New Hampshire: Maggie Hassan admits Ovide Lamontagne was right
During the campaign to replace the outgoing Democrat Governor of New Hampshire, John Lynch, Maggie Hassan and the Democrats in the state portrayed Ovide Lamontagne as a radical, Tea Party extremist who wanted draconian cuts to social programs and education because he was a mean spirited, non-caring elitist. (My words of course, but that was the tone of the campaign from the left and not that much different from some of the commercials running in the state.) Maggie Hassan was the angel who would swoop in and give everybody everything and nobody would ever want again. (Again, my words.)
Ovide Lamontagne spoke about fiscal responsibility–the same type of fiscal responsibility which the Tea Party in New Hampshire used after winning the 2010 mid-tem elections to cut both taxes and spending while balancing a budget which came in 10% lower than the previous budget–while Maggie Hassan ran on the promise to reinstate all the budget cuts. Guess who won?
State agencies submitted their budget proposals last week and naturally they expected the “irresponsible” spending cuts would be restored, after all that is what Maggie Hassan promised, and if all the spending increases proposed by these agencies were approved the state budget would go up a whopping 19%.
Now that she is governor-elect Maggie Hassan is faced with reality and cannot rely on rhetoric and she admitted yesterday that the state simply cannot afford the increases which are being sought. I guess she now thinks it would be irresponsible to undo the “irresponsible” spending cuts, now it would be irresponsible to spend more money. She admitted that it would take years to undo all the spending cuts made two years ago by the Tea Party Republicans, but that was not the tune she was singing during the campaign.
Ovide Lamontagne warned the people of New Hampshire that we simply could not afford the spending which Maggie Hassan was proposing and now that she is governor-elect Maggie Hassan has admitted that Ovide Lamontagne was right all along.