by Ralph Benko – Which Presidential Aspirant(s) Would Make America (And You!) Prosper?

by Steve MacDonald February 4, 2016
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Guest Post By Ralph Benko – Senior Economic Advisor at the American Principles Project As I recently wrote in my column, “Presidential elections are about, above all, just two things: our security and our prosperity.” The GOP candidates have been emphatic about our national security, about which more in a bit. All of them strangely […]

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Data Point – Guns and State economies

by Skip February 2, 2016

How much does your state depend on the gun industry? WalletHub assessed the arms and ammunitions industry in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia to determine which states depend the most on the gun industry for jobs, political contributions and firearm ownership.  The five states that most dependent on the gun industry are […]

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“The cruelty of the Minimum Wage”

by Skip January 20, 2016

In this short animated video from Learn Liberty I explain why raising the minimum wage is a bad idea if the goal is to improve the economic fortunes of the least-advantaged workers and families. The minimum wage yields unfair advantages to families, such as mine, with teenagers who hail from middle- and high-income households, who are well-educated, […]

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Data Point – households in the US are richer

by Skip December 21, 2015

A smaller percentage of “the poor” A slightly smaller percentage of “the middle class” A much larger number of households (3X ??) at the top end. Looks like, all pundits and media aside, the US is richer now than what it was in 1967. (H/T: Cafe Hayek)

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Six Things We Learned About The Democrats Last Week

by Steve MacDonald October 19, 2015
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From “Six Things we learned about the Democrats last week“ (after their debate) Robert Tracinski offers a list that ends with no room for old-school democrats like poor ole Jim Webb. Among Democrats who believe unabashedly in a big government utopia, who no longer make much pretense of caring about economic growth or national security, and […]

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This is what your Household Income Does under Democrat Rule

by Kimberly Morin September 30, 2015

This is your income under Democrat rule. Let’s see them explain this one away. They’ve had YEARS to turn this economy around yet they haven’t. Why? Economically illiterate? Bad advice? Intentional? You decide. H/T Eric Odom

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Jackson Hole Summit: Economist Dr. Marc Miles on why the economy is stagnant

by Kimberly Morin August 30, 2015

Today was the last day of the Jackson Hole Summit in Wyoming. Yours truly sat down with economist Dr. Marc Miles to discuss the economy and interest rates and the affect of monetary policy on Americans. Dr. Miles was on a panel yesterday during the Summit in which he discussed how interest rates being kept […]

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Would “No Labels” Give Me The Problem Solver Seal of Approval For This?

by Steve MacDonald August 28, 2015
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In yesterday’s Granite Status, Dan Tuohy advertised the NO LABELS Problem Solver Convention. (Someone is still paying their freight, what a joke). NO LABELS will be giving its “Problem Solver Seal of Approval” to presidential candidates who commit to a set criteria: 1.) Embrace a “National Strategic Agenda” 2.) If elected, agree to begin work on […]

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This, from Socialist Bernie Sanders, caught my ear on Sunday’s This Week talking head show

by Skip August 7, 2015

Certainly ole’ Bernie is tapping into something on the hard Left – proving what a lot of us on the Right have been saying for a while: the center of the Democrat Party is now outright Socialist.  And step by step, over the decades, they have been using the Law & Regulation stick to transform […]

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Sign Of The Times

by Ed Naile June 14, 2015

As I drive around my area of NH and see the Obama Economy in action, an idea for a small business evolved in my mind. I’m thinking real estate will be the next big thing. How about this for a killer small business: long lasting “FOR SALE BY OWNER” real estate signs that are guaranteed […]

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Obama Crushes Another Record

by Scott Morales June 2, 2015

His presidency has produced the lowest average first quarter GDP growth evah recorded. President Barack Obama has presided over the lowest average first-quarter GDP growth of any president who has served since 1947, which is the earliest year for which the Bureau of Economic

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GrokTALK! – Meet Gov. Boon Doggle

by Steve MacDonald May 27, 2015
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Maggs Hassan signed the Boondoggle bill this week, establishing a culture of taxpayer backed greed amongst the elected class–and anyone looking for a few bucks to tie a boon to a doggle. So Kimberly Morin joins us to discuss this new nail in the coffin of the New Hampshire economy.  We also visit the lousy […]

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Thoughts on Hillary’s Loft Pronouncements in Iowa today

by Skip April 14, 2015

(Image H/T: Powerline)   Yes, lots of ridicule is being made of her “new and fun” logo (as N.A.F. is what the campaign’s marketing is trying make of a 68 year old coattailer that’s been in politics for 20 years without a singular achievement to point to other than flying 1,000,000 at taxpayer expense while Secretary […]

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Data Point – Labor Participation Rate still in dire straits

by Skip April 3, 2015

With today’s unemployment rate came this news: “The number of Americans 16 years and older who did not participate in the labor force–meaning they neither had a job nor actively sought one in the last four weeks–rose from 92,898,000 in February to 93,175,000 in March, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor […]

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Data Point – C Corps dying faster than birthing

by Skip February 20, 2015

The number of corporations in the United States has hit the lowest level seen in 40 years, according to data from the Tax Foundation. The Tax Foundation’s report titled, “America’s Shrinking Corporate Sector” states that “recently released IRS data shows that there were 1.6 million C corporations in 2011. This is the lowest number of traditional […]

