How New Hampshire Republicans Are Trying To Hide From Their Anti-Middle Class Votes
By Bill Scher
October 18, 2012 - 2:01pm ET
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Two representatives from New Hampshire are among the members of Congress targeted by a Campaign for Americas Future ad campaign aimed at vulnerable conservative congresspeople who rate the worst on TheMiddleClass.org Voter Guide. (You can contribute to the campaign by clicking here.)
Of course, those conservatives are not bragging about their key votes against middle-class interests. How are they trying to misdirect voter attention? I looked at the campaigns of Reps. Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta.
Both campaign websites feature messages designed to appeal to middle-class interests.
Guinta's homepage touts an earlier promise that his "first priority will always be middle class job creation for Granite Staters," followed by "evidence" that its a "promise kept": "Frank has voted for over 30 jobs bills ... Sadly, a vast majority of those bills have yet to be voted on in the Senate."
But neither website brags that they both voted for the House Republican budget – and Guinta served on the Budget committee that drafted it – which if enacted was estimated to destroy up to 3 million jobs in the next five years, largely through devastating cuts to Medicaid, robbing low-income people of purchasing power, cutting off benefits that get spent in the private sector and sapping economic demand.
Bass claims to support Social Security, but does not mention he backed President George W. Bush's plan to partially privatize Social Security and put our retirement security in the hands of Wall Street. Further, his vote for the Republican budget was a vote to turn Medicare into a voucher system, gutting it, not strengthening it.
As the Huffington Post reported, "House Republicans routinely beat the drum about the hard work they have done in passing 'more than 30 jobs bills' ... But there's a problem with their jobs bills: They don't create jobs. At least, they won't any time soon. In interviews conducted by The Huffington Post with five economists, most said the GOP jobs package would have no meaningful impact on job creation in the near term. Some said it was not likely to do much in the long term, either."
Simply put, the campaign rhetoric doesn't square with the votes. That's the way these incumbents like it. But our ad campaign is designed to expose their votes to their constituents when they go online to research the candidates.
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