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'Tax extenders example of business as usual decision making

To The Daily Sun,

Congress is actively considering action on taxes. In the next two weeks we could see a vote on an impactful tax bill. The tax media is reporting that Congress is working on a $700 million end-of-year tax package. House and Senate negotiators are working on a "tax extenders" package. Among the things included is making the research credit permanent and delaying the Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac" tax on high-cost health care plans for two years.

"Tax Extenders" are carve-outs in the tax code that give special treatment to certain activities. They are usually only authorized for one year and must be "extended." That one-year, short-term policymaking means that there is a massive annual lobbying scramble for reauthorization from almost every corner of Washington.

Here's a very partial list of the pork:

— The Research and Development (R&D) credit encourages business innovation ... well not so much. It actually provides a tax incentive to allow government to influence business behavior. It aids in governmental picking of winners and losers.

— The production tax credit (wind energy) and the solar tax credit that were enacted to subsidize economically non-viable alternative energy.

— "Bonus depreciation" for business capital expenditures is an accelerated depreciation.

— There is a $250 deduction for teachers who spend money out of pocket for classroom materials.

— There are low income and "new markets" tax credits to encourage development of affordable housing in underserved areas.

And many, many, many more.

For more detailed information visit: http://dev.tax.org/www/features.nsf/Articles/EE6EBB3B7A1CB63585257F0800607838?OpenDocument

Wouldn't you think Congress could actually think about reforming the tax code instead of waiting until the end of the December then ramming through some mixture of pork and bad policy as an emergency end of year boondoggle? Doesn't the nation deserve better job performance?

The tentative deal now under consideration is being developed by congressional leaders and the White House. The extenders are likely to be attached to the omnibus budget legislation expected to pass Congress by Dec. 11. This is the worst kind of intentional policy and poorly controlled pork. We got into the fiscal mess we are in by just this exact kind of business-as-usual decision making. It is time to reach out to our legislators and let them know what you think about the fruits of their labor. Please, do so before they do it to us again.

Senator Kelly Ayotte: 202-224-3324
Senator Jeanne Shaheen: 202-224-2841
Congressman Frank Guinta: 202-225-5456

Marc Abear

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Alcoholics & drug addicts aren't asking for money; they want help

To The Daily Sun,

I have been reading the letters to The Laconia Daily Sun over the last month or so from the man who calls addiction stupid and he really has no clue what he is talking about. He needs to try and educate himself on the disease of addiction before you continue to write such nonsense.

I'm so happy to see that people have been writing in and trying to get him up to speed on this issue. Has he ever sat down and talked to an addict? Has he ever sat with family members or people who have been in the direct path of someone who has or is destroying their lives from addiction? If he has he will truly become educated. Obviously he or anyone in his family have not been affected by this because if he had he would not be calling these people stupid or talk like they are trash that should be thrown away.

Addiction is not a choice. People don't choose to become addicted. Do people think people choose to destroy their lives? Do they think people choose to hurt everyone they love and all the people who love them? Do they think they choose to be thrown in jail or to become homeless? Do they think mothers choose to have their children taken away because of their addictions?

I don't think so. Who would choose to do that? Who would choose, voluntarily, to throw away everything they had spent a good portion of their lives achieving? No one would. An addict has no choice. Denial is the true enemy of an addict and of his addictions. Until a person can admit that they are addicted and that they are powerless against it, nothing will change.

Very few people, if any, can get to this point on their own. Most need help. To sit back and do nothing is definitely no the answer. There is no quick fix. This is an issue that can affect anyone, anywhere at any time. It has no boundaries and holds no prejudice. To do nothing would be stupid. This letter writer is in denial.

I don't think the writer's issues are with drug addicts or alcoholics, but instead with how and where money is being spent. By reading all his letters one can figure out that his real issue is that state money hasn't been spent the way he would like it to be. He is upset that money hasn't been dedicated to a cause that is currently affecting him. His problems are with the state and the people who run it.

These alcoholics and drug addicts aren't asking for dime one. They're only asking for help. Don't blame a group of people who are already suffering more than anyone should have to. Please focus on what's really bothering you. If the state said they were going to spend $76 million on rebuilding the Old Man of the Mountain I think the writer's focus would turn to that and he would be calling the Old Man stupid and someone who doesn't deserve a second chance.

Let's get real. There is no simple solution to this problem. It is extremely complicated. Most likely we will never fix it but we must continue to try.

Todd Welch

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