Newt Gingrich: Mitt Romney nixed kosher food funding for Medicare recipients

Newt Gingrich this morning tossed the kitchen sink — no doubt properly cleaned and blessed — at Mitt Romney down in Florida. From Politico.com:

“He eliminated serving kosher food for elderly Jewish residents under Medicare,” Gingrich said. “I did not know this, it just came out yesterday. The more we dig in, I understand why George Soros in Europe yesterday said it makes no difference if it’s Romney or Obama, we can live with either one.

The source of Gingrich’s information was this Friday report in the New York Post:

Mitt Romney is getting heat for a 2003 veto he cast as governor of Massachusetts to reject $600,000 in additional funds for poor Jewish nursing-home residents to get kosher meals.

At the time, Romney said he nixed the funding of about $5 per day because it “unnecessarily” would lead to an “increased rate for nursing facilities” — even as kosher nursing homes were complaining that state-funding-formula changes could force them to close their kitchens.

“I was outraged,” Jeffrey Goldshine, the retired CEO of a company that operated a kosher facility in Massachusetts, told The Post yesterday….
Romney’s spokesman defended his opposition, saying the state was in crisis and the kosher funding veto was needed to head off higher reimbursement rates for Medicaid.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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John

January 30th, 2012
10:47 am

Mark

January 30th, 2012
11:06 am

Mitt is desperate and sinking faster that the Titanic!

Centrist

January 30th, 2012
11:07 am

No coincidence that Florida has one of the highest percentage of Jewish voters when this latest ploy was launched.

Yesterday Gingrich called Romney “somebody who is a pro-abortion, pro-gun-control, pro-tax-increase liberal.” Gingrich also accused Romney of lying. “I don’t know how you debate a person with civility if they’re prepared to say things that are just plain factually false,” Gingrich said.

This came back from one of his high profile supporters:

“Mitt Romney is man of impeccable character,” said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. “It offends me that Newt Gingrich would attack the character of Mitt Romney.”

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty called the attacks “over the line.”

Gingrich is scum. It is time for his supporters to tell him to shut up, and back away. Maybe that is what is happening in Florida.

yuzeyurbrane

January 30th, 2012
11:07 am

Newt stretches his description to scare Jewish “Medicare” recipients, who are every senior who is not on “Medicaid” and thus is a much larger voting group in the GOP primary. Since he is an expert on healthcare (Center of Health Transformation) he well knows that Medicare provides for medical services, not food. The incident to which he is referring is Medicaid. He might have a point there about Kosher food for poor Jewish nursing home residents, as does Romney, but there are very few votes for Newt to mine unless he scares the Medicare recipients or their families. Newt is in fact an expert about the careful use of words in a manner designed to inflame people and help him politically. This is but another example, and not the most heinous, of his mastery of the black art of demagoguery.

Pass the Rye Bread!

January 30th, 2012
11:14 am

People: if Romney was against funding kosher meals for Jews and its on the record, its real. Why bash Newt for telling the truth? Seems for all the “faith of the candidate doesn’t matter” talk about Romney its strange that he’d require poor Jews on Medicaid to eat food outside the bounds of their faith.

Mikey

January 30th, 2012
11:17 am

Headline inaccurate. Governors have control of state funding for MEDICAID. MEDICARE is entirely federally controlled.

chico

January 30th, 2012
11:18 am

Romney’s ability to change position on issues reminds me of as a kid trying to catch a greased pig. Sucker just slips away when you think you have him.

Look before I leap...

January 30th, 2012
11:22 am

@yuz
Your demographics analysis is correct, but Gingrich is not after the Medicare/Medicaid vote, he is after the Jewish vote.

This may also have the added benefit of prompting another large Adelson check.

Edward

January 30th, 2012
11:25 am

Newt complaining about Mitt lying is akin to Dracula saying the nurse at the Red Cross is a blood sucker.

Auntie Christ

January 30th, 2012
11:30 am

The source of Gingrich’s information was (a) report in the New York Post:

So rupert murdoch’s lying candidate quotes from rupert murdoch’s lying newspaper. What else is new? Both the candidate and rupert murdoch’s news corp are proven again and again to be ‘pants on fire’ liars, but clueless, ignorant conservatives continue to worship at their feet. But, I guess it sure beats thinking for oneself, that requires effort.

double

January 30th, 2012
11:42 am

Impeccable character,Jimmy Carter had that.Bill Clinton did not.Which would you like for president?Newt.will be the better for our country,remember we are not electing a saintly leader.We need leadership,one that will not take more from the poor,and middle class and give to the mistletoe parasites.We tried rich $ presidents.You know the results.

