Newt Gingrich gave up on America when he shut down the government in 1995. A great country would not give up and quit. I’m still mad because it affected me directly. First, while I was assigned to the American Embassy in Warsaw to run the Maria Sklodowska Curie fund, named in honor Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie, the Republicans stopped funding it after two or three years, although we had signed a agreement with Poland to fund it for five years. A great country would honor its promises. So, don’t count on the Republicans, especially Newt, to honor any promises, whether to pay interest on the national debt, make Social Security payments, or pay soldiers’ salaries.
I was in the process of transferring from Poland to Italy at the State Department’s request when Newt shut the government down. The US Embassy in Rome furloughed me, along with most employees, but it left me with no place to live. All my worldly possessions were in storage or in my car getting ready to leave Warsaw for Rome in one hour when they called and said, “Don’t leave.” But my wife and I had no place to stay in Warsaw. It worked out, but no thanks to Newt. The government should not send people to foreign countries and then abandon them. Newt is totally irresponsible. The idea that he might be President is deeply disturbing.