Letters to the Editor



LessGovernment - Real Immigration Reform: A Financial Means Test for Every Applicant

by  Seton Motley

We will have today an “immigration reform” proposal announced by a bipartisan eight Senator bloc.  And tomorrow we will endure President Barack Obama’s “immigration reform” speech.  


“Immigration reform” as proposed by both sides nearly always includes some sort of amnesty “path to citizenship” for illegal aliens.  And no real reform of the way we decide who gets to come here and who does not.  Not to mention the wide-open borders we make but a feigned attempt to enforce.  


All of which will lead to increased taxes on us, and increased debt on our children.  Because immigrants are on government programs far more frequently than native born Americans.


  • ·         In 2009 (based on data collected in 2010), 57 percent of households headed by an immigrant (legal and illegal) with children (under 18) used at least one welfare program, compared to 39 percent for native households with children.


  • ·         (H)ouseholds with children comprised entirely of immigrants (no U.S.-born children)...had a welfare use rate of 56 percent in 2009.


  • ·         Illegal immigrant households with children primarily use food assistance and Medicaid, making almost no use of cash or housing assistance. In contrast, legal immigrant households tend to have relatively high use rates for every type of program.


(Emphasis ours.)


Clearly the answer is not to make illegal aliens legal.  Because that actually increases their use of government programs.  Which makes sense - once “out of the shadows” they are then free to get in the sunshine-washed government money lines.


Nearly everything anyone is proposing as “immigration reform” should be preempted by something simple and rational - a financial means test.  


If you are going to be on one or more government programs when you get here - you don’t get here.  And if you are already here and on one or more programs - you can’t advance your residency status.


Applying to be a guest worker?  A resident alien?  A citizen?  Illegally here and want a path to citizenship?  Means tests all round.  


Some pro-amnesty folks will respond:


“That’s an argument for welfare reform, not opposition to ‘immigration reform.’”


To which we respond:


“Fine - go first reform welfare, and then get back to us on your definition of ‘immigration reform.’”


We simply cannot afford to continue being the blank check to the planet.  


Seton Motley is the founder and president of Less Government.  He is a writer, television and radio commentator, political and policy strategist, lecturer, debater, and activist. 

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Fred Leonard - Your Bluehampshire comments, A response From Rep Chase

interesting response from Rep Chase

-------- Original Message --------

Subject: Re: Your Bluehampshire comments
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2012 21:40:40 -0500
From: Cynthia Chase <cyndychase25@gmail.com>
To: <fleonard@metrocast.net>

Dear Mr Leonard.  Just where did you get the idea that I was planning on introducing legislation that would make people "feel unwelcome."  You might want to reread my post.  What I want to do is to make NH the best state possible by insuring a free quality public education for every NH student that wants one.  Schools are hurting and local taxpayers are hurting because of what we did last session.  What I did was to put quotation marks around the word "freedom."  That was to indicate that I was not referring to the Bill of Rights or Constitutional freedoms.  I was referring to the "freedom" to have public funds diverted to private or religious schools, the "freedom" to drive on unsafe roads and red lined bridges because we are too cheap to raise tax payer funds to care for our infrastructure,  the "freedom" of our students to not go to college because the UNH system is the most expensive in the country and they can not afford it, the "freedom" to have companies pollute our air with greenhouse gasses which increase respiratory illnesses for seniors and asthma in our children, the "freedom" of the poor who can't get insurance to die sooner because of a lack of timely medical care.  I won't even talk about the CHINS program or community mental health!  I want to tighten up the systems that support a robust economy and a healthy and a happy citizenry and for that Sir, I make no apology.  Rep Cynthia Chase


On Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 5:06 PM, Fred Leonard <fleonard@metrocast.net> wrote:
Dear Representative Chase,

I wanted to let you know that I was greatly disappointed with the remarks you made about certain people moving to NH to pursue more freedoms...planning to waste time filing legislation to make people feel unwanted is mean spirited behavior and you should offer an immediate apology to the people you have certainly insulted...I've lived in NH for over 20 years now and if there's been a change in the NH way of life, I can tell you it's not come from conservatives or libertarians...

