Monday, March 31, 2008
We need more capitalism and freer markets, not less. We need banks and businesses to face the consequences of their decisions, not be shielded from failure by politicians and bureaucrats. This proposal would stifle innovation and competition in banking, insurance, and other financial services, and threaten the financial privacy of all Americans. We don’t need socialized banking anymore than socialized medicine.”
(Hillsboro) Republican Grant Bosse today pledged to refuse seeking earmarks if elected to Congress, and urged his fellow Republicans to take a similar pledge.
“Congress is addicted to earmarks, and the only way to kick the habit is to go cold turkey,” Bosse said. “Paul Hodes campaigned against earmarks, but started asking Nancy Pelosi for them once he got elected.”
Earmarks are special projects attached to federal legislation at the request of individual Congressmen, often at the eleventh hour with no public debate or oversight prior to a vote. Congressional leaders often use procedural hurdles to prevent these secret projects from being removed from spending bills. The grassroots organization FreedomWorks is asking all candidates for Federal office to take a similar pledge.
“Earmarking is out of control in Washington. Efforts to reform earmarks have failed. It’s time to end them,” Bosse concluded. “Paul Hodes is a lost cause, but today I ask my fellow Republican challengers to swear off earmarks.”
For more information and a list of federal candidates who have taken the pledge, go to www.earmarkpledge.com.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
I wanted to stop into the 4th Annual Sportsmens Reach Banquet in Concord. This group brings together hunters, landowners, and wildlife managers to ensure a sustainable and healthy deer herd in New Hampshire.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
German Chancellor has announced that she will not attend the Beijing Olympics this summer.
As pressure built for concerted western protests to China over the crackdown in Tibet, EU leaders prepared to discuss the crisis for the first time today, amid a rift over whether to boycott the Olympics.
The disclosure that Germany is to stay away from the games' opening ceremonies in August could encourage President Nicolas Sarkozy of France to join in a gesture of defiance and complicate Gordon Brown's determination to attend the Olympics.
I'll admit that I'm undecided on how to treat the Olympics in light of China's oppression of its own people. The latest calls to boycott have come in light of China's crackdown in Tibet, but the Communist government has routinely abused and oppressed its people since coming to power.
Do we boycott in protest, or attend with the intention of highlighting the regime's unacceptable behavior?
I'm not sure if either course would embarrass the Communist rulers in China to change their ways.
What do you think? I've posted a new poll.
U.S. Congressional Candidate Grant Bosse Pays Visit to Coos
By Alan Farnsworth
Republican Congressional candidate Grant Bosse visited Colebrook last Tuesday afternoon, March 4, as part of a two-day introductory campaign swing through the North Country. Starting the previous day, he toured Littleton, Lancaster, Berlin, and Gorham before visiting Colebrook.
A lifelong Republican, this is the Hillsboro native’s first run for political office, although he comes with plenty of political experience. After graduation from the Hillsboro-Deering school system, he attended Dartmouth College, where he was active in both the campus radio station and newspaper.
Mr. Bosse then began a successful career in radio, starting at WGIR-AM in Manchester and continuing at WTSL in Lebanon. In 1999, he left radio to become the Senior Legislative Assistant to the New Hampshire House Majority Office, where he could observe and learn the workings of the legislative system. After a year as press secretary and political director for Craig Benson’s gubernatorial campaign, he worked for five years on staff for Senator John Sununu, focusing on environmental and energy policies.
Mr. Bosse said he finally decided to run for office when the Republican party, and especially New Hampshire’s congressional delegation, seemed to lose its way and adopt some Democratic traits. “Both parties have shown a great disrespect for the taxpayers,” he said.
He went on to say that there has been a noticeable lack of growth nationally and when the nation slows down that affects the North Country. This is part of Mr. Bosse’s three pronged platform for his candidacy: free the economy, secure the borders, and win the war.
Mr. Bosse proposes more of a hands-off approach to the economy. The North Country has a rising elderly population combined with the falling school age and worker population, he said, making it harder to retain local students and workers. Efforts have to be made to free up local resources to make more jobs locally, but he dislikes Congress making market-based solutions which benefit only a few. Not enough candidate, he said, are willing to stand up for market capitalism.
Congress is not really serious about the illegal immigration problem, Mr. Bosse said. He supports the use of a fence as the “first real step toward the immigration solution,” because is has proved to work where it has been tried. A major effort had to made to make it easier to come to the U.S. legally rather than illegally, he said, and right now that is not the case.
Mr. Bosse supports “winning the war,” but to do that the Congress has to stop making the effort to fund the troops into a political game. He cited Rep. Hodes’ vote for an emergency defense appropriation complete with “pork barrel” provisions. When the Senate stripped it down to a “clean bill” with no extras, he said, Hodes refused to vote for it when reintroduced in the House.
He cautions that the war is not just the localized fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, but a global campaign against radical Islam. This is a war for very high stakes, he said, which the U.S. should win.
Mr. Bosse has already logged 2,000 miles over the past two weeks, including the two-day circuit in Coos County. He hopes to return to the North Country next month.
WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department will propose on Monday that Congress give the Federal Reserve broad new authority to oversee financial market stability, in effect allowing it to send SWAT teams into any corner of the industry or any institution that might pose a risk to the overall system.
The proposal is part of a sweeping blueprint to overhaul the nation’s hodgepodge of financial regulatory agencies, which many experts say failed to recognize rampant excesses in mortgage lending until after they set off what is now the worst financial calamity in decades.
Democratic lawmakers are all but certain to say the proposal does not go far enough...
