4 - April 9, 2010
Salem Community Patriot
Reading New Hampshire Senate GOP candidate
Kelly Ayotte’s fundraising plea that arrived in my mail last week made me think that I’d stepped into a time warp back to 1988. Much like George H. W. Bush successfully transforming the L-word “liberal” to have approximately the same connotation as the F-word during that election cycle, Ayotte apparently has former Bush allies Roger Ailes and the late Lee Atwater (somehow) on her side as well. Five “liberals” in one and a half pages of prose—we get your “point,” Kelly. However, the crux of her message is good old, garden-variety, modern Republican falsehoods and stretches. She does the usual right-wing trick of blaming President Barack Obama and the “liberal” Congress for every quagmire that they inherited from the incompetent George W. Bush team that she voted for twice. She lays the blame for the current $12 trillion debt at the feet of “liberal spending,” despite the fact that except for Obama’s stimulus/bailout package that created over two million jobs in the past nine months and brought an end to the national recession, this entire debt total existed on Obama’s Inauguration Day last year. She incredibly castigates the “liberal elite” (there’s that word again) for Democrat contributions to Martha Coakley during her Massachusetts campaign against Scott Brown, while conveniently leaving out the fact that Brown received over 70 percent of his total donations leading up to the January 19 election from out-of-state contributors for a total of over $14 million. Ayotte labels the GOP the party of “fiscal responsibility,” despite the fact that the Republican- dominated Senate/House spent more money between the fraudulent Iraq War and all the corporation tax givebacks from 2001-2007 than any Congress in our nation’s history, leaving the resulting recession and financial hole for the Obama team to fix. She claims that the present Congress has “put more people out of work,” despite the unarguable fact that due to the Obama administration’s policies, America is
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adding jobs exponentially in the past few months, culminating in March’s 123,000 new hires—the highest monthly total in three years. And yes, we still have a long way to go economically to get back to the Bill Clinton years, but the present problems happened on the Bush/Cheney watch, with the then- minority Democrats unable to stop the carnage. And thanks to the GOP now being the minority party in Washington, the uphill work they left is getting done despite their resistance, although this is all lost on citizens who just listen to the right-wing chicanery emanating from missives like Ayotte’s. Finally, for the close, we go to the beginning. The
fundraiser’s first sentence is the time-worn, Tea Party- level claim that “it is time we take back our country.” But instead of nodding in agreement, think about this for a minute: “Take back our country.” For what? To go back to a political party’s rule that resulted in the most total job loss since the Herbert Hoover administration? To go back to deficit spending that began two months after Bush (with his Republican- dominated Congress) taking power, after inheriting a $128 billion surplus from Clinton? To go back to “leaders” who for eight long years ignored healthcare and Social Security reform in favor of enriching the Exxon/Mobils at our expense, as well as destroying an innocent nation and its people for its oil? Don’t worry about “drinking the water in
Washington” if you’re elected, Kelly. Nobody would expect you to. Judging from the content and tenor of your opening salvo, any intelligent voter realizes that you’d be just another rubber-stamp Republican, just as Brown has turned out to be, and would stand with your bosses against any and all modes of solving the problems that Obama and his team are working overtime to correct.
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The bill as it stands provides for:
• Six sites for casinos: Coos and Grafton Counties; Belmont and Seabrook dog tracks; Rockingham Park; and a destination center in Hudson. It is an enabling bill.
• There will be approximately three- quarters of $1 billion in private capital for building casinos.
• Provide 2,000 to 3,000 construction jobs
• Provide 2,000 to 3,000 permanent jobs • Provide $50 million to Health and Human Services with a matching federal grant to restore services
.• Distribution of net income to the state is $1,212,200,881:
• 30 percent will go to the general fund, three percent to the municipality that has the license for gaming, two percent to the counties for property tax relief, one percent in equal portions to abutting towns, one percent to Health and Human Services to treat problem gambling and associated co- gambling disorders; 0.5 percent each for
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Why New Hampshire Should Legalize Gaming
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one percent to enhance purses at Rockingham Park; and one percent for operations of the Nashua to Boston rail service.
Currently in New Hampshire, there are 16 licensed gambling facilities, 476 charities have gaming, and there are 281 different types of scratch tickets. All have bad odds and provide no revenue to the state. The top five types of gambling that are most addictive are: 1. sports betting, 2. track betting, 3. card games, 4. scratch tickets, and 5. the stock market. A national study shows that 0.6 percent of adults have problems with gambling, one to two percent of gamblers have severe problems, and only one percent will ask for help. Genetics are also a factor. There needs to be a public awareness program to inform the public that help will be available if gaming is legalized in New Hampshire. More people can be helped. Forty to 66 percent can be cured.
In House Bill 489, the number of the video lottery terminals (VLTs) for each site are: • Coos and Grafton County, up to 2,000 each
• Resort/destination casinos, up to 4,000 each
• Rockingham Race Track, up to 5,000 • A minimum of 5,000 square feet must be used for charitable gaming
• There will be 150 tables at the larger facilities, and the three smaller facilities will have 60 tables each. Licensing fees: • $50 million each at Rockingham Park in Hudson
• $20 million at Seabrook and Belmont dog tracks
• $10 million each in Coos and Grafton County facilities.
Licenses will be renewed after five
years: • $1 million for Rockingham Park and Hudson
• $500,000 at Seabrook and Belmont • $500,000 in Coos and Grafton Counties • There will be a one-time fee of $50,000 from 15 suppliers and manufacturers.
• Impact costs to the communities should be minimal. Salem, Seabrook, and Belmont costs have been in place since the racetracks started. At the other sites, the planning boards should provide for town and city costs in the planning process. I may have missed some things, but this is the spirit of the bill. I feel that the bill is good for New Hampshire. Actually, it’s a no-brainer and I intend to vote for it on April 21.
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