UH-HUH  12:39 pm January 10, 2012

Newt Gingrich Now Against Filthy Excesses of Capitalism, What?

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson

Pictured: an ass and a goat.

Here is a thing that Newt Gingrich said in New Hampshire, Newt Gingrich, he said this, are you ready for it? GET READY: “You have to ask the question, is capitalism really about the ability of a handful of rich people to manipulate the lives of thousands of people and then walk off with the money?” AHAHAHAHA. This is like taking three giant dumps on the grave of Ronald Reagan and then planting a Soviet flag on top, basically. It is also common sense, which means that it is not an idea native to Newt Gingrich. Maybe he stole it from the sign of one of the Occupy Wall Street protesters hanging outside his New Hampshire headquarters Monday?

No, he’s just redistributing their message like a common socialist, in order to whine about Mitt Romney’s exploitative career at Bain Capital. Has Newt Gingrich always earned his millions super-duper fair and square in exactly the way he has presented it to the public? WE WILL NEVER KNOW, because he refuses to release the files.

Newtie claimed he couldn’t release his contract with Freddie Mac because the company wouldn’t let him, to which Freddie Mac said, eh, we don’t care if you release it. So where’s the contract, then?

From Bloomberg:

A lawyer for a consulting firm founded by former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he was barring the release of a contract between the Republican presidential candidate and Freddie Mac.

Gingrich said last week it would be up to his partners in his former company, the Center for Health Transformation, to determine whether to release the documents. Earlier, he said he would be happy to release the contract, yet couldn’t make it public because Freddie Mac, the mortgage company now under U.S. conservatorship, refused to waive a confidentiality agreement.

Freddie Mac officials said last week that Gingrich was “welcome” to release the contract, under which his consulting firm was paid at least $1.6 million over eight years for his services.

Newt Gingrich is awful, the end. [TPM/ Bloomberg]

 
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bureaucrap January 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Wrong word in headline; you meant "Newt Gingrich Epitomizes Filthy Excesses of Capitalism."

GOPCrusher January 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm

It's kind of comical when you think about it. Gingrich accusing Romney of killing jobs by sending them overseas, but yet his ads claim that he was one of the architects of the Reagan Revolution.

Barb January 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Newt Gingrich is now starting to surge, which is never good news for Mrs. Gingrich

PsycWench January 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Sorry, I will never again see or hear the word "surge" without thinking of Santorum. This is not a good thing.

MissTaken January 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm

It's really not good news for the next Mrs Gingrich

PsycWench January 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Yeah, well, she's in preschool right now so let's not frighten her.

Barb January 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm

If his wives get any younger he will just be toting a fetus around.

Lionel[redacted]Esq January 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Wait. Isn't that Rick Santorum?

boobookitteh January 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I bet Ricky Santorum could introduce him to a nice fetus.

Rosie_Scenario January 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Jar Jar Bush?

Guppy January 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Haven't you learned? When Newt "surges," Mrs. Gingrich is never involved!

neiltheblaze January 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Romneys next anti-Newt ad: "Newt Gingrich: Closet Liberal"

Isn't trashing jobs and sending them overseas to make millionaires richer a Republican family value or something?

ManchuCandidate January 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm

"Hey! YOU'RE STEALING MY SHTICK!" – Mittens "Mr Panderboto" Romney

EatsBabyDingos January 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Viva la Revolucion, Comrade Newt!

memzilla January 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Occupy Co-opt FAIL.

SorosBot January 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I love the smell of a circular firing squad in the morning.

Wonderthing January 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm

"We can’t do anything to change the world until capitalism crumbles. In the meantime we should all go shopping to console ourselves."

— Banksy

VaWyo January 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm

…at Tiffany's

Inchhigh January 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm

“Become good at cheating and you never need to become good at anything else.”

― Banksy

DemmeFatale January 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Pot, meet kettle.

Limeylizzie January 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Callista knows all about the filthy excesses of Newton's surge.

chicken_thief January 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Nothing that a day of shopping at Tiffany's won't cure.

PsycWench January 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Then he added "Not that there's anything wrong with that".

EatsBabyDingos January 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I have now posted a sign over the empty toilet paper holder in my office's bathroom:

"The Collected Wit and Wisdom of Newt: Help Yourself."

Swampgas_Man January 10, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Most of Newt's wisdumb should properly be collected in the bowl.

smokefillednewyear January 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm

…and then he hopped a ride on public transit.

freakishlywrong January 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm

That's one of the signs of the apocalypse. The other two are Saintorum as a bottom and Dick Perry completing a sentence.

