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Friday
Oct262012

Carol Shea-Porter - For the Rest of Us 

The 2012 campaign season is rapidly coming to a close. The commercials are as thick and dark and biting as black flies, and mailers warn voters to beware of Candidate X or Y. Just this week, one special interest group bought $2 million dollars of ads against me, which is more than I will spend for my whole campaign. Voters will have to wade through it all and make a decision. I hope they will vote for me for Congress because I care deeply about our state and our country and I will serve the good people of New Hampshire, not special interests.

I am a proud direct descendent of General John Stark, whose words “Live Free or Die” are frequently quoted. My roots are deep, and I know, love, and respect this great little state of ours. I grew up in a Republican family and I remember how New Hampshire Republicans and Democrats could disagree about policy but still come together to serve our communities. I believe we must do that again—walk away from the tea party agenda that divides us and join together with a renewed sense of purpose and unity to tackle our problems. During my four years in Congress, I was known for my advocacy for the middle class, for small businesses, and for the American dream. As the Seacoast Media Group and the Portsmouth Herald said, “Our interests were her interests.” I never accepted corporate PAC or DC lobbyist money. I cosponsored the Fair Elections Now Act and the DISCLOSE Act, because without campaign finance reform, we cannot tame the extraordinary influences of special interests that hurt ordinary Americans. I want to continue my efforts for campaign finance reform in Congress.

I served our military and veterans on the Armed Services Committee. As a former military spouse and proud wife of a veteran, I was especially happy to pass the new GI Bill of Rights that thanks our combat veterans with great education benefits. I introduced the bill to get a full-service VA Hospital or equal access to in-state care, and succeeded in getting more clinics and an acute care contract with Concord Hospital. Right now, New Hampshire does not have a Representative on the House Armed Services Committee, which is especially unfortunate because the current Congress’ vote for the Sequester has put New Hampshire defense jobs and jobs at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in jeopardy. I want to return to the House Armed Services Committee to advocate for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, its defense mission, and their incredible workforce.

Serving on the Education and Labor Committee, I cosponsored legislation that cut student loan interest rates in half and increased Pell grants for students. I cosponsored the minimum wage increase, which became law, and cosponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restores a woman’s right to challenge unfair pay, also now the law of the land. I want to serve New Hampshire workers, small businesses, and families again in Congress.

I stood up for the New Hampshire environment. From the Ossipee Pine Barrens to land preservation around Great Bay, from the Presidential Range to clean water, I worked for funding to study and protect our environment.

I held seminars and workshops to help small businesses, including one in Manchester in 2010 to help small defense contractors compete for federal contracts that drew more than 150 people. I voted for the Small Business Jobs Act and eight small-business tax cuts. The Seacoast Media Group and the Portsmouth Herald wrote in their endorsement, “Voters who value bipartisanship will remember Shea-Porter’s outstanding work with her Republican colleagues from Maine and New Hampshire to safeguard funding for the new Memorial Bridge and much needed upgrades at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.”

We passed the health care law, saved the American auto industry and all of its jobs, and prevented a Depression. All of these were great accomplishments. But now we need to grow the economy, reduce the debt, protect Medicare from being changed to a voucher program, and help young people get an education and their piece of the American dream. I know we can do it—it is in the American DNA to tackle problems and succeed. I want to work on these issues for the rest of us.  I would be honored to receive your vote on November 6th.

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Former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter represented New Hampshire’s First District from 2007-2011, she is seeking a third term in the November, 2012 election.  She wrote the proposal for and established a non-profit, social service agency, which continues to serve all ages.  She taught politics and history and is a strong supporter of Medicare and Social Security.

Wednesday
Jul042012

Paul Nathan - With Freedom and Justice For All

With the apparent next Republican candidate being Mitt Romney, many are saying that he is the ideal candidate for democrats to successfully attack and defeat. They'll dub him a vulture capitalist and put capitalism on trial as a ruthless system that panders to the 1% at the expense of the rest. Capitalism, with Romney as its poster boy, will be portrayed as a system that has failed.

