South Carolina Radio Network’s Tripp Girardeau contributed to this article.
Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich spoke at a luncheon for Columbia’s Five Points Rotary Club Friday. He started his speech off with his opinion on the current state of America.
I think we’ve reached a moment of crisis in America. More American’s are without jobs and for longer periods of time that at any point since the Great Depression. In 2010, more people depended on assistance from government programs than at any other time in American history.
Gingrich went on to talk about how he will bring the power of the nation back into the hands of the people. He said that currently the government has too much control over what happens in this country.
He also spoke on the controversy between the National Labor Relations Board and Boeing, calling for Republicans to stop funding NLRB until President Barack Obama withdraws his nominations on that Board. Obama nominated Craig Becker to the board and Lafe Solomon as the NLRB’s general counsel in “recess appointments,” meaning they were temporarily put into the positions until the Senate approved their nominations.
The two main points that Gingrich wanted to get across included issues with the current health care law, the economy, and the nation’s unemployment rate.
We must begin this effort in two important ways. First, by reviving the American economy and setting the conditions for explosive economic growth, and job creation by cutting taxes, deregulating, creating an American energy policy, and cutting spending. Second…repealing Obama care and reasserting the power of the people over corrupt and arbitrary decision making of government officials.
Yet, Gingrich must mend his relations with South Carolina Republicans after he recently came out against a GOP proposal for Medicare reform that passed the House last month.