Saturday, August 20, 2011

Have you joined Team 10 yet?

Newt, as I have wrote before, recently launched Team 10, which is committed to enforcing the 10th Amendment.

On, you can submit your own ideas on how to get the federal government back to its' constitutional limits or vote on others' ideas. Please go to the link and join the effort.

Another quote from Will Wade

Follow him on Twitter @WmSWade.
As a career community banker since 1998 I have always been aware of regulation, the role of the Federal Government and the importance of being involved in the process.

After the Iowa debate, I am now purposely engaged. I spent the evening truly listening to each candidate trying to determine which candidate is focused and ready to lead on true job recovery, to lead on sound short-term and long-term economic policy which will allow small business to thrive again. I watched looking for the best candidate to lead with real ideas about giving back authority to the states and local government, to lead in giving back freedom to individuals and communities to thrive on their own, and to lead by intently working on removing bad legislation like Dodd-Frank and Obama Care.

I feel that each candidate provides many great qualities to the political process and no doubt will serve this nation much better than our current President. That being said, I must say that Newt Gingrich stood out as the strongest candidate on the most critical issues facing our country today! I know that he will be the most concise and articulate leader to debate Obama for the Presidency. His leadership on States Rights, repealing Dodd-Frank and "Obama-Care," and actual experience on balancing the federal budget are just a few of the reasons that I feel confident that the GOP can not only take back the executive branch but also work to continue the gains in both houses of our legislative branch.

Newt Gingrich has the experience, the knowledge and the willingness to not only include "We the People" but to be with "We the People!"


William S. Wade

Dawsonville, Ga USA
(For those who just read the daily e-mail, I forgot to properly format a post from yesterday that had pictures from Newt campaigning. Here is the link to the post.)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Pictures of Newt campaigning Thursday

Here are three pictures Michelle Selesky (follow her on Twitter here) took yesterday of Newt campaigning in California:




She sent out a tweet with each photo:
.@newtgingrich meets w Thai American leaders in Thai Town CA. Jobs & over regulation = top issues
Korean American leaders & @newtgingrich in round table discussion. 1st Q = how do we fix economy?
Gr8 meetings today! Now Chinese Americans & @newtgingrich meeting in Chinatown. "Jobs!" is 1st topic

(Video) Newt responds to a question about debating President Obama


(Thanks to Gardner, who is a great Newt supporter, for pointing this out to me.

An outstanding video by a Newt supporter. Take a look.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Video of Newt on Hannity Thursday night


What are Newt supporters saying?

Here is a great article by Justin Gray (here is his Twitter account).

Please read the whole thing, but here is his conclusion:
In the final analysis, it is imperative for the GOP Presidential Nominee to be a solid Conservative who can win the general election and successfully return America to the Constitutional Republic our Founding Fathers envisioned. To unravel the top-down, authoritarian, freedom strangling policies the hard Left has implemented. The importance of the 2012 election cannot be overstated nor who we choose as our Republican nominee. Newt Gingrich is the Great Debater and master tactician with a solid record of Conservative achievement who has been thoroughly vetted on a national level. For these reasons and many more I hope you will join me by rallying around Newt Gingrich in the primary process and ultimately as the next President of the United States.
I received this e-mail earlier today from Will Wade (here he is on Twitter):
While listening to the intelligent and meaningful discussion from the callers and Newt Gingrich regarding Lean Six Sigma and the need for its implementation to make our Government efficient and cost effective, I have this thought that could be the "battle cry" to all American's - 'Necessity is the mother of invention.' The time is now in our nation’s history to act. We can no longer just know that we need to make this correction we must DO this corrective action! We must demand our representatives make this change and start the process 9/1/2011. I am no expert on this process but I am willing to be a part of this solution. Furthermore, many companies are making this change (to some degree) to survive and families are even making these changes to survive out of necessity.

In the structure of our government we have the problem of there being the spirit and mentality that "it is everyone's job, then it becomes nobody's job". We need clear vision and as one caller said- "this needs to come from the top!"

I am with Newt on this and I believe that you should be with him too!

