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NRSC - As His Fellow Democrats Denounce Largest Tax Hike In American History, Why Is Paul Hodes Standing With Obama-Pelosi Economic Agenda? 

WASHINGTONWith national unemployment hovering near 10 percent, a growing number of Democrats are abandoning embattled liberal U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) and their Washington leaders as the Obama Administration prepares to allow for the largest job-killing tax increase in American history.

Politico reports today that, “[D]emocrats are pressuring Speaker Nancy Pelosi to extend Bush-era income tax rates for all brackets.” Democrat Representatives Jim Matheson (D-UT), Glenn Nye (D-VA), Melissa Bean (D-IL), and Gary Peters (D-MI) have voiced their strong opposition to the massive tax hike in a letter addressed to their Democrat leadership arguing that “this is not the time to jeopardize further growth.”

Additionally, U.S. Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Jim Webb (D-VA) came forward today to join the expanding chorus of Democrats speaking out against the President’s tax increase.

“Congressman Hodes’ support for tax hikes on employers only underscores how painfully out-of-touch he is with voters in the Granite State. While a growing number of his Democrat colleagues continue to denounce Nancy Pelosi’s plans to increase taxes for families and small businesses in the midst of a recession, Hodes is still standing with his out-of-touch party leaders in Washington instead of taxpayers in New Hampshire,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Marchand. “In just 50 days, Granite State voters will undoubtedly hold Hodes accountable for his reckless, job-killing economic agenda when they elect a Republican U.S. Senator.”

As a reminder, U.S. Representatives Charlie Melancon (D-LA) and Brad Ellsworth (D-IN); U.S. Senate hopefuls Robin Carnahan (D-MO) and Jack Conway (D-KY); and U.S. Senators Kent Conrad (D-ND), Ben Nelson (D-NE), and Evan Bayh (D-IN) are already on the growing list of Democrats opposed to Hodes’ efforts to raise taxes by repealing any of the 2001 and 2003 tax relief measures. 

Background Information:

“Paul Hodes Strongly Opposes The Bush [Tax] Plan That Will Continue To Add Billions To Our Expanding Deficit.” (Representative Paul Hodes, “Would Ayotte Cut Bill Binnie’s Taxes?” Press Release, 7/27/10) 

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NRSC - President Obama "Knew" The Democrats' Massive Health Care Overhaul Would "Increase Our Costs" - Did Liberal Paul Hodes? 

WASHINGTON – The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) today called on embattled U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) to tell New Hampshire voters whether, like President Obama, he was aware the Democrats’ massive health care overhaul would raise Americans’ health care costs when he helped ram it into law.

In a major press conference last week, President Obama admitted that he “knew” the Democrats’ massive health care overhaul was “going to increase our costs.”

As Hodes desperately tried to sell Obama’s costly, unpopular health spending bill, he promised his constituents it would “lower health care costs.”  But as the Wall Street Journal reported:

 Health insurers say they plan to raise premiums for some Americans as a direct result of the health overhaul in coming weeks, complicating Democrats' efforts to trumpet their signature achievement before the midterm elections…insurers say Congress's landmark refashioning of U.S. health coverage, which passed in March after a brutal fight, is causing them to pass on more costs to consumers than Democrats predicted.

And the Los Angeles Times reported that “under the new healthcare law, total U.S. medical spending will continue to gallop upward, consuming nearly 20% of the economy by 2019, according to a new government estimate.”

Additionally, Hodes’ health care bill cuts Medicare by $500 billion, endangers jobs, reduces benefits and raises costs for New Hampshire seniors, and could strip more than one million Americans of their health coverage.

“As President Obama admits that he knew his massive health care overhaul was ‘going to increase our costs,’ did Paul Hodes also realize this fact before he voted this costly legislation into law?” asked National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Marchand. “As the evidence of his broken promises mounts, will Hodes finally admit that his health care bill will hurt hard-working families in his state?”

Background Information:

Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH) Voted For The Democrats’ Massive Health Care Overhaul. (H.R. 3590, CQ Vote # 165: Motion agreed to 219-212: R 0-178; D 219-34, 3/21/10, Hodes Voted Yea; H.R. 4872, CQ Vote # 167: Passed 220-211: R 0-178; D 220-33, 3/21/10, Hodes Voted Yea)

Hodes Claimed The Health Care Reform Bill Would Lower Costs. “Hodes said reform will not only lower health care costs but also prevent insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing health conditions and eliminate caps on coverage. It will also close the so-called doughnut hole in prescription drug coverage by sending $250 rebate checks this year to Medicare recipients, he said.” (Albert McKeon, “Questions On Care Shift Jobs Focus,” The [Nashua, NH] Telegraph, 4/7/10)


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CEI - Obama Economy, US Property Rights #Fail, Panic Over Plastics/BPA


Economic Stimulus


Will President Obama's latest economic stimulus plan really do much to stimulate the economy?


Today on, CEI regulatory reform expert Wayne Crews likens the Obama plan to igniting the economy with a burnt-out match.  Crews also offers a detailed plan that would have real economic benefits.


"Obama’s economic program fundamentally consists of fostering a compulsory 'Declaration of Dependence' on the part of America’s wealth-creating sector. Washington is all about the institutionalization of Government Steering While the Market Rows."




U.S. 40th In the World on Property Rights


The World Economic Forum (WEF) on Thursday released its annual global competitiveness index, and Switzerland earned the top spot for the second year. The U.S. is ranked 4th.  But when it comes to property rights, the U.S. ranks a dismal #40!


On, CEI's legal expert Hans Bader notes that the Obama administration shares some of the blame for the U.S. falling from #30 to #40 on the property rights protection list.


"Contract and property rights have taken a beating from the Obama administration.  For example, it ripped off bondholders in the government takeovers and bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler, harming pension funds, non-union retirees and others."




Environment & BPA Scare


Are we scaring ourselves to death over BPA, a chemical used in plastics that is now targeted by environmentalists and media hype as somehow unsafe?


CEI's Angela Logomasini, Director of Risk and Environmental Policy, explains in today's Cape Cod Times why BPA is a convenient target, despite a lack of evidence that it has harmful environmental effects.


"If you trust the headlines, you might think that the biggest challenge facing the lobster industry in New York and New England is pollution — particularly from plastics. But think again. Plastics may be an easy political target, but they are not the most likely culprit."


ALG Demands Obama Fire 41 White House Appointees Who Haven't Paid Taxes

September 10th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement demanding that Barack Obama identify and fire 41 White House political appointees that have not paid their taxes and owe over $831,000:

"Barack Obama should give these 41 appointees thirty days to pay their taxes or be dismissed.  It's outrageous that people who vociferously argue for big government refuse to pay for it.  First it was Tom Daschle and Timothy Geithner.  And then Charlie Rangel.  Clearly, there is an endemic problem amongst government officials who think they are above the people.

"They are not above the law.  Obama needs to identify all officials and aides who are delinquent in paying their taxes, and if they refuse to pay up, to fire them.  This is a very poor example to be setting."


NH Steward - Another $50 Billion for Stimulus


Obama Proposes Another Stimulus

The insanity MUST stop in Washington. See below the Union Leader's editorial from yesterday. New Hampshire's state primary is next Tuesday so please get out and vote for conservatives who will take some commons sense values to Washington. Now that WILL be a welcome CHANGE!

Shovel ready: A $50 billion gov't bank

Union Leader Editorial
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010

"After an $800 billion "shovel-ready" stimulus package, bank bailouts, auto company bailouts and a "Summer Recovery," President Obama on Monday proposed a he-really-means-it-this-time infusion of billions of dollars to get the economy moving again.


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