Reform and streamline financial oversight, yes. Broad new authority and financial SWAT teams, not so much.
Friday, March 28, 2008
New Hampshire Democrats were exuberant about their sweeping gains in the 2006 elections, but some savvy Republicans are pointing out that turnout in a presidential election year may be the key factor in November.
Grant Bosse, a former Sununu aide who is one of four Republicans running to unseat U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes, D-N.H., notes that more than 327,000 voters turned out in the 2004 2nd District congressional race, which coincided with the John Kerry-George Bush contest. By contrast, only about 205,000 people voted in 2006, an off-year election.
Hodes actually won more votes in 2004 (125,280) when he lost to then-incumbent Charlie Bass, than Hodes won in 2006 (108,743) when he defeated Bass in a rematch.
“My main point is the Democrats didn't necessarily get all sorts of new voters out. The point is Republican voters stayed home,” Bosse said of 2006.
Paul Hodes is the last one to learn that REAL ID might be a problem.
Congressman Paul Hodes (D-Concord) said, "there are legitimate concerns about the effects of this program and many states across the country have refused to participate in Real ID."
Hodes added that he will seek a Congressional investigation into the impact of the Real ID Act.
"Therefore, I am calling on the House Government and Oversight Committee to hold hearings on the impact of Real ID on the states as well as the serious privacy concerns this law raises."
Really? Hearings? Way to take a stand! "Let's hold hearings!" I had thought opposition to REAL ID was just about the least controversial issue in New Hampshire these days. I'm glad Paul Hodes has finally decided to pay attention to it. Too bad he doesn't know enough to have an opinion yet.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
(Hillsboro) Republican challenger Grant Bosse today urged Congressman Paul Hodes to stand up to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and bring a bill he co-sponsored to the House floor for an up or down vote. Hodes is one of 147 co-sponsors of the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement Act (SAVE Act, H.R. 4088), which Pelosi has refused to bring before the House of Representative knowing that it has enough support to pass.
“Paul Hodes has voted against funding the border fence, and has offered nothing but empty promises on immigration,” Bosse said. “If Paul Hodes is serious about border security, he can prove it by bringing his own bill to the House floor for an up or down vote.”
The SAVE Act would provide an additional 8,000 border patrol agents, fund border security improvements, and expand the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism along the northern and southern borders. 181 House Members have already signed a discharge petition to bring the bipartisan immigration bill to the House floor since Speaker Pelosi refuses to schedule it for consideration. 218 signatures are necessary to force Pelosi to consider it.
“Paul Hodes needs to stand up for border security and stand up to Nancy Pelosi,” Bosse added. “If he can’t support his own bill, he’ll prove that his support for border security is an empty promise.”
Such is the case with their latest attacks on free speech. The next atrocious idea is public financing for state elections. They now want to use your money to subsidize politicians. And they also want to use your money to show how compassionate they are.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
We dedicated the Hillsboro Post Office last week to Officer Jeremy Todd Charron.
Jeremy was a year or two behind me in school. While we weren't especially close, our families know each other well. The Charron family has been an important part of Hillsboro all my life.
Jeremy was truly dedicated to serving his community, state and nation. He was a Marine. He was an officer with the Epsom Police Department. And one August morning more than 10 years ago, he was shot and killed in the line of duty.
Jeremy was an extraordinary young man. What has always struck me is not just the sacrifice he made during what should have been a routine check on a parked car. It's that every routine stop for our police officers carries the same risk. They accept this danger to keep us safe.
Sen. John Sununu joined us for the ceremony. At the request of the Hillsboro selectmen, he introduced legislation to name the Hillsboro Post Office for Charron. I was working in his office at the time and can attest to the time and energy that John personally used to guide that bill into law. President Bush signed the bill the day after Christmas. It was one of my proudest days working for the Senate.
We remember Jeremy Todd Charron not just for his ideals but for the dedication to put those ideals into action.
Thank you, Jeremy.
Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but lawsuit abuse and the failure to enact reasonable tort reform is having some bizarre consequences, including dead puppies.
I wish I were kidding. No, Paul Hodes doesn't want to kill puppies.
Drawing a sharp distinction with the Democratic presidential candidates, Senator John McCain, warned Tuesday against hasty government action to solve the mortgage crisis, saying “it is not the duty of government to bail out and reward those who act irresponsibly, whether they are big banks or small borrowers.”
But Mr. McCain’s remarks on Tuesday represented a stark tonal shift from the increasing calls for helping homeowners, as he faulted not only borrowers who engaged in risky lending, but suggested that some homeowners engaged in dangerous financial practices.
“Some Americans bought homes they couldn’t afford, betting that rising prices would make it easier to refinance later at more affordable rates,” he said.
Mr. McCain argued that even during the ongoing crisis, the vast majority of mortgage holders continued to make their payments.
“Of those 80 million homeowners, only 55 million have a mortgage at all, and 51 million homeowners are doing what is necessary — working a second job, skipping a vacation and managing their budgets to make their payments on time,” he said. “That leaves us with a puzzling situation: how could 4 million mortgages cause this much trouble for us all?”
Barack Obama wants to spend $10 billion of your money on a bailout. Hillary Clinton has increased the bidding to $30 billion. Nobody knows how expensive the bailout would be by the time Congress is finished.
Or we can do something now to preserve Social Security for the next generation.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The Nashua Chamber of Commerce held their annual Legislative Dinner at the Crowne Plaza, and the Nashua Federation of Republican Women also had their monthly meeting there. I had a chance to attend both, speaking to the Federation.
