To The Daily Sun,
Is there a direct relation between the number of people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the high comporate profits a last few years? I say YES because companies are trimming the work force, lowering pay, increasing automation and therefore increasing profits. As more people are working at minimum wages, with little if any benefits, profits have increased. This has been the overall plan to eliminate the middle class and to widen the gap between the haves and have-nots. Scare tactics turn people against those needy who receive foodstamps or any type of welfare or "handout" These people are called lazy layabouts who refuse to work. I don't think so because there are no many jobs to be had. I qualified for the SNAP program and got the card and used it twice. But in my position, I felt I didn't need it so it expired and was thrown away. But some people do need it due to circumstances beyond their control and we do live in a country that used to help those in need, not just think about them. For example our own GOP Senator Kelly Ayotte just posted on Facebook about remembering the MIA's and POWs, etc. But how will she vote on this SNAP program that helps about 20 percent of vets? Will she just remember them or will she try to help those in need too?
A quick comment on Obamacare. Since everyone is so scared of a government-run health care, I'll add my two cents. For the last 2-1/2 years, since my body decided to fall apart, I've been on both Medicare and Medicaid (I'm also over 65) and both are government-run programs and I've had no problems with either one. I say give it a chance to work as you have everything no gain.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 10:20
To The Daily Sun,
Last Friday, two Democrats joined Republicans in the House of Representatives in passing (230 to 189) a Continuing Resolution (CR) that stops this Washington politician caused national disaster created by Obamacare (a/k/a the inappropriately named Affordable Care Act).
Obamacare's passage in 2010 showed how little Washington Democrats care about the American people or about really improving health care for Americans. Obamacare was written in secret and passed by Democrat senators and congressmen who didn't even read the bill! Democrats passed Obamacare without a single Republican vote and against the clear wishes of a vast majority of the American people who still oppose Obamacare despite hundreds of speeches and billions of dollars spent promoting it.
Obamacare has had a disastrous effect on jobs causing reduced incomes or lost jobs for millions of Americans. Important Obamacare promises were broken: health insurance premiums are increasing, people are losing their doctors and insurance coverage, and health related costs are up, not down. Things were far better before Obamacare.
Former Obamacare supporters (businesses, labor unions, government workers including Congress and its staff, etc.,) are now requesting, and President Obama often grants, exemptions from Obamacare. The rest of us are just left to suffer.
Our future with Obamacare promises to be even worse as 150 new government bureaucracies will control (interfere with) everything related to the health care industry. Bureaucrats can even punish doctors and hospitals for providing treatments that Obamcare formulas say are not "cost justified", no matter what the doctor believes is best for the patient.
Obamacare's disastrous impacts (on jobs, on people who lose insurance, on health care quality and availability, and on our nation's growing national debt) make Obamacare not worth the harm it is doing, especially to the 85 percent of Americans who already had health insurance.
The House passed Continuing Resolution (CR) fully funds all government programs except Obamacare. There will only be a government shut-down if the Democrat-controlled Senate or President Obama are willing to shut down the government to try to force Obamacare on the American people against their wishes, and despite all its disastrous effects.
It is time to end this failed experiment in government controlled health care. Tell Senator Ayotte (202-224-3324), Senator Shaheen (202-224-2841), and other senators to pass the Continuing Resolution (CR) which stops Obamacare and funds the rest of the government. Tell President Obama (202-456-1414) to end this failed experiment in government controlled health care.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 10:16
To The Daily Sun,
It has taken 237 years for the United States to build its society, which includes both physical infrastructure and laws that protect our freedoms. All of us, no matter how independent or wealthy must rely on our society to earn a living. So why do some citizens want to destroy what we have built?" The rallying cry of these partisans is "We demand a smaller government ...we're becoming a socialist nation!"
When the nation was created in 1776, the population of the country was three million and New York City had only 30,000 people. Today, we have 55 million miles of paved roads, over 5,000 airports and over 2,000 public power systems that serve our economy and our population of 317 million people.
Most people are unaware that before the Tennessee Valley Authority was created by President Roosevelt in 1933, only 10 percent of the people in the rural South had any electricity. The American Liberty League, or the "Tea Party" of its day was against the law, saying that electricity was never mentioned in the Constitution and the government was becoming "Socialist" by generating cheap electricity to the rural areas of Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia.
