Mitt Romney Holiday Picture With 47%er On Lap, Made Famous By MSNBC, Taken At Lake Winnipesaukee, Wolfeboro, N.H.?
.by Anura Guruge
I know roughly where his mansion is in Wolfeboro, N.H.
It is by Winter Harbor — near what used to be the quaint, sloping Wolfeboro (Lakes Region) Airport.
He has, for obvious reasons, never invited me to his place for ‘drinks’ (non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated) since I am, in his rich books, a 47%er. No harm. I wouldn’t have him around for drinks either. Given that I circulate in strange circles, I do, however, know folks who have been to his mansion. I gather he likes to give ladies ‘architectural’ tours of the house and show them all the bedrooms he has. Bully for him.
The Marriotts, fellow Mormons with the Mittens, have a palace close-by, with a HUGE, and I mean HUGE, granite, 3 berth boathouse. I have delivered takeout to them when I had WOWNH — Waiters on Water (WOW). Mittens never ordered any takeout.
Well that looks like Lake Winnipesaukee in the Summer for multiple reasons: the gray gabled roof on the boathouse, the lush greenery, the STONES all along the bank and the low hills in the background.
It is a shame he didn’t give Wolfeboro and our lake a plug in this picture.
Andrew Hosmer, The Perfect Gentleman (Though A Lawyer), Wins HUGE In NH Senate District 7. Great News For NH.
…by Anura Guruge
The first time I met Andrew Hosmer was at this year’s Laconia Multicultural Day when he was doing the rounds. We chatted briefly and I was hugely impressed. I introduced him to a ‘friend’ from Gilford who had lost his job at Hannaford’s. Andrew spent a lot of time talking with him. I decided that I was going to follow Andrew. I was not disappointed. Then I found out that my friend Lisa DiMartino, who also just won a seat in the NH house, was acting as Andrew’s fiscal agent. For me the deal was done. I was not just going to follow Andrew, I was going to root for him though Alton (where we live) is outside of his District 7. I am glad I did. Andrew has done all of us PROUD! Bravo. This continues to be a great, great, wonderful week for me, the family, Alton, NH, THE COUNTRY and the World. I am so happy and proud. Having folks like Lisa and Andrew in Concord is so good for the 47% — which includes us.
Andrew Hosmer introduced Dr. Jill Biden when she visited Laconia, NH on October 26, 2012.
Though I knew of his company, I only knew of Andrew’s opponent from what I had read in the media, as of the September primary race. I was amazed. For there to be so much smoke around him had to mean that something was smoldering. I was worried for Andrew. His opponent, in terms of signage and letters to the Laconia Daily Sun, seemed to be on a tear.
I had a brief, private chat with Andrew after the Jill Biden visit. He assured me that he was ‘looking good. Told me not to worry. But, I still worried. I counted signs on election day as I was in and around Gilford and Laconia doing my stuff for Obama. His opponent definitely won the sign contest. But, as with Obama, this election proved that signs means NADA. If anything it was those that had the least signs that won. I am so delighted. I had 4 Obama signs stolen. But, that is OK. Obama won. Romney lost. Same with Andrew. Andrew won. The signs lost.
I saw his opponents truck, emblazoned with the name of his company, illegally parked at the Gilford voting station. Yes, I have a picture of it — but I didn’t post it because I did not want to give his company any free publicity. To me seeing his truck illegally parked said it all. I wanted Andrew to win.
Andrew won. Life is good.
I can add another ‘I WON’ to my list. How great is that?
Lisa DiMartino, NH State Rep. Belknap County, District 2: Proactive, Effective Problem Solver (A Letter)
…by Anura Guruge
This letter appeared in the October 10, 2012 issue of
‘The Laconia Daily Sun‘, page 8.
I have known Lisa and her family for over 12 years and considers her an exceptional person, salt-of-the-earth.
Lisa DiMartino, NH State Rep. Belknap County, District 2 (Gilford & Meredith): PLEASE Make Sure She Is Elected.
…by Anura Guruge
I have known Lisa for at least 12 years, starting when she was this amazing Children’s Librarian at the always wonderful Gilford Library. First my son Matthew and then Devanee were huge fans of the library and I know that part of it was that Lisa ran the magical Children’s room. There was a time when Devanee, when she was 3 or 4, was going to the Library at least once a week. We all got to know Lisa and her family very well over the years.
