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More interest from around town…

I stopped in at the Farmer’s Market at Hampton Falls Town Common. The food is great, and may even be healthy for you. The maple syrup was fantastic, and they had raw goats milk and cheese for those who prefer their food interesting.

I met up with a few voters from my district who were concerned with the rising cost of public pensions and benefits. The police unions, teacher’s unions, and civil service unions wield tremendous political clout because they support their own candidates for office and always turn out in numbers for “their guy.” This political support invariably translates into generous pay, benefits, contract provisions, and unusually high pensions that are unavailable in the private sector.

The issue comes down to fairness, as I see it. You can’t make more than the boss. Folks working in the private sector are asking why they have to support both a step pay raise and a COLA, along with the Cadilac medical and pension plans, when the taxpayers paying for it all are now accepting fewer hours, being paid less, and frequently losing their medical coverage.

weekend of busy campaigning in So. Hampton and Hampton Falls

Another weekend of active campaigning throughout the district. When I started the race for the July 5th primary, I really thought that I’d already doorbelled every neighborhood in Seabrook already. Was I ever wrong! After putting time into Kensington, I have now been able to reach Hampton Falls, and South Hampton. Nice people all over.

As the campaign heats up, we’re finding the big issues that folks are talking about: taxes, gun rights, overbearing state government, $100,000 a year public pensions, the fishing fleet, and programs for the disabled and special needs children. The last two issues have forced me to really investigate state programs and how they work (and why they often don’t). The benefit to meeting people at their homes and at these events is getting to learn the real issues from teachers, school and planning board members, and the people who’ve been in the fray for years.

New Hampshire Liberty Alliance endorses my candidacy!

Along with better funded former Representative Lou Gargiulo, my campaign just receieved a big shot in the arm in the form of an endorsement by New Hampshire Liberty Alliance. NHLA is known as the largest bill review organization in North America, if not the world. With over 200 active bill reviewers and at least 1500 active members, NHLA is widely regarded as one of the most effective legislative research and advocacy groups in New Hampshire, and I am glad to have their help in this effort.

For the record, only two candidates have completed the survey thus far. The results are as follows:
Lou Gargiulo 88%
Max Abramson 94%

Seabrook Watchdogs, CPR training with SBCA

19 people showed up for the first ever Seabrook Watchdogs neighborhood watch program. We heard from Officer Mounsey, who told the group that they don’t have the budget or enough officers to take care of things (a statement that I just don’t buy, to be honest–they have three times the budget of other towns our size).

All in all, there was a very positive atmosphere, and a lot of key issues and concerns were brought up.

Later on, I met up with folks at the Seabrook Beach Civic Association. Kevin Janvrin was putting on a terriffic CPR class, and gave out materials for everyone to study.

“Run for local office–5 minute speech”

I just attended a conference in Manchester on the future of the libertarian movement. My speaking skills were a bit rusty, but I was able to manage a pretty decent round of applause at the end, if I do say so myself.

That type of post-speech applause really brings back memories.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Candidate for State Representative Max Abramson to challenge state mandates.

“New Hampshire inhabitants are being hit by both the effects of the current depression 2007-present and four years of tax and fee hikes. Most of this cost increase is being driven by state mandates and litigation, rather than warrant articles passed by the voters.”

Having served on Seabrook’s Budget Committee, Max Abramson has experience addressing the cost increases in workman’s compensation, rising medical premia, strings attached to federal and state grants, and myriad mandates coming down from federal agencies and the General Court.

“One can be much more effective as an elected Representative in combating both state and federal mandates. In New Hampshire, Title XV requires that hallways, gymnasia, and even closets be kept at 68F at all times, increasing heating costs for districts.” For 2009, Seabrook Elementary and Middle Schools spent over $187,000 in heating and $101,000 in electricity, including cooling costs.

While Seabrook and other towns are currently facing serious service cuts, Abramson is proposing another alternative. “The state should remove some of the 44 health insurance mandates which increase medical insurance costs by at least 25%, as well as numerous procedural requirements that encourage town departments to spend everything in their budgets before the end of the fiscal year. There’s no incentive to save money.”

Contact:
Max Abramson
abramson.albert@gmail.com
PO Box 746
Seabrook, New Hampshire
Ph: 603-760-2264
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The problem is those lawyers

Max Abramson
I just sent the following letter to the editor of the Hampton Union. They may publish it shortly, but campaign supporters should get the letter early:

Many Americans have raised legitimate concerns about the political power of ACORN and public employee union officials, who have, for years, been illegally funneling billions of your tax dollars through dues into Democratic campaigns and “get out the vote” efforts in exchange for generous pay, benefits, and pensions. Rank and file public workers are rarely, in my opinion, to blame, and many work very hard for their paycheck. Worse, the Democratic Party has an even larger political donor: the lawyers.

Members of the B.A.R. charge ordinary Americans $150-500 per hour just to file motions and write letters–$1500 to file boilerplate patent and bankruptcy forms. Despite a Constitutional ban on Titles of Nobility, they assume ‘Esquire,’ and even lobby to rewrite our laws and contracts to ‘legalese,’ compelling you to hire one of their cartel to simply explain their court documents before you sign them. Judges, lawyers themselves, often dupe juries into believing that they MUST convict a defendant–contrary to conscience or the Constitutional meaning of a trail by jury. (source: fija.org)

Paralegals and software makers are aggressively sued or threatened with criminal sanctions if they offer even basic legal services to the public at a lower cost. One Florida law firm sued a disabled couple, Dave and Donna Batelaan, who sold wheelchairs because they didn’t have two handicapped parking spaces out front. In the $300 billion tobacco settlement deal, millionaire lawyers became billionaires overnight. One bought the Baltimore Orioles with his winnings. In one class action suit filed in Olympia, Washington, a home builder had to close, lay off its workers, and sell all of its assets for $80 million. The lawyers took it all–the homeowners got nothing. Excessive litigation is driving up medical, workman’s compensation, and small business insurance, driving up the cost of doing business and exacerbating our nation’s entitlement crisis.

In most countries, an attorney is no different from a CPA, chiropractor, or engineer in the power that they have or the prices that they charge. Only in America do we allow the Democrat’s largest political contributor to operate such a racket. The problem is not the guy driving the ambulance, but the attorney chasing it.

Albert “Max” Abramson
Seabrook Budget Committee
speaking on my own behalf