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Monday
Sep292014

Brown For US Senate - ICYMI: FOSTER'S DAILY DEMOCRAT: EDITORIAL: THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR THE GRANITE STATE 

Jeanne Shaheen's Hometown Newspaper: "Our hope is that voters will look past the bull and balderdash of Team Shaheen et al. And that on election day they will make the right choice — Scott Brown for United States Senate to represent the great state of New Hampshire.” 
 

Foster's Daily Democrat
September 12, 2014


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Truth be told, Brown is as much a Granite Stater as a majority of those now living here.
 

 
Among those who “ain’t from here,” as it was phrased in a recent letter to the editor, is Shaheenalong with many other of our current and past elected officials.
 

 
So what does this mean come Election Day on Nov. 4?
 
It means identifying those values that brought all you transplants to this great state, then voting for someone who today represents those values.
 
We would argue that Shaheen has a voting history that today runs counter to the New Hampshire ethos of smaller government, less interference and more independence (read: less meddling from Washington).
 
Brown, on the other hand, more respects the stubborn independence to which the Globe alludes and the want of a more thrifty/less invasive federal government.
 
Our hope is that voters will look past the bull and balderdash of Team Shaheen et al. And that on election day they will make the right choice — Scott Brown for United States Senate to represent the great state of New Hampshire.
Saturday
Sep272014

Brown For US Senate - ICYMI: NH UNION LEADER: SCOTT BROWN: AMERICA'S INTERESTS COME BEFORE PARTY OR PRESIDENT 

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NH Union Leader: Brown: America's Interests Come Before Party Or President
Scott Brown, New Hampshire Union Leader
September 26, 2014

Whatever else happens in Washington, when it comes to national security the stakes are so high, and there is so little room for error. We’re at a dangerous moment for our country and our friends. It’s starting to feel like the world is on fire, with so many crises getting worse, so many adversaries gaining ground.

 

It’s as if the Obama administration is maxed out, worn down, devoid of ideas, and now all the bills are coming due. This is what foreign policy looks like without clarity and conviction. This is what the world looks like without American leadership.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee. She has been in that privileged position for nearly six years. And she has a record that is readily summed up in a single number: 99 percent. That is how often Sen. Shaheen votes in support of any policy of the Obama administration, whatever it is.

 

So far as I can tell, she never even mentioned ISIS in public until last month. This is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee we’re talking about, and it’s been nothing but silence on the most urgent national-security threats that we are facing. In fact, when the Committee was hearing testimony on the emerging threat of ISIS a year and a half ago, guess what? She missed the meeting.

 

It’s bad enough when any senator from New Hampshire has the reputation of a partisan follower. But when our senator, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, just goes along like another naïve follower of Barack Obama, missing obvious realities and opportunities to lead in the current security environment, that’s when you’ve really got to worry.

I view the job of a senator very differently, and party politics has got nothing to do with it. When any President is clear and resolute in defense of America’s interests, it won’t matter to me if we’re of the same party or not; I’ll be there, with my support and my vote. One hundred percent of the time, I’m going to do my own thinking, and speak for the independent spirit of our state.
 

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Wednesday
Sep242014

NHDP - ICYMI: Nashua Telegraph Editorial: “‘Blah, blah, blah’ from the speaker” 

Key point: “It was just a year ago that tea-party extremists within Boehner’s own House Republican Caucus hijacked the ship when they refused to raise the debt ceiling, leading to the highly unpopular government shutdown that Boehner was powerless to stop.

“Funny, then, that he should come to New Hampshire and ask voters to send him still more tea-party representatives in the persons of Garcia and Guinta.”

See here or below for the Telegraph editorial:

‘Blah, blah, blah’ from the speaker

John Boehner, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, is scheduled to be in the Granite State on Wednesday to stump for Marilinda Garcia in her attempt to unseat Rep. Ann Kuster in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District, and Frank Guinta’s bid to take back the seat in the 1st Congressional District.

The speaker’s office was nice enough to send us an email in advance, stating that “Boehner believes there are five key things we must do as a nation: fix our tax code, solve our spending problem, reform our legal system, rein in our regulatory system, and strengthen education.”

We agree that all of those things warrant attention.

We have harped repeatedly on the tax code issue, but Boehner has been speaker since 2011 and has had ample opportunity to fix the problem during that time. In fact, when the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee earlier this year put forth a sweeping proposal to rewrite the tax code, Boehner’s response was, “Blah, blah, blah.” Seriously. The man literally said, “Blah, blah, blah.” Hardly sounds like a lawmaker eager to take on the challenges of the day; doesn’t say much about his leadership, either.