And the Sox won in extra innings. All in all, a great day.
Fellow, Republican candidate Grant Bosse, of Hillsboro, said that as a former journalist and a defender of the First Amendment, he believes candidates should be judged not on their donations, but their actions.
"Bob Clegg is free to raise money wherever he chooses. The voters get to decide whether any of these donations were for sale,'' Bosse said.
The first priority of the next Congress is to eliminate earmarks or special pet projects slipped into federal spending bills, Bosse continued. "We've got to root out the real corruption in Washington, those earmarks often created in exchange for campaign donations,'' he added.
Monday, March 24, 2008
With colleagues in Congress quick to claim credit where it is due, word moves quickly when undue credit is claimed.
"If it happens once or twice, you let it go," said Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), an Obama supporter. "If it becomes the mantra, then you go, 'Wait a minute.' "
Immigration is a case in point for Obama, but not the only one. In 2007, after the first comprehensive immigration bill had died, the senators were back at it, and again, Obama was notably absent, staffers and senators said. At one meeting, three key negotiators recalled, he entered late and raised a number of questions about the bill's employment verification system. Kennedy and Specter both rebuked him, saying that the issue had already been resolved and that he was coming late to the discussion. Kennedy dressed him down, according to witnesses, and Obama left shortly thereafter.
"Senator Obama came in late, brought up issues that had been hashed and rehashed," Specter recalled. "He didn't stay long."
Just this week, as the financial markets were roiling in the wake of the Bear Stearns collapse, Obama made another claim that was greeted with disbelief in some corners of Capitol Hill. On March 13, Dodd, the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, and Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, unveiled legislative proposals to allow the Federal Housing Administration to guarantee new loans from banks willing to help homeowners in or approaching foreclosure. Obama and Clinton were in Washington for a day-long round of budget voting, but neither appeared at the housing news conference.
Yet Obama on Monday appeared to seek top billing on Dodd's proposal.
"At this moment, we must come together and act to address the housing crisis that set this downturn in motion and continues to eat away at the public's confidence in the market," Obama said. "We should pass the legislation I put forward with my colleague Chris Dodd to create meaningful incentives for lenders to buy or refinance existing mortgages so that Americans facing foreclosure can keep their homes."
Dodd did say that Obama supported the bill, as does Clinton. But he could not offer pride of authorship to the candidate he wants to see in the White House next year.
Paul Hodes isn't known to miss a press conference himself, whether or not he had anything to do with the issue.
Then again, it looks like Senator Clinton has been exaggerating a little this week as well.
The most senior US general in Iraq has said he has evidence that Iran was behind Sunday's bombardment of Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone.
Gen David Petraeus told the BBC he thought Tehran had trained, equipped and funded insurgents who fired the barrage of mortars and rockets.
The ongoing battle in Iraq has been made longer, harder, and costlier because of Iran. Hodes may not acknowledge this, but it shows that the battle in Iraq is part of a broader war against Islamic Fascism. Iran is on the other side, and we can not afford a government that ignores this basic fact. Hodes would have us leave Iraq before securing that country from its hostile neighbors, creating a more dangerous world.
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It was hailed as Internet for the masses when Philadelphia officials announced plans in 2005 to erect the largest municipal Wi-Fi grid in the country, stretching wireless access over 135 square miles with the hope of bringing free or low-cost service to all residents, especially the poor.
Municipal officials in Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and 10 other major cities, as well as dozens of smaller towns, quickly said they would match Philadelphia’s plans.
But the excited momentum has sputtered to a standstill, tripped up by unrealistic ambitions and technological glitches. The conclusion that such ventures would not be profitable led to sudden withdrawals by service providers like EarthLink, the Internet company that had effectively cornered the market on the efforts by the larger cities.
Now, community organizations worry about their prospects for helping poor neighborhoods get online.
In Tempe, Ariz., and Portland, Ore., for example, hundreds of subscribers have found themselves suddenly without service as providers have cut their losses and either abandoned their networks or stopped expanding capacity.
As the costs of expanding wireless networks drop, wireless coverage will expand from cities to rural areas. We should remember Philly's folly when politicians promise to use the power of government to expand wireless access in New Hampshire.
"Less than a week after changing his tune on Iraq, Paul Hodes has rejoined the 'retreat and defeat' chorus," Bosse said. "I feel sorry for Paul Hodes. Public opinion is shifting on this issue, and it's tough for a pandering politician to keep up."
Hodes has a history of contradictory statements on Iraq:
• In July, 2006, Hodes promised not to withhold funding for "troop safety and security" and said equipping the troops was "the highest priority", but voted against an emergency troop funding bill in 2007.
• During his campaign, Hodes said "I want a new direction" in Iraq, but then belittled General David Petreaus's proposed "Surge" strategy as "too little, too late."
• In July, 2006, Hodes said it was simplistic to set a "date certain" for withdrawal, but on WMUR, Hodes again called for just such a deadline.
"We are making progress in Iraq and globally in the war against Islamic fascism. Paul Hodes wants to give up on that progress," Bosse concluded. "New Hampshire deserves a Congressman whose opinions on national defense don't shift in the political wind."
Sunday, March 23, 2008
I've worked with Dan during my time in the Senate. He's a good guy, and a great ambassador for lower taxes and smaller government. The video takes a while to load, but Dan makes macroeconomics about as interesting as it can get.
On this holiest of days, we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. On Christmas, we celebrate his birth, and on Good Friday, we mourn his death and mark his sacrifice for our salvation. I've always drawn from the lessons of Christ's life on earth. For while he is the Son of God, he was also a man. In National Review, Jerry Bower writes an excellent essay on Christ's death and resurrection, not from scripture, but from history:
Jesus was a politically sophisticated man. He knew what was coming.