Not_So_Much January 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm

For such a morbidly obese, ever-lying, greedy, fat, bag of shit — he's amazingly flexible. With political positions, anyway.

Radiotherapy January 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Hey Newt, first go take a bath and then get a job, you loser.

memzilla January 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Newt Gingrich — He Was For Capitalism Before He Was Against It.

Geminisunmars January 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

He is such a flop flipper.

SexySmurf January 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Newt added, "Adultery is wrong. And people should eat more vegetables."

PsycWench January 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Don't forget "Silence is golden".

smokefillednewyear January 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm

"Only you can prevent forest fires".

Chet Kincaid January 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I'm glad you're back!

paris biltong January 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm

To paraphrase: "Oh, groovy, smashing capitalism, yea!"

Mumbletypeg January 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm

So where’s the contract, then?

Newt will have you know: he is more than willing to present the facts as documented, and procured a copy ready for our scrutiny – - but then someone's danged pet goat ate 'em.

SorosBot January 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm

“You have to ask the question, is capitalism really about the ability of a handful of rich people to manipulate the lives of thousands of people and then walk off with the money?”

Yes, Newt, it is. Now I know you're trying to defend capitalism and so label Bain's actions as somehow not real capitalism, but no, it's actually the soul of free market capitalism; completely predatory and amoral, a sociopathic system that destroys the lives of normal people. That's why we need the government regulations that your party has and continues to try to destroy; capitalism only works without destroying the country with a strong government to rein in its excesses.

memzilla January 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Shorter version: "Is Our Children Grifting?"

SayItWithWookies January 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Newt's staked out the unique position of being a big-government-small-government-laissez-faire regulator. He's in favor of reigning in the excesses of capitalism as long as it happens after he cashes in and doesn't cost him any votes.

emmelemm January 10, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Stop being so right, and articulate about it.

GOPCrusher January 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm

He's going to have a tough time convincing the voters of America to vote for him over the Socialist Policies of President Obama, with that as his campaign slogan.
Maybe he should leave Zucotti Park and get a job, filthy hippie.

Bonghits4Jesus January 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Needz more Goatse

BaldarTFlagass January 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Oh man, there's that goat again! woo-hoo!

arihaya January 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm

if Obummer says what Newt said, wingnuts and teabaggers will march into White House with torchs, pitchforks and a noose

YouBetcha January 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Yeah, well, you know. Black people. Class warfare. Race riots.

bureaucrap January 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm

"paid at least $1.6 million over eight years for his services."

His "historian" gig was primarily sitting at home watching the History Channel and eating 5 lbs of hush puppies, M-F, 10-11am. Tough job but somebody's got to do it.

memzilla January 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Hey Newt, perhaps your own greasy viscous slime-trail of greed is why you're not getting any traction in your campaign.

muthalovin January 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Time to break out the Che Newt banners out.

BigDumbRedDog January 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm

That's a picture of Newt and the future fourth Mrs. Gingrich. Callista is gonna be so pissed!

BaldarTFlagass January 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm

“You have to ask the question, is capitalism really about the ability of a handful of rich people to manipulate the lives of thousands of people and then walk off with the money?”

Is that a question? It seems more like an answer.

Radiotherapy January 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Next on the Slippery Slope News: Newt Gingrich Supports Tax Hikes on the Rich. He concurs that government policies over the last thirty years have only benefitted the top 1% and this economic inequality is at the core of our dire financial situation.

GOPCrusher January 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Hilarity ensues.

JackDempsey1 January 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm

It took a while, but now Mr. Newt knows what we all know:
No business should
1. exploit the worker
2. exploit the land or natural resources

Basically, the only ethical behavior involves jabbing the dirt with sticks for no pay, and even this is suspect.

slithytoves January 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm

You have to ask the question, is capitalism really about the ability of a handful of rich people to manipulate the lives of thousands of people and then walk off with the money?

Um, yeah.
Wait, that was a rhetorical question, wasn't it?
That one was, too.

paris biltong January 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Hey, Newt, where does your buddy Sheldon Adelson get his money from? Hard work? Producing wealth for the nation?

Biff January 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Since most of Adelson's wealth is now derived from his holdings in Macau, I'd have to say that foreign munnies have indeed tainted our electoral process.

