New Hampshire's Virtual Town Hall
By Mark Provost
A WMUR Granite State Poll finds New Hampshire voters are evenly split on the constitutional amendment to ban a state income tax (CACR 13). 42% of those surveyed support the constitutional ban on a state income tax. 40% oppose the amendment. A two-thirds vote in favor of…
Added by Mark Provost on October 9, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments
NEA-New Hampshire, the state’s largest union, announced their endorsement of Maggie Hassan for Governor today, asking their more than 17,000 members and their families to support Hassan during the campaign and on Election Day.
“Maggie shares our belief that good public schools are the foundation for strong…Continue
Added by Maggie Hassan on August 8, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Our families and our state will have a strong and vibrant future if we come together to make New Hampshire an innovative, business-friendly state with the best economy and best workforce in the nation.
That’s why I am running for governor and why I will be traveling to every part of our great state over the next few months to introduce myself to you and to ask for your support.
My dad was a World War II veteran and my mom a high…Continue
Added by Maggie Hassan on June 21, 2012 at 4:42pm — No Comments
New Hampshire needs to build a new energy future and oil industry-funded groups should not attempt to turn back the clock on energy independence, said Maggie Hassan, Democratic candidate for governor.
Hassan spoke out against a new radio ad from Americans for Prosperity, a group founded and funded by oil industry billionaires, the Koch brothers, urging legislators to repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), created and supported by Republican and Democratic Governors and…Continue
Added by Maggie Hassan on May 26, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments
By Henry Gekonde
It’s hard to go shopping at a Walmart store and emerge from those comfortably wide doors without feeling guilty about the whole experience (you remember vividly the $7 T-shirt you bought there last year that you didn’t want to wear again after the second wash).
Yet we return again and again! And again, we’re disappointed by our purchases. Consider these work boots I bought there the other day. After just two days of wearing the shoes, whose…Continue
By Henry Gekonde
There’s no doubt Mitt Romney has some special insights into how the economy works thanks to his background in business. But the former Massachusetts governor is exaggerating his economic credentials, and the nation’s editorial pages are letting him get away with his arrogant embellishments.
Repeating a refrain he’s been using a lot lately, Romney told a radio host in Illinois today, referring to GOP challenger Rick Santorum and President…Continue
Added by Henry Gekonde on March 19, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Ten Months; that's how long it's been since I've picked up my laptop to write. I haven't gone that long without voicing my sometimes judgmental, but always entertaining opinion, on everything. Most of my time has been spent growing, learning, and of course watching. New Hampshire's unemployment rate reached 5.1% this January, and a few weeks ago I joined their ranks. Working has been an integral part of my life since I could carry a bus bucket, and here I sit in a blue beanbag…Continue
Added by Robert Arnold IV on March 7, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments
There’s been a “surge in optimism” in New Hampshire about the state of the economy, according to a recent poll by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.
The survey -- the Business and Industry Association (BIA) Report on Consumer Confidence -- didn’t garner attention from the mainstream press, but it is significant in the portrait of optimism that it paints for the…
As we look around and address the most recent recession, we have a tendency to lose hope and not recognize some of the good things that are happening here in our State of New Hampshire. Although many are still looking for work, our unemployment rate remains at one of the lowest levels in the nation and unemployment claims continue to
Added by LFDA Editor on January 24, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments
An open letter to President Barack Obama:
Dear President Obama, I thought i would let you know how i feel about a few things. I am one of the 99%er's or should I say Lower Class, which by the way you don't hear about the lower class at all to say the slightest. It's always about Middle Class in which every one I know is in Lower Class. Who gives the Republicans the right to make these major decisions that always effect the Lower…Continue
An open letter to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann:
I am 60 and unemployed, I was and auto mech for 30 years, the doctor told me that I would have to make a carrier change.
I went back to school to get my degree as so degree in 2005. I have got jobs off and on sense 2005. I went to work at tinker air force base and I was not liked and pushed out of a job, I have been fighting for work sense 2005 with not much luck.
Now my health is not good enough…
Added by michael binder on December 30, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments
If this doesn’t say it all, I don’t know what would.
For those that may even think about buying the notion that we can just take a
little more from the "rich" to solve our economic problems, watch this. The next
time you hear someone buying into the liberal philosophy of simply raising taxes
on the "rich," consider showing them the following video.
There is a massive misunderstanding by the President, his administration,…Continue
Added by Kevin P. Ryan on December 8, 2011 at 1:26pm — No Comments
U.S Fiscal advice for underdeveloped countries for the past fifty years can be summed up in one basic teaching: do not get in debt to pay for consumption goods. However, last decade has represented a complete contradiction to such predicament. Harvard Professor Jeffry Frieden explained at UNH…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on December 7, 2011 at 12:21am — No Comments
Editor's note: President Barack Obama spoke at Manchester's Central High School on Nov. 22. Below is the full transcript of his remarks, provided by the White House Press Office. (Paragraph breaks added by editor for sake of readability.)
THE PRESIDENT: Hello, New Hampshire! (Applause.) It is good to be back. Hello, Little Green! (Applause.) It is good to be back in New Hampshire, although I have to say that I feel a little winter coming on…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on November 22, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments
If the Supercommittee fails to come up with a plan that can pass both Houses of Congress and be signed into law by the President the Department of Defense would be forced to make somewhere in the range of $276 to $600 billion in cuts over the next ten years. I say somewhere because one report stated if the Supercommitte fails DOD would have to absorb 23% of the mandatory cuts which would mean $276B
Mr. Panetta, the Secretary of Defense told members of congress that if the failure of…Continue
Added by Kris E Roberts on November 18, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments
Managing Our Government
If we want the economy to improve, to restore the American dream for our children, and to have increasing
faith in our government, we the people need to change. It is our responsibility to manage our government, since the government we buy (our taxes) is the biggest
single purchase most of us make every year.
First, we must let go of the old notions that government spending or reductions in government and taxes can
Added by Steven Borne on November 16, 2011 at 6:04am — No Comments
Demographics and the economy -- and how one affects the other -- will intersect on Friday at a conference at the University of New Hampshire-Manchester campus.
The New England Economic Partnership conference on Friday, Nov. 18, includes two parts:
1) A morning session morning session that includes an analysis of the current outlook for the economy by Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics and
2) an afternoon program entitled “Millennials, Baby Boomers…
Added by LFDA Editor on November 15, 2011 at 8:48am — No Comments
Just who are the “We are the 99”, well the Wall Street Journal stated that the “We are the 99” is any household that earns less than $506,000 in income per year. The US Census recently stated that the median household income level is $43,000. Just think someone with household income in the $250,000 or higher range could easily be earning more money in unearned income; such as bonds, stocks, or other investment than 50% of all American households. Time for a reality check, there is no common…Continue
Added by Kris E Roberts on October 27, 2011 at 8:51pm — No Comments
Claims that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme are just part of a continuing right-wing campaign to smear our most successful, and most popular, government program.
Social Security was created in 1935 to solve a problem: millions of Americans were living in poverty due to retirement or the death of the family breadwinner.
The solution was simple: a system where every worker pays in, and in return is guaranteed a retirement income. Benefits for widows, orphans and the…
According to Stanley Fish, speech always takes place in an environment of convictions, assumptions, and perceptions i.e., within the confines of a structured world. Yesterday at the NHIOP auditorium of Saint Anselm College a rather thought-provoking set of assumptions was being discussed: the morose panorama of current US fiscal policy. One of the most recurrent issues addressed by speakers during the afternoon was hyper-partisanship.
Former N.J. Gov. Christie Todd Whitman started…
Added by LFDA Editor on October 14, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments