To The Daily Sun,
A conservative remembers and honors the death of JFK 50 years ago.
In 1960, the nation was consumed with the election of John Kennedy, a first time Catholic to the presidency. My parents were Democrats and Kennedy fanatics. Dad had just been given a pair of beagle pups as a gift, he named the boy Jack and the girl Jackie. I am sure if I had been born that year my name would have been John Kennedy Boutin. Jack, Jacqueline, their young kids and the Kennedy clan dominated politics and the public psyche like none other at that moment in history. No one could escape the Kennedy mystique even if they wanted to. The period would become known as " Camelot". Today's will be recalled as "gridlockalot".
Kennedy was once asked early on why he was a Democrat, his dry answer" because I was born one". His short and stark answer revealed much about the man and his politics. He could have spouted some long, litany of beloved Democratic ideals and beliefs about government and public good. He didn't. Kennedy championed STRONG states rights (the exact opposite of Obama's state Medicaid cram-down) and he stood FIRMLY OPPOSED to a strong, centralized government. He was strong currency hawk not a printing freak like Obama. IF JFK were alive today, it is almost certain he would be a REPUBLICAN, NOT A DEMOCRAT. You laugh. Kennedy's policies and thinking of that time are far more aligned with that of conservative Republicans today, than modern Democrats. In fact it is Jack Kennedy we should credit with ENDORSING "supply side" economics. He recognized the importance of TAX CUTS to stimulate growth, rather than government spending sprees that produce nothing but economy-killing, mountains of debt like we experience today. In Kennedy's day, he shot down those who twisted his views and policies saying, and I quote DIRECTLY, "I would be very happy to tell them I am NOT a LIBERAL at all".
It was JFK, a DEMOCRAT who uttered the famous words, "It isn't what your country can do for you but rather what you can do for your country". Tell me the last time you heard ONE Democrat talking about anything except BIGGER, more EXPANSIVE and more GENEROUS GOVERNMENT. When was the last time Democrats asked their constituents to do anything to SACRIFICE for their country the way Kennedy did? Modern Democrats speak ONLY about TAKING MORE, from more people. Kennedy must be grave rolling watching this spectacle of Democratic self indulgence. ENTITLEMENTS are BANKRUPT going forward BY EVERY MEASURE in the TENS of TRILLIONS, threatening to destroy the financial security of our children and the country. With such certain disaster ahead Kennedy wouldn't be BACKING DOWN from reforming such programs. He would be "selling the reality" that pain today will be far less than fixes required latter, on others.
Kennedy's presidency, like that of Reagan and even Clinton were all about people and country being first. Kennedy, Regan and Clinton were not consumed with their legacies and stroking their egos. ABOVE ALL, their presidencies were not ABOUT THEM. It is that single characteristic that distinguishes these men from the presidency of Barack Obama. I say this with much sadness and even more regret.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 November 2013 01:40
To The Daily Sun,
In the Nov. 21st edition of The Laconia Daily Sun, Jon Hoyt made a very telling statement: "As the GOP wolves are surrounding the president like he is a wounded lion, they are forgetting one thing: the lion is the king of the jungle for a reason; the lion is a cat and a cat has nine lives." It screams of a gross failure of our educational system. American History has been rewritten and even expunged from our public schools. "Social Studies" (from personal high school experience, this should be called SOCIALIST studies!) has replaced American History. The founding of our nation, the founders and our Constitution have been evicted by liberal progressivism.
Please, take some time to check out what powers are those of the LEGISLATIVE branch, the JUDICIAL branch and the EXECUTIVE branch of government. Let's make that challenge easy — the Constitution of the United States is on line: http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html
The POTUS is an elected official. Obama has, in his time in office, attempted to usurp the powers of Congress more egregiously than any past POTUS. The POTUS does not make laws, does not decide which laws may be disregarded in what manner, or enforced if he feels like they should be enforced.
The POTUS is an elected official and as such, a servant of the people. He is NOT a king! Since our country was established we have never had a king! Our country has a president with limited powers for a reason: Liberty!
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 November 2013 01:37
To The Daily Sun,
My husband and I own a Sears Hometown Store in Plymouth. Much to my dismay we found out a few weeks ago that Sears' mandatory open hours for Thanksgiving Day would be 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.. Last year was an optional decision per store owner. That said, Thanksgiving is one of three holidays that we believe is to be spent with family therefore we choose it not be open. Each year it seems more and more of our family time is taken away as a result of Sears' company policies. Pretty soon, there will be no Thanksgiving holiday. This lack of focus on family values is disgraceful and quite frankly dishonorable to this country and the reason it's in the poor state that it's in. These are desperate times we are living and people will either have to work or run out to save money on Thanksgiving Day. As a Christian woman, this is against my religious right and what I believe for my family.
