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There's something about Salem and GOP royalty

  • House Majority leader DJ Bettencourt talks with the Monitor during an editorial review board; Friday, March 11, 2011.

    House Majority leader DJ Bettencourt talks with the Monitor during an editorial review board; Friday, March 11, 2011.

  • Sen. Chuck Morse, left, addresses the senate as Sen. Russell Prescott, right, listens on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, as they worked through budget amendments in the afternoon heat.

    Sen. Chuck Morse, left, addresses the senate as Sen. Russell Prescott, right, listens on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, as they worked through budget amendments in the afternoon heat.

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  • File - Photo dated May 1st 1970 of Irish poet, playwright and Nobel prize winner Seamus Heaney.   Seamus Heaney, Ireland's foremost poet who won the Nobel literature prize in 1995, has died after a half-century exploring the wild beauty of Ireland and the political torment within the nation's soul. He was 74. Heaney's family and publisher, Faber & Faber, say in a statement that Heaney died Friday in a Dublin hospital. (AP Photo / PA file) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

    File - Photo dated May 1st 1970 of Irish poet, playwright and Nobel prize winner Seamus Heaney. Seamus Heaney, Ireland's foremost poet who won the Nobel literature prize in 1995, has died after a half-century exploring the wild beauty of Ireland and the political torment within the nation's soul. He was 74. Heaney's family and publisher, Faber & Faber, say in a statement that Heaney died Friday in a Dublin hospital. (AP Photo / PA file) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

  • House Majority leader DJ Bettencourt talks with the Monitor during an editorial review board; Friday, March 11, 2011.
  • Sen. Chuck Morse, left, addresses the senate as Sen. Russell Prescott, right, listens on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, as they worked through budget amendments in the afternoon heat.
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  • File - Photo dated May 1st 1970 of Irish poet, playwright and Nobel prize winner Seamus Heaney.   Seamus Heaney, Ireland's foremost poet who won the Nobel literature prize in 1995, has died after a half-century exploring the wild beauty of Ireland and the political torment within the nation's soul. He was 74. Heaney's family and publisher, Faber & Faber, say in a statement that Heaney died Friday in a Dublin hospital. (AP Photo / PA file) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

We’ve all been there – or at least through there on our way to Boston. Salem is home to a big shopping mall, a broken-down race track and, perhaps someday soon, a gambling casino.

But why in the world is Salem consistently home to New Hampshire’s Republican royalty? It’s not big, like Manchester, or full of eager young college kids, like Hanover or Durham. It’s not politics-obsessed, like Concord. It’s not home to the quaint sort of spots that presidential candidates seek out for photo-ops. Heck, sometimes it seems so far south that we forget it’s part of New Hampshire.

The new Senate president, Chuck Morse, is from Salem. Before that, he was chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee. And he’s just the tip of the Salem GOP iceberg. Consider:

∎ State Rep. Marilinda Garcia was just named one of the national Republican Party’s five top “Rising Stars.”

∎ Vesta Roy, the state’s first female (acting) governor, came from Salem. (Roy was president of the state Senate before that; she stepped in after the death of Gov. Hugh Gallen.)

∎ Donna Sytek, the state’s first female speaker of the House, lives in Salem too.

∎ Ditto for Joe Delahunty, a recent state Senate president. (Former Senate president Arthur Klemm was technically from Windham, but Salem was part of his district too.)

∎ Former (disgraced) House majority leader D.J. Bettencourt calls Salem home.

∎ Back in 1990, President George H.W. Bush named Elsie Vartanian of Salem to run the Women’s Bureau at the federal Department of Labor.

∎ And don’t forget John H. Sununu, the former governor and chief of staff to Bush, and his political children (raised in Salem): John E. Sununu, the former U.S. senator; and Chris Sununu, the executive councilor.

What gives? We asked Sytek for her view: “Besides the water from Canobie Lake, what most of us have in common is that we came here from Massachusetts to escape taxes, heavy regulation and cronyism. The conventional wisdom is that Massachusetts transplants come to New Hampshire and bring their big city, big government ways with them. I have found quite the opposite here in Salem. We embrace the Live Free or Die attitude and try to preserve it. Fiscal conservatives do well in local and state races, making Salem fertile ground for Republican candidates.”