Perhaps one of the problems with Rep. Dave Camp’s plan was that it proposed a tax on too-big-to-fail investment banks and the wealthiest Americans in exchange for a top marginal rate of 25 percent for everybody else. Seemed like a reasonable tradeoff, though it apparently fell short of Mr. Boehner’s definition of tax reform, which may be when taxes are lowered for corporations and the super wealthy, while the burden on the rapidly shrinking middle class either becomes heavier or changes not at all.

We suspect it would be a lot easier to take the speaker at his word on the issue of spending, but he’s been in Congress since 1991, when the national debt was about $3 trillion; it’s more than $17 trillion now, and at least some of that increase happened when Boehner was in a position of leadership within his party. Buying his answers about the best way to get the country out of our fiscal quagmire requires first recognizing the fact that he helped lead us here, too. The precise extent to which he has been part of the problem may be debatable, but it seems clear that he hasn’t exactly been part of the national solution, because there haven’t been many of those coming from Congress lately. That’s true not only of fiscal issues, but also on topics like immigration, financial inequality and the legalized bribery that is our campaign finance system, among other things.

You could argue, in fact, that Boehner – along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid – is one of the poster children for gridlock in this country. It was just a year ago that tea-party extremists within Boehner’s own House Republican Caucus hijacked the ship when they refused to raise the debt ceiling, leading to the highly unpopular government shutdown that Boehner was powerless to stop.

Funny, then, that he should come to New Hampshire and ask voters to send him still more tea-party representatives in the persons of Garcia and Guinta.

Wednesday
Sep032014

NHDP - ICYMI: Concord Monitor Editorial: "Candidates’ tax-cut plans wrongheaded" 

ICYMI: Concord Monitor Editorial: "Candidates’ tax-cut plans wrongheaded"

Key Point: “Havenstein, if elected, would push to lower the state’s Business Profits Tax from 8.5 percent to 7.4 percent, something that he magically believes would create 25,000 new jobs. He offers no evidence to support that belief, and history suggests it’s misplaced.

“What the tax cuts proposed by both candidates would do is reduce the state’s ability to pay for the things that make New Hampshire attractive to employers and the young families the state wants to attract, among them good schools, safe roads, well-kept parks, good public services, a clean and beautiful environment, and affordable higher education.”

See below for excerpts or here for the full editorial:

George H.W. Bush called the notion that cutting taxes would increase economic activity, thus creating jobs and increasing federal revenue, “vodoo economics.”

So-called supply-side economics didn’t pan out for President Ronald Reagan, who increased taxes. As a theory it’s largely been discredited, but its something-for-nothing allure remains so strong that the idea refuses to die.

Three decades later, supply-side notions such as those that underlie the tax plans of New Hampshire Republican gubernatorial candidates Andrew Hemingway and Walt Havenstein should more rightly be called zombie economics. They are the walking dead, yet still capable of doing harm.

Havenstein, if elected, would push to lower the state’s Business Profits Tax from 8.5 percent to 7.4 percent, something that he magically believes would create 25,000 new jobs. He offers no evidence to support that belief, and history suggests it’s misplaced.

Analyses by the national Economic Policy Institute, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, among many others, show that cutting corporate taxes has little or no effect on a business’s decision to relocate, expand or hire more workers.

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According to research cited by the Fiscal Policy Institute, business taxes in New Hampshire are already lower than in most states. And in every state, business taxes make up only a small component of business expenses and thus have limited influence on business decision-making. Other factors – an educated workforce, good schools, quality of life, state of the infrastructure, access to markets and the like – are far more important.

What the tax cuts proposed by both candidates would do is reduce the state’s ability to pay for the things that make New Hampshire attractive to employers and the young families the state wants to attract, among them good schools, safe roads, well-kept parks, good public services, a clean and beautiful environment, and affordable higher education.

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The tax cuts proposed by Hemingway and Havenstein would take the state backward, not forward.

Monday
Sep012014

Garcia For Congress (CD2) - ICYMI: Amnesty? Garcia is against it 

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In case you missed it, the New Hampshire Union Leader recently featured this editorial which addresses Gary Lambert’s dishonest claims regarding Marilinda Garcia’s stance on immigration. According to the article:

“In the Republican primary in the 2nd Congressional District, moderate Gary Lambert has been hiding his own lack of substance by misrepresenting Marilinda Garcia's positions.”

The article went on to say “Lambert now charges that Garcia is for amnesty for illegal aliens. He does not know what that means, either. Garcia advocates securing the border and apprehending and deporting those who are streaming over it.

Close observers of this primary are coming to the conclusion that on issue after issue, Gary Lambert has no idea what he is talking about. 

Marilinda Garcia is by far the best candidate in this race. She has the vision, intelligence and integrity to be a great representative in Congress. Republicans will make a big mistake if they let misleading, ignorant attacks deter them from choosing Garcia on Sept. 9.”

To read the full article, please click here.