Press Releases

 

Thursday
Apr082010

Ashooh Statement: No National Sales Tax 

Ashooh: “We certainly didn’t get the deficit and debt that we have now,
because taxes aren’t high enough.”


 
MANCHESTER – Rich Ashooh, Republican candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s First District, issued the following statement regarding an Obama advisor’s suggestion to implement a national sales tax.
 
“I can think of nothing worse for New Hampshire’s economy than to institute a regressive, national sales or value-added tax. Our retail economy depends on our tax liberty and competitiveness, and the Federal government should not undermine the New Hampshire Advantage.  This is yet another job-killer.
 
“President Obama’s economic advisor, Paul Volker, is flat wrong in suggesting that the way to deal with deficits and entitlements is to raise taxes.  We certainly didn’t get the deficit and debt that we have now because taxes aren’t high enough.  If we are to curb deficits then we need to cut spending.  If we are to address long-term liabilities for entitlements, such as Social Security or Medicare, then we need to reform those programs.
 
“The current administration and Democrat-led Congress have taken every opportunity to spend money that we don’t have – stimulus bills, bailouts, a new health care entitlement.  Now, they’re admitting that we can’t afford it and want to raise taxes on the middle class.  Their behavior, though predictable, is completely unacceptable.
 
“If we are to overcome the challenges of record deficits and unemployment, then we must elect leaders who will take on the reckless spending and address the problem without accruing massive debt, raising taxes, and stifling job creation.”


Thursday
Apr082010

NH DHHS - JOINS PUBLIC–PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TO ADDRESS RISING U.S. INFANT MORTALITY RATE

Concord, NH – Today the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announces that it will join 13 other State Health Departments and 25 National Associations as an outreach partner oftext4baby. Text4baby is a new free mobile information service providing pregnant women and new moms with the information they need to take care of their health and give their babies the best possible start in life.

Women who sign up for the service receive three free text messages each week timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth. Messages focus on a variety of topics critical to maternal and child health, including breastfeeding, immunization, nutrition, mental health, smoking, oral health and safe sleep. Text4baby messages also connect women to prenatal and infant care services. Messages are specifically targeted to pregnant and new moms ages 18-25, but older women and dads are welcome to subscribe. You can sign up by texting BABY (or BEBE to receive messages in Spanish) to 511411.

Organizers hope the effort can curb premature births, which can be caused by poor nutrition, excessive stress, smoking, and drinking alcohol. About 500,000 babies are born prematurely in the U.S. each year, and 28,000 infants die before their first birthday. In New Hampshire, about 1,500 babies are born prematurely each year. In 2007, 77 New Hampshire infants died before their first birthday.

"We believe programs like text4baby will provide critical information for pregnant women and new moms ages 18-25," said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. "We are pleased to be a part of this public health partnership to promote healthy pregnancies and healthy babies for New Hampshire families."

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Section and the WIC Nutrition Program are leading the text4baby campaign in New Hampshire, along with local community agencies. WIC nutrition programs, community health centers, and MCH home visiting programs across the state will be promoting text4baby at their clinics.

Text4baby is an educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB). It is made possible through a partnership with the White House Office on Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Voxiva, CTIA-The Wireless Foundation, the Grey Healthcare Group, and founding corporate sponsor Johnson & Johnson. Wireless carriers are distributing the text messages at no cost to women, regardless of their individual wireless phone plan.

This project is one of the topics DHHS is focusing on this week in recognition of National Public Health Week. For more information about National Public Health Week go to www.nphw.org. Private healthcare professionals and insurance providers are invited to collaborate with DHHS to encourage pregnant and new moms to sign up for text4baby.

To join the campaign in New Hampshire, send an email to text4baby@dhhs.state.nh.us. For more information about the program visit www.text4baby.org.



Thursday
Apr082010

NH DHHS Cautions Public About Rabies

Concord, NH – With the warmer weather, people will be spending more time outside, as will animals. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is advising the public to take precautions against rabies. It is estimated that every year 30,000–40,000 US residents are potentially exposed to rabies requiring human rabies post-exposure prophylaxis (rabies preventive medication). Furthermore, each year more than 4.7 million Americans are bitten by animals, resulting in over $100 million in emergency room visits. Fifty percent of those bitten are under the age of 12.

Rabies is the most deadly human disease, yet it is preventable.

Rabies is caused by a virus that animals and people can get through certain exposures to saliva or nervous system tissue from a rabid animal. It is virtually always fatal without proper post-exposure treatment.

In 2008, 6,841 cases of rabies in animals and 2 human cases were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Typically there are 1 to 2 human cases of rabies reported every year in the United States. At the turn of the twentieth century, more than 100 human deaths a year were reported in the U.S. The dramatic decrease is due to modern-day prophylaxis, which has proven nearly 100% effective. In New Hampshire, there were 35 animals found positive for rabies in 2009, which is a decrease from 58 in 2008.

