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Tuesday
Nov102009

NH GOP - Stop Obamacare! Join Us on Friday Night

Governor John H. Sununu

  and the

NH Republican State Committee

welcome the pleasure of your company
at a reception with special guest

John A. Boehner

House Republican Leader

Friday, November 13
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Grappone Center
70 Constitution Avenue
Concord, New Hampshire

$100 per person

RSVP by November 10

Click here to purchase online

(No tickets will be sent; your name will be at the registration table.)

 

Tuesday
Nov102009

BEARSE on UNEMPLOYMENT & ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Supporters of Peter Bearse for Congress today released a statement from the only Doctor of Economics running to represent New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

 “Nothing shows the failure of Obamanomics more sharply than the rise of unemployment over 10%. Both the President and his chief economic advisor, Larry Summers, had assured Congress that if they passed the President’s “stimulus” bill, unemployment would not rise much over 8%. In retrospect, it seems as if the Administration had planned on higher unemployment this year so that it would decline next year just before the 2010 Congressional elections. If so, then the President’s “Stimulus” policy presents a cynical ploy to reelect a Democratic Congress. The rising unemployment rate also threatens to forestall any continuation of economic recovery. Why? -- because it will further dampen consumer spending. We may be headed for a “double dip” in our economy.

After all, less than half of the stimulus money has been spent to date and, of that, only about one-quarter has been devoted to direct, job-generating construction projects. Most of the rest has gone to state and local governments and school districts to help them balance their budgets. Thus, most of the jobs reported as “created and saved” by the stimulus represent highly inflated numbers. Jobs “created” = 0; government cannot create jobs. Jobs “saved” are estimated on the basis of funny numbers -- self-serving counts by state, local and school officials of jobs that might have been lost if they had not received stimulus funds.”

Bearse continued: “Among the candidates in the First C.D., I am not only the only economics doctor fully able to deal with the economic crisis; I am the only candidate to release an alternative to the stimulus. It is entitled “Small is Beautiful” since it provides an approach that supports entrepreneurship, small business and innovation rather than bailouts for the big boys. The stimulus is weak except in one crucial way: It has strengthened the biggest banks in our system by pouring taxpayers’ dollars into them without requiring them to lend to entrepreneurs and small businesses who would use loans to create jobs.  The Fed’s discount window is also open to big business, closed to small business.

It’s easy to blame the President, just as it’s easy to elect a President who promises “change -- Yes we can” under the naive assumption that a chief executive can listen to and represent “We the People…” The assumption is unconstitutional in a federal republic in which the people are supposed to be represented by a people’s House, not by a President. Instead, we have the best Congress money can buy. It is a Congress that is corrupt, backward, self-serving and resistant to change. It is a body ruled by three major incentives: go-along/ get-along, spend-spend-spend and get reelected. As the body that approves money bills, it is the Congress, not the President, who is to blame for all the bad bills that threaten to bankrupt our country: Bailouts, Stimulus, Cap’n’Trade and Healthcare Reform.

Thus, only a candidate for Congress who is willing and able to focus on changing the way Congress does the people’s business is going to help people make a difference on the issues of their heartfelt concern. Only such a candidate who is a fully experienced Doctor of Economics can also address the economic crisis and help folks through the hard times.”

 

 
Tuesday
Nov102009

Shea-Porter to Present Medals to World War II Army Veteran on Tuesday

Manchester, NH On Tuesday, November 10, 2009, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter will host a formal medal presentation ceremony for World War II Army veteran Charles Proulx, Sr.  Mr. Proulx, who served in the Army from 1942 to 1945, will receive the Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Bronze Star attachment, World War II Victory Medal, and Honorable Service Lapel Button (WWII).

 

Who:              Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter  

    • Mr. Charles Proulx, Sr.

 

What:           Medal Presentation Ceremony

When:           Tuesday, November 10th     

    • 2:00-2:45 p.m.

