Issues

I’m running because NH and America are at a crossroads. On the political left we have demands to dismantle America as we know it. We’ve had previews of their vision on the evening news with rioting, destruction, shootings, private citizens being arrested for attempting to protect their personal property, demands for defunding police, and for replacing our Constitutional right to free speech with a right to not be offended by someone.

Joe Biden wants to take away your second amendment right to protect yourself against this violence. If he were to listen to you, would you suggest this might be a bad time to persuade We the People to give up our weapons of self-defense? Should the rule of law be interpreted as simply a suggestion rather than a key to America’s system to provide fairness and justice? Do you think the “Green New Deal” which implies that we must revert to Stone Age technologies and energy sources is our best path forward? When in history has this “government-is-the-answer-to-all-problems” path to socialism ended well? And why do those on the left insist on dividing us based on our different skin colors, ethnicities, sexual preferences, gender rather than focusing on our commonalities as American human beings? Does that everyone-is-a-victim mentality produce a bright future?

Contrast that with the political right where the rule of law, constitutionally-guaranteed rights, and treating all humans equally are core beliefs. Is it any wonder that optimism reigns? Yes, last January’s record levels of employment and prosperity have been interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, but the policies and leadership that got us there will almost certainly return America to those levels and beyond. Thank goodness for Republican Governor Sununu efforts during the past two years to keep NH great. He vetoed 67 misguided NH Democrat bills including: a state income tax; a 66% increase in NH’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 that would have eliminated thousands of entry-level jobs; an increase in NH Business Enterprise tax rates that would have forced struggling NH employers to pay even higher “sales tax on wages”; and net metering which would have raised NH’s suffocating electric rates even further.

Education

These are exciting times for those who want to help rebuild NH and America to pre-pandemic greatness. In public education for example, the pandemic forced an on-the-fly examination of some antiquated practices. In the 21st century there are myriad opportunities to develop educational systems that truly focus on students without requiring large numbers of adults and children to gather in a central location each day.

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Why Free Enterprise Trumps Socialism

Socialism is based on the assumption that “government knows best”. Capitalism on the other hand, features free enterprise as in, “private citizens know best”.

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Can Republicans and Democrats Agree?

Who doesn’t want peace, prosperity, and a purpose in life? And aren’t most of us proud to be “one nation under God”? I’m running for State Representative for Sullivan County district 2 (Sunapee & Croydon) because I think we should be focusing on our common goals and working together to find the best way to achieve them.

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Constitutionally-Guaranteed Rights - Free Speech, Bear Arms, Religion

We are a nation of laws, unique in our "government of the people". Yet in recent years our Constitution has been "re-imagined" in ways that threaten the foundations of our society. Freedom of speech and religion, and the right to bear arms are simple enough concepts. Yet all three seem to be on the brink of extinction in America. Let's not allow that to happen.

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My Opponent’s Record

My opponent and I have both been involved in local politics for years and are well informed about issues that are important to Sunapee and Croydon voters. We won’t need personal attacks or identity politics for this contest. The Democrat party has lurched far to the left and there is now a wide gulf between our two major parties. Avowed socialist Bernie Sanders was well on his way to amassing enough delegates to become the Democrat nominee for president before the other candidates in the race conspired to prop Joe Biden up on the podium last spring. My opponent’s voting record shows a clear devotion to Democrat leaders rather than our district’s voters. Scroll down for examples of my opponent’s voting record before being sent home by voters two years ago.

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Email

Don@DonBettencourt.com

(802) 952-0362
(Don't be concerned about the 802 area code -- I've never lived in Vermont but NH has run out of 603's.)

Don Bettencourt for State Rep

Address

PO Box 608
Sunapee, NH 03782