From a historical stand point, this country began celebrating Thanksgiving back in 1621 with the Pilgrims and Indians at Plymouth Plantation. They celebrated and gave thanks for three days. In 1789, George Washington issued November 26, 1789 a Day of Public Thanksgiving. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November a national holiday for "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwells in the Heavens". It is clear Thanksgiving was intended a day of observance with family.
Where in the Declaration of Independence does it give corporations the right to undermine the values of the citizens of this country? We deserve the right to celebrate as a family the freedom of America and thankfulness! As a Christian woman, I value my time with my family and am thankful to God for all He has blessed us with.
Again, our store 3673 will not be open on Thanksgiving Day. I am more than sure that all the retail corporate heads will be celebrating with a four or five day holiday.
I ask you as citizens of N.H. to stand with me and petition the State House to pass a "Blue Law", stating retailers to be closed on Thanksgiving Day for 2014! Let your voices be heard. You may sign in person at our store location or online @ https://www.change.org/petitions/nh-state-house-officials-congress-president-obama-pass-into-law-that-retailers-would-be-closed-for-thanksgiving#
Sears Hometown Store owner
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 November 2013 01:33
To The Daily Sun,
A small group of elected officials in Congress is currently leading the effort to find common ground on a budget proposal to avoid a repeat of the federal government shutdown and prevent sequestration in the coming years. Those are goals many Americans support. But how we get there could have devastating effects right here in New Hampshire.
Among the proposals under consideration is an extension of the three-year federal employee pay freeze and a cut in take-home pay for federal
employees through an increase in federal retirement contributions. If the committee is unable to agree on a path forward, then more furloughs of vital federal workers are almost sure to occur.
Many people think that federal employees are concentrated in the Washington, D.C. area, but the truth of the matter is that over 85 percent live and work outside D.C. The federal government is one of our state's largest employers. So when you cut the paychecks of New Hampshire's
middle-class federal employees, you're also harming our state's economy and local businesses.
I urge New Hampshire's Members of Congress to reject these proposals, which would take millions of dollars away from our local economy next year and weaken our federal workforce for years to come.
Roger J. Ball
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 11:29
To The Daily Sun,
As a long-time entrepreneur and business owner, I would like to ask the Senate Republicans in Concord why they continue to block the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The substantial effect of the $2.5 billion (not million) in additional federal aid through the program would provide a critical economic boost to fund new health-related jobs and businesses that serve the state's health care industry.
It's a "win-win" for the recipients of the program, the state and the small businesses that have been paying these employees' health insurance. 58,000 New Hampshire residents are expected to take advantage of this new program by 2020.
Who are these recipients? To name a few, they are the workers who serve you meals in fast-food restaurants, work in the mall's shops, fix your car, cut your hair and provide in-home services for seniors and people with disabilities. They are your neighbors and their family members you come into contact every day in communities across New Hampshire. They work, but their incomes are below $15,400 a year for a single person and $32,000 for a family of four. The burden to provide insurance will no longer fall just upon their small business employers.
The federal government would pay 100 percent of the coverage cost of the Medicaid expansion for the first three years beginning in 2014, ratcheting down to 90 percent of the coverage cost in the 7th year and thereafter. The program is expected to bring more than $2.5 billion in federal investment into New Hampshire with the state providing about $18.4 million in administrative costs over the first seven years, which is less than 1 percent of the overall cost of expansion. The state could also choose to drop out of the program at any time.
Despite the fact that the Chamber of Commerce has come out in favor of Medicare expansion, as well as the state's health care professionals, there are still Republican state senators who are against expansion. They are not sure why they're against it but they know it's part of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act.
In most of the very conservative states, Republican governors have refused Medicaid expansion despite the fact they have the highest rates of residents without health insurance coverage. None of these leaders has shown any concern for their people who are uninsured or denied coverage because of illness. Actually, they want to repeal the Affordable Care Act itself and let insurers go back to cancelling policies at the first sign of a shadow on an x-ray. This leads me to a question for the Republicans in the state Senate "Would you rather cling to an outmoded political ideology that let your neighbors and their family members receive vital health care coverage?"
Hopefully, no one is that heartless.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 11:26