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Sunday
Jan182009

NH GOP - The Road to 2010 Begins Now!

Today, I officially came out of ‘political retirement’ to accept election as Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. I am doing this because our great state is being ruined by a Democrat Party which appears not to understand what makes New Hampshire special.

 

New Hampshire is facing a crisis... a crisis in management... a crisis in spending... a crisis in accountability.

 

Since the Democrats took control of the State House:

The State Budget Has Produced Our Largest Deficit Ever!

New Hampshire’s Education Funding Crisis Remains Unresolved!

The Quality of NH State Services is Now Ranked As The Lowest in The Nation!

The State Retirement Fund is Facing a Multi-Billion Dollar Shortfall!

 

It is time for the Republican Party to bring back the New Hampshire principles of Low Taxes, Limited Government and Local Control.

 

If we want to fix this problem, we need to prepare for the 2010 election cycle with all the energy and all the commitment and all the resources we can gather. I hope to energize our constituencies and get our Party back on track. But this is an effort I cannot accomplish alone. It is time for all of us to get involved and contribute in every way we can.

Your financial support for our New Hampshire Republican Party is needed right now. The Democrats outspent us by 3 to 1 in the last election. Won’t you please take a moment to click the ‘Contribute Today’ link and join me in this very important effort?

 

Thank you very much. I look forward to an exciting and successful two years for the Republican Party.

Sincerely,

 

John H. Sununu
Chairman
NHRepublican State Committee

 

Saturday
Jan172009

NH State Society to Host 2009 Inaugural Reception and Annual Meeting

Monday, January 19, 2009, 5 - 7 PM


WASHINGTON – The New Hampshire State Society of Washington, D.C. will host its Annual Meeting and Reception in celebration of the 2009 Presidential Inauguration on Monday, January 19, 2009, at the historic Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington , D.C. from 5-7 PM.

 

Invited guests include U.S. Senator Judd Gregg, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Representatives Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter, Governor John Lynch, Senate President Sylvia Larsen and Speaker Terie Norelli.

 

 

RECAP

The New Hampshire State Society

2009 Inaugural Reception and Annual Meeting

Willard InterContinental Hotel

Pierce Room

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC

Monday, January 19, 2009

Event runs from 5 – 7 PM

 

The New Hampshire State Society is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that serves as a focal point of activity for persons with a New Hampshire background in the Washington , D.C. metro area. The NHSS also manages an Educational Opportunity Fund that provides stipends to New Hampshire students that have obtained internships in the D.C. area. For more information about the New Hampshire State Society, please visit www.nhstatesociety.org.

 

Saturday
Jan172009

US Global Engagement - Hillary Clinton's first call as Secretary of State

THE BIG QUESTION, Jan. 16:

What’s the first call Hillary Clinton should make as Secretary of State?

Liz Schrayer, Executive Director, U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, said:

 

Hillary Clinton’s first phone call as Secretary of State should be to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. In her confirmation hearing earlier this week, she laid out the Obama Administration’s “smart power” approach to foreign policy, augmenting a strong defense with new investments in our civilian-led tools of diplomacy and development. Tools such as these in the International Affairs Budget will provide critical resources for the new Administration to respond to the global challenges confronting America. Thus, as Clinton rightly said in her confirmation hearing, “One of my first priorities is to make sure that the State Department and USAID have the resources they need.”

 

Since the 9/11 attacks, there have been necessary investments in our military. But the 22% of our Federal budget that goes to defense has not been matched by increased funding for our diplomatic and development efforts, which account for just 1.2% of the Federal budget even after significant increases by President Bush and Congress. And we have gone from 4,500 USAID officers during the Cold War investing in the long-term stability of other countries to just 1,100 now. While our defense capabilities remain second to none, our ability to win the peace and ensure our prosperity has suffered.

 

As Defense Secretary Robert Gates said this summer, “Over the long term, we cannot kill or capture our way to victory” in the War on Terror. Poverty leads to despair and is a breeding ground for terrorism, especially in developing nations. We must maintain a strong military, but we must also prevent these conditions from taking hold by placing more emphasis on our non-military tools of engagement. Cost-effective investments in curing diseases, training teachers, building roads and creating opportunities for people in foreign lands today will help keep our brave men and women in uniform out of harm’s way tomorrow.

 

Greater investment in our International Affairs Budget will also help to address our economic crisis, which has shaken markets, killed jobs and reduced confidence in America and our ability to lead the world. The far reaching effects of this crisis extend beyond our borders and beyond just the bottom line. U.S. foreign assistance programs help create consumers for American goods and services, spurring new jobs and economic progress.

