CHANGE A LA GIN­GRICH

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Newt Gin­grich’s 27th book has an epic ti­tle: “Break­out: Pioneers of the Fu­ture, Prison Guards of the Past, and the Epic Bat­tle That Will De­cide Amer­ica’s Fate.” No won­der the ti­tle is so long. He has been mulling over the idea since 1981, Mr. Gin­grich re­vealed dur­ing a re­cent con­fer­ence call with The Wash­ing­ton Times. And the idea? En­trepreneurs, sci­en­tists and academes are the “pioneers” while lob­by­ists, politi­cians and “Hil­lary Clin­ton” are the prison guards, the for­mer House speaker ex­plained. Is he run­ning for of­fice or hop­ing to gar­ner a Cab­i­net ap­point­ment maybe? Per­haps. Mr. Gin­grich is still a man of much en­ergy, with vi­able in­sti­tu­tional knowl­edge. This book is meant to “shake up and shrink Wash­ing­ton,” he said, fault­ing those who stay pas­sive on the side­lines. And about that clash. He an­tic­i­pates that when “dras­tic new ideas are pro­posed in the GOP, half the bat­tle is within the party.”

Change is due, Mr. Gin­grich coun­seled. But wait. Didn’t brisk “change” as a strat­egy back­fire on the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion and cre­ate some bad press for the tea party? Yes, but the au­thor in­tends to han­dle change with care, pro­vid­ing his al­ter­na­tive ideas in a way that proves ir­re­sistible.

“Th­ese are key ideas nec­es­sary for Amer­ica to break out of grid­lock and be­come the most pro­duc­tive na­tion on the planet,” he ad­vised.

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