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Saturday
Sep272014

NHDP - Failed CEO Walt Havenstein Takes Cues from Governor Bobby Jindal's Disastrous, Anti-Middle Class Agenda in Louisiana

Jindal Among Least Popular Governors in Country for Slashing Education Funding, Working Against Medicaid Expansion and Opposing an Increase in the Minimum Wage

Manchester, NH – As failed CEO Walt Havenstein stumps with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal today, Havenstein is also taking cues from the Louisiana governor's disastrous, anti-middle class agenda that has left him “among the least popular governors in the U.S.”

Among Jindal's other devastating budget cuts that have hurt Louisiana's middle-class, he slashed $700 million in funding for higher education, and continues to deny access to affordable, quality health care for nearly 240,000 Louisianans by opposing Medicaid expansion. Similarly, Havenstein signed his name to the Koch Brothers pledge that calls for taking New Hampshire back to the Bill O'Brien era of devastating cuts to education, health care and public safety, and repealing health coverage from 50,000 Granite Staters.

“Not only is failed CEO Walt Havenstein touting support from one of the most unpopular governors in the country, but Bobby Jindal's home state of Louisiana is still reeling from his disastrous economic agenda of devastating budget cuts and backwards policies,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. “Just like Jindal cut $700 million in funding from higher education, Havenstein signed the Koch Brothers pledge that calls for taking New Hampshire back to the Bill O’Brien era when higher education spending was slashed in half and devastating cuts were made to health care and public safety. And while Jindal has blocked efforts to expand Medicaid and increase the minimum wage, Havenstein wants to take away health care from 50,000 Granite Staters and deny hard-working New Hampshire families a needed raise, despite pocketing nearly $20 million for himself as he ran SAIC into the ground and the company shed 5,000 jobs.”

Jindal's deep unpopularity within his home state also stems from his refusal to increase Louisiana's minimum wage, an issue that a majority of Louisianans now favor. Likewise, Havenstein has proven that he is out of touch with middle-class families by continuing to oppose a needed pay raise for 76,000 hard-working Granite Staters, despite taking nearly $20 million as he ran SAIC into the ground, the company lost millions of dollars, shed 5,000 jobs and it's stock value plummeted 32%.

“If the deep unpopularity towards Bobby Jindal's anti-middle class agenda in Louisiana tells us anything about failed CEO Walt Havenstein's similar so-called “plan” for New Hampshire, it's that Havenstein isn't looking out for hard-working Granite Staters and would drive our state into the ground just like he did to SAIC,” continued Buckley.

Background

Jindal among least popular governors in U.S.
“A new poll released Tuesday suggests Gov. Bobby Jindal is among the least popular governors in the U.S. […] Fifty-three percent said they disapprove of Jindal's job performance.” [The Advocate, 3/4/14]

242,150 Louisiana Residents Would Have Gained Health Care Coverage Had Louisiana Expanded Medicaid 
“Refusing to accept the money was a terrible decision. The extra federal money would allow tens of thousands of uninsured families to get health coverage. These are people who earn too much money for Medicaid under the old formula but can't afford to buy a private policy and aren't covered at their jobs. The Kaiser Family Foundation says there are 242,150 Louisiana residents in those circumstances.” [Editorial, Times-Picayune, 9/7/14]

Bobby Jindal Opposed Efforts To Raise The Minimum Wage In Louisiana and Nationally
“Jindal said he would not be in favor raising the minimum wage nationally or in Louisiana at this time because the country's economy isn't strong enough. Both the U.S. Congress and the Louisiana State Legislature are considering increases to the lowest possible wage this spring.” [The Times-Picayune, 2/26/14]

Bobby Jindal Slashed $700 Million From Higher Education Since 2008
“The economic miracle suggested by the employment figures, meanwhile, has not exactly put state government in clover, partly, no doubt, because of the tax cuts Jindal is so proud of. He just ordered a spending freeze across all departments, and has been obliged to tap state Treasurer John Kennedy for a $40 million loan to keep the colleges open. Next year's budget, as usual, is held together with chewing gum and baling wire. Higher education has been cut by $700 million since 2008, with tuition increases picking up some of the slack, while health care for the poor slips ever further down Jindal's agenda.” [The Advocate, 5/1/14]

Tuesday
Sep092014

ALG's Daily Grind - The best social program remains a job 

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Sept. 8, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

The best social program remains a job
The recession and the loss of millions of jobs drove 20 million new individuals onto the welfare rolls. The way out is to create new, full-time jobs. The minimum wage is a sideshow.

