Guida campaigns for House seat
September 01, 2010
JAFFREY — Bob Giuda's business card has "September 14, 2010," printed on it, a reminder that before he can vie for the New Hampshire second district U.S. House seat he has to make it through the Republican primary. But he's already looking to November, and beyond.
"We've been borrowing against the future for 50 years," he said as he prepared to speak at the Live Free or Die Rally on the town common in Jaffrey. "There ain't no more money."
He was speaking at the rally, putting up campaign signs, shaking hands and talking to constituents, spreading his details-oriented message of fiscal responsibility and limited government as he worked his way around the district he hopes to soon represent.
"Basic economic soundness doesn't come from government support," he said, and Washington needs someone willing to go down there and remind lawmakers of that fact.
Mr. Giuda, a pilot, Pittsfield native, former Marine captain and FBI agent, lives in Warren with his wife. There he served four years on the board of selectmen, and he spent three terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, where he championed lower taxes, reduced spending and small government.
But at the federal level, he said, cuts will have to be made carefully.
"There are federal funds in basically every community in the state," he said, and if there are radical cuts at the federal level the balance will have to be made up by New Hampshire property tax payers.
He advocates a more controlled slowdown, one that doesn't shift costs to the states and municipalities.
But there are immediate changes he'd like to see, he said, like the elimination of earmarks. Every expenditure should go through the appropriation process, he said, so communities can compete on merit for federal projects, such as the federal prison in Berlin. The community that proves most cost effective should win, he said.
The North Country, meanwhile, "has to decide what it wants to do," he said. It doesn't make sense to continue to throw money at paper mills that can't compete globally, he said.
Once the region has settled on a path forward, he said, then will be the time to focus resources.
To help make that happen, he said, he wants to reduce taxes and government regulation, which he said will improve the small business environment. He wants to make the Bush tax cuts permanent and reduce the corporate tax rate, and he said there are a number of regulations that needlessly impede business growth. To find out which ones are most egregious, he said, all you have to do is ask small business owners.
"We need responsible stewardship," he said, "but we're over the top."
Improving infrastructure is the other thing government can do to support the region, he said, including improving broadband access and increasing electricity transmission capacity. He was against the federal stimulus, he said, but if it was going to be spent it should have at least been on new technology, not on roads.
But the government is in no position to be spending, he said, with 40 cents of every dollar borrowed from foreign governments.
"That deficit is lethal," he said.
The government is in trouble, he said, and he wants to go to Washington to make sure politicians don't ignore that fact.
Still, he has no illusions he'll be able to solve the problem alone, or quickly.
"It took us 100 years to get into this mess," he said, "it is going to take us a while to get out."