Notable Quote – F.A. Hayek

by Skip October 28, 2017

It should be remembered that long before government entered those fields, many of the generally recognized collective needs were met by the efforts of the public-spirited individuals or groups providing means for public purposes which they regarded as important. Public education and public hospitals, libraries and museums, theatres and parks, were not first created by […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Dan Boudreaux on “Price Gouging”

by Skip October 11, 2017

Some letter-writers who criticize my defense of so-called “price gouging” mistakenly assume that I oppose charitable actions to help victims of natural disasters (Letters, Oct. 11).  In fact, I applaud any and all outpourings of such generosity.  To the extent that big-hearted people make available, at zero or very low prices, additional supplies of goods […]

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Guest Post – Dan Itse: Christianity is not Socialism

by Skip March 31, 2017

I sought this consent today to apologize. To apologize for not having a ready answer. For the record, I will be mentioning the Bible, but only because someone else brought it up first. Back when we were debating SB 302, I commented to a fellow representative that I would probably vote for it, if only […]

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But Timothy Horrigan ABSOLUTELY embraces this

by Skip March 19, 2017

– passing off your PERSONAL responsibility to help and outsource it to Government instead. And with this bit of virtue-signaling, feeling superior to everyone else. There’s no way that Timothy would do, as a FINE upstanding Socialist Progressive, as the real Good Samaritan – dig into his own pocket.  It’s too easy to put that […]

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Timothy Horrigan won’t understand this – at all

by Skip March 19, 2017

And both of our Democrat Senators, Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie “The Red” Hassan, will be indignant that there are a lot of us believe that Government doesn’t do charity. It certainly isn’t Christian charity (a kindness from one person to another from the kindness of their heart) UPDATE: thanks to HammerNH, Carol Shea-Porter is not […]

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Democrats Gotta do what Democrats Do Do

by Scott Morales May 12, 2016

Allegation: Democrat Mayor of Flint, Michigan, “tried to redirect donations to her personal campaign fund from a charity meant to help families hurt by the city’s water crisis”. Hmm, stealing from a charity? Yeah, that rings of politicians alright. Especially, the pernicious Democrat. A little background. After decades of Democrats in Flint Michigan flushing the […]

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Charity is not charity when it is collected as taxes

by Skip August 27, 2015

Socialists / Statists believe that charity begins and ends with Government; if Government doesn’t do it, it’s not worth it nor is it charity.  If you have examined, oh say Joe Biden’s tax return, you see how miserly he is (even as he and his wife are part of the 1%).  We’ve blogged about many […]

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Hillary Clinton Slush Fund… Whatta Surprise,Not

by Scott Morales May 16, 2015

Is anyone surprised that Hillary Clinton family charity is just a slush fund? NYPost: The Clinton family’s mega-charity took in more than $140 million in grants and pledges in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid. The group spent the bulk of its windfall on administration, travel, and salaries and bonuses, with the […]

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Bishop Asks Queen to Take From Pawns

by Steve MacDonald January 8, 2015
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Bishop Peter A. Libasci, Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire took to the pages of the Concord Monitor yesterday to appeal to Governor Hassan and the NH State legislatures “better nature” on the matter of the budget.   The opening paragraph frames the context.  It is again time for a new state budget.  How will […]

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Bailouts – Go Figure: Feds lost money on their “Car Company Charity”

by Skip December 30, 2014

One of the first items that the Obama Administration was to re-engineer the Auto Bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler to the tune of 10s of billions (after Bush gave them billions more).  The reason was “jobs, we have to save these jobs!” never heeding the cries of the opposition that the American capitalistic system […]

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It’s called “scamming the system”

by Skip December 17, 2014

“My 15-year old in 10th grade asked me the other day about free lunch. He asked how people get it. I explained and then he said, “But dad, these kids are wearing Jordan’s and expensive clothes.” Welcome to the real world son.” And why wouldn’t parent give their kids better things when other people have […]

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Individualist vs Collectivist mentality: the Leave Me Alone Coalition vs “You WILL be forced together”

by Skip October 25, 2014

As in “we’re all in this together”.  Voluntarily being part of a group is one thing if it is voluntary but Progressives / Socialists / Collectivists brook no dissent – you WILL be made to be all in (with them in charge).  This article at Bearing Arms lays out the contradiction that is tearing apart the American polity […]

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The Secular Progressive Missionary Position

by Steve MacDonald September 16, 2014
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  Ace of Spades has a great query with regard to the left and their so-called superior social-consciousness narrative.   The high and mighty Nanny-Staters are always appealing to everyone to volunteer time or money to their local (see also global) “community.” There have been a lot of claims that Obama supporters would pledge to give […]

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If Progressive Govt hadn’t “crowded out” mutual aid societies to begin with

by Skip June 12, 2014

Mutual Aid Societies and Fraternal Organizations – before Progressives decided that ONLY Government could and should do charity work, there were mutual aid societies.  Groups of people banded together to help each other – family, friends, fellow immigrants.  And to the latter, I dimly remember stories from my Dad’s dad who came over to Southie (Boston) […]

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Best Interest – for who?

by Skip April 30, 2014

From the Union Leader concerning the MET / Hospital tax ruled unconstitutional (emphasis mine, reformatted): CONCORD — Senate President Chuck Morse says a short-term fix is needed to address a recent court ruling that the state’s tax on hospitals is unconstitutional.  Speaking Tuesday at a Senate Ways and Means Committee meeting, the Salem Republican said […]

