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If we'd followed Bush's advice, Granny would be driving a Tesla

To The Daily Sun,

The stock market indexes are hitting one new high after another. They have risen about 5 percent since Trump was elected. In 2009, the day Obama took office the market was 8,000. Today it is 20,000, a stunning 250 percent increase in seven years. This happened not because of a strong economy, but gains driven by the ingenuity and aggressiveness of American business to prosper in other countries around the globe.

In the backdrop of the stock market explosion inequality has become the fire brand, the political talking point of the left. Like racism before it, wealth differences must be used as a cudgel to bang envy into the party faithful and create anger in the masses, with the sole intent to provoke a vote for the Democratic Party. Remember, the Democrats have been the self-proclaimed advocates of the less fortunate for 100 years. Every new spend-and-tax "contraption" Democrats dream up is cloaked in promises to reduce the number of poor.

Obamacare is just the latest in a long line of Democratic boondoggles promised to reduce the number poor only to flame out like an exploding star leaving more poor with new billions of debt for taxpayers that always leads to the bankruptcy of every program.

We need to ask ourselves an honest question. Why would Democrats ever want fewer poor people when their most basic election model relies totally on more poor people, not fewer — those voters rely exclusively on the benevolence of government for the opulence of their living standards. Every dollar of increased wealth in the hands of the bottom 50 percent increases their chances to escape government dependence. Once and for all breaking the cold, iron shackles the Democratic Party has on them to vote Democratic.

There is nothing that could be any more devastating to the Democratic Party's election hopes than to have the wealth of the bottom 50 percent suddenly rise substantially. It is no coincidence after more than a century of promises from a long line of prophets like Obama, the poor remain prolific, poverty endemic, and inequality is busting at the seams.

The less fortunate are never — I repeat, never — going to be better off without owning assets. It is how the rich add trillions to their wealth even under presidencies as failed as Obama's. George Bush and Republicans strongly advocated for private accounts for Social Security (SS) be tied to our equity markets. This forced, long-term, growing, financial assets into the hands of the poor and working class. Democrats responded by showing poor, granny going off a cliff in a rocking chair.

Let me point out what Democrats won't. Had we followed Bush's advice, poor Granny today would now be sitting in a new Tesla, not the Democrats' old rocking chair had her Social Security monies been indexed to the stock market. Granny would have experienced a spectacular gain similar in percentage to that of the top 1 percent. The bottom 50 percent would now be sitting with trillions of added wealth, money that it did not have to be taken from someone else. We would have made a small dent in inequality. Tens of Millions of people would be a little less poor.

That's why Democrats oppose everything that honestly aims to reduce inequality and not exacerbate it. Fewer poor harms their election prospects. That Democrats are advocates of the poor is like believing a fox guards the hen house to protect it from wolves.

Tony Boutin

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Take some time and see what might be downtown for you

To the Daily Sun:

In July 2017 I will be a resident of Laconia for 40 years. I am still considered a "flatlander" by many and will never reach the status of being "a local," but that is okay. I am privileged to be married to a Laconia "native" and have heard the many stories of growing up in downtown Laconia. The shopping, the holidays, the Colonial Theater and 25 cent admission to a Saturday afternoon matinee, walking to Opechee Cove for swimming lessons and many many more. In the near 40 years of my adult life here, raising three children and growing to love the Lakes Region, we all spent much time shopping downtown, welcoming the Christmas season by watching the parade, the Christmas Open Houses on a Sunday before Christmas, shopping local for all the families needs: gifts from Sundial, clothing from O'Shea's, Junior Deb, shoes from Melnick's, jewelry from Sawyer's and All My Life Jewelers. We loved Benjamin's, Levasseur's for the dads and so many more downtown shops.

As the years passed, so did many of the shopping opportunities. And so to the mall in Concord and Manchester we drove for the family's needs. It was never the same, we missed the personal touch and the local connection.

And now there are happenings in downtown once again. The antique shops are fun and a reason to go back downtown, and now the renovation of the Colonial is exciting, and again there are a few shops to bring you down. Last week I ran down in hopes to pick up a birthday gift and went into The Studio. I was immediately greeted by Melissa with a "Hi Marcia" and picked a couple of wonderful things in a wonderful and maybe wacky little shop. After chatting I left and discovered a newly opened shop right next door — Curiousity and Co. Milk glass painting classes are run here and the loveliest gift shop. Then a quick stop at All My Life Jewelers. It was enchanting. Was I really downtown Laconia? I left with a few gifts and drove home with a wonderful feeling of hometown. I felt hopeful about our wonderful little town for the first time in quite a while, there is hope, there is potential, there is much more to come.

Take some time and see what might be downtown for you — The Wayfarer Coffee Shop, The Local meat and fish market, the bakeries, All My Life and Sawyer's for jewelry and see the progress in the old Sundial. There are antiques that are drawing shoppers from afar and remember that feeling when someone smiles and says a warm hello as you walk into their establishment. And treat yourself to a lunch or dinner at the many restaurants and sandwich shops too. Again a local restaurant is better in so many ways than one of the big chains.

Enjoy our assets and believe in the future of downtown Laconia!

Marcia G. Dionne

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