Freedom

And this NH “political” story absolutely misses the REAL point entirely

by Skip November 29, 2016

Let us first contemplate this from Ian Underwood (emphasis mine) – which was (in part): But I urge the committee to consider a couple of deeper, less obvious consequences, not just of passing a bill like this, but of even bringing it up for consideration. The first is that a bill like this undermines respect for the […]

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Progressive and The Proper Role of Government – and your subservience to it.

by Skip November 28, 2016

Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal sums up these micro-totalitarians, perfect examples of the Progressive  philosophy: “The essence of modern Democratic Progressivism is: You will participate in what we have created for you, and you will comply with the law’s demands.” One used to believe that before pen was set to legislative paper, our […]

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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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So Sununu is satisfied with a Socialist entitlement? Government – what can’t it do?

by Skip November 21, 2016

That’s what Democrats think, Chris Sununu.  You see, they have totally rejected the Founding Fathers philosophy that our Liberties are most protected when Government, constrained by our Constitutions, stay within the “negative liberties” – what Government CANNOT DO to you.  The flip side is the old European and Socialist model – Government exists to do […]

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And the Democrat Progressives want us to outsource our governance to “The Expert Technocrats”. Ahem?

by Skip November 21, 2016

Just too good not to lift pretty much right from Instapundit – just know that PREVIOUSLY, Krugman was exactly that: a Nobel laureate in Economics.  Behold his expertise! PAUL KRUGMAN ON ELECTION NIGHT: “If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never.” WSJ, tonight: “The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average […]

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Notable Quote – Richard Vedder

by Skip November 14, 2016

The spinning jenny, the use of coke in iron smelting, and the steam engine did not need Newton’s calculus, Harvey’s theory of the circulation of the blood, the heliocentric approach to astronomy or other scientific advances of the day. Deirdre McCloskey’s great “Bourgeois Equality” (2016) suggests it was ultimately liberty that made England’s leap forward […]

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Notable Quote – Vernon Smith

by Skip October 17, 2016

State control can never substitute for self-control without destroying freedom and all that is human in both society and economy. -Vernon Smith ( Self-Control or State Control? You Decide) (H/T: Cafe Hayek)

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Disqus Doodlings – “…proving once again, environmentalist are the people of “you don’t and CAN’T have that”.”

by Skip October 5, 2016

Not a compelling message is how I ended one of my comments over at, where else, Treehugger at another Katherine Martinko screed about how much she hates meat eating (“Meat-eating is on the rise in the United States“).  Part of it: In bad news for environmental, health, and animal welfare advocates, the latest numbers show […]

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“I am convinced that in the long run, giving up some freedom of action… enhances our security”

by Skip September 29, 2016

I try hard not to be a conspiracy hound (although a couple of our Progressive commenters, bless their hearts, keep rolling rocks on ‘Grok grounds so that the phrase “looking under rocks to find a conspiracy” could be used) so a lot of times I’ll pass on posting something up simply because, well, “first info” […]

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September 11 – We still remember (bumped)

by Skip September 11, 2016

Updated (again) and bumped from 9/11/12: I just reread this – angrily.  For you see, our President, whose main responsibility is to the Constitution, the nation, and its people – to keep them safe.  Yet, this President, whose main policy is Determined Weakness, has no problem in using the might of the United States to […]

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Notable Quote – Milton Friedman

by Skip August 2, 2016

Fair’ is in the eye of the beholder; ‘free’ is the verdict of the market. The word ‘free’ is used three times in the Declaration of Independence and once in the First Amendment to the Constitution, along with ‘freedom.’ The word ‘fair’ is not used in either of our founding documents. -Milton Friedman, Ph.D, economist, […]

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Notable Quote – Ronald Reagan

by Skip July 25, 2016

“Freedom is the right to question, and change the established way of doing things. It is the continuing revolution of the marketplace. It is the understanding that allows us to recognize shortcomings and seek solutions. It is the right to put forth an idea, scoffed at by the experts, and watch it catch fire among […]

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Happy Independence Day America… You Blew it

by Kimberly Morin July 4, 2016

As we celebrate America’s Independence from a tyrannical government back in 1776, House Republicans in the swamp known as D.C. are considering voting on a bill that violates multiple freedoms that were specifically protected in the Bill of Rights by our Founding Fathers.