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What, she’s trying to give Joe Biden and Obama a run for their money?

by Skip December 4, 2013

Charitable monies, that is.  You know, the line item on the 1040 where you get to put down how much you gave to charities?  The one that Obama and Pack of Progressive Socialists want to get rid of; after all, to them, TRUE charity can only be given by Government policies and bureaucrats.  Add another […]

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Observation: an example of Progressive repudiation of an American virtue: self-responsibility

by Skip August 1, 2013

And the continued push for acceptance and assimilation of the Progressive value that is a 180: eternal victimhood.  From George Will comes the example (in talking about Detroit, emphasis mine): Steven Rattner, who administered the bailout of part of the Detroit-based portion of America’s automobile industry, says, “Apart from voting in elections, the 700,000 remaining […]

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GrokTALK! for 7/20/2013 –Segment Three brings more questions!

by Skip July 21, 2013

Susan, Mike, Skip and Father Christian Tudor were joined by Jeff Chidester start off the Segment 2 by starting a process of Question and &Answers First lots of waivers.  THen the repeal of the 1099s.  Then the CLASS Act.  Then States refusing to expand Medicaid.  Then States refusing to do the Exchanges.  Lots of lawsuits […]

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“It’s that when you give too many people help, they start to atrophy…. “

by Skip March 27, 2013

Atrophy – a weakening.   Either of muscle or of will. OK, I admit it – I set the timer on the bedroom TV and put on Fox News most nites.  Thus, I heard new (relatively, now) contributor to The Factor, Adam Carolla, when he first said this.  Being what I thought was a Hollywood Liv, […]

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Mitt Romney and The 57.9%

by Steve MacDonald October 15, 2012

Democrats want to tax you so that they can then engage in state managed, centrally planned, charity.   Conservatives, Libertarians, and some Republicans object to this for more reasons than I can enumerate here but here is one example worth considering… As the coercive power of the state will alone decide who is to have what, […]

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Notable Quote: Adam Smith

by Steve MacDonald September 29, 2012

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their own interest.  We address ourselves, not to their humanity, but to their self love, and never talk to them of our own necessities, but of their advantages.  Nobody but a beggar chooses to […]

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Blogline of the Day – on Charity

by Skip September 21, 2012

Steve has the info on Romney’s tax returns – consistently outgiving, percentage-wise those that have been yammering for his returns to be made public.  From Instapundit, reflecting on the ReProgressive definition of Charitable giving: “If you really care, you don’t give money yourself. You get the government to force other people to give. That’s what […]

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Data Point – Blue state or Red State – who is more charitable?

by Skip August 24, 2012

This is exactly what I thought it would be – the Redder, the more charitable.  Mix in the religious fervor in a state, and this chart was pretty much what I thought it should be.  For instance, New Hampshire voted for Obama in the last election – and was all Blue (Democrat, Left) in 2008.  […]

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How About A Little Left Wing Charity?

by Steve MacDonald February 1, 2012

In the virtual backrooms of GraniteGrok, we debate each other on the issues, candidates, and legislation of the day.  And we often disagree on the particulars or specifics, discussing at length their relationship to first principles that we in fact share.  In the midst of recent back and forth over HB 1658, which tries to […]

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GrokTV Event: Ron Paul – Q11, Q12 & Q13: Policy on Israel, have to use a charity hospital, dealing with both parties in Congress

by Skip January 9, 2012

And the “Press Gaggle” ( aka “press availability” or it can be called “the time when reporters and MSM Press can ask silly questions to show their Editors they are actually doing something to earn their expense accounts / salaries”) – added after the jump! LAST OF THE QUESTIONS! Question 11: What is your policy […]

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Freestaters Provide Thanksgiving to Needy Families

by Tim Condon November 22, 2011

The Basket Brigade of New Hampshire: FREE STATER BRINGS BASKET BRIGADE CHARITY EVENT WITH HER TO NEW HAMPSHIRE CONCORD, N.H.—When Manchester resident Amanda Bouldin wanted to honor the memory of her father who suddenly died this year, she cooked up the idea to run a Thanksgiving week Basket Brigade drive just like the one her […]

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Ah yes, an instance where Government tells charity to butt out

by Skip June 7, 2011

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 Barack Obama, Inauguration, 1/20/09 Er, can we get a "No!" on that?   What […]

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Translation – somebody ELSE will take care of it; bill me via my taxes?

by Skip May 15, 2011

We come back to the moral imperative: Is charity a function of individual will and heart, or should Christianity outsource a primary raison d’etre to Government? Translation – somebody ELSE will take care of it; bill me via my taxes: "In the era of American big government, it appears that Catholic leaders have taken the […]

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“compulsory charity”

by Skip April 15, 2011

We are a generous nation. Americans help those who are going through a difficult time until they can get back on their feet. There was a time when such help by American taxpayers was referred to as “being on charity,” and it was considered a blessing. A temporary blessing. It was part of what made […]

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Guest Post – Dan Tamburello – Reporting from the “Lawmakers and Clergy” 4/8/11 meeting at the Salem Boys and Girls Club

by Skip April 11, 2011

On the days that the NH House was debating and passing its budget, HB 1, a couple of last weeks ago, there were many cries of "immoral" from those that directly benefit from NH expenditures.  There were also similar complaints from members of the clergy.  The following is a report from a meeting that was […]

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