Big Government

Jonathan Mackie – candidate for NH State House, Belknap 2 (Gilford/Meredith)

by Op-Ed August 5, 2018

I am Jonathan Mackie, a Republican seeking to represent Meredith and Gilford in Belknap District 2. I am a lifelong resident of New Hampshire and have lived in Meredith since 1984. My wife Sue and I own and operate Clearwater Campground and Meredith Woods Four Season Camping Area in Meredith. Although I have not previously […]

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Funny, I never heard back from US Senator Elizabeth Warren when I emailed her back

by Skip July 26, 2018

333.  275.  185.  290.  124.  210. That’s my latest sampling of how many days it took the National Guard to federally recognize the promotions of its servicemembers after those promotions had already been fully approved by their state command.   Just to be clear: these officers start doing the work of their new rank the day […]

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Notable Quote – Judge James Ho

by Skip April 20, 2018

Sorry, but the good judge got one thing really wrong – the word “allow” (emphasis mine): To be sure, many Americans of good faith bemoan the amount of money spent on campaign contributions and political speech. But if you don’t like big money in politics, then you should oppose big government in our lives. Because […]

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It’s April. I just got 1.5 inches of snow. The sign may be right?

by Skip April 6, 2018

I was just remarking that I remember having varsity tennis matches canceled when I was in high school because of snow like this – back in the 70s (yes, I’m getting to be that old).  Back then, the scientists and media were all up in arms that we were headed into global cooling and that […]

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Quick Thought: Treehugger is at it again

by Skip April 5, 2018

Lloyd Alter, head honcho over at said site, is a New Urbanism – hates suburbia, seemingly hates rural areas, loves the city and wants us all to live there “sustainably” and in a “walkable serenity”.  No cars, only public transit; enforce “neighborliness” in which a “community” will flourish (if you’re an introvert, yer outta luck) […]

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Do Modern Democrats Vote for Anything That Will Make Government Smaller?

by Steve MacDonald February 8, 2018

Decriminalizing marijuana sounds like is a liberty issue. Not so for Democrats. Addressing the opioid epidemic is sold as an issue of compassion, but to the professional left, it is an opportunity. Sex trafficking, repackaged and sold as a matter of freedom under the banner of legalized prostitution is not about freedom at all. And the Progressive obsession […]

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HB 628: The NH RINOS that help NH Dems institute yet another Progressive Social program

by Skip January 10, 2018

This would be the Paid Family Leave Act – something that a few companies have put into action on their own thinking that it was the right thing to do and would possibly given them a competitive advantage a strictly voluntary program.  Well with HB628, we now have a CLASSIC example of a Progressive Govt […]

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This Asshat of a moderate Republican sounds like a Democrat – no understanding of Individual Liberty

by Skip January 3, 2018

Back from Dec 19th (updated based on the passage of the Federal Tax Reform bill): We no sooner get the Obamacare Individual Mandate jackboot off of our healthcare necks via the Tax Reform Act than this Republican Senate Jackal, US Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), would be HAPPY to see the States turn around and put […]

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Net Neutrality – nope, not the State’s business

by Skip January 3, 2018

This has been sitting in my stack of stuff since mid-December, so it’s time to FIFO the stack. Our Democrat Congressional Coven just can’t seem to let go of the idea that Government has to do everything for everybody at every time.  Especially troubling to them is if Government ratchets up the regulatory environment, it […]

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Another Govt Rent-Seeker for Govt run PAID Family Leave – HB 628 – Dr. Oge Young – Part 1

by Skip December 29, 2017

HB 628: Paid family and medical leave SurPRISE!  Yet another Op-Ed in the Concord Monitor genuflecting at the Altar of Big Govt: “Pray, give us this “benefit” even as we could do it ourselves? Once again, supplication from one whose industry very well could be sucking at yet another teat of Government (you know, the […]

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Can I ask: what SHOULDN’T Government do (re: NH Paid Family Leave), eh Steve Duprey?

by Skip December 21, 2017

Oh, it sounds SO nice and fuzzy – it’s for the Children, it’s for the Adults, it’s for the Seniors. How could ANYONE be against – yet another government program.  Republican Committeeman Steve Duprey seems to be in favor of this: …Steve Duprey, president of Foxfire Property Management and the Duprey Companies; Brad Sawler, owner […]

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Notable Quote – Keven Williamson

by Skip December 18, 2017

Nobody in Washington understands what it takes to make an iPhone or a pound of upland cotton, but they do know how to get in the way, how to hold up one hand and say “No!” while holding out the other hand and saying “Pay!” There are a few necessary conditions for prosperity: peace, property […]

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Concord Monitor Believes Govt is Entitled To Our Money?

by Skip December 15, 2017

The Concord Fishwrap has a piece from the AP on the tax package going through Congress right now with the loaded title: “Tax Package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans.” As if that’s all it does.  Not that I am surprised – the CM is always the Progressive mouthpiece for Marxist class warfare (do […]

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Senator Rand Paul – the GOP isn’t going to keep its promise on Obamacare repeal

by Skip July 13, 2017

I don’t agree with him all the time but on this, I do.  The GOP made a singular promise, over and over, for seven years.  Now, like the dog that finally caught the car, they don’t seem to know how to govern.  Which is to say, keep that promise, to completely repeal and replace Obamacare, […]

