"Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
Alexander Hamilton

Friday, June 26, 2015

What a mess

Perusing the local papers this morning, I was reminded that there is a plethora of problems in New Hampshire and Washington. Everyone who wrote letters and columns had a solution, but yet the problems still persist and in fact, keep getting worse.
Here is a sampling:
  • NH doesn't have enough money to pay it's employees.
  • As of yesterday, we don't have a new budget. 
  • Businesses taxes are not the major factor in not attracting new business to NH, but rather high energy costs, lack of an educated workforce, infrastructure and real estate costs. Yet Concord is proposing a reduction in business taxes to attract business.
  • We have a heroin epidemic and yet we continue to underfund treatment and prevention
  • The median income of renters in NH is $37,326, the median gross rent for a to bedroom unit is $1,157 , 37% of gross median income.  With a 1.2% vacancy rate, there is simply not enough affordable housing. 
  • Yet our esteemed legislators in Concord have time to override a veto and allow baby pictures on beer bottles on a bill  sponsored by Republican Rep. Keith Murphy, the owner of a Manchester bar who wants to sell the beer by the bottle. 
  • One piece of good news: the SCOTUS decision on the Affordable Care Act. 30,000 citizens of NH will continue to be able to afford health insurance and not shift the burden back to hospitals and providers.
Bipartisan bickering continues on all these issues and due to the political posturing, no one tries to truly find a compromise. In the case of our Governor, State Senators Forrester and Bradley and  some others, there can be no compromise as it would hurt their political aspirations. If we continue down the path that one side is always right and the other is always wrong, as a State and as  Nation, solving our many problems will be very difficult if not impossible. There is a related and excellent Op-Ed piece in today's Citizen by Megan McArdle that I would encourage all to read. We have very real problems, and as the author writes "...the more divided we get, the more vitally important it is to have common institutions that both sides agree to abide with, however much it may chafe at certain moments."


Anonymous said...

Polls show the the majority of voters feel the country is headed in the wrong direction.

It's hard to comprise with a President and an Administration that's so far left of center. Better to do nothing and ride it out than sell your soul.

Anonymous said...

Congrats anon. You just proved the bloggers point.

Anonymous said...

I could be wrong but I seem to recall that realclearpolitics predicted a Romney win.

Secondly, the president is viewed as a centrist by unbiased economists and historians. Wall Street loves him. He is not my favorite but not because he is a screaming liberal

Anonymous said...

It's hard to comprise with a Congress that's so far right of center. Better to do nothing and ride it out than sell your soul.

Terence C. Jatko said...

"One piece of good news: the SCOTUS decision on the Affordable Care Act. 30,000 citizens of NH will continue to be able to afford health insurance and not shift the burden back to hospitals and providers."

No, the burden remains with actual taxpayers. How is that "good news", unless you don't pay taxes. Nothing is free.

Anonymous said...

Terence, I have news for you. The taxpayers were picking up the tab when the uninsured went to the emergency room prior to ACA. Hopefully, under the ACA the people can now see a doctor at a lower cost compared to an emergency room visit. If you need further details, contact Mitt since he was the force behind RomneyCare, the model for the ACA.

Anonymous said...

Blogger, do you care to expound on our uneducated population? I think NH has one of the highest percentages of its population with bachelor degrees.

This is 2003 data but it was 34% then.


I have read more recent data but can't find a link. We are in the top ten if not the top five.


Moultonboro Blogger said...

That is a bit out of context in the post. The statement was from Lou Dellasandro in todays Union Leader and the point he was trying to make I think, was that our educated workforce is leaving NH and we do not have the depth and breadth of talent to support some businesses and that is a facor in attracting businesses to NH. That was not meant to imply ( at least my relating it ) that our workforce is not well educated, just that they tend to leave for greener pastures.

Joe Cormier/jcormier2@myfairpoint.net said...

Just got back from the Holy Grail in Laconia!

I think it was Baxter beer, 6.9% beer; good stuff to go along with the seafood trio.

After reading all this, I think I'm going back ... at least till Friday, January 20, 2017 ... yes, new President gets sworn in.

