The news this week is that Newt is looking good in the Republican race.
After watching some of the debate on foreign affairs issues, I have to admit that he does appear competent on that file.
One thing I wonder about is on domestic policy. He advocates requiring everyone receiving un-employment assistance to participate in skills upgrading. Where is that delivery capacity going to come from and how much will it cost?
I am a believer in the idea of active instead of passive employment supports, but pursuing that approach requires investment instead of spending cuts. Effective training and skills enhancement of un-employed people includes allowing them time to participate in training programs instead of forcing them to take the first available job at a fast food restaurant. Is this what Newt is proposing, or is he instead proposing to dump a pile of money into busy work training programs that only benefits the training companies instead of the unemployed?