Freedom

Notable Quote – Frank Dowd

by Skip July 24, 2017

“The Obama agenda…attacked the notion of personal responsibility, killed on the altar of universal ‘rights’ and the politics of victimhood. The Left preached that everyone has a ‘right’ to free child care, free health care, a free college education and a roof over their head. And that the State will provide no matter what, so […]

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About those millions “LOSING” their Obamacare insurance coverage

by Skip July 24, 2017

I’ve been listening to a lot of nonsense about the impact of the different GOP “replacement” plans for Obamacare and the numbers just didn’t make any sense. After all, none of them drastically did much on the core structure of Obamacare.  They deleted most (but not all of the taxes).  They started to tinker with […]

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Medallions: individuals are now suffering the result of yet another Government distortion of the Free Marketplace

by Skip July 16, 2017

No, not the kind that goes around your neck or on the wall.  No, this is all about NYC cab medallions – and why? Gosh, doesn’t this resemble the housing crash of 2008? Or in similar ways, the problem with the healthcare marketplace being taken over by Government? Or what Government did with “restructuring” the auto […]

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

by Skip June 30, 2017

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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A question for all ‘Grok readers: Freedom to do or requiring Permission

by Skip May 30, 2017

And your answer should be in the context of “Land of the Free”: Should law have as a fundamental organizing principle that persons have a general right to embark on enterprises not specifically prohibited, or that a wide range of activities should require advance permission by official gatekeepers? Sadly, I think that with all of […]

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Notable Quote – Ben Stein

by Skip May 1, 2017

…There’s an atmosphere of terror on campuses across the country… The formula is simple. Get a few nonwhite students to label a potential speaker a racist, whether or not there is the slightest evidence he or she is. Then bring in the looney left faculty, then bring in the women with fake charges of sexism, […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Walter E. Williams

by Skip April 11, 2017

Excerpts from his address upon receiving the 2017 Bradley Prize: Now for most of human history, mankind has been subject to arbitrary abuse and control by others, It’s personal liberty that’s the rare state of affairs, and enjoyed by only a tiny part of mankind mostly in the western world, and for only a tiny […]

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Notable Quote – Michael Caine

by Skip April 8, 2017

Yes, the movie star. “I voted for Brexit… what it is with me, I’d rather be a poor master than a rich servant. It “wasn’t about the racism, immigrants or anything, it was about freedom.” -Michael Caine (actor) (H/T: Townhall)

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Concord Monitor – we DEMAND Govt take more of your money away!

by Skip January 15, 2017

Really!  Because you are successful, the Concord Monitor judges you to be EEEVVVIIIILLL simply because INCOME INEQUALITY!  Yep, just go that Marxist route of just because your ability is there, it must go to someone else because of their need (reformatted, emphasis mine). Editorial: Tax reform must target inequality Sunday, January 15, 2017 First, they […]

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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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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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