military and forced the issue over opposition stating that "Wherever Federal Funds are expended, I do not see now any American can justify a discrimination of those funds." and went so far as to say, "There must be no second class citizens in this country." President Eisenhower also declared racial discrimination a matter of national security and started the desegregation of the public school systems across the country, as well as the first civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. Apparently if Mitt Romney had a chance there would be discrimination in federal funds and second class citizens based on his attitudes towards women's health care, access to contraception and his unwillingness to go on the record concerning equal pay for women and the Violence Against Women Act. He also supported Don't Ask, Don't Tell and opposes same sex marriages.
Eisenhower was a progressive Republican who didn't pander to the extremists in his party. He stated,
"If the right wing wants a fight, they are going to get it...before I end up, either this Republican Party will reflect progressivism or I won't be with them anymore."
Mitt Romney is supported heavily by those on the far right wing and the statement was made by right wing lobbyist, Grover Norquist, that, "We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don't need a president to tell us which direction to go. We know what direction to go... We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don't need someone to think it up or design it... Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States." (This was said in February 2012 when Romney was already the known front runner.)
The Republican Party has swung so far to the right that one of its' premiere leaders would be classified as a left wing liberal now.
The only means by which Mitt Romney is like Eisenhower is maybe they both liked to play golf and paint...oh, guess not.
So, it would appear that good old Newt knows bupkis about President Eisenhower and his administration and was just utilizing the persona of one of the last Republican presidents that wasn't involved in a major debacle and scandal. Unless, what Newt is actually trying to steathily warn the Tea Partiers, Dominionists and the Kochers that Mitt is more moderate than he seems and is only attempting to con the far right out of their money and then, once elected will act more as a moderate?
No, didn't think so either.