Friday, August 26, 2011

Gingrich blames "snob effect" for manufacturing losses

At an assisted living facility in New Hampshire yesterday, Newt Gingrich accused "elites" for shipping manufacturing jobs overseas.

"Our elites in the colleges, and our elites in the news media and our elites in the government said, 'We don't need manufacturing'."

.... Those elites allowed a system of taxes, regulations and bureaucracy that stifled manufacturing, he said.

"You can go back and find all sorts of articles that said, 'Oh it's fine for the Chinese to take over manufacturing; we'll do really smart things,' " Gingrich said.

"Well, that's baloney," he said. "If you can't manufacture anything, you can't sustain your military power. If you can't manufacture anything, you don't have any jobs for people who are regular, everyday folks," Gingrich said.

"We're not all going to end up being tenured professors at Harvard," he said.

"So you had basically a snob effect," Gingrich said.

Elites in colleges, the news media, and in government were behind the decline of manufacturing in this country?

I get his argument about taxes, regulation, and bureaucracy making it cheaper to go elsewhere, but I don't think the elites Newt's talking about were saying "We don't need manufacturing".

This seems like another case of Newt reinventing himself as a populist.

Remember his claim that the furor (nevermind that it was from conservatives; not liberals) over his Paul Ryan comments was a concerted attack by the Washington elite to get him?

"If you're a conservative, you'd better expect gotcha press, and they took dramatically out-of-context what I said, and tried to make it, dramatically, into a fight between Paul Ryan and me.

I don't have a fight with Paul Ryan."

And remember his spokesman's response after the Ryan outcry?

“The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding.

Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world."