Veritas78 January 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm

However loathsome he truly is, Sheldon is actually one of the rare Americans able to pry any spoils of our squandered empire back from the Chinée. As opposed to, say, Alice Walton, who profited by our decline.

Han flaw = Gambling = Profit!

paris biltong January 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm

 <DIV>The US government is getting back even larger sums by taking advantage of the Chinese's love of gambling, by getting them to buy US Treasuries.</DIV> <DIV style=”FONT: 10pt arial”>

SayItWithWookies January 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm

"From each according to his ability, to each according to the size of his revolving account at Tiffany's."

– Gingrich, Das Kapital, or A Work of Speculative Economics as a Reflection of Shit that Happens to Me.

Callyson January 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Even though Freddie Mac is willing to allow the document to be made public, allowing a release of the documents in this case might put the confidentiality of other Center for Health Transformation clients at risk, said Stefan Passantino, an attorney representing the firm.
“The risks of any kind of confidentiality waiver, even if the company tried to limit it to one client or one document, are too great to be feasible,” Passantino said in an e-mail yesterday. “A limited waiver is not possible and I am unable to authorize such a release.”
Yes, because simple precautions such as redacting client names are just too risky…
Moran.

Generation[redacted] January 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I want to know what Freedie Mac has to do with health transformation.

Chet Kincaid January 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm

"Besides, we already gave Newt a 'full release' by signing that contract," Passantino said while cleaning his hands with sanitizer and changing the sticky sheet on the massage table.

BigDumbRedDog January 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

“You have to ask the question, is capitalism really about the ability of a handful of rich people to manipulate the lives of thousands of people and then walk off with the money?”

Um, yes. Yes, I think the last thirty years or so have answered this question in the affermative.

chascates January 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Hey, the Center for Health Transformation's web site contains mainly right-wing buzz phrases but some surprisingly socialistic ideas:
Require physical education five days a week for every student in grades K through 12.
School lunches, breakfasts, and vending machines in public schools should promote healthy foods, so that unhealthy alternatives are penalized or prohibited.
Students should be weighed, their body mass index calculated, and the results and relevant educational material sent home to parents.
http://www.healthtransformation.net/cs/insure_all

Maybe Newt and FLOTUS have some things in agreement.

Chichikovovich January 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm

That's just because Newt's gotten lots of donations from Big Tofu and the washed-up coaches lobby.

Generation[redacted] January 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Of course, it makes sense he would go to Freddie Mac with these initiatives.

chicken_thief January 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Now that he has the much coveted Tawd endorsement, Newt's really going for the Romney jugular.

BigDumbRedDog January 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm

No way will I be tricked into clicking on that link again. Fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice and I have to rinse my eyes out with bleach.

PsycWench January 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I have learned from the mistakes of others.

fartknocker January 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Never trust a Republican millionaire fat fuck candidate for POTUS who takes $5 million from the SuperPac of a Las Vegas casino owner who is anti-union and is under investigation for his corporation's activities in Macau.

Be sure to remember that about Newt when the primary comes to your town.

Gainsbourg69 January 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Patria o muerte.

- Newt Gingrich

Radiotherapy January 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm

A NSFWonkette would be helpful.

Lionel[redacted]Esq January 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Wait, if the OWS movement is now the philosophical center of most of the Republican party, does this mean that we will have Obama dressing up in a tricorn hat and demanding that the government stop interfering with Medicare?

Probably yes.

Chichikovovich January 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm

"You have to ask the question, is capitalism really about the ability of a handful of rich people to manipulate the lives of thousands of people and then walk off with the money?"

As it happens, as any real PhD historian thinker history ideas man thinker like Newt surely knows, this question has been asked before. By Karl Marx. And his answer was "Yes, of course" in Das Kapital. (Second, retitled edition: Der Arbeitsbeschaffung)

paris biltong January 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Whereas, on the other hand, communism is the same thing.

Chichikovovich January 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Very true. Apologies for posting a recent joke from Russia I posted a few months ago, but it seems to fit here.A couple of old babushkas who lost their make-work jobs and pensions after the collapse of the Soviet Union were shivering in a long line waiting for charity bread rations. The stretchlimousine of a Putin-connected post-breakup oil billionaire speeds by, toward a trendy nightclub projecting searchlights onto the clouds. As the limo passes, it throws up a wave of icy water over the two women.One says to the other: You know it is true what they say: you are never too old to learn new things. Why all my life I've known that Marx was wrong about communism. But now I've learned he sure was right about capitalism.—

paris biltong January 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

 <DIV>My own succinct and previously citedtake on this topic is: “Capitalism is the exploitation of men by men, whereas communism is the opposite.”</DIV> <DIV style=”FONT: 10pt arial”>

paris biltong January 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Gingrich/Ayers 2012.