He faced the executioners bravely. He accepted, even embraced his death, and overcame it. By doing this he took the stinger out of Jerusalem and Rome. Behind all the taxes and tolls, price controls, and monopolies, and behind the governors and tetrarchs and consuls and emperors, lurked a tax-hungry greed, and the greed was backed up by the threat of death. The emperor’s colossal ego was fed by the people of Rome; the Romans were fed by the bread and circuses; the bread and circuses were fed by the armies; the armies fed on the captive peoples, and the captive peoples who didn’t like it were fed to the lions, or (even worse) the crucifix.
Such it has always been. When tyrants rule, money flows uphill and pain flows down. At the top is always a Caesar (or his etymological cousins, a Kaiser or a Czar). In the modern age, they usually make a hypocritical nod to democracy by calling themselves “President,” but the suffix “for life” tells us what’s really going on. At the bottom is the enemy of the state and what awaits him is a cross, or a gas chamber, perhaps a syringe filled with poison, or the observation section of a rape room and then a trip to the paper shredder. Every tyrant rules the same way: through threat of torture, humiliation, and death.
But when Jesus said, “Go ahead, do your worst,” and, as his early followers testified, overcame death, he ripped the stinger out, rendering the whole wasp twitching and dying from tip to tail. When his followers chose the cross as their symbol, they seemed to be turning “the world upside down,” but they weren’t; they were turning the upside-down world, finally, right-side-up. To get the flavor, imagine a revolutionary-era Frenchman displaying a tiny replica of the guillotine, or modern Iraqis wearing little rape-room replicas around their necks, or industrial paper shredders. Imagine Russian dissidents making the sign of the syringe, or think of Holocaust survivors who display their tattooed identification numbers with pride instead of shame. This is what the early followers of Jesus did with the Roman cross.
I recommend reading the whole thing. May you and yours have a most Blessed Easter.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Yesterday, the federal agency granted Montana an extension, even though state officials didn't ask for one and insist they will not adhere to the Real ID law.
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer told The Associated Press that DHS "painted themselves in a corner."
A fourth state, New Hampshire, has asked to be exempted, but Homeland Security officials have not found that letter legally acceptable, so the Granite State has not received an extension.
Here's a bizarre twist:
Yet hours after Chertoff sent those letters yesterday, DHS Assistant Secretary Stewart Baker wrote to the attorney general of Montana, saying that even though the state was explicitly not seeking an extension, it would be granted one anyway. Baker reasoned the state's new license security measures already met many of the Real ID requirements anyway.
"I can only provide the relief you are seeking by treating your letter as a request for an extension," Baker wrote.
Schweitzer, Montana's Democratic governor, said his state had not backed down.
"We sent them a horse. If they choose to call it a zebra, that is their business," said Schweitzer.
So New Hampshire's request for an extension is denied, but Montana gets an extension without asking for one. As long as my State of New Hampshire driver's license gets me on a plane in Manchester, I don't really care. REAL ID is unnecessary, wasteful, and potentially very harmful. After this week's revelations at the State Department, you'd think Senator Obama would be a bit more outspoken on this issue.
I'm thankful we have a number of strong voices looking to repeal this law, led by our own Senator Sununu.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Berlin Airport, and the wind today keeps pushing snow onto the runway,
so we got out there in the plow and cleared it off. there is no such
thing as a routine day on the campaign trail.
Heading back through Grove ton, and then home for the Easter weekend.
In case I don't update much this weekend, have a great Easter.
Trying to help, Congress makes economic situation worse
By GRANT BOSSE
THE STIMULUS package Congress recently passed will send out checks from $300 to $1,200 to American taxpayers. Congress has finally stopped the pretense of pork barrel projects and is now trying to buy our votes directly. While this extra cash will come in handy during this economic downturn, it certainly won't have any significant effect on the economy as a whole.
In fact, the stimulus package was also loaded down with hundreds of earmarks, special pet projects put in to help incumbents back in their districts. Overall, the only economic activities this stimulus package seemed designed to encourage were campaign contributions.
High taxes, unfunded mandates and overregulation are slowing the economy, which is having trouble keeping pace with runaway federal spending. Congress's appetite for our dollars is taking a big bite out of the private sector. If Congress were serious about encouraging investment and growth it would lessen its interference in our economy and stop punishing small businesses that are trying to grow into big businesses.
The top two threats to prosperity today are inflation and a growing credit crisis. Both have little to do with the true strength of the American economy and everything to do with our money supply. In 1963, groundbreaking economist Milton Friedman wrote, "Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon." He was correct then, and now.
The Federal Reserve's recent paranoia about deflation led it to overreact, and we're seeing higher prices as a result. Politicians pushing for easier access to credit handed out incentives for lenders to make bad loans and for homeowners to make bad decisions. Politicians trying to protect these folks from the consequences of their bad decisions risk spreading the pain of bad loans to the entire country, through a taxpayer-funded bailout.
Congress has the ability to address both problems, but not by continuing its current policies. Ending our bloated farm subsidies, specifically the ethanol boondoggle, would not only reduce federal spending significantly, but it would remove the perverse incentives in our agricultural sector, which are driving up the price of bread, milk, meat and vegetables other than corn.
Congress also can help bring energy prices down by scrapping the failed policies that have helped drive them up. We should allow responsible exploration of domestic oil reserves. We should remove the regulatory roadblocks that stand in the way of new oil refineries, the bottleneck in our transportation system that makes gas prices so volatile. And we should permit the construction of new nuclear power plants, which have the potential to provide safe and clean electricity.
