EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 29, 2012

Editorial: Guinta, Bass are best for New Hampshire


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Voters in New Hampshire face a replay of the 2010 races for Congress. There is no reason for voters to choose differently this time around.

In the 1st Congressional District, Frank Guinta, R-Manchester, faces Democratic challenger Carol Shea-Porter of Rochester. This time, Guinta is the incumbent and is facing heavy criticism from the Shea-Porter campaign on his voting record, which it describes as “tea party Republican.”

But when the alternative is Shea-Porter’s track record of far-left liberalism, New Hampshire voters are clearly better off sticking with Guinta.

Guinta has the right ideas on taxes and the economy. He understands that government boondoggles such as President Obama’s “stimulus” plan never create any real, permanent jobs. Government best supports job growth when it simply gets out of the way.

Guinta supports Republican efforts to roll back red tape and reform the tax code into a simpler, more understandable system, one with lower rates for both individual and corporate taxpayers. Guinta supports controlling federal spending and reducing our national debt, now at $16 trillion and growing.

Guinta supports repealing the Affordable Care Act and reforming Medicare along the lines suggested by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan.

Shea-Porter, by contrast, calls on Republicans to leave Medicare alone. She doesn’t seem to understand that “Medicare as we know it” is on life-support. If nothing is done to reform the program, all who rely on it for their health care needs will suffer.

New Hampshire voters had two terms of Shea-Porter before they retired her in 2010. That was sufficient. We encourage voters to re-elect Frank Guinta.

In the 2nd Congressional District, voters find another rematch, this one between incumbent Republican Charles Bass and his Democratic challenger Ann McLane Kuster. Bass, of Peterborough, won a narrow victory over Kuster in 2010. Bass had previously represented the 2nd District for six terms beginning with his election in 1994.

Bass has a long track record of support for controlled spending, lower taxes and limited regulation to help businesses grow and create jobs.

Bass has serious credentials on financial responsibility in government. He has been endorsed by former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., and Erskine Bowles, former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. Simpson and Bowles are known for having been appointed by President Obama to investigate ways of getting the nation’s massive debt under control. Their report was promptly ignored by the president.

Bass has been an independent voice in Washington for residents of the 2nd District. Bass introduced legislation to create a commission tasked with coordinating funding and research into breast cancer prevention and therapy. He supported the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and was one of six Republicans to oppose funding cuts to programs for family planning and preventative health screenings for low-income women.

Bass has also been a champion for the preservation of New Hampshire’s natural beauty working to restore funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Bass has opposed legislation to weaken clean air and water protections.

Kuster, a longtime Democratic activist from Hanover, advocates for more “investing” in our future — code for higher taxes. She wants to let the Bush tax cuts expire for the “wealthy.” She opposes the usual Democratic bogeymen of subsidies for oil companies, tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas and redundant weapons systems for the military, largely to support more spending elsewhere. It’s a formula for job loss and stagnation.

Charlie Bass is the clear choice for New Hampshire voters in the 2nd District.