To The Daily Sun,
Is it coincidence that Thanksgiving comes after the end of campaign season? I think I'll get a head-start on counting my blessings.
I have been welcomed to a beautiful working-class town in the middle of the Live Free or Die state. I grew up in a similar town but it was in a state that has a rather different attitude. Those who would rather the state run your life are very upset to see people like me move to New Hampshire with the intention of supporting the traditional Granite State values. They have been making "progress" in their efforts to turn New Hampshire into North Massachusetts and Free Staters are gumming up their move "forward." I am happy to say they are a very small minority.
I'm thankful for my health and I recognize that there are those who have not been so fortunate. My opposition to Medicaid expansion is based on the fact that there are limited resources. Medicaid expansion takes a slice from those with the most needs to give to those who are in fact able to care for themselves. This is certainly an unfair situation. And it is even worse when we consider where the funding comes from: Social Security. Medicaid expansion is dependent upon what is called the 1115 Waiver, which is a waiver to the rules of Social Security.
The Social Security program is a promise made to workers that their retirement will be funded. It further offers protection for those who suffer from catastrophic disabilities. The funding of Social Security has long been stretched thin by putting more and more on the benefits side while those on the contribution side continually shrinks.
Those who would like to continue making promises for benefits in the future must detach themselves from the responsibility and reality that they have no actual method of paying for their plan. Much like the state retirement system, promises were made years ago by politicians and union bosses who are now long gone. We are left with a couple of options, deal with reality or kick the can down the road. Making more promises is easy, dealing with reality is hard and less popular. I live in the real world and act accordingly.
As a state representative I was provided with an opportunity to assist advocates of those with disabled family members. UNH, Institute on Disabilities offers a day of training in which those with disabilities and their families practice presenting their positions to the Legislature. It's enlightening for both the advocates and the legislative member participating; yet another blessing.
I have been honored to serve with Rep. Shari Lebreche. She offered two years to the Legislature at a substantial cost to her business. And I am hopeful that longtime resident of Belmont, John Plumer, and I will receive the support of our fellow citizens to represent them in Concord.
While I was not so fortunate to have been born in New Hampshire, I was blessed with enough intelligence to find my way home to Belmont. I am thankful that I have been warmly welcomed. And with your support I will continue to defend the New Hampshire advantage and support honest, transparent, and limited government.
Rep. Mike Sylvia