Newt Gingrich on Race and Senator Obama

Gingrich praised Obama and continued to hammer home the importance of lowering taxes in a recent speech at the American Enterprise Institute.

According to Ariel Alexovich of the New York Times, March 27, 2008:

Mr. Gingrich, who often scolds his own party, offered a few annotations along the way and also, as is his way, gave a few tips of advice to Mr. Obama:

I do think there’s an authenticity and legitimacy to anger by many groups in America. Senator Obama said in his speech, quote: “That anger may not get expressed in public in front of white co-workers or white friends, but it does find voice in the barber shop or around the kitchen table. At times, that anger is exploited by politicians, to gin up votes along racial lines, or to make up for a politician’s own failings. That anger is not always productive; indeed, all too often it distracts attention from solving real problems; it keeps us from squarely facing our own complicity in our condition.”

I think that that’s right. And I think it’s important to recognize that anger can be a source of energy to create a better future, in which case it’s a good thing. But if anger is a self-inflicted wound that limits us, it is a very bad and a very dangerous thing. And we have to be very careful about the role that anger plays in our culture.

Gingrich then turned his attention to the conservative values Obama has not embraced.

Mr. Obama needs to embrace solutions that are usually scorned by the left wing, Mr. Gingrich said. To balance out ethnic gaps, educational bureaucracy needs to be eliminated. Inner city high school students should be offered the chance to graduate in fewer than four years to avoid being bored. Teachers should push the “drum beat for entrepreneurship,” because historically, ethnic groups have risen by starting their own businesses.

Gingrich cited Ireland and South Korea as economic success stories when it comes to lowering taxes.