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Itsa, you are starting to lose it. Your comments are bordering on the incomprehensible. You don't want to end up like Sail do you? Calm down.

Quoting JKG speaks volumes of how a person thinks in regards to socialism, and big govt.

This is to Itsa since the reply button doesn't work. You are right, I do not believe we should be in Syria at all. You might just want to do some homework, There is at this time at least 5 states being sued by the US Government for trying to violate a woman's right to choose (these states have majority republican Governors with majority state legislatures. Your conservative premise on Voter fraud has been proven many times false. Even the speaker of the House in Pennsylvania stated when the voter id act was passed that it would ensure a victory for Romney! You also really should take a US history lesson from early 1600 to the early 1800's. One of the biggest compromises made was that in order for the southern states to ratify the US Constitution, the articles dealing with Blacks being a free people had to be stricken from the document. that type of compromise would never go over today due to the conservative my way or the highway. Like I said you would gain better credibility if you lose the conservative=republican=good and progressive=democrat=bad mentality.

Absent its shared border with Massachusetts, NH's economy might more closely resemble that of S. Carolina or Alabama. The NH economy has reaped the spill-over benefits of post-war investment by the federal government in high tech and defense industries in the greater Boston area. NH might even be described as having parasitized Massachusetts. "Poaching" is certainly an apt description of our state's intent and philosophy. Salem-ites are beneficiaries of this long-term investment by the federal government, and conveniently overlook, and even deny, where those benefits originated.

Indeed, I have noticed that the most Republican-leaning towns tend to be along the Mass border. So much for Bay-Staters moving to NH and bringing their liberal ideas with them. It does make sense though: conservative Bay-Staters get fed up with liberal Mass and they can just move over the border and still keep their jobs in Boston. The original Free Staters!

What does that tell you? It tells you that they are fed up with the corruption, the hypocrisy of the liberal mindset and governance. But we have just as many people coming here and settling in places like Concord and Laconia with liberal money and pushing for the same kind of tax and spend cesspool existence that they have left behind. Like a child eating box of crackersa and going room to room dropping the crumbs.

No, it tells you that they want to keep all the bennies that their jobs in Mass bring without paying the [tax] bills that make it all possible. Despite all the protestations about independence, self-reliance and living free or die, New Hampshire is the original something for nothing state. Want to compare cesspools? How about so-called tax and spend Democrats whose taxes pay for the services they want vs. borrow and spend Republicans (starting with Reagan) who cut taxes, fund every extravagant - especially military - project under the sun and then leave office as they criticize Democrats for suggesting a tax increase to pay for their own profligacy.

Obama is paying the bills? I don't think so.

Corruption of the liberal mindset, really. The only difference between the liberals and conservatives, if you must think that way, is that liberals tend to give federal dollars to those in need - the conservative GOP tends to give it to people with no need. Kind of a broad generalization, but once you strip away the political double speak and falsehoods - It just boils down to the recipient in a nutshell. I myself would rather give to the poor as that money will soon be back in circulation, the rich this add it to their stash. This is the problem with trickle down thinking, it only works on paper.

Down and dirty, here is the difference between conservatives and liberals. Conservatives believe that choice you make in life define you and your future and they believe that if you apply yourself and perservere that anything is possible. Liberals believe that if a person who makes different choices is not really to blame for those poor choices it is because of their childhood, their environment and they deserve understanding and empathy and countless chances. If they can't or won't apply themselves, liberals believe that underachievers deserve to share in the earnings of those who performed better or had a better outcome. Conservatives believe in a safety net but not a special program for every perceived societal inequity or circumstance as liberals do. Conservatives understand and rightly so that if you allow people to keep more of their earnings that they will spend them and it will be in circulation in no time. Liberals believe that they are the best caretakers of that money and they want more of it to recirculate in the hands through redistribution by needs. Conservatives are practical and logical and believe in hard work. Liberals are emotional and intellectualize things to the point where every statistic reveals an unfair circumstance and they believe in hand outs, entitlements and they really don't care whether or not the delivery system is effective or works as long as they "feel good" after robbing Peter to pay Paul.

