In a presentation to the Sullivan County Republican Committee, congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia cited debunked Social Security myths to make a case for cutting entitlement programs.
"I don’t think of Social Security as something that’s going to be there for me," she explained. "I actually assume it won’t be. … That is quite sad. So I have no trouble looking at everything. Everything should be on the table."
Garcia suggested the programs should be completely eliminated. “We should be able to rely on a government that’s providing what should be its basic responsibilities,” she said. “That’s fulfilling the rule of law, providing for basic infrastructure and keeping us safe and protecting private property rights. These are what the government should be doing and it’s gone far, far astray.”
The four-term state representative from Salem, who is challenging Congresswoman Ann Kuster in the state’s second congressional district, based her argument on discredited urban legend.
"Take Social Security," she said. "It was first supposed to be voluntary. Well, that didn’t last long. Then it was supposed to be safe from being raided. Then it was moved to the general fund. Then it’s raided constantly."
The Internet myths Garcia repeated are so pervasive, the Social Security Administration has prepared fact sheets debunking them:
Persons working in employment covered by Social Security are subject to the FICA payroll tax. Like all taxes, this has never been voluntary. From the first days of the program to the present, anyone working on a job covered by Social Security has been obligated to pay their payroll taxes.
There has never been any change in the way the Social Security program is financed or the way that Social Security payroll taxes are used by the federal government. The Social Security Trust Fund was created in 1939 as part of the Amendments enacted in that year. From its inception, the Trust Fund has always worked the same way. The Social Security Trust Fund has never been “put into the general fund of the government.”
Clip from video recorded in Newport, New Hampshire on February 20, 2014 by NH02RawFootage.
We’re telling the taxpayers of New Hampshire that we’re going to charge them with buying other people’s mansions while they have to live in tents.
— State Sen. Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford), on plan to use federal Medicaid money to buy private health insurance for 50,000 low-income New Hampshire residents
[T]he reality is we can’t even find a governor’s candidate right now.
— State Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem), on Republican 2014 electoral prospects
The GOP split between Tea Party activists and the party establishment is on full display in the debate over Medicaid expansion. A number of Republican town committees have gone on the record opposing a compromise plan to expand Medicaid despite the support of key Senate Republicans.
Last night, Patch reports, the Windham GOP committee bucked that trend. After a presentation by Senate President Chuck Morse and considerable debate, the committee postponed a vote on a resolution opposing the plan.
The Derry Republican Town Committee won’t even consider it. “The Derry Committee will not be entertaining or passing any resolutions in regards to this matter,” wrote committee chair Jim Foley in a Facebook message.
A Democratic Governor, Democratic-led House and one vote Republican Senate majority “puts Senate leadership and other Republican Senators into the position of having to craft a plan that maintains as many of our Republican ideals as possible while dealing with the political reality of Medicaid expansion,” explained Foley.
Greg Moore, the New Hampshire state director for Americans for Prosperity, was not amused. “This could go down as among the most scatological Facebook posts in recent memory.” he wrote.
"Scatological? Need to look that up…" replied state House Rep. Jane Cornier (R-Alton).
"An out of touch assortment of radical conspiracy theorists, birthers, and other dangerous ideologues are backing Tea Party candidate Joe Kenney’s campaign for the Executive Council,” says New Hampshire Democratic Party communications director Harrell Kirstein.
Don’t insult Kenney by calling him a Tea Party candidate, responds the New Hampshire Tea Party:
To whom it may concern at the Mike Cryans campaign,
You are hereby on notice to cease and desist referring to anyone as a ‘teaparty’ candidate.
There is no such entity as a ‘tea party candidate’ and we’re sure you have made this statement in error and will be willing to retract it.
We do NOT endorse, fund, or run candidates and are hereby requesting that you to stop calling anyone by that name in your press releases or anywhere else.
The Hillsborough County Republican Committee is honoring “Republican heroes” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Susan B. Anthony, Jackie Robinson and others with a gun raffle.
That’s right. To publicize the “Republican history of support” for civil rights, women’s rights, veterans’ rights and, of course, Second Amendment rights, the group plans to honor 30 Republican heroes by raffling off a gun each week for 30 weeks.
The proceeds will benefit Republican candidates in the 2014 election campaign. Each $40.00 ticket is good for 30 drawings or one gun, “whichever comes first.” Details to follow.