Look out ... the SB2 gremlin may be coming to get the truth out at local level. State level and Federal level ... your kidding, right!

We'll need more than the seafood trio ... more like the Holy Trinity!
Well (no apostrophe), and don't forget the beer ... chalice is acceptable!

Read it and Weep said...

Guess you didn't click on the Real Clear Politic's link in the comment. Polls are sighted from Reuters, NBC, CBS, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Rasmussen, The Economist. All say the country's headed in the WRONG direction.

Anonymous said...

"One piece of good news: the SCOTUS decision on the Affordable Care Act. 30,000 citizens of NH will continue to be able to afford health insurance and not shift the burden back to hospitals and providers."

The bad news is they may not have jobs!


AP Photo
One legal expert familiar with the nuances of the Affordable Care Act tells Breitbart News the Supreme Court’s King v. Burwell decision means the employer mandate is now permanent unless Congress changes the statute. One consequence of that will be the stifling of economic growth across the country.


Anonymous said...

Guess I did click on it: Obama disaproval at 51%. The right wing Congress disapproval 76%. 45% approve of Obama. Just 16% approve the right wing Congress. Nuff said?

Anonymous said...

Anon at 9:28: Just can't let it go can you? You lost. The American pubic won. Get over it!

Maggie said...

"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money," and it's always failed.

Mt. Rattler said...

God help this country. We have become like blind men, leading one another.

Lassie said...

I view and read the news more then most people. And I view and read all sides. Yes, I view Fox News, MSNBC, and others.
I viewed Brit Hume and Dick Morris state during and up to the last election. Both stated emphatically that Mitt Romney was going to win.
I recall the day before the election speaking with a well known local who stated that Romney would definitely win. I was polite to the gentleman and laughed to myself. This local guy gets his news from one source - and believes every bit of it.
I knew that President Obama was going to win.
That election was a referendum on health care.
Yes, the majority of people do want health care.
Add into the mix the government bailout of the auto business.
Those voters in Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan as well as the Southern states that have the auto industry voted for President Obama. Not all, of course, but a enough.
I have heard the "N" word three times from three different people here in Moultonborough since the election of President Obama. Good decent people - they call themselves.
Since the tragedy in South Carolina thankfully this country is having a real debate about hidden racism. Maybe that word can be taken out of the vocabulary of these local three good decent gentlemen.
Maybe it is a time for good honest debates about where New Hampshire should go. Maybe some compromise as to the state budget. Arbitrarily cutting the business tax is absurd. New Hampshire has no income tax and no sales tax. Believe it or not, the revenue has to come from some place. Yes, we can cut the waste, fraud, and abuse. And yes, every governor for many decades has done this. This is the constant drone from some who post here. But they never seem to provide any specifics. Other then a percentage - which is meaningless.
Get those people off of welfare. That's it. Make that spina bifida person can get out of the wheel chair and get a job. Put that heroin addict in jail. That will solve the heroin problem in New Hampshire. But, of course, cut the prison budget 5%. Place that person with a mental illness in jail - that will solve those medical issues. But wait, at some point New Hampshire will have to build new prisons. How much more will that cost? The cost of a person in prison is about $40,000 per year. Maybe that money could be better spent.
Yes, let's cut the business tax to attract new business. Bulloney.
A proposal to enhance a few while the many will pay more.
And here in beautiful Moultonborough we talk about spending $$ millions on sidewalks that no one will use and a new gymnasium for the 9 kids that will use it.
Let's cut the waste, fraud, and abuse right here in Moultonborough.
We have an insider clique that just wants more and more and more. And this same clique will complain about taxes and deficits and such.
Let's stop spending tax money right here in beautiful Moultonborough.

Anonymous said...

Lassie, very well put. Best post in quite a while. Please post more of your common sense more often.

Joe Cormier/jcormier2@myfairpoint.net said...

June 27, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Well written!!!

Don't necessarily agree with all you say, but very good commentary.

Am a little curious to probe a little on this part:

"I have heard the "N" word three times from three different people here in Moultonborough since the election of President Obama"

President Obama used it himself this week and it is a common verbiage use, in the rap community. He was making a point ... I understand. I suspect we would all agree the conversation regards racism.

