published Sunday, March 4th, 2012

The Free Press' recommendations in Tuesday's voting

Voters in Tennessee, Georgia and eight other states will be casting ballots in primaries and caucuses two days from now, on so-called "Super Tuesday" -- arguably the most important day in the primary season.

Here are the Free Press' recommendations in the national and Hamilton County races.

Santorum for president

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum stands out in a number of ways from the Republican field that is seeking to replace liberal President Barack Obama.

Santorum sees with clarity the urgent need to repeal ObamaCare. ObamaCare is radically expanding the federal government's role in and control over health care, and will harm economic growth once its provisions are fully implemented.

Among other things, it will punish many small businesses when they hire new workers. Starting in 2014, employers with more than 50 full-time workers will have to begin offering health insurance or else pay an annual penalty of $2,000 per full-time worker, excluding their first 30 workers. That ensures that some small companies will simply avoid expanding to keep from having to pay potentially huge yearly fines. That's a job-killer.

ObamaCare's unfunded mandates have prompted a majority of states to sue to have it overturned, but it is not certain the Supreme Court will overturn it. So Santorum knows that it is vital that we have a president who will lead the drive to repeal ObamaCare. And he has opposed ObamaCare and all it entails more consistently than either former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has. In fact, Romney's Massachusetts health care reform actually served as the model on which ObamaCare was based.

Of great current importance to Americans who are paying near-record-high gasoline prices, Santorum would immediately begin lifting Obama's irresponsible restrictions on U.S. oil production -- both to lower our need for oil from anti-American regimes and to grow jobs at home.

Of equal importance, he would reverse the spend-borrow-and-spend-again policies of Obama -- policies that have led to a $15.3 trillion national debt, hindered our economy and failed to help millions of Americans suffering grinding, long-term unemployment. Santorum wants rapid spending cuts and tax relief to get our economy moving again.

Santorum is also solidly conservative on social issues, including his opposition to abortion -- an issue on which Romney's views have unfortunately wavered over the years.

America needs a soundly conservative candidate to provide voters the clearest alternative to Obama. Santorum is that candidate, and we urge voters to make him the Republican nominee.

Coppinger for county mayor

Jim Coppinger's low-key but capable service since he was appointed Hamilton County mayor a little over a year ago makes him the clear choice in Tuesday's primary.

He has promoted economic development and has charted a conservative fiscal course.

We urge voters to turn out for him in high numbers.

McClure for County Commission

Mitch McClure, pastor of Middle Valley Church of God, has been a good addition to the Hamilton County Commission since he was appointed to fill Coppinger's District 3 seat last year.

While he faces rightly motivated challengers, we see no reason why he should not remain in office. We recommend a strong vote for him.

Bennett for property assessor

Hamilton County is fortunate to have had the able service of Bill Bennett as assessor of property for nearly 20 years.

That service makes him deserving of being returned to office enthusiastically by voters.

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hambone said...

Yes, yes. Everyone please vote for SANTORUM !

March 4, 2012 at 4:03 p.m.
rolando said...

Yeah, hamhand, we know you are voting for McRomney. Just to ensure another guaranteed loser is nominated.

At least we know where the current POtuS is taking us...McRomney will take us to the same place but by a slightly different route. So why switch...America is dead in either case.

March 4, 2012 at 4:25 p.m.
portcharlotte said...

Washington Insider: Newt Gingrich? No, Rick Santorum, No, …Mitt Romney? Bingo! ““I want to go after every grant, every project, every department in Washington to assure that we are taking advantage of economic development opportunities,” Romney tells the group. And while Romney now often criticizes his opponents for being Washington insiders, in this video he touts his Washington connections.

March 4, 2012 at 10:45 p.m.
portcharlotte said...

Romney and Gingrich often rely more heavily on the solutions of the 1980s and 1990s. But they fail to take into full account changes since then. Critical changes and drastically intensified problems that Reagan and Clinton did not have to deal with include the burgeoning population of Single Moms and their children. Forty percent of these families are below the poverty line, and need government assistance, adding heavily to the drain on our tax funds.

The loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs is also now much more serious, due to higher production costs in the U.S. resulting in higher prices for our goods, which therefore are not competitive with lower priced goods produced in China and elsewhere.

Vote for Rick Santorum, the Republican candidate who addresses traditional economic problems with the traditional Reagan solutions…but Rick also addresses newly emerged serious problems with innovative, private initiative solutions. Pick Rick, a strong Reagan conservative with innovative solutions for new problems of today and tomorrow. .

March 4, 2012 at 10:49 p.m.
portcharlotte said...

Romney threw money 6-to-1 at Santorum in an effort to crush his campaign after Rick's 3-state win Feb. 7th. Yet, even with that money advantage, without the prior votes from the Early Voting/Absentee Ballots, Santorum would have beat Romney handily in his own home state. Greta van Susteren calculated that to have the 10-to-1 money advantage over Obama that Romney would probably need to win, he will have to have a 'War Chest' of $3.6 Billion!

Following last night's Money Forum hosted by Mike Huckabee, both Huckabee and Charlie Gasparino enthusiastically discussed how 'impressive' Rick Santorum was answering probing questions about the banking crisis and jobs creation. Take another look at Rick Santorum's courageous, intelligent candidacy: Watch Rick Santorum make his case on NBC’s Meet the Press.

March 4, 2012 at 10:51 p.m.
portcharlotte said...

Romney, Gingrich and Ron Paul are all repeating an old error. In the 1990s Congress reduced the U.S. overseas corporate income tax rate to zero when the profits were brought home, hoping overseas profits would be used to create jobs. But with no requirement to create jobs, the overseas corporations actually used their repatriated profits to pad dividend payments to their stockholders.

Romney, Gingrich and Ron Paul’s plans all repeat this error in their plans to repatriate the estimated $1 to $3 trillion in overseas U.S. corporate profits as President…giving the zero income tax reward to repatriated overseas profits with no restrictions, no strings attached. Will their plans work? History says ‘No, they won’t’.

Rick Santorum’s is the only plan that corrects this problem by requiring that repatriated profits are spent for plant/equipment purchases to be used for new factories inside the USA before they get a zero income tax reward.

March 4, 2012 at 10:52 p.m.
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