The greatest benefit Congress can provide is to finally control federal spending. Our mounting national debt threatens our status as the safest place to invest in the world. Congress' unwillingness to acknowledge the massive unfunded obligations of Medicare and Social Security will leave the next generation with a massive tax bill. These fiscal time bombs will not be defused with a $300 check.
The American economy is the strongest engine of economic growth in history. It has propelled our country and much of the world to a quality of life undreamt of a century ago. And it is because of market capitalism.
Capitalism has consequences, sometimes painful. But government efforts to protect us from those costs are almost always far more harmful. So, thanks, Congress, for trying to help. But please stop because we can't afford any more of your kind of generosity.
Grant Bosse is a Republican candidate for Congress from New Hampshire's 2nd District. He lives in Hillsborough, and can be contacted at www.Bosse2008.com.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
First time on the trail
Grant Bosse says he’d fix government
By Alec O'Meara firstname.lastname@example.org
After spending five years on Sen. John Sununu’s staff as a specialist in environmental and energy policy in Washington, Hillsboro native Grant Bosse has moved back to the state and recently announced his candidacy for New Hampshire’s Second District seat in Congress. The election will be held Nov. 4. Bosse was formerly a news anchor for WGIR and was press secretary for Craig Benson’s campaign for governor.
Q: Why do you want to run?
Congress is broken, and I’d like to help fix it. ... As a reporter here in Manchester and up in Lebanon, I worked with local boards ... and saw community members get involved .... At the state level, I worked for some remarkable men and women at the Statehouse who were serving their communities for $100 a year. And, at the federal level, I spent five years working with Senator Sununu, and I’ve seen a Republican Congress lose its way in the need for earmarks and back-room deals, and a Democratic congress take over and adopt all the same bad habits and invent some new ones. Just yesterday they passed an ethics bill in Congress and they had to break House rules to pass the ethics bill because the more stringent version that Republicans wanted had the votes to pass. In fact it had passed, and they would have banged the gavel and let it pass, but Nancy Pelosi didn’t like how the bill turned out so she held the vote open so she could change the results of that vote and get her own watered-down ethics bill through. If you have to change the rules to get the ethics bill passed, I think it’s time to change who we send to Washington.
Much was made in the 2006 elections about the shift in political ideology within the state. A lot of Republicans were voted out, a lot of Democrats voted in. Why do you feel that happened?
Well, 2006 was obviously a high-tide year for the Democrats. They did very well, and I congratulate them. I don’t think they’ve governed particularly well since, either at the federal level or at the state level. In 2006, we saw Republican voters and independents who normally vote for Republicans frustrated in the direction of the party, and a lot of them didn’t show up to vote. … but I don’t think the state has changed fundamentally. I’ve seen a lot of elections in this state and we have wide swings in our mid-term elections. Huge Republican years in 1994 and 2002 and huge Democratic years in ’98 and 2006. Republicans didn’t show up to the polls.
Why didn’t they show?
They were discouraged with the party. They felt that things hadn’t changed. And based on the way the Democrats have run things in the past year, there isn’t much of a difference. They are still abusing power, they are still shutting down debate, making their own rules and not addressing their core priorities, which I see as a strong national defense, securing our borders, and freeing the economy from taxes, mandates and regulations.
Have you held an elected office before?
No. I’ve been a delegate to the state convention, but no major elected office.
Does that help or hurt you?
I don’t think either. I think all the candidates bring a range of experience. ... One of my opponents has been a talk show host and a columnist. Another was an attorney and an active-duty officer. … We each bring a range of experiences, but while I haven’t held office before, I actually have more experience in Congress than all of my opponents combined, including Paul Hodes. So I’ve seen how they do things, I see what’s gone wrong, and I know how to fix it.
What will you be fighting for?
My top priority is to reform the earmark process. Actually, I don’t want to reform the earmark process, I want to abolish it. ... We’ve seen rapid economic growth over the last six or seven years, but the only thing stronger than the American economy’s ability to generate growth is Congress’s appetite to spend our money, and the economy is bucking under the weight of taxes, mandates and over-regulation. I think part of that process is the corrupt earmark system that allows Congress to spend money on their pet projects without accountability or oversight, without the ability to amend them in the light of day, and even though some good projects get through, it’s at the price of many more bad projects. If a project is worth funding, if it is worth our federal government spending our money on it, then it is worth doing so publicly.
What would you be bringing to the table, as far as discussions on foreign policy go?
I think we need a strong national defense that is aggressive in our struggle against Islamo-fascism. This is a global ideology that wants to bring a dark age upon the world.
— Alec O’Meara
Filling a Heroes Uniform
By Debbie Lee
Gold Star Mom
I began my morning with my normal routine of making a pot of coffee and turning on FOX news to see the days issues. This morning President Bush was addressing this nation and remembering the sacrifices and the successes that this nation has experienced for the past five years since the War on Terror began in Iraq.
I remember that day well and knew this would be a very personal war to me. My oldest son Kristofer was one of "The few, the proud, the Marines." My son-in-law Christopher was an Officer serving in the Army and was already on his way to Iraq, my youngest son Marc was in BUDS training to become a Navy SEAL, my brother Jim was in the Air Force Reserves and I had cousin who was an Officer in the Marines. I had no idea at that point how personal and emotional this war would be.
