Another way of saying “…comes with strings attached”: Matt Mayberry is quite right!

by Skip December 6, 2017

“We don’t take any money from the state or the federal government. You know why? It’s because I don’t want to serve a piping hot bowl of red tape every day.” From his UL Op-Ed, Matt hits the nail on the head.  The problem isn’t that the Feds want to make sure that their money […]

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Gov. Scott Walker: President Trump, More Local Control, Please.

by Steve MacDonald December 21, 2016

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, in a letter to President-elect Trump, is asking the next Commander in Chief to cut the Federal strings and go to a program of block grants managed by state-level equivalents of the federal agencies without all the inefficient red tape and unproductive bureaucratic “oversight.’ The federal government was originally created to […]

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Addiction in New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald June 21, 2016
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We continue with Frank Edelblut, candidate for Governor, on the “opioid crisis,” solutions without more bureaucracy, and New Hampshire’s other addiction problem…Federal money. Download this segment |  Complete podcast  

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Romancing Bureaucracies

by Steve MacDonald June 9, 2016
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As New Hampshire is busily building its own Opiate bureaucracy before our eyes… Every problem in contemporary society calls forth its equal and supposedly opposite bureaucracy. The ostensible purpose of this bureaucracy is to solve that problem. But the bureaucracy quickly develops a survival instinct and so no more wishes the problem to dissapear than […]

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Government, Pain, and Addiction

by Steve MacDonald November 19, 2015
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Could Government policy on pain medication be fueling heroin addiction? We explore issues with the Drug database, morons in the bureaucracy, and a policy-culture that  treats regular people in need like criminals. Listen to the entire podcast here GrokTALK! is a Mobile-Ready Broadcast

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The only thing to do is to rollback the 1946 Administrative Law Act

by Skip August 15, 2015

From Son of Spengler, this observation that Administrative State (re: Bureaucracy) may now be the Republicans’ bane of existence even if they hold the House and Senate AND gain the Oval Office (emphasis mine): In fact, Obama has not achieved his successes through formal, Constitutional means, but through executive agencies and the courts. Those democratically-unaccountable institutions […]

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GrokTALK! – Who Else Erases History?

by Steve MacDonald July 13, 2015
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The American left has manufactured another crisis and used it as an excuse to erase history. So who else does that? We also discuss the dealing with the bureaucratic handmaidens of the central planners – the administrative state. Listen to the entire program here Follow us on YouTube,USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter …and take us with […]

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Well of COURSE Progressive Kathy Sullivan wants more centralization of Govt functions!

by Skip December 7, 2014

To be honest, from just an engineer’s view, I used to think the same way – small State, duplication of effort, higher costs, inefficiencies;  do we need three levels of Govt? Sidenote: with the Regional Planning Commissions, we actually have 4 levels but that’s for another post If the goal is just in having the most […]

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Why is it that only Fed agencies undergoing Congressional oversight are losing hard drives?

by Skip July 14, 2014

Lois Lerner of the IRS is the most famous example of a Federal Agency who has been weaponized by the Obama Administration (even, according to random posts I’ve seen, more than Tricky Dicky – disgraced President Nixon (R) or one termer President LBJ (D)) and we have been SO treated by the arrogance of the […]

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This HAD to have given William Tucker a heart attack: New Orleans now only has charter schools

by Skip June 1, 2014

That’s right – recently appointed to the NH Board of Education,  William Tucker is one of those that seemingly believes that only Government schools manned by union teachers should be the ONLY form of education for our children.  After all, we’ve seen such stunning scholastic successes with this 140 year way of doing business – […]

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When You Invite The Bureaucrats In…This is What you Get.

by Steve MacDonald March 21, 2014
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“You can Check in any time you like but you can never leave.” After getting a full-time job with benefits, (Melissa) Battles went to disenroll from the Obamacare insurance she purchased through HealthCare.gov. But trying to disenroll from Obamacare turned out to be a full-time job in itself. “The first person I spoke with after […]

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Can we say that the US Government IS in the process of becoming politically weaponized?

by Skip January 25, 2014

From Bryan Preston at PJ Media, a list of items that I think most people would agree are “not what Government is supposed to be doing”.  Remember, we have heard from Progressive for DECADES is that the reason we should give up (in part or in whole) our participation in our own governance is because […]

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So why doesn’t Congress take its authority back?

by Skip January 14, 2014

The top red circle is the law passed by the US House and US Senate and signed by the President.  The blue rectangle represents the regulatory regime by bureaucrats – where either: Bureaucrats have over extended their power past what lawmakers have given them (e.g., today’s ruling by the Judicial Branch that the FCC overstepped […]

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by Steve MacDonald December 20, 2013

From Tom Blumer at PJ Media On Christmas Eve, it will be three years and nine months since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, into law. Seven decades ago, it took less time — 3 years, 8 months and 26 days, from December 7, 1941, to September 2, 1945— for the […]

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Obama Administration: moving from Innocent until proven Guilty to everything is Proscribed unless

by Skip October 7, 2013

…specifically allowed.  Certainly not by legislation but by fiat by the Executive Branch.  It has been said that each of us breaks four or five laws everyday (either statutory or regulatory) without ever knowing it.  How can one defend themselves when one, even if trying hard to not, is breaking a law under that condition?  […]

