One in a series of stories taking a look at the 2012 Republican race through the eyes of residents of Ashland, a bellwether town in New Hampshire.
ASHLAND, N.H. — When Mitt Romney descends here tonight for a spaghetti supper at the Dupuis-Cross Post 15 of the American Legion, he is likely to get an earful about the ways of Washington.
Budgets have been slashed in this working-class town, and painfully so. But down in Washington, Congress dithers. Yesterday came news of the continued stalemate over how to pay for extending payroll tax cuts. The much-hyped supercommittee proved to be not so super when it failed to come up with a grand bargain for cutting the deficit.
Yet amid the jibes, people here struggle to name their own solutions for the country’s fiscal woes — perhaps a confusion reflecting the national soul, befitting a bellwether town like Ashland that almost always picks the GOP primary winner.
“It’s hard to know what to do,’’ said Dan Uhlman, a Republican and manager of Ashland Lumber Co. “I can complain but I don’t know the fix.’’
The prescriptions offered up by the Republicans vying for the presidential nomination tend to get knocked down with a swift blow, including Romney’s proposal to raise the eligibility age for Medicare and Social Security.
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