Each one of these young men served in different branches of the Military, wore a different uniform, went to different lengths to train and prepare to be the warriors they are. I have pictures of each one of them in their different uniforms both dress and cammies. It is true there is something special about a man in uniform.
My daughter-in-law, Maya, had recently shipped Marc's uniforms to me. I've just picked them up off of the bed to hang them in the closet. As I pick it up the tears began to stream down my cheeks as I think of the Hero, my son, who wore it. I bring it close to my nose and take a deep breath hoping that by some odd chance I can still catch a hint of his smell on the garment. My mind wanders as I remember the tall, dark and very handsome young man who was the youngest of my 3 children, my baby, who filled this uniform so well.
Marc Alan Lee was the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq 8-2-06. He was one of the sacrifices that the President had talked about this morning as he addressed the nation. I personally know the cost and pain of war and yet still believe the war is worth fighting, the War is worth winning.
That extremely hot August day in 2006, Marc was wearing a different uniform than the one I'm holding. He had his desert cammies on along with well over 150 lbs of gear and ammunition. He was the big gunner for his platoon and his teammates retold the stories of how he carried the M60 without a sling. They had never seen anything like that and were amazed at his strength.
They were in the biggest battle since the war began and had been in the firefight for 2 hours when Marc single handedly stood up in the direct line of fire and shot off over 100 rounds of ammunition. Three times that day Marc would stand out in the direct line of fire to defend his buddies, for you, for me, for this nation. Marc was a young man who selflessly gave his life because he valued others lives more important than his own.
I look at this uniform flat, lying there on my lap, empty. The fabric isn't anything special, what made it special was the hero who filled it. He filled it with determination, humor, love, commitment, courage, faith, and hope. No one could ever fill this uniform like he did. It is a reminder of who he was. I will display it in my "Heroes" room, to pay tribute and honor Marc. As a Mother I am so proud of Marc's sacrifice that he gave in Ramadi. He was one of those who made Al Anbar province one of the success stories of the War on Terror.
Where do we get such brave men to fill these uniforms? Marc's name means "Mighty Warrior" and God designs each one of us for a certain purpose and to wear a specific uniform. Our men and women in the Armed forces are designed that way. Each one of my family members who served filled their uniforms in there own unique ways, yet the character qualities duplicated themselves, honor, courage, determination, commitment, love, faith, hope. Each one of them started fulfilling their calling by entering a recruiting office. Their recruiters coached and counseled them to accomplish their goals and dreams. It is appalling to me to watch the news as the anti-war, anti-American crowd continues to attack these recruiting offices. I was just in DC last week with Move America Forward to release our "Sedition Report" that reveals a pattern of bombings, broken windows, shootings, and destruction of recruiting offices in over 42 cities. The report can be viewed at MoveAmericaForward.org.
It angers and repulses me that these hateful, violent, aggressive "peace activists" continue to say they support the troops. If this is how they "Support them," I would hate to see their actions if they didn't? They continue to tell us that our troops are liars, murder's, and rapists. How dare them dishonor my sons name or his memory by telling their lies to accomplish there agenda for the war.
I was embedded with the 1-4 CAV in Iraq at Christmas and I saw our troops fill their uniforms with the same brave, courageous, noble and professionalism that both my sons Marc and Kristofer did. I am proud of the character they displayed and the determination they showed. There voices echoed over and over that this war is worth fighting and it is winnable.
As a Navy SEAL, Marc endured the notorious "Hell week" and trained intensely for 2 years before he was deployed. When I met with President Bush he said the SEALS were "the elite of the elite." It is the unique individual who can survive the intense training to become a SEAL and wear the uniform. The preparation is intense and much is required from them. Marc was ready, trained and prepared to fill the uniform and accomplish what was required of him when he deployed to Iraq. His Instructors knew that, his Officers new that, his teammates knew that, I knew that and God knew that.
I know that day that he left this earth he was escorted into Heaven by the Angles, and I will see him again. I also know that I have a uniform that I must fill. It's different than Marc's yet I am also called to be a warrior in another battle. Just as Marc was prepared by the intense training for the battles that lie ahead, God has also prepared me. The previous struggles and trials of life had convinced me that I didn't have the strength in myself to succeed. God had proved his character over and over to me during the "Hell weeks" of life, and I knew he was my strength and that he had trained and equipped me to succeed in the battle of grief.
Just as this past 5 years in Iraq we have seen sacrifice and we have seen successes. Life is the same way, but we must remember that it's worth fighting for and worth winning. Do you know where your uniform is? Are you willing to fill it? Do you know who gives you the strength? Are you willing to stand in the gap and fight the battles that you are asked to? We are all blessed to live in America and enjoy the freedoms that we have because of all of those who have fought for those freedoms.
Please as we reflect today on the 5th anniversary of the War on Terror, join with me to honor Marc and all of those sons and daughters, husbands and wives, who have given the ultimate sacrifice and their families. They stood to the end for their brothers at arms, will you stand with me and carry on and fight for those who continue to serve and for this country?
Tomorrow would have been Marc's 30th Birthday. Just before Marc deployed to Iraq he came home for his 28th Birthday and we celebrated at the Royals/White Sox Spring training game. After the 7th inning the reader board displayed my wishes to him "Happy 28th Birthday Marc. Have a safe deployment.Love Mom!" I was asked to throw out the first ball tomorrow at the Royal's/Brewer's game in his honor. I will be celebrating tomorrow the amazing kid who filled that Heroes uniform with all that he was. I know that if he could he would send me a message on the reader board saying, "I love you Mom, have a safe deployment."
