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August 1, 2013
Daily Fix: Gingrich: Christie and the GOP Establishment are hysterical over Paul and Cruz
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In Gov. We (don't) Trust

General Alexander went to great lengths yesterday to reassure the American public that the NSA does not violate the privacy of innocent citizens-insisting that Snowden's comments have been grossly exaggerated. But given the release of new information regarding the NSA program XKeyscore, which allows analysts with no prior authorization to search through vast databases of emails, online chats, and the browsing-history of millions of Americans, these assurances might not be enough to allay the public's fears any longer. And frankly, I don't blame them. Given everything we've seen the government do recently between ObamaCare data hubs, the IRS scandal, the leaked Social Security numbers, and license plate tracking, who can fault us for thinking that this is all just an excuse to collect huge amounts of private information. This all contributes to the fear that millions of Americans have that this government is too big for its britches. I think our big government should be ready for a big diet.

Gingrich: Christie and the GOP Establishment are hysterical

Speaker Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House and former presidential candidate, weighed in on Sen. Ted Cruz's plan to threaten a government shutdown in order to defund Obamacare: "My advice to the Republicans [...] is to spend the next 60 days focusing on what a disaster [ObamaCare] is," gathering together "every possible horror story and weaving them into a clear and understandable story." Gingrich predicts that if the people are inundated with these truths, people will "start to melt" on their support of ObamaCare. He also discussed the recent rift between Gov. Christie and Sen. Paul. His perspective is that Christie represents simply the first of, what will soon be, many more GOP establishment reactionaries. Gingrich explained that "the Republican establishment will grow more hysterical the more powerful Rand Paul and Ted Cruz become." He believes that Republicans are reacting to Paul and Cruz because they are "among the few people willing to raise the right questions. You may not agree with their answers, but at least they have courage." (Listen free)
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