We were never big fans of the spending proposals released earlier this year by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) – the man who replaced big spender John Spratt as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

Why not?

That’s easy … because there are proposals out there that would cut much more, much faster, which we believe is vitally necessary if our country hopes to get its fiscal house in order.

Former U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich, on the other hand, is criticizing Ryan’s proposals because he believes they cut too much, too fast.

In a disastrous appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Gingrich claimed that Ryan’s plan – which would eliminate $6.2 trillion in deficit spending over the coming decade – was too much of a “radical change” for him.

“I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering,” Gingrich said on the program, neglecting to mention that he has previously supported Ryan’s proposals in lieu of more conservative cuts.

Not surprisingly, Gingrich is getting pounded for these “centrist” comments by fiscal conservatives – who are already leery of him after he sold taxpayers down the river following the “Republican Revolution” of 1994.

At an event in Iowa on Monday, a particularly angry GOP voter told Gingrich “you’re an embarrassment to our party.”

While we’re not Republicans here at FITS (obviously), we certainly hope that’s the conclusion that GOP primary voters reach regarding Gingrich’s candidacy. We also hope social conservatives remember him as the man who said recently that his latest extramarital affair was “partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country.”

“The fact that a demonstrated sellout like Gingrich is being seriously considered by Republicans in 2012 is a testament to the ongoing ideological bankruptcy of the GOP establishment,” we wrote in our initial assessment of the 2012 field. “And Gingrich’s sellout is ongoing, too. Since leaving Congress he’s cozied up to the left on the climate change issue and endorsed left-leaning  ‘Republicans’ over credible conservative challengers.

And while he panders to the right on non-issues like a sharia law ban, Gingrich can’t help but gravitate toward the “center” of the fiscal spectrum – which is where he’s comfortable.

That’s too bad. This country needs leaders willing to stand up for overdue entitlement reforms and sizable, immediate cuts – particularly after the Republicans caved during the recent “government shutdown” debate.

What does America not need? A demonstrated sellout who is clearly unwilling to do the heavy lifting that our country’s current situation so clearly calls for.

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