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And we fought a War of Independence because of a government that used to do this?

by Skip July 3, 2016

Hey, Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen, this is what you want our American Government  (and let’s add Frank Guinta and Annie Kuster to this as well as Speaker Ryan is bringing this to the House after it getting voted down in the Senate) to be like?  Yay, it’s just about Independence Day? No, no planes […]

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Notable Quote – Barry Goldwater

by Skip June 28, 2016

Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who […]

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Notable Quote – Randy Holcombe

by Skip June 27, 2016

Freedom is meaningless if we are only free to make choices that meet with government approval. The Progressive ideology compromises freedom and takes away the individual rights that at one time justified the existence of our American government. Progressivism is a direct attack on freedom. -Prof. Randy Holcombe Of course it is – that’s what Socialism […]

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So now the principle of Government is to be “irritating”?

by Skip May 6, 2016

NH State Rep Leigh Webb (D): “The role of government is to legislate behavior“ …said NONE of our Foundational documents.  But these Progressive Socialists don’t care much ’bout details…or freedom to choice or the free marketplace: …The City Council on Thursday green-lit a controversial bill that puts a 5-cent fee on plastic and paper shopping […]

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They just CAN’T leave ANYone alone, can they?

by Skip April 23, 2016

I am part of the Just Leave Me Alone Coalition – but the Left CANNOT stand anyone being outside of their notion of Collectivism.  It echos the mantra of Fascism as defined in Mussolini’s Italy in the 1930s/1940s: According to Benito Mussolini, this system politicizes everything spiritual and human: “Everything within the state, nothing outside the […]

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Remember, it is only a tool

by Skip March 31, 2016

(H/T: Liberal Logic 101)

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Remember, it’s called Self-Responsibility

by Skip March 31, 2016

Decisions have consequences – choose wisely (H/T: Liberal Logic 101)

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Chris Sununu’s words are, IMHO, a bit strange

by Skip March 27, 2016

Now that the NH FITN Prez Wannabe Beauty Contest is now long gone, we can start turning our attentions to what matters: NH (e.g., “screw DC, save NH”).  That certainly means it’s time to start watching and evaluating NH specific races which certainly includes the Governor one.  Ann Marie Banfield has an extensive email list […]

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From whence did your Freedoms arise?

by Skip March 25, 2016

Such is our “Constitutional Lecturer” (H/T: Liberal Logic 101)

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At the risk of making this an all “Ted” day – this from pollster Frank Luntz: 100%

by Skip March 11, 2016

“It’s like government spending. It is very easy. Hillary Clinton says she’ll cut waste, fraud and abuse. If only we had smarter people in Washington, that would fix the problem. You know what? That is the statement of a liberal who doesn’t understand government is the problem.

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Liberty – lessened when Crony Capitalism meets Crony Government

by Skip February 24, 2016

Here in the land of “Live Free or Die”, we still have this Liberty that others have been denied: The federal seat-belt-law mandate was the result of a 1980s deal between Reagan-era Transportation secretary Elizabeth Dole (proof, long before Mayor Bloomberg, that nanny-state tendencies transcend partisan labels) and Detroit automakers, who calculated that regulating their customers […]

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Is Administrative Law Unlawful?

by Skip February 23, 2016

From Cafe Hayek:  Is Administrative Law Unlawful?: “Evidently, the lust for power outside the law is a recurring danger, and it is confined neither to monarchies nor to the past. Understanding this, Americans in their constitutions carefully repudiated power outside or above the law.  Their constitutions, however, could no longer hold off the danger when […]

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When Freedom reigns – even here in America

by Skip February 23, 2016

…Looking around the country, we find huge gaps in major metropolitan areas’ economic fortunes — for every booming Dallas-Fort Worth, there’s a sclerotic Detroit. Adam Smith’s principles, put forth more than two centuries ago, go a long way toward explaining why some areas do so much better than others. In “The Wealth of Nations,” the […]

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“Free Stuff” means slavery for someone else

by Skip February 21, 2016

I’ll just say it loud: some people just don’t deserve free stuff.  After all, it’s worth every penny they paid for it seems to be their outlook.  How many of us know people that once having received something free, trash it?  Not everyone and some people are REALLY appreciative of what they have been given. […]

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NH GOP Republicans had the chance to do this, too

by Skip February 12, 2016

But too many of them are actually beholden to unions themselves, value their seats over Principles, or are outright Democrats masquerading as Republicans. Or, really, are just spineless political protoplasm?  Me?  I think it is more the latter than the others.  They are UNWILLING to stand up for Principles that they mouth the words to.  Could […]

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Data Point – Bernie Sanders will hoover up your money

by Skip January 19, 2016

Bernie Sanders, like all Socialists / Statists, believes your money is really the State’s money.  After all, if you believe in Warrenism, “you didn’t build that” and apparently, Bernie believes that the State is only lending you your money, and now he wants it back.  After all, like all Statists, he believes his spending your […]

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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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