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It’s the Decits, Stupid
President Obama talks a good game, but he stilldoesn’t get it or doesn’t want to get it. His Stateo the Union speech was very upbeat and rosy;however, with little substance or the Americanpeople. He continues to ignore the act that wehave a huge budget defcit, with calls or cutting thebudget in order to put our American house in order.All the new current budget o over a trillion dollarsjust transers unds rom one department to another!Americans under President Bush and moreespecially President Obama have spent us into adepressed defcit state throughout the United States,in every level o government. Consider thiswehave 308 million people in the United States witha $14 trillion debt, and this translates into a huge-number, $44,000 debt or every man, woman, child,and grandchild to pay or in the uture. Eight trilliono the debt has happened under the Obama WhiteHouse watch in two and a quarter years.The bailouts, handouts, overspending, growing biggovernment jobs, deense, homeland security, andlost jobs, and we continue to borrow rom oreigncountries like China (as they check their bankinginvestments in America on a recent State Visit).Americans ace costly and wasteul Obamacare,lack o controls o immigration, and Medicare raudat 50 billion. Obama wants to invest in high-speedtrains and electric cars, costing billions that mostAmericans cannot aord to buy or pay. Yet, he canorder the oil companies to lose their investment taxand we all have to pay more or oil prices to oreigncountries. Obama still doesn’t get it, which is aboutprotecting and controlling spending in America!
Ed Brooks - Salem
Stephen Campbellfor Selectman
I would like to announce my candidacy or athree-year term on Salem’s Board o Selectmen.I decided to run or many reasons, but the maintwo are taxes and leadership. The town tax rate hasrisen almost 25 percent during the last fve years andthat is much aster than the taxpayer’s income. It iseasy or a politician to point out all the projects theyhave completed. The hard part is keeping the taxrate rom rising too ast and doing both is what realleadership is all about.The current BOS is made up o nice people,but their spending proposals during these tougheconomic times are out o control and the ability o the average person to keep up with. When peoplecomplain about their tax rate, I would never tellthem they should be happy because other towns taxrates are higher.Salem does have inrastructure issues, but theanswer to those needs is not just to keep raisingtaxes aster than people’s income. The answers arenot easy. We need to try and get personnel costsunder control. I would recommend looking at thewage and beneft package or new employees. Thenew town manager is paying 25 percent o hishealth insurance. The only problem with that ishe is making $8,000 more than the previous townmanager. To save $3,000, we gave him an $8,000raise. That is not my idea o saving money.What leadership is all about is every year settingthe tax rate or next year and then going throughthe budget process department by department andmaking tough choices. By setting priorities andstopping when we run out o money, we can meetthe needs o the town without the tax rate going upanother 25 percent in the next fve years.These problems are not unique to Salem. Thereare no easy answers. The one clear thing is that thetimes call or new answers. The old ways o tax andspend are not working now or or the oreseeableuture. I oer you my experience and my provenrecord o telling you the truth. I will not tell youwhat you want to hear. I will tell you what you needto know to make inormed decisions. There is noree lunch and we need government to start makingthe tough choices that you have been making or along time.I would love to hear rom you. You may reachme at 893-0743 to tell me o your concerns. I havea video running on Channel 17. I also should havea web page, www.stephencampbell2011.com, upshortly.I humbly ask you or your vote or Selectman onMarch 8.
Stephen Campbell - Salem
Revival of Reaganomics
It is amazing the past ew days to hear and readglowing reports about the fscal record o PresidentRonald Reagan’s years in the White House.A history lesson is in order.First, to his credit, when this nation’s stock was ata record low around the globe, he restored America’sdignity and prestige. He made Americans proudagain. Truly an epic accomplishment.But when it came to his fscal program, known asReaganomics, it was a complete disaster, producinga trillion-dollar defcit.Ronald Reagan, the candidate, promised to cuttaxes, balance the budget by reducing spending, andto cut the size o the ederal government.He succeeded only in cutting taxes. But eventhese cuts were tempered in part by numerous eescharged or services that were previously ree.His frst budget was crated by David Stockman,who served as Director o the Ofce o Managementand Budget.His package included a $30 billion tax cutaccompanied by a 12-percent budget reduction in13 government agencies. It was adopted easily byCongress.Problems, however, began shortly ater its passage,as heads o these agencies reneged on their premisesto reduce spending.Deense Secretary Casper Weinburger pleaded tothe President that the cuts were harmul to nationalsecurity. The money was restored.In short order, North Carolina Senator Jessie Helmsgot back his tobacco subsidies; Midwest legislatorsgot back arm belt subsidies; and proposed rollbacko Social Security, Medicare, Veterans Assistance,and other Great Society grants proved politicallyunwise and were discarded.Attempts to reduce the size o government alsoailed. In act, Secretary o State Alexander Haighalone added 8,000 positions to his department,declaring, “No one is going to tell me what to do.”When he let ofce ater eight years, the size o government had reached new highs.Many Republicans blamed what they called a“Democratic veto-proo majority” or the ailureto reduce spending. The truth, however, is thePresident had complete control o both houses o government because in addition to Republicanvotes to ofce, he had the support o dozens o conservative southern Democrats – called bollweevils – who tipped the scale in his avor.President Reagan accomplished much duringhis two terms. But to suggest that Reaganomics berevived is poor salesmanship.
Robert A. Castricone - Salem
Cast a Vote for Michael Lyons
I am writing in support o incumbent MichaelLyons or Selectman. Over the course o his termsas Selectman, we have seen a numerous amountso inrastructure improvements to our community o Salem. We need to have sae roadways and bridgesnot only or our everyday travels, but also or ourschool buses that transport our children every dayand our emergency services to maneuver timely totheir destinations. With the implementation o theseprojects, at reasonable costs to taxpayers, Salem hasseen great progress.Mike has helped Salem work through a lot o difcult State impacts implemented to our budgetsand backed a lot o fnancially tough decisions ina challenging economic time to keep Salem as atop community to reside in. Taking a lot o prideliving in Salem, he not only spends numerous hoursworking through the budgets, plans, and proposalsas a Selectman or our community’s betterment,but also donates time to local youth organizations,working charity auctions and contributing time toarea school events.Anyone stepping up and donating his or herpersonal time or any civil or charitable servicesshould be commended. Our community needs tokeep moving orward, and to do that, I ask yoursupport o Michael J. Lyons or Selectman.(My views and opinions are solely that and shouldhave no reection on any o the organizations Ibelong to or represent within the Salem community.)
Tony Fabrizio - Salem
Paul G. Huardfor Budget Committee
My nameis Paul Huardand I am acandidateor the SalemBudgetCommittee. Iam originallyromManchester,NH, and Ireceived mybachelor’sand master’sdegrees romKeene StateCollege. Istarted myteaching careerin Hillsboroand, when aposition inSalem opened,I jumped on the opportunity. My wie, Kathy, and Iell in love with the town and we knew that this wasthe perect place or my daughters, Rebecca andAmy. We have been extremely satisfed with whatthe town has given us. The town is vibrant, sae,aordable, and provided plenty o opportunities.I spent 33 years as a teacher, advisor, and havebeen active in the community and state. I spent40 years as an umpire/reeree in baseball,basketball, soccer, volleyball, and track. I was Co-
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