Ready and willing to act,

Will Wade
Dawsonville, GA USA

(Video) Kiron Skinner: Newt's Strategy is Clear, Consistent, and Unequivocal


Audio of Newt on New Hampshire radio station WNTK


Take one minute and watch this video of Newt on Lean Six Sigma

Link. (Thank you to TexasGOPVote for the video from the Iowa Straw Poll Presidential Kick-Off Breakfast.)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Recap of the Newt 2012 conference call tonight on Lean Six Sigma

Tonight, Newt held a conference call with those in the Lean Six Sigma (LSS) field and those interested in it. The last number I heard was about 800 people had RSVP'd, but that may have grown in the last day or two. (And others may have called in without signing up.)

(Also: there were a number of people who wanted to be on the call but who could not, so the campaign recorded the call and will have it up online at some point.)

The call opened with Newt's Coalitions Director, Adam Waldeck, saying that since Newt's mention of LSS during the Ames Debate and other public appearances, there has been an "outpouring" of people wanting to get involved.

Newt got on the call then and said this has a chance to be one of those moments that leads to very big change. (And the right change.)

He gave some background of his experience in "lean" thinking. To anyone who has read Newt for years or listened to the audio tapes Renewing American Civilization, you have heard him mention the name W. Edwards Deming. And even though he was not a "lean" thinker per se, the ideas he taught are reflected in those advocating Lean Six Sigma today. Newt said he took a sixty hour tutorial of Deming's and invited him to the Capitol to introduce him to some of the Congressional members.

All of which shows that Newt did not just discover this issue conveniently at election time. (If you did not see this the other day, here is Newt talking about how to use "lean" ideas back in 2009.)

There's more to than this, but some of the important pricniples of Lean is to be looking continuously improve and to be flexible (including being able to pay according to achievement.) All of which, Newt said, are either not allowed or discouraged under the current bureaucratic system.

Newt seemed to be setting up a huge debate over "big, big changes" in the coming months over how to "modernize government now." The fight will have to upend the civil service system, the bureaucracies, and the regulatory apparatus. Every committee and subcommittee in Congress should be looking at Lean Six Sigma, Newt repeated.

Next week, helping to launch that big fight, Newt will hold a strategy session with Lean Six Sigma experts and practitioners on Wednesday, followed by a townhall on the subject in Hew Hampshire the next day. Townhalls, Newt said, are helpful because, besides the obvious benefit of talking to citizens, the media will typically cover them and maybe will actually talk about an issue.

Declaring that LSS is "not a theory, not an abstract" but something that works incredibly well, Newt suggested that everyone help in spreading the message. One of his ideas to do that was to show elected officials and the media around to factories and other sites at which the process is being used.

Echoing Margaret Thatcher's line that "first you win the argument, then you win the vote" -- which Newt loves to quote -- he said that in order to implement LSS, we will have to first educate people why we need to do it, then win the fight, then finally have an action plan to get it set up. "Lots and lots of help" will be needed, Newt added, with many volunteers helping all throughout the process.

A "[f]undamental cultural revolution that will shake Washington to its' core" is the way Newt described it. The bureaucracies and the old order "will bitterly resent and fight this fundamental change." That is why Newt repeated his wish that people not be for him but with him. People cannot just elect me and then do nothing, saying "I hope he changes it," Newt said. Every day, Congress will need reminding what they need to do to turn this country around. "Eight hard years" is how Newt described what his Presidency will be. (What a great thought, though, huh?)

Along those same lines, Newt said that when the 10th Amendment is re-asserted that citizens will need to make sure their states and cities do not just end up being mini versions of the current mess in Washington, D.C. "Smaller Government, Big Citizens" is the name of Newt's Team 10 Facebook Page. Please click on the link and add your name to the group.

To sum it up:

A woman from Charleston, South Carolina, was very enthusiastic about not just the LSS issue but Newt's campaign in general. Toward the end of her call she said there was a "lot of positive energy" in Charleston about Newt, to which Newt replied, "We'll be back."

"You're on the right track," she replied.

Indeed he is.


Newt's Public Schedule for the next few days

The full Newt 2012 press release:
Atlanta, GA – Today, Newt 2012 released its upcoming schedule. Stops include campaign leadership inclusion meetings in California along with several west coast (closed media) fundraising events. Newt will campaign in New Hampshire on August 25th.

Public schedule:

Wednesday, August 17th

Radio – 8:30 a.m. - Guest on the Morning Show with John Harper and Jim MacKay on WNTK broadcasting from New London, NH.