My curiosity question, has the race card been played so often, that possibly the black community is actually more racist than the white community? Just another thought!

Just fix it! said...

The issue comes back to the lack of compromise. If people from both sides of the isle would try to make healthcare more efficient, the tax funds would go further. Instead, all we hear is kill it, with no realistic alternative. Everyone, including the poor, should have the chance to be healthy. We, as a society are fortunate enough to provide at least that, but not with many fighting to eliminate it.

Anonymous said...

Well, Joe, I would say that certain privileges go with your gender, nationality, or race. Young woman often refer to each other as the for letter "s" word but I wouldn't advocate you or me (I am old and male, too) doing the same. Plus the "n" word has such a sordid past. I guarantee that you would not be using it for long at a medium or large sized employer for long.

Anonymous said...

Lassie, FYI, the big cities and States that have been under Democrat rule for years are either bankrupt or in deep financial trouble. For them welfare, food stamps, free healthcare are a way of life.....there's no free lunch.

Soon the Federal government will need more tax money (Other Peoples Money) to bail out these cities and States out. Be prepared to PAY YOUR FAIR SHARE. At some point the Piper (China) wants their due.

Obama's running the printing presses 24/7 and there's not nearly enough money to feed all the social welfare programs, be prepared to, PAY YOUR FAIR SHARE....nothing is free. There is no way this can continue, the country is on it's way to bankruptcy.

Obama set out to "fundamentally change America" I'd say he's done a damn good job. America is on it's way to join the other Socialist countries, the NEW One World Order. The U.N must be ecstatic. Becareful what you wish for.

Anonymous said...

OH give it a rest anon- think your republicans have done any better? Look at New Jersey. Think its tax free there? I am so sick of the bashing and scare tactics. It;s people like you that are tearing this country down. SHame on you!!

Eric Taussig said...

I do have to wonder after reading the comments in the Blog whether some people live on Mars.

Basic economics says that there is a pie of capital that individuals own. Corporations get their capital from shares they sell to individuals, a transfer of capital that they use to hopefully create more capital and wealth.

To run a government one needs to have capital so the government taxes individuals and corporations and takes some capital for the government and those programs the legislators approve (remember the US is a republic not a democracy - except in the Town at the Town meeting).

If individuals and corporations do not provide services gratuitously to the population, the government has to do it, after being authorized by the duly elected legislators (federal and state). In the US and most other countries a fundamental decision has been made to have the government, as examples, construct and maintain roads and transportation; welfare for the sick and disabled; medical care through Medicare and the Affordable Care acts and a hundreds of other programs.

In taxing the population, the government takes the capital (money- the medium of exchange) and sometimes redistributes it to other individuals or corporations. As an example, in the case of roads, they may contract out maintenance and construction to specific corporations, a redistribution of the capital they collected from individuals and other corporations. THIS IS NOT SOCIALISM in the true sense of the definition, but over time the government takes tax money and applies it to a service, we hear "socialism" or "communism" . Those economic systems relate to the concept of who owns the capital (the state or individuals) and whether the state makes decisions with or without the peoples' participation., a lesson to be provided in Economics 201.

The constant bitching by some Blog contributors about spending government money should be directed to their legislators if they are dissatisfied and if enough individuals disapprove, things may change -ergo- Elections Have Consequences.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 10:09. RMN, RWR, and GWB all ran the printing presses 24/7. GWB even waged two wars while cutting taxes, a first. He doubled the national debt yet all you post about is Obama. Are you old enough to recall Gerry Ford's slogan, WIN, Whip Inflation Now? I think you are seriously partisan and half blind.

Living in the land of make believe said...

Anonymous, 10:40, get yourself informed, pronto! Scare tactics? Whatever you are drinking or smoking has distorted your reality. You are living in the land of rainbows and unicorns.

Whine or Wine said...

To rainbows and unicorns:

It might be time to put the cork back into the whine bottle.

Joe Cormier/jcormier2@myfairpoint.net said...

Ya gotte love it.

What at a country!
Where else can you have this much fun, and not get taxed.

