Newt Gingrich wrote the following in an email last week:

The Reid-Pelosi-Obama Team Announces the Era of “Harsh Decisions”

They’ve been working hard to show us their happy face, but the mask of the Reid-Pelosi-Obama (RePO) team slipped a bit last week.

The Senate Majority Leader, the House Speaker and the Democratic Presidential nominee are already planning on a total Democratic takeover of Washington following the election, but here’s the really frightening news: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Congress may convene after the election to make “harsh decisions.”

“Harsh decisions.” Sounds scary.

We should take Speaker Pelosi at her word. What “harsh decisions” does the San Francisco Democrat have in mind for America? Will they be tricks or treats?

Will the RePO Team make the “harsh decision” to raise confiscatory taxes on American businesses, the engine of jobs and economic growth?

Will they make the harsh choice to strip American voters of their right to a secret ballot when deciding whether or not to unionize a workplace?

Will they choose to send hundreds of millions of new taxpayer dollars to the radical leftwing group ACORN (on top of the hundreds of millions in this summer’s housing bailout bill that went to radical groups including ACORN) in exchange for getting out the leftwing vote in the November election?

Will Reid-Pelosi-Obama rewrite deadbeat mortgages to steal from lenders and reward irresponsible behavior?

Just exactly who is going to find their decisions “harsh?”

With just 21 days to go until the election, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that the choice for Americans in 2008 is a choice between the kind of pro-special interest, pro-bureaucracy, “harsh” decisions the RePo Team isn’t even waiting for the voters to ratify, or the sensible, center-right values of the rest of America.

In his first inaugural address, Ronald Reagan memorably said, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

A new Rasmussen Poll shows that a solid majority of Americans – 59%-28% – still agree with Reagan’s statement.

Americans from across all age and income groups – including a majority who consider themselves politically moderate – believe that government, taxes and regulation and Fannie and Freddie-style government-backed corruption are what got us into this economic mess in the first place.

It is important to keep in mind that Reagan was not anti-government. As he said in that first inaugural, “Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it is not my intention to do away with government. It is, rather, to make it work – work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.”

It is as true today as it was when Reagan first said it in January 1981: in the present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem.

And so the decision we face in November is whether we’re going to pursue more of the same heavy-handed government policies that got us into this economic mess, or whether we are going to put government on the side of fostering the private sector creativity, ingenuity and entrepreneurialism that made this country great.

But Speaker Pelosi is right about one thing: Congress should return to Washington in a special session to address the ongoing economic crisis.

But instead of making the “harsh decisions” advocated by the RePo Team, Congress should pass a package of reforms that will address the immediate economic crisis while creating jobs, keeping America’s energy dollars at home, and addressing the long-term health of our economy.

People talk about how bad President Bush’s approval rating is at 26%, but Congress’ rating is 14%, according to RCP, and Congress is the branch that passes the laws.  If Obama is elected, we will have three of the most liberal people in Washington running this country and potentially with a clear majority to pass any legislation they want.

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