To Itsa, below, the world you describe is a totally fictional place which conservatives have manufactured in order t make themselves feel better about an essentially sociopathic worldview. John Kenneth Galbraith said it most succinctly: "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." If you need a more more traditional take on the lesson, try this: We are all our brothers' keepers.

Sorry Gracchus, I am NOT my brothers keeper nor am I selfish. If I give to someone in need it is because they need it and I want to give. If I don't think a person deserves it, I will not give. Period. Not selfish at all but very selective. I certainly owe you nothing and we all know that this is all about pollitics. I was brought up in that "sociopathic" world where hard work and application of your GOD given talents determined your lot in life. If underachievers can't handle that, then too bad for them, the world is not going to change for them. If it does it will be a much poorer, less of a standard of living and miserable.

In other words . . . the NH republicans are all flat-landers who should go back where they came from and leave us alone.

I was born and brought up here and honestly, Republicans were dominant in this state until the uppity, holier than thou liberals started arriving from New York, Vermont and all other points. Smart Massachusetts residents moved here to avoid taxes, not so smart Massachusetts residents moved here and asked "why doesn't the high school have a kiln", "where are the street lights", "I need a septic system?" and "it is that far to the mall?"

I'm also a born here, raised here New Hampshirite. I was a middle of the road conservative until the Republicans decided that it was in our best interest to take away a woman's right to choose, to disenfranchise the elderly and those people of a lower economic class from voting, to go to war on lies, to not even want to compromise on anything, just the "my way or the highway." and be nothing but serving their own self interests. As far as I'm concerned itsa, you would have a much better reputation if you weren't " all conservative=republican=good and liberal=democrat=bad mentality". This country was born out of compromise. We would not have became the United States had our forefathers not had the sense to make accommodations for other views.

Game, set, match: gsec92

What is a "middle of the road conservative"? Shouldn't you add "sometimes, maybe, only if and on occasion" to that tag line? I beg to differ that you were not all for Republicans as I have followed your posts. But let's take your posts one at a time. A woman's right to choose.....not funding abortion does not do that, it takes away a free abortion for a woman, not a right. To go to war on lies?......I guess that means that you are dead against Obama on Syria. Disenfranchising elderly and low income voters? How? Forcing them to show ID so that people rounding them up like cattle to vote their way can somehow skew elections? This country was born out of compromise but not compromise with progressives who are Hell bent on taking away rights to somehow install their set of principles and values.....might as well compromise with the Devil (progressives).

Sorry gsec92 - realty conflicts with the spoon fed democrat talking points you tout

Itsa, are you really sure you mean - "This country was born out of compromise but not compromise with progressives who are Hell bent on taking away rights to somehow install ....." This is patently false. This country was founded on, all persons have an equal say. To that end the only way things work is by compromise with no disclaimers. Do some basic research and then tell me that even our founding fathers didn't have the same issues with principles.

Mauser, Obama has not compromised whatsoever. Compromise is not telling others that this is how it is going to be so now "you" come up with a suggestion and I may compromise. Compromise is meeting in the exact middle. For decades, Democrats controlled the House and they never compromised. Republicans are supposed to "moderate" and "reach across the aisle" as if they are so far out of touch and Democrats are the middle, the agreeable ones, the typical American. Not so, Democrats did not compromise on Obamacare. Because Obama did not like the law, he passed executive orders rather than compromise with the other side. Now we are coming up on the budget battle and Republicans are saying: "We will fund the government but it will exclude Obamacare". Obama refuses to compromise on that and instead he is willing to allow the whole government to shut down rather than 'compromise'. Our founding fathers agreed on liberty, freedom, free speech, right to bear arms, etc. all things political but they did not agree how to get there. They did compromise but it is not the same thing happening today when you have Harry Reid threatening to not bring House bills to the floor of the Senate and allowing an up and down vote. Pelosi did not compromise either when she was in power. I know that it is hard for low information voters to get it but compromise is not when people with the upper hand give the opposition crumbs if they stand up and say no.

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