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Former Republican House speaker Newt Gingrich said Obama and the Democrats will regret their decision to push for comprehensive reform. Calling the bill “the most radical social experiment . . . in modern times,” Gingrich said: “They will have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for 40 years” with the enactment of civil rights legislation in the 1960s.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 10:04 PM on Mar. 22, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Does that mean that civil rights legislation was a mistake? Sometimes radical change is good in the long run.

    If he was trying to discredit the health care bill, he chose a bad analogy.
    DragonRiderMD

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 10:27 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • No she is trying to make it about that.I am sure what was being pointed to was entitlement programs.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:30 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was quoted Sunday as saying that President Obama and the Democrats, by passing comprehensive health care legislation, "will have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for 40 years" with the passage of civil rights legislation.

    The article went on to note how Johnson's support for civil rights legislation broke apart the North-South coalition in the old Democratic Party and led to the realignment of the South into solid Republican territory.

    Gingrich responded with several emails saying that the context misrepresented his views by implying that he believed Johnson was wrong to sign the major civil rights legislation of the 1960s. To the contrary, he said, the civil rights revolution of 1956-1965 was "morally absolutely necessary" for the country and Johnson was correct in pushing for the legislation.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:33 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • In 1965, Lyndon Johnson pushed Medicare through Congress. At the time, the best guess was that it would cost $500 million a year. He thought that paying the bill would be easy, but he was wrong. By 2008, Medicare's annual outlays hit $468 billion. Medicare has a staggering $36.4 trillion of unfunded liabilities.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:33 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • Other Johnson actions, he said, inflicted more damage to the Democratic coalition.

    Johnson shattered his party, Gingrich went on to say, because he had "grotesquely overreached" in four areas: mismanagement of the economy, the failure in Vietnam, the cultural divisions that emerged in part over Vietnam and later civil rights initiatives. Johnson's mistake on civil rights, he said, was not in signing major legislation but in later getting ahead of the country by supporting school busing and failing to take a firmer stance against racial violence in the cities
    If LBJ had done nothing on civil rights," Gingrich said, "he would still have been in trouble on the economy, Great Society big government, the counter culture and the war."
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:34 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • He went on to repeat his prediction that Obama risks shattering his party with his policies. "Obama is repeating the worst of LBJ and the worst of [former President Jimmy] Carter. It is likely to be lethal for two generations."

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:35 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • And there is the REST of the story... ;o)
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:35 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • Gingrich responded with several emails saying that the context misrepresented his views by implying that he believed Johnson was wrong to sign the major civil rights legislation of the 1960s. To the contrary, he said, the civil rights revolution of 1956-1965 was "morally absolutely necessary" for the country and Johnson was correct in pushing for the legislation.


    Way for him to EXPLAIN it AWAY..He got comfy and said what he really wanted....and BTW, WE believe that passing health care reform is MORALLY ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY for teh country and Obama was CORRECT in PUSHING the ligislationbig smile mini

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:39 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • Wow, thanks grlygrlz. You certainly painted a much clearer picture. And after reading the WHOLE thing, I would have to agree with what NG said.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 10:39 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • He went on to repeat his prediction that Obama risks shattering his party with his policies. "Obama is repeating the worst of LBJ and the worst of [former President Jimmy] Carter. It is likely to be lethal for two generations."


    For something that is MORALLY ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY?? right, he made the RIGHT DECISION THEN thanks for clearing that up! lol

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:40 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

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