Let’s start with a balanced budget
To the editor:
I have to laugh at all the bickering between the left and right here. As an independent who leans towards the conservative view, I tell it like I see it and this is what I see. I see a Senate that hasn’t been truly functional since Ted Kennedy died. The Senate used to function by wheeling and dealing like businessmen do. Give a little, take a little until both sides are satisfied that they got something accomplished. It’s the same way in the House.
Then there’s a president who threatens to veto everything unless it’s his way only. There was very little on the bargaining table when Obama took office and had both the House and Senate on his side. He got used to doing what ever he pleased through the legislative process. Now there is normal gridlock since his party can’t rubber stamp everything, and no one on his side or the GOP are budging or wheeling and dealing much anymore. Now the only way that Obama can have his way is by “executive order” actions and bypassing the voters rights.
While his ambitions are clear and can be considered noble ideas, the feasibility and costs are not within the realm of possibility without repercussions.
His wish to redistribute the wealth is noble but you can’t redistribute the wealth of a nation that the nation does not own without going bankrupt. The only way is to tax the filthy rich at a higher rate and get rid of the loopholes that allows them to evade taxes. The same with Big Corporations as well. Let’s balance a budget and start paying off the deficit first and I’d be happy. Thus far Obama has not gone after the filthy rich and Big Oil and other energy companies because they are the ones who control the world and control him as well as Congress.
Now to the part of the president making laws by himself. It’s been done before many times but it seems that he’s doing what he does best with that. He’s going apply his agenda and try and fix it later while it’s too late for many citizens who have been wronged by quick decisions and implementations of his orders.
The power is getting abused and a socialist dictatorship seems to be the path that we are headed towards. I say if the president is going to redistribute wealth, start with rewarding the low to middle working class citizens and then it may be an incentive to the deadbeats living on taxpayer funds to have some ambition to contribute to society and work. Making it a better life for them and their families will break the old hereditary American family income plan of welfare to many families.
NECC energy savings are not that great
To the editor:
The jubilation at Northern Essex Community College for energy savings should be tempered by the $6.2 million investment that the state made in order to make it possible. At $400,000 savings per year, the break-even occurs in 15 1/2 years. From a business perspective this doesn’t look like that good a deal.
I’m sure that there are many other worthwhile proposals that perhaps might show a break-even in fewer years. Perhaps those that do the economic evaluations for proposed projects at the Statehouse should look closer at what gets approved or not and get down to real business and not automatically revert to “business-as-usual” project approvals.
Start here to get big money out of elections
To the editor:
A large bipartisan majority of Americans feel there is too much big corporate and labor union money in politics, and that our elected representatives spend from 30 percent to 70 percent of their time “Dialing for Dollars.” That is time they do not spend working for us, trying to solve some of our country’s most difficult problems. That majority is correct.
The thing is, a large majority of Americans think there is nothing we can do about it. However, that majority is wrong!
Americans have followed a legal process and amended our Constitution 27 times. Today, that process starts with a petition warrant article on many New Hampshire town warrants that guarantees the right of our elected representatives and of the American people to safeguard fair elections through authority to regulate political spending, and clarifies that constitutional rights were established for people, not corporations.
As a friend has reminded me, “Here in New Hampshire in the 2012 election, outside groups spent five times what the candidates themselves spent on their contests. Nationally in 2012, total campaign expenditures tripled and Super PAC spending increased five-fold, including over $300 million in ‘dark money’ from anonymous donors. Some published estimates say that as few as 132 individual donors may have contributed more than 60 percent of the total PAC money spent last year.” Another friend asks, “Will the voices of ordinary citizens be heard when the likes of Sheldon Adelson is willing to spend $50,000,000 to elect a president?”
Yes, your voices and your votes will be heard and will count, if you support your community’s efforts to pass petition warrant articles at your town meeting/election. That is the spark which will ignite the public and political movement to create and pass a constitutional amendment that will help get big money out of our elections, and certify that corporations are not people and money is not speech.