Data Point – Record taxes through August 2017

by Skip September 17, 2017

Running Government beyond our means?  The kicker: “At the same time that the federal government was collecting a record $2,966,172,000,000 in tax revenues, it was spending $3,639,882,000,000—and, thus, running a deficit of $673,711,000,000.” Yet, a deal was made last week to put no limit on the Debt Ceiling – the first day after the bill was […]

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Keene State Announces 5.5 Million Dollar Deficit – Guess Why?

by Steve MacDonald September 11, 2017

It takes the Keene Sentinel 12 paragraphs to explain why the State college has a 5.5 million dollar hole in its budget this year. Ricaurte attributed the drop in revenue to lower-than-expected enrollment numbers, which she said are down a projected 9 percent for the current academic year. Fewer first-year students. That sounds familiar. I wonder […]

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Oberlin Follows Mizzou and Evergreen – Enrollment Drops, Financial Woes

by Steve MacDonald September 10, 2017

Oberlin College is at the forefront of social justice outrage hoaxes but until recently had not reported any real-world consequences. See what I did there? Real world? Mizzou went full-stupid with their fake outrage which cost them, and cost them and cost them, and then cost them some more. Evergreen took it to another level, and now they […]

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Just Watch. You’ll Figure it Out.

by Steve MacDonald August 23, 2016
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So where’s the less expensive, smaller government, deficit busting GOP in DC again?

by Skip January 27, 2016

60 percent of Republican voters feel “betrayed” by the party’s political leadership They campaigned for getting majorities in the US House (where appropriations and tax bills start) and the US Senate.  They campaigned on smaller Government.  They promised to stop Obama’s expansion of Government.  They railed against piling up more deficit spending.  They promised to […]

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Democrat Myth that the 800 Million Dollar Deficit Never Existed – Revisited

by Steve MacDonald March 18, 2015
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I guess Nashua Democrat Cindy Rosenwald’s Great White Whale still haunts her. On Feb 6th, 2015 Cindy wrote a letter to the Rosenwald-friendly Nashua Telegraph outlining how there never was an $800 Million dollar deficit left by NH Democrats. Republicans made it up. (A future children’s book on the so-called fairly tale would not be […]

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Budget Battle: Politically Connected Win, Everyone Else Loses

by Scott Morales December 12, 2014

Yesterday, I was reminded of a piece of music I have not listened to in a while.  So this morning I figured I’d put it on while catching up with things.  I sat down at my desk, logged on and searched to find out about the results last nights bill.  Who knew how apropos the […]

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Time To Give Obama The Nobel Prize In Economics?

by Steve MacDonald October 13, 2014
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I think it might be time to give Obama a Nobel Prize in economics.  This is a guy who has not had one day of his presidency where the US was not involved in an overseas contingency operation (see also a War), who has facilitated the bombing of several countries since his election (destabilizing them), […]

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When a “Surplus” is not a surplus…

by JR Hoell October 8, 2014

Recently, “His Excellency” [NH constitution Part Second, Art 41: ] Governor Margaret Hassan proudly proclaimed that we had a budget surplus. Here She pontificates about how well her administration has done. HOWEVER, within a very short two days, the “Kool Aid® drinking binge” had completely worn off and Governor Margaret Hassan sent out this press […]

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About those Shaheen Campaign Talking Points…

by Steve MacDonald April 9, 2014
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WMUR has posted some inside baseball on the tactics of the Shaheen Campaign now that Scott Brown is officially entering the fray.  Well, it’s not really inside baseball, more like store front window shopping for baseballs.  Anyone who walked by and looked in would have know what was going to be ‘for sale’ from Shaheen […]

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So is Scott Brown really a surrogate for Andy Leach?

by Skip April 1, 2014

This past Wednesday nite, fellow Grokster Mike and his lovely bride Mar-Mar opened up their home and brought in their friends and family to meet Scott Brown (if you haven’t heard, he may or may not run for US Senator from NH but at least is in the exploratory phase – much to the relief […]

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What Some Senate Republicans Want For New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald February 21, 2014
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“Those arrested include operators of home care agencies, operators of nurse staffing agencies, office workers and personal care assistants. One woman is accused of bilking taxpayers out of $75 million.” Fraud is a major factor in Medicaid.  Expanding Medicaid will only expand the fraud.   The irony in this is that Medicaid expansion is part of ObamaCare […]

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What the DC Establishment Republicans Will Probably Do Next…

by Steve MacDonald October 10, 2013
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Obama’s numbers are tumbling, Democrat strategy is failing, the shutdown optics are horrible for Democrats, and in a matter of days the Republicans could salvage some of your children’s future by stopping the unsustainable debt train that has steamrolled over us since 2009.  They might not get all that they want but they might get […]

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About The Looming Government Shutdown…

by Steve MacDonald August 27, 2013
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When the deficit was 9.x trillion, and we were spending a lot less than a trillion per year on the budget (back in the less than halcyon days when we not only had a budgt but had to have a budget), Democrats were whining about expensive wars and the burden we were putting on working […]

