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Saturday, March 23, 2019

To look closely at Newt Gingrich is to see a failed statesman who pocketed tens of millions of dollars by exploiting his political celebrity and government connections over the past decade or so. Although the former Speaker never registered as a lobbyist, the corporations that financed his “for-profit” think-tank and his consulting firm weren’t simply charmed into writing those enormous checks.

But for Republican primary voters, Gingrich’s blatant buckraking may not be nearly as troubling as what he helped his corporate masters to achieve on Capitol Hill. Having accepted large sums from major drug companies as well as PhRMA, the industry lobbying group, he reportedly helped to push through the Bush administration’s Medicare drug benefit – which is anathema to the right-wing Tea Party voters whose support he is now courting.

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13 responses to “Did Drug Firms Hire Gingrich To Back Medicare Drug Benefit?”

  1. markirishi says:

    Y’all gotta get it straight, Newt is an educator. He is merely providing information for these wonderful job producing . . .

  2. pbillp65 says:

    Of course the “Newt” was paid to support the Bush or any big business, big money policy/law that the 1% want to impose on the rest of us. He will give his influence and support to whomever pays him the most money. So remember in November,
    A Vote for Newt is a Vote for the Best President money can buy.

  3. peteserb says:

    I find it amusing that the memo manages to find fault with any leading contender for the GOP nomination. Rarely if ever (Mostly never) does the memo publish an article critical of the left. This isn’t journalism, it is fraud disguised as journalism. Perhaps the memo could change it’s name to “PRAVDA”.

  4. MrMiagi says:

    The readers of the National Memo don’t follow Faux News, the real propaganda machine in this country. Incidentally правда (pravda) means truth, something you will never get from a repbulican.

  5. nevadarose says:

    Believe we need to stop electing people who really can buy the privilege of being President should not be allowed to run. Because there are well qualified individuals out there that do not have money to buy their way into power. Right now our countries word is not worth a plug nickle. We have a congress that acts like children and a senate that has no power to get things passed due to the congress. Bottom line what power does a president have out side of limited. Yet we elected them on the basis of what they say. Personally as it goes right now I would recall the entire congress and most of the senate and have another election. Because we are the people that elected them to mess us over. Not just the seniors but the entire country is in dire jeopardy of self destruct. And as far as who went to bed with whom, FOR GET IT. What matters is what can be done to save this country from its own self destruction. Run your election on the facts of qualification. Stop the underhanded tactics because your the one who will not be elected as the public is tired of the trash everyone is slinging. It says loads of what type of president you would be. We the people are watching to see who can run a clean campaign . We do not care what party you belong to this go round. So smarten up.

  6. peteserb says:

    Pravda was the name of the russian daily newspaper. It’s not unlike the liberals here in the USA. Rarely did it print the truth. The only truth was what the marxist dictators wanted it to be. Not much different than, The New York Times, The Washington post or The LA Times.

  7. j_berry50 says:


    The U.S. Congress sets a federal budget every year in the trillions of dollars. Few people know how much money that is, so we created a breakdown of federal spending in simple terms. Let’s put the 2011 federal budget into perspective:”
    “”””• U.S. income: $2,170,000,000,000″”
    “”””• Federal budget: $3,820,000,000,000″”
    “”””• New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000″”
    “”””• National debt: $14,271,000,000,000″”
    “”””• Recent budget cut: $ 38,500,000,000 (about 1 percent of the budget)””
    “””” “”
    “”””It helps to think about these numbers in terms that we can relate to.””

    “”””Therefore, let’s “”remove eight zeros from these numbers”” and pretend this is the household budget for the fictitious Jones family.””
    “”””• Total annual income for the Jones family: $21,700″”
    “”””• Amount of money the Jones family spent: $38,200″”
    “”””• Amount of new debt added to the credit card: $16,500″”
    “”””• Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710″”
    “”””Amount cut from the budget: $385″” “

  8. mrkelly.burch says:

    It is rare when True Believers (peteserb) commenting on articles can address the content of the columns. If someone would dispute Newt’s having peddled influence, and sold out both his True Conservatism as well as his ‘Deficit Hawk Creds, then he/she should do it.