(Newport) Hillsboro Republican Grant Bosse today challenged Paul Hodes
to defend his inconsistent record on Iraq after the Democrat shifted his
position on this issue yet again.
"For the last year, Paul Hodes has insisted that American troops retreat
immediately in order to force the Iraqis to fend for themselves," Bosse
said. "Now Paul Hodes says the Iraqis have to step up in order for
American troops to come home. His position on Iraq is an inconsistent as
his support for our troops."
During last year's debate over emergency spending for ongoing operations
in Iraq and Afghanistan, Hodes supported an earmark-laden bill pushed by
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and opposed efforts to trim the unrelated
spending. When Senate Republicans insisted on a clean military funding
bill, Hodes voted against it. During House debate over General David
Petraeus's proposed "Surge" strategy, Hodes belittled the idea as "too
little, too late."
"The only spending bill Paul Hodes has ever opposed was for ongoing
operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now that the mission he opposed is
succeeding, Paul Hodes is changing his tune," Bosse continued. "We
deserve a Congress that supports our troops every day, and not just when
public opinion shifts in their favor."
Bosse issued his challenge at the beginning of a two-day campaign swing
through Sullivan, Grafton, and Coos Counties.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Jennifer, welcome to the blogosphere.
It's frustrating to see Hodes continue to put the daily talking points he gets from Nancy Pelosi ahead of our national security.
Yes, Congressman, we want our troops to come home. But you have played games with their funding, and refused to support their mission. You have consistently pushed for a retreat from the frontlines of our battle with Islamic fascism, and you have supported an ill-conceived strategy that would destabilize the Middle East and leave the region at the mercy of our most extreme enemies.
Paul Hodes was wrong when he called the surge "too little, too late," he was wrong when he said we should give up the progress we've made by surrendering the field to the enemy, and he's wrong now.
I'm taking that advice to heart today with a campaign swing through the western part of the state.
I spent the morning on WKBK AM in Keene. Al Kulis was filling in for Dan Mitchell. We got a number of calls, dealing with immigration, the economy, and Medicare reimbursements.
We are on a very bumpy road to Newport, where Ray Burton is having a campaign event, and then we're spending the afternoon and evening in the Upper Valley.
Tomorrow, we're taking a tour of Sullivan County, and then starting another two-day swing through Coos County.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Recognition of a "right that cannot be enforced" is exactly what the Court has often done in the field of property rights. As I noted in my last post, the Court - especially in recent years - has often held that individuals are entitled to protection for property rights under the Fifth Amendment's Takings Clause and other constitutional provisions. However, they have heavily deferred to the government in defining the scope of those rights, often effectively negating them as meaningful protections for individuals targeted by the state. For example, the Court has allowed government nearly unlimited authority to define the scope of what constitutes a "public use" justify condemnation of private property under the Fifth Amendment. Entrusting the political branches of government with the authority to define the scope of a constitutional right is much like giving wolves the power to determine how much access they will have to the chicken coop. The chickens - especially those who lack political influence over the wolfpack - are unlikely to last very long.Which is why it's so important to elect Representatives in Congress who understand the importance of those rights.
Jeremy was a year or two behind my in school, and while we weren't especially close, our families know each other very well. His brother Andy was an instructor up at Pierce Lake, where we took swimming lessons every summer. The Charron family has been an important part of Hillsboro for all my life. Bob Charron ran the Bank of New Hampshire branch in town, served as a Selectman, and is truly one of the pillars of our community. Fran Charrron's role, while less public, was no less active. It's not hard to see where Jeremy learned his values.
Jeremy was truly dedicated to serving his community, state, and nation. He was a Marine. He was an Officer with the Epsom Police Department. And one August morning more than ten years ago, he was shot and killed in the line of duty.
Jeremy was an extraordinary young man, and I was honored to know him. What has always struck me is not just the sacrifice he made during what should have been a routine check on a parked car. It's that every routine stop for our police officers carries the same risk. Every day, these dedicated men and women go to work at their own risk. They accept this danger to keep us safe.
Senator Sununu joined us today for the ceremony. At the request of the Hillsboro Selectmen, he introduced legislation to name the Hillsboro Post Office for Jeremy Charron. I was working in his Senate office at the time, and can attest to the time and energy that John personally used to guide that bill into law. President Bush signed the bill the day after Christmas. I was home in Hillsboro with my family, and it was one of my proudest days working for the Senate.
We remember Jeremy by hanging a plaque at the Post Office. From now on, when the people of Hillsboro check the mail, they might glimpse that plaque. Bob Charron hopes we will think of Jeremy, but also of the men and women across our country who take the same risks every day. I will also remember the Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps playing the Battle Hymn of the Republican in the Hillsboro-Deering High School Gym.
Today, we remember Jeremy Todd Charron not just for his ideals, but for the dedication to put those ideals into action. That morning ten years ago, we lost not only a great young man, but also all the days with him between then and now, and all his days to come.
Thank you, Jeremy.
Instapundit has a number of good links on the case this morning.
Randy Barnett in the Wall Street Journal.
Robert Levy in the Boston Globe.
And here's the line of people waiting to get in to hear oral arguments.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Just left Bernie Streeter's Wild Irish Breakfast, benefiting the PLUS Company. Great event. I'd get in trouble if I repeated half the jokes, and they've toned it down over the years.
Started the day on the radio, with Peter St. James and Ken Cail on the New Hampshire Wake Up Show in 107.7. They are broadcasting live from the Red Blazer in Concord to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Concord.
I was also on with Woody Woodland on WSMN in Nashua.
