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Scott Peters said he wanted to cut defense spending, saying, "We can't say we're going to cut spending and then not cut anything out of the military budget."
"The military sector is responsible for 311,000 of the region's total jobs in 2012 after accounting for all of the ripple effects of defense spending. This represents one out of every four jobs in San Diego's economy."
"San Diego is home to the largest concentration of military in the world. It is the homeport to over 60 percent of the ships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and over one-third of the combat power of the U.S. Marine Corps. There are over 100,000 active-duty Navy and Marine Corps personnel assigned to the ships and bases in the San Diego region."
"The military has been a vital catalyst for San Diego's economic growth and development by providing high quality middle-class and upper-middle-class jobs."
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Voters here aren’t interested in blatant attacks on “ObamaCare.” The healthcare law and President Obama are viewed relatively favorably. However, specifics about the healthcare legislation -- the impact on Medicare, taxes and the cost of care – can be addressed as stand-alone issues without using the terms ObamaCare, the President’s Healthcare Law and the Affordable Care Act.
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U-T: Scott Peters’ pension problems
Please Note: Scott Peters’ fiscal judgment has also been tested, in particular in his days on the City Council. And he was found wanting. In the exhaustive 2006 report of independent experts who investigated the city’s pension crisis, Peters was identified as one of five council members who were “negligent” in voting in 2002 to intentionally underfund the city pension fund while at the same time increasing pension benefits – a decision that played a major role in the City Hall financial crisis of the past decade. His subsequent explanation of that vote, that he was just following the recommendation of city staff, doesn’t wash.
Bilbray for Congress: The economic times demand it
By U-T San Diego Editorial Board
Thursday, September 20, 2012
In advance of the June 5 primary election, the U-T San Diego Editorial Board took the unusual step of endorsing two candidates, Republican Brian Bilbray and Democrat Scott Peters, in the race for a seat in Congress representing the newly redrawn 52nd District that is mostly in San Diego but also takes in Poway on the north and Coronado to the south.
Bilbray, who currently represents the mostly North County 50th Congressional District, and Peters, a former San Diego City Council member now serving as board chairman of the Unified Port District, were in our view the cream of the 10-candidate crop. Both candidates have their strengths and weaknesses, we editorialized, hoping that a November runoff would clarify which candidate is the better fit for the district and which would best represent the interests of San Diego in the House of Representatives.
Sadly, the general election campaign to date has been anything but an issues-based debate on the soaring federal debt, runaway entitlement programs or the looming “fiscal cliff,” much less on health care or Congress’ role in foreign policy issues like the war in Afghanistan, the struggle against global terrorism, Iran’s nuclear weapons program or the turmoil in the Middle East and northern Africa. Rather, one of the most-watched congressional races in the country, a race that will help determine political control of Congress next year, has seemingly been hijacked by a barrage of petty television attack ads financed by the national Republican and Democratic congressional campaign committees.
But it has nevertheless clarified things.
Cutting through all the political garbage, the bottom line for us, and probably most voters, is this: According to the Congressional Budget Office, the federal budget deficit for 2012-13 will be $1.1 trillion. That is $35,000 a second, $2.1 million a minute, $125 million an hour and $3 billion a day. And deficit upon deficit, year after year, has pushed the total national debt past $16 trillion. Literally every issue that Congress deals with, particularly in the next two to four years, will be shaped by how the president and Congress deal with the frightening reality of those shocking numbers.
In our view, continued Republican control of the House is imperative if the nation is to avoid becoming a financial basket case of the likes of Greece, and if we are to restore anything like the economic growth we need to put millions of people back to work, bring stability to Social Security and Medicare, maintain military strength without equal in the world, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, protect the environment and do the gazillion other things demanded of the national government.
We have had our differences with Bilbray over the years, particularly regarding the hot-button issue of immigration reform. And we take serious note of the fact that several influential business leaders in San Diego have endorsed Peters.
But Brian Bilbray has been tested in the congressional battles and he has proved to be a consistent fiscal conservative who knows the path we must follow on those paramount issues of the debt, the deficit, economic growth and fostering the innovation economy that is so crucial to San Diego. That is why he was named legislator of the year for 2011 by BIOCOM, the San Diego-based association for the Southern California life science community. And the National Federal of Independent Business endorsed Bilbray, saying his leadership on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee was “critical to the small-business owners” of his district.
Scott Peters’ fiscal judgment has also been tested, in particular in his days on the City Council. And he was found wanting. In the exhaustive 2006 report of independent experts who investigated the city’s pension crisis, Peters was identified as one of five council members who were “negligent” in voting in 2002 to intentionally underfund the city pension fund while at the same time increasing pension benefits – a decision that played a major role in the City Hall financial crisis of the past decade. His subsequent explanation of that vote, that he was just following the recommendation of city staff, doesn’t wash.
With the national economy still struggling, and with our debt piling up at a grotesque rate, there is nothing more important than for San Diego to keep a common-sense fiscal conservative in Congress.
We support the campaign of Brian Bilbray and endorse his election in the 52nd Congressional District.
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