Republican slate: More jobs, less taxes, stronger economy

The chairmen of the Weston Democratic and Republican town committees were asked to submit a commentary column for this week’s Weston Forum, discussing their respective slates and the slate’s advantages.

On Nov. 6, please vote the top line for Republican leaders who will secure economic recovery and end four years of trillion-dollar deficits and record unemployment.

Mitt Romney will curtail the irresponsible spending and government mandates that strangle our economy and our future. Half of college graduates under 25 are jobless and student loan debt has surpassed $1 trillion. Nearly one in six Americans lives in poverty and 23 million people are unemployed, yet federal government continues to grow. That is unacceptable. As governor, Romney worked with a Democrat legislature to close a $3-billion budget gap without raising taxes. He is the only presidential candidate with the skills to repair our economy and renew our strength as a nation.

Linda McMahon’s six-point plan to revive Connecticut’s economy will cut middle income taxes (saving the average family of four $500 a month), lower taxes on small businesses, and bring jobs back to our state. Connecticut’s tax burden is the third highest in the nation. Our unemployment rate is at 9.1% with a staggering 36% rise in poverty among women and their children. McMahon is not a career politician; she is a strong-willed leader and local business owner who brought more than 700 jobs to Connecticut. Linda has what it takes to fight for us in the Senate. She deserves our vote.

Steve Obsitnik is an independent thinker with a strong, honest approach to national politics. Connecticut was recently voted the worst managed state in the nation. Despite the largest tax increase in history, we have record budget deficits. There are 171,000 Connecticut residents jobless and businesses are leaving due to over-regulation and burdensome taxes. As a successful entrepreneur, Steve knows that small businesses create 65% of all new jobs. In Congress, Steve will support small businesses and reduce our tax burdens. Jim Himes had two terms in Congress and for his efforts we have higher taxes, loss of business, and record unemployment. It’s time for a change.

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney and Deputy Senate Minority Leader Toni Boucher care about their districts. Toni and John champion reduced government spending and have proposed intelligent, no-tax alternatives to the administration’s $1.9-billion tax increase. They both have a proven track record of advocating for Weston and for a fiscally healthier Connecticut. We need them to remain in the Senate and continue the hard fight. Re-elect Sens. Boucher and McKinney — we can’t afford anything less.

Rep. John Shaban has earned a second state House term. He vigorously opposed the current tax-heavy state budget and wasteful spending projects like New Britain’s $60-million per mile “busway to nowhere” and the $300-million Jackson Labs grant for 300 jobs in 10 years. He supported the 2011 Jobs Bill to keep manufacturers and students in Connecticut and has proposed sound public policy legislation including an exemption of Social Security benefits from state income tax. John knows what his district needs and he fights for it.

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