    Pete, my friend, you are doing what all close minded people do when faced with information you don’t want to acknowledge: Snarking that liberals aka ‘socialists,’ aka ‘Nazis’, aka ‘communists’, aka ‘anti-americans’ are trying to (fill in the blanks) 1. ‘ruin America’, 2. ‘enslave patriots’ 3. ‘further the NWO’ 4. ‘take away our Rights’ etc.

    That isn’t ‘commenting’ it’s blathering ignorance. Keep doing it though! It solidifies the Victim Identification Program (code name: VIP) which we socialists are building to NWO your butts into our concentration camps where all of you will be required to pedal bicycle-energy-generators 24/7 to supplement our power grid which will burn your guns into pot metal. Rest assured, we are not interested in killing you, we only want to enslave you for the entertainment value, our having eschewed ‘capitalism’, ‘consumerism’, ‘materialism’ and ‘greed’. (At least in our hearts)

  9. Deskjet says:

    Republicans / Tea Party / Fox News / John Boehner / Eric Cantor to me are equal to Adolf Hitler, spreading hate, distrust, lies, and anything else to destroy President Obama and the Rights of the American people!!!!!!!!!!!
    For you young people, Adolf Hitler was the man who started WWII and propaganda and hate killed 3,000,000 Jews.
    As soon as by one’s own propaganda even a glimpse of right on the other side is admitted, the cause for doubting one’s own right is laid. Adolf Hitler
    Demoralize the people from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, character assassination. This is the war of the future.
    Adolf Hitler
    Hate is more lasting than dislike.
    Adolf Hitler
    How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.
    Adolf Hitler

    Republicans / Tea Party It’s NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! Do it our way or hit the highway!!!

  10. Loreto says:

    Let’s not forget why the Speaker was “forced” to resign, Money. The four mil he made from his book while sitting on the Speaker’s Chair. Everyone who follows Gingrich knows his love of big money. Instead we should follow his affairs for leading the impeachment of President Clinton for what he calling “perjurying” himself during the investigation of the Monica case. I guess sex is more fun than money, expecially if it’s free. Perhaps Mr. Gingrich’s multiple affairs as speaker cost him so much money, he needed the 4 mil to pays for his goodies? Funny, he was the one ousted, not Mr. Clinton. What goes around comes around.

  11. RayCohn says:

    One of the reasons Newt Gingrich — who was ousted as House speaker by his own party — is surging in the presidential race that conservatives, with good reason, don’t trust Mitt Romney because he constantly flip flops on issues depending what office he is seeking and who his opponent is.

    But the irony here is that Newt Gingrich — a much more vicious and savvy politician — has been at least as bad, if not worst, in switching positions as Romney.

    People can change positions on issue if circumstances change. That is not the case on an issue like abortion. When Romney ran for the US Senate in liberal Massachusetts he supported a woman’s “right to choose.” But now that he is running in the ultra conservative Republican Party for president, he is not only against Roe vs. Wade, but he actually told a commentator on Fox News that he supports “a pesonhood constitutional amendment.” Such an amendment would subject a woman who used the birth control pill to a murder or manslaughter charge.

    That is not a switch of position based on changing circumstances. That is political expediency. The only circumstance that changed is the constituency Romney faced.

    But Newt Gingrich’s changes of position are based on even a worst motive — greed. Perhaps fitting the GOP — the Greed Old Party.

    We all know Romney worked with (conservatives crawl into hiding) with Democratic health care guru Sen. Ted Kennedy to pass a health care plan in Massachusetts that requires people to purchase health care insurance. Kennedy got Democrats in the Legislature of his home state to pass it. Romney hailed it as a national model.