“While rabies is a very serious disease, it is preventable and we want everyone to learn some simple prevention steps,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “The most important thing for people to remember is to avoid contact with wild animals, even baby animals, especially if they seem tame and unafraid because they may be ill. If you encounter a wild animal that seems ill, contact your local animal control or town health officer and do not go near it. It is also important that people vaccinate their dogs, cats, ferrets, and any other animal that has regular contact with humans, such as horses.”

Some other steps to take to reduce the spread of rabies and exposure to wild animals are:

Don’t let your pets roam free to help prevent them from coming intocontact with wild animals
Teach children to avoid wildlife and all animals they do not know well
Don’t feed or water your pets outside to avoid attracting wild animals
Keep your garbage cans securely covered
Bat-proof your home in the fall and winter
Do not keep wild animals as pets
If your pet has been bitten or scratched by an animal, put on gloves before touching your pet

If you are bitten by an animal:

Wash the wound immediately with soap and water for at least 5 minutes
If it is a domestic animal, find out if it is vaccinated against rabies
Contact your physician immediately
Prompt and appropriate treatment after being bitten and before thedisease develops can stop rabies infection and prevent the disease.

Rabies is one of the topics DHHS is focusing on this week in recognition of National Public Health Week. For more information about National Public Health Week, go to www.nphw.org. For more information about rabies, visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/rabies or call the DHHS Division of Public Health Services Communicable Disease Control Section at 603-271-4496.

Thursday
Apr082010

ALG Blasts Geithner and Lockhart for Giving Contradictory Testimony on Government Guarantees of Fannie, Freddie

"Geithner's and Lockhart's statements to Congress are in direct conflict with each other.  One of them has lied to Congress.  It is vital that the American people find out which one."—ALG President Bill Wilson.

April 7th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today condemned Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for excluding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's $6.3 trillion balance sheet, including $1.6 trillion in debt, from the current $12.6 trillion national debt despite 2008 testimony from a federal agency that the government was providing "an explicit guarantee" to the mortgage giants.

"Somebody has lied," Wilson said, adding that "they must be held accountable for misleading the American people."

In a letter to Congressman Scott Garrett, Geithner wrote that the "corporate debt of the GSEs is not the same as U.S. Treasuries, nor should it be considered sovereign debt."

The letter continued, "By statute, all obligations and securities issued by the GSEs must include a statement that makes clear that such obligations and securities are not guaranteed by the United States and do not constitute a debt or obligation of the United States."

In the same letter, Geithner wrote, the "Treasury is committed to supporting the GSEs while in conservatorship and to ensuring that the GSEs have sufficient capital to meet their debt obligations and honor their guarantees."

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed under conservatorship by Congress in 2008 under the administration of the newly-created Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  According to the agency's website, "As of June 2008, the combined debt and obligations of these GSEs totaled $6.6 trillion."

But that was not added to the national debt, despite the FHFA director James Lockhart's Congressional testimony that "the conservatorship and the access to credit from the U.S. Treasury provide an explicit guarantee to existing and future debt holders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac," as reported by Bloomberg News.

At the time, the agency distinguished between "an explicit guarantee" and the "full faith and credit of the United States", and Lockhart clarified that he meant "an effective guarantee because there's $100 billion backing their equity provided by the U.S. Treasury…That does give them effectively a guarantee of the U.S. government." 

"Geithner's and Lockhart's statements to Congress are in direct conflict with each other.  One of them has lied to Congress.  It is vital that the American people find out which one," Wilson delared.

Wilson said the Treasury "is trying to have it both ways; they want to tell markets that they are guaranteeing Fannie and Freddie and tell taxpayers that they are not."

Wilson also blasted what he termed "financial system takeover" legislation for not addressing the problems surrounding the GSE's.  "Fannie and Freddie underwrote almost every new mortgage in the country and sold their worthless securities all over the world, but neither Chris Dodd's legislation in the Senate nor Barney Frank's companion House legislation would do a thing about it," Wilson said.

Wilson said "The Obama Administration wants to assume the power of controlling the mortgage market without assuming the risk of putting the $6.3 trillion mortgage giants on-budget."

"The Treasury cannot have it both ways, and it only has two options at this stage: either the underlying assets of Fannie and Freddie are sold to privately-held institutions, or they are in effect guaranteed by taxpayers, as Lockhart stated," Wilson added.

Those assets included, according to Bloomberg News, $4.7 trillion in mortgage-backed securities (MBS).  Of that, $1.5 trillion had been sold to foreign investors, as reported by the New York Times

Since that time, the Federal Reserve has purchased $1.25 trillion of the MBS, although they have not disclosed which securities it has purchased.  According to the Federal Reserve, the securities are purchased at "Current face value of the securities, which is the remaining principal balance of the underlying mortgages."