State House Rep. John Cebrowski tells James Pindell he is “still chewing" on the possibility of running for higher office — which brings to mind the Bedford Republican’s infamous argument against marriage equality.
In a 2009 House floor speech opposing same-sex marriage, Cebrowski stunned lawmakers by declaring, “A peanut butter and jelly sandwich can’t be anything other than peanut butter and jelly. Creamy peanut butter and chunky peanut butter can never, ever be a PBJ, as appealing a snack as marriage between a man and woman is an appealing institution.”
Pindell reports Cebrowski is considering either a run for Congress in the first congressional district or for governor.
Bill Greiner is no bleeding heart liberal. Over the years, the former Bedford Town Councilor has contributed thousands of dollars to conservative Republicans, from Gordon Humphrey and Ovide Lamontagne to Frank Guinta and Kelly Ayotte.
But he’s being demonized as a “statist" after appearing on Bedford Community Television to condemn the Free State Project and to warn voters about Free Staters who are on the ballot for town office.
"This is an orchestrated attempt, throughout the state, to methodically infiltrate communities," Greiner said, "take communities over, and radically change the way that the communities operate and the State of New Hampshire operates."
Aaron Day, a member of the FSP Board of Trustees and Republican Liberty Caucus chair, is a candidate for the Bedford school board. Matt Philips, who moved to New Hampshire last fall as part of the FSP, is running for a spot on the town council.
"If you put folks in place that have an outside, anarchist, radical agenda, the ramifications for Bedford are going to be heartfelt for a long time," Greiner warned.
Greiner is not alone.
The Keene Sentinel reported voters at this year’s deliberative session “showed their disdain" for proposals from Free Staters to slash spending and "enthusiastically" defeated them, "describing most of them as a waste of time or irresponsible."
In Grafton, the Valley News reported residents turned out in large numbers for a deliberative session and thwarted an attempt by Free Staters there to slash the town’s operating budget.
Rich Blair told reporter Sarah Brubeck three residents asked him not to leave the session early, even if he got frustrated. “People are staying because they want to fight (the Free State) movement,” he said.
It is not just rhetoric to say that Barack Obama is behaving like a king. A king decrees the law, as Obama has done numerous times, ordering others to execute his will because he decrees it so. These Obama edicts are blatantly unconstitutional and violate his oath of office. His actions should be criminal.
— Karen Testerman, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate
Jack Kimball, former chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party, is attempting to recruit thousands of Granite Staters to join him in an effort to overthrow the U.S. government. “We have an opportunity on May 16th with Operation American Spring in Washington, D.C.,” he told gun rights activists who rallied in Concord on Sunday:
This effort is to get 10 million-plus Americans to show up and demand that the entire leadership, all of it including the Republican leadership, step down. All of them, step down and we won’t leave until that happens.
This is an aggressive effort but we should go and make sure that we take back this government and this country. If we can get 10 million people there, and most of us stay until we win the battle…
And by the way, you saw what happened in the Ukraine. You saw what happened in Egypt. You’re seeing what’s happening in Venezuela. And they don’t have what we have. We have the Second Amendment, they do not…
Operation American Spring is the brainchild of retired U.S. Army Col. Harry Riley. His plan calls for millions of Americans to assemble “in a peaceful, non-violent, physically unarmed (Spiritually/Constitutionally armed), display of unswerving loyalty to the US Constitution and against the incumbent government leadership, in Washington, D.C., with the mission to bring down the existing leadership.”
After the president and congressional leaders are removed from office, his plan envisions Congress will “take appropriate action, execute appropriate legislation, deal with vacancies, or U.S. States will appoint replacements for positions vacated consistent with established constitutional requirements.”
"Those with the principles of a West, Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, Lee, DeMint, Paul, Gov Walker, Sessions, Gowdy [and] Jordan," will then lead a tribunal and "recommend appropriate charges against politicians and government employees to the new U.S. Attorney General appointed by the new President."
Clip from GraniteGrok video removed at copyright holder’s request.
New Hampshire Republicans figure prominently in Tim Murphy’s “Brief History of Politicians Accidentally Shooting Things" (natch):
New Hampshire state Rep. Kyle Tasker explains that he dropped one of his two handguns on the floor of the capitol because he was “loopy” from just donating blood.
More butterfingered Granite State Republicans: State Rep. George Lambert drops his holstered gun outside the statehouse. State Rep. Paul Mirski drops his firearm during a meeting and doesn’t get around to picking it up until the event adjourns.