Janus vs. AFSCME – a personal take

by Skip June 27, 2018

UPDATE: As the Supreme court just decided for Janus and against the unions, this post is appropriate.  Best news? SCOTUS rules that public sector union MUST be opt-in for payments.   Essentially, this returns freedom to individuals over the unions; no more paycheck protection for unions. ************ “Live Free or Die” – that’s our state motto and […]

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I was at a meeting this afternoon…and let me add this

by Skip May 11, 2018

SHOT: but what about all the bad stuff we stopped? Doesn’t that mean anything to the “base”? CHASER: Of course it does – but don’t tout your horn over it over and over. Why?  We EXPECT that to be done – it should go almost without question. If those bad things were outside of the Platform or […]

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FB Doodlings – “Scott Metzger: Some of property-tax burden should be shifted to vehicle registrations” – Part 2

by Skip April 22, 2018

Well, I do have to admit, the Concord Monitor does get a large diversity of commenters on posts sometimes.  No, not the skin-color-deep-facial-features kind of diversity where only looks count.  I mean the only diversity that really counts – intellectual and philosophical differences.  Dick Lemiuex  riled up frequent Progressive CM and Grok commenter, Bruce Currie […]

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The constitutionality of education savings accounts

by Op-Ed April 16, 2018

By NH State Rep Glenn Cordelli Recently two of my colleagues in the New Hampshire House wrote that Senate Bill 193, the “school voucher” bill, is unconstitutional (Monitor Forum, March 24). I believe that my friends are incorrect, and the U.S. Supreme Court agrees with me. Let me start out by correcting the repeated line about a voucher […]

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Isn’t it just absolutely wonderful that…

by Skip April 16, 2018

…Progressives have this crazy idea of what real choice is? This is supposed to be the height of intellectual honesty? And how crazier is it that we let them get away with it? (H/T: Powerline)

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School choice poses no threat to great or good public schools

by Don January 13, 2018

To The Daily Sun, Reviewing his 1/9/18 column, one has to wonder if E. Scott Cracraft intentionally tries to mislead readers, if he just doesn’t care about children getting a decent start in life, if he’s blind to public education’s failures, or if he is afraid that children, educated outside of public schools, might learn […]

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BlogQuestion of the Day – how come NH Democrats are against equal opportunity???

by Skip December 31, 2017

“Wealthy families have the means to find the best school for each child. Should not all New Hampshire parents?” states Rep. Glenn Cordelli, R-Tuftonboro, for the majority of the Education Committee. HB 193 should pass (now, even the NH Attorney General says it is Constitutional).  Afte all, “it’s for the children”! Oh, that’s right – […]

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Obamacare Individual Mandate is DEAD!

by Skip December 20, 2017

Democrats: live by the tax!  Republicans (today): OK, die by your tax, too And no, may it never live again.  As I said at the time of enactment of Obamacare (without a single Republican vote), the Founders would be spinning like mad to hearing that the Federal Government, supposedly limited in scope and power, would […]

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HB193: but they failed to ask and answer the most important question

by Skip December 9, 2017

Yet another piece from the Concord Monitor where Don Vallone of Reaching Higher New Hampshire makes the argument, financially, that ONLY Government schools should be allowed to teach your children.  How?  He cries in his cups of how government public schools would be losing money to other entities if HB 193 is enacted.  Boo-hoo (reformatted, […]

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So RedDiaperBaby and Jeemo, what say you now about Obamacare costs? Start groveling with abject apologies – Part 2

by Skip November 22, 2017

US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) in an op-ed says that while she didn’t support the Obamacare repeal votes earlier this year, she does support the tax reform bills having a repeal of the Individual Mandate that Government / Obamacare put in place for people who just wished to not purchase healthcare.  Once again, look at […]

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The world economy explained with two cows – Part 5 Traditional Capitalism

by Skip November 22, 2017

Notice that opposed to the other forms of capitalism (nor “not capitalism”), this is YOU oriented (all others are about being The State / bureaucrat oriented).  YOU get to make the decisions – not someone else.  YOU get to plan your future – not someone else. YOU get to take the risk – and then […]

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The difference between Libertarians and Statist/Progressive Totalitarians

by Skip November 14, 2017

A lady by the name of Jilletta Jarvis is running for Governor of NH and had a Letter to the Editor printed in the Concord Monitor (I do have to give credit to our local Pravda in doing so for a person completely antithetical to their political stances).  In it I read no real surprises […]

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Government enforced “safety” – the antithesis Freedom?

by Skip October 22, 2017

One example (emphasis mine): According to the Los Angeles Times, Newsom said the ban will “help prevent the occurrence of high-fatality gun massacres, and … [will] reduce the bloodshed when these tragedies occur.” Note that Newsom’s claim contains an admission that the ban will not stop “high-fatality” attacks altogether. Rather, it is yet another in a long […]