She is a wonderful, caring, warm, helpful, knowledgeable, always ‘on-the-ball’ person. True, salt-of-the-earth. She is an exceptional mother, accentuated by having a special needs son.
Lisa will be a dream State Rep. for all of us with families, especially school age kids. She is an expert on health care and education issues in NH, with unique hands on experience as to the challenges faced by parents with ‘special needs’. Lisa will proudly stand up for us, Romney’s 47%. Gilford and Meredith are rich communities but there are still a lot of people in these towns that are not ‘rich’. Lots of folks without health care. Many worried about whether their kids are getting a decent education. If Lisa is in Concord, I know that she will fight for what is right for the majority. Lisa is above petty, politics. She will always try to do what is right for the average person, the typical constituent.
It would be so good for NH if we can have Lisa in Concord looking after our interests. So, PLEASE, if you live in Gilford or Meredith, vote for Lisa and make sure that you convince others in those towns to do the same. Thank YOU.
…by Anura Guruge
Rich Leonard has been OUR pharmacist in Alton (Hannaford’s) for the last 4 or 5 years. He has been exceptional professional, and an exemplary human being. We hold Rich in high esteem. He will make an OUTSTANDING NH Senator, even a great U.S. Senator.
Rich is always helpful, always caring, always professional, always polite. But, I can share a secret with you. He has a great sense of humor too. There have been times when Deanna’s back was really bad when I seemed to be going to the Hannaford pharmacy everyday, sometimes multiple times a day. Occasionally, especially if it was a Sunday afternoon, Rich might be the only one there. He would be at his counter, as ever very serious, doing what pharmacist do. But, if you cracked a joke or ‘teased’ him about sulking for being left on his own a big grin would spread across his face and he would respond.
He is all that you would expect from a well rounded, well grounded, educated, responsible, professional man. I could not think of anybody better to be a NH Senator. As it happens our next door neighbor (yes, the one who is into gross light pollution) actually made a bid for this seat, then changed his mind when he saw his competition from his own part and ran, again, for the NH house and came second in a two person race. No comparison. Rich will be so much better.
If you think about it a pharmacist is uniquely qualified to be a representative of the people. There is no HIPAA privacy niceties in a pharmacy line. So, given the hours I have spent in and around pharmacies I have heard some harrowing tales of hardship. Just think what Rich must have to deal with if all of us have heard our share of stories at the pharmacy line. Yes, we have first hand experience. Deanna is on workman’s comp. from a company whose name starts with an ‘L’ and ends in ‘Mutual’. They are horrible. Downright mean. Their modus operandi is to first, outright, reject everything and then, grudgingly, agree to approve just the low cost items, but even that randomly. Rich has dealt with all of this for us. He has handled the constant ‘pre-approval required’, ‘denied’, ‘waiting doctor’s notes’ and all the other excuses. We always know that we can RELY on Rich to get the BEST deal for us. Thank YOU, Rich.
Healthcare is not something that Rich knows about secondhand. Rich deals with the issues of today’s healthcare every day. He knows the woes that the middle class and Romney’s 47% have to deal with. Rich, despite his name, will represent the ‘47%’, not just the rich.
Please consider Rich Leonard. We do not endorse political candidates lightly. Thinking about it this is our first. Thank YOU for running Rich. We wish YOU all the very best. I hope that come November 7 I will have the honor of addressing you as Senator Leonard when I come to pick up a prescription.
Romney’s Insulting 47% ‘Victim’ Remark Does Not Apply To NH or Maine Where Many Can’t Even Understand What Is At Stake.
…by Anura Guruge
1/ Job Loses In New Hampshire — The Mystery Solved. Hannaford & Best Buy — Sep. 10, 2012.
I talk to people about U.S. politics every opportunity I get, even over meals though I know that that is supposed to be a social ‘No-No’. I campaigned like crazy for Obama during the last 4 weeks prior to the 2008 election and spoke with close to 500 people about Obama and politics. I have been sounding out all sorts of people this year so I can get my own read on what is likely to happen in November. My conclusion: Romney is going to win, because so many people, especially in NH and ME, will vote for him BECAUSE they really have no clue about the issues, but deep down, for reasons they cannot adequately explain, they feel threatened by a Black Man in the White House. [The polls are wrong.]
