A Trifecta of Deceit and Obfuscation from Frank Guinta

ICYMI, Congressman Frank Guinta has been on quite a tear recently.

Unscrupulous for-profit colleges are “innovative”

Guinta called the Education Department’s regulation preventing unscrupulous for-profit colleges from inflating course credits to receive federal financial aid an “unprecedented and unnecessary federal intrusion into post-secondary affairs.”

The practices, which result in students wasting their money and the federal government’s money pursuing worthless credentials, are “innovative methods for awarding credit,” said Guinta. (!)

Guinta proudly co-sponsored H.R. 2117, which would repeal the regulation, saying, “This bill removes the federal government from yet another place where it doesn’t belong.” This is not a particularly surprising statement from a man who said the FDA has no role in protecting the nation’s food supply.

Getting seriously deceptive about skyrocketing gas prices

Guinta says he’s “getting serious about skyrocketing gas prices.”

Like many of you, I’m tired of events in the Middle East determining how much we pay for gas in Manchester. I’ve had enough of hostile foreign nations’ oil exports influencing how much people pay for gas in Somersworth.

Drill, baby, drill, says Guinta. Ken Green, resident scholar with the conservative American Enterprise Institute, offers him a lesson in Economics 101.

“The world price is the world price. Even if we were producing 100 percent of our oil,” Green said, if prices increase because of a shortage in China or India, “our price would go up to the same thing.” … “People don’t understand that.”

Guinta certainly doesn’t.

Conveniently reinterpreting the Constitution on infrastructure projects

When Guinta first ran for Congress, he took what he called a “tough stance” and opposed the use of federal funds for Portsmouth’s deteriorating Memorial Bridge.

He said, if a project is not a “federal responsibility, other funds than federal funds are going to have to be found. It’s a tough stance, and it doesn’t mean the project’s not worthy. But the budget is $1.3 trillion out of balance. We have to bring the budget into balance.”

After a year in office, his tough stance has apparently given way. Guinta now supports a massive river dredging project for the Port of New Hampshire and replacing the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge. He cites the Constitution as his basis for making infrastructure projects a national, Federal responsibility. (Did he misread that on the first go-round?) “I’m here to govern,” he says sheepishly.

  • rjr9366

    What a shock,is Jersey Frank trying to onut flip/flop. Miiytt  

  • hannah

    got to extort support from the people who control the votes.
    Since Frankie has proved rather ineffective, it’s unlikely that the Koch Brothers will cough up another bundle for AFP to spend on his behalf.

    Fly-by-night adult education is definitely going to be cut off from the federal teat now that the Department of Education has taken the student loan program away from local banks.

  • Chaz Proulx

    Frank has had it too easy in the blogosphere lately. In the meantime he gets worse and worse as his true colors come into focus.

    Another two years of Frank is unthinkable.

  • Lucy Edwards

    when we see one of these “legislators” changing their mind on an issue.  Which one of their campaign contributors is going to benefit by his changing his position on Federal funding?  We know that the Memorial Bridge mostly benefits small local businesses on both sides of the river.  Who might benefit from an improvement to the Mildred Long bridge?  

    • The Money Magician

      I’d guess that opposing federal funding for a NH bridge replacement must poll at under 20% agreement – no matter how he spins it.  It makes him too obviously radical in disservice to the state.  The flip-flop is just more B.S. to try to bamboozle the voters, just like January’s great four-page glossy cardstock Congressional frank from Congressional Frank, “Congressman Frank Guinta is working for New Hampshire seniors”.  Right.  By breeding unicorns for them to ride.

  • xteeth

    Before celebrating, it is good to remember that the $350,000 that magically appeared in his campaign coffers has, as yet, had no effect. Sure he has been identified as one of the most unethical members of Congress along with Bass, but they are still there and their misdeeds have faded into the back corridors of power. If one can successfully paint Kerry and Max Cleland as war cowards, and Bush as the Vietnam hero, anything is possible. The truth seems no longer to be a defense against anything.

    (Incidentally, anyone that can use the word obfuscate in a sentence is on my “A” list)

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