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When Big Government tries to “make a market” when none exists

by Skip July 13, 2017

Fools.  There are just too many people in Government that believe, simply by dint of receiving a government paycheck, that they know better than everybody else on what they should buy and when.  Like the Cash for Clunkers that didn’t meet its goal of Keynesian “stimulating” the auto industry by paying people up to $4,500 […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Don Boudreaux

by Skip July 13, 2017

In short, the “man of system” forgets that ordinary people are active, reasoning, creative individuals. They generally do not need government prodding to take actions that improve their lives. When they are so prodded, it is almost always to press them to take actions they would prefer to avoid. Conflict thus arises between ordinary people […]

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Such care of our money, they do. But they call it compassion so whatever…

by Skip July 4, 2017

In quickly scanning the newspapers this morning, I was rather shocked by something concerning something that just lept out of the screen.  In reporting what hadn’t been funded in the next NH budget, this factoid just stared back at me (full part of that piece after the jump for context).  Concerning a program to get […]

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The mineshaft that is California and its canary is restaurants. Dead ones.

by Skip June 30, 2017

I have been involuntarily offline for a while – the Grandson has been staying up too late (his daytime nap times are changing affecting my “uninterrupted time” at night), certification exams for work – and my laptop crapped out early this week.  I just got it back thanks to Josh and his crew at Same […]

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Notable Quote – John Cochrane

by Skip May 17, 2017

Now, the critique of an increasingly rent-seeking society echoes from both the Left and the libertarians.  Rent-seeking is a big problem.  Cronyism is a big problem.  George Stigler finds a lot to agree with in Joe Stiglitz.  As do Milton Friedman, James Buchanan, and so forth. But now comes the most astounding lack of logic […]

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Full-Day Kindergarten: NH Republicans have lost their minds

by Kimberly Morin April 26, 2017

Yesterday, the House Education Committee passed a ridiculous full-day kindergarten bill that actually increased the amount Governor Sununu wanted to spend from $9 million per year to over $14 million per year. The amendment was brought forth by ‘Republican’ Terry Wolf and replaces Senate Bill 191 (SB 191) completely. The amendment is actually House Bill […]

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Socialist Occidental Professor Caroline Heldman gets flustered by Tucker Carlson’s simple questions

by Skip April 19, 2017

Tucker – what a joy to watch at times as he takes on self-important self-righteous Leftists (mostly) with that baby face of his, puts them at a bit of ease, listens to them, and then just asks them simple questions.  It would be obvious to you and I, these questions, but as we see with this […]

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That “legislation” by bureaucrats kinda add up, eh? “Manhattan culinary staple China Fun shutters, blaming government over-regulation”

by Skip January 8, 2017

“Free compliance advisors are available for on-sight consultation aimed at helping small businesses comply with regulations.” At what point “a lot of Government” too much government?  Another example of government regulation run amok being buisness harmful. Manhattan culinary staple China Fun shutters, blaming government over-regulation We keep pointing these examples under the principle that at some […]

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Democrat Plantation

by Skip December 27, 2016

“This meme proves that their desires have remained unchanged since the days of slavery. In fact, it’s gone national. Regardless of skin color, Democrats want you to be a slave to the government.” After these last eight years, one thing stands out – Democrats still wish to rule YOUR roost by having Government make all […]

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When Progressive say bring back the 90% income tax, your response should be…

by Skip December 15, 2016

Only if we have the same sized Federal Government that we had at that level of confiscatory taxation.  From Powerline, a stark delineation of the differing sizes: n 1961, according to my analysis, John F. Kennedy oversaw 450 political and career executives who occupied 17 bureaucratic layers at the top of government. Mr. Trump will […]

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Thanksgiving – and of course, Govt is “doing a ride along” at your table…

by Skip November 24, 2016

From the Daily Signal, we see that it is still a “Nanny, may I?” Turkey. Title 9, Part 381.76, of the Code of Federal Regulations directs turkey inspectors on the proper method of examining a frozen bird, to wit: “If a carcass is frozen, it shall be thoroughly thawed before being opened for examination by […]

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Obama: you can never be successful by yourself

by Skip November 6, 2016

(H/T: RedState)

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These black pastors are really going to peel Hillary from supporting issues against their faith?

by Skip November 4, 2016

Hahahaha! Emphasis mine, reformatted: “On the 499th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, a group of black minsters is nailing a missive to the door of the Democratic Party demanding a political reformation on the issues black people care about. Delivered to Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters on Monday, the blistering letter is signed by more […]

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Immigrants! Don’t Vote for More of What You Just Left Behind

by Steve MacDonald October 24, 2016

Many of the people who flee Taxachusetts, New York, New Jersey, or other tax abusive regulatory states for New Hampshire, too often fail to realize that if they keep voting for the same sort of politicians they’ll get the same lousy outcome they moved here to escape*. This is also true for immigrants fleeing third world armpits, […]

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Well, I guess I ticked off Treehugger again….banned

by Skip September 29, 2016

Here’s what I left as a comment: This is one of the really big reasons many on the Right sneer at environmentalists – EVERY problem seems to require getting Government involved to achieve their wants. Make it bigger (hardly ever better) and more intrusive in making the rest of us hew to your idea of […]

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It’s like Obama and the Dems wanna play chicken with Zika

by Skip August 2, 2016

“The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.” – President Obama, Inauguration (2009) That there slush fund ain’t gonna fund itself, dontcha know: […]

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