Daily Archives: June 12, 2008

A Challenge to Governor Lynch: Sign the Pledge

NHAC issues a re-election challenge to Governor John Lynch:
Sign NHAC’s “Defending the New Hampshire Advantage Pledge” to curb state spending

Manchester, NH – On May 20th 2008, NHAC introduced its “Defending the New Hampshire Advantage Pledge”. The pledge simply asks candidates and elected officials to reasonably curb spending to the rate of inflation. As of today, Governor Lynch has yet to join the seventy candidates and/or elected officials that have already signed the pledge. This impressive list includes Lynch’s only announced opponent Senator Joe Kenney.

 “New Hampshire taxpayers deserve to know where Governor Lynch stands on this important issue. New Hampshire’s spending grew by a half of billion dollars during the last budget cycle, giving us a deficit and making us one of the top spending states in the country.” said Mike Biundo, NHAC Chairman.   “New Hampshire taxpayers are increasingly frustrated by the overspending, posturing and false rhetoric of the current state leadership. It has become trendy to say you’re for low taxes, or even against a sales or income tax.  Now, we beg the question; are you going defend the NH advantage and keep spending reasonable or not. The problem is once they are elected; too many officials forget that it’s the taxpayers’ money that they are spending.  The only path to low taxes is an efficient government that is always looking for ways to control spending.”

The New Hampshire Advantage Coalition will be asking all candidates and current office holders to sign this pledge to defend our New Hampshire Advantage. We will be educating New Hampshire voters on where each of their representatives and candidates stand on this important issue.

Tancredo “gets it”…

Tom Tancredo

A rain-soaked Tom Tancredo speaks to a gathering in Franklin, NH back in ’05

As the general election campaign starts in earnest, many of those formerly in the race have been popping up here and there, endorsing or recommending the "presumptive nominee" of their respective party. Last night Rudy Giuliani was on Fox, discussing the economy and John McCain. This is no surprise because, as previously reported here at the ‘Grok, he said more than once during the primary season that if he himself wasn’t running, he would be supporting McCain.

There is a former candidate out there, however, that has indicated he will vote for the Arizona Senator, who is truly a real surprise: Tom Tancredo. Recall that last October, he stated,

"You know, I’ve said I don’t know how many times, that I am absolutely tired and sick and tired of being forced to go to the polls and say I’m going to make this choice between the lesser of two evils. I really don’t intend to do that again. I am hoping, of course, that whoever we nominate will be the principled flag carrier for the Republican Party. But if that is not the case, no, then I will not support them."

That was then. Fast forwarding to the present, the Colorado Congressman has changed his tune, recognizing that whatever issues he has with Senator McCain, they pale when compared with the Democratic alternative. In what was basically an under-reported story until noticed by ABC News’ Jake Tapper writing at his Political Punch blog, Tancredo stated back in April, as reported at the Ttime in the Rocky Mountain News, that he will be voting for John McCain. When I saw this, I was both surprised, and pleased, that he has come to this conclusion. I’ve always admired Mr. Tancredo for his honesty and bravery with respects to some of the more touchy issues facing our country, especially on demographic and immigration matters. It’s good that he recognizes the importance of keeping a Barack Obama from entering the White House.

"Sometimes I say to myself, ‘Can I really do this?’" Tancredo said of supporting McCain. "And then you listen to Obama or Hillary and say, ‘Yeah, I have to.’"

If only those still aboard the McCain Derangement Express would see it the same way…

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Guest post – Grant Bosse – NH-2 Congressional Candidate. A letter to McCain…

Here at the ‘Grok, we are all about Conservative values and promote those candidates that exhibit those qualities (but keeping them accountable too!).  Being that we live and work in Central NH, we have had the chance to talk with each of the Congressional candidates in both NH-1 and NH-2 (see Doug’s summary post of the ‘Grok Q&A series" here).

As we have also extended an offer to host guest posts from them, today we are pleased to feature one from Grant Bosse.  Here, he sends a letter to the presumptive Republican Presidential Candidate, John McCain, upon his return to NH…

                                                                       June 12, 2008

Dear Senator McCain,

Welcome back to New Hampshire, the state that sent you on your way to the Republican nomination, and the state that will help you become the next President of the United States. 

I don’t always agree with you.  And that’s a good thing.  Because I know where we agree and disagree.  You’ve taken the rather revolutionary view that voters deserve to know where you stand on the important issues facing this country.

This stands in stark contrast to your presumed opponent, Senator Obama.  He has adopted Jimmy Carter’s policies, Al Gore’s knack for self-promotion, and John Kerry’s talent for being on every side of every issue.

One area where Senator Obama has been clear about his preferences has been federal spending.  He wants more of it.  His billion dollar promises have ballooned into a trillion dollar agenda; one that will greatly increase not just the federal government, but the tax burden on American families, and the crushing debt on future generations.  And Senator Obama is unwilling to even address the mounting challenges to Social Security and Medicare.

You have led efforts to cut wasteful federal spending, and as President would abolish the corrupt earmark system once and for all.

In meeting the challenge to keep America safe, the choice between you and Senator Obama is even clearer.  As American troops in Iraq paid the price for our failure to change strategy and tactics in the face of a changing threat, you were an often lonely voice calling for more boots on the ground.  You realized that the only way to bring American soldiers home was to give them the tools and support to complete their mission.  Senator Obama declared that the “Surge” couldn’t possibly work, and refused to support it in the Senate.  This stands as the only major foreign policy decision he has been forced to make, and it was completely wrong.  In the only test of his abilities as Commander in Chief, he failed.

I salute your willingness to buck both conventional wisdom and political fortune to do what is right.  As President, I know you will remain committed to keeping America safe and build on the progress we have made in helping Iraq rebuild from forty years of tyranny.

Thank you again for your continued support for the Granite State.  Be assured that New Hampshire appreciates you.  And America needs you.  Good luck and God speed,


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