Steven J Connolly

Thursday
Aug092012

H.R. 6233 & A Hungry New Hampshire.

 

Here are my questions to Congressman Guinta's office.

I'm looking forward to their response.

 

August 9, 2011

Dear Mr. Jensen:

Thank you for taking the time to respond to my inquiry.

At this point I'll ask my particular question(s) in the form of a statement:

So your vote of no reflects the support of conservation over jobs, economic development and the price of food. Do I have this correct?

As you undoubtedly know the farming industry across the midwest and parts of the west are in a tough set of business and market circumstances with issues ranging from heat damaged crops to the price of diesel fuel for access to both supply and demand. As you also know New Hampshire produces very little food on it's own, instead it must rely on places like the Midwest to supply it with the food that it needs.

So I can't understand your rationale of supporting conservation over the price of food. If you have any financial or economic analysis in support of your position(s) I ask that you share these with me. I'm sure that you can speak with many farmers that are in danger of losing everything if this legislation does not pass. I'm sure you could speak with the NH Food Bank in Manchester about what a price increase in the cost of food means for an already increasing population of people and families statewide that obviously need food.

I believe this issue goes deeper as well. As you may know the new and returned president of Russia, Vladmir Putin has forbidden any exports of agricultural grain from Russia for the next year. I think this could be a powerful new market for U.S. agriculture to fill the void left by Russia and actually build new markets for countries across the world that get access to agriculture and food produced in the United States. There might be some opportunities for New Hampshire in this idea as well.

But for any of this to happen this legislation, H.R. 6233 needs to pass. And I'm glad that it did despite the two no votes from the NH Congressional Delegation. I'm planning to use your response and/or rationale for my political blog on nhinsider.com. I try and keep my readers informed of the geopolitical consequences of legislation and legislators in Washington.

And with H.R. 6233 there are many.

Steven J. Connolly

Thursday
Aug092012

Bass Blow Off. Guinta Does Respond. 

 

I think a lot can be said of a Member of Congress by the staff that they employ. During the past month I’ve been in contact with both offices of the NH first and second congressional districts. My conclusion:

Bass staffs his office with kids.

Guinta staffs his office with professionals, experience and performance.

So I’ve been trying to find out about H.R. 6233 which is now known as the disaster relief/ farm bill designed to help the nation’s farmers recover from a catastrophic set of bad conditions, i.e. weather, markets, fuel costs, etc. Both members voted against this legislation:

Think higher food costs in New Hampshire.

So I’m calling their offices trying to find out why and I’ll do the worst first:

Who is this?” “We don’t handle this here.”We’ll have to pass this on.” “I don’t know who it will go to.”

They’ve never contacted with any response, I don’t expect them to here either.

So I move on to the next phone call…

This is Congressman Guinta’s office this is Amy speaking.”Yes, your request will be forwarded on to Mark Powell today.”Thank you for calling about this legislation is there anything else that you need.”

Is this a contrast or what.

Let’s move on.

Congressman Guinta’s office responded to my inquiry about 2 ½ hours later via e-mail. Here it is:

Steven-

Mark Powell forwarded me your email about the disaster assistance vote. Do you have a particular question?

One of our main reasons for opposing was the offset cost, which our conservations groups throughout NH strongly opposed.

I hope this helps.

Austen

Austen Jensen

Deputy Chief of Staff/Legislative Director

Congressman Frank Guinta (NH-1)

I’m looking for more economic and policy substance here on H.R. 6233 and what this means for New Hampshire. I’ll post my specific questions in a later post.

But I'm still glad there is at least one Congressman in New Hampshire that responds to constituants even constituants that live in the Second Congressional District.

 

 

 

Saturday
Aug042012

R U Hungry Thank Bass, Guinta

Congressman Bass, Guinta voted against H.R. 6233. It still passed.

As a part of his campaign for re-election Congressman Charlie Bass said a main priority of his is “Strengthening the NH economy and getting our country moving again.”

Bass recently voted against H.R. 6233 the Agriculture Disaster Assistance Act legislation that assists the drought ravaged farmers across the midwest so that they can continue to grow crops and feed the world. The legislation passed by a vote of 223-197.

Bass stated that he voted against this legislation because: “It disproportionally cuts important conservation programs.” Conservation programs over farming droughts and likely higher food costs.

Is Congressman Bass vote on H.R. 6233 an example of strengthening the NH economy?

Friday
Jul202012

Just Regulate It. 

The news media has already decided who is at fault.

I'm reading about the accident in upstate NY.

The news media has already had the trial: Truck Driver Guilty.

Don't bother investigating any real evidence like the texting SUV drivers, don't bother considering the road conditions. Six people are dead and the reason is right in front: Truck Driver Guilty.

I'm confident Washington, D.C. won't be long in response: more regulations. That's right the trucking industry needs more regulations, more rules, more safety classes, more Quallcomm messages about safety; more logbook restrictions and by the way truck drivers-- your still expected to deliver the load on time. No service failures this goes on your DAC report as well.

If you don't know what a DAC report is. This is a report that is submitted to the government that shows everything a truck driver does wrong, everything.

I'm sorry that six people are dead. I'm also sorry that the news media can't do their jobs.

I think the trucking industry should do one thing right now: Park the trucks.

That's right Park the trucks. Let Brittney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and your local Volvo driving type A Ivy  League pedigreed asshole drive to the supermarket and find empty shelves. Let them call their local officials and Congressman like Charlie Bass, Dartmouth Class of 74' and find out why the shelves are empty.

This would be progress in this country.

 

Saturday
Jul142012

Should Rochester Be Thanking Bass? 

Congressman Bass Energy Policy. The SMART Act.

So I spent some time today reading the press released SMART Act introduced by Congressman Charlie Bass. The testimony of Paul Chamberlin, AVP of UNH as a part of this was interesting and very smart.

He talked about ECOline which is a 12.6 mile pipeline that runs from the Turnkey Landfill in Rochester, NH to UNH where methane gas created from decomposing garbage is turned into electricity from congeneration. Mr. Chamberlin heralds this as good energy policy.

Maybe it is.

But what does Rochester get from all this? Do they get a higher host community agreement or payment in lieu of taxes for having this landfill and it's energy producing methane?

Since this pipeline is now in place I'm assuming the Rochester landfill owned by mulinational waste giant Waste Managment Inc. will need a continuing flow of garbage that can decompose to create the methane gas to power the lights at UNH. Did the voters of Rochester have any say if they wanted continued or expanded landfill operations in their city?

My guess is no they did not.

I wonder if UNH upon realizing an energy cost savings from the ECOline project lowered its overall tuition rates for instate students or offer some scholarships to Rochester students to attend UNH.

My guess is no they did not.

I'll be watching the SMART Act. I'm sure it leads somewhere I just don't know where.