September's closing argument for election 2014
With a limited calendar, the Democratic Party controlled Senate and the Republican Party controlled House will each be trying to put their best foot forward to justify being returned to office.

Mr. President, what about a campaign-style push to talk up America for a change?
One role of the presidency is to be a cheerleader for the U.S. Imagine if President Obama had done this—instead of an apology tour.

Ferecchio: Budget cuts may have spared key IRS emails
"A top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said he has learned that key lost emails sent by Lerner, a former IRS administrator accused of targeting conservatives, may be preserved somewhere within 760 exchange servers that were supposed to be destroyed two years ago."

Thursday
Sep042014

ALG's Daily Grind - SEIU to protest fast food with illegal acts today 

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Sept. 4, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted. 

SEIU to protest fast food with illegal acts today
Service Employees International Union backed Fast Food Forward and SEIU's Fight for 15 plan a protest strike/walkout, illegal acts today.

Cartoon: The Obama Doctrine

Ice, ice, baby
Whatever punishment might be meted out for Al Gore, the Oscar winning climate advocate has more than a few problems with his faltering theory — the most glaring being that the climate isn't doing what he warned us it would do.

Gross: Where's the new debt?
"If credit needs to expand at 4.5 percent per year, then the private and public sectors in combination must create approximately $2.5 trillion of additional debt per year to pay for outstanding interest. They are underachieving that target in the U.S., which is the reason why GDP growth struggles at 2 percent real or lower and nominal GDP growth seems capped at 4.5 percent or lower. Credit creation is essential for economic growth in a finance-based economy such as ours. Without it, growth stagnates or withers." 

  

Sept. 4, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

SEIU to protest fast food with illegal acts today
Service Employees International Union backed Fast Food Forward and SEIU's Fight for 15 plan a protest strike/walkout, illegal acts today.

Cartoon: The Obama Doctrine

Ice, ice, baby
Whatever punishment might be meted out for Al Gore, the Oscar winning climate advocate has more than a few problems with his faltering theory — the most glaring being that the climate isn't doing what he warned us it would do.

Gross: Where's the new debt?
"If credit needs to expand at 4.5 percent per year, then the private and public sectors in combination must create approximately $2.5 trillion of additional debt per year to pay for outstanding interest. They are underachieving that target in the U.S., which is the reason why GDP growth struggles at 2 percent real or lower and nominal GDP growth seems capped at 4.5 percent or lower. Credit creation is essential for economic growth in a finance-based economy such as ours. Without it, growth stagnates or withers."

 

Friday
Aug292014

Martin For US Senate - US Senate candidate Andy Martin supports minimum wage increase 

Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin announces his support for an increase in the minimum wage

 

Andy says a minimum wage increase is relatively meaningless as a matter of pure economics, but it could change the frame of reference of the Republican Party

 

Andy says “If we want to make people less dependent on government, our economy has to produce good jobs. Both the Democratic and Republican Party paradigms have failed. I propose to pursue the ‘Market Basket’ economic plan”

 

(Manchester, NH) (August 29, 2014) 

 

Dear Republican:

 

I am still euphoric at the successful resolution of the Market Basket controversy. But there are deeper lessons to be learned from Market Basket and its enlightened management.

 

Today I am proud to announce my support for an increase in the minimum wage, with a small business exception for firms of ten or less employees.

 

Republicans generally oppose minimum wage increases. One of my opponents, Bob Smith, has a stone-age attitude and wants to erase the minimum wage and other worker protections.

 

I grew up in a family that valued hard work. I started delivering papers at 11 (yes, boys did that at 11 in those days) and had a very successful paper route. One Christmas I earned the equivalent in today’s dollars of $2,500. The week after I turned 16 I started a part-time job. I was earning the equivalent of $25.00 into day’s dollars. I had to work because I had a car to support. I worked in college and I have worked all my life.

 

But my family not only valued work. We also valued workers. I grew up respecting workers. At Thanksgiving and Christmas our workers who did not have families were always invited to join us for dinner. My Franco-American uncle from West Manchester, Lucian Marcoux, was the hardest-working man I ever knew.

