The former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich says it all, about how he feels about the bailout, on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”:
“You have the former Chairman of Goldman Sachs asking for 700 billion dollars, and in his initial request, asking for it in such an un-American way that I think he should have resigned,” said Gingrich. “I think Paulson has terminally misunderstood the nature of the American system. Not just no review, no judicial review, no congressional accountability. Give me 700 billion dollars, 700 BILLION dollars! ‘I’ll be glad to spend it for you.’ That’s a centralization of power that is totally un-American.”
As for why he thinks this:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., on Sunday described Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s request for billions of dollars to buy debt from struggling Wall Street financial firms as “un-American” and said the secretary should have stepped down.
Gingrich even expressed concern with Paulson’s connections to Wall Street. The treasury secretary served as the chairman of a major global investment banking and securities firm before joining the Bush administration.
I just have a very bad feeling about this whole “bailout”. This has socialism and centralization of power written all over it. This is just not good.