 

Where:          Office of Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

33 Lowell Street

Manchester, NH 03101

Monday
Nov092009

FRANK GUINTA'S STATEMENT ON FINAL PASSAGE OF HR 3962. CAROL SHEA-PORTER STANDS WITH NANCY PELOSI, NOT NEW HAMPSHIRE! 

The Pelosi-Porter Bill Equals Higher Taxes, Fewer Jobs, More Government Control, Ignores Real Solutions

Manchester, NH – “The voters of New Hampshire yelled “stop" at the top of their lungs; but Carol Shea Porter didn't listen. Instead, Carol-Shea Porter has once again proven that she is more concerned with the agenda of Nancy Pelosi and blind party loyalty, than real solutions. Families and small business owners in District 1 deserve real healthcare solutions. Instead we received another trillion dollar Medicare-shrinking, government-run healthcare bill, that  gives us higher taxes, more government control, hurts small businesses, seniors and New Hampshire families. I intend to work every day to ensure that next November, the voters of New Hampshire send Carol Shea-Porter a message she can’t ignore.” said-  Frank Guinta, 1st District congressional Candidate

Monday
Nov092009

NRSC - Hodes' Votes For Trillion Dollar Government-Run Health Care Plan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) late last night voted with Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pass a 2,032-page, $1.3 trillion government takeover of health care instead of joining 39 moderate Democrats who voted with Republicans in opposing this massive legislation. Hodes has voted with Pelosi more than 95 percent of the time this Congress.

Notably, the health care bill is opposed by fellow Democrat and New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, who cited his “concern that the expansion of Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance plan for the poor and disabled, would be a budget buster.”

And according to The Hill, “A host of groups and coalitions representing small businesses on Thursday ramped up their campaigns to encourage lawmakers to vote against House Democrats’ healthcare bill” because the provisions in the Democrats’ bill “are sure to constrain businesses’ growth and prevent them from hiring new workers.”

National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson Marchand issued the following statement in response to Hodes’ health care vote:

“Paul Hodes’ vote in favor of Nancy Pelosi’s massive government-run health care plan further eliminates any opportunity for him to cast himself as a ‘moderate’ who is ‘fiscally responsible’ as he’s courting Granite State voters.

“On the contrary, Hodes helped pass another trillion dollar spending bill that will increase health care costs, cut benefits for seniors, and further hamper the efforts of struggling small business owners in New Hampshire.

“Sadly for the families and seniors in his state, Hodes’ vote could not be more untimely, as the Labor Department announced this week that America is struggling to overcome a 10.2 percent unemployment rate – the highest we’ve witnessed in more than two decades.

“Paul Hodes’ vote will absolutely come back to haunt him as he pursues his campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2010, and he will be held accountable for his decision to put Washington bureaucrats between New Hampshire patients and their doctors.”

 

Background Information

 

H.R. 3962, As Introduced In July, Would Lead To An Average Increase In Premiums For Medicare Part D. “[T]he Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated the change in Medicare Part D premiums that would result from certain provisions contained in title I in division B of H.R. 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, as introduced on July 14, 2009. According to CBO’s estimates, enacting those changes would lead to an average increase in premiums for Part D beneficiaries of about 5 percent in 2011, rising to about 20 percent in 2019.” (“Letter To The Honorable David Camp,” The Congressional Budget Office, 8/28/09)

 

The Congressional Budget Office Estimated The Cost Of Additional Coverage Alone At Over $1 Trillion. “There was no official estimate on the total cost of the legislation, which ran to 1,990 pages. The Congressional Budget Office said the cost of additional coverage alone was slightly more than $1 trillion over a decade. But that omitted other items, including billions for disease prevention programs.” (David Espo, “House Dems Unveil Health Bill, Cheered On By Obama,” The Associated Press, 10/30/09)

 

Pelosi’s Final Bill Removed $230 Billion In Reimbursements For Doctors Treating Medicare Patients That Was Included In An Earlier Bill. “Yet another $230 billion or more in higher fees for doctors treating Medicare patients, included in an earlier version of the bill, was stripped out and will be voted on separately.” (David Espo, “House Dems Unveil Health Bill, Cheered On By Obama,” The Associated Press, 10/30/09)