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Blogline of the Day – It’s about Choice

by Skip July 25, 2017

With the Senate voting (barely) to advance debate on Obamacare: This isn’t about Americans “losing” health insurance. It’s about them making their own choices on insurance coverage once the individual mandate is gone. (H/T: Heritage) The Democrats took away the ability to choose for ourselves – they put the Federal Government in charge of making […]

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Poor teary Boehner – he hates the new media

by Skip July 25, 2017

Yet another failure by an old style politician to adapt to the speed of the Internet (emphasis mine, reformatted): …Any interaction with a Democrat risks being covered by conservative outlets as a potential betrayal of the GOP, he said.  “Boehner blamed figures on the right who purchase lists of conservative activists and then position themselves […]

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Medallions: individuals are now suffering the result of yet another Government distortion of the Free Marketplace

by Skip July 16, 2017

No, not the kind that goes around your neck or on the wall.  No, this is all about NYC cab medallions – and why? Gosh, doesn’t this resemble the housing crash of 2008? Or in similar ways, the problem with the healthcare marketplace being taken over by Government? Or what Government did with “restructuring” the auto […]

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Freedom vs “Do what you’re told”

by Skip February 23, 2017

(H/T: Liberal Logic 101)

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So, life’s better without Michelle prepping your lunch tray?

by Skip February 21, 2017

Ayup – the wonders of Capitalism (the marketplace governed by you) vs the dreariness of a Government directed economy (even if it is just lunch): Students, Faculty Rejoice as PA School Drops Federally-Regulated School Lunch Program A Pennsylvania high school is no longer bound by federal food regulations after the district decided to do away […]

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Enjoy Your Denial. It’s The Only Thing Left That’s Truly Yours

by Steve MacDonald January 27, 2017

When the government directs taxpayer money toward something, it immediately takes an interest in everything about the money. The cash comes with a sidecar full of rules, regulations. The blanket term for these is ‘strings.’ It always comes with strings attached. Everyone knows this except women who are told by Democrats to support taxpayer-funded abortion.

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Notable Quote – Jeff Jacoby and the Right to Free Association

by Skip December 28, 2016

Tolerance and pluralism are important values in a free society. So are choice and association. Your choices may not be mine; my preferred associations may not be yours. In a diverse, live-and-let-live culture, our differences are manageable — as long as government doesn’t interfere. The state can’t force Elton John to take a gig he […]

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Notable Quote – Prof Don Boudreaux

by Skip November 22, 2016

If the planners do not know the details, then they do not know what they need to know to justify the imposition of their choices over those who they are trying to direct. – Don Lavoie (National Economic Planning: What Is Left?) Indeed so. It isn’t too much of a simplification to say that those who […]

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The Problem is Women Don’t Abort Themselves…

by Steve MacDonald September 22, 2016
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Data Point – who REALLY drinks a lot.

by Skip March 10, 2016

OK, I can see street winos hitting that top group and those that have to drink for a living (e.g, brewmasters, liquor distillers / barrel tappers, and the like – those in the industry).  But seriously – 10 drinks a day?  As I have said before, I am the son of an Irish drunk – […]

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Breadlines – which one would you prefer?

by Skip January 1, 2016

(H/T: Newsbusters)

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I thought this odd: “…because everyone knows that fewer choices are almost always preferable,”

by Skip January 1, 2016

I used to fly a lot on business trips.  Without the commentary about doing the biz trips (No, not glamorous and not “touristy” that many think it is), I had piled up a lot of frequent flier miles.  While most of them were earned (and used) on United, I do/did have a smattering of miles […]

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Hey Statists! Which economic system cures Poverty best?

by Skip December 27, 2015

Continuing on that 23 different types of deoderants, 18 different pairs of sneakers, and people making decisions all on their own and such; yet another post to which Statists would like you not to know (emphasis mine, reformatted): Sorry, Socialists, But Capitalism Is Killing Absolute Poverty To hear the global left these days, you’d think the […]

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So when Chris Matthews says that Bernie best represents the Dems…

by Skip October 15, 2015

…he should know.  And if he knows, and is willing to let on, how much further Left has the Dems NOT been willing to admit to? Remember, before becoming a “journalist” (ok, talking head), he was a long term Democrat Party operative.  And here he is, telling everyone how far Left the Democrat Party has […]

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If unions are all that hot of a deal…

by Skip October 14, 2015

…then when given the FREEDOM TO CHOOSE, why are even more government union members deciding to leave?  And it couldn’t happen to a better union: Government employees in Seattle do not exactly fit the profile of the average Republican voter. But As the Washington Examiner’s Sean Higgins reported this week, they aren’t suckers either. Thanks to a recent […]

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Is the Abortion Cult Serious About Its “Choice” Dogma?

by Steve MacDonald August 17, 2015
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The abortion Cultists continue to predict end of the world scenarios for women’s health care if government does not force taxpayers to tithe to the 665 Planned Parenthood shrines across the nation. But it appears as if this forced-tithing to their idol is unnecessary. There are an additional 13,540 locations across the country that not […]

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Serfdom USA

by Skip August 9, 2015

Heh! (H/T: Café Hayek)

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