Roosevelt also passed a law that child labor be abolished. Up to that point, little children, some as young as five, worked in dangerous mills and factories. Roosevelt's plan was ruled unconstitutional by the Republican-controlled Supreme Court, which said that the federal government had no jurisdiction in this matter, as it would deprive the worker (the child) of entering into a contract to provide his labor. Thankfully, over the years, child labor was recognized as deplorable and today children are protected throughout the U.S.
Governor Mitt Romney was fond of saying that the government is incompetent and is incapable of building anything. More correctly, nearly every industry, from railroads to communication satellites, and from public health to the Internet has relied on the government for its creation and support. To encourage the growth of air travel and make it affordable, federal law has subsidized airlines, airports and passenger fares since the inception of the airplane. It is estimated that a flight from a small airport like Manchester would cost us 50 percent more, or be downright eliminated, without the subsidy. Since oil was discovered in Oil Creek Pennsylvania in 1859, the government has encouraged oil production with subsidies and loans. Recently, when it was found that batteries for electric cars were being produced only in China, the government funded over 30 domestic businesses to develop American batteries. Today, we have the most advanced electric car batteries in the world.
I challenge anyone to cite an industry that does not benefit directly or indirectly from government. It's a simple fact, that if we cut government, we also cut business activity and our standard of living.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 10:12
To The Laconia Daily Sun
Last week, while watching the continuing drama of possible government shutdown, defunding Obamacare ... another item caught my attention. The House of Representatives voted to eliminate 39 billion dollars of food stamp expenditures. One congresswoman stated that her reason to support this was to eliminate fraud... there are a lot of dead people getting food stamps. (they probably don't eat all that much). Seriously, there could possibly be less drastic ways to curb this abuse. There were also two interviews with combat veterans. One spoke of her family needing food stamp assistance when she was growing up. The other said that he felt bad about having to accept food stamps, but it was that or go hungry.
Now there has been a lot of discussion in this paper about heroism and war veterans. I do have some first-hand knowledge of this subject. My dad served in World War II. He fought in campaigns in North Africa, Italy, D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. He was at the liberation of Paris and the opening of Buchenwald. He did all of this before his 22nd birthday.
Some of our politicians want to cut expenditure and balance the budget. I think most of us do. There are, however, some who will stand with the flag in one hand and the Constitution in the other and refuse to compromise. They want to eliminate government, regardless as to who it affects. These people are anarchists. I'm incredibly proud of my dad's contributions. He'd be appalled at this behavior.
June M. Huot
Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 10:08
To The Daily Sun,
I recently attended a meeting held in Alton about Workforce Housing (WFH). This meeting was hosted by the Alton Business Association (ABA) as a forum for the citizens of Alton to ask questions about WFH; there were about 70 people in attendance. We were told the, "Federal Government had nothing to do with Workforce Housing and it only had to do with the State of N.H." and then, "the Federal Agency, HUD was involved" and that, "the Town of Alton was awarded a $30,000 grant and then hired a consulting firm, which by the way, is the same firm who was paid $500 by the town to help write the grant" and that, "The town had to add $7,500 to the grant funds as a requirement of the grant". The firm is actually getting $37,500 for determining if Alton meets the WFH requirements under a new N.H. RSA 674: 58-61. Not only are the taxpayers paying the firm, we are paying for all the time spent by our town planner, building inspector, town assessor and their departments, who are all assisting this firm. We then learned that, "Alton already meets the criteria for the standards of workforce housing". But, because of the accepted grant, the town is now committed to changing our zoning, regardless of the need to do so. A perfect example of the tentacles of the federal government in all of this and no one can say where the mandates will end.
In addition to the mind boggling information we learned, several good questions were answered with an "I don't know" response. It didn't take long for people to intelligently decide workforce housing mandates should NOT be entertained as a beneficial aspect of rural living in Alton.
Interestingly, the ONLY person who showed any anger or hostility during the meeting was Tom Hoops, vice chair of the Alton Planning Board. In the two hours of question and answers, Tom Hoops was THE ONLY ONE who was disrespectful. Tom stood, speaking as, "a Planning Board Member" and began yelling and berating people who disagreed with his views. It's a sad day when citizens cannot speak freely before their elected officials without experiencing backlash.
The ABA will host another forum for Alton Citizens on Wednesday, September 25, 6 p.m., at the Gilman Museum. This federally-mandated program which, the state has adopted, and the Alton Selectboardhas embraced, is an issue that will affect everyone.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 10:04