Today is the dawning of a new era. The American people voted overwhelmingly to stop President Obama in his liberal tracks.
The people rose up in the midterm elections and elected over 60 new Republicans to the House and six to the Senate. Americans made history in the 2010 landslide elections by showing that grassroots activism and engaged citizens can alter the course of a presidency. Their votes showed, once again, that the United States is a country grounded in the conservative principles of individual rights, small government, and free enterprise.
I had an exclusive interview late Tuesday night with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who led the Republican Revolution in 1994. As he watched the results on Fox News, Gingrich told me that the 2010 election “validates that the country is hungry for a new direction, that the country wants real solutions,” he said.
Now that the GOP controls the House, the two-year era of the liberal, tax-and-spend policies by Obama and his cohorts in Congress—Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid—is kaput.
The Democrats have been shown the exit door. Pelosi is expected to resign from Congress and to return home to San Francisco when the Speaker’s gavel is taken out of her hands. Reid will stay in the Senate—having barely squeaked by Sharron Angle in Nevada—but will likely give up his leadership role, having lost the confidence by his members.
“The country wants a principled, clear alternative to Obama’s secular, socialist machine,” said Gingrich.
Starting today, Speaker of the House (to be) John Boehner will start putting the pieces in places to enact the “Pledge to America” legislative items as soon as the new freshmen are seated on January 3, 2011. The House Republicans have heard the will of the people and will prioritize creating jobs, cutting government spending, and repealing ObamaCare.
Gingrich recommended that Republicans can cut government spending immediately by following “Boehner’s leadership and go back to the 2008 budget level—which would save about a trillion dollars over ten years.”
The “Pledge to America” does not include an end to earmarks, which is a priority of the grassroots Tea Party activists. The freshmen will likely push the House leadership to vote next year to end earmarks, an idea Gingrich supports. “I strongly support the idea of—at a minimum—a two- or three-year withdrawal from earmarks, to govern without them for a while, just to break the habit,” he said.
Boehner has been entrusted by the American people with enacting a big agenda: getting the stalled economy back on track, creating jobs for the one out of ten unemployed Americans, and cutting government spending. The enormousness of this responsibility clearly weighs heavily on him.
“We’re humbled by the trust that the American people have placed in us,” Boehner said to reporters Wednesday morning from his office at the U.S. Capitol. “Our job is to listen to the American people and [to] follow the will of the American people. It’s pretty clear the American people want us to do something about cutting spending here in Washington and helping to create an environment where we get jobs back in our country.”
“We’ve got a big job ahead of us. That’s why you will see us roll up our sleeves and go to work today,” he said before returning to his first leadership meeting of the Republican-controlled Congress.