Burning USS Raleigh on NH State FlagFor Immediate Release
Coalition of NH Taxpayers
8 North Main St #4
Concord NH 03301
March 29, 2017

Concord, NH — The House deadline to pass a budget is April 6th, and the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers is very concerned. Over the past four years, we have seen a net increase under Gov. Hassan of $310 million (2014-15 budget) over the (’12-’13) budget and a $554 million (2016-17) budget over the prior (’14-’15) budget. Now we are facing a House Budget that potentially could be a $700+ million increase.

Now that we are facing the budget horizon, we have seen little evidence that the House is crafting a conservative budget. In fact, it appears that the House is committed to running the State aground financially, and they are preparing to do it, full-steam ahead.

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From The Mark Steyn Show, here’s a SteynPost that starts with Mark’s famous observation on the left’s standard slur – that, when everybody’s Hitler, nobody’s Hitler. By way of illustration, he examines a particularly feeble charge against a Trump counselor.

© 2017 Oak Hill Media Inc/Mark Steyn Enterprises (US) Inc. All rights reserved.

One of my favorite lines is from the animated film of a few years ago, The Incredibles.  The little boy is blessed with supersonic running speed but told he can’t use it but he’s still special.  His retort (a great slam against the self-esteem education movement) was “if everyone is special, then no one is special”.

Most adults haven’t learned that lesson – especially those that call everyone “special”

(H/T: Five Feet of Fury)


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Patience and Wisdom

Heh!  This morning I thought I smelled skunk when I let one of my dogs back in.  My daughter-in-law who came by said there was a skunk under my car.

I waited until after work to do my errands…

(H/T: Susan)


You know that old political saw: once given an entitlement, it’s almost impossible to take it back.  In this case, Obamacare and its real payload, Expanded Medicaid.  We’d expect Democrats to defend it – it is THE way to continue to have Government insert itself more and more into the healthcare space.  Presto – universal socialized medicine by incremental stealth.

And the Democrats baked this cake:

(H/T: The Corner)

What floors me is the vigor with which some Republicans, Read the whole thing!

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First off, NH:

As it currently stands, the budget will exceed $12 billion for the first time everThe cost of running state government will be about $9,000 for every man, woman, and child in NH. Is your family getting its money’s worth? Can you afford to pay your share? Here are the numbers from the last budget and the proposed budget:

NH Budget


Those are pretty large increases, given the current rate of inflation (under 2%).  I’ve always maintained that the increase of Government should never be larger than that of the average person’s rise in income.  Which in most cases, is right around the rate of inflation.  And was to we get as reasoning From the UL:

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Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova

From a “Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, March 23, 2017” in which she takes a shot at Democrats in the US over the practice/accusations of leaking information.

This is the 5th question asked of her by the media (link above), second-to-last paragraph.

Also, I would like to say that if the practice of leaking information that concerns not just the United States but also Russia, which has become a tradition in Washington in the past few years, continues, there will come a day when the media will publish leaks about the things that Washington asked us to keep secret, for example, things that happened during President Obama’s terms in office. Believe me, this could be very interesting information.

She also questioned CNN’s Reputation.

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On Saturday, April 29th, in front of the New Hampshire State House in Concord, there is a Support Trump Rally combined with a Free Jerry DeLemus Rally.  Jerry has been imprisoned without due process on manufactured charges (for over a year). Please show your support for freeing Jerry, and for President Trump, by attending this event.

DeLemus Rally Flyer


Pile-Of-MoneyThe New Hampshire Department of Education has released a document listing the cost per pupil for public school education in New Hampshire. The report provides details for each district (or SAU) in the state based on these parameters.

The Cost per Pupil represents, with certain adjustments, current expenditures from all funding sources (local, state and federal) associated with the daily operation of schools. Payments to other school districts and private schools have been subtracted. Revenues from the sales of lunches have also been excluded. Cost per Pupil is calculated by subtracting tuition and transportation from K-12 current operating expenditures, and then dividing by the average daily membership in attendance (ADM-A). The report “State Average Cost Per Pupil and Total Expenditures” identifies which expenditures have been included or excluded. The per pupil amount of all expenditures – operating, tuition, transportation, equipment, construction, interest and non-K-12 expenditures is $17,648.76.

So, how much did it cost to educate one child for one year in your town or school district?

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Republican John Stefanski this weekend flipped Louisiana House District 42 – a seat held by Democrats since at least 1972 – after Democrats failed to even file a candidate in the race. Additionally, Republicans retained House District 92 on Saturday with a win by Joe Stagni. So for those of you keeping score, Democrats in state legislatures – despite massive interest and spending – have still flipped zero seats and hold even less than they did at the beginning of 2017.

Make them spend a fortune in every race. Sooner or later they will win again but that’s money they won’t have to cause trouble elsewhere.


Tell me, is it me or is Chelsea Clinton dumber than Maxine Walters?

Might be hard to tell at times.  Whaddya think – are both dead rocks and leave it at that?