I hope you take the time to reflect on your comments and come to the realization that they were unacceptable in a free society as well as counter-productive in the effort to bring civility back the state house...


Fred Leonard
Former State Rep
Rochester, NH


Did You Know About These Gun Situations? Why Did MSM Not Cover These?

* A 1997 high school shooting in Pearl, Mississippi, was halted by the school’s vice principal after he retrieved the Colt .45 he kept in his  truck.  

* A 1998 middle school shooting ended when a man living next door heard gunfire and apprehended the shooter with his shotgun.  

* A 2002 terrorist attack at an Israeli school was quickly stopped by an armed teacher and a school guard.  

* A 2002 law school shooting in Grundy, Virginia, came to an abrupt conclusion when students carrying firearms confronted the shooter.  

* A 2007 mall shooting in Ogden, Utah, ended when an armed off-duty police officer intervened.  

* A 2009 workplace shooting in Houston, Texas, was halted by two coworkers who carried concealed handguns.  

* A 2012 church shooting in Aurora, Colo., was stopped by a member of the congregation carrying a gun.  

* At the recent mall shooting in Portland, Ore., the gunman took his own life minutes after being confronted by a shopper carrying a concealed weapon.  

2,500 times last year alone legal gun owners stopped violent crime when confronted with it long before any police assistance... Of course, you probably didn’t know any of this because mainstream media doesn’t find it worth reporting. It’s not sensational enough and doesn’t fit with their agenda. What are insane are people who think removing rights from responsible people will somehow keep them safe.

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CD-1 2014 Candidates

Hello Folks,

Just stumbled upon your website and Iam in heaven!! ,,,,being the political junkie that Iam. Was wondering if you had any insight into potential Republican candidates for the CD1 republican primary in 2 years?

Greg Brown


Martha Fuller Clark, Chris Sununu Thank You 

My full support goes to Ms. Clark because she is the people’s choice.  I cannot say enough good things about Martha.  Running for NH State Senate District 21 was an honor because I met people like Ms. Clark.  Our points of view are completely opposite on how the state should run.   That did not make a difference in my believing in her.  It was the people’s choice that her goals and manner for what they want the State to be; so all my support and actions will be to support Ms Clark in any way that I can.  If Ms. Clark were to ask me for help in any thing I would put all my efforts to see that my actions were to bring her views forward.  In talking with and debating Ms Clark it was my honor to personally see what a nice person she is and I hope the people of NH get the same chance. 

            The sad thing about running is that the Veteran Resort-Chapel image was distorted because the Fosters newspaper spreads false rumors to harm it and make the voter despise me. The good is that Chris Sununu asked me to walk the property with him where the cabins for homeless veterans to live for free until they get back on their feet will be built.  Running for NH State Senate is not winning or losing but allowing the people to tell how the majority thinks the state must perform.  Meeting Mr. Sununu was my honor just like it was to meet Ms. Clark.  I hope this letter does not get censored as the newspapers have done to all my other opinion letters.  The voters must learn it does not matter Democrat or Republican.  We as a nation and as a state in the USA must put our hands out and help each other even if our points of view are different.  Each individual is different and has their own views but think how great it would be if we could all work together.   My volunteering to help others every day of the year is what my coming back alive to see and hopefully be a friend to great citizens like Ms. Clark and Mr. Sununu.  Serving the United States of American weather it is helping another person or as an elected official is my way of showing respect to all those that gave their lives in conflict to keep us free and safe. 

            Thank you Ms. Clark and Mr. Sununu it was my honor.

PS Mr. Sununu to bring the public awareness to the Veteran Resort-Chapel it is ok with me if the news media is made aware of our meeting.  I say that as this letter will be censored just like all my others by the biased news communication system.    

Peter Macdonald Sgt USMC Semper fi