You and I know that simply ignoring a problem does not make it go away. With our nation $16 trillion in debt, and our safety net in danger from demographic pressures, I believe America's leaders have a duty to work swiftly to fix these problems. Being a leader requires confronting problems head-on, not ignoring them.
Throughout my time in Congress, I have worked in a bipartisan manner for real solutions, and due to my efforts to help introduce a bipartisan budget plan, I was honored to receive the bipartisan endorsement of Bill Clinton's former Chief of Staff, Erskine Bowles, as well as former Republican Senator Alan Simpson. Annie Kuster referred to the effort as "pitiful".
This begs the question: what kind of budget would my opponent support? Would she support President Obama's budget blueprint, which failed to attract a single vote? Would she support the other Democratic proposals, which would cause deficits to skyrocket even further, and taxes to rise on small businesses?
She won't say. We've never needed bold, bipartisan solutions more than we do now, but my opponent seems to believe that ignoring our problems is the best solution. With your support, I will continue fighting for real solutions.
On the Trail...
Join Team Bass for a phone bank and door-to-door this weekend to help spread Charlie's message!
427 Amherst St. in Nashua
Saturday: 12 Noon - 4:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
85 Manchester Street in Concord
Saturday: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Charlie Bass received the endorsement of former New Hampshire State Representative, and son of former Governor Walter Peterson, Andy Peterson. Here is part of what he had to say...
Monadnock Ledger: It's Time We Take Another Look at Charlie Bass
"Sometimes we can be too close to a subject to see it clearly. In New Hampshire, a common example is when we forget how good our lives are here compared to other regions - a fact not lost on visitors that stream into our state during this time of year to enjoy the foliage.
Soon after the fall colors have faded, the 'leaf-peepers' have gone and the landscape opens up to prepare for winter's snows, many of us will turn our focus to casting our votes to determine the best leadership for our state and nation. Before we do, I hope that we can step back and take another look at our local Congressman, Charlie Bass.
The other day something truly notable occurred. Erskine Bowles, the former chief of staff to both President Bill Clinton and Alan Simpson, the distinguished former Republican senator from Wyoming, began declaring their endorsements for the upcoming election. And out of the 850 or so congressional nominees nationwide, they started by announcing their support for one: Charlie Bass."
Read the full endorsement here.
From the Papers...
Citizens across New Hampshire's 2nd District continue to write letters to the editor in favor of Charlie Bass. Read a few here...
Concord Monitor: Bass Gets It
The upcoming election presents a contrast of visions, one of big government with bureaucraicc solutions, the other empowering individuals through small government.
As government grows, individuals become more constrained by growing levels of red tape and restrictions. This, combined with an increasing tax burden, is damaging American businessmen and their ability to create jobs.
A good job can empower an individual to pay for food, health care, a decent education and all of the services that the government is increasingly trying to provide for everyone. The key difference lies in the power of choice of an individual. When it's a job providing these services, we are free to choose what we want. But when the government is the provider, there is no choice, just more bureaucracy.
The congressional race presents this choice as two candidates: the big-government advocate Annie Kuster and the small-government advocate Congressman Charlie Bass. Bass wants to make government work more efficiently and empower all of us to get the economy going again without the restrictions that come with government control. Instead of throwing money that we don't have at the problem, it is time to sit down and figure out what works and what does not. Bass understands this. That is why he has my vote.
Stephen A. Cardi, Concord
Union Leader: Bass and His Staff Care About Constituents
Charlie Bass cares about the people of New Hampshire. He proved it to me when first I came to his office needing help navigating the federal retirement system, then again just recently by helping me get a successful result from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans shouldn't need help to get what they deserve from our government, but they do, or else there wouldn't be a DAV or state veterans councilors to help veterans navigate the system. When I called Congressman Bass' office, they cared; they remembered my name, they tried to know me, they fought for me and they succeeded. When I introduced myself to Charlie at an event, he knew who I was, he knew what help was offered. I wasn't just a name or a number, I was a person who mattered. For that, I thank Congressman Bass and his office. For that, I ask you to vote Charlie Bass back into Congress to continue to work for us!
Neil McMillan, Pittsfield
If you'd like to write a letter to the editor in support of Charlie and would like our assistance with how best to submit it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 603.226.6000.
Volunteer of the Week...
Meet Holly! Holly is a Junior at Concord High School and plans to go to college for International Business. Holly comes in after school to phone bank with Team Bass and we are thankful to have her cheerful support! We are proud to name Holly as our Volunteer of the Week!