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About those Proposed EGU New Source GHG EPA Standards….

by Steve MacDonald September 24, 2013
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Yet EPA administrator Gina McCarthy touts this rule as an “important step” to fight “carbon pollution.” and yet…tucked away in the EPA’s own regulatory analysis (H/T Free Enterprise) The EPA anticipates that the proposed EGU New Source GHG Standards will result in negligible CO2 emission changes, energy impacts, quantified benefits, costs, and economic impacts by 2022. […]

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Hey, Let’s Threaten to Double the price of Milk.

by Steve MacDonald September 16, 2013
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You don’t think the Federal governed is too big? Too powerful? That it isn’t more interested in what it wants than what you want? Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) said he called Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack this week suggesting that the agency begin the process of implementing the 1949-era dairy policies that would take effect […]

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How your public servants view your money – The Fourth Quarter!

by Skip July 28, 2013

To be honest, this happens in the private sector too – end of the fiscal quarter.  The difference, however, is that the private sector is limited by that dreaded “profit motive” – which puts a lid on spending.  Public Sector – I have watched it at the local level, the country level, the State level […]

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Data Point – Support for President Obama is falling

by Skip May 27, 2013

It has been a while since I put up the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Poll – time to restart: Since his Second Inauguration, his job approval level has been dropping – and fast. Yes, his personal approval levels remain positive (something that I have never figured out).  It seems that the scandals that are now engrossing […]

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Decay Point: Bureaucratic Sclerosis

by Scott Morales January 5, 2013

Alas, as a society decays, its parts shrivel and wither in interestingly tragic ways. An exemplar of such decay occurred just the other day. Big Government’s bureaucratic sclerosis hit a Fire Department so hard that it felt it necessary for its, “…22 firefighters and six vehicles…” to remain idle on the shore and watch a […]

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An Assault Weapon or Not An Assault Weapon…That is the Question

by Steve MacDonald December 19, 2012

I’m no expert on firearms but do a fair job of knowing how government works and this “we need to do something” thing plays right into my wheelhouse. That “something” is the desire of legislators to appear to be capable of managing our lives in every meaningful way, so when a nut plotted, planned and […]

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Obama Couldn’t Run A Lemonade Stand (Nor could a NH Democrat) And Here’s Why?

by Steve MacDonald October 9, 2012

When the economy got rough my employer had to cut back staffing.  By the time they were done we had dropped about 70% of our staff, down to the bare minimum needed to operate each department.   We kept the best people and asked them to do a lot more for the same money, and sometimes […]

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“Obama couldn’t run a lemonade stand”, No Kidding, Who Can?

by Scott Morales October 6, 2012

A fellow Granite Stater said, “Obama couldn’t run a lemonade stand“.  Good for him, I say.  I take his point:  the bumbler in chief is so over his head that he can’t even muster the intellectual skill it takes to even perform a simple grade school task.  But this guy should have used another example […]

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The Delphi Technique

by Steve MacDonald August 16, 2012

As we find ourselves more and more exposed to committee meetings, public meetings, and even private ones, particularly with bureaucrats, paper pushers, or local or state level government officials, this bit of news might come in handy. It’s about the Delphi Technique. From Informed Citizens United In group settings, the Delphi Technique is an unethical […]

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Two Dick’s & Obama’s Vitamin Police

by Steve MacDonald October 10, 2011

Long story short, if the regs went into place the vitamin shelf at the store would be emptied until supplement makers submitting test results to the FDA and the products were approved. And the added for battling the bureaucracy and testing regime? You’d be paying that when they products went back on the shelf, if they did.

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UNH may have to Layoff More Staff

by Steve MacDonald September 29, 2011

Instead of looking for the opportunity to do more with less they blame the legislature for asking them to do what every small business-every family in the state–has already done for years. Cut back, and find new ways to get the job done.

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A New Ed “Flash” Larkin Inspired Scratch Game From The NH Lottery?

by Steve MacDonald September 25, 2011

Talk about a government jobs program. Show some strangers your “little professor” at the grocery store parking lot and we’ll give you $436,875.00 over five years.

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by Rick Olson September 16, 2011

“No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power … “ —Jacob Bronowski Solyndra is a California-based “green energy” company that sought more than $500 Million is loan guarantees from the Department of Energy and has now filed for bankruptcy protection. Solyndra first sought consideration for the loan guarantee program […]

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by Rick Olson September 11, 2011

“The two pillars of ‘political correctness’ are: a) willful ignorance; and,  b) a steadfast refusal to face the truth” —George MacDonald “Reform school” was a euphemistic term used to characterize what amounted to a penal institutions for teenagers, most often boys. Social reformers of America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries decried the […]

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by Rick Olson September 4, 2011

“Doesn’t the fight for survival also justify swindle and theft? In self defence, anything goes.” ~Imelda Marcos USA Today reported back in April 2006, that 180,000 families were living “off the grid” Moreover, USA Today in that same story reported that that rate has jumped to upwards of 33% a year for a decade according […]

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