To The Daily Sun,
There's an old adage that says one should never discuss religion, politics or money in polite conversation. I guess we're all supposed to restrict our communication to discussing the latest variety of tomatoes we planted this year? No thanks. These opinion pages are definitely not "polite" means of communication — especially in some of the "freebie" papers circulating around the Lakes Region. Back to America's mega-problem.
There is a movement going on to try and amend the Constitution to counteract the effects of the Citizen's United Case. For the uninitiated, this case gave corporations the power to spend obscene amounts of money to screw us over — not that they needed any help to begin with. Most politicians will jump on the bandwagon during the coming elections and decry the influence of ungodly amounts of money as the main reason for our dysfunctional democracy and if we believe them then we are contributing to what all politicians know, ie we are so ill-informed that we can actually be influenced by shallow spin-dried TV ads.
Yes, apathy is still the #1 root cause of our dysfunction. It's not a couple hundred thousand conservatives rallying in Washington. The problem is the couple hundred million citizens who are tuned out of politics altogether. Don't look to our main stream media to help us out. With their herd mentality, they're more interested in letting us common folk know what upsets conservatives or liberals and regurgitating the "platitude du jour" as uttered by some politician. I could give two hoots and a holler about what they think. Just tell me how public policy is going to affect my life.
If we think local politics is any better, consider Jeanie Forrester, our District 2 State Senator. She writes, or should I say her staff writes, a weekly "travelogue" for some of the papers in her district. Thanks to her, I keep abreast of all the recreation areas, wineries, farms and various and sundry ribbon cuttings in our area. I usually get this kind of information from the New Hampshire magazine or the Hippo. I'm sure these papers consider her sometimes quarter page "public service" messages as appropriate but I hope they are at least charging her for the space — if not then they're missing out on some good revenue. Public policy Jeanie — that's what the people elected you for — not photo ops. Tell us how you implement public policy and how it affects our lives. Talk to us about GMOs , hemp production, labeling of foods, education funding, casinos, infrastructure. Tell us how you voted and why, so that the papers that print your stuff can really justify it as a "public service message".
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 10:11
To The Daily Sun,
Watching Fox News Channel (too moderate for me!), I found myself agreeing with Alan Colmes. We both agree that the U.S. military led by Commander-In-Chief Barack Hussein Obama has no reason to be taking us into a war with Syria.
I am sure Alan Colmes would not agree with me on this part. If BHO says it is for humanitarian reasons (the number children being poisoned in Syria), then I challenge him to concede/confess that abortion/infanticide should not be celebrated in our country. When do the sign holders show up in downtown Laconia to protest this new war? It seems that since Obama (the Nobel Peace recipient) became president, no one shows up to protest our men and women in uniform being killed almost daily in Afghanistan. What happened to you folks?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 10:04
To The Daily Sun,
There must be something in the drinking water in Sandwich that causes delusions and fantasy. Nick Vazzana is simply the latest Sun contributor from that north country hamlet providing proof of this phenomena. It is fine for others to hold opposing opinions. What isn't okay is for others to simply spout partisan drivel that is factually inaccurate and incomplete to the point of absurdity.
Apparently Nick and others way north, haven't gotten the news. Social Security, Medicare, and disability insurance are all insolvent. Nick seems to think because you paid into these programs you are entitled to access them in full whether there is money to pay your benefits not. It could be Nick simply does not understand the meaning of the word insolvent. Every Ponzi scheme, entitlement program WITHOUT EXCEPTION dreamt up by Nick Vazzana and Democrats over the the past 70 years — where you pay in 50 cents and get a dollar back in benefits — is headed for bankruptcy. Donkey math always ends the same place, BANKRUPT.
