To The Daily Sun,
We are hearing in the news that Obamacare hit its objective of signing on 7-million people. And that is all we hear.
How many are under the Medicaid expansion? How many have made a payment and really are signed up? How many had insurance before and signed up for Obamacare and do not have the coverage that they had before?
But the real question is how many of the 7 million did not have insurance before? This was the whole purpose of Obamacare. . . wasn't it?
In New Hampshire, I think 20,000 people signed up for Obamacare. More than that had their insurance that they were happy with canceled. How many have had their insurance payments increased dramatically since the inception of Obamacare?
With all the billions we are paying for this new health coverage in the U.S., wouldn't it have been cheaper if we just spent the money and covered the people who did not have insurance and leave the rest of us 85 percent that were happy with our coverage alone?
And to think we now have the IRS involved in our health care.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 08:28
To The Daily Sun,
George Maloof must have fallen into not just a puddle of Kool-Aid but a well, after reading his last pontifications from the academic towers. I do love reading Maloof... he provides my comic relief for the day. Let me say this, to get it out of my system. Your full of BS right up to the tip of your pointy cap, George. You wouldn't know what an individual, creative thought was if it bit you. All you know is whatever smoke the peer reviewed drones at the education, wasp nest blow.
When you're ready to MEANS TEST Medicare and Social Security, George, let's write Obama and demand it. I am all for it. I am calling your BLUFF... Just be aware doing so EXPLODES the DONKEY MYTH these programs were going to be paid for, IN FULL by the people who use them. WE can NOW IDENTIFY both as the INSOLVENT, WELFARE, BOONDOGGLES they always have been since the day they were born.
The quality of medical care in America is already on the slippery slope. Obamacare has just accelerated the down slide. When a person can not get into 15 of the 19 best cancer care hospitals in America because OBAMACARE STOPS THEM, the value of EVERY LIFE in America life just got DILUTED by Democrats. Are you ready George? We both SCREAM WELFARE every time someone gets a SS check or a health care bill paid by Sam. Come on George you opened the DEBATE with your usual demonizing style. Let's make these programs what they always were and are, WELFARE. Some poor stiff working and some Democrat collecting the fruits of that work.
You're concerned with the indignities suffered by Obama. Where were you SLEEPING during the Bush years. It was Bush's fault for eight years when he was in office and his fault the next four of Obama's term. Give it a brake George, your beginning to sound like a broken record of excuses. Face it, Obama has been totally in over his head with every economic matter. Worse, we now watch his foreign policy that instills feeling of the Cold War people thought were long dead. Obama's spineless and feckless handling of the Iran crisis, the Syrian crisis and Russian intervention have made us the laughing stock on the world stage. We can be sure our friends and allies wonder if we REALLY have their backs or is it what ever the POLLS SHOW that determines the action of the day for Obama. I am certain the Saudis and Israel are wondering. Obama's presidency is so bad he makes Jimmy Carter looks like he was from the Mensa society
Still stirring up racial discontent. Is that the ONLY way you see Democrats winning an election George? Democrats are going to get steamrolled In November. I am sure that scares the crap out of you, so lets stir the race pot. Is that what academics do? Create division and hate in Americas social fabric to further party gains. Right down there with the earth worms.
You mentioned Paul Ryan. Are you aware Barack Obama says many of the same things Ryan does. During a recent speech regarding "My brothers keeper", Obama's program to help black young adults he said this, "We are dealing with issues that run deep in our society, government can not play the only roll or primary role (in other words just keep handing out welfare). It is ultimately those young men who are out there to STEP UP and take RESPONSIBILITY for their own lives". I can assure you if RYAN spoke to young black men with the SAME WORDS as OBAMA, he would be labeled a racist, while Obama gets applause. What we have are idiots like George Maloof who seem to know racism when they hear it. . . it only depends the color of the person saying the words, even identical ones.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 08:24
To The Daily Sun,
What a bumpy ride! The 4-cent state gasoline tax increase was passed, but with no help from my senator, Jeanie Forrester (N.H. Senate District 2). Her newsletter explaining why she was opposed was disingenuous at best. The increase doesn't provide enough, only $32 million, she says, for the Highway Fund to overcome its operating shortfall. Forrester opposed the original plan to increase New Hampshire's tax by 12 cents gradually over several years and then index it to inflation. (The tax had not been raised since 1991, when gasoline cost $1.14 per gallon.) So nothing is better than not enough?
Forrester voted against the $30 vehicle registration surcharge, then allowed it to "sunset," depleting the Transportation Department budget of $135 million. Highway funds were diverted by the Legislature to pay for deliberately underfunded agencies (e.g. Department of Safety, Judicial Branch, Department of Safety, etc.).
