Now that I'm in NH I'm writing so many LTE's I guess I should condense them into one thread now. Not all of them are entirely written by me, in some cases I just had a hand in writing them. I won't copy here the ones I've already sent but will post new ones here.
Well actually here is one old one I forgot to post elsewhere; it ran in the Sentinel around Sept. 4.
In response to Greg Speeter's August 28 article "The Federal Budget Hits NH:"
Thanks for shining the light on Washington's money-sucking misuse of New Hampshire dollars. It is now standard FedGov practice to bleed money away from successful states like ours and dump it on the "welfare states;" you're right to cry foul.
However you disembark way too soon from the bus you have boarded. Why not ride it all the way to the station? Your solution seems to be tinkering with the problem, adjusting Federal spending habits here and there, mostly to the benefit of regulatory agencies and sinkhole social programs. But tinkering won't cure the Federal addiction to overspending, and one state bellyaching through the normal channels probably wouldn't even make them tinker.
But there's something else we *can* do, something that would really spike their coffee down there in the District of Coercion.
Last year, our state reps Ingbretson, Ober and Cady sponsored a bill in the House (HB 1193) that would establish a committee to examine whether the Feds even have the Constitutional right to take a dime from us. As I recall there was also another, more robust bill that would exempt state residents outright from paying the Constitutionally-challenged Federal Income Tax. This would presumably save the average NH taxpayer around $4,000 to $6,000 a year. If we're not paying the tax, we don't have to worry about whether we're getting the money back. This isn't just a selfish act; forcing the Federal genie back into its Constitutional bottle would benefit the whole country!
Anyway, I don't know what happened with these bills but I assume they must not have passed. I urge our reps to give it another go, and I urge readers to support them. You can find contact information for your rep and a record of how they voted on this by visiting nhliberty.org and then clicking "Activities."