The Affordable Care Act is really the UNAFFORDABLE CARE ACT by another name. Tens of millions of Americans will in fact pay far MORE for health insurance after the program begins than they do now. Harmed most will be younger Americans, age 24 to 36. Their living standards, already low will be further crushed as they are forced by government to pay thousands for health insurance they do not want or need. Millions of them will not qualify for a single dollar of subsidy. When it becomes certain these programs require severe benefit cuts or tax increases to be maintained, Nick will have the hubris and the gall to suggest Republicans are the reason for it. Come on Nick, you are surely spiking the Sandwich water with Kool Aid. These social WELFARE programs, and that is exactly what they are, WELFARE in good measure, are all broke because they were designed to go BROKE, and spectacularly. The Congressional Budget Office suggests Medicare is so BROKE and under funded going forward the amount reaches 100 trillion dollars. or SIX TIMES the TOTAL economic out put of America for an entire year. THAT MY FRIENDS IS SPECTACULARLY BROKE. Nick suggests because you had a little money withheld form your check you are ENTITLED to this 100 trillion dollars of WELFARE and any Republican wanting to fix such an insolvency that could well bring this country to its economic death is somehow mean.
This is all just delusional, partisan donkey political drivel that comes from brains turned mushy after drinking Sandwich water. Lets call WELFARE in its every form what it is, WELFARE, while America goes broke trying to pay for it. When you pay a few cents and demand to collect twice that amount or more that is called ENTITLEMENT WELFARE. There has been no more spectacular failure from Democrats than their signature legislation all implemented with PROMISES to reduce poverty and increase equality. I know news travels to Sandwich slowly, but just so you know Nick we have record millions of people TOTALLY DEPENDENT on WELFARE today and we have less equality than we have had in a century since FDR babbled fables. IT is 100 percent clear, every FDR , JFK and LBJ inspired social program has failed to deliver anything except BANKRUPTCY and more BANKRUPTCY while at the same time widening the economic stratas of America.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 09:56
Webster's dictionary tells us that Labor Day was "set aside for special recognition of working people."
That's nice, but "set aside" by whom? It certainly wasn't the Wall Street corporate and political powers that be. They nearly swallowed their cigars when the idea of honoring labor's importance to America's economy and social well-being was first proposed in 1882. Rather, this holiday was created by the workers themselves, requiring a 12-year grassroots struggle that finally culminated with an act of Congress in 1894.
The campaign helped coalesce unions into a national movement. And its message of labor's essential role also countered the haughty insistence of the robber barons of that time. The barons insisted they were America's "makers" — the invaluable few whose monopolistic pursuits should be unfettered. For they claimed that they and their corporations were the God-ordained creators of wealth.
Despite their bloated sense of self-importance, notice that the American people do not celebrate a CEO Day. Indeed, as Abraham Lincoln put it, the real makers are the many ground-level workers who actually do the making: "Labor is prior to and independent of capital," Abe declared in his first state of the union address. "Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration."
Yet on Labor Day 2013, robber barons are again ascendant, declaring that they owe nothing — not even a shared prosperity — to the workers, consumers, taxpayers, and other American people who sustain them. Quite the opposite, they and their political henchmen are blithely shredding America's social contract and again insisting that the corporate elite must be unfettered, unions eliminated, and middle-class jobs Wal-Marted.
This intentional hollowing out of our middle class is not just ignorant, but also immoral.
Yet today's establishment economists are asking: Why are so many people so glum? The Great Recession ended in 2009, they note, and even job creation is picking up. So come on people — get happy!
Maybe Labor Day is a good time to clue them into one big reality behind this so-called "recovery:" Most Americans haven't recovered. Not by a long shot. In June, median household income was still $3,400 less than in 2007, when Wall Street's crash started the collapse of our real economy.
Why are working people still so far down? Take a peek at those new jobs the economists are hailing. They're really "jobettes", paying only poverty-level wages, with no benefits or upward mobility. In the recession, about 60 percent of the jobs we lost were middle-wage positions, paying approximately $14 to $21 an hour. Most of those jobs have not come back. Instead, of the jobs created since the recovery began, nearly six out of 10 are low-wage, paying less than $14 an hour. A central fact of the new American economy is that working-class people are increasingly unable to make a living from their jobs.
To grasp this widening inequity, befuddled economists might bite into a burger or pizza. Seven of the 12 biggest corporations that pay their workers the least are fast-food giants. Yum! is one. It's a conglomerate that owns Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell. Workers don't find these chains so yummy; for pay averages $7.50 an hour, with no health care, pensions, etc. In contrast, Yum!'s CEO hauls off about $20 million a year, even as even as he dispatches lobbyists to oppose any hike in our nation's miserly minimum wage.
