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Letter: Mixed record from Ayotte

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte has garnered praise from conservatives for her tough stance on giveaways in connection with the Sandy relief legislation. However, is not her performance mixed?

If you wade through the Library of Congress’s website, you will see that the senator vote “yea” on the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. If she was so earnest and principled about giveaways, she should have vote “nay” or announced her disgust.

That legislation contained a $500 million entitlement for the Amgen Corp., an exception from Medicare price restraints for two years. Further, this “relief” is a repeat; the entire giveaway will cost us some $1 billion for a corporation judged guilty in a federal fraud case. Attorney General Eric Holder coddles corporate collar criminals, yet expected Republican outrage is markedly absent!

Wealthy artificial people have far more rights than little biological ones. If Medicare is public space and Amgen is private space, then the quotient of public space diminished by $1 billion. Notice contracts were “sacred” for corporate bailout compensation – but the public contract for Social Security is reprehensible, undeserved entitlement. The attack on public space by corporate citizens is relentless and ubiquitous. Observe in New Hampshire the drive for Northern Pass and prison privatization. If inmates suffer long solitary confinement under public space, what will unfold under less scrutinized private control? Should we privatize all land, water, highways, education, law enforcement, currency, etc.? Is the total common wealth to be redefined as the proprietary right of the highest bidder?

PAUL R. CAMACHO

Concord

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