To The Daily Sun,
It now appears that we will all be facing higher electric bills for the foreseeable future. I take no joy in saying "I told you so," since it will make it that much harder to attract and maintain manufacturing and high-tech jobs in state, both of which need copious amounts of electricity at a decent price. Our reliance on natural gas power plants has left us up the proverbial creek. We have the power plants, but don't have the pipeline capacity to fuel them and that won't change in the near future.
Already the NIMBYs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire are gearing up to oppose the pipeline and tie it up in endless regulator red tape and lawsuits that could drag on for years. Meanwhile we will be paying the bill and may even see brownouts or rolling blackouts. Even if Northern Pass and every other form of alternative energy came on line tomorrow, it wouldn't be enough to offset the closing of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant which is scheduled to close in just a few weeks.
We are part of the New England Power Pool, so we can get some extra electricity from the pool. But it will cost us dearly. Politicians of both parties know this but can't resist pandering to environmental groups who oppose any form of hydrocarbon infrastructure, period. It defies all reason, but the greenies seem to want to go back to some nostalgic rural utopia powered by solar panels and woodstoves and living off the land, though I doubt that any of these trust funders could handle the work to do it.
Business knows no loyalty to any state. They will move to where they can maximize their opportunities. We already have some of the highest energy and electric cost in the country because we haven't provided the infrastructure needed to support a prosperous industrial economy. The state is littered with abandoned mills that moved out to look for lower costs. The result is a brain drain where the best and brightest of our children fan out across the country to find decent jobs, leaving behind an aging population behind.
New England in general is very conservative and slow to adopt new ideas and technology which is part of what makes our area so charming. Almost any form of change brings protest from traditionalist and other groups. We have a very long history and are slow to change the things that have worked so well for so long; and frankly much of the changes offered aren't worth having.
But if you want a prosperous economy, you have to be willing to pay the price for the necessary infrastructure to support it. We need to bring our energy costs in line with other parts of the country to remain competitive. Without some changes we risk becoming a backwater and our young people our biggest export. All benefits come with a cost, because in life there's no free lunch.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 12:20
To The Daily Sun,
While everyone is waiting with bated breath for relief from the fire breathing dragon known ironically as the Affordable Care Act, more hospitals continue to burn through short revenues and close their doors.
Dr. Lee Hieb, an orthopedic surgeon and past president of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, reports that 18 acute care hospitals closed their doors in 2013. She also reports, "Today, all over America, small- and mid-sized hospitals as well as hospitals in inner city, poor areas are closing." She says that the reasons are not surprising since most of the victims are the smaller hospitals in those poor areas who serve a greater percentage of patients who have Medicaid and Medicare as their insurance. With reimbursements barely covering expenses in many cases, more doctors are requiring private insurance in order to remain solvent and in business. Others have chosen to take early retirement rather than risk suffocation from the mountain of regulations that tend suck the oxygen out of their desire to heal the masses.
It is no coincidence that the hospitals most dependent on government payments are failing at disproportionate rates. Physician shortages will continue to proliferate and quality of care will continue to suffer. The poor who are supposed to be helped the most by subsidized Obamacare-sponsored programs are actually getting hit between the eyes by the two by fours used to board up these hospitals. And just wait until the rest of the "Unaffordable and Inaccessible Lack of Care Act" regulations take effect in 2015.
The Congressional Budget Office previously reported that Obamacare will result in 2 million fewer full-time workers. It has already been shown to be a disincentive to work as more folks are forced into part-time work while the expansion of the welfare state continues to accelerate. Liberal-progressive types such as Nancy Pelosi actually believe this is a good thing because it releases workers from the chains of "job lock" to pursue leisure activities.
Who of sound mind and body actually thought that the way to fix the shortcomings in our health care system was to have the government run our health care, thereby taking over one sixth of the U.S. economy? Of course, that was precisely the goal of the Democrats. It had nothing to do with improving our health care system. Thank you for speaking the truth Jonathan Gruber. He is the new poster child for the arrogant religion of liberal, progressive ideology. They really believe the end justifies the means because they just know they are right.
Modern day liberalism is nothing more than calcified condescension borne of closed-minded elitist academics and bureaucrats. It is a terribly misguided belief that has begun to harden the nation's arteries and threatens to cut off the very lifeblood of this constitutional republic.
"Good intentions and bad results" equal the modern day, liberal progressive model. The result is untold misery and death. Don't believe me? Read J.R. Dunn's, "Death by Liberalism." It is a meticulously sourced book that brings into clear focus the "fatal outcome of well-meaning liberal policies." A socialist model of government has never, ever been proven to be successful in the long run. It has however caused the death of untold millions for many centuries.
As former prime minister, Lady Margaret Thatcher reminded us, "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." Or in this case, you run out of the necessary quality and quantity of medical personnel and facilities. This will only continue to get worse unless, somehow, some way, we can scrap this Godzillian travesty by taking the air out of this bureaucratic behemoth before many more lives are shattered and lost. Republicans, it is time to put your big boy and girl pants on in January and save the best medical care system the world has ever known.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 12:15
To The Daily Sun,
L.J. Siden and Mr. Cracraft are at it again. In addressing America being founded as a Christian nation, they cite the Constitution.
