To The Daily Sun,
As I was reading the latest AARP, I happened on the databank column which told of the income of people in New Hampshire ages 45-64 being $77,833 and people over 65 income $41,445. I was so glad to see that. It meant that I could finally retire, or that someone had figured out that there were no low income people or that one was better off on the state dole.
Maybe my 1 percent Social Security raise will put me into a higher income bracket?
Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013 11:08
To The Daily Sun,
Regarding the recent turn of events relating to the former Gilford police chief's conduct and explanation: Why not tell the truth; be responsible for your actions; and try to live in peace with yourself and our fine community. Try it, please.
Let us all live accordingly. Does it matter? Yes.
William R. Morley
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 11:28
To The Daily Sun,
How does one gain an audience with the President of the United States? How does one gain an audience with, arguably, the most power man in the free world. Can I just walk into his living room at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave? How about just calling him on the phone and telling him how I think he ought to do things? Perhaps I can reference my awareness of his kids and that is sufficient to get access into his private chambers?
I just visited DC a year ago, and given the security surrounding the White House, I suspect any of the aforementioned actions will, at best, get me the bum's rush, and, at worst, incarceration. The president can only be approached on HIS terms, by HIS invitation, past HIS security, at HIS pleasure.
How does one gain an audience with GOD?
How does one gain an audience with the Creator of ALL things, both seen and unseen? Can I just walk into His throne room (metaphorically speaking)? How about standing in a pulpit and telling Him how I think he ought to do things? Perhaps I can reference my awareness of His Son and that is sufficient to gain access...?
If we cannot, with impunity, impose our "selves" onto a mere man, how much infinitely less qualified are we to stand before God Almighty? He dictates how! He dictates when! He dictates IF! But the good news is that He has said, "COME! and this is the road to get to my house." "Follow these directions and you will not get lost. Veer from them and you will not make it. Trust My words and believe in My goodness and you shall live with Me eternally!
PS, The gate is a tight fit, bring only your love for me. Also, the road is narrow, watch your step. By the way, I sent My Son to show you the way. There are no short-cuts, just follow Him past the cross. He is My gift to you, Merry Christmas!
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 11:24
To The Daily Sun,
In October, we witnessed a 16-day federal government shutdown with extensive ripple effects. Thousands of federal workers were furloughed, not knowing if they would be paid for their forced time off, left to cover their household bills any way they could. This unnecessary drama that hurt the economy and impacted real people finally ended when the president and the Congress came to a short term budget deal to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling limit.
This short-term deal continued Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 spending levels until January 15, 2014 and also created a conference committee comprised of members of both parties from each chamber of Congress. By December 13, this committee aims to set funding for FY2014 and also craft a longer-term budget plan to replace the across the board "sequestration" spending cuts. Our own senator, Kelly Ayotte, is on this committee.
Many assume that much of the conference committee debate will once again be about taxes and earned benefits, or so-called entitlement programs like Social
Security and Medicare. The fundamental differences between the parties on these issues could mean a stalemate yet again. There is one place to look for significant cost savings while providing funds for vital programs, and avoiding the recurring debate about taxes and entitlements. This is also the one area where the rate of spending has risen heedless of austerity imposed elsewhere. This is where well over half of the discretionary budget annually appropriated by Congress is: the Pentagon budget.
The Pentagon, like other departments and programs, is currently subject to sequestration cuts imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act. While the "meat ax"
approach of sequestration is not the best method to make cuts in any federal agency or program, strategic cuts are needed for sustainable and effective defense and security planning and budgeting. Outdated, wasteful, and unnecessary large weapons programs all need scrutiny and fiscal discipline. The Pentagon needs to be reshaped and strengthened for 21st century realities.
As a former state representative, I understand the challenges and complications in writing a budget, but I also know to be guided by the needs of my constituents. We need clean air and water, education, job training and health care, not weapons systems like a $1.5 trillion F-35 fighter jet that hasn't proven to be remotely useful. We need funds to support veterans and military families, not more dollars poured
into Cold War –era nuclear weapons programs.
I hope Senator Ayotte will work to ensure that a budget deal includes strategic cuts to the Pentagon. If Congress proves once again that it cannot compromise, the repercussions for our community, and for the country, could be disastrous. We need a common sense approach that addresses misplaced spending and prioritizes the needs of our constituents.
Kate Miller, Chair
Belknap County Democrats
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 11:20
To The Daily Sun,
You heard it first here. THE ENTITLEMENT SOCIETY BINGE that began with FDR IS STONE COLD DEAD, no matter who wins the election next year or the White House in 2016.
The sad and failed DEMOCRATIC epitaph of entitlement spending.
1. Since 2010 Social Security (SS) has been paying out far MORE MONEY than it has collected. That shortage gap widens to the size of the Grand Canyon every year to 2031. In that year every dollar of the trust fund will have been SPENT. At that point SS will have to SLASH its payouts by 23 percent to every beneficiary in America. The person receiving $1,000 a month will then get $770. We are FORCED with a GUN TO OUR HEAD to participate in a GOVERNMENT program with a "house of cards" operating structure that rests on actuarial quicksand. The "cards fall' and government BREAKS its promises over and over and OVER. YOU are SHAFTED by government at every turn economically.
Private enterprise would produce such better retirement results, and without all the POLITICKING and BS. SS has ALREADY been severely diluted . Those benefits are going to be DILUTED again, in the not-far future. Every year of delay only makes the reform medicine all the more BITTER for EVERY future beneficiary. EVERY WORKER HAS BEEN LIED to regarding the amount of his or her future benefits and what the rules are or (will be) for qualification. I GUARANTEE IT! Further, the program has the worst return on assets of ANY pension plan in America, sticking every beneficiary with a much lower benefit than they should be receiving. Bernie Maddoff is a saint compared to the honesty and treatment you receive from the federal government.
2. In 2030 the average couple reaching the eligibility age of 65 will have paid into Medicare $180,000. The cost of their expected benefits they will receive will be $664,000. Nearly half a million dollars in benefits MORE than the couple PAID FOR. It is why Medicare is BANKRUPT beyond the wildest of imaginations in the tens of trillions. So bankrupt it could BY ITSELF bankrupt the ENTIRE COUNTRY. You have been as LIED to from government as any one ever has who has walked these lands. Like SS, every year of delay to tackle the impending Medicare monster of doom only increases the severity of the reforms required. If government were a business it would have been jailed, if not HUNG long ago. If not for lying and deception, gross INCOMPETENCE. People want to believe someone can make something from NOTHING. No one screams that LIE louder or more often, purely for CONTROL than government. Their con game always ends badly, and BANKRUPT. Tens of millions are always hurt by the lies and deceit. You can keep your doctor, your hospital, your insurance and the costs are going down are just the latest BOLD, IN YOUR face lies to the American public by DEMOCRATS that began with FDR. These people think we are all STUPID. Frankly, millions are highly GULLIBLE, you can read the uninformed ratings of many of them in this paper. That is why the lies like those from Obama NEVER STOP coming.
3. In the 1960s the American people spent $1 on entitlements for every $3 dollars it spent on public investments like education, infrastructure and college aid. In 10 short years that number will be flipped on its head. We will be speeding $5 on entitlements and $3 on public investment, substantially crowding out vast amounts of money for every other public good in America.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 11:17