The New Hampshire Senate (led by a Republican majority) passed a budget yesterday that has Democrats doing what they do best – lie. As usual, Democrats seek to gain attention withpropaganda type posters without actually telling New Hampshire residents the facts or truth behind the budget. What is truly ironic and completely hypocritical is their “attack” that the budget is “ideological” rather than what’s best for New Hampshire. Apparently they forget the ideologue they elected in the White House.
That said, their “claims” are listed below as well as the facts behind them. It would be nice for the New Hampshire Democrats to inform residents rather than misinforming them all of the time but don’t hold your breath for that to happen. Chairman Buckley and his sidekick Harrell Kirstein (from New Jersey) will no doubt continue the lie and smear campaigns they have been waging for a while.
Claim: “The NH Senate GOP’s Devastating Budget”
Fact: Devastating? The budget wasincreased by 7% over last year according toFoster’s Daily Democrat. That’s hardly devastating. Democrats should be overjoyed since they love increasing spending. If anything, the budget should be decreased given the poor economic growth in 2012. Without better economic growth, where exactly do Democrats think the money they demand be spent come from (hint: it’ll be taxpayers who can hardly afford any increased taxes)?
Claim: “HHS – $40M Hole forcing cuts to CHINS, Mental Health Services and Developmentally Disabled Services”
Fact: They approved a $28 million increase for mental health programs while only cutting the social service agency general funds by $7 million. The Democratically controlled House had cut the fund by $4.5 million. Where was the NHDP (New Hampshire Democrat Party) outrage over that?
Claim: “Lays-off up to 700 NH workers due to budget cuts”
Fact: In 2012 alone, NH hired almost 600 new state employees even though the population of the state only grew by around 4,000 since 2010 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Clearly there is not a need for that many more state employees when the population is not growing at the same rate government is growing. That number doesn’t include how many were hired in 2011. New Hampshire needs to shrink government, not grow it, especially when the population numbers do not justify the growth.
Claim: “Rejects federal funding for improved health and economic security with Medicaid Expansion”
Fact: The Medicaid expansion would hurt New Hampshire. Eventually the federal funds dry up and the taxpayers will be on the hook for paying the increased burden. Not to mention that Medicaid has pretty horrible outcomes as reported by various medical studies (13% more surgical patients die who are on Medicaid than those who have no health insurance). Forbes also wrote an excellent article on reasons to reject the Medicaid expansion citing Medicaid’s bad coverage; cost to state budgets; federal controls and rampant fraud to name a few.
Claim: “Eliminates Green Launching Pad’s investment in new green energy businesses and jobs”
Fact: Obama has already wasted billions of tax dollars on failed green energy programs. New Hampshire does not print money like the federal government does. The state cannot afford to subsidize programs that are not in demand and may end up bankrupt like many of the following that taxpayers have already subsidized (these are just a few – the full list can be found atHeritage):
• Evergreen Solar ($25 million)
• Solyndra ($535 million)
• Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
• SunPower ($1.2 billion)
• First Solar ($1.46 billion)
• Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
• Fisker Automotive ($529 million)
• Abound Solar ($400 million)
• A123 Systems ($279 million)
• Johnson Controls ($299 million)
• Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
• ECOtality ($126.2 million)
Claim: “Protects out-of-state big tobacco companies profits with cheaper cigarette prices”
Fact: The Senate rejected 20 cents of the 30 cent tax increase on cigarettes that directly hurts the poor the most since it’s a fact that the poor spend a bigger percentage on smoking. Regressive taxes are a Democrat’s best friend. The people that vote Democrat are completely clueless that they are getting screwed constantly with these types of taxes.
Democrats also neglect to mention the following items that were in the NH Senate GOP budget (from Foster’s Daily Democrat):
• University System of New Hampshire and community college aid increased
• $22 million to eliminate the wait list for developmentally disabled and brain disorder services.
• Senate funds charter schools; House places a moratorium on new charter schools
• Senate rejected and refuses to bargain over a House-proposed 12 cent increase in gas, diesel tax to pay for highway improvements
• Senate refuses to delay several yet-to-take-effect business tax breaks passed last session. Implementing them costs $13 million
It’s easy to rip apart the New Hampshire Democrat Party’s propaganda talking points and lies. Unfortunately it will probably be a cold day in Hell before they are honest with voters. It’s one thing to disagree about budget items but to outright lie or withhold important facts is egregious. Of course, this is business as usual for the NHDP under the reign of Ray Buckley. New Hampshire residents and voters deserve the truth and they deserve better than the “ideology” of the far left wing that has taken over the NHDP.
Originally posted at Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/article/ripping-apart-the-democrats-propaganda-over-the-nh-senate-gop-budget