OK ... a change of pace, curve.

Jim Webb is about to announce a run for the Presidency. What can he do clean-up this mess?

Jonny Appleseed said...

It's always darkest just before it goes black...
Blacks law dictionary defines an employee as anyone who participates in a pension program, (I.E.) social security. This means that those who participate are subject to the (federal) employee hand book rules. (statute law). All municipalities are corporations traded on Dunn and Bradstreet.. (look it up) Corporations are designed to generate a profit by selling their goods and services. You can avoid this by NOT being a customer. Just say NO!

Ralph Kramden said...

One of these days Alice. Pow! Straight to the moon.

"Black’s Law Dictionary blasted into the public’s consciousness in a big way on May 28, 2003 when the website, 100777, reported that Sarah Black Medhurst held a press conference at the Black family estate and claimed that the famous dictionary was originally written as a joke by her great-grandfather."

Legal Solutions Blog.

Grid Lock Not Always Bad said...

Ever wonder how many laws and regulations are passed each year by the D.C bureaucrats and the impact they have? Interesting document using Congressional Budget Office (CBO) data. The debt is staggering and unsustainable.

"As America hovers at 3.5 trillion in annual spending today and a projected four trillion by 2016 the days when the 2 trillion federal budget was regarded as high seems to have passed in the blink of an eye."

"The scope of federal government spending and deficits is sobering. Yet the government reach extends well beyond Washington's Taxes, Deficits and borrowing. Federal environmental safety and health and economic regulations cost hundreds of billions perhaps trillions of dollars annually in addition to the official federal outlays that dominate Policy debate."


Real Facts said...

Sorry Grid Lock.
That is another one of the Koch Brothers fronts.
Totally debunked by actual facts.
Sorry if facts get in the way of your opinions.

Anonymous said...

Real Facts care to give us your sources?

Off the Neck Road said...

When liberal investor George Soros gave $1.8 million to National Public Radio, it became part of the firestorm of controversy that jeopardized NPR's federal funding. But that gift only hints at the widespread influence the controversial billionaire has on the mainstream media. Soros, who spent $27 million trying to defeat President Bush in 2004, has ties to more than 30 mainstream news outlets - including The New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, NBC and ABC.

Why does it all matter? Journalists, we are constantly told, are neutral in their reporting. In almost the same breath, many bemoan the influence of money in politics. It is a maxim of both the left and many in the media that conservatives are bought and paid for by business interests. Yet where are the concerns about where their money comes from?


The other side said...

Off the Neck- what about Tea Party and Conservative mainstream funders Rupert Murdoch and the Koch brothers who are among the very richest men in the world? EVERYONE is bought and paid for.

Anonymous said...

Soros is a piker compared to the Koch brothers:

In the face of expanding energy regulations, stepped-up Democratic attacks and the ongoing fight over Obamacare, the billionaire Koch brothers and scores of wealthy allies have set an initial 2014 fundraising target of $290 million which should boost GOP candidates and support dozens of conservative groups--including a new energy initiative with what looks like a deregulatory, pro-consumer spin, The Daily Beast has learned.

This weekend, at a posh California resort near Laguna Beach, energy is expected to be among the topics as Charles and David Koch and their extensive donor network hold a semiannual fundraising and policy seminar. Political allies including Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and libertarian political scientist Charles Murray are slated to speak, according to conservatives familiar with the Koch network. [The Daily Beast, 6/13/14; Seminar Agenda, 6/10/14, via The Nation]

The Biggest Fund Raiser of Them All said...

July 2014

2008-2012 Obama attended 321 fund raising events in his first term, more than any other President. In his first 6 years in office President Obama's attended 393 fund raisers. Total costs to the taxpayers is in the billions of dollars. Flying around in Air Force One, on the taxpayers dime, ain't cheap.


Anonymous said...

Biggest. I read the article. You left out a key word - recent. I don't know what your point is other than to disparage the sitting President. The article also stated that "W" hosted 318 fundraisers. Tell me which President spent the most time away from the White House? Do you realize that it didn't involve 393 flights on Air Force One? I guess you are feeling your partisan oats today!