This election will be more about capitalism than about any one candidate. And perhaps that is just as it should be. For if we cannot defend capitalism now, we will surely lose it. Capitalism is the natural result of freedom. It sanctions and defends self-interest. It allows individuals to be as kind or as ruthless as they chose so long as they don't use force, fraud, or coercion to accomplish their goals. Free people can be rational or be jerks. They can be kind or they can be cruel. They can be generous or stingy. They can do anything they want as long as they do it peacefully. And if they can't--handcuffs await them.

This nation was established as a Constitutional Republic. As such it provided unlimited freedom to individuals and limited power to government. It established laws against force and the derivatives of force--fraud, coercion, and blackmail. Those laws have been with us since America was formed and although they're not always enforced, they are there as part of our judicial system to protect individuals from harm.

At its very core, this election is about whether individuals need to be taken care of by government, or whether they should take care of themselves. Our founding fathers insisted the latter was the better form of government. No one is questioning whether there should be safety nets or not; the question is whether the safety nets be public or private.

For ages emperors and kings decided for individuals what was good for them, what was "right" and "wrong," and who should share in the wealth. In modern times there have been experiments with communism, socialism and fascism. Dictators ruled people's lives. Capitalism has been the one exception. Only capitalism put the individual in charge of his own destiny.

Today capitalism is on trial. In this election we will not be voting for a President as much as a system of government. The choices offered are clear: move toward more government rule and decision making power, or toward more individual freedom and responsibility. Much has been made of the 1% who, rich beyond belief, should be "asked" (forced) to pay more taxes to provide for those with less. But it isn't about one percent--it's about one individual. Either we have a free country where there is freedom and justice for all or we don't. If the government has the right to confiscate the wealth of one, they have the "right" to confiscate the wealth of all.

Does 99% of the country have the right to enslave 1% of it? We fought a war as a nation over such a question and answered, "No!" We abolished slavery as inconsistent with the principles of a free society. The notion that we take from others when we think they have more money than they should is a throwback to the thinking of kings and dictators who took from others as they pleased.

We need to move to a smaller, less intrusive government, that protects the individual. Not one that attacks him. In every aspect of the economy we find the strong hand of government and we need to say, "No more!" If we can't draw the line here and now it will likely never be drawn.

Now is the time to put up or shut up.

Paul Nathan

July 4, 2012

Wednesday
Nov302011

Carol Shea-Porter - We Can Save the Middle Class

When I ran for Congress in 2006, I told people I was running “for the rest of us, the bottom 99 percent.” I said the middle class was stumbling and the poor had fallen, and we needed to address wealth inequality and our unfair tax structure if we were going to have a robust middle class. Some thought this was “class warfare,” although I always said I wanted businesses, corporations and individuals to do well, and I hoped to have more money myself. I just wanted everyone to pay their fair share – not a penny more – but their fair share. I was worried about the lack of revenue collected from those who legally dodged paying their fair share, and the unfair tax burden on the middle class who didn’t have lobbyists and accountants to “protect” their income, so they had to pick up the bill.

Five years have passed since then. We lived through the Wall Street meltdown, and we managed to escape another depression, but the recession has been deep and long. America lost 8 million jobs during this time. Although there has been job growth for the past 20 months, it’s still weak and too many are unemployed or underemployed. All this misery has led more people to discuss the issue of wealth and fairness in this country, and it’s been an eye opener for them. They have learned of executive pay in the millions. They heard the CNN Money report that two-thirds of U.S. corporations paid zero federal income tax. They know taxes are much lower on the rich than they were in the prosperous 1950s under President Dwight Eisenhower or in the prosperous 1990s under President Bill Clinton.

USA Today’s recent article, “The Fading Middle Class,” said in 2010, the top 20 percent of households in America received 50.3 percent of the income. It quoted Paul Taylor, executive vice president of the Pew Research Center: “The lower share of income is a way of saying income inequality is growing in the middle …The vast middle class has less of the pie than it had before.”

That is obvious to most people. Actually though, the picture is worse.

Marketplace economics correspondent Chris Farrell sums it up nicely:

“Well the problem is two-fold. One is the rich keep getting richer, and you know, the top 1 percent – the top 1 percent measured by income, they captured slightly more than half of overall economic growth from the period of 1993 to 2008. So it feeds the sense that this economy is increasingly unfair. But the real point is about equality of opportunity. As the rich get richer, there’s less opportunity for those who don’t belong to that class.”

