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Monday
Oct192009

NRCC - Obama's (And Shea-Porter's) NH Tax Hike 

Obama’s NH Tax Hike: “Reform” Could Bankrupt State

New Hampshire Union Leader Editorial

October 19, 2009

Will New Hampshire's congressional delegation vote for a health care "reform" bill that raises state Medicaid spending so high that we have to pass a broad-based tax to fund it? Based on legislation making the rounds in Washington, that is a distinct possibility.

The House bill both Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes voted for would dramatically expand Medicaid to cover people earning as much as 133 percent of the federal poverty level. Under current state rules, New Hampshire covers parents of Medicaid-eligible children only if their income is less than 63 percent of the federal poverty level. The House bill would more than double the family income level at which New Hampshire would have to provide Medicaid services.

The federal government does not pay 100 percent of Medicaid costs. New Hampshire picks up half the tab. Thus, the House bill would explode state Medicaid costs.

The compromise "Baucus bill" passed in the Senate Finance Committee last week also would expand Medicaid enrollment well beyond current levels. In fact, about half of the bill's expanded insurance coverage comes from simply rewriting the rules on Medicaid eligibility so more people would qualify.

Both bills would force states to expand coverage. There would be no choice.

President Obama promised no tax increases of any kind on anyone earning less than $250,000 a year. But if these proposed Medicaid expansions become law, states will have to raise taxes to comply with the unfunded federal mandate. For New Hampshire, that will almost certainly mean a broad-based tax or expanded gambling.

Both Hodes and Shea-Porter already have voted to saddle New Hampshire taxpayers with enormous additional public health care costs. Will Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Judd Gregg do the same?

 

Monday
Oct192009

DSCC - Foster's Daily Democrat: Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful discusses policy in Dover 

I thought he made his points well — it doesn't mean it changed my mind," said Bill Ollar, a Republican from Dover who said he enjoys attending political forums to remain an informed voter.

Foster’s Daily Democrat: Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful discusses policy in Dover

John Quinn

October 19, 2009

http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091019/GJNEWS_01/710199918/-1/FOSNEWS

DOVER — Congressman Paul Hodes said he plans to spend a lot of time on the Seacoast and represent the entire state if he is elected to the seat now occupied by Republican U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg, who is not running for re-election in 2010.

Hodes, a Democrat re-elected to a second term as the U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's Second District in 2008, spoke to 25 area residents for about an hour and fielded a few questions at Temple Israel in Dover Sunday afternoon.

"I thought he made his points well — it doesn't mean it changed my mind," said Bill Ollar, a Republican from Dover who said he enjoys attending political forums to remain an informed voter.

"It was a nice, low key event," said Carol Tompkins, of Somersworth. "There were lots of good questions."

Longtime friend Alan "Goldie" Goldfrob, of Dover, introduced Hodes as someone who once had aspirations to be an actor and was an expert on quality Jewish deli rolls from New York City.

Hodes currently represents all residents in Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties and some communities in Belknap, Hillsboro, Merrimack and Rockingham counties.

"For those who are new to the state, it is the left side of the state," Hodes joked.

Michael Behrendt, of Rochester, asked Hodes where the country should be in 2016, leading Hodes to pause while considering his answer.

"My question was asking him to give us some hope for the world," Behrendt said, adding that he was pleased by the response.

Hodes said he wants the world to see the U.S. "as a force of good" which works with others through diplomacy to find solutions. He said he also wants to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. and fix the nation's food policy, which subsidizes unhealthy products that lead to obesity, diabetes and health problems.

This year, he said, he wants to help the country enact a viable health care plan and refine its energy policy, but is not in favor of taxing health benefits or seeing any tax increases on the middle class. He added that he believes a public option needs to be part of any health care reform plan.

The work will be far from over even if a viable plan is enacted, he said.

"Whatever happens with health care, there will be unintended consequences," he said.

He also suggested enacting a federal spending cap since the country's budget deficit, which now is more than $1.4 trillion, is a serious issue.

He said he has not determined how the U.S. should handle the war against Islamic extremists in Afghanistan, especially since that nation's government hasn't proven itself credible.

The administration must clearly define what the guidelines are and establish an exit strategy, he said.

"I have many more questions than answers, and I can tell you there are no good answers about Afghanistan," he said, adding that he has "great doubts that an influx of troops will help" since their presence could further fuel the insurgency.

He said the departure from the "misadventure in Iraq" can't come soon enough, especially since it will have cost the country trillions of dollars in an effort which may not have been "necessary to protect our national security."

He said he plans to return to the Seacoast next weekend.

 

Sunday
Oct182009

Manuse.com: "Putting Pressure on the Press" 

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Thousands of people gathered in up to 100 cities nationwide on Saturday, Oct. 17, to protest media bias that favors the progressive Obama government, omits facts about government corruption, and lies about those trying to call them on it. Protesters noted that it is time for the media to put the interests of American citizens and the principles embodied in the U.S. Constitution first, and do their job to report the facts about what government is doing and what it plans to do.

Saturday's event, Operation: Can You Hear Us Now?, was organized by citizens who went to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 12 to protest the unconstitutional direction of the U.S. government and were later upset by the general lack of media coverage of the event, which drew anywhere from 1.2 million to 1.8 million people. Fox News was the only news network to fully and accurately cover the 9-12 event, while most other networks that gave any mention of the peaceful gathering grossly misinterpreted and/or misrepresented the intentions of protesters....

Read more and view the videos at Manuse.com

Sunday
Oct182009

Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

DANCING TO OUR ISRAELI MASTERS

by Jeff Gates, Staff Writer

IN the early 1960s, Sen. William J. Fulbright fought to force the American Zionist Council to register as agents of a foreign government. The council eluded registration by reorganizing as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. AIPAC has since become what Fulbright most feared:

A foreign agent dominating American foreign policy while disguised as a domestic lobby.

Israelis and pro-Israelis object when they hear that charge. How, they ask, can we so few wield such influence over so many? Answer: It's all in the math. And in the single-issue advocacy brought to bear on US policy-making by dozens of "domestic" organizations that now compose the Israel lobby, with AIPAC its most visible force.

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Saturday
Oct172009

Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta's public schedule (October 17-25, 2009) 

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

7:00 p.m. – Regular meeting of the Board of Mayor and Alderman; Aldermanic Chambers; One City Hall Plaza; Manchester

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

1:00 p.m. – Year of the Heart walk; City Hall Plaza; Manchester

7:00 p.m. – MCTV/MCAM Task Force meeting; Aldermanic Chambers; One City Hall Plaza; Manchester

Thursday, October 22, 2009

12:00 p.m. – American Red Cross Blood Services (New England Region) annual meeting; Bedford Village Inn; 2 Olde Bedford Way; Bedford

5:00 p.m. – Boynton’s Tap Room ribbon cutting; 155 Dow St. (LifeShare Inc.); Manchester

Please contact Mark Laliberte at (603) 624-6500 or mlaliberte@manchesternh.gov for more information about any of these events.