So, Romney, as in so many things, has got it wrong in his (inane, insensitive and intolerant) rant about 47% of the U.S. population, those that get some kind of help from the Federal Government or the State, not voting for him. Mitt you are dead wrong.
There are lots of people in NH and Maine who do not pay Federal Taxes or are on some kind of SUPPORT that will vote Republican — because, alas and alack, they have no clue as to what the issues are (as you will see).
The biggest thing is that these folks who are not (financially) rich by any sense of the word have absolutely NO IDEA that Republicans in general, particularly the likes of Romney and Paul, have nothing but absolute, abject contempt for them! They don’t get it. They think that they are Republicans and that other Republicans will identify with them — even like them. Wrong. Romney said it, but these folks in NH and ME won’t get it!
The Republicans resent folks that get ANY kind of aid that has its roots in taxes. It doesn’t matter what it is, whether it be special education needs, school lunches, Medicaid, housing support, ER care, disability, they just hate people getting anything from ‘government’ (even if they paid into it at some point in their life). This is what Romney meant in his last sentence of that so, so very insulting comment when he said: ‘these …. people … need to take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY‘.
When Obama talks about redistribution of wealth, what that means is using taxes from the Ultra-Rich, like Romney (who still won’t release all of his tax returns) to help those in need: unmarried mothers, the disabled, the sick, the elderly, THE POOR. We have a lot of poor people in NH and ME. We also have a lot of unmarried mothers — some opting to be that, to get AID. Republicans have NO SYMPATHY for such folks; fiscally, morally and religiously they have nothing but scorn for unmarried mothers. But, I know of unmarried mothers in NH and ME and THEIR parents who will vote for Mitt, without ever realizing that the Republicans, when in power, will do everything they can to reduce welfare. This is not a joke. We are talking about lives, real lives. Real people.
Well these people can’t take ‘personal responsibility‘ because they don’t even understand what is being said, let alone what is at stake.
People in NH where the household income is no greater than $60,000 tell me, passionately, that they are Republicans because Obama has and will continue to raise their taxes. With the cut in Pay Roll Taxes Obama reduced your taxes. Obama has no intention, whatsoever, of raising taxes on folks making less than $250,000 year.
Republicans resent those that are on disability or go to the ER for ‘free’ — unless their son, who doesn’t have health coverage, needs a kidney transplant. Then it is OK to get it for FREE — but Obamacare is wrong. [Yes, I actually know of an actual case here, and they are funny … they blame Obama for not creating jobs but bring over Haitians to work on their farm!]
People in NH on Medicare and Medicaid tell me that Government-based healthcare is un-American! They have no clue.
A 55-year old man on minimum wage, with two autistic kids, has a Romney bumper sticker on his 20 year old car, and tells me that he is worried Obama will raise his taxes!
People who could not tell you who ‘Ben Bernanke’ is, or what the current Fed Policy is on interest rates, will tell you that Obama has no clue as to how to fix the economy. [Most of these people have no clue because they are poor, and will tell you that NASDAQ is an auto parts dealer … that the stock market has done remarkably well over the last 4 years. I bet they don’t know that. But they think they are Republicans. Poor souls.]
These are the people, as the C&W song goes ‘can’t tell the difference between Iraq and Iran‘, but will argue vehemently that Romney has a better foreign policy than Obama.
These are the people who don’t know that Romney pioneered Obamacare in Massachusetts and has NOW publicly stated he will RETAIN most of the provisions in Obamacare, who will tell you that Obamacare is government encroachment into their life — when most of them are in a household that is getting some sort of government assistance. It would be funny if not for the fact that it is so sad.
James Carville in the 1992 Bill Clinton run had the catch-phrase: The economy, stupid.
Well to me the catch phrase for 2012 has to be: The ignorance, stupid.
So, self-disclosure. For much of my life I was a rabid conservative, so conservative that folks that knew me in Britain would joke: ‘Anu, come the revolution they are going to line YOU up right of (Margaret) Thatcher …‘. But, with age, as my father always predicted, I mellowed (though there are still some social issues where I am still very conservative). But, helping the needy is a cause dear to my heart. That is why I am, as of around 2003 (and yes Bush was my ‘last straw), a huge believer in the Democrats and an unashamed supporter of Obama (though he has let me down, badly, when it came to the ‘single payer’ mandate and extending the Bush tax cuts). Unlike Romney, I care about the 47% because that includes the sick, elderly, poor, disabled and children whose parents are NOT rich.