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New Hampshire Elections

January 6, 2012

Editorial: Romney is best choice in New Hampshire

Our nation remains mired in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Millions are out of work. In a climate of regulatory uncertainty, companies fear to make the decisions they must make to grow. Investors are hanging on to their money, unwilling to take the risks that fuel innovation and job creation.

This stagnation is a failure of government. It is a result of the false religion of Washington, the belief that, to be truly free, the American people and the nation's enterprises must be corralled and contained, regulated and controlled by those who wrongly believe they know what's best for the rest of us.

In the 2012 election, the Republican Party must offer the American people a clear alternative to President Obama and the Democrats. On Tuesday, the people of New Hampshire will help make that choice.

We urge Republicans and independents to support Mitt Romney in the New Hampshire Republican primary.

In his private career as a successful venture capitalist and his public career as governor of Massachusetts, Romney has shown he can make the tough executive decisions needed to get the nation back on track.

As governor of Massachusetts, Romney eliminated a $3 billion budget deficit and cut state spending, not merely reducing its rate of growth.

Romney wants to lift the foot of government from the neck of American business. He wants to trim away the mass of regulation built up under President Obama and let the free enterprise system work once more.

Romney wants to cut federal spending, capping it at 20 percent of the gross domestic product. That has been the average spending rate since the 1950s until Obama took office. Romney also favors lower tax rates spread over a broader tax base.

The world is a dangerous place. Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons. North Korea, a rogue state that already possesses nuclear weapons, is now under the control of an inexperienced leader about whom little is known. China, flush with cash from its surging economy, is beginning to flex its international muscles.

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