Like many Granite Staters the Primary can not come soon enough. While there is no denying the fact that the First In The Nation Primary does give a boost to the New Hampshire economy (not as much as in previous years). This years primary seems to be worse than ever. Maybe it is because it seemed like the primary has been building here for what seems like forever. While I may be exaggerating a little, we have been regularly visited by GOP Candidates since last summer. Some people love the Primary. It gives them a chance to get involved in politics. They ask questions in town hall meetings, and “Really Get To Know The Candidates”. It is hard to ignore them when they are dominating everything from the TV, print media, littering our streets with signs, and overrunning our local restaurants. I even heard of one restaurant here in New Hampshire that said “No More Politicians”. Why would a business turn away customers like that? In reality they are not turning away customers, they are allowing their real customers the opportunity to eat a meal without someone bothering them, trying to win their vote.
Mostly I am tired of the rhetoric. We need to create more jobs! We need to lower taxes on rich and corporations in order to create jobs! We need to limit the power of the Unions, because Unions support Obama! (I will not even go into some of the more controversial social issues here.) Most of all I want this group of candidates to stop getting involved in our local politics. Stop telling Me that You know more about New Hampshire than the people who actually live and work here.
One of the biggest issues in New Hampshire over the last year has been the much talked about Right To Work bill. This has brought national attention to our small state because for the first time in a decade RTW passed and was sent to the Governor. Thankfully Gov. Lynch vetoed HB 474. This opened a “pandora’s box” for every candidate to tell us at every town hall meeting that we “Need Right To Work” or “We Must Pass Right To Work”. Mitt Romney even went as far as to say: “If I were a voter, I’d encourage state representatives, state senators and the governor to do whatever is necessary to make New Hampshire a right-to-work state to create more jobs for the people of New Hampshire (1).” That is almost laughable coming from a Governor who never once pushed for Right To Work in Massachusetts.
So as you go out to cast your vote for whoever tomorrow remember a couple of things. All of the current GOP Candidates support Right To Work. Some even suggested they would create a National Right To Work law. Most of the GOP Candidates have said they would like to destroy the National Labor Relations Board. Newt Gingrich wants to do away with Unions and reduce the child labor laws to allow our children can work in the schools they attend. However on the other side President Obama has instituted policies that push for more Union jobs. Pres. Obama mandated Project Labor Agreements for all Federally Funded Projects which ensure fair wages and benefits to all the project workers. Pres. Obama has pushed to strengthen Unions not destroy them.
So whether your a Republican or a Democrat there is a Primary for you tomorrow. Get out there and vote. While this Primary vote does not really count for anything, it does give you the chance to really see what the candidates are saying. Are they Pro-Labor or Anti-Worker?
Remember, this is the primary, we only have eleven more months till the actual election!
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