 

Because of my upbringing I immediately joined the Market Basket associates when they began their protest; within days I had radio ads, and eventually TV ads, supporting the workers in their efforts to protect their company from corporate and private equity predators.

 

The Republican Party used to be the party of “Main Street” and “Wall Street.” It was an amalgam of small businesses and large corporations. Today the Republican Party is out of balance. Scott Brown is being supported by Wall Street billionaires who want “more.” Brown’s supporters usually want to take their increased profits out of the hides of their workers.

 

I have economics training. So let me be blunt and up front. The minimum wage boost may help a few people directly, but it won’t benefit or hurt the overall economy in a major manner. But as we seek to rebalance our economy and rebalance our political party we need to become again the voice of ordinary workers. We need to stop peddling the “hopeium” that so-called “job creators” are out to help workers or to invest in our economy. Today the Republican Party is run by and under the control of job destroyers such as Bain Capital and other firms that export jobs to enrich themselves.

 

Last time around we nominated a vulture capitalist as our presidential candifate. Romney didn’t do all of the bad things he was accused of. But he did enough of them. He didn’t “kill” anyone but he threw a lot of people out of work when he didn’t have to, all to make more money for himself and his wealthy associates.

 

Supporters of unbridled “capitalism” have been promoting the claim that when rich people get richer, everyone’s economy improves. The “recovery” from the latest recession proves that is no longer true. The so-called 1% has gobbled up over 95% of the income gains since the bottom of the recession. Most of us are still struggling. Ninety-nine percent of the people are doing poorly or not much better or are less economically secure. That’s why our economic growth is so sluggish. What kind of an economy is it that produces extreme wealth for a handful of people and mediocre opportunities for the rest of us? An economy where people are experiencing downward economic mobility? That’s a Scott Brown economy.

 

Brown is constantly being invited, and paid, to attend “private equity” conferences where people scheme to see how many more jobs they can export to China, or how many payrolls they can slash. Private equity vultures take over companies, fire employees and export our jobs to China and elsewhere.

 

In 2012, Mitt Romney could and would have become president if he had made a simple trip to Freeport, Illinois and put his hands up and told his Bain Capital cronies “enough.” I was astounded that in the middle of the presidential election Bain Capital was stripping out the machinery of a plant which made world-class products and exporting those jobs to China. [See link below] Romney was not enough of a man to say no to the people who were still managing a large part of his own wealth. So he lost the presidency. I seriously doubt Romney even realizes why he lost as he is importuned to attempt a comeback in 2016. It ain’t happening.

 

There is a middle way. We don’t have to live in a country where Democrats try to give away the store, and Republicans are bankrupting the store on Main Street so a handful of wealthy people can become wealthier. We can follow the Market Basket way.

 

Market Basket offers good jobs, good pay, good benefits, and a good working environment, all while making record profits.

 

Today we have elevated “shareholder value” above all other factors. Maybe is an abstract econometric equation that might make theoretical sense. But the “shareholder value” catechism has impoverished our economy and impoverished working families. The middle class is eroding and disappearing. Where’s the “value?”

 

So, no, my support for an increase in the minimum wage does not suggest I believe the move will massively change our economy. But we must massively change the “economy” of the Republican Party if Republicans are ever again to be a majority Party. No more “private equity” presidential candidates (if Scott Brown wins he will run for president in 2016).

 

We can’t count on the Democrats blowing up our economy as the only avenue to electoral opportunity for us in the future.

 

Democrats are failures but so are Republicans.

 

By all means let’s work harder for lower taxes and smaller government. In New Hampshire those goals are our common “religion.” But let’s not loose sight of the fact that when workers have jobs, good jobs, the economy benefits and all of us benefit.

 

John McCain was in New Hampshire a few days ago to support Scott Brown. In 2008 McCain was buying $500 shoes. How many of you buy $500 shoes? (They are probably $750 six years later.) How many of you can afford to? So let's get real. K Street and Wall Street are playing New Hampshire voters for suckers. In 2008 when McCain ran for president he couldn't remember how many homes he owned. McCain and the Republican Party supported the bailout of big banks; they didn’t support homeowners who were victimized by fraudulent foreclosures. So naturally McCain backs Brown, who long ago sold his soul to Wall Street.

