I’ve got a new op ed in the Union Leader today on the recent comments of former Republican governors Sununu, Merrill & Benson saying Barack Obama won because of those dependent on government; here are some excerpts:
In the world of Sununu, Merrill and Benson, it is wise policy when they want to take or give away government help to those who don’t need it. But when it is helping low-wage employees who aren’t paid enough to insure their kids, or middle-class families trying to save their homes or send their kids to college, well, that’s just us good-for-nothing Americans wanting stuff.
Compare those citizens to Sununu, who lost his government job as George H.W. Bush’s chief of staff over his use of government jets and limos, to attend political fundraisers and visit ski lodges, golf resorts and his dentist in Boston. One trip, to the Vail ski resort, cost taxpayers $86,330. Talk about government dependency!
Then there was Benson’s war on the business profits tax. In 1990, Cabletron threatened not to expand in New Hampshire if the state did not reform the BPT to Cabletron’s liking. Cabletron sued the state, claiming the tax was unconstitutional, refusing to pay $13 million in taxes until the law was changed. Merrill must remember Cabletron’s demands; in 1993, Benson said that Gov. Merrill had promised to do whatever Rhode Island was doing to get Cabletron to expand there, “times 10.” Times 10? Now that is giving away “stuff!”
It is time for Sununu, Merrill and Benson to stop trying to delegitimize Barack Obama’s election with this notion that somehow those who voted for Romney are pure of heart, while those who did not are greedy moochers. It isn’t true. We voted for President Obama because as patriotic Americans who want what is best for our country, we think he will do a better job than Mitt Romney.
When I was researching the piece, I came across the story of how Cabletron once laid off hundreds of workers, including over 100 here in New Hampshire, the week before Christmas. Benson’s company took millions in tax incentives from Ohio, then just a couple of years later closed its Ironton OH plant, laying off hundreds. I bet he considers unemployment benefits getting “stuff”. What a creep.
And Sununu? His racist dog whistles continue to be a disgrace to our state, and to the office of governor, because even though he was in office a long time ago, in what now seems a galaxy very far away, he still always is referred to as former New Hampshire governor.
And Merrill? He agreed with everything. Blech.
Anyway, if you are interested in reading the whole piece, here is a link: