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Is this what the Republicans really want for New Hampshire?

To The Daily Sun,

In a letter published Sept. 8, state Rep. Peter J. Spanos calls for readers to urge their lawmakers to override Gov. Hassan's budget veto. He writes, "we clearly understand that politics is quite often an agenda and ego-driven pursuit, there comes a time to put personal ambitions aside for the betterment of our great state".

I could not agree more Rep. Spanos. You are right. This is not the time for the New Hampshire GOP to play charades over unfunded business tax cuts as well as hide and seek with the state budget in a not-so-subtle attempt to smoke out Gov Hassan's political intentions. Even GOP leaders Sen. Morse and Rep. Jasper acknowledge we cannot expect a surge in new business from the proposed tax cuts revenue that would offset the Business Enterprise Tax and Business Profits Tax losses. Taxes are well down the list behind infrastructure, school quality, health care, and a trained workforce when businesses look at relocating: the very things put in jeopardy by this budget gamesmanship.

Rep. Spanos writes, "We deserve nothing less than a fighting chance to safeguard generations to come from burdensome debt that is sure to result from the bloated and unbalanced state budget proposed by the governor and the Democratic Party."

Rep. Spanos knows full well that Gov. Hassan's budget is balanced, her compromise budget even includes the tax cuts but they are paid for. Rep. Spanos should know that the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute has projected that the proposed GOP unfunded tax cuts will "not only reduce revenue by more than $20 million in the upcoming biennium, but also, by FY 2020, will drain more than $100 million out of each biennial budget.

Indeed, such tax cuts, when coupled with the conferees' use of temporary sources of revenue like the carry forward of $49 million in FY 2015 surplus, will leave a sizable hole in the FY 2018-19 budget for the next cohort of legislators to fill."

The impact on people's daily lives and health, on state agencies' ability to plan and on cities' and towns' decisions about services is severe and far-reaching as a result of the GOP proposed budget. Rep. Spanos, what about those in our great state who deal with mental health issues, drug abuse issues, elder need issues, domestic abuse issues, who travel on crumbling roads and bridges, and who require assistance for continuing education? Don't they all deserve a fighting chance as well to safeguard their lives and futures?

Consider a 10-bed mental health crisis unit at N.H.State Hospital that will now not open in the fall, due to the stalemate. As of late last month, there were 21 people on the waiting list for the too-few beds there. Consider our drug abuse and heroin crises are spiraling out of control with more than 200 drug overdose deaths so far this year after 300 drug-related deaths in all of 2014.

Consider the DOT has had to delay much needed work on the Everett and Spaulding turnpikes and is fretting over winter planning. Consider the burden on cities and towns who are worried that, once they set tax rates, they will be forced to curtail services if the budget numbers change later in the year and additionally have further expense downshifted to them.

The shell game of Medicaid expansion should stop as well. For Senate Finance Committee Chair Forrester to say, "We're waiting for a track record to see that the program is working" is to ignore raw facts. Over 40,000 New Hampshire residents, with incomes under $15,900 a year, have signed up for these benefits; benefits that currently cost New Hampshire nothing. Medicaid expansion has saved New Hampshire hospitals, as individuals showing up in emergency rooms without health insurance has dropped by 22 percent and hospitals have seen a 28 percent decline in admissions of uninsured patients. Medicaid is the primary payer for mental health services, so combine a lack of beds with a lack of coverage and our state's mental health care crisis just gets worse. Is this what the Republicans really want for New Hampshire?

The budget cast by Senators Morse, Bradley and Forrester and Reps. Jasper, Flanagan and Kurk is putting lives at risk, quality of life on the line and state services in jeopardy in order to offer unfunded tax cuts that the experts say will only reduce much needed revenue. On the contrary Rep. Spanos, I urge my lawmakers to accept Gov. Hassan's compromise budget.

Denise Doyle

Meredith

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Democrats advocacy for poor people has been a miserable failure

To The Daily Sun,

As one reflects back on the endless political disputes in this paper, like the minimum wage, one has to ask is the first aim of Democrats to really help poor, or is it just politics 24/7? I suggest, it is only politics.

I keep asking people if the ideas of Democrats worked, why is inequality flourishing after seven years of Obama and 70 years after FDR.? I get silence. I can assure you Bernadette Loesch, Dave Pollak, James Veverka, Scott Cracraft and Henry Osmer still believe the suffering of the poor is a Republican inspired "Bush conspiracy". One has to ask these people, "Is it you can't think, or you simply refuse to?"

As history looks back, it is the programs of Democrats, almost unilaterally, over the decades that promised to deliver the poor and improve equality. Is it not? Maybe those I mentioned can inform us why poverty still haunts America today, and inequality flourishes while strangulating, entitlements of every kind they dreamed up are in place, and the the cost of government to fund those promises has exploded over the past 70 years with zero results, except slowing the economy. Every CEO in America would be fired within six months with results like Democrats produce. Boards of directors don't accept today's failure as the fault of the CEO eight years ago. Directors are not as gullible as the voting public looking to get its slippery fingers, but pure hearts on others money.

Democrats owe you and I an explanation why their promises failed the poor. Democrats have run government as often, if not more often than Republicans. It is Democrats who purport to be the saviors and protectors of the less fortunate. Now Hillary is on screen every 30 seconds promising to save the middle class. Hillary, the slick-talking, double-dealing, easily bought, billionaire-backed, multimillionaire is a laughing stock. America sees through her. This election Democrats think they can throw the poor under the bus again and still get their vote. I ask you, why would any person with an IQ above 1 believe Hillary is going to save the middle class, given how poorly Democrats have done saving the poor over the past 70 years. Tell me who is impressed with that? Maybe the people I mentioned can tell us in detail.

There is no advocacy as failed for any group as badly as Democrats have failed the poor. No group of poor have been failed more politically than blacks. Yet blacks are still voting for them by 90 percent. Why? Almost 100 percent dependence on government to eat. Democrats have appealed to blacks, not by the their heads, but by the stomachs. Why would Democrats ever really save blacks? Keeping them hungry and dependent keeps them voting Democratic. Every dollar increase in a person's wealth increases the likelihood that person will vote Republican. That is well known. Why would Democrats ever save the poor knowing that.?

It is also why racism can't die politically. Without 90 percent black votes Democrats become shaky politically. If even 50 percent of blacks vote Republican in 2016 Democrats are in deep trouble. Racism Has to live for Democrats to win.

A young black male is 100 times more likely to die from a young black peer, than any cop black or white. But all Democrats want to talk about is police racism, not the disintegration of the black family unit, which is the heart of the problem. It is all politics 24/7 with Democrats. If you need to be bused — that means put under it — you will be.

Tony Boutin
Gilford

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