I do agree with Forrester that infrastructure funding levels should be studied and the raiding of the Highway Fund stopped. But her vote against the current 4-cent increase, when New Hampshire roads and bridges are in terrible shape, was unconscionable.
It was a safe vote — there were enough votes to pass it without her — to appease her “starve the beast” supporters.
Yet New Hampshire's economy, its tourism and business enterprises require safe roads and bridges as do her constituents. Deferred maintenance always costs more in the end, as we all know. Hit any potholes or frost heaves recently?
Sen. Forrester's contrary vote is just one example of the "penny wise, pound foolish" approach some folks tout as the New Hampshire advantage. Not I. New Hampshire doesn't have a spending problem but rather a revenue dilemma. District 2 needs a senator and Legislature willing to address it forthwith.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 08:18
To The Daily Sun,
It is hard to believe that almost 90 years after the "Scopes Monkey Trial," there are those who still oppose the teaching of biological evolution in our public[ schools. These are almost always biblical literalists who promote a literal interpretation of the creation myth in the Old Testament book of Genesis. Since the courts have ruled that they cannot teach "creationism" as science in our public schools, creationists are now demanding that their view be given "equal time" with real science. Most recently, creation "scientists" have been demanding that the wonderful science show "Cosmos" promote their view as a "scientific alternative."
Neither "Cosmos" nor our public schools has any obligation to present creationism as an "equally valid scientific theory" because it is not. Creationism is faith, not science. Not only do these creationists deny evolution but they also deny such provable science as plate tectonics.
Most teach that contrary to real scientific evidence, the earth is only about 6,000 years old.
They teach that the earth and its life forms, including humans, were created in six literal, 24-hour days. Some go as far as to say Copernicus was wrong and that the earth is the center of our solar system. They believe humans and dinosaurs were contemporaries. At the Creation Science Museum in northern Kentucky, there is actually an exhibit portraying humans riding dinosaurs with saddles. They deny carbon dating and maintain that the reason fossils look millions of years old is that the weight of the flood in described in the Bible made the fossils look old.
I have attended their lectures and read their literature. It is slickly packaged as science, so slick in fact, that even intelligent people that do not understand what science really is will accept it. They have created a "scientific controversy" that does not really exist among legitimate scholars and this has resulted in a large number of Americans questioning real science. Is it any surprise that American students are lagging behind other countries in science?
Actually, the "science" they promote is a lot like that taught in medieval universities. The church had already constructed the models, and God help you if your data did not fit the model.
Similarly, creationists already have what they consider an infallible model — the Bible — and they "cherry pick" their data to fit that preconceived model. The modern scientific method involves collecting and analyzing the data and then creating the model. Creationism is not science.
Science can be empirically proved. Statements of faith cannot be so proven.
Does the biblical story of creation belong in schools? Certainly it does. So do a plethora of other wonderful foundation myths. But, they belong in a humanities class, not in science class.
The truth is that it is not an "either/or." There are many people of faith who believe in a creator and modern science. I know a lot of people who believe in God and in evolution, plate tectonics, and a heliocentric solar system.
It is important to remember that the Bible is a book (actually a number of different books) about faith, not science. For many (including this writer), modern science and cosmology does not threaten but instead strengthens their spirituality. Some creationists (including some writers to the Sun) claim that belief in evolution has led to moral decay, but I know a lot of very moral people who believe in evolution.
It seems that a fundamentalist religious minority is trying to force its beliefs on our students
and on the American public as "science."
E. Scott Cracraft
Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 08:15
To The Daily Sun,
At a travel sports event for one of my daughters, I was speaking with another mom from that state who mentioned that New Hampshire was fortunate to have Senator Ayotte serving in Washington. I agreed that Kelly is a strong leader for New Hampshire and that her work on many fronts including supporting our military both those currently serving and veterans, opposing an online sales tax and standing against the reckless economic policies of the Obama administration are testaments to her impact in the U.S. Senate.
The other mom commented about my familiarity with Senator Ayotte's work and that I even referred to her as Kelly. She noted that in her state the senators were generally not referred to by first name and that access to them was very limited. I explained the nature of grassroots politics in New Hampshire and that we get time with our candidates and elected representatives which leads to us calling them by name. Kelly kept a very important promise to the citizens of New Hampshire. She has held Town Hall meetings in every county once a year since being elected. At these Town Hall meetings, Senator Ayotte discusses the many challenges facing our nation and outlines solutions. Thank you, Kelly.
Joanne D. Haight
Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 09:30