Another thought for the day to add to those below.
Our bloated, cost-burdened, dysfunctional government must be restructured and streamlined to be better matched with the economy where structural problems will persist in retarding capital formation and economic expansion well into the future -- forever with the current administration run by it's czars and radical appointees. Absent effective restructuring and decreased spending, taxes cannot be raised to meet increased cost of government. It's a catch-22...increase taxes on everyone and everything and kill any expansion that might be possible.
So, as this reality should be foremost in all presidential candidates minds and we need to elect a true leader who understands this need and how to effect it, Newt destroys the issue by disparaging the very essence if restructuring in an attempt to destroy the electability of perhaps the one candidate who has experience in restructuring and in capital formation. I have not committed to any candidate, only against Obama, but Newt's persistence, and that of his PAC, to destroy Romney is handing the issue to Obama.
Obama is not an effective president and is not a leader, but he surely knows how to campaign. He has already captured the issue with claims that he "will restructure government." Of course, he won't and will continue to bloat it, but non-discerning (no, ignorant) voters will buy into his slick rhetoric as will the shills he recruits to stand with him as he pronounces his intentions.
I am disgusted that the campaigns and debates have gone in such a destructive direction without regard for what is best for the largest number of Americans.