From Frank Luntz's event in Iowa this Friday hosted by CafeMom, here are one of the less warm and fuzzy moments from Gingrich that did not result in him being moved to tears as he did later in the event when asked about his own mother.
It wasn't quite as bad as him saying that poor children have no work habits, or that get rid of the child labor laws and have poor kids cleaning schools, but it wasn't a lot better. Basically more worshiping at the throne of St. Ronnie, pull yourself up by your own bootstraps and the tax cut fairy is going to solve all of our problems and make our society equal for everyone and don't dare raise taxes on the rich because they're all going to leave the country if you do.
Here's how Gingrich claimed he'd take care of the economy, poverty and job creation:
LUNTZ: So what are the three priorities? You gave a general response. For them who are looking for specifics, what are your three priorities?
GINGRICH: Well, you have to fix the economy.
LUNTZ: By doing what?
GINGRICH: By cutting taxes, cutting regulations, building an American energy plan... exactly what Reagan did. I was very delighted yesterday to have Dr. Art Laffer come and endorse me because he helped to develop the Reagan plan in the '70's, I worked with him. We took that Reagan plan that worked, it created millions of jobs. We did the same thing when I was Speaker, created millions of jobs.
LUNTZ: Cutting taxes for everybody.
GINGRICH: Cutting taxes for everybody.
LUNTZ: Including millionaires?
GINGRICH: Yeah. My interest is economic growth. I know how to create jobs. I'm not into redistribution. The best thing you can do to solve the distribution gap in America is get every poor person a job. And if they have a job (applause)... if they have a job and they learn the work ethic and they start getting better education, they'll fix redistribution because they'll rise and their children will be even better off than they are. Now politicians taking from one group to give to another group is disastrous. It teaches everybody who is successful to leave the country. And every country that's tried this has found, it just drives successful people out of the country. So that's the big difference.
Full transcript below the fold: