February 17, 2012
Marie Lozito is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Massage Therapist, wife, mother, grandmother and life-long conservative. She wrote a text on medical massage and taught at New York College of Health Professions.
Interested in, and observing politics since 1960, she
ran for elected office in 2010.
I enjoy making comparisons. It's interesting to look at what a person says versus what he does, what he says at one time versus what he says at a different time – even about the same situation. I find it interesting to observe who tends to be truthful and who tends to be full of BS.
Unfortunately, having watched people over the years, I have developed a generally low opinion of politicians and a low expectation that they will tell the truth. That is probably why I was so delighted by the actions of the NH legislature this past year. For a change, the elected politicians actually did what they said they would do when they were campaigning. OMG! Not only that, they successfully dealt with a huge and difficult task left to them by the previous legislature!
You may remember that we had a significant budget deficit looming over our heads a year ago. (I know Governor Lynch said the Democrats had balanced the budget during his campaign. That was a typical politician's campaign lie. They had played with the books to make it appear balanced – deliberately misleading the public.) The new legislature came into office with only
six months left, in which time they had to close a $900 million budget deficit. They actually did it! The men and women we elected in November of 2010 had the courage and fortitude to attack the problem and make the very difficult decisions needed to fix it. God bless them. To their credit, they also kept their promises about taxes. The previous two Democrat legislatures created or increased over 100 taxes and fees. The Republicans running for office promised they would actually cut taxes. They did that too. They cut or eliminated a dozen taxes. While they were doing all of this, they also eliminated a lot of regulations making the state more business friendly. This helped the businesses in the state and contributed to our low unemployment rate. An amazing set of accomplishments from the Republican led legislature here in New Hampshire! They are “the exception that proves the rule.”
On the other hand, fully in keeping with my opinion, are some of the Federal elected officials.
Guess who said, “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America 's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America 's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”? This was said by Senator Barack Obama in March 2006. The same Barack Obama who last year was demanding the debt ceiling be raised and has increased the debt by more than all of the previous presidents combined.
Remember the fights over raising the debt ceiling? (Incidently, it was quietly raised yet again on 1/27/12.) Who was it that Obama threatened to have the government not pay during the fights last year? He threatened to stop checks going to: Social Security Retirees, Military Retirees, Federal Retirees, recipients of Social Security Disability and to suspend the pay for the military. Think about that.....of all the money the Federal government gives out, these were the people he threatened. The people who have shown themselves to be responsible and contribute(d) to our society.
Who did our president not threaten?
He did not threaten to stop payments to illegal aliens.
He did not threaten to take frivolous benefits away from violent inmates (i.e.Internet access).
He did not offer to fire some of the thousands of unnecessary federal employees.
He did not threaten to not pay the senators and representatives or any of their staff.
He did not threaten to take benefits away from welfare recipients.
He did not threaten the food stamp programs.
He did not threaten to not pay foreign aid.
He did not offer to cut down on his or his wife's expensive vacation trips.
He did not threaten to cut back on anything that involves his base voters.
Ever since the American people recognized that the huge Federal government and
its out-of-control spending is destroying our country and our children's futures, they have been electing representatives they hope will have the courage to stand up for fiscal sanity. This is bothering the liberals and the establishment elites of both parties who verbally attack them for “simply saying no” to endless government spending. Harry Reid recently accused these elected representatives of being "extremists" and "obstructionists on steroids". This may be a good example of “the pot calling the kettle black” since he doesn't even allow the House's anti-spending, pro-jobs or small government bills to come up for discussion, no less a vote, in the Senate. (I can't think of one of these bills that he has permitted on the floor of the Senate. Talk about “obstructionist”!)
We were all supposed to be very grateful to Congress and the President for the extension of the “payroll tax reduction” - a two month extension of a 2% reduction in the tax taken from our paychecks to pay for Social Security. Did you know that they slipped in a “fee hike” in the same bill? Yup. In order to pay for the
two month payroll tax cut there is now a fee hike on mortgages issued by Fannie and Freddy for the next 10 years and the increase lasts for the life of the loan. (Please note that our employers never had any reduction in the SS tax they have to pay for us – they still pay the 6.2%.) The Federal government is not only destroying the future for our children and grandchildren with outrageous national debt and uncontrolled government spending, it is also, for the next
10 years, making most new home owners, or refinancing home owners, pay thousands of dollars in order for working people to have had what probably amounts to a
$100 to $200 tax break. Adding insult to injury, on Friday the government approved continuing the tax break which only hastens the financial demise of Social Security.