NOTE: Yorba Linda, CA – 6 p.m. CT - Newt and Callista Gingrich will screen their documentary A City Upon a Hill at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library. The library is located at 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.

Thursday, August 18th

NOTE: Newt 2012 is hosting a series of meetings with leaders from the Thai, Korean, Chinese community leaders. The meetings are part of an ongoing effort of including all Americans in the leadership and direction of Newt 2012. Contact Michelle Selesky at for more details.

NOTE: Hollywood, CA – 7:30 p.m. PT – The Hollywood chapter of Legatus, a national organization of Catholic business leaders, hosts Newt and Callista Gingrich to screen the documentary Nine Days that Change the World. The event takes place at the W Hotel located at 6250 Hollywood Blvd.

Saturday, August 20th

Wailuku, HI - 5:30 p.m. PT. Newt will join the Maui GOP for a meeting with local activists at the Door of Faith Church located at 432 Waiehu Beach Rd.

Monday, August 23rd

Makawao, HI - 7:30 a.m. PT - Newt will discuss the American founding with the students at Seabury Hall prepatory school. The school is located at 480 Olinda Road.

Note: Newt will campaign in New Hampshire on Thursday, August 25th

(Video) Newt Speaking at Soapbox


(Video) Texas U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert on Newt's "good strategy" on the economy


Video of Newt 2012 volunteers telling why they support Newt for President


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Video of Newt's speech to The Heritage Foundation today.

Link to video.

Newt, writes Heritage at the above link, "broke the problems down into three categories: constitutional, intellectual, and legislative issues."

If you are interested, here are transcripts of two of Newt's previous speeches at Heritage: Building the Conservative Movement after Ronald Reagan (1988) and The Washington Establishment vs. The American People: A Report from the Budget Summit (1990).

The latter of which, writes Lee Edwards of Heritage, "Gingrich quoted from Goldwater's Conscience of a Conservative, Reagan's 1964 television address for Goldwater, Bill Buckley's National Review, and two articles by Irving Kristol in the Wall Street Journal."

(An apology to subscribers of this blog: I wrote a post that said Newt was to speak at Heritage today, but when I went to make a change, did not it "publish post" again. So it did not show up in the daily e-mail this morning.)

Letter from Team 10 to the House and Senate seeking to end the "Super Committee"

Here is the full letter:
Dear Members of the House and Senate:

We are writing you as activists in the tea party and 912 movements, and as believers in the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, which states:

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

The recent debt ceiling agreement established an inadequate, centralized system of trying to find $1.5 trillion in savings over the next 10 years by empowering just 12 out of 535 members.

Therefore we ask that in early September, every committee and subcommittee should hold hearings on enforcing the 10th Amendment.

We are convinced that if you will take seriously the complaints from state and local officials about unnecessary red tape, unnecessary federally imposed expenses and federally mandated waste, you will find a lot of the savings you need.

After all, if the federal government did not require so much reporting by businesses, doctors, hospitals and state and local government, billions could be saved in unnecessary compliance costs.

If the federal government allowed businesses, hospitals, doctors and state and local governments to exercise common sense, a lot of federal aid could be eliminated and the money saved.

If you begin the fall session in September with a series of hearings in which the appropriate subcommittees and committees hear from the American people on these topics, you will have a huge menu of savings on your plate by mid October.

Ultimately, we don't just want marginally less expensive government. We want government that is effective, limited and Constitutional. The best way to accomplish this is for you, our elected officials, to enforce the 10th Amendment and return power back to the states respectively, to the people.


Jim Conklin, Team 10 Iowa
Michelle McManus, Team 10 New Hampshire
Elisabet Wilson, Team 10 South Carolina
Wendy Bloedt, Team 10 Georgia
Guyann Bracken-Fay, Team 10 Florida
Debbie Wilson, Team 10 Florida
Tamara Colbert, Team 10 California
Mike Alexander, Team 10 California

About Team 10

Tea party and 912 Project leaders from around the country are leading Team 10. Through Facebook, the Team is soliciting ideas on how to enforce the 10th Amendment and limit government in Washington. Through voting, online and in-person events, and talking with each other, the best of these ideas will eventually become a “10th Amendment Enforcement Act.” As the Republican nominee, Gingrich would include the “10th Amendment Enforcement Act” as part of a new Contract with America. Team 10 is online at

Audio of Newt on New Hampshire radio station WGIR


Newt praised as a "Lean Champion" by LeanBlog's Mark Graban

Though some had not heard of the term until Newt started mentioning it in his Presidential campaign, the concept of "lean" thinking, as exemplified by Lean Six Sigma, has long been advocated by Newt.