(H/T: Gateway Pundit)


AR-15 PDWThis teenager certainly needed it (reformatted, emphasis mine):

BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma -Three teenagers were killed Monday, shot by a man as they were breaking into his home. Officers say it happened at a home near 91st and Clearview Drive in Wagoner County. The Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office said the homeowner and his adult son were in the home when three males wearing masks and gloves tried to break in at about 12:30 p.m. The homeowner’s son shot the intruders with a rifle, deputies said, killing all three.

“These three individuals came to this residence with the intent to burglarize it,” Deputy Nick Mahoney said, “One was with brass knuckles, the other one was with a knife.”

Breaking and entering.  Brass knuckles aren’t used for love taps and I bet that knife wasn’t going to be used to carve a heart with an arrow through it on the mantle.  No, these “Smart as a dead rock” thieves meant to do harm to those that wanted to protect themselves and their castle.  However, it does seem they proved that old adage of “Never bring a knife to a gun fight”, especially if you are the one starting it.

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“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as “bad luck.”

– Robert A. Heinlein (sci-fi writer, from whose “Stranger in a Strange Land” that “Grok” is derived)

And do you think the Socialists that ran Venezuela for the last 17 years took that to heart?  Ummm,

In 2001 Venezuela was the richest country in South America; it is now among the poorest.

And Democrats are the Party of Socialism

(H/T: Instapundit)



“Small businesses employ over 57 million Americans. And yet, the government’s taxes and regulations overwhelmingly favor big businesses at the expense of small ones. Why? Find out in this short video.”

Hint: go ask your Democrat Federal office holder why – watch them bend like a pretzal.

(H/T: Liberty Unyielding)

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voterfraudAnd rather blatant about it, too – they video’d themselves urging recent refugees to commit Voter Fraud by including voter registration forms.  Which, if they are really recent, deserving of a “Welcome to Nebraska, courtesy of the Nebraska Democrats.  Once again, proving to the rest of us, that the insurge of refugees and illegal aliens, does not come from the “goodness of their hearts”.  Nope, nosirree!  With these Progressives / incremental Socialists are all politics all the time – they DO see these folks as fresh meat for votes.  After all (reformatted :

The inclusion of a voter registration form in a “welcome” gift basket designed for refugee families is eyebrow-raising. Individuals with refugee status in the United States are only allowed to naturalize after they spend a minimum of five years in the U.S. and obtain permanent residence (a green card). But presumably, individuals who accept a “welcome” basket are new arrivals to the U.S. and have not met the requirements to become citizens. They would be ineligible to register to vote. Unfortunately, these requirements do not always stop voter fraud from occurring.

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“Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted,” the bill states.

None of that pussy footing around, no politicalese, fulfill’s a campaign promise in fullness – and no “hiding the boots” in arcane language that makes a bill appear to be something that it is not (which last week’s Republican debacle of a process and bill did).

Thank you, US Rep Mo Brooks (Alabama-R), for showing us that less is certainly far more.

(H/T: RedState)

Note:  Are the Establishment Republicans trying to play a shill game with us?

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Bill Maher’s Classic Putdown of Islamist Apologists

“Every time some bomb goes off, before it goes off, somebody yells ‘Allahu Akbar!’ I never hear anybody go ‘Merry Christmas! This one’s for the flying nun!’”

I don’t agree with Maher on most things, but that’s funny right there!

(H/T: Instapundit)


Oil well pump

This is a long read, but if you’d like a (somewhat) independent view of the effects of Trump-inspired infrastructure build outs in the US and the changing geopolitics of oil, this article will provide a good overview.

If you’d prefer the synopsis, there’s this.

To sum up, oil prices stand neither to go up or down but remain steady, and that’s a good thing. More reliable petroleum delivery routes that bypass the Middle East reduce the ability of OPEC to artificially inflate oil prices. Oil will trade more like a regular commodity, and its price will see less fluctuations. In fact we have started to witness this over the last 3 months: Despite OPEC’s successive announcements of production cuts, oil prices have mostly ignored OPEC and remained steady in the $50 range. Three years ago, the same announcement would have meant $100 oil. Previously, huge jumps in oil prices were caused by inelasticity of supply. This will remain history as these massive builds in infrastructure take place.


Related: Russia prepares for $40/barrel oil.

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smirking-trumpToday Mr. Trump is scheduled to sign an order to alter or eliminate job-killing Obama-Era Executive Orders on energy including the Clean Power Plan.

The upcoming order goes even farther than axing the CPP, according to Bloomberg’s Jennifer Dlouhy, who got a sneak peek at Tuesday’s order. Here’s what it does:

  • Orders EPA to review and “if appropriate” work to repeal or revise the CPP.
  • Rescinds the Interior Department’s moratorium on new coal mining leases on federal lands.
  • Repeals an Obama-era guidance on how federal agencies should take global warming into account when doing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) permitting reviews.
  • Disbands a federal working group that developed the “social cost of carbon” (SCC) estimate used to justify onerous global warming regulations. The SCC will also be thrown out.

Dlouhy reports Trump’s order revokes “six specific directives from his predecessor, including Obama’s broad strategy for paring emissions of methane released from oil and gas operations.”


Update: And…. It’s done.