CapnFatback January 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm

"You're lucky Freddie Mac is holding me back, or I'd soooooooo release that contract all over your asses! You're so lucky! You're so- . . . (Pssst! C'mon guys, you're supposed to be holding me back! Guys?) . . . You're so lucky, America, that my lawyer is holding me back, or I'd totally release the shit out of that contract!"

Biff January 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Fuck, I hate Newt Hampshire.

TanzbodenKoenig January 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I'm going to start a PAC where I collect donations so that I can offer Newtles $1 million Ameros in campaign cash if he will wear a diaper and sing "im a little teapot" for a video that he posts to youtube. The fat little whore will be prancing and dancing before the ink is dry on the check.

donner_froh January 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

My dog ate my Fannie Mae consulting contract that didn't include lobbying except on days that end in y.

prommie January 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm

And its funny that the money for not-lobbying was paid to Newt's lobbying firm.

prommie January 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Wow! Newt displays an emoticon of sanity, but he is still a turd floating in a bowl of douched-out santorum.

WhatTheHeck January 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm

“… is what made America great,” should always be followed by, “… for the capitalists, that is.”
Politicians always neglect to mention that.

Generation[redacted] January 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

This just reinforces Newt's anti-colonial world view.

pinkocommi January 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm

"“You have to ask the question, is capitalism really about the ability of a handful of rich people to manipulate the lives of thousands of people and then walk off with the money?”

Um… Yes. That is exactly what capitalism is about.

emmelemm January 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm

By Jove, I think he's got it!

JustPixelz January 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm

He was for capitalism before he was against it.
He was for individual insurance mandate responsibility before he was against it.
He was for blowjobs from staffers and lobbyists before … um … um ….

ttommyunger January 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm

"Newt Gingrich…. Filthy Excesses…". FIXED!

Geminisunmars January 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Re the alt-text: I only see two old goats.

emmelemm January 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Newt Gingrich is awful, the end.

Truer words: Never spoken.

DaRooster January 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Yea Newt… you got my vote!!

(lol)

Huevos Ocupados January 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

"…taking three giant dumps on the grave of Ronald Reagan and then planting a Soviet flag on top…"

Goddamn, now there's one for the bucket list!

Chet Kincaid January 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm

hahaha

owhatever January 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Newt is more Big Mac than Freddie Mac.

Chet Kincaid January 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Oh what is this shit?! Next he'll be cutting a TV spot with Queen Nancy Pelosi about global warming!!

ShaveTheWhales January 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Princess, please. I'm still hoping she goes back to Queen next January.

OneYieldRegular January 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Yet another reason why I'm supporting Barry with even more fervor this time around. If the political world in which he's President has come to Newt Gingrich lambasting the unfairness of capitalism, then Barry must be doing something right.

Smitros January 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Izak the Goat is back! I hope he gets to travel to South Carolina and points beyond.

DahBoner January 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm

$500,000 Revolving Tiffany's Credit Account Libel!!!

GOPCrusher January 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Why does Newt hate our jerb creators?

Jukesgrrl January 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm

What's next? Is he going to decry the increasing commercialization of Christmas and tell people look beyond the holiday's “superficial glitter” to discover its true meaning? Is he going to follow up by telling us to be kind to the poor and infirm?

Antispandex January 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm

"…release the contract, under which his consulting firm was paid at least $1.6 million over eight years for his services."

The Palin endorsement isn't enough to make this go away? What is wrong with the press in this country lately?

lochnessmonster January 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Center for Health Transformation? Did he transform his from bad to worse?

ShaveTheWhales January 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Release the Long-Form Contract!!!!!!!!111!!!!!!!!

boobookitteh January 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm

HA! Jinx! Buy me some coke.

Geminisunmars January 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm

FFS – the dreaded Frozen Face Syndrome.

SorosBot January 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Botox is the neurotoxin that causes botulism; she ODed and has it.

Lionel[redacted]Esq January 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm

That is the question. Can Obama get to the left of Newt Gingrich?

GOPCrusher January 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm

REPEAL THE OBAMA TAX CUTS NOW!

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