Yesterday, Mark Graban (follow him on Twitter here) posted the link to a story he wrote about Newt back in December 2009 after meeting Newt at the Ontario Hospital Association.

He posted the link in a discussion of Newt's conference call Wednesday about Lean Six Sigma. reads: "If you work in the Six Sigma field, please join Newt for a conference call so he can listen and learn from you, get your feedback and ideas, and answer your questions - so together we can shrink and reform government to get back to a balanced budget."

I recommend reading the entire post -- there is also a few minutes of audio -- but here are some excerpts:
I had a huge thrill a few weeks back, seeing former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich give a talk at the Ontario Hospital Association annual event in Toronto. I had a chance to meet him briefly and had a quick exchange about lean in healthcare, something for which Newt has long been a loud proponent. He seemed genuinely interested when he asked about my talk the day before about lean.
Newt, being a historian (that’s his PhD), gave an amazingly detailed history of Dr. Deming’s influence on Toyota and the impact of lean on the auto industry.
After quoting Newt as saying "Cost control is a bureaucratic term that never works," Graban writes:
Ironically, focusing on costs often leads costs to go up. Improving processes and improving quality inevitably leads to true cost reduction. Newt understands that and we need his voice and those ideas in the healthcare debate.
It is too long to post the entire section, but what Newt and Graban had to say about the Wright Brothers' way of inventing the first airplane versus that of the federal government's both shows how more effective entrepreneurs are than bureaucrats and a little humorous.

Here is the link to the post again.

Here is a positive article today by Politico in which Lean Six Sigma, Dodd-Frank, and plenty of other of Newt's solutions are discussed. (It was written about Newt's speech today at The Heritage Foundation.)

Video of Newt on The O'Reilly Factor last night


Laura Ingraham was guest-hosting.

Audio of Newt on Sean Hannity's radio show


Monday, August 15, 2011

Lionel Sosa endorses Newt, gives "10 Reasons Why Latinos Should Support" Newt

The full press release from Newt 2012:
Atlanta, GA - Today, business leader and activist Lionel Sosa announced his support for Newt Gingrich, offering "10 Reasons Why Latinos Should Support Newt Gingrich for President."

10 Reasons Why Latinos Should Support Newt Gingrich for President

By Lionel Sosa

Newt Gingrich believes in the American dream for everyone. He is the one Republican candidate who talks consistently about the importance of enacting policies that allow more Latinos to realize the American dream. Gingrich is the one Republican candidate who is leading the way for more Latinos to take positions of leadership in America and the Republican Party.

Here are 10 reasons why Latinos should support Newt Gingrich for president:

1. Latinos owe Obama nothing

Barack Obama promised to create more and better jobs for Latinos. He promised to fix the economy, to increase educational opportunities for our children and to solve the immigration quagmire. None of these promises were kept, and Latinos are worse off than before. That’s why Latino support for Obama has plummeted. Just because Obama is a Democrat, doesn’t mean he deserves our blind loyalty.

2. Newt Gingrich shares our conservative values

Latinos believe in family, in God, in country and in life - so much so that we protect it. We believe in good, honest, hard work. We don’t believe in handouts, just an equal opportunity to prove ourselves. We believe in patriotism and putting country before self. These values are Newt's values and the ties that bind us.

3. Newt Gingrich knows the importance of the Latino community

50 million Latinos comprise 16% of our country’s population today. Half of our country’s population growth in the next 20 years will be generated by the growth in the Latino population. Latinos have become a key driver of our nation’s future. While the other candidates seem oblivious to this fact, Newt Gingrich has been working hard for many years to include American Hispanics in the overall conversation for a better America.

4. Newt Gingrich will fix the economy

When the economy sours, everything breaks down. People lose their jobs and stop buying. When people quit buying, the people who make the products they would have bought also lose their jobs. People without jobs pay fewer taxes so the government has less money when the unemployed need more help. So the government borrows more and goes into deeper debt. It then pays more interest, leaving even fewer dollars to help the unemployed. This domino effect must be stopped. Newt Gingrich will focus on growing the economy by instilling confidence in America and creating opportunity for those who generate jobs. He will grow the small business sector by creating financing opportunities, cutting both taxes and unnecessary regulations.