This is no way to run a business, an economy, or a society. Fast-food giants are hugely profitable. (Yum! quaffed down $1.3 billion in profits last year alone.) They are more than able to pay living wages and decent benefits, as many local, independently-owned fast-food businesses do. Deliberately and unnecessarily holding down an entire workforce by funneling rightful wages into the coffers of a few ultra-rich executives and big investors is shameful — and dangerous. After all, even a dog knows the difference between being stumbled over ... and being kicked.
At last, workers are beginning to kick back. All across the country, broad coalitions of religious leaders, unions, civil rights groups, community supporters, and others are joining thousands of fast-food workers in a rolling series of one-day strikes against particular chains, publicly shaming them for profiting through gross exploitation of employees. As one Baptist church leader said of his presence in these protests, "It's a matter of justice."
Yes — and that's what Labor Day has always been about.
(Jim Hightower has been called American's most popular populist. The radio commentator and former Texas Commissioner of Agriculture is author of seven books, including "There's Nothing In the Middle of Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos" and his new work, "Swim Against the Current: Even Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow".)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
To The Daily Sun,
Dear Steve Earle et al:
While I do not want to get into a back and forth with you as your political leanings are much different than mine, I would like to offer a few words of advice to you.
First and foremost, please do not refer to me by the name "Bernie". Simply said, I do not know you and am asking that you not be that familiar with me. Second, my last name is spelled L O E S C H as opposed to your spelling of Loache. Please keep this in mind when you are writing to the editor of The Daily Sun in reply to one of my letters.
Now on to business. After much research on my part, I have found many, many references, citations and established law illustrating your concerns.
To save time and space I will list the public laws and their reference numbers. One fact in particular; President Obama's stimulus program turned the economy around for 48 months of private sector job growth.
The demands by the GOP for spending cuts at state and federal levels, such as raising the debt ceiling and to pay its bills has resulted in sequester. In addition, monthly job gains have been remarkably stable over the past years-Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
1. Signed The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 committing $787 billion. This bill combined TAX BREAKS with spending on infrastructure projects.
2. Improper Payments Elimination & Recovery Act, July, 2010. Requires agencies to periodically review and report major programs that are susceptible to improper payments.
3. Small Business Jobs Act, 2010 (HR-597)-9/27/10: Authorizes the creation of the Small Business Lending Fund Program administered by the Treasury Dept. to make capital investments in eligible institutions, in order to increase the availability for small businesses. Provides $12 billion in TAX CUTS, including a 100 percent exclusion of capital gains taxes on small business investments.
4) The Tax Relief Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization & Job Creation Act of 2010-Public Law: 111-312. Also known as the Middle Class Tax Relief Act or Obama-GOP tax deal or Obama TAX CUTS.
5. Budget Control Act of 2011;Public Law 112-25: Creation of the Congressional 'Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction' aka: The Super Committee. The goal of this legislation was to cut at least $1.5 trillion over the coming 10 years and be passed by 12-23-11.
6. On July 31, 2011 Pres. Obama announced that the leadership of BOTH parties in both chambers had reached an agreement that would reduce the deficit and avoid default.
7. American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012; Public Law 12-240 refers to the Tax Provisions for different income levels. Cuts of $4 billion Fiscal Year 2013. Cuts $8 billion Fiscal Year 2014.
2012-2013: The CBO (Congressional Budget Office) indicated that the deficit was projected to be $641 billion in 2013, significantly below the 2012 deficit of $1.128 billion. Dave Camp, the Republican chairperson of the House Ways and Means Committee called the provision the 'Largest TAX CUT in American history.' The TAX provision of this law REDUCED TAXES for 98 percent of taxpayers, bringing their tax rates to the LOWEST levels in 60 years.
Education Reform: Pres. Obama signed The Health Care & Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. By directly lending to students, the government is projected to SAVE taxpayers $68 billion over the next several years.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00