|Horn: Deficit is out of control
By Karen Langley
Jennifer Horn says the federal deficit is crushing the economy, and the congressional candidate says she's the Republican who will confront it.
"One of the weaknesses of past Republican candidates and leaders has been that they want to talk about cutting taxes and they don't want to get serious about cutting spending," Horn said last week during an interview with the Monitor editorial board.
Horn, a former radio host from Nashua, is running again for Congress in the 2nd District. She secured the Republican nomination in 2008 but lost to Democrat Paul Hodes, now a candidate for the Senate.
Horn said she wants to reduce the $13 trillion debt by amending the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget, allowing a line-item veto in the budget process, requiring expiration dates for all federal spending measures and eliminating all earmark spending.
She called the stimulus package "an extraordinary waste of money," the bailout of struggling firms "bad spending" and this year's health care reform law "the most corrupt process we have ever seen unfold right before our very eyes."
Horn said many Americans were alienated by the "horse trading for votes and buying votes" by congressional leaders to pass the health care bill with little popular support. She said the law is "unconstitutional at its inception" and likely to be struck down by the courts before it could be repealed.
But she said the country's spendthrift ways did not start when President Obama took office.
"While this administration and this Congress have been wildly out of control in the way that they have spent, it did not begin 18 months ago," Horn said. "The previous administration, the previous majority in Congress, spent more and grew government more than any other Congress before that, and the one thing that this administration has done is that it saved the Republicans from being the biggest spenders in history."
UNION LEADER ENDORSES JENNIFER HORN
Horn in the 2nd: An independent Republican
Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010
In New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District, Republican and independent voters are looking for a candidate who will be a dependable, independent voice -- and vote -- for limited government, lower spending and a growth-friendly tax policy. That candidate is Jennifer Horn.
In this "year of the outsider," Horn is the candidate who truly embodies what voters say they are looking for. She is a fiscal conservative (also solid on social issues) who has never held elective office, but has paid close attention to local, state and national politics for years.
Without coaching from high-paid political consultants, Jennifer Horn manages to take the right stands. That's because she's a real conservative who instinctively distrusts Washington and politicians, and understands that more often than not Washington's ruling class works against, not for, the people.
Speaking of the people, she says, "I think what they want is a Congress that listens to them." She has three basic tests for judging legislation in Congress: "Is it constitutional? Is it right for New Hampshire? Is it right for America?"
She also has no love for Republican Party leaders of the recent past.
"The weakness of the past Republican message is that they wanted to talk about tax cuts without spending cuts," she says.
A charming trait of Jennifer Horn's is that she criticizes her own party almost as much as she does the Democrats, and she was doing that years before the Tea Party movement arose. She is no GOP apologist, and her vote will never be controlled by party bosses.
Voters looking for that kind of independence and commitment to limited government should vote for Jennifer Horn in the Sept. 14 primary. She's the best choice.