Look before I leap...

January 30th, 2012
11:49 am

This is likely to be an unpopular opinion, but since eating kosher is a religious preference, why does it fall to the government and taxpayer dollars to fund it? Would this not be an issue for the local synagogues to address?

If my religion were to mandate that I only eat caviar and filet mignon and drink vintage champagne, do I have a reasonable expectation of the taxpayers to provide that for me in a government funded nursing home?

Newt Gingrich: “Only conservative when he needs to be”

Centrist

January 30th, 2012
11:52 am

Folks who discount self made people because they are no longer poor miss the forest for the trees. Success based on hard work (as opposed to inherited wealth) should be held in esteem.

Many had the same reaction about Supreme Court Justice Clarance Thomas – but that was mostly because he did not espouse the politically correct racist/ victimhood politics.

zeke

January 30th, 2012
11:53 am

it has been rumoured that newt is thinking of converting to judaism before the fl vote…..and then converting to southern baptist for super tuesday

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
12:07 pm

Kosher….is it a need or a luxury?

double

January 30th, 2012
12:10 pm

Zeke-shows Newt is a thinking,improvising person.Not born with silver spoon.Successful.

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
12:13 pm

double….Who was born with a silver spoon?

double

January 30th, 2012
12:19 pm

How about the SHrubs.

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
12:19 pm

Carol

January 30th, 2012
12:32 pm

Centrist
Folks who discount self made people because they are no longer poor miss the forest for the trees. Success based on hard work (as opposed to inherited wealth) should be held in esteem.

++++++++

Where do you see someone saying they have a problem with this?

James Dobson

January 30th, 2012
12:49 pm

Centrist, who of these candidates is “self made’?? Not a one.

James Dobson

January 30th, 2012
12:49 pm

That Newt……”do as I say, not as I do” LOL

Gingrich urges students to get part-time jobs — apparently unlike himself
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gingrich-urges-students-to-get-part-time-jobs–apparently-unlike-himself/2012/01/28/gIQAkAXdYQ_story.html?sub=AR

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
1:03 pm

James….reaching eh?

James Dobson

January 30th, 2012
1:12 pm

UGA, Reaching for what? If its true, its true. You’re saying that Gingrich worked nights, ate spam and did his laundry in a river to put himself through school while all these lazy 3rd graders leech off the gubment?

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
1:13 pm

james….No, what I was saying was, he may have never needed to. Just because HE didnt do it or need to, doesnt mean it is a bad idea.

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
1:17 pm

Chief Media Urologist

January 30th, 2012
1:19 pm

This is an indictment of all candidates Republican, not just Mitt. When your constituents insist that you rule with a sharpened saber and cut all spending without regard to the parties affected or the effect on humanity, you will assuredly alienate those who recognize their profile in the crosshairs.

Newt talks out of both sides of his mouth, or has two ani. Take your pick.

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
1:20 pm

Cheif….That makes absolutely no sense.

Chief Media Urologist

January 30th, 2012
1:25 pm

1. Republicans want to cut federal spending.
2. Mitt cut spending on kosher meals to Jewish elderly.
3. Newt calls this to the attention of the Jewish constituency in Florida.
4. Newt and his constituents would do the same thing under the same circumstances.
5. Newt is pandering.

Casual Observer

January 30th, 2012
1:26 pm

Mikey – Headline quoted what Gingrich said. You are correct that Madicare is federally funded and Medicaid is state funded (although the states get a lot of the money from the feds). But Newt said Medicare, so the headline is accurate based on the quote that prompted the story.

UGA 1999 – For many Jews, yes, Kosher is a need, not a luxury, just like red and black on game day is a need for many Bulldog fans. It is an ingrained part of their basic beliefs.

Pass the Rye Bread – If Newt had said “Medicaid” rather than “Medicare”, then he would have been accurate. See the comments to Mikey.

Look before I leap – Some of the places looking for the addiotional were nursing homes that were providing a Kosher meal, and Mitt’s veto put a squeeze on their funding from the state for any Medicaid patients. Those folks undoubtedly chose a facility that offered Kosher meals because it was important to them to continue to follow their beliefs. To use your example if you picked a home that served only caviar, filet mignon and vintage champagne for religous purposes, as these folks apparently did in chosing homes that offered Kosher meals, would you be upset if the governor then squeezed the funding to make that impossible?

