Maggie Hassan, incumbent Democratic governor, seeking re election, came to Littleton the other day. She got decent coverage in the freebie local paper, The Littleton Record. They quoted Maggie waxing rhapsodic about Littleton's economic improvements. She cited a multimillion dollar expansion at the hospital, and a second, smaller but still multimillion replacement of a public school building, and the famous Littleton main street rebuilding (they tore up all the paving on main street, rerouted a lot of sewer and water pipe, and then paved it over)
All this is cool, and needed to be done, but Maggie doesn't seem to understand that all this money spent is money spent on maintenance and services. Where is the money spent on new manufacturing plant, new mines, new farms, new electric generation, new ski areas, investment that makes stuff we can sell to pay the bills, to pay for new hospital expansion, and nice new school buildings? You have to make stuff to sell before you can afford health care and education and well paved streets.
Manufacturing and farming and mining and recreation create wealth. Hospitals schools and roads consume wealth. If you don't have the wealth, you cannot afford the goodies. And that is why our children, after graduating high school, leave the area to find jobs.
Maggie, like the average Democrat, doesn't understand the difference between weath creation and wealth consumption.
Vote for Walt Havenstein.