Wilson wants to know if foreign nations got bailed out, saying the exclusivity of the program was "cause for concern."  According to the NY Fed, "Initially, the investment managers will trade only with primary dealers who are eligible to transact directly with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Primary dealers are encouraged to submit offers for themselves and for their customers."

Wilson noted that several of the primary dealers are foreign institutions.  The so-called Troubled Asset Relief Program explicitly prohibited that foreign central banks or institutions owned by foreign governments from participating in the Treasury-administered program to purchase MBS, but Wilson said there was no such restriction on the Fed-administered MBS purchase program.

"It's a legitimate question: Did the Fed buy back the mortgage-backed securities from the foreign investors, including China, Japan, and other sovereign entities?" Wilson asked.

According to the NY Fed's website, the Federal Reserve is not guaranteeing the securities nor Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by extension either: "Assets purchased under this program are fully guaranteed as to principal and interest by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Ginnie Mae, so the Federal Reserve's exposure to the credit risk of the underlying mortgages is minimal."

Wilson said since Fannie and Freddie depends on the Treasury to keep up with its obligations, and the Federal Reserve will not guarantee it, "that can only mean taxpayers are the guarantors of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac."

"Essentially, the Federal Reserve printed $1.25 trillion to buy back the mortgage-backed securities from investors.  So, if the Federal Reserve is not backing up Fannie and Freddie's worthless securities, then it bought those securities back with the implicit if not the explicit backing of U.S. taxpayers, just as they were sold," Wilson concluded.

Thursday
Apr082010

AFP - Obama's new tax on...Rainwater!?

Dear Friend,

Would President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency really force Americans to pay a tax on "rainwater runoff" from homes and small businesses?

You bet they would.  In fact, the EPA, under radical environmentalist Lisa Jackson, is proposing regulations to do just that. 

Take a look at the EPA's own Federal Register filing, where the EPA generally describes the initiative it's proposing:

...requirements, including design or performance standards, for stormwater discharges from, at minimum, newly developed and redeveloped sites. EPA intends to propose regulatory options that would revise the NPDES regulations and establish a comprehensive program to address stormwater discharges from newly developed and redeveloped sites and to take final action no later than November 2012. (Source)

This is bureaucratic-speak for having the EPA force cities and counties to limit stormwater runoff to levels the EPA deems acceptable.  Limiting "rainwater runoff" will mean forcing homeowners and businesses to pay new taxes in order to rein in rainwater, and that's no pun intended. 

Think about just how big-government this is.  A Washington, D.C. bureaucracy plans on forcing your local county or city to slap new taxes on you and me because this big-government bureaucracy wants to micro-manage rainwater across the entire country.  Already, several counties and cities across the United States are moving to pass new taxes and fees in anticipation of the new EPA rules, including cities in states as disparate as Florida, Ohio and Kansas.  For more details CLICK HERE

But really, this new EPA outrage is part of the pattern of the Obama Administration.  Cap-and-trade is bogged down for now in the Senate (though they'll try to bring it back this year), so the liberals try to use an un-elected bureaucracy to pass their radical agenda.  First, they declared that greenhouse gases are a "threat" to the environment and to health, so they're pushing new regulations that will in effect pass cap-and-trade without Congress having to act.  Now, they're pushing this new "rainwater runoff" tax.

Just last month, Americans for Prosperity launched a national effort to stop this big government over-reach by the EPA.  We're calling it the Regulation Reality Tour™, and we launched it in Arkansas with events across the state.  Click HERE for photos. On April 19 we will begin the second leg of our tour in Colorado, with a third leg launching in Indiana and Ohio in early May.  I hope to see you on the road as we take on Obama's EPA!

Our goal is simple: educate Americans on the threat to their freedoms and our economy from the EPA's arrogant, nutty agenda.  The EPA's head, Lisa Jackson, attended the Climate Change conference in Copenhagen where she stated her intention to "transform" the way the American economy works using her bureaucracy.  I was there in the room and heard her say it. 

EPA is such a runaway bureaucracy at this point that only Congress can stop them.  Thankfully, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has a proposal to do just that.  Murkowski has a resolution of disapproval—which would stop EPA in its tracks—that has been gathering steam, but we need your help to put her over the top.  CLICK HERE to take action and tell your senators to support S.J.Res. 26.  Make sure they know you will hold them accountable if they don't help pass Murkowski's resolution.  Any lawmakers who won't stand up to stop the EPA are complicit in the onerous regulations they are trying to pass.

Spring is here.  All things begin anew.  And that includes renewing the fight for our freedoms.

 

Tim Phillips

PS:  I just finished a father/son trip with my 16-year-old twin boys.  It was great fun.  On the airplane especially, my sons talked about what they wanted to do in the years to come.  Hearing them talk about their futures, I was reminded of something Ronald Reagan said – freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.  As usual, President Reagan was right.  Let's make sure we keep doing our part to ensure that our generation passes on to our children and grandchildren the same freedoms we enjoyed.

Please click here to contact your senators and tell them to stop the EPA.

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