Free Markets

So which is it?

by Skip July 2, 2016

Shot: Concord Fishwrap – Eversource gets approval to sell its power plants State energy regulators approved the sale of Eversource Energy power plants Friday, including Merrimack Station in Bow. The nine hydro facilities and three fossil-fuel plants, including coal-fired Merrimack Station, Newington Station and Schiller Station in Portsmouth will be sold at auction overseen by the […]

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America’s Socialist Origins

by Steve MacDonald March 21, 2016
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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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At a time when we seem to be devolving to Govt control over all things…

by Skip September 18, 2015

After all, we see the Obama Government inserting itself into as many nooks and crannies as it can, when we see the two Democrat Prez front runners equally willing to take that stand of Obama and juice with a 55 gallon drum full of steroid to dragoon the US into deeper and deeper levels of […]

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Serfdom USA

by Skip August 9, 2015

Heh! (H/T: Café Hayek)

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GrokTALK! With Dr. Jason Sorens

by Steve MacDonald January 13, 2015
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Dartmouth College Lecturer Dr. Jason Sorens, founder of the Free State Project, joins us to discuss his new endeavour called Ethics and Economics Education of New England (E3NE), a program to bring a new perspective to economics, ethics, markets, exchange, and more to high school students around New England.  We also discuss ethics and morals […]

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Shame on AFP / NH for getting partisan in the NH Republican Gubernatorial Primary

by Skip September 2, 2014

Yeah, this is a “bite the hand that fed ya” type of post – I was named AFP’s National Activist of the Year back in 2011 and Steve was named AFP’s National Blogger of the month in December 2012.  I would like to point out that this post also shows that while we have friends, we must […]

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The Progressive Compulsion

by Steve MacDonald September 1, 2014
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Even under the best of circumstances the progressive nanny-state compulsion to centrally plan is based on the idea that individuals with money and power cannot be trusted to do right by anyone else.  Nor do they trust a free people, exercising choices with their own dollars, to act as a check on others. The progressive […]

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Capitalism works – thumbdrive beats Greenpeace

by Skip April 27, 2014

And do you really think that a top-down, command-and-control economy that the Democrats and Socialists are trying to implement here in the US, would have ever thought of this?  Possibly, but probably not really; Capitalism is much better suited to where a person can see a problem, see an issue, and then pursue a solution because […]

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A Two-fer: Kevin Landrigan and the NH GOP

by Skip January 5, 2014

From Kevin Landrigan (political writer at Nashua Telegraph, that daily of declining readership) (reformatted, emphasis mine): Boosting AFP The state chapter of Americans for Prosperity is staffing up with a local talent.  Ross Connolly will start as a field coordinator Wednesday after having a similar role with AFP in New Jersey.  He worked Hillsborough for […]

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Democrats hate kids – no prob in making them cry over spilt (and pricey) milk

by Skip September 12, 2013

So much for “it’s for the children!” – instead, it is the age old Democrat ploy of “let’s use kids as political shields – again!”. This sorry political story actually illustrates TWO really bad problems: Democrats have no problem in threatening the well being of toddlers and young children to get their way Congress not […]

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GrokTV: AFP / NH “Wrong for NH” tour – Intro remarks by Greg Moore, Executive Director

by Skip August 19, 2013

As posted here, tonight the New Hampshire chapter of Americans for Prosperity had the second stop in their “Wrong for NH” tour in which the topic was Obamacare – indeed, wrong for NH (and, pretty much everywhere else as well).  Given that this was a Monday night on a beautiful August summer day, the Pittman […]

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The Real Agents of Change

by Steve MacDonald May 30, 2013

Democrats like to promote themselves as change agents.  Agents of change.  And this makes them hip.  Modern.  Progressive.  But nothing could be further from the truth. Democrats promote the politicization of everything and by extension the bureaucratization of everything.  To them government is the best arbiter of progress.  But the process of making government the […]

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Guest Post: former Speaker of the NH House, Bill O’Brien on the passing of Margaret Thatcher

by Skip April 8, 2013

Rep. William O’Brien’s Comments on the Passing of Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minster of Great Britain and the indispensable philosophical, political and international ally of Ronald Reagan, died this morning. Lady Thatcher was a giant of conservative values and action.  Along with President Reagan, Margaret Thatcher inspired us with her thoughtful and unflinching […]

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Another, more descriptive term for Capitalism?

by Skip December 25, 2012

Innovationism: Deirdre McCloskey says somewhere that a better name for capitalism is “innovationism” – innovationism unleashed only in societies in which private property rights are at least reasonably secure, freedom of contract is at least reasonably the norm, markets are at least reasonably free, and (importantly) the multitude of bourgeois merchants and accountants and actuaries […]

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“What is moral about the free market?”

