OP/ED: Guinta Not Doing Job He Was Sent To Do
Manchester resident says New Hampshire needs Congressman who works to help more than just the upper class.
By Vanessa Wallace
Have you ever heard a politician hawk their agenda like a used car salesman? They make a lot of big talk about how great of a job they’re doing, how much everyone appreciates them, and how different they are from the rest. Guinta’s latest op-ed, "It’s Time to Stop Kicking the Can," about how Congress has to stay in Washington until the important work is done, blows more smoke than a Bob Marley concert. He makes sure to nauseatingly cite stopping dangerously deep cuts to defense and an alleged hike on our individual income tax rates as something to address before the August recess.
There’s only one problem with this whole piece. The same day Guinta penned this op-ed, he voted, along with almost all other House Republicans (and no other Democrats), to adjourn and leave Washington for a month-long vacation. You know, like the rest of us.
The dangerously deep cuts Guinta is referring to have been happening to our roads, bridges, seaports, schools, food inspectors, teachers, police officers and firefighters, while the Pentagon budget remains greater than the budgets of 25 of the world’s most well-funded militaries, combined. If there’s any spending program that needs to be cut, it’s the one that’s blown a $2 trillion hole in our budget in the last 10 years.
Those dangerously deep cuts are happening because politicians like Guinta are intentionally robbing the country blind of revenue by keeping tax rates for the richest Americans at record-low levels, while lying to us through their teeth and telling us it’s a spending problem, not a revenue problem. The facts actually show that spending under Obama as a percentage of GDP is lower than any other presidency in modern history, including under the Hoover administration.
I’d like to ask Rep. Guinta which Republican top tax rate he’d like to return to: Eisenhower’s 91 percent, Nixon’s 70 percent, or Reagan’s 50 percent? Even the Reagan is still more than 10 percentage points higher than the proposed top tax rate Guinta voted down last week. And the only reason Guinta voted down a bill last week that would have kept tax rates low for 98 percent of families like mine and 97 percent of small businesses, is because millionaires and billionaires wouldn’t get a massive tax cut. They’ve had low taxes for 11 years now, and the unemployment rate has actually doubled since then. So nobody’s really buying the myth that keeping taxes low for the richest Americans actually creates jobs, apparently except for snake oil salesmen like Frank Guinta.
But Guinta is right about two things in his latest op-ed. When he says Granite Staters sent him there to to a job, and that Granite Staters value personal responsibility, we as Granite Staters should recognize that Guinta hasn’t been doing the job we sent him to do, and the only responsibility he feels he has is toward is rich donors and industry lobbyist friends, like those in the military contracting business who want to keep defense spending high, or those in the insurance business who want to see Obamacare repealed.
As a single mother who had to switch careers because all the engineering jobs kept getting shipped overseas, who pays more than what is necessary just to have the education necessary for learning a new skillset, having Congressmen in office who want to keep my taxes and my tuition high so big industry can keep getting rich is something I can’t afford. As Granite Staters, we also have a job. And that job is to be personally responsible for electing good representatives to Congress who actually care about helping us.
(Vanessa Wallace is a resident of Manchester.)