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BlogQuestion of the Day – how come NH Democrats are against equal opportunity???

by Skip December 31, 2017

“Wealthy families have the means to find the best school for each child. Should not all New Hampshire parents?” states Rep. Glenn Cordelli, R-Tuftonboro, for the majority of the Education Committee. HB 193 should pass (now, even the NH Attorney General says it is Constitutional).  Afte all, “it’s for the children”! Oh, that’s right – […]

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Obamacare Individual Mandate is DEAD!

by Skip December 20, 2017

Democrats: live by the tax!  Republicans (today): OK, die by your tax, too And no, may it never live again.  As I said at the time of enactment of Obamacare (without a single Republican vote), the Founders would be spinning like mad to hearing that the Federal Government, supposedly limited in scope and power, would […]

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Notable Quote – Keven Williamson

by Skip December 18, 2017

Nobody in Washington understands what it takes to make an iPhone or a pound of upland cotton, but they do know how to get in the way, how to hold up one hand and say “No!” while holding out the other hand and saying “Pay!” There are a few necessary conditions for prosperity: peace, property […]

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

by Skip December 18, 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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“Many parents cannot afford private schools; SB-193 will help”

by Don December 14, 2017

To The Daily Sun, If a contractor did a good job for you but a bad job for your neighbor would you force your neighbor to keep rehiring the same contractor? Would you tell your neighbor to hire a second contractor to follow the first and fix the first contractor’s poor work? No. But this […]

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Guest Post by the Honorable Norm Silber – Stop discrimination against Catholics!

by Granite Grok December 14, 2017

Isn’t it long past time that New Hampshire ended blatant discrimination against Catholics in our state? After the great Irish potato famine in the mid-1800’s, America experienced a large wave of Irish immigrants, many of whom were Catholics.   Some politicians wanted to prevent any public support of Catholic institutions and thus attempted, unsuccessfully, to amend […]

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HB193: but they failed to ask and answer the most important question

by Skip December 9, 2017

Yet another piece from the Concord Monitor where Don Vallone of Reaching Higher New Hampshire makes the argument, financially, that ONLY Government schools should be allowed to teach your children.  How?  He cries in his cups of how government public schools would be losing money to other entities if HB 193 is enacted.  Boo-hoo (reformatted, […]

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NH LSRs rated by sponsor ratings – Part 5

by Skip December 6, 2017

OK, time got away from me – time to put up some more LSRs (which by this time, I’m betting some have been turned into bills).  This time, those who the prime sponsor had a rating of 36% – 50%.  Like the last 4 posts, I’ve bolded a few that caught my eye (yes, I […]

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NH LSRs rated by sponsor ratings – Part 4

by Skip November 27, 2017

Boy, they just keep coming as if Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 weren’t enough!  It does bring up a couple important questions: Do they ever wonder when enough is enough? Do they really think that we in Civil Society have no clue in making decisions for ourselves? Or, do they not believe that […]

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NH LSRs rated by sponsor ratings – Part 3

by Skip November 26, 2017

Batter up!  More LSRs / House Bills.  As before, I’m bolding the ones that I’ll be looking at.  As before, if you, dear readers and commenters, have a bit of time and interest, pick one or two (or more, there’s PLENTY to share!), write a paragraph on why you think it is anti-Freedom and pro-Statism […]

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NH LSRs rated by sponsor ratings – Part 2

by Skip November 25, 2017

Continuing on from Part 1, here is the next tranche of LSRs/House bills submitted into the House of Representative: Reminder: this list is for purposes of triage – quickly guesstimating which bills are bad or good based on whether their sponsors have good or bad voting records. There are times when bad Reps sponsor good […]

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NH LSRs rated by sponsor ratings – Part 1

by Skip November 24, 2017

From a good friend of the ‘Grok comes an interesting list. He took the time to take all of the LSRs (Legislative Service Requests – future bills that are put into the legislative hopper that will be textually fleshed out later with the specifics) that have been turned in, examined who the legislators were that […]

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So RedDiaperBaby and Jeemo, what say you now about Obamacare costs? Start groveling with abject apologies – Part 2

by Skip November 22, 2017

US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) in an op-ed says that while she didn’t support the Obamacare repeal votes earlier this year, she does support the tax reform bills having a repeal of the Individual Mandate that Government / Obamacare put in place for people who just wished to not purchase healthcare.  Once again, look at […]

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The world economy explained with two cows – Part 5 Traditional Capitalism

by Skip November 22, 2017

Notice that opposed to the other forms of capitalism (nor “not capitalism”), this is YOU oriented (all others are about being The State / bureaucrat oriented).  YOU get to make the decisions – not someone else.  YOU get to plan your future – not someone else. YOU get to take the risk – and then […]

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The difference between Libertarians and Statist/Progressive Totalitarians

by Skip November 14, 2017

A lady by the name of Jilletta Jarvis is running for Governor of NH and had a Letter to the Editor printed in the Concord Monitor (I do have to give credit to our local Pravda in doing so for a person completely antithetical to their political stances).  In it I read no real surprises […]

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Government enforced “safety” – the antithesis Freedom?

by Skip October 22, 2017

One example (emphasis mine): According to the Los Angeles Times, Newsom said the ban will “help prevent the occurrence of high-fatality gun massacres, and … [will] reduce the bloodshed when these tragedies occur.” Note that Newsom’s claim contains an admission that the ban will not stop “high-fatality” attacks altogether. Rather, it is yet another in a long […]

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Data Point – College kids don’t know what Free Speech really is

by Skip October 11, 2017

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once […]

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Notable Quote – Bill O’Reilly

by Skip October 2, 2017

Once again, the big downside of American freedom is on gruesome display.  A psychotic gunman in Las Vegas has committed the worst mass murder in U. S. history.  64-year-old Stephen Paddock, who lived in Nevada, began firing from a hotel window about 10pm Pacific time last night.  His targets were folks attending a music festival below him.  When it […]

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September 11 – We still remember (bumped)

by Skip September 11, 2017

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 – The essence and foundation of capitalism

by Skip September 10, 2017

For one thing, mutually advantageous exchange is not the worst ethical school. It is better than the violent pride of aristocrats or the violent insolence of bureaucrats. And in economic liberalism, the human desire to excel is provided millions of honorable paths, from model railway building to show business, as against in illiberal societies the […]

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Somehow, a Liberal’s definition of “Freedom” is different from mine

by Skip August 16, 2017

(H/T: Liberal Logic 101)

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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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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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