    President Barack Obama used it as his model for the health care reform Republicans now label and despise as “Obamacare.” Now that he is running for president, Romney vows to repeal it. Apparently fearing communication he and/or his aides had with Obama and/or his aides might emerge, former gubernatorial aides to Romney destroyed all their e-mails. Shades of George W. Bush.

    But Newt’s flip flop on this issue is even worst. Thanks to the reluctance of the corporate press to report “lies” — especially ones not in the interest of the corporate world — one of the best kept secrets is that the idea of mandated purchase of health care insurance is a Republican idea.

    Let’s go back to 1993 when then President Bill Clinton appointed his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, to head a task force to come up with a national universal health care plan. Hers essentially was a public option type plan.

    Of course, Republicans immediately came up with their usual scare words of “socialism” and “socialized medicine.”

    But the Clintons had them on the defensive. They needed an alternative to “Hillarycare.” So leading Republicans — among them Gingrich, Robert Dole, Orrin Hatch and others who are now so against mandated health care == sponsored bills requiring people to purchase health insurance.

    It legitimately addressed one of their key complaints. Namely that young healthy people don’t buy health insurance and when they come up with a major accident or illness we all get stuck with the bill. Remember a recent presidential debate when CNN’s Wolfe Blitzer asked GOP presidential contender Ron Paul whether he would let a young person who did that die if he/she needed life support. The partisan GOP crowd cheered and people made it clear they would let him/her die.

    Gingrich after being ousted by his party as speaker in 1999, left Congress and literally sold his services. He even had an unheard or for profit health transformation think tank. As this story points out, there is considerable evidence — despite his denials — that he lobbied for the legislation of including a prescription drugs for Medicare.

    Gingrich also got at least $37 million from the health care industry to advise its leaders on health care issues.

    So let’s look at the real damage Gingrich did. There is no question he helped George W. the Schlemiel Bush to push through the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. Right wing Republicans hate it for the wrong reason.

    They hate Medicare — a JFK and LBJ plan that the American people love. This greatly expanded the program into an uncovered area.

    But what Gingrich and the Schlemiel created is bad for much different reasons. The first problem is that they created a $750 billion program without funding it. Another huge hole in the budget — especially in view of their stubborn opposition to increasing taxes on billionairs and millionaires.

    The second problem is that they forbade — unlike the Veteran Administration and health insurance companies do — Medicare to negotiate prices with the pharmaceutical companies. This prevents both the government and consumers from getting affordable prices.

    To the health care industry Gingrich advised to have the mandated purchase of health insurance. This was in line with the position Republicans took during the Hillarycare controversy.

    But now. of course, Gingrich faces a Republican constituency that hates “Obamacare.” So now he has reversed course and vows to repeal “Obamacare.”

    Again, like with Romney;s flip flop, the thing that changed is that he now faces Republican voters who hate “Obamacare.” It’s funny with Republicans are that ideas they once loved become evil when Obama proposes them. With Gingrich there is one other circumstance that changed. That is greed. When he was advising pharmaceuticals and health care providers for millions of dollars he was for the things they wanted. When he faces Republican voters who hate an idea Obama implemented he is against what he advised. What a phony hypocrite. Ray A. Cohn, retired political reporter.

  12. elgoog59 says:

    For most republicans the more an individual makes as income, the better his/her character – thank you John Calvin. I suggest that the opposite is true. And regarding Mr. Constitutional Officer, his character was exposed back in ’95 and ’96 when he closed down government but kepts his own checks coming in. There is no a single candidate running, Obama included, who has the betterment of our country as their goal.

  13. Wayne-D says:

    Newt is the product of our corrupt government. What do you expect?
    The only solution is to do away with Lobbying (or bribery which is the same thing)
    Meanwhile,to save the middle class vote for Obama and for as many democrats as possible
    Even better: vote for the challengers, not the incumbents.

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