Quote of the Day

“Familiarize yourself with the chains of bondage and you prepare your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of others, you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you.”

~ Abraham Lincoln

Timeless (adj.): Not affected by the passage of time or changes in fashion

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Brentwood Newsletter – October 2011

From the upcoming October issue of the Brentwood Newsletter…

OK, that wasn’t the action-packed House session I was thinking it might have been. The House was in session on September 14, at which time we voted (251-111) to override Governor Lynch’s veto of Senate Bill 88, which will expand New Hampshire residents’ right to self-defense. The right to defend oneself from harm will now be extended beyond one’s property lines to include any place where an individual has the legal right to be (Walmart parking lot, for example). I had no problem voting to override this veto.

Perhaps someday, someone will provide us with evidence that New Hampshire has been turned into a giant “wild west” shootout, with the streets running red with blood, as the bill’s opponents would have you believe it will, but I remain confident that will simply not happen.

The only other item that was addressed was the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 3, a bill having to do with reforming the state’s pension plan. A supporter of the veto addressed the House and stated that all the measures in this bill had already been incorporated into the budget bill, which we passed last year, and which Governor Lynch had already allowed to become law, albeit without his signature.

A motion was made by the Republican majority leader to lay the bill on the table, meaning it would be taken up at a yet-to-be determined future date. Without offering up any reasons for wanting to table the bill, I voted against the motion. I feel that we’re there to do the People’s work, so let’s at least debate the issue before voting to table it. If there’s a valid and sensible reason for letting the governor’s veto stand, I want to hear about it.

Alas, I was with the minority on that, so the bill was tabled. Thus ending a very abbreviated House session. We reconvene on Wednesday the 12th of October. We’ll see what happens then. Until next time, have a great fall. And, if we all concentrate real hard, maybe we can pull the Sox out of this horrendous slump they’re on as the playoffs draw ever nearer.

– Bruce

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Quote of the Day

“Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.”

~ Robert Heinlein

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Quote of the Day

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

~ William Pitt

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NH State Budget Passes the House With Veto-Proof Numbers

Chalk this up to Murphy’s Law. We made hotel reservations months ago for a little end-of-school-year family vacation that ended up coinciding with one the biggest votes in the NH House. In addition to the vote on the state budget, there were several votes taken to override some of Governor Lynch’s recent vetoes.

I regret not being there on the floor of the House for these votes, but am happy with how things turned out. A big thank you to my Republican colleagues for sticking together and making these principled decisions.

There had been talk of some Republican reps voting NO on the budget to show their disapproval of the final version, which rolled back some of the tax breaks and spending cuts we passed in the original versions of HB1 and HB2. I was glad to see that the budget was passed with the veto-proof margin of 270-108.

Union Leader: House, Senate pass budget that trims billions in state spending

CONCORD – The Senate and House agreed to a new two-year budget plan Wednesday, passing the $10.2 billion spending plan easily along party lines.

The budget will cut the spending of state funds by 11 percent compared to the last two years, for a total of $4.4 billion between July 1 and June 30, 2013.

The legislative plan is $500 million less than Gov. John Lynch proposed in total spending, and $300 million less that he wanted to spend in state funds.

Naturally, the Democrats are not happy with this budget that cuts spending, and starts to roll back the work they did to increase the size and scope of state government, as well the tax burden of New Hampshire businesses and residents.

Steve over at Granite Grok does a pretty good job summing up the reasons why this budget isn’t making us any friends on the left side of the fence.

It was written based on revenue we figured we’d actually have a shot at making, not money we imagined we had to make to cover excessive spending we could never hope to afford. There is no laundry list of increased taxes and fees in it during a recession. It does not rely on one time federal money. No one is using last minute debt to pay for spending we cannot afford, so we can pretend the budget is balanced. There is a concerted effort live within our means. No future land sales estimates based on property no one has identified, at prices we could only guess at, are being documented as a “done deal” to hide a 60 million dollar hole in the “balanced budget.”

Steve forgot to mention that our budget didn’t rely on the unlawful confiscation of private funds to make the numbers add up.

I fully support this budget in its final form. Before the election, I made it clear that it would be a near impossibility to close the $600-$800 million budget gap that was given to us in one go ’round, and that it would be disingenuous to make such a promise to the People. This budget is a responsible first step along that path.

This budget debate really defines the choices that the voters of New Hampshire will face when they go into the voting booth in November 2012. The Democrats in New Hampshire have solidified their position as the party of high taxes, reckless borrowing and spending, and an unwavering devotion to their financiers in organized labor.

Up next: The recent GOP veto overrides.

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Brentwood Newsletter – June 2011

(submitted Wednesday, May 25, 2011 for June issue)

So, the day finally came. After months upon months of listening to, at times, rather heated debate, reading editorials, conversing in the halls of the State House, and pouring through well over 100 e-mails, we finally voted. The issue of the century in New Hampshire politics has finally been settled.

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Right to Work vs. National Rifle Association: An Analogy

Would you support a law that required all gun owners to become dues-paying members of the National Rifle Association, knowing that their dues might be used to help elect candidates with whom they vehemently disagree? How is opposing Right to Work legislation – a law that says a person cannot be forced to pay dues to join a union as a condition of his employment – any different?

Should gay gun owners be required to join an organization that might help elect anti-gay rights politicians who happen to be gun rights supporters?

Should gun-owning union members be required to pay dues to an organization that might help elect a pro-gun rights candidate who wants to curtail the ability of their unions to collectively bargain for benefits and wages?

Sure, on issues pertaining to the Second Amendment, the NRA might, in fact, be acting in the best interest of the aforementioned gun owners, but it should always be the free choice of the individual whether he or she wishes to send in a check and join the the organization…to join any such organization..

And, if unions provide such excellent jobs, wages,benefits, and working conditions as they would have you believe, what are they worried about? Seems to me, people would be knocking the door down trying to join up.

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