Newt's Stamp-Out-Poverty Plan

If you strip away the racial appeals, the former Speaker's proposal has merit

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The already mythic confrontation between Newt Gingrich and moderator Juan Williams at the Republican debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C., was the most riveting four minutes of the presidential campaign so far. "Can't you see that [your recent comments on the work ethic of poor people are] viewed, at a minimum, as insulting to all Americans but particularly to black Americans?" Williams asked. "No," Gingrich responded, with a snarky shrug. A surprisingly substantive discussion ensued. The former Speaker was accorded a standing ovation at the end, but Williams stood his ground and acquitted himself well. It was that rarest of arguments: both...

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