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N.H. population under 18 declined 5% last year. Want to know why?

To The Daily Sun,

The United States used to be the home of manufacturing, innovation and technology. The best universities were here, the most patents, trademarks and copyrights came from America. Attainments in university education, basic research and intellectual property in America are now slightly less than on par with those of the EU ... and China is gaining ground. Something has changed and it is time to wake up and smell the coffee.

America has driven much manufacturing from our shores. We were sold the idea that the next thing coming was intellectual property, where we would lead the way ... so we did not need all that dirty manufacturing. Well, intellectual property does drive economic growth. But it drives economic growth only to the extent that business can use it to create value-added products. That means being brilliant is wonderful, but if you don't build something others will buy because it saves them time, makes life easier or better, or allows them to make more money ... you are brilliant but you are also very, very hungry.

One factor that is important to business's ability to drive productivity through innovation is a low corporate tax rate. In Europe the corporate tax rate is about 21 percent compared to about 40 percent in the United States. And then there's New Hampshire, where the governor has vetoed the state budget because even though the corporate tax burden is well in excess of the national average, she believes it is only fair to have that much or more taxation on business because ...

Want to know why the population of those under 18 in New Hampshire declined 5 percent last year? Want to know why the working age population in New Hampshire declined 1 percent last year? Here's a clue. If there aren't enough good-paying jobs to attract and retain people good people ... the population is going to go down. It is a basic rule of economies everywhere. People like to eat, they like nice homes, vacations, benefits and comfortable thoughts about their children's futures.

You know what happens when the population goes down? There is less spending, and tax revenues go down. If you just keep raising the tax rate to keep government revenues level or rising what happens is you continue driving away more businesses and you prevent new businesses from starting or coming here ... which continues the downward population spiral. And we elected this economic Bozo to be the chief executive of the state. Maggie Hassan a the perfect illustration of the Peter Principle.

Marc Abear

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We're living in a crazy world where good is bad & bad is good

To The Daily Sun,

I want to know why Obama and his administration does not arm the military? They should all be able to arm themselves against these so called nut jobs. Also, responsible people need to be armed to protect themselves against the radicals.

We are living in a crazy world where good is bad and bad is good. It makes no sense. We have the do-nothing Congress — the Senate and the House all doing the same thing. This is the new world order Obama has been put there to do what is happening today: destroying our country.

We got change all right. How do you like it so far? He was put in office for this purpose. We the people have no say. It seems only the older generation knows what is going on in the world. They are stopping free speech, religion, and just about anything else we can think of. The government is in our face on everything.

Now they want to put a tax on all your savings, IRA, and anything else we can do to save money. It will be a 15 percent tax on all of that. In other words, they are taking your money.

We need to start praying to God to heal us and our nation. Bring religion back again. Until then it will only get worse and not better. I know God is mad at his people. He is right. Look at everything today. Did you think you would ever see the likes of everything that is wrong today? I do not think so. God please bless us and America. I hope you will do the same.

Anna DeRose

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