5. Newt Gingrich will create more jobs

Hispanic unemployment is 11.6% compared to the already high 9.1% nationally. When Newt Gingrich fixes the economy, jobs - including Latino jobs - will come back. Newt Gingrich is a steadfast supporter of NAFTA, and CAFTA - measures that will help make America #1 in job creation once again.

6. Newt Gingrich will make education a top priority

Our current system of education is failing all Americans, including Latinos. America has gone from #1 to #9 in educational achievement and is falling further behind. Newt Gingrich will reverse this trend by preparing our children for successful careers and productive lives starting at pre-K. He will inspire students, parents and their teachers to set the highest expectations possible. He will reward educators' best work.

7. Newt Gingrich will tackle immigration head on

For almost four years, Barack Obama has kept immigration on the back burner, breaking his promise to address it in his first year in office. Newt Gingrich will tackle the issue and fix it. His plan starts with securing our borders and is based on a multi-step platform for issuance of more work permits to create legal workers. It will also provide a secure employment verification system and immediate deportation of criminals. All this can be implemented while respecting the sanctity and dignity of each human life.

8. Newt Gingrich has a record of Hispanic inclusion

In 2004 Newt Gingrich launched his first Spanish website In 2009 he launched, the first conservative bilingual website for American Hispanics. For the past five years, he has been writing columns for Spanish newspapers and holding roundtables with Latino leaders across the country. Newt Gingrich has studied Spanish for over five years and is becoming an accomplished Spanish speaker.

9. Newt Gingrich will keep us safe

Since 9/11, America has been on high alert. Our American men and women in our military have done our country proud. Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden are gone but the threat remains. Newt Gingrich will focus on keeping our country safe and strong while refocusing military priorities and spending only on the resources we truly need.

10. Newt Gingrich has the experience America needs

Barrack Obama’s inexperience in Washington has brought our government to a virtual standstill. America needs a president who has fought and won in the legislative arena and has the experience to lead. Past mistakes have made Newt Gingrich wiser. He is known for his keen intellect, effective leadership and bravery in the line of fire. He cuts through complicated issues to the core of the problem and will not let either political extreme dictate the future of our country.

"An influx in donations" coming into since the debate

"Gingrich claimed an influx in donations that's helped his campaign after his combative performance during the debate in Iowa,"The Hill wrote

Michael O'Brien quotes Newt:
"I took about two months of the elite media explaining I was dead. And, I'm still here," Gingrich said on Fox News. "The polls have started back up. We got many new donors coming out of Thursday night who went to and gave money voluntarily. And, frankly, that's all been very helpful in rebuilding the campaign."

Newt will speak in front of the Heritage Foundation Tuesday

The speech, at 9 AM ET, will be titled "Stop the Super Committee Now: Restore Consent of the Governed." It is scheduled to be shown live on C-SPAN2 and on (Update: A comment left by a reader points out that will stream it live.)

Here is the press release from the campaign.

The video of Newt calling it a "dumb idea" during the recent Ames debate.

Video of Frank Luntz discussing Newt's debate performance


Interesting to hear what he says about the straw poll -- "purely how many people you can get in a a tent at one time."

Luntz points out that five million people watched the debate, a much bigger number than the attendance of the straw poll.

Newt and Lean Six Sigma, with video and audio

I put together a page on (Please sign up under your state's page, by the way, if you haven't already.)

Lean Six Sigma will be a big issue going forward, and thought it would be helpful. I will keep adding onto it as needed.

LSS page.

Videos of Newt in Iowa, one at State Fair and one a radio interview


Compare Debt

During Newt's time as Speaker, $405 billion of our national debt was paid off.

Rick Perry has increased Texas' by 281%.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

We're number 26 in employment! And 47th in education! With a huge debt to boot!

Just having a little fun with all the hype surrounding a certain Presidential candidate who announced yesterday.

But that is his record as Texas Governor: 26th in employment, 47th in education, and a debt that has grown faster than the federal debt. (From 2001 to 2010, it grew from $13.4 billion to $37.8 billion. That's an increase of 281 percent. The federal government's has "only" grown 234 percent in the same time frame.)

I'm sold.

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