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Hold politicians accountable for stands on programs & taxes

To The Daily Sun,

That is a very descriptive political cartoon in today's (October 22nd) Laconia Daily Sun as it truly is our future generations who will reap the debt which has been sown. When people say that they are voting for the children, I ask them: "which generation?".

Another cartoon worth citing is Walt Kelly's Pogo, popular years ago for the wisdom uttered by a cerebral frog. Pogo said: "we have met the enemy and he is us". Politicians of both major parties are unpopular as they continually promise more than can be delivered and continually fail to fund that which has been voted.

Is the answer to promise more, spend more, partially fund more and larger programs and to grow the government in the process? About 40 percent of gross domestic product is consumed by all of the various levels of government. The fact that this is a policy problem as opposed to a political problem can be seen right here in Belknap County where two of the three commissioners are Republicans who, nonetheless, have promulgated a budget busting 43 million dollar new jail.

People should decipher what is behind the political rhetoric we see being bandied about and vote for the amount of government which they can afford. Beginning with the primaries and extending into the general election, ask the candidates where they stand on programs and taxation and then vote to hold them accountable for those stands.

Rep. Richard B. Burchell
Belknap 5

Gilmanton

 
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