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What Rating Did the VA Place On Your PTSD or What You Can Expect When You Apply?

by Bob Hanafin, Staff Writer

This Special Report is a follow up of a feature article on a related post from Gordon Duff way back in January 2009 "PTSD Abuses Challenge New VA Leadership".

Though the graphic shows Ilona Meagher's eye opening book about PTSD and our All Volunteer Force of the 21st Century, "Moving a Nation to Care", I also found this insight by Ray Parrish to be beneficial in helping Veterans, our active duty, Guard troops, and our families to better understand how this number game relates to applying to have one's rating increased and time frames involved. Read More >


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NH Senate Republicans Reject Democrats' Hikes in Property and Business Taxes  

Concord, NH –Today, Republicans in the state Senate promised to fight the large increases in property and business taxes contained in the Democrats’ budget plan. Specifically, Senate Republicans will introduce budget amendments to roll back $50 million in a local property tax increases by restoring local revenue sharing, repeal $80 million of new business taxes, repeal $40 million in rooms and meals tax increases, and eliminate the $75 million tobacco tax increase.


“At a time when New Hampshire families are struggling to make ends meet and New Hampshire businesses are under pressure to keep people employed, Senate Democrats have proposed a series of drastic tax increases to fund their excessive spending,” said Senate Minority Peter Bragdon (R-Milford), “Democrats need to show they can hold the line on state spending before they try to pick the pockets of New Hampshire citizens and businesses.”


Senate Republicans propose replacing the Democrats’ tax increases with across-the-board reductions in the growth of state spending. “An apples-to-apples comparison of the general fund budget shows an increase of over 7.5% from the prior budget. I’m amazed that Senate Democrats have found a way to continue their big-spending ways at a time when the inflation rate is practically zero.”


Revenue Sharing


Senate Republicans propose rolling back local property taxes by restoring $50 million in cuts to cities and towns made by Democratic budget writers. Revenue sharing funds have flowed to cities and towns for over 40 years, yet the budget proposed by the Democrats eliminates those payments.


“Removing revenue sharing from the budget will force our communities to suffer; the towns and cities will have no choice but to raise local taxes to make up for the difference,” said Senator Jack Barnes (R-Raymond). “Democrats in the Senate should not be balancing the state budget on the backs of property tax payers.”




Business Taxes

Republicans will also fight the $80 million tax increase on businesses, caused by the suspension of the Business Enterprise Tax credit, which prevents companies from being taxed twice. The suspension of the credit would have the largest impact on profitable companies with large, well paid workforces.


“This new tax is a penalty on successful businesses,” said Bragdon “In difficult economic times, the last thing the state needs to be doing is discouraging profitable companies from coming to New Hampshire and discouraging those who are here to hire people.”

Rooms and Meals


A proposed 9% increase in the rooms and meals tax (from 8% to 8.75%) has also been targeted.


“This is the time when citizens of our state are cutting back on spending. Raising another tax will only hurt those businesses that need the money the most,” said Senator Jeb Bradley (Wolfeboro-R).

Tobacco Tax


Senate Republicans will also propose eliminating 45 cent increase in the state tobacco tax.


“We have raised the cigarette tax almost every year Governor Lynch has been in the officer,” said Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry). “Now is the time to stop raising taxes and start cutting spending.”



Daily Grind: Hear, Hear for Big Government... Let the Taking Begin! 

Hear, Hear for Big Government... Let the Taking Begin!
GM's outright nationalization by Barack Obama is just the beginning.


Garrett's Withdrawal for the Sake of Family
Barack Obama's top tax policy appointment withdraws amid controversy over threat to civil liberties.


ALG in the News: WRVA 1140AM
WRVA's Jimmy Barrett interviews ALG President Bill Wilson on "literally trillions of dollars and we're not even allowed to know where the money has gone, how it's been spent, or if there are any provisions or terms for any of it to be repaid."



WFI - Employers To Congress: We Will Not Allow Small Businesses To Go The Route Of The Auto Industry 

Small Business Owners Fly-In From Across The Country To Meet With Elected Officials


Washington, D.C. (June 2, 2009) – The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) today issued the following statement in advance of nearly 100 small business owners from eight states meeting with Members of Congress and their staffs concerning the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act. The employers represent 64 small businesses and local associations, and are visiting from Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. They will be in the nation’s capital Tuesday, June 2nd through Wednesday, June 3rd.


“Small business is the backbone of this economy and the top job producer in our country. Today, employers from states represented by elected officials who will be pivotal votes against the Employee ‘Forced’ Act will ensure their voices are heard above those of union bosses,” said Katie Packer, executive director of the Workforce Fairness Institute. “We are communicating loud and clear to the Congress that small business will not support legislation that allows union boss demands to be carried out by a government-appointed arbitrator. The unreasonable and irrational demands of Big Labor executives have played a significant role in the collapse of the auto industry and we are drawing a line in the sand. In concert with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, employers are stating that they will not compromise on government-mandated contracts that lack the consent of workers and the elimination of secret ballot protections.”


A bill to eliminate secret ballot election in the workplace is currently making its way through Congress. Something like this could never happen, right? Actually, it could. Under the so-called “Employee Free Choice Act,” workers, in violation of our Democratic principles, would be denied their American right to a private ballot in union organizing elections in the workplace. Workers would be forced to publicly state their vote -- for everyone to see. This is more appropriately called the FORCED CHOICE ACT and would fundamentally change the rights of employees in the workplace ... it would force unions on them; force contracts on them and force payment of dues on them.

The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace. To learn more, please visit:



NRN Blog Alert: 13 Political Hypocrites 

Fellow Bloggers,

Earlier today, 13 Senators showed their hypocritical colors. It is our duty as bloggers to shed light on our political system at all times. Today, we need to focus our attention on 13 Senators that sat back and did the wrong thing.

The United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions fell short on passing an amendment offered by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) that would have placed medical marijuana under the same restrictions that the Senate is attempting to place on tobacco through the FDA.

Instead of regulating both marijuana and tobacco, these 13 Senators felt it was best to only regulate tobacco. Senator Coburn's test worked. He was able to expose those Senators that were playing the politcal game to score cheap points. Read the full story here.

The 13 political charlatans today were:


Chris Dodd (D-CT)

Tom Harkin (D-IA)

Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)

Patty Murray (D-WA)

Jack Reed (D-RI)

Bernard Sanders (I-VT)

Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Robert Casey Jr. (D-PA)

Kay Hagan (D-NC)

Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

Ted Kennedy (D-MA)

Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)


Read the full story here.