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When you are in political office, when in doubt, read the instructions

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To the editor,

The election season is upon us and there are things you may need to know about the elections of 22012.

Beginning in 1996, my having run for governor three times, led me to study the position of the governor in state government.

Constitutionally, I counted 11 things a governor either may do, or should do. Of these 11 things, a governor’s main job is to do as he is told — to execute the laws and resolutions passed by the Legislature.

The ...

To the editor,

The election season is upon us and there are things you may need to know about the elections of 22012.

Beginning in 1996, my having run for governor three times, led me to study the position of the governor in state government.

Constitutionally, I counted 11 things a governor either may do, or should do. Of these 11 things, a governor’s main job is to do as he is told — to execute the laws and resolutions passed by the Legislature.

The governor’s second main job is to require the members of the Executive Branch to follow the Constitution so that they also "do as they are told”. Reference RSA 92-2: “No person chosen or appointed to any public office or to any position where an oath is required… and any such person who violates said oath after taking the same shall be forthwith dismissed fro m the office of position involved. any such person who violates said oath after taking the same shall be forthwith dismissed from the office or position involved." This RSA gives the governor full authority to remove any member of the Executive Branch, “forthwith”.

As for those running for office, “When in doubt, read the instructions.” Every power that the state government may wish to use must first have been GRANTED to them by the people as a provision in the Constitution.

There has been no grant by the people to the State about marriages, so the state has no authority to pass laws either for or against marriages. The state has been given no grant of powers by the people about police work, so all lawful police work is local. The state is expressly forbidden to pass any laws about insurances, or about medical work. That the state has violated this part of the Constitution has raised the cost of an overnight in a hospital from $2 a night (Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, Connecticut in 1939) to about $1,500 a night (Lakes Region Hospital in Laconia) in recent times.

As Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “Americans are different, for when they get into trouble, they pause to think.”

It is time to start thinking, is it not ?

Rep. Robert Kingsbury

Laconia