Entitlements

US Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) loses – GOP now has 9 more Senators.

by Skip December 8, 2014

Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) won the Louisiana US Senate run-off against 3 term US Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), 54 – 47.  This was not unexpected as she failed to get 50% of her State’s primary election (with Republicans Cassidy and Manes splitting the vote).  The conventional wisdom was that even as she won 48% of […]

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Entitlements – Not exactly a present for taxpayers

by Skip December 6, 2014

Yes, Government can be a Grinch for taxpayers  (H/T: Powerline)

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Look At the Picture And Write The Headline….

by Steve MacDonald April 16, 2014
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Data Point – Low income does not mean poor

by Skip March 18, 2014

“It shows only some of the federally-funded financial supports available to an American who is a single parent, has two children and works full time at $8 an hour. While this worker has net earnings which bring in less than the federal poverty line, federal benefits intended to reduce poverty – do just that. The […]

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Notable Quote – Judy Aron

by Susan Olsen February 17, 2014

“Are you insane?” Connecticut emigre’ and 2nd Amendment firebrand Judy Aron emailed the NH’s GOP Senators and was kind enough to allow me to cross post it here: ‘Dear GOP Senators: “The plan is also contingent on 100 percent funding from the federal government. That will remain in effect until the end of 2016, at […]

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There is no return from this exit..

by Susan Olsen November 15, 2013

‘But Democrats said the cost of the program should not be the measure’s only criteria, noting expansion will help hard-working families who cannot afford health care.‘

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Why We Should Pass On An Even Bigger Glass of Medic-Ade

by Steve MacDonald November 11, 2013
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We’ve already given you plenty to chew on when it comes to the wild abandon with which New Hampshire’s progressives are clamoring for billions in Federal buy-offs. The Republican Senate is happily negotiating out surrender to DC with some spin, but at the end of the day Billions come with strings, which become webs that […]

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NH GOP National Committeeman Steve Duprey on “Flat Earth TEA Partiers, and Ted Cruz Fans”

by Skip November 8, 2013

Even a casual reader of the ‘Grok knows that we have been writing about the Civil War now raging within the NH GOP and the GOP is general; the VA Governor race has brought that to the fore.  Nice to see, on the topic of expanding Medicaid here in NH, that former NH GOP Chair […]

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Your Fair Share Of Nothing

by Steve MacDonald June 20, 2013

If you were paid by a company that borrowed almost half of what it claimed as income and had accumulated 17 trillion in debt along the way, you’d be right to wonder if you’d ever see another paycheck, and if you did, if you would even be able to cash it.  Benefits?  I wouldn’t count […]

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Progressivism – the cult culture of selfishness

by Skip June 9, 2013

Oh, they will never say it is is such – directly.  They’ll use other words to mask it, hoping (knowing) that the Low Information Voter (who knows more about Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy with “Daddy Babby” Kanye or what’s with American Idol / The Voice / America’s Got Talent than who their Senators or Congressmen are) […]

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70 Years of American Progress

by Steve MacDonald January 21, 2013

That about covers it.  

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Data Point – Why Work? Welfare pays better

by Skip December 12, 2012

Yep. As the chart clearly illustrates, total welfare spending in the U.S. (if converted into cash payments) equals approximately “$168 per day for every household in poverty,” higher than the $137 median income per-day.  From the senator’s office:

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Federal Government: Reduced to being an Entitlement Processor?

by Skip September 4, 2012

From the Wall Street Journal: “In 2010 alone, government at all levels oversaw a transfer of over $2.2 trillion in money, goods and services. The burden of these entitlements came to slightly more than $7,200 for every person in America. Scaled against a notional family of four, the average entitlements burden for that year alone […]

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Data Point – What goes in is certainly coming out.

by Skip May 14, 2012

Silly me – and I thought taxes were need to actually pay for functions of actual Government (like salaries, office equipment, armies…) (H/T: Business Insider)

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Building the American Underclass

by Steve MacDonald February 17, 2012

Theodore Dalrymple (pen name), has produced some of the most compelling work I’ve read about the welfare state and how it creates and sustains the underclass.  If you are still staring out across the crumbling wreckage of the fruited plain, wondering how we got here and where we may be headed, Dalrymple has some very […]

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Watch This Video Now

by Steve MacDonald February 1, 2012

The Vote Pump.  Watch it.