 

A September Rasmussen Poll Found That More Granite Staters Opposed Obama’s Plans For Health Care Reform Than Favored Them. “Voters in New Hampshire are closely divided over the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats: 47% favor it, while 50% are opposed. But the antis feel more strongly, with 42% strongly opposed versus 30% who are strongly in favor of the legislation.” (“Election 2010: New Hampshire Senate,” Rasmussen Reports, 9/16/09)

 

The Wall Street Journal: Under The Pelosi Bill, “Taxes Will Need To Rise Precipitously.” “In a rational political world, this 1,990-page runaway train would have been derailed months ago. With spending and debt already at record peacetime levels, the bill creates a new and probably unrepealable middle-class entitlement that is designed to expand over time. Taxes will need to rise precipitously, even as ObamaCare so dramatically expands government control of health care that eventually all medicine will be rationed via politics.” (Editorial, “The Worst Bill Ever,” The Wall Street Journal, 11/1/09)

 

  • “The Congressional Budget Office Figures The House Program Will Cost $1.055 Trillion Over A Decade, Which While Far Above The $829 Billion Net Cost That Mrs. Pelosi Fed To Credulous Reporters Is Still A Low-Ball Estimate.” (Editorial, “The Worst Bill Ever,” The Wall Street Journal, 11/1/09)

 

  • The Only Medicare-Related Cut That Is “A Sure Thing” Is Gutting Medicare Advantage To The Tune Of $170 Billion. “Mrs. Pelosi wants to steal $426 billion from future Medicare spending to ‘pay for’ universal coverage. While Medicare’s price controls on doctors and hospitals are certain to be tightened, the only cut that is a sure thing in practice is gutting Medicare Advantage to the tune of $170 billion. Democrats loathe this program because it gives one of out five seniors private insurance options.” (Editorial, “The Worst Bill Ever,” The Wall Street Journal, 11/1/09)

 

  • “All Told, The House Favors $572 Billion In New Taxes, mostly by imposing a 5.4-percentage-point ‘surcharge’ on joint filers earning over $1 million, $500,000 for singles. This tax will raise the top marginal rate to 45% in 2011 from 39.6% when the Bush tax cuts expire—not counting state income taxes and the phase-out of certain deductions and exemptions. The burden will mostly fall on the small businesses that have organized as Subchapter S or limited liability corporations, since the truly wealthy won’t have any difficulty sheltering their incomes.” (Editorial, “The Worst Bill Ever,” The Wall Street Journal, 11/1/09)

 

  • “When Democrats End Up Soaking The Middle Class, Perhaps Via The European-Style Value-Added Tax That Mrs. Pelosi Has Endorsed, They’ll Claim The Deficits That They Created Made Them Do It.” (Editorial, “The Worst Bill Ever,” The Wall Street Journal, 11/1/09)

 

  • “Democrats Are On The Way To Creating A High Structural Unemployment Rate, Much As Europe Has Done By Expanding Its Welfare States.”  “Under another new tax, businesses would have to surrender 8% of their payroll to government if they don’t offer insurance or pay at least 72.5% of their workers’ premiums, which eat into wages. Such ‘play or pay’ taxes always become ‘pay or pay’ and will rise over time, with severe consequences for hiring, job creation and ultimately growth. While the U.S. already has one of the highest corporate income tax rates in the world, Democrats are on the way to creating a high structural unemployment rate, much as Europe has done by expanding its welfare states.”  (Editorial, “The Worst Bill Ever,” The Wall Street Journal, 11/1/09)

 

  • “[A] Tax Equal To 2.5% Of Adjusted Gross Income Will Also Be Imposed On Some 18 Million People Who CBO Expects Still Won’t Buy Insurance In 2019.” (Editorial, “The Worst Bill Ever,” The Wall Street Journal, 11/1/09)