Well, the Academic Industrial Complex, that is both the public school system, which is about a trillion dollars a year, and colleges and universities are about 560 billion dollars a year. That's a big Democrat Party contributor, or I should say, constituency. The hospital industry and the medical industry is like 3 trillion dollars. They are also a big Democrat contributor. So, together they're called "Meds and Ed." In my opinion, the reason that the Democratic Party is no longer the party of the working class, is that their biggest constituency: trial lawyers and advanced education are no longer about helping ordinary people. They've really become about the almighty dollar. Our college campuses almost always go Democrat, every single year, no matter what. So no matter what you do, just like a lot of high-crime ghettos, they don't have any political clout, the college students don't have political clout, and so they kind of just keep getting raked over the coals year after year. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which is the college I first went to, now charges students about 71,000 dollars a year to attend, and it's almost all student loans.
Of course, the real effect of these "plastic bans" is to result in consumers being charged for something that they would normally get for free.
“People hate bans,” said Rep. Max Abramson, a Seabrook Libertarian. “They really hate bans. And when shoppers go elsewhere … the whole state loses jobs and revenue.”
A heartwarming editorial that at least mentions the Libertarian Party. Bad news is better than no news!
"The Libertarian Party won about 3% of the vote in 2016. Possible candidates this time include, among others, New Hampshire state Rep. Max Abramson, software company founder John McAfee, and performance artist Vermin Supreme, who wears a boot on his head. In that field, Mr. Chafee might conceivably capture the nomination, though never the presidency."
To the Editor:
I had drafted an amendment earlier this session, increasing the minimum wage to $10 per hour, using a business tax cut to pay for it. Three years ago, I introduced another amendment to a similar bill that would’ve raised it to $9 per hour. In both cases, both of the two major political parties balked at the $28 million a year in “lost revenue” if stores and restaurants were allowed to keep more of the meals & rooms tax revenue to fund the pay raise for entry-level workers.
Both of my proposed amendments involved a good deal of research and work, and yet most of our legislators simply set the amendment aside on the table during the hearing even as I’d argued the case for it, giving the idea no more of their attention. Very few proposals in Concord would’ve done more to help the working class in this state. Yet Concord is starting to resemble other state legislatures and Congress, where powerful monied interests get their way, while the taxpayers who pay for it all are conveniently forgotten.
Congress has voted to raise the minimum wage 19 times since WWII, but all 19 times, unemployment has gone up, while youth and minority unemployment have increased dramatically. If there’s no business tax cut to pay for a minimum wage increase, small business owners have told us that they’d have to cut back on hours, lay people off, stop hiring, or even close down. How can we be better off as a society with fewer people working fewer hours, producing less? Why not just give up some of the bureaucratic largess, needless lawsuits, unfunded mandates, or even legislative carelessness to help thousands of our fellow Granite Staters make ends meet?
State Rep. Max Abramson
Rep. MAX ABRAMSON
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