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Teri Norelli Cries Foul on the Budget: Insert Yawn Here

by Rick Olson August 2, 2011

“If you put the government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.” ~Milton Friedman, Economist Democratic leader Terri Norelli takes pen to the Union Leader this morning to decry the Republican budget. Norelli does a masterful work in her use of descriptors and categorizations demagoguing the Republicans […]

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Executive Council’s Defunding of Planned Parenthood Is Sinister

by Rick Olson August 1, 2011

“The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” ~Margaret Sanger, founder, Planned Parenthood Kate Lancor, former Moultonborough welfare director decries the Executive council’s recent vote to defund Planned Parenthood. In her Union Leader Opposite Editorial entitled, Women need the services Planned Parenthood provides, Ms. Lancor […]

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Tin-Eared Bureaucrats

by Rick Olson July 30, 2011

“Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.” ~Laurence J. Peter Barbara Seebart, New Hampshire State Refugee Coordinator didn’t appear to grasp Mayor Ted Gatsas’ assertions that the City of Manchester is not prepared to absorb another 300 refugees. The Board of Mayor and Alderman voted in […]

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Your Tax Dollars Hard At Work!

by Rick Olson July 28, 2011

“It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.” ~Edmund Burke And when older people are yelling, “Don’t cut my Social Security!” Do you think they know about this community in Tacoma Washington? SO here you have it….Obama pimping the old people to keep […]

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Two Congressmen And A Free Throw

by Steve MacDonald February 28, 2011

The US House just finished it’s work on HR1, cleaning up after democrats who in 2010 abrogated yet another constitutional obligation when they refused to write the budget they wanted.

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Computer: hitting it on the head

by Skip February 18, 2011

Computers – talking about the stuff that politicians refuse to do! (H/T: Hot Air)

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Democrats, Trains And HB 218

by Steve MacDonald February 13, 2011

The Union Leader has a great editorial in this mornings Sunday News titles “Free Trains.” It is great for several reasons the least of which is that it mirrors concerns I have been expressing for years. No matter who pays to build them, someone has to pay to keep them. That would be New Hampshire Taxpayers. Democrats are aghast that the NH House would dissolve the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, because hey it doesn’t cost anything.

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Progressive Flatulence

by Steve MacDonald December 21, 2010

So maybe the 700,000 taxpayer dollars given to UNH to advance the study of “organic farming” was not just a left wing exercise in global warming alarmist advocacy. Maybe, just maybe, it was not meant to study cow farts.

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[Updated] Why You Should Contact Senator Mitch McConnell

by Steve MacDonald November 15, 2010

If all they wanted to do is ensure that the federal dollars we send to DC provided some equal value to the state that pays them they would act diligently to ensure that the Federal government did not take more than it needed for its few and limited responsibilities. (No one will ever accuse a New Hampshire Democrat of that.)

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Public Service Is About Trust

by Steve MacDonald October 25, 2010

I’d just assume have a root canal without pain killer as suffer through an editorial by Carol Shea-Porter, but sometimes you have to take one for the team. So with the dedication of Roland I immersed myself in the last rights editorial of the soon to be former congresswoman from New Hampshire’s first district, which is ironically titled, ‘Public Service is about trust.’

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DC Puppet?

by Steve MacDonald October 25, 2010

A vote for John Lynch is a vote for Obamacare. John Lynch has not demonstrated any interest in protecting the state of New Hampshire from federal meddling of any kind.  He takes their money, strings attached, to hide his bad budgeting and big spending.  He’s accepted federal education money even though it was written with […]

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Destroying The Future Of America

by Steve MacDonald October 10, 2010

Democrats continue to insist that they created jobs.  To do this they extracted trillions from our economic future in an effort to create jobs that did not yet exist–that perhaps were  not needed yet.  Looking at similar exercises, cash for clunkers–which moved car sales forward a few months but has since resulted in a collapse […]

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It’s time to put an end to Lynch’s Idea Of Leadership

by Steve MacDonald October 5, 2010

Is prostituting the fate of your local economy to outsiders your idea of good leadership? The democrats will tell you it provides the state with revenue, but they will never admit that it is actually a broad based energy tax just waiting to be pilfered for more wasteful spending, or that the long term economic impact will decrease growth, cost jobs, and drive business away through artificially and unpredictably higher energy costs.

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Left’s Got Nothing, So Let’s Take Out The Trash

by Steve MacDonald October 5, 2010

Just remember that this it’s not about being against the government. It is about wresting power from the central government. It is about being against one that is run entirely from Washington DC. It is about restoring states rights and local control, and the dismantling of unconstitutional federal oversight in the process.

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