by Skip November 12, 2012

One of my favorite economists is Dr. Walter E. Williams, Professor of Economics at George Mason University.  He is always able to take the complicated, boil it down, and make it easy to understand.  Given that the whole notion of what capitalism and the free marketplace can do (versus the socialistic turn we seem to […]

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There is a difference between the Free Market and the Government Market

by Skip September 20, 2012

And TreeHugger decided to demonstrate that, with clueless irony, all on their own.  Yes, one more from TreeHugger that shows that Environmentalism has really left its roots of DOING environmental work and very much all about getting Big Government and its big teat (and very much, dependent on that teat) to do it instead as […]

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Notable Quote – Milton Friedman (on the occasion of the birth of this Nobel Prize winning economist)

by Skip July 31, 2012

What the market does is to reduce greatly the range of issues that must be decided through political means, and thereby to minimize the extent to which government need participate directly in the game.  The characteristic feature of action through political channels is that it tends to require or enforce substantial conformity.  The great advantage […]

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Again,Elites are trying to get rid of Capitalism – but we can see it is not an economics system problem but a problem of morality

by Skip January 23, 2012

Every year, the Elites of the political, economic, and cultural worlds gather in Davos, Switzerland to talk about global ‘stuff’ – what’s trending, what’s wrong, and their global ways of fixing them what they believe is wrong – for the betterment of us all.  Hate to keep sounding like a broken record but even with […]

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Democrat’s Say The Dumbest Things

by Steve MacDonald November 6, 2011

Mr. Morse and the left would have you believe that jobs spring from government like Eve from the rib of Adam. They do not want to admit that ‘government’ is itself a luxury item that must be paid for like anything else’ by the product of the private sector risk taking. Good government cannot exist without the conscience of better men giving a portion of their property for some guarantee of stability and a promise to protect their property in exchange.

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Two Dick’s & Obama’s Vitamin Police

by Steve MacDonald October 10, 2011

Long story short, if the regs went into place the vitamin shelf at the store would be emptied until supplement makers submitting test results to the FDA and the products were approved. And the added for battling the bureaucracy and testing regime? You’d be paying that when they products went back on the shelf, if they did.

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A 63-YEAR OLD REMINDER OF FREEDOM

by Rick Olson September 6, 2011

CROSS-POSTED

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Bernanke’s Bender

by Steve MacDonald August 16, 2011

Bernanke, who sources confirmed was “totally sloshed,” arrived at the drinking establishment at approximately 5:30 p.m., ensconced himself upon a bar stool, and consumed several bottles of Miller High Life and a half-dozen shots of whiskey while loudly proclaiming to any patron who would listen that the economic outlook was “pretty goddamned awful if you want the God’s honest truth.”

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Progressive Trade Rules

by Steve MacDonald November 14, 2010

Being beholden to unions causes you to say and do stupid things.  Take Carol Shea-Porter for example.  She was against a trade deal with Panama because she claimed it would cost American jobs, when it would actually open up trade from us to them–they already had unfettered access; result?–it would have created American jobs. Provisions […]

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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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What About Bob?

by Steve MacDonald August 16, 2010

Congressional Candidate Bob Bestani is what you might call a well-connected ruling class insider.  He has spent years as part of the evil international banking community and he is proud of his work for the Asian Development Bank (ADB).  According to his Campaign site Bio Until May of 2008, Bob served as the Director General […]

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Choices – by YOU and ME, or by Big Govt?

by Skip August 2, 2010

Professor Arthur Brooks started out as a liberal teaching at Syracuse University – and started to change his views when his data that formed the core of his book ""Who Really Cares-The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism"" showed that the liberal mantra of "we care for the poor – conservatives are the cold hearted ones!" […]

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“Jobs created OR SAVED” – Such a meme!

by Skip August 1, 2010

Saved or Created  vs.  Killed or Thwarted ? Certainly, the first (Saved or Created) is what the Obama Administration has been talking up since the inauguration.  Sure, one CAN figure out when a new job has been created (although the Census job hiring / firing process certainly seemed to have monkeyed with the numbers with […]

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Milton Friedman does a smack down of Michael Moore?

by Skip August 1, 2010

Did not have a lot of time for blogging last week, so I have a few bookmarks that I’m going through right no a w.  I watched this video and Friedman comes to the right conclusion: is the young man arguing about an absolute principle (the saving of a life) or simply some amount of […]

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RightOnline-General Session Speaker: Phil Kerpen

by Skip July 30, 2010

Phil Kerpen is the Vice President of Policy for Americans for Prosperity (sponsors of RightOnline) so it made sense for him to speak at his own conference.  The main thrust of his talk was summed up by a quote from Van Jones, that if green jobs are the death of capitalism, and he has been […]

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