Letter: We need Shea-Porter
A recent mass mailing from the New Hampshire Republican State Committee attacks 1st District congressional candidate Carol Shea-Porter for having voted for the “failed “stimulus package.” Professional economists across the political spectrum agree that the 2009 stimulus package created between 1 million and 3 million jobs and averted a re-run of the 1930s. Some failure.
In New Hampshire specifically, in mid-2012 we had 10,000 more jobs than at the bottom of the recession in December 2009, and the unemployment rate has dropped from 6.7 to 5.4 percent; so much for the flier’s claim that “we haven’t got back to work.”
The flier also claims that Shea-Porter “still wants to raise taxes on ‘everyone from the rich to lower-middle class families.’” The reference for this claim is a Union Leader editorial from March 2008; this was a typical political attack for 2008, but is an outrageous misrepresentation of Shea-Porter’s position on taxes today.
Let’s get the record straight. While in Congress, Shea-Porter voted for job creation and greater fairness, and she will again if elected this year. She is also committed to defending Social Security and Medicare from efforts from conservatives to privatize the programs, and to supporting veterans when they return to civilian life. We need her back in Congress.