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Letter To The Editor
In admonishing those calling for economic justice,
Representative McGuire erred when he wrote:
"Steve Jobs’ wealth was not created by greed, it was
the result of his amazing productivity. ... Every dollar he owned
was voluntarily given by willing customers and investors."
The articles below tell a different story. Steve
Jobs built his, and his investors’ fortunes, on the exploitation of
foreign wage-slave labor and the displacement of U.S. workers:
"Apple’s Labor Report Finds Lot [sic] of Abuses But
Praises FoxConn" by Jason Mick on the Daily Tech website
"How Much Would a ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ iPad2 Cost?"
submitted by Stone Street Advisors on the
Apple’s vendor contracting practices demanded
extreme cost reductions, engendering working conditions that, at one
supplier, led to 10 suicides in 2010, prompting the company to
install anti-suicide netting around the building. At other
suppliers, Apple’s own audit found workers denied overtime pay,
illegal child laborers, chemical poisoning of workers, and permanent
physical disfigurations from repeated manufacturing motions.
Steve Jobs, like most CEOs whose businesses require
repetitive manufacturing processes, took egregious advantage of
workers trapped in authoritarian capitalist regimes abroad. These
workers, like their 19th century U.S. forerunners, labor in dire
conditions for menial pay.
The Stone Street Advisor study, cited above,
estimated Apple’s iPad2 profit margin at 54%. The study also noted,
were the iPad2 manufactured in the United States, Apple’s profit
margin would still be 15.25% -- an enviably good margin.
The majority of the dollars in Mr. Job’s, and in his
investors’ pockets, were indeed created by greed -- robbed from
disenfranchised workers abroad and the displaced workers who are our
I worry for those Mr. McGuire represents, who trust
him to make informed decisions in their best interest.
Name Withheld By Request
Letter To The Editor
To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and
Finishing our work for this year, my committee met
with Finance to review the performance audit of the State Police
Forensic Laboratory. There weren’t any issues needing legislative
action, and management has started a long list of action items to
fix most of the procedural issues. The only policy decision went to
Finance: whether the lab should charge for the tests. We don’t want
to downshift costs to the towns, whose police forces send in most of
the work, but setting a price might help them to set priorities.
Several people have asked me about the gambling
bills in other committees. My stand has not changed: I don’t object
to gambling, as an individual freedom, but I am unalterably opposed
to the state picking a few places and allowing massive slot casinos
there. First, selecting limited locations is a violation of the New
Hampshire Constitution, which forbids monopolies or other restraint
of trade. Secondly, these casinos are extremely profitable because
competition is limited by the government, and so the companies that
would own them are lobbying and pressuring the government to grant
them the monopoly. There’s a lot of money moving around, and the
appearance at least of corruption and bribery.
To quote Rep. Andrew Manuse of Derry: "I can not and
will not support a bill that limits access to two, well-connected
businesses. Those businesses will gain monopoly favor from the state
and with that, they will gain political influence and power. I do
not want the people of New Hampshire to lose their voice because of
a few, well-connected monopoly gambling businesses. One of the main
roles of a government is to prevent monopolies and encourage
competition in the marketplace."
Representative Carol McGuire
Decorative Art At Epsom Public Library
The Epsom Public Library is currently featuring an
exhibit of decorative painting by Mary Frambach of Gingerbread Cat
Studios in Epsom. This delightful and colorful show represents a
wide variety of techniques, mediums and subjects, from paintings on
slate and wood to framed canvas. The exhibit runs through December
10, and may be viewed during regular library hours: Monday
–Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday 9 am to 1 pm. For more
information, call 736-9920
"Hoop Shoot" Champions!
Our local competition for the 40th Annual Hoop Shoot
Free Throw Contest was Saturday, November 5th at Epsom Central
School. Thanks to all the kids who came to participate! First place
trophies were awarded to 1 boy and 1 girl in each of three
catagories: Ages 8-9, ages 10-11, and ages 12-13. The six champions
now advance to the district finals at Nashua Elks Lodge #720 on
Saturday, January 7, 2012 where they will compete with other winners
from throughout the area.
The Elks "Hoop Shoot" began as a local program by
the Corvallis, Oregon Elks in 1946. This is the 40th year of the
national competition. Nearly three million boys and girls are
expected to participate this year.
And the winners are!
8-9 yr. old boys: Brandon West
8-9 yr. old girls: Lauren Lehoullier
10-11 yr. old boys: Jaggar Beauchesne
10-11 yr. old girls: Alexandra Bonacorsi
12-13 yr. old boys: Gabe Jaquith and Cameron Welch
12-13 yr. old girls: Sarah Swanson
Congratulations to all!
I’d like to expand on the theme of last week’s
letter regarding wealth. Perhaps because we are so fortunate to be
Americans (the poorest 5% of Americans are richer than 68% of the
world’s people), we tend to think of poverty as an abnormal state
that requires remediation. Hence we have initiatives like President
Johnson’s "War on Poverty." The problem is that poverty is the
natural state of man.
Man has been around for over 5,000 generations. For
almost all of that time we lived at a bare subsistence level, with
short lives, horrible infant mortality, disease and slavery, lacking
food, heat, clean water, etc. Rather than ask "What causes poverty?"
it is more appropriate to ask "What causes wealth?"
A dozen or so generations back we discovered
capitalism. Capitalism is an economic and moral system where
individuals own the fruits of their labor and voluntarily cooperate
with each other to improve their lives. This change brought about a
fabulous improvement in our well-being.
We think that our wealth must extend forever,
regardless of how we mess with the system that lifted us out of
poverty. This is hubris and it isn’t healthy. The more we shackle
our wealth producers’ freedom, spirit and property with regulations,
bureaucracy and taxes, the greater the chance that we will sink back
into that swamp. Let us instead work to liberate ourselves and
create conditions that promote human creativity and productivity and
lead to an ever-brighter tomorrow.
Rep. Dan McGuire