Obama works while others complain
To the editor:
The message I keep hearing from Republicans and even some past Obama supporters is their disappointment in the economy and unemployment. It is certainly the message that Romney and Ryan have been hammering away at almost exclusively. And most everyone is concerned about the hit on the middle class as incomes have shrunk and costs have gone up. Although federal taxes have not gone up for the middle class, New Hampshire is hit hard because we depend so much on local property taxes to pay our bills.
As a society we all owned a share of responsibility for the economic cliff we found ourselves on four years ago. Banks, Wall Street, corporations, CEOs, and politicians for all their shenanigans, trickery and deregulation, and consumers for their excesses and spending beyond their means. Yet I don’t hear anyone taking responsibility for our lack of progress, or helping to solve our problems. All the fingers are pointed at President Obama for not doing enough to “fix” everything. The reality is that no one president can rebuild an economy if all the major players refuse to cooperate.
And so I ask: What have all the Republicans done to protect and promote new jobs? Nothing! No bills or plans were even presented. The president’s jobs bill has been blocked, as well as tax incentives for wind energy, resulting in massive layoffs. What have banks done to help small businesses get loans? They have cut back on loans for small businesses even though they were bailed out. What have corporations done to increase jobs? They have figured out that they can make fewer employees work harder and longer instead of hiring, all while sitting on a mountain of cash. What have any of them done in the past 4 years to get this economy growing? Nothing.
An analogy for this is: President Bush and the Republicans set the house on fire on their way out four years ago. President Obama inherited the task of not only putting out the fire, but also rebuilding. It’s been four years and people are complaining that the job still isn’t finished. Any contractor knows that many factors, often beyond one’s control, can make a rebuilding job run behind schedule. What I see is the president is the only one hard at work with a saw and hammer in his hand, while everyone else is on the sidelines complaining or telling him what he should have done. Or, as in the case of the Republicans, saying that they can do it better.
I say, the way to get a job done is for everyone to pitch in and do their part. Perhaps if the Republicans had chipped in and helped the rebuilding would be done by now. But wait — I remember they said that they couldn’t let President Obama be successful because that would hurt their chances in this election. But if President Obama has failed, they have failed with him, as we all have.
It’s unfortunate that President Obama underestimated the resistance in Congress and society as a whole to work together for the greater good of our country. President Kennedy’s words still resonate true today “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Far too many have forgotten!
Derry needs Democrats in Concord
To the editor:
Let me count the ways:
1. Mary Till (Mary for Derry), Bobby Jones, Betsy Burtis. They will bring common sense and dedication to the people of Derry, helping to end extreme tea party dominance in Concord.
2. Democrats and undeclared (independent) voters vastly outnumber Republicans in Derry, but every state representative from Derry is a Republican.
3. Unless enough Democrats are elected, Bill O’Brien might be House Speaker again.
4. If Republicans keep their majority in the House, you can count on more stripping of support for our community colleges and university system and for essential social services, downshifting costs to towns like Derry and increasing our property taxes.
5. If Republicans keep their majority, be prepared for an end to public kindergarten, access denied to women for contraception and abortions even in cases of rape and incest and an end to marriage equality.
That should be more than enough reasons to vote for Mary Till, Bobby Jones and Betsy Burtis for state representatives on Nov. 6.
Nation cannot endure another Obama term
To the editor:
More people gave up looking for work in September causing the U.S. unemployment rate to dip to 7.8 percent. The unemployment rate has hovered over 8 percent during President Obama’s entire term up until last month. The president promised a 5.6-percent unemployment rate by this time in his administration.
The growth of the U.S. population requires the creation of 150,000 to 200,000 jobs per month to hold unemployment steady. In September, only 114,000 jobs were created, which means we continue to fall behind in creating jobs. At the current rate of job creation, we might not hit full employment (4-percent unemployment) for at least another four years if we are mired in another Obama administration.
The current administration has done a terrible job with the economy. We have 23 million Americans underemployed or unemployed, and only 58 percent of the working-age population is currently employed compared to 63 percent in 2008 before Obama became president. Americans on food stamps have increased by 15 million in the past four years. And the national debt has gone from $10 trillion to $16 trillion under Obama.
We are in worse shape now than we were when Obama took office, and we cannot afford to continue these failed economic policies.
Donald A. Moskowitz
Lamontagne’s positions too extreme
To the editor:
Gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne has an extremely radical pro-life position. He supports a law to outlaw all abortions and to punish women who have them, including victims of rape and incest.
I hope you will consider what this means if your daughter, sister, wife, friend, or a woman you have never met is forced to carry a baby after a traumatic rape. Now, please ask yourself whether you can vote for a man with such an extreme position.
We still have the right to chose and will exercise that choice. We hope that you will join us in supporting Maggie Hassan for governor.
Joy and Bill O’Connor
To the editor:
New Hampshire residents are concerned with the economy and putting Granite Staters back to work. Former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s flailing campaign has been throwing out red herrings and shiny objects for the past month to do anything to distract you, the voter, from remembering why she lost by 12 points in 2010. Let me refresh your memory.
Carol Shea-Porter voted in favor of Obamacare which robs $716 billion from Medicare and will dramatically increase taxes on the middle-class. Shea-Porter voted for a stimulus bill which did everything in its power to reward fat-cat Democrat, special-interest Washington lobbyists. And Congresswoman Shea-Porter voted for a cap-and-trade bill which would have made energy prices even higher than they are now. Oh yes, and she also said she made no pretense of voting for and or working with members of the other party to get things done. And why was that? Because she voted with Nancy Pelosi 100 percent of the time because she believed she was right 100 percent of the time.
I’ll be voting to re-elect Frank Guinta this year. He has been an independent and thoughtful voice for the good middle-class jobs this state desperately needs.
Question 1 could raise your taxes
To the editor:
Every household in New Hampshire that brings in $84,000 a year or less pays between at least 5.8 percent of its income on state taxes, fees and assessments, and some much more. But the top 1 percent, who earn over $474,000 annually, pay only 2 percent of their income in taxes. If constitutional amendment Question 1 is passed, there will be no way to rectify this discrepancy and in fact it will enhance this discrepancy over time.
I know we all just want this election hubbub to end. But there isn’t much talk about Question 1, and we can’t ignore it any longer. People who like Question 1 say this amendment means we will never have an income tax in New Hampshire. But if you read the amendment closely, it does not mention an “income tax.” Instead it prohibits the imposition of “any assessment, rate, or tax upon income.” They may sound the same, but I don’t think they are.
Every tax, fee, or assessment, no matter what it is called, is paid from your income. This amendment could prohibit any and all new taxes, fees or assessments. Now, I hate taxes as much as the next guy. But if the state legislature can’t come up with new ways to raise revenue they could downshift state expenses onto local property tax payers, which is what the current legislature did. If you are not sure what downshifting means, when you see your tax bill later this year, it will be crystal clear. Downshifting is when local property taxpayers have to pick up the bill for shortfalls in state funding. If this amendment passes and future legislators decide not to downshift, they could increase business taxes, which will chase businesses beyond our boarders and cripple our economy.
Vote “No” on Question 1.