 

I support an increase in the minimum wage as a symbol of my commitment to seek economic justice for every American. Everyone needs to “profit” from our economy, not just Scott Brown’s campaign contributors. All of us can “profit” from a fairer economy. We had a more open and opportunity-based economy several decades ago and we let the benefits slip away. Now we must fight to reestablish an economy that works for every American. That should be and must be the Republican way if we hope to become once again the majority party in this great nation. Please join me and support me on Election Day.

 

Loyally,

 

Andy

 

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News conference details: Manchester, NH August 29, 2014

 

WHO:     

 

New Hampshire U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin

 

WHAT:    

 

Andy Martin backs increase in minimum wage

 

WHERE:

 

Manchester, NH, Northwest corner of Elm and Webster Streets

           

WHEN:

 

Friday, August 29, 11:00 A.M.

 

Thursday
Aug212014

NHDP - VIDEO: Scott Brown Tries To Hide Opposition To Increase In Minimum Wage

Brown Employs D.C. Double-Talk to Avoid Answering New Hampshire Voter
 

Franklin, NH—Scott Brown tried to hide his opposition to increasing the minimum wage - not once but twice - at an event in Franklin yesterday.  Brown was confronted twice by a New Hampshire voter who asked if he would support increasing the minimum wage and giving a much deserved raise to more than 110,000 Granite Staters. Both times he tried to hide his opposition by not giving a simple yes or no answer.

“Scott Brown is ducking New Hampshire voters, refusing to answer questions, and hiding his opposition to a responsible increase in the minimum wage,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “Scott Brown has been cashing in on his Senate candidacy and lining his own pockets with Wall Street cash he collected from speaking to a hedge fund conference. But when it comes to answering New Hampshire's families' questions on the minimum wage, he runs and hides. That makes him wrong for New Hampshire."

The former Massachusetts Senator has a pattern of cashing in on his reputation and Senate candidacy and avoiding straightforward questions.  In May, Brown collected $20,000 for flying to a Wall Street hedge fund conference in Las Vegas. Just a few weeks later, he was forced to resign from the board of a scandal plagued beauty supply company turned weapons manufacturer.  The sketchy penny stock company had used Brown’s stature as a former U.S. Senator to woo investors and its executives had previously been sued for securities fraud.

Last month, when asked about the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision by a reporter, he opted to run and hide in a restaurant bathroom rather than talk about his belief that employers should be able to deny women coverage for basic health services.


“New Hampshire can't trust Scott Brown.  Scott Brown is running for Scott Brown and the Big Oil and Wall Street special interests that fund his campaigns,” added McClain.
 

TRANSCRIPT:
 

"AUDIENCE MEMBER: Speaking of struggling working Americans what's your position on increasing the federal minimum wage after all these years?  BROWN: Something I've-- In a prior existence, I supported an increase, that being said - what's the key to an increase in the minimum wage? Well you can't have the Federal government mandating and dictating all the time.  What you need to have is everybody at the table.  You need to have the job creators the people who are actually signing the front of the check at the table.  Now is this something that should be periodically reviewed, absolutely.  I've said that publicly and have felt that.  And as a result of those discussions where everybody was at the table, I actually voted to increase the minimum wage because it was agreed upon by everybody - they worked, they sat, they figured it out.  By mandating and not including our job creators it's not something that is effective.  We need to have not only the employees but the job creators at the table to make determination and if in fact something comes up I hope to be at the table to have that opportunity to be part of that conversation and then we can make the determination as to what's an appropriate amount."  VIDEO
 
"AUDIENCE MEMBER: Can I just follow up, when I asked you about minimum wage you talked about job creators, but we have job creators that have existed for many, many years and the minimum wage hasn't been raised and I'm not, maybe I didn't understand you.  I understood that you that you voted for increasing it in the past but I don't understand what your position is now.  You kind of talked around job creators but you didn't talk about your position on minimum wage.  BROWN: Yeah I did actually.  AUDIENCE MEMBER: Okay I didn't understand it, I'm sorry.  BROWN: Let me say it again.  I actually said that we need job creators and employees at the table to make those decisions so everything's on the table because when you look at the issue of minimum wage what are the challenges right now facing people who actually are hired.  You have right now the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world, we have a state profit tax here in our state, you have Obamacare and the tentacles of that and the amazing challenges that are coming in after the election with the business mandate.  And then you throw in the high cost of energy." VIDEO