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Republican Congressional Hopefuls Take Aim at Markey, the Economy at Watertown Event

The two GOP candidates running for the 5th Congressional District spoke to voters at the Shutt Detachment this week.

Two Republican candidates for Massachusetts’ 5th Congressional District say 36 years is enough for Democrat Edward Markey, and they want to cut spending by the Federal government and improve the economy.

Lexington’s Jeff Semon and Frank Addivinola of Malden met with GOP supporters in Watertown this week at a .

Addivinola said Markey has lost touch with what the public wants, and criticized his support of environmental regulations.

“Markey says environmental regulations stimulates job growth,” Addivnola said. “ I object to that – regulations impede progress.”

In an MSNBC interview Markey said he believes jobs are created by driving innovation in new technology to meet the regulations.

Semon said President Obama and the Democrats in Congress are “engaging in class warfare.”

“They have not choice. There are no results they can point to,” said Semon, who said he does not agree with the idea that for some to succeed others must fail.

Reducing the Federal budget will mean cutting some funds for social programs, Addivinola said.

“It’s a tough choice, but some people on entitlement programs are going suffer as we reduce entitlement programs,” Addivinola said.

Semon said he does not think people will have to suffer to cut the budget. Social Security and Medicare need to be reformed, and he said he likes Congressman Paul Ryan’s proposal where people have more choice in where to put health care dollars.

Reducing the federal deficit is a priority of both candidates, and they both had ideas for how to improve the economy.

If elected, Semon said he would make repealing the health care reforms known as “Obamacare” a priority, if the Supreme Court has not struck the legislation down. He also would like to change the federal tax.

“I want to reform the tax code, flatten it and reduce it,” Semon said.

Business owners want to have more certainty so they can make decisions about their business.

“Business owners want to hire, but it is unclear about what will be coming down the line," Addivinola said. "If they are going to take a risk they want to know what the consequences are before doing it.”

Semon said he opposes expiring tax cuts because it leads to uncertainty, and he does not like earmarks in the Congressional budget.

Giving a line-item veto power would be a good idea, Addivinola said, and he does not like “clustering of bills” because it allows special interests to be approved by being connected to a bill on an unrelated subject.

The two differed on their approach to foreign aid, but both said they would like to manage it differently.

“I think it should be used as a last resort in negotiating with countries to avoid military action,” Addivinola said. “It should be given as an endorsement to countries that align their policies and values with the United States.”

Semon said he believes foreign aid is needed to help United States’ allies and to help soldiers and other Americans working overseas. He would like to change how the amount is determined, and not have guaranteed aid year after year.

“Foreign aid does some good, but the idea that it is bench marked to the previous year is outrageous,” Semon said. “It should start over each year.”

Bruce Dame June 08, 2012 at 02:51 AM
You must not have heard the news reports today about the year's record annual heat index. Hottest year in US history. Maybe those thousands of deluded scientist all over the world are being proven right after all. This is what they predicted based upon scientific research. How can the GOP be so willingly ignorant when the very existence of humankind is at stake?
David Lahr June 08, 2012 at 05:13 PM
It's kind of hilarious that people think there is a global conspiracy of tens of thousands of scientists, as opposed to the idea that a few multi-national oil companies are just stirring up the controversy so they can continue to make money. Really? You think ~10,000 scientists are all secretly conspiring? That is more believable than the idea that company is trying to prevent/delay something that might hurt their profits? Have you ever tried to get 2-3 scientists to agree on anything, even something as simple as going to lunch? If you had you'd realize how ridiculous the conspiracy theory is, even among conspiracy theories.
David Lahr June 08, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Some reasonable, sensible ideas John, but now is not the time to cut Federal spending. Cut during the boom, not the bust. The government can borrow at incredibly low rates. If a company had that borrowing power, it would be scouring for *anything* it could do to make money using the borrowed funds. This is common sense business. It's not like we don't have a *large* amount of public repairs we could be making to schools, roads, etc...
John DiMascio June 08, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Well let's see, scientists being funded by various governments, caught using doctored studies studies... You're right we should believe them. Beyond that, the issue is whether or not this global warming if it real, is anthropogenic or cyclical. So in the mean time we should trust people like Markey who want to see our electricity rates sky rocket so as to create a market for "Green Energy." That makes sense. Oh yes, we should trust the government who tells us a kid who works in a used record store is holds a "Green Job."
John DiMascio June 08, 2012 at 09:26 PM
As to your prior prior point David regarding government borrowing money at low interest: Said interest will not remain low forever, especially at the rate we are borrowing. We just spent close to $1 trillion dollars that was supposed to fix our infrastructure. You remember the "shovel ready" jobs! Turns out said money went to companies like Solyndra. Please, the way to get this economy moving is to lower taxes across the board so that the highest rate is below 28%. We also need to get rid of the mountains of red tape and regulation, not to mention Obama-Care which is the biggest reason businesses are sitting on their cash because they don't have a clue what the costs will be, or what crazy regulation this Administration and guys like Ed Markey will come up with next.

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