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
1:27 pm

1. Obama claims to want to close the gap between the “upper class” and “middle class”.
2. Unemployment on the middle class rages between 8.6% and 12%.
3. Gas prices are nearing $4 per gallon
4. Obama rejects the Keystone Pipeline.

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
1:27 pm

That is not pandering at all…..it is making a point out of your competition.

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
1:28 pm

Casual…..You just made the exact point I was referencing. It is a WANT versus a NEED.

Chief Media Urologist

January 30th, 2012
1:41 pm

UGA

Newt = Mitt
To “make a point out of your competition” when you AGREE with your competition in principle on the subject is pandering to the fears of the Jewish community.

It’s typical Newt. Hell. It’s typical GOP.

td

January 30th, 2012
1:45 pm

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
1:27 pm

1. Obama claims to want to close the gap between the “upper class” and “middle class”.
2. Unemployment on the middle class rages between 8.6% and 12%.
3. Gas prices are nearing $4 per gallon
4. Obama rejects the Keystone Pipeline.

And if these conditions continue next Oct then Obama will NOT be re elected no matter who the Republican nominee is.

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
1:46 pm

Chief….Obama = Disaster!

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
1:47 pm

emo

January 30th, 2012
1:50 pm

Keystone pipeline is a boondoggle. A few temporary jobs, permanent pollution, to ship foreign oil to the Gulf to be refined and sent to Europe. Yep, lotsa jobs & energy independence? Not for us.

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
1:51 pm

I wonder how this is going to play out in the elections? Obama siding with the criminals!

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-occupy-wall-street-we-are-their-side_598251.html

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
1:52 pm

emo…..permanent pollution? Explain.

You sir are an idiot. The United States has the refineries!! Hahaha….typical left wing propaganda!

Ol' Timer

January 30th, 2012
2:03 pm

Newt’s accusations toward Romney are about as comical as those made by Smathers against Claude Peppers in a race back in the early 50’s where Smathers is alleged to have said from the stump up in the panhandle of Florida: Claude “Red” Peppers is an extrovert who practiced celibacy before marriage. Further he has a brother who is a practicing homo sapien and a sister who is a thespian in New York. Peppers matriculated with many women in college and practiced nepotism with his wife’s sister. . .”

Stupid? Yes. About as stupid as the accusations flying back and forth in the Republican campaign.

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
2:05 pm

Ol’ Timer…..about as stupid as voting for a president that has driven gas prices to nearly $4 per gallon and unemployment near 11%?

emo

January 30th, 2012
2:09 pm

UGA, did you actually go there, or just clean the toilets for the rich kids? I don’t think you’d know the truth if it slapped you in the face. Fortunately for you, you’ve got Fox standing between you and truth, so you never have to think.

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
2:11 pm

emo…..I referenced to MANY facts. Look at the links. I know you guys have a hard time with the truth. Keep up the good work.

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
2:12 pm

emo….so you are saying that you are ok paying $4 per gallon for fuel. And you support a president that feels we should be paying $5?

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
2:13 pm

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
2:16 pm

The United States refines more than three times that of Saudia Arabia…We also have three of the top 9 oil producing refineries in the world!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_oil_refineries

Centrist

January 30th, 2012
2:22 pm

Carol asked “Where do you see someone saying they have a problem with this [self made success]?

double posted @ 11:42 AM “We tried rich $ presidents.You know the results.”

James Dobson posted “Centrist, who of these candidates is “self made’?? Not a one.”

Mitt Romney’s was the youngest of 4 children. His father was an auto executive and later became a Governor. After public schooling and a private prep school he earned a degree at a the very modestly priced Brigham Young University and like Obama earned post graduate degree(s) at Harvard. Mitt Romney started out at an entry level consulting firm job and worked his way to great financial success, was in charge of the Olympics, and became Governor of Massachusetts. I call that self-made.

UGA 1999

January 30th, 2012
2:26 pm

Centrist….AMEN!!! Nice post.

Frederick Douglass

January 30th, 2012
2:31 pm

Allen West, Chris Christie, or the venerable Mitt Romney, would attack Iran at the Strait of Hormuz and seize whatever needed seizing to get gas prices back down to $2.50 a gallon. That same trifecta would also fly to China, India, and Honduras to demand that those 8 million U.S. jobs they took, be returned to our shores……thus sayeth UGA 1999.