July 1, 2011
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.
An accumulation of thoughts about a few different topics.
After watching politics and politicians for so many years, I confess that I didn't have much faith in the Republicans keeping their campaign promises to us when we elected them last fall. I am very happy to admit I was wrong about our New Hampshire Republicans!
Unlike most politicians, who just put bandaids on problems that need major surgery and “kick the can” down the road for future politicians to address, these elected representatives of We the People actually attempted to do what they promised! They addressed every problem they campaigned on, and found solutions for many of them that actually have passed the legislative process. I am very impressed.
One of the biggest problems was the state budget. Despite Governor Lynch's (and other Democrats') campaign lies about balancing the budget, we were going to end this fiscal biennium with a huge debt. This is against the law in NH as the law requires a balanced budget. At the Committee of Conference about the budget, Governor Lynch admitted that the state was so deeply in debt that there was “not enough money in the Rainy Day Fund to balance the budget for the fiscal year ending on June 30th.” Since there wasn’t enough money left to bail the governor out of his mess,
(a mess that he and the two previous Democrat controlled legislatures had made over the last two
budgets) the legislature added a section to the budget to provide the necessary funding to end the year with a balanced budget. This was done in addition to creating a realistic budget that will sustain the government for the next biennium. This was a huge and difficult task in this poor economy. Despite the discomfort of reduced spending by the state and the very hard choices about where to cut spending, these politicians did the job.
It should also be noted that Republicans took steps to restore to the budget many items that Gov. Lynch took out, such as funding for the developmentally disabled waitlist. He cut all school construction aid payments. In fact, the state still owes $540 million to our towns over the next 30 years for construction projects funded before the school construction aid program was suspended in the last biennium. The Republicans put that funding back in the budget and made sure that our towns and school districts were held harmless. Even better, it actually increased education funding for cities and towns by 9.5%, exceeding both the expiring budget and Gov. Lynch's proposed budget.
The budget also includes needed reforms to the horribly underfunded and increasingly unaffordable taxpayer-funded state retirement system. The retirement system was another huge fiscal problem the state faced. It took a lot of courage to address this problem!
The Republicans also campaigned against all of the new and increased taxes and fees the Democrats had introduced during their four years in control. I can't swear to this but I believe it was 140 or more new or increased taxes and fees that the Democrats forced on us. The Republicans addressed this too. Many were reduced or eliminated. This will be hard on some areas of the government but helpful to all of the citizens in these economically hard times, especially when citizens already have to deal with the increasing costs of food and fuel.
Some have complained saying the cuts will cost “1000 government jobs to be lost”. It would be nice if they would explain that only about 300 employees will be terminated. The rest of the “jobs lost” are job positions that are not filled – so, no person looses a job there. But that information would make their misleading talking point have less impact on the public, so they will never tell you that.
Republicans did what they said they would do when we elected them in November 2010: they cut taxes and spending, passed a balanced budget without gimmicks, and began restoring fiscal sanity and setting the stage for economic growth in New Hampshire. In my opinion, they deserve a standing ovation for this accomplishment!
I would like to further commend the Republican legislature for supporting families and parents. Democrats previously repealed the requirement that parents even be notified that their minor daughter was getting an abortion. Republicans passed a bill that requires underage girls to tell their parents they're pregnant before getting an abortion, and provides a court alternative if the girl may be harmed by her parents. This bill restores some common sense and parental rights, ensuring that parents are informed about potentially life-altering surgical procedures being contemplated by their daughters, and
enables parents to counsel their children in difficult scenarios without the state getting in the way. Governor Lynch vetoed this bill, maintaining the Democratic party's state-knows-best mentality and tendency to interfere in family relationships. House Republicans overrode his veto. Well done!
The Republican legislature also took a stand against the federal healthcare reform law (Obamacare) which includes a mandate that would force all citizens to buy health insurance under penalty of fines. The U.S. Constitution does not grant the federal government the power to force people to buy a product. The New Hampshire Legislature passed HB 601 and SB 148, using its 10th Amendment authority to nullify this mandate, protect New Hampshire citizens from federal fines,and return federal funds related to implementation of the law. (The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed citizens' 10th Amendment right to defend against federal statutory overreach as recently as 2010.)
Speaking of Medicare, it has been forecasted by the Medicare Trustees that Medicare will be bankrupt by 2024. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), Medicare will be allowed to go bankrupt and seniors' health decisions will be left to an unelected board of bureaucrats who will decide how to reduce expenditures for the program through the rationing of care. Thank you Democrats! Fortunately this is not going unnoticed.
Representative Bass proposed an amendment
(and it has passed) that states “The committee will recommend opposition to proposals that result in ending Medicare. The committee will also recommend support for proposals to repeal provisions that provide an unelected, 15 member body to ration care for those 55 and older, and will recommend proposals to ensure that Medicare does not go bankrupt in 2024.”