Daily Archives: May 11, 2011

Do the Senate Democrats have a clue?

In a statement released today by the New Hampshire Senate Democrats, they accuse Republicans of focusing on ‘fringe social issues’ rather than economic growth.  Do they have a clue?  As reported by Marc Fortier:

CONCORD – Senate Republicans continue to follow their House colleagues’ lead by focusing on fringe social issues while simultaneously moving to water-down two programs aimed at economic growth and job creation. Today, the Senate passed measures to turn the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority into a powerless study committee and weaken New Hampshire’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
“New Hampshire voters sent us to Concord to focus on improving our economy and to foster job growth,” said Sen. Sylvia Larsen (D-Concord). “By watering-down both New Hamsphire’s participation in RGGI and the job creating New Hamsphire Rail Transit Authority, Senate Republicans have instead hindered job growth and turned away opportunities to grow our economy.”

Participation in the RGGI costs New Hampshire residents more money out of their already strapped wallets and does absolutely nothing to help the environment.  Not to mention that the funds extracted from charging utility companies for ‘carbon credits’ have been used to give businesses and special interest groups money that they either don’t need or otherwise would have to find elsewhere.  RGGI does not create jobs, it stifles jobs growth if anything because it adds to the cost of doing business in New Hampshire.  Maybe the Senate Democrats should take a look at how Cap & Trade has failed in Europe before pretending it’s a success here or that it actually stimulates job growth.

All the Senate needs to do in regards to a Rail Transit Authority is take a look at Massachusetts.  New Hampshire is a small state with a small population, it does not need a high speed federal boondoogle rail project that will absolutely cost more than it is estimated (which is one reason most states are refusing to add this to their roster of ‘things to do’) and in the long run will cost the taxpayers much more than the benefit.

What the Senate Democrats refused to acknowledge in their statement is how Governor Lynch vetoed the Right-to-Work bill that was passed by a majority in the legislature.  This bill would absolutely bring economic growth and jobs to New Hampshire but since most Democrats are against it, they simply ignore the facts.  These are not ‘fringe social issues’ as the Democrats stated, they are important issues that affect the people of New Hampshire.  By opting out of RGGI, consumers and businesses save money.  By avoiding Obama’s high speed rail, NH residents again save money.  By vetoing the Right-to-Work bill, Governor Lynch and the Democrats who support his veto, cost New Hampshire economic growth and jobs.  Do the Senate Democrats have a clue?

Governor Lynch vetoes workers’ right and NH economic growth

Governor Lynch vetoed the Right-to-Work bill that was passed by a majority in both the New Hampshire House and Senate.   The bill would actually give workers the choice of joining a union or not and no longer allow unions to forcibly extract ‘agency fees’ from those who choose not to be a part of the union (workers can currently ‘opt out’ of the union but they still have to pay a ‘fee’).   The bill gives workers more rights than they currently have under the forced unionism of New Hampshire.  The majority of people in this country are not unionized.  While unions may have served a purpose decades ago, their purpose has ceased to exist other than to rake taxpayers over the coals via public sector unionization (not to mention higher costs to consumers in the private sector).  It has been proven that Right-to-Work states fare much better economically than Forced Union states, especially during hard economic times.   Why Governor Lynch would veto a bill that would help all of New Hampshire is mind boggling.  Is he that indebted to the unions?
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Obama’s fantasy DREAM Act – votes only please

Yesterday Obama gave a speech, conveniently, at a border town in Texas.  He was promoting his new campaign issue – the DREAM Act – yet to anyone who has been paying attention to politics the past 3 years, his speech fell flat.  His ‘dream’ is nothing more than more of his broken promises.  There’s this little fact that Obama forgets about his presidency – he had a majority in the House and Senate when he got into office.  Obama squandered his majority rule over a failed stimulus and the epic failure of Obamacare, completely ignoring the pro-amnesty quadrant that helped vote him into office.

Obama had an entire year with a total Democrat majority yet did absolutely nothing to move the DREAM Act forward.  He completely ignored the illegal aliens who voted for him and the pro-amnesty people who voted for him by pushing the DREAM Act to the side.  Now he feigns to actually care about immigration by pushing it as part of his ‘Wrecking The Future’ re-election campaign.  Is Obama speaking out of one side of his mouth again as he did in 2008 to woo Latino voters who are already unhappy with his presidency?

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Are NH State Senators for ‘Green Street’ or their constituents – their vote will tell

The New Hampshire Senate will be back in session on Wednesday with a slew of various issues on their plate. One issue that is extremely important to the people of New Hampshire is a bill to repeal membership in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (HB519). The House voted with an overwhelming majority to repeal New Hampshire’s membership. It’s now up to the Senate to vote in order to make the bill a veto-proof majority (Governor Lynch, who got New Hampshire into this Initiative, has said he will veto its repeal). There has been no actual benefit to New Hampshire for participating in this Initiative other than raking in millions to hand out to special interests in the name of ‘green energy’.

It’s really quite simple, utilities use energy to provide the state of New Hampshire energy, therefore creating Carbon Dioxide or CO2 emissions, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative forces energy producers to purchase ‘credits’ for the amount of CO2 they emit or expect to emit. The State has a cap on the amount; however, more can always be purchased on the ‘market’ – think ‘Green Street’ rather than Wall Street, only the same ‘green’ dollars are being made by companies like World Energy Solutions who are trading the ‘carbon credits’ for the RGGI. From the NJ Watchdog.org:

The bidders at RGGI auctions include Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan Chase and other Wall Street heavyweights. They hope to make big money by speculating on the price of permits, called allowances. Electric power plants are required to obtain an allowance for each ton of CO-2 they emit.

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