FUTURE: NEW CHALLENGES
July 15, 2005
Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, gained fame with his Contract with America. Gingrich played an important role in tax cuts, welfare reform and increased accountability for elected officials, says the Florida Times-Union.
Gingrich sees new threats that require national commitments, which he details in his new book, "Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract With America."
Gingrich warns that:
- Terrorists and rogue nations may acquire and use nuclear and biological weapons.
- God may be driven from public life, while America loses its patriotic identity.
- China and India will pass the U.S. economy because of failing U.S. schools and weak technological leadership.
- Demands on Social Security and Medicare will collapse the system.
The solutions, say Gingrich, involve long-term commitments to defeat terrorists, restore the nation's sense of itself, reinvigorate our science and technological institutions, restore patriotic education, simplify the tax code to favor savings, and support entrepreneurs in business.
Gingrich favors a balanced federal budget, a lean government and a low-tax economy that maximizes growth. Those are the traditional American recipes for success that each generation must rediscover.
A fast-growing economy, less hindered by government, will produce the most prosperity for the most people, he says.
Source: Editorial, "FUTURE: New challenges," Florida Times-Union, July 15, 2005; based upon: Newt Gingrich, "Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract With America," Regnery Publishing, Inc., January 10, 2005.
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