I'd like to put out the question, does anybody know off the top of their head the date on which the Constitution was ratified? Probably not most. How about the date that the Declaration of Independence was allegedly signed. Most of us know that immediately, the 4th of July. Why? Because it was the official founding of our nation, not the ratification of the Constitution, which starts, "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union." The nation had already been founded at the time that it was written, as the preamble clearly states. Mr. Siden and Mr. Cracraft start there because it serves their purpose, not because they're interested in portraying and accurate presentation of American history.
America has never been a Christian nation by a federal mandate. I don't think anyone who knows anything about history is inferring that. Mr. Sidon and Mr. Cracraft and others go there because thy figure if they make that the straw man, that they can seem to win the argument.
Mr. Siden says in the opening of his letter, "the United States was not founded as a Christian nation. Those who make the claim portray themselves as knowing, but it's more an expression of emotion, not of empirical fact." I would encourage Mr. Siden to look at the Declaration of Independence our actual founding document; and let's be clear, without our winning our independence there would have been no Constitution. Here are some excerpts: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." "We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States;" "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
The signing of this Declaration was the actual founding of our nation, and we celebrate it as such. And in it, it clearly expresses a reliance on the Creator in pursuing our independence, or if you will our nationhood. This is a historical fact.
Just who does Mr. Siden and Mr. Cracraft think this God upon whom these were relying upon was? They might examine almost any of the original drafts of our state constitutions to gain a clue. Of course then there's the colonies original charters they might look at. Oh then there's those pesky inscriptions on monuments found around the country. Maybe, Washington's Farewell Address, they might want to read? Perhaps they might read the inscription on the Lincoln memorial? Or maybe they could even examine state laws that were on the books even into the 20th century.
Even the section of Article VI of the Constitution that they allude to, they did not quote it, I will; it requires an oath or affirmation of officers in support of the Constitution. What is the weight of an oath or affirmation if there is no Supreme Judge. Here's the quote, "and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." This but was added because the writers understood the Christian orientation of the people at large and did not want others to be discriminated against, or to establish any one denomination over others.
Were all born-again Christians? No. But the church's many different denominations and splinter groups, some of whom even ceased being "Christian", exercised great influence not only in numbers, though this they did, but by consensus in the population and culture as a whole, and our values were Christian values, to the point that someone coming from America was considered a Christian whether he was one or not because he was from a Christian culture. This was the case though most of the 20th century.
The liberty that we have enjoyed has been a direct consequence of that Christian orientation. Even the checks and balances in our government are the result of a Christian understanding of unregenerated man's corrupt tendencies as opposed to modern progressives' naive optimism toward human nature.
Through public education influenced by humanism and a faithless U.S. Supreme Court our orientation as a nation has changed. And make no mistake about it, America's love for liberty was a direct consequence our Christian orientation. Except in a subculture that still holds to those Christian values you will see it no longer. Anyone who is truly interested in seeing the change that has occurred in our culture should Google the 1892 U.S. Supreme Court case Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States. This letter is already long so I will not quote it. Yet if you will do the diligence to look it up. You will by comparison see to how Christianity is viewed today in America compared to how it was viewed then. The change is enormous.
So to answer Mr. Cracraft. Our government wasn't designed to be antagonistic toward Christianity, but it has become so.
And again to Mr. Cracraft, wasn't it the pluralistic Roman Empire which crucified Christians who would not sacrifice a pinch of incense to the emperor.
And again to Mr. Cracraft. John Locke, was he a deist, sir? It seems I remember he wrote at least one Christian apology. It's funny that the first great awakening should have occurred just before our revolution. And our laws were based on Christian principles.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 12:12
To The Daily Sun,
G. Maloof states, "The U.S. government derives from people (not God) as it clearly states in the preamble..."We the people." No question about that, but ask yourself from where do the people (little people such as myself or you — so educated) so obtain the authority or right to so declare the establishment of government and to confer to it power.
Originally it didn't reference the United States when it was inserted in the last days of the convention but did list the states. Further, due to its limited nature, the Preamble has never been used in case adjudication, other than some frivolous litigation. That the "People" were those of the various states and New Hampshire was one of them it is quite safe to say that at least those representing our state absolutely believed in God. Article 5 of the New Hampshire Constitution, as it states a natural and unalienable right to worship God.
(Art.) 6. (Morality and Piety). As morality and piety, rightly grounded on high principles, will give the best and greatest security to government, and will lay, in the hearts of men, the strongest obligations to due subjection; and as the knowledge of these is most likely to be propagated through a society — piety — the quality of being religious or reverent. Blessings and Ordain are not words used by atheist but by the religious. Our unalienable right of conscience is not derived from "the people" or granted to us by government. Thomas Jefferson held John Locke in high esteem, John Locke held that the people's common refuge was provided by God.
Mr. Maloof must feel like one of the lions in the Roman Coliseum being one of "we atheist" licking his chops knowing another God-fearing person has been put in their place.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 11:28
To The Daily Sun,
Stop the smoking and drinking! The government would have a lot more money if they would stop buying booze and cigarettes for people who live in low income housing. Don't they realize that people who don't smoke have to smell that awful cigarette smell in their hallways everyday, plus if they fall asleep with a cigarette not only will they burn, several other places will too! Because they are all connected. Second hand smoke is bad for people as much as first hand is.
The cost for both cigarettes and beer are very high now. People could buy a lot more good food with that money, and everyone would be much safer. It should not be allowed on government property in the first place.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 11:23