Next stop, Salem for the Ganley St. Patrick's Day Dinner at the Salem Boys and Girls Club. Good causes all day.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I also had the chance to address the YMCA's Youth in Government Program at the State House. I was a Y&G student in high school, and it meant a lot to me to be able to come back to the program and speak a little about how what I learned in those three days a year helped me everyday in my adult life.
I also had a chance to stop in quickly at the Leadership Institute's grassroots training seminar at New Hampshire Technical Institute. As I arrived, they were talking about setting up campaign blogs. Seems like it's helpful to post pictures and video. Great idea. We'll have pictures and video from today's event soon.
Off to Plymouth.
Friday, March 14, 2008
(Washington, DC) Congressman Paul Hodes set a record this week by voting for the largest tax increase in American history. Republican challenger Grant Bosse says the tax hike is a direct result of Hodes support for runaway federal spending.
"Paul Hodes has shown no respect for taxpayer dollars. The budget he approved will increase taxes by $683 billion next year," Bosse said. "That's going to cost New Hampshire taxpayers $3200 apiece."
The Pelosi Budget that Hodes supported will increase current taxes on families and senior citizens, reduce child tax credits, and reinstate the Death Tax, which alone will cost American taxpayers over $180 billion. The Pelosi Budget also contains over 11,000 earmarks, costing
$16 billion next year.
"This Congress has lost control of the federal budget. Now they want to raise taxes on children, seniors, and working families to pay for this spending spree," Bosse added. "Paul Hodes said he was going to change Washington. He didn't tell us that it would be by raising taxes more
than anyone in history."
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Theresa didn't miss a vote in 34 years, and when spinal surgery threatened to keep her from attending sessions at the State House, she chose not to run again. This year, she finally realized that she's a Republican, and we're glad to have her.
Michael Sheridan was stripped of his title as class vice president, barred from attending an honors student dinner and suspended for a day after buying a bag of Skittles from a classmate.If John Lynch and Bob Clegg wants to take us a on trip down Wellness Boulevard, it's good to know where we will end up. You can have my Skittles when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.
The New Haven school system banned candy sales in 2003 as part of a districtwide school wellness policy, said school spokeswoman Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo.
Grant Bosse, who is running for the 2nd District congressional seat preceded Guinta by giving a brief address to county Republicans about his own campaign.
Bosse, who severed as a staff member for Sen. John E. Sununu, is one of four Republican candidates seeking the seat now filled by Paul Hodes.
"Congress is broken and I'd like to fix it," said Bosse, who advocated a return to the core of democracy concerning national defense and economic stability though responsible governmental spending, among other things.
On a personal note, Bosse attributed much of his success and coming to politics to the late House Minority Leader Michael Whalley. Like many Republicans from around the state, both Bosse and Guinta had attend Whalley's funeral last week.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Great event. Senator McCain took the stage accompanied by New Hampshire co-chairs Peter Spaulding and Nancy Merrill, and Senator Joe Lieberman. He made some brief remarks, but spent most of the time answering questions from the audience.
I wanted to ask a question, but someone else covered just about everything I wanted to ask. Earmarks? Get rid of them. Taxes? Lower them, simplify them, and make the tax cuts permanent. Health care? Improve access and affordability through choice, and not mandates.
Great event. Presidential visits are always fun. Now it's back on the road, heading to the Belknap County Republican Committee Meeting.
2:12 John McCain is in the building.
2:04 Maureen Barrows has informed us that Senator McCain is about 15 minutes away.
1:57 Very close to getting started. I might not be back at the keyboard until after the event, and McCain has been known to take questions for a long time.
1:54 Very warm reception for Charlie Bass. I think a lot of Republicans who stayed home on Election Day are having buyers remorse every time they see Paul Hodes in action.
1:41 John Stephen and Jeb Bradley are both working the room. That's going to be a good race. I've known both of them for a while, and both really know their stuff. I met Jim Forsythe the other day as well, and he is exploring a run. Haven't seen him here yet.
1:38 Sweet Caroline. Good times never felt so good. SO GOOD! SO GOOD!
We should put out a "Sweating to the Rallies" CD with the same 20 songs you hear at every one of these events.
1:26 Standing room only.
1:11 Jennifer Horn is here as well.
1:00 Doors are open, and people are starting to come in. It's going to get crowded in here.
12:25 Students for Saving Social Security has a large contingent here today. Glad to see some people giving John McCain the credit he deserves for taking on this issue.
12:20 At least as long as my battery holds out.
CONCORD – Several groups with ties to the Democratic Party criticized Republican presidential nominee-to-be John McCain for supporting privatization of Social Security.Fortunately, some candidates aren't afraid to tackle the coming crisis:
But Republican congressional candidate Grant Bosse of Hillsborough said McCain is to be commended for proposing a solution.
"We need to act now. If we don't, there won't be a Social Security to save in the future," Bosse said.
Tonight, on the House floor, House Democrats were headed towards defeat. They were opposed by a bipartisan coalition of Members, who wanted to work towards meaningful ethics reform, rather than accept the empty rhetoric offered by the House Democrat Leadership. At the end of the vote, the bipartisan coalition had prevailed; yet, Speaker Pelosi held the vote open and strong-armed less senior Representatives into voting her way. This action violated House rules that were enacted in January of last year.
Paul Hodes campaigned against these unethical strongarm tactics, but doesn't have a word to say against Nancy Pelosi's use of them.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Entering the voting booth.
Casting his vote.
Talking with Walt and Bonnie Morse before Town Meeting.
James McDonough received the annual Loon Award from the Hillsboro Conservation Commission.