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Then act like the EPA is the Taliban and just wait their asses out

by Skip February 20, 2015

EPA CO2 Regs ‘The Most Fundamental Transformation’ Of US Power The head of a major U.S. utility said EPA rules to fight global warming will fundamentally transform the way America generates and delivers electricity to millions of residents.  Gerry Anderson, Chairman and CEO of the utility DTE Energy, told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that the […]

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Data Point – Oil Inventories

by Skip February 11, 2015

A report from the Energy Information Administration on Wednesday said that US Crude inventories rose by 4.9 million barrels last week. This was more than the 3.6 million barrel increase that was expected. “At 417.9 million barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories are at the highest level for this time of year in at least the last […]

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Data Point – Electricity cost just hit a record

by Skip January 16, 2015

We’ve talked about this before:  In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle that his cap-and-trade proposal to control greenhouse gas emissions would mean higher energy prices for Americans.  “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket,” Obama said. CNSNews: “Even as gasoline prices plummeted and the overall energy […]

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By the World’s standards, ALL Americans are the 1%

by Skip January 10, 2015

Top 1%ers if your income is $32,000 or more.  Period.  Yet, the Occupy Wall Street remnants and the Elizabeth Warrens are so blinkered on this, thinking it is only the Haves and Have-Nots battle here in the US that matters.  Out of sight, out of mind is the fact that many of our Poor are […]

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Do you think Government Dependency is a problem?

by Skip November 26, 2014

From End of the American Dream comes this question: “If you could stay home and watch television, play video games and hang out with your friends all day at government expense, would you do it?” It goes on to talk about the safety net vs what I call the Govt hammock with the soft cocooning that eventually […]

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The Democrat War on Work…

by Steve MacDonald November 24, 2014
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Figure this one out. The official U.S. unemployment rate has indeed fallen steadily during the past few years, but the economic recovery has created the fewest jobs relative to the previous employment peak of any prior recovery. The labor-force participation rate recently touched a 36-year low of 62.7%. The number of Americans not in the […]

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GrokTALK! With House Candidate Josh Moore

by Steve MacDonald October 14, 2014
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Josh Moore joins us to talk about his race for the NH House.  We start with unions (he defeated a pro-union Republican in the primary), economy and jobs, School choice, second amendment, favorite committee assignments, Josh’s cable access show, the social value of personal responsibility, and more…   Listen to or Download this segment on […]

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Notable Quote – David Friedman

by Skip October 11, 2014

In spite of popular myths about capitalism oppressing the poor, the poor are worse off in those things provided by government, such as schooling, police protection, and justice.  There are more good cars in the ghettos than good schools. – David Friedman Above emphasis mine – it is hard to argue with.  We don’t fuss […]

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A Little More NH Wage Perspective

by Steve MacDonald October 11, 2014
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Yesterday I wrote about John White, the Democrat state Senate candidate who called New Hampshire’s low income residents bottom feeders.  Had a Republican said this it would be above the fold on every paper but the Union Leader.  But a Democrat said it.  But that is how Democrats think. They also think that they can […]

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Let Me Be Clear: O’s Bullsh**ing…Again

by Scott Morales October 4, 2014

October 2, 2014, OBAMA: “So it is indisputable that our economy is stronger today than when I took office. By every economic measure, we are better off now than we were when I took office.” Every economic measure. Really?  I wonder what color the sky is in the world in which Oblivious lives.  Because in […]

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Data Point – Small Business Friendliness (or is that friendless?)

by Skip August 8, 2014

“…Thumbtack, a website that matches customers to businesses, and the Kauffman Foundation, a think-tank, asks thousands of small businesses annually about local requirements for hiring, regulations, zoning, licenses, health insurance and training. They have enough data to compile (somewhat subjective) “business climate” grades for 38 states and 82 cities. One surprising finding is how little […]

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EPA Regulation Supporters – never thinking of the ramifications on others

by Skip August 8, 2014

The new CO2 emissions regulations now being put forth by the EPA is going to have a huge impact on the American economy and people.  Here, Dan Joseph of MRC TV went to interview (yeah, in DC he gets to do interviews with all kinds of folks) some folks that were demonstrating FOR the EPA to […]

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With due respect to Robin Eubanks and Robert Heinlein

by Skip August 2, 2014

During our second segment of GrokTALK! this morning, we talked with Robin Eubanks:  “author of  Credentialed to Destroy — Robin S. Eubanks — calls in to update us on state and globally directed education”reform,” what they call competency based education.”   We discussed how the impending curriculum of Common Core and newest iteration of CBE really […]

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Data Point – Wall Street vs Population of Employed Americans

by Skip July 18, 2014

“This chart shows you how to respond next time. Although stocks and profit are indeed up as a result of the Obama administration and Federal Reserve policies, it isn’t translating to regular — non-Wall Street — Americans:” (H/T: Independent Journal Review)

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Data Point – Labor Dynamism

by Skip July 12, 2014

My Data Point post on Business Dynamism is here – showing that the rate at which new businesses / start ups has slowed right down.  There is also a labor companion to this: “It’s not enough for an economy to generate jobs. There should also be a good amount of turnover in the labor market. Workers […]

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