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Job Killer Remarks on Breaking Ground for New Job Corps Center in NH

by Steve MacDonald August 21, 2013
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So we spent trillions more and added 7 trillion to the deficit, and all we ever really need was a Job Corps Center? WMUR “The Manchester Job Corps Center will equip low-income youth with the skills they need to be successful in the workplace. The result will pay dividends for not only these young people […]

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I Dream Of Jeannie Shaheen – Sort Of…

by Steve MacDonald August 11, 2013

We’re always trying to create new audio that we hope you find amusing or that, at the very least, aggravates progressives.  With that in mind I took some basic information about unemployment and deficit spending combined them with “suitable” background music, to create a GrokTALK! PSA on New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Here’s a sneak […]

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From the Desk of Representative William O’Brien

by Steve MacDonald May 10, 2013

From the Desk of Representative William O’Brien If you don’t think that State Government should grow at 5% a year while the economy is growing at 2% a year, resulting in a two-year 10.2% increase in state spending, $263 million in new taxes, $31 million in revenue overestimates, $7 million in cost downshifting to local […]

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Is Senator Shaheen Your Senator…or Just the Democrat Party Senator?

by Steve MacDonald April 8, 2013

New Hampshire US Senator Jeanne Shaheen is not here to talk to any little people that are not her little people.   When asked a question about more spending stimulus, as recommended by President Obama, that would be more debt spending at the expense of our children and their children, she couldn’t even be bothered to respond. I guess she’s […]

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It’s about the children

by Susan Olsen January 18, 2013

Michael Ramirez nails it.  

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Your childrens’ future…

by Susan Olsen December 30, 2012

H/T John Hinderacker and Michael Ramirez…emphasis mine. “If there is one thing we know for sure about the federal government, it is that it spends way too much money–around $3.54 trillion in FY 2012, with a $1.1 trillion deficit. You would think that the man who presides over this mess, Barack Obama, would have the […]

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MYTH 3: We have a “revenue” problem

by Steve MacDonald December 14, 2012

You can read Myth’s 1, 2 and 4 here should you care to; my purpose for the moment is to mug and pummel the idea that spending is not the problem and this helps illustrate that. The revenue problem refers to the notion that revenues are too low. Typically, special attention is drawn to the […]

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Blood and Water – The Return of Democrat Rule in New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald November 29, 2012

Skip broke the news (on the Grok) about New Hampshire State Government’s department heads making budget requests that would increase state spending by 26% in 2013.  If you had any delusions about who or what state agencies represent, you just got your answer. It ain’t you.  It’s them. In the current economy, with no regard […]

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Speaking of going out of business…

by Skip November 7, 2012

Uh-oh: “…Unemployment at 8%, $16+Trillion in debt, $1 Trillion + annual deficit, GDP growth is the worst recovery is vapid, the Rule of Law being ignored faster and faster….” And now this: Harry Reid on Raising Debt Limit to $18.794T: ‘We’ll Raise It’ ( – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on Wednesday that […]

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You know its bad when Obama gets the virtual 2 X 4 from……

by Skip October 18, 2012

…Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad??? “How long can a government with a $16 trillion foreign debt remain a world power?” he asked at a press conference with Kuwaiti media personnel. “The Americans have injected their paper wealth into the world economy and today the aftermaths and negative effects of their pseudo-wealth have plagued them.” Look, he […]

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Data Point – annual Presidential deficits since 2000

by Skip October 7, 2012

What is startling is viewing this from the promise that Obama made that he would reduce the annual deficit by half. He didn’t.  Not even close.  And ask yourself – how much credence do you now give the Obama Administration’s guesses? (H/T: Instapundit)

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Rows of ‘O’s

by Steve MacDonald September 27, 2012

Thanks to Grok contributor Mike Rogers, wherever he may be today, for sending this around.  I proudly post it in his name. (with a slight mod by me.)

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Obamanation. The (ever growing) List

by Scott Morales September 14, 2012

I should have done this long ago because it’s very difficult to remember the multitudes of  disasters achieved by Obama and Democrat rule.  So here’s the first edition of an obviously non-exhaustive list of achievements accomplished by Obama and the Donks.  I plan on updating this frequently as more comes to my memory (feel free […]

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The Deficit From The Democrat National Convention

by Steve MacDonald September 9, 2012

Looks like the Democrats reckless spending culture permeates everything they do–From Michael Patrick Leahy at On Friday, Bloomberg News reported another embarrassing fact about the recently completed Democratic National Convention: it operated at a $15 million deficit. In a move certain to raise eyebrows at the Federal Election Commission, $10 million of that deficit was […]

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Didn’t He Pledge To Cut the Deficit In Half By Now? What Went Wrong?

by Scott Morales August 22, 2012

Four years ago, President Obama said,  “… I’m pledging to cut the deficit, we inherited, by half by the end of my first term in office”. (See for yourself, at about 1:30 in.) Reported today:  “The Congressional Budget Office made it official today, projecting a $1 trillion-plus budget deficit for the fourth straight year”. What […]

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Taxpayers Now Out 25 Billion

by Steve MacDonald August 15, 2012

The Government Buy-up and Bail-out of General Motors saved union jobs while arbitrarily eliminating  tens of thousands of non-union jobs at dealerships, put taxpayers on the hook, and at present will cost us at least 25 Billion in losses as the value of the automaker “we own” a part of continues to decline. Had they […]

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