A pair of Republican doings from last night. This from Atlanta, via the Associated Press:
November’s elections will mark the “expiration date” for the Democratic majority in Washington, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele predicted at a gathering of Georgia Republicans.
“What they’re doing in Washington is all bad,” Steele told the Georgia Republican Party’s 2010 Republican “round up,” a grassroots training session for GOP activists and candidates.
Steele said he wants to put his “footprint on the neck” of Democrats.
“I like that image,” he said with a smile to laughs from the crowd.
And yet, Steele also counseled volunteers not to get caught up infighting, recriminations and name-calling that often characterizes tough political years:
“You have an incredibly good opportunity, don’t waste it on stupidity,” he said.
Then there’s this from Richmond, Va., also via Associated Press:
Until Republicans can retake Congress and repeal the new health care reform law, former U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich said Friday, Republicans there now have a duty to thwart its implementation by blocking its funding in the federal budget.
Gingrich said that government health care spending at the pace the Democratic-passed law anticipates will amass enough debt to wreck the American economy just as Greece’s debt-ridden economy has floundered.
“You don’t have to repeal the bill. You just have to have an appropriations rider that says no money can be spent to implement it,” Gingrich said at a forum that advanced the conservative health care objectives of his Atlanta-based Center for Health Transformation.
Gingrich, a persistent critic of what he calls “Obamacare,” said that the new policy can never succeed because there isn’t enough capital worldwide to lend to support the trillions of dollars he says it will cost.
“We’re right at the edge of a catastrophic failure of government-funded and government-directed health systems, and there is going to be a great deal of turmoil as they try to implement this,” he told reporters after the forum.
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