Homo MarxianThe 45 Declared Goals are required reading (and sharing) for anyone who wants to suggest to someone that the Left isn’t just winging it.

[From “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen – 1963]


45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use [“]united force[“] to solve economic, political or social problems.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

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Birmingham's Central Mosque

Birmingham’s Central Mosque

From a National Review article by Andrew McCarthy, we gain some interesting insights:

Birmingham, England, is the place that Khalid Masood chose to settle a few years ago, after ‘studying’ in Saudi Arabia, and is where he became further steeped in Islam, until he finally grabbed his knives, rented an SUV, and headed for Westminster Bridge and Parliament.

Muslims traveling from and through Europe, on EU passports, say it is well known that “Birmingham is the best place to be pure Muslim!” That is, not only will you be allowed to practice your faith, but you can have very little contact with the civic and legal structure of a Western state. As these enclaves become Muslim majority, non-Muslims leave, and emergency services become reluctant to enter –Nansen-primary-school-Birmingham-2011 even if not called “No-Go” zones, they are to all intents and purposes just that. Birmingham was (is?) the home of “Operation Trojan Horse,” a scheme to immerse the city’s schoolchildren in Sunni Islam (The Guardian doesn’t name Wahabism, but appears to be describing it).
Islam’s aim is to PREVAIL, to take over…..


Why The Cheshire County Sheriff Did Not just Create a Sanctuary County in New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald March 27, 2017

Cheshire County New Hampshire Sheriff Eli Rivera announced this week that his office would not conduct raids for Federal immigration officials. So has Cheshire declared itself a sanctuary County? Hardly. In the context of the illegal immigration debate a sanctuary town, city, county, or state is a place that will not actively pursue illegal immigrants for deportation, […]

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Since all day kindergarten is now all the rage here in NH, a bit of contrarian advice based on SCIENCE!

by Skip March 26, 2017

At least, that’s what the Progressives keep telling us – ONLY Science should make our decisions for us: Parents wondering whether to wait a year to send their kids to kindergarten, take note: A new study from Stanford University shows that Danish kids who postponed kindergarten for up to one year showed dramatically higher levels […]

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Notable Quote – F.A. Hayek and Don Boudreaux

by Skip March 26, 2017

The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.  To the naive mind that can conceive of order only as the product of deliberate arrangement, it may seem absurd that in complex conditions order, and adaptation to the unknown, can be achieved […]

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An interesting thought – Striking down Trump’s immigration EO kill off Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate?

by Skip March 26, 2017

Has the Left sprung its own trap on its own feet that it didn’t know it laid all by themselves?  Remember all of the angst when Obama’s HHS decided that an “essential healthcare plan” had to include free contraceptives which also includes abortifacients?  Several organizations sued that it violated their First Amendment rights including Hobby […]

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When right and wrong are ephemeral and only depends on the moment…

by Skip March 26, 2017

“If there is no God, urder isn’t wrong” Is murder wrong? How do you know? In this video (below), Dennis Prager shows why, unless there is a God who says murder is wrong, believing murder is immoral is, well, just an opinion. And what happens when entire societies stop believing in God? As Dennis explains, […]

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GT Flashback April 5th, 2014

by Steve MacDonald March 26, 2017

Listen to “GT Flashback April 5th, 2014” on Spreaker. Congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia joins us to talk Millennials. Jack Biltis, President of TAG Employer Services, talks about the regulatory state. Then Mike Rogers calls in from the CCDL gun rights rally in Connecticut.

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The New Media Militia

by Steve MacDonald March 26, 2017

As of today, New Hampshire has a new aggregation site. The New Media Militia. The New Media Militia are the bloggers, podcasters, activists, and local radio hosts who are reporting on Local, State, and National issues. This site aggregates that content to provide local news and opinion in one place. Each post is a snippet of […]

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Epic Battle: Trump vs The Swamp

by Mike March 26, 2017

Another great cartoon by Ben Garrison – gentlemen (and ladies) place your bets, and lend your efforts – the only giant sucking sound I want to hear is the swamp being drained. God speed, Trump. If you like Garrison’s work, you might like his MAGA special pack, including signed book, signed cartoon print, and more.

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Anti Trump Coward Turtles and Runs when Confronted by Men

by Scott Morales March 26, 2017

A masked anti-Trump protester gets what he has coming after he allegedly doused a female pro-Trump, patriotic organizer with pepper spray.  Here he is taking a beating and turtling, then scurrying away… (WARNING: graphic language) Violence erupts Trump rally when pro and anti Trump protestors collide. #MAGAMARCH in HBhttps://t.co/4OXrkdVwyO pic.twitter.com/AkYkCrpx6Z — Cindy Carcamo (@theCindyCarcamo) March […]

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Progressives and The Proper Role of Government – and your subservience to it.

by Skip March 26, 2017

Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal sums up these micro-totalitarians, perfect examples of the Progressive  philosophy: “The essence of modern Democratic Progressivism is: You will participate in what we have created for you, and you will comply with the law’s demands.” One used to believe that before pen was set to legislative paper, our […]

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