Remembering Democrat Rule Part 2

by Steve MacDonald

If New Hampshire Democrats were ever again allowed to run the State legislature we already know the first thing they would do.  They would overestimate revenue to justify spending for the purpose of driving us into a broad based tax.  They did it during a recession, with unemployment skyrocketing, embarking on one of the most massive modern day expansions of New Hampshire state government.  What’s to stop them doing it again under any other condition?  Republicans.  Barring that, nothing.  It’s who they are.

Spending was and always is the Democrats first priority and Governor Lynch’s most recent budget was just another example.  Even without a Democrat legislature he wanted to spend 4.731 billion on General and Education funds, almost 300 million more than the current Republican Budget; a budget 6% less than that of Governor Lynch; a Republican budget that is almost exactly in line with actual revenue.  (That means it spent what they estimated they would take in.)

But left unchecked by Republicans Democrat Governor Lynch would have got his budget and then some, and added another 300 million dollar hole that the taxpayers of New Hampshire would have had to fill because there wasn’t another $300 million plus to spend without raising some more taxes in this lousy economy.

History also tells us (recent history) that if Lynch had that Democrat legislature the new Lynch deficit number would have been even larger.  The Democrat majority left us with a 1.2 billion dollar gap between revenue and spending (which they were only able to hide with one time money and accounting gymnastics).  In the absence of the federal handouts this time around (Stimulus etc.), that gap could became a deficit that could have easily grown to 1.5 billion or more if Republicans had not won the legislature and dealt with Terie “Billion Dollar Deficit” Norelli’s structural deficit.

So at the end of the day, the Republicans saved New Hampshire’s fiscal ass.   They found a way to rearrange government to avoid new taxes during a recession.

Of course the Democrats had an answer to their billion dollar problem.  The answer was (and is) another tax.  A sales or income tax, to be exact.   A sales or income tax to pay off that 1.2 to 1.5 billion plus existing spending gap.  So 1.5 billion in new taxes for the 1.5 billion in new annual state spending during the worst recession in history™.

So  tell me again how the broad based tax would provide property tax relief?  It wouldn’t.  It would go to cover all that new spending, which would become the new starting point from which the next spending spree would be launched.   Budgets never get smaller when Democrats are driving the bus.  Never.  Your new state budget would grow as fast and as far as it could, year after year, under Democrat rule.  And more and larger taxes would be needed to pay for that new-newer-newest  state spending.  You’d pay for it with a broad based tax, with higher local taxes as the state nibbled  away at revenue sharing  and down shifted costs to towns to feed its hungry beast; adding higher fees and fines, view taxes, tent taxes, soda taxes, timber taxes, transaction taxes, energy taxes, communication taxes, and more business taxes.

The spending would never go away and someone has to pay.  That someone is you.  All of you.

So despite what the left claims, there is no salvation from an Income tax, sales tax, not even from gambling revenue–you just get more government to pay for year after year…and your property taxes…they continue go up to.

And there is not one Democrat who can say with a straight face that they would never want a broad based tax because without one they can never have want they want for New Hampshire…to have a revenue structure like Massachusetts, or New York, or California.  Their variety of Government demands it, it cannot “live” without it, and the left will not stop…until they have it.

So you don’t have to love Republicans, but your lifestyle and your livelihood simply can’t afford Democrat run government.  It always means more government and there is never enough money to pay for it.





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  • mer

    Growing up in NJ, same thing happened.  Long time ago, NJ did everything based on property tax, some people started complaining it went too high, wound up with a sales tax.  Then that wasn’t enough, so got an income tax.  Then the Lottery:  all in the name of “the children” and schools.  End result?  Trenton got larger, property taxes never went down, now residents get screwed over 3 ways instead of just 1.  Property tax you have the best chance of affecting because it’s local.  State taxes, an individual has less of an impact.

    The last year I owned a house in NJ the town did a bunch of good stuff to lower their costs by a significant amount.  Cool, I’m going to see my tax bill go down.  Wrong, teachers came in sucked all that up and more so I wound up with a significant net increase.

    • Dark_Archer

      welcome to NH same s**t different state

      •  Same ‘Democrats’ different state.  Or is that what you meant?

  • C. dog e. doG

    Now we have to find Real Republicans™ for whom to vote!  There’s plenty more non-constitutional crap in the budgets to whack at with the ax.  As always, a good place to start is axing the taxes, which necessarily constricts the beast’s belly.  

    Yet, I’m not hearing much from the Republican bench on this.  Until the Department of Cultured Affairs is vanquished, we know they have not done their job based on even the most generous of interpretations.  They also seemed to have laid down their arms on the school choice issue.  What gives?  A bout of whimpery?  New Hampshire should be leading the charge on these fronts, not lagging behind.  Well, at least we can still buy our Big Gulps to distract our guilt.
    – C. dog

    • granitegrok

      Big Gulps –  Only if you’re not in NYC – Bloomy’s on his Nanny pills again….but you already knew that!

    •  SOmuch for remembering Democrat Rule.

      First, CACR 12, whatever you think of it, does not define the entire legislative endeavor from the past two years.

      Second, people who think they can get all the business done in a session or two are confused.  Even liberals have problems and they are much more severe in their treatment of those who will not toe the line.  Sometimes you have to take steps, and those are often too small for anyone’s liking, but if they are in the proper direction accept that it may be better to get something than nothing.

      Third, moving the legislature from Republican to a better brand of same, is also a series of steps.  But if piss everyone off then you end up going backwards and lose the ground you thought you’d gained.

      • C. dog e. doG

        Essentially, citizens of the Grate State of NH are back where they were ’bout 6 years ago.  I don’t consider small yo-yo movements meaningful; seems more like an exercise in self-gratification.  I do think there are some principled Repubs, but they are fewer and farther between than is necessary to make a big-boy step toward freedom.  Seems we have a bunch of timid mice scurrying about  underneath the gilded dome only looking for bit size pieces of cheese.  Let us hope the next batch will put on their big-boy pants to say what they mean, and do what they say.

        Democrat Rule ? ruled by Democrats!
        – C. dog twists words to torture meanings

  • Doris Hohensee

    Look at the Republican legacy!  CACR 12 proposing to usurp local control over public instruction.  Our two hundred year old tradition and exclusive right that was fiercely guarded by our forefathers. Only the Republican leadership could anesthetize the people long enough to even consider such a monumentally outrageous proposal.

    • C. dog e. doG

      Nice try Doris –
      Let’s decode your Lib-speak, shall we?
      1. Local control = local thug government wankers get to decide what the schoolmarm drones try to shove in lil’ Johnny and Suzy Q’s mush-minds.
      2. Two hundred year old tradition actually flies in the face of your Grate State wallet for the local yocal juntas.
      3. Exclusive right = whatever the local government wankers says goes
      4. Fiercely guarded?  Not aware of any encroachment ’till the lawyer scum rose to initiate the Claremont debacle.
      5. Anesthetize the people = employ voodoo magic to dupe the “good people” into thinking they can’t do without Nanny’s BFA.
      – C. dog shoots spitballs at Dorris from his balcony seat

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