 

When Clinton makes her case to the OMB Director, she will have the support of the President-elect, who has made clear his commitment to increasing funding for development and diplomacy. She will also have the support of 217 Members of Congress – 51 Senators and 166 Representatives – who last month sent letters to President-elect Obama calling for a robust International Affairs Budget in his FY 2010 Federal Budget request.

 

Now is the time for our government to increase our investment in diplomacy and development. As Clinton noted in the hearing, “the relatively small but important amount of money we do spend on foreign aid is in the best interests of the American people” because “it promotes our national security and advances our interests and reflects our values.”

 

 

Saturday
Jan172009

Blackwell for RNC Chair - Obama's Trojan Horse

By Ken Blackwell
Townhall.com, January 16, 2009

Possible problems with President-elect Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan must be thoroughly vetted. While only a few details are known, one overlooked issue is that it could create a major electoral advantage for Democrats at taxpayer expense. That would be unacceptable for what is being touted as a nonpartisan measure, and gives Republicans yet another reason to oppose it if not restructured.

President-elect Obama is constantly emphasizing the need for Congress to pass his stimulus plan. The details are vague. All that is certain at this point is that it is approximately one trillion dollars and Mr. Obama says it will create three million new jobs.

Government cannot create self-sustaining jobs. Government doesn't create value; it takes it from us as taxes. While a government job involves work and earns a paycheck, every government job is a burden on the private sector because it takes money away from the people. While some of those jobs, such as military personnel or FBI agents, are essential for our nation, it's no secret that government is full of countless bureaucratic and wasteful jobs that the private sector can better perform.

Indeed, massive government spending sometimes destroys more jobs than it creates. Every dollar the government takes in through taxes is a dollar taken out of circulation from the economy. It's a dollar that does not go to your local restaurant, or hardware store, or movie theatre. When government spends massive sums financed through taxes, it can destroy more jobs in the private sector than it creates in the public sector.

The only other way to finance massive government spending is through simply printing more money. Government can do that; it controls the printing press. However, creating money out of thin air doesn't create wealth. If the money supply rapidly expands while the amount of goods and services being produced declines (the definition of a recession, which America is in) the result is massive inflation. This inflation penalizes saving and investments and burdens long-term financial planning and capital formation, worsening the economic situation.

So whether it's through massive taxes or massive injections of new money, a major spending bill entails consequences. And when this amount of money is at stake, the sheer size of it could make the consequences severe.

But what may be most objectionable with Mr. Obama's plan is its potential for political mischief. The first such shenanigans come from earmarks. One of the proposed projects to receive this federal largesse is a museum on organized crime located in Nevada. Doesn't Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid live in Nevada? Is that the kind of project that requires emergency federal funding? Is it irrelevant that Mr. Reid is facing a tough reelection next year?

Even if the earmark issue is somehow resolved, however, there is another issue that it seems no one is discussing.

A week ago, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, mentioned Mr. Obama says his goal is for 80% of these three million jobs to be private-sector. That means, Senator McConnell continued, that 20% would be public-sector, meaning this bill would create 600,000 new federal government jobs. For comparison, Mr. McConnell noted this would be the size of the entire Postal Service workforce.

Once government creates a job, it rarely eliminates it. Government swells by nature, feeding on tax dollars taken away from private citizens and employers until it becomes a bloated, sprawling bureaucracy.

So if Mr. Obama creates 600,000 new government bureaucrats, those jobs should be expected to be kept around permanently, long after this economic crisis is resolved. After all, eliminating those jobs means laying off 600,000 people. Who wants to take responsibility for that?

But most federal employees, that are not political appointees, vote Democrat. Since Washington, DC is the seat of government, whenever new federal bureaucrats are created many live in Maryland and Virginia. In 2008, Virginia went Democrat for the first time since 1964, and Mr. Obama won it by 130,000 votes. Creating 600,000 new jobs might help cement Virginia in the Democrat column, making it harder for Republicans to retake the White House.

So this bill, as currently designed, has serious flaws, some of which convey a partisan advantage. These must be thoroughly discussed and understood, and any major legislation cannot be allowed to benefit one party in what must be a bipartisan solution.

Saturday
Jan172009

Daily Grind: Democrats Abandon Hope in the American Dream

Stimulating Debt, Abandoning Hope
Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats have no faith in individual initiative and free enterprise.

 

Green Deception and Future Betrayal
The Investor Network on Climate Risk was founded at the UN to help bury the American energy sector.

 

On Energy, Now is no Time for Acquiescence
The Hard Left is planning to reinstate the moratorium on off-shore oil drilling and oil shale exploration.

 

Even Businessmen Deserve a Lawyer
How Eric Holder enabled federal prosecutors to bully defendants.