If only the NH and the US Legislatures would to the same: DO THEIR JOBS!

by Skip May 23, 2016

Instead of sloughing it off on the Executive Branch to fill in their “legislation holes”.  And become “jealous” of both their power AND responsibility to the point of not allowing the Executive Branch and the Courts to fill the Legislative role in our separate branches of governance.  Tennessee – a model to follow? During the […]

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Addicted to ‘Something’ in New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald January 30, 2016
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By special request, this is a (just under 3 minute) monologue I recorded in place of a top-of-the-hour news read. It is on the expansion of Medicaid in New Hampshire (the re-authorization theater), the state’s “Heroin epidemic,” and inspired by the great works of Theodore Dalrymple on opiate addiction and the bureaucracy. .

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Guest Post – Tim Corbett

by Susan Olsen February 23, 2015

Letter to the Editors of the Union Leader, Concord Monitor, and SeacoastOnline. “To the Editor: This past week while watching public testimony on a variety of gun bill before the House Criminal Justice Committee something struck me. We had paid State employees there during public testimony advocating on behalf of the Department of Safety to […]

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The Scourge Of Regional Planning Simplified…Almost

by Steve MacDonald March 23, 2014
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Democrats lied to pass ObamaCare and continue to lie as it fails on all points because it could never be anything more than a big unwieldy machine that denied you choices.  ObamaCare took what worked for you, made it unworkable, then forced you to find a way to comply. And while we can debate just […]

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The Maze of Unaccountability

by Steve MacDonald June 14, 2013

If, over time, you’ve managed to build a maze that no one can get through, something so complex that even those tasked with it’s oversight and maintenance cannot only not oversee it, but who because of that can never expect to be held accountable, then the exercise of elections and appointments is merely a ceremonial […]

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The Enabling Effect of Government Agencies on…New Hampshire Fisherman

by Steve MacDonald June 7, 2013

Senator Kelly Ayotte was on WGIR with Jack Heath the other morning (per-recorded interview if I’m not mistaken) to talk about the effects of a recent decision affecting the local Fishing industry. She is trying to overcome the arbitrary observations of a local regional board, that have resulted in a decision with the force of […]

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Sustainable Communities Initiative (the Federalization of local zoning codes): Lakes Region Planning Commission Meeting

by Skip March 9, 2013

Yes, the unelected, unaccountable and mostly self-funding (multiple taxpayer teats at the ready) group of Commissions that started off doing road planning between neighboring towns – and suddenly, are experts in such varied things as Economic Development to Broadband Deployment in just a few short millions of dollars grants-writing.  And now that THAT information is […]

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We force you to wear a seatbelt because it will save your life.

by Skip January 25, 2013

As stupid an argument as can be said as in “since you OBVIOUSLY won’t take responsibility for yourself, we shall make you take responsibility for yourself”.  And if you do not, the force of Government will take away your money (via a fine) or take away your time (with jail time).  I am glad to […]

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IF You Can’t Take The Heat – Surround Yourself With More Bureaucrats

by Steve MacDonald November 1, 2012

The Obama Czars exist to do Obama’s job. They are also there to deflect blame into the warren of unaccountable bureaucrats that have exploded around the Czars and cabinet agencies.  Bureaucrats are as nameless and faceless as the people whose lives they try to direct without fear of reprisal.  Bureaucrats don’t stand for re-election, nor […]

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Microcosm of Nanny State Failure: School Lunch

by Steve MacDonald September 25, 2012

Being programmed by the state has finally hit kids where they live–in the stomach.  And there is an important lesson to be learned if the kids and their stomachs are listening.  That lesson is this: Federal mandates apply force, limit choices, and result in waste, and that is exactly what has happened thanks to Michelle […]

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How Many Employees Do You Have?

by Steve MacDonald August 21, 2010

After posting this on Wednesday–the discovery that New Hampshire has the third highest number of welfare employees per 100,000 residents in the nation (More than California by the way which, if you noticed is a tiny bit bigger than New Hampshire)–it occurred to me that this may not be the only circumstance in which the […]

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A problem for the Oily Populists.

by Steve MacDonald July 29, 2010

Paul Hodes is scalp hunting BP over the Gulf Oil spill—even though BP ponied up 20 Billion already and has spent plenty trying to fix things besides.  Fine and dandy “but how do I use that for populist traction” cries Sugar Daddy Hodes.  “I need votes.”  His answer is another press release promising something or […]

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