That is the larger problem. If there is less opportunity, America starts to look like other countries

Instead of the land of opportunity and possibility. While everyone uses their own words to talk about the American dream, we know it’s about opportunity. Americans always looked with hope and optimism to the future, knowing that working hard opened up doors. Now, they doubt their children will have the chance to prosper.

We can change this, and we should. Fix the tax code. U.S. corporations need to pay their taxes. Enforce collection. Fairly tax the very wealthy, and take away subsidies. Stop allowing the special interests to write the tax code that allows the super rich and influential to avoid taxes.

Here is what Sen. Tom Coburn, a very conservative Oklahoma Republican, wrote in his newly released report, “ Subsidies of the Rich and Famous.”

“From tax write-offs for gambling losses, vacation homes, and luxury yachts to subsidies for their ranches and estates, the government is subsidizing the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Multi-millionaires are even receiving government checks for not working. This welfare for the well-off – costing billions of dollars a year – is being paid for with the taxes of the less fortunate, many who are working two jobs just to make ends meet, and IOUs to be paid off by future generations.”

Invest in education. Invest in infrastructure and create jobs. Stop unfair trade agreements that ship our jobs overseas. Create more incentives to manufacture in America. There are a number of ways we can right the ship, and we must do them all fast. We owe that to our children.

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Former congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter represented New Hampshire’s 1st District from 2007-11. She is seeking a third term in the November 2012 election. She wrote the proposal for and established a nonprofit social service agency, which continues to serve all ages. She taught politics and history and is a strong supporter of Medicare and Social Security.

Friday
May282010

Harry Reid Wants Billions of Dollars Put into Pet Liberal Social Programs

By Nick Fortune

Harry Reid is threatening to hold the Senate hostage over a holiday weekend until his $60 billion unfunded spending bill is passed. "We're not going to leave here," he said. Sound familiar? See below.  The Dems are in total control and don't care about the taxpayers they broke into the bank and they're not going to leave until they've stolen every single dollar.

Harry Reid is using an "emergency" war-funding bill to funnel billions of dollars into pet liberal social programs.

 
A key vote is expected today and Reid has pledged to keep the Senate in session through the holiday weekend until his bill is passed.

In all, Congress is rushing* to pass two massive spending
bills that include at least $150 billion in new unfunded spending.  And Dems are expected to reject Sen. Coburn's effort to require that all new spending be offset by corresponding cuts (that vote is taking place today as well).   * Fraud is always in a hurry
 
+ + Tell your Senators: No More Unfunded Spending!

It is the height of political cynicism to use an emergency
war-funding bill to push liberal social programs and expand the deficit by billions of dollars. "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste," Rahm Emanuel,



 
The House and Senate "spendulous" bills this week include:


--$23 billion in a public school teacher bailout     The union connection against the non-union taxpayer.
 

--Extension of unemployment benefits through November


--Billions of dollars for more Medicare funding


--$4 billion in foreign aid to Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan


--$5.1 billion for Haiti   The American taxpayer is going into debt borrowing money from China* (of all places) in order to send precious dollars to foreign countries. * The borrower is servant to the lender. Proverbs (ch. XXII, v. 7). He who borrows sells his freedom. A German Proverb


--$1.7 billion for police and firefighters   The union connection against the non-union taxpayer. 


--$5.7 billion for Pell Grants
  ( Pell Grants are targeted toward students from poor families, receipt of them is often used by researchers as a proxy for low-income student attendance and to indicate the economic diversity of the student body. Thanks to generations of federal, and state grants, African American students now have more college funding options available than ever before. In response to the plenitude of resources, college enrollment among African American students is at an all time high, even though the Hispanic population now outnumbers that of African Americans.  Strong support for the education and social advancement of African American students has come from the thirty-nine historically black colleges in the United States.

+ + Say "NO" to unfunded spending
  What happens when you and I spend money that we don't have on our credit card?  We CAN'T do that; but the government can with our money?


Sen. Tom Coburn is drawing a line in the sand and saying
that any new spending must be funded with corresponding cuts.  If you agree with Sen. Coburn, then take a stand today and tell your two Senators and your Representative -- along with other key members of Congress -- to stop the unfunded spending.

