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Free health care for 330 million Americans? Welcome to Greece

To The Daily Sun,

Seventeen trillion dollars. That's the cost of Bernie Sanders campaign promises tallied this week by the Wall Street Journal. The number is so gigantic it makes FDR's New Deal and LBJ's New Society look like tightwad spending. This number is for Sanders' new spending, let alone the old speeding, that has us $18 trillion in debt, handcuffed to bankrupt entitlements as far as the can see.

By comparison, when JFK was president entitlement spending and interest on our debt totaled 26 percent of spending. Today, that number is 71 percent and growing larger. Every Democratic promise more and larger entitlements would improve fairness has only led to flourishing inequality, more welfare, and an incredible mountain of unpaid debt for our children.

Greece is full of Bernie Sanders look-alikes. The Greeks just went bankrupt for the second time in five years in July. The Greek economy is in shreds. They can't export because everything they produce is outrageously expensive from ultra-liberal union laws. Unemployment is 25 percent, while the young are fleeing Greece because they can't find work, and have no expectation to.

What the Greeks do have is an almost entirely unionized workforce. Much of the country works directly for the government. Government controls literally everything. No one can be fired no matter how slow, or poor their work. The Greeks get more paid holidays, more vacation days and retire earlier than any people on the European continent. The Greeks have the worst productivity and lowest economic output per capita of any country in Europe. This is where socialism of the type Bernie Sanders promotes always ends, bankrupt over and over. But free, free, free is always so appealing.

One of Bernie's old but new again promises on the campaign trail is single-payer health care. Bernie Sanders and current Vermont governor Peter Shumlin have been promising single payer, "free" heath care to Vermont voters since the state has been making maple syrup. Their exploitation of promises for free health care (for election purposes) are the perfect example of the intentional hoodwinking and deception by politicians the American people have come to despise.

Eighty percent of Americas say politicians are liars. Listen to Sanders for five minutes and you will know why.

A few months ago, after the Vermont election, Shumlin announced with a whimper the five year promises of free heath care by him, bear hugged by Sanders, was a socialist fantasy. Expert economists and consultants concluded the costs for free Vermont health care would be astronomical. Free health care required taxation so broad and so high it would destroy the entire Vermont economy. After years of promises of free health care to get Democrats elected the truth was finally let out of the bag with great delay.

Now, Bernie Sanders is going around the country trying to get elected, promising free health care, not to 2 million people in Vermont but 330 million million people across America — after just finding out free, single-payer health care would destroy the Vermont economy. Now he wants to destroy the entire American economy. The same way the Bernie Sanders' brand of socialism has reduced Greece to a bankrupt heap of economic ashes.

Tony Boutin
Gilford

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We must assert our right of local community self government

To The Daily Sun,

The people of New Hampshire realize that even with traditional New England Town Meeting governing style, and the largest representative body of any other state, that communities are being denied the right to decide what happens where they live.

Hydro-Quebec's Northern Pass project, if permitted, would produce 190 miles of HVDV transmission lines and towers from Canada to southern New Hampshire. A scar through some of New Hampshire's most pristine and un-fragmented wild places, to carry electricity to feed the demands of southern New England states. Almost every community along the Northern Pass route objects to the project as proposed. Who decides the fate of communities targeted by HQ NP — a presidential permit and the state agency known as the Site Evaluation Committee (SEC).

Along the central-western ridgelines of New Hampshire, industrial wind developers have been bullying communities with a number of projects over the past four years. Global developers, like Energias de Portugal (EDP), are eager to profit from one of the region's most sought after resources — unspoiled ridgelines. Even communities not targeted to host industrial wind projects are in opposition to the destruction of New Hampshire's pristine ridgelines for the sake of "not clean, not green, not cheap" energy. Who decides the fate of communities targeted by industrial wind developers — the SEC.

The Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project has awakened the more populated southern part of New Hampshire to the reality of the systemic stripping away of any authority communities have over the decision making process. Communities across New Hampshire are beginning to understand what NIMBY truly stands for — Next It Might Be You! Who decides the fate of communities targeted by the KM NED pipeline? The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Corporate water withdrawal and gravel mining corporations have targeted a number of Granite State communities as resource colonies. These resources are vital to the local survival and sustainability of surrounding ecosystems and those that depend on them. Who decides the fate of communities targeted for corporate water withdrawal? The state of New Hampshire, through the Department of Environmental Services, does.

From all across New Hampshire, communities have come together to form the New Hampshire Community Rights Network (NHCRN). Participants of the NHCRN realize the common denominator shared by those targeted as "resource colonies for profit" — that sustainable environmental and economic development can be achieved only when the people affected by governing decisions are the ones who make such decisions. In order to protect the resources they hold dear, and protect their very own survival, communities must frontally challenge the current structure of law that legalize these harms.

Participants of the NHCRN are challenging our elected representatives to see the current structure of law for what it truly is — a "free pass" that allows for-profit corporations to rape and plunder the natural resources that Granite Staters depend upon for environmental and economic survival; a denial of freedom for the people of New Hampshire to protect their health, safety and welfare; and a blatant contradiction to the New Hampshire Constitution, Bill of Rights.

The NHCRN is not only challenging our elected representatives to see the current structure of law for what it truly is, but we call on the Legislature of the State of New Hampshire to place a constitutional amendment before the voters that acknowledges the rights of communities, and their governments, to enact local laws to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people, their community and natural environment. An amendment to our state Constitution that would allow communities to decide what happens where they live. In order to protect the health, safety and welfare of natural people and their environments, communities must have the authority to prohibit activities that would violate their rights.

The NHCRN is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that has partnered with Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) to draft the N.H. Community Rights Amendment we are proposing for the 2016 legislative session. We must stop accepting the legalization of harmful activities and instead, we must assert our right of local community self-government to enact local laws that protect the health, safety and welfare of New Hampshire communities and environments.

Visit NHCRN at www.nhcommnityrights.org or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about the New Hampshire Community Rights Amendment.

Michelle Sanborn
NHCRN Coordinator
New Hampshire Community Rights Network
Alexandria

 

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