Two ways you can contact your members of Congress:


Send your own emails to your Senators and your Rep and then phone them

Call the Congressional Switchboard (202) 224-3121

Talking Points:

#1--I oppose any new unfunded spending bills that are not
   offset by corresponding CUTS in federal spending.

#2--I am outraged that Congress continues to abuse the term
   "emergency" in order to justify massive new deficit
   spending programs.

#3--I strongly oppose the adding funding for non-military
   programs to the emergency military funding bill

Wednesday
Apr142010

From Russia With Love

The authenticity of this piece was verified by Snopes (link provided at the end of article).

The following is an article that appeared in the national Russian newpaper Pravda recently.      
Date: Saturday, March 20, 2010, 2:43 PM 

 

From Pravda a Russian Newspaper 

 The irony of this article appearing in the English edition of Pravda (Russian on-line newspaper) defies description.  Why can a Russian newspaper print the following yet the American media can't/won't see it? Check Snopes link below. 
 


American Capitalism Gone With A Whimper 


     
It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American descent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people. 
  
True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists. 
  
Those lessons were taken and used to properly prepare the American populace for the surrender of their freedoms and souls, to the whims of their elites and betters. 
  
First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather than the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas than the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their "right" to choke down a McDonalds burger or a Burger King burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our "democracy".  Pride blind the foolish. 
  
Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different "branches and denominations" were for the most part little more than Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more than happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the "winning" side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the "winning" side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power.  Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America . 
  
The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama.  His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive.  His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America ' s short history but in the world.  If this keeps up for more than another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Weimar Republic and at worst  Zimbabwe . 
  
These past two weeks have been the most breath taking of all.  First came the announcement of a planned redesign of the American Byzantine tax system, by the very thieves who used it to bankroll their thefts, losses, and swindles of hundreds of billions of dollars.  These make our Russian oligarchs look little more than ordinary street thugs, in comparison.  Yes, the Americans have beat our own thieves in the shear volumes.  Should we congratulate them? 
  
These men, of course, are not an elected panel but made up of appointees picked from the very financial oligarchs and their henchmen who are now gorging themselves on trillions of American dollars, in one bailout after another.  They are also usurping the rights, duties, and powers of the American congress (parliament).  Again, congress has put up little more than a whimper to their masters. 
  
Then came Barack Obama ' s command that GM ' s (General Motors) president step down from leadership of his company.  That is correct, dear reader, in the land of "pure" free markets, the American president now has the power, the self-given power, to fire CEOs and we can assume other employees of private companies, at will.  Come hither, go dither, the centurion commands his minions. 
  
So it should be no surprise, that the American president has followed this up with a "bold" move of declaring that he and another group of unelected, chosen stooges will now redesign the entire automotive industry and will even be the guarantee of automobile policies..  I am sure that if given the chance, they would happily try and redesign it for the whole of the world, too. Prime Minister Putin, less than two months ago, warned Obama and UK ' s Blair, not to follow the path to Marxism, it only leads to disaster.  Apparently, even though we suffered 70 years of this Western sponsored horror show, we know nothing, as foolish, drunken Russians, so let our "wise" Anglo-Saxon fools find out the folly of their own pride. 
  
Again, the American public has taken this with barely a whimper...but a "free man" whimper. 
  
So, should it be any surprise to discover that the Democratically controlled Congress of America is working on passing a new regulation that would give the American Treasury department the power to set "fair" maximum salaries, evaluate performance, and control how private companies give out pay raises and bonuses?  SenatorBarney Frank, a social pervert basking in his homosexuality (of course, amongst the modern, enlightened American societal norm, as well as that of the general West, homosexuality is not only not a looked down upon life choice, but is often praised as a virtue) and his Marxist enlightenment, has led this effort.  He stresses that this only affects companies that receive government monies, but it is retroactive and taken to a logical extreme, this would include any company or industry that has ever received a tax break or incentive. 
  
The Russian owners of American companies and industries should look thoughtfully at this and the option of closing their facilities down and fleeing the land of the Red as fast as possible. In other words, divest while there is still value left. 


The proud American will go down into his slavery without a fight, beating his chest, and proclaiming to the world, how free he really is.  The world will only snicker.