Proper Role of Government

Didn’t both the Great Recession and the TEA Party start over this?

by Skip July 3, 2016

Some people just don’t learn from history – even if it was just 8 years ago (I guess history doesn’t exist, for Progressives, pre-Obama other than “It’s Bush’s fault!”.  When word came out that the Feds (re: Obama Administration) were thinking about buying mortgages of those who were going into foreclosure, people went nuts.  Why […]

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Daniel Fortin – accomplishes BreatheNH’s purposes but not by persuasion of the public

by Skip April 16, 2015

“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.” NH State Rep Kris Roberts (D): “Government has to protect us from our own stupidity.” NH State Rep Leigh Webb (D): “The role of government is to legislate behavior“ Naw, […]

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First Responders – Susan The Bruce shows us the Progressive view

by Skip March 22, 2015

From the March 2015 of America’s Freedom (p.39, emphasis mine): In the United States and other nations, more and more people are recognizing that victims have the best chance of survival when they can be the first responders. First Responders.  We usually think of these folks as heros – and they are, no doubt.  But they […]

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Fiscally unsound for WHO, Senator Jeff Woodburn?

by Skip January 24, 2015

This caught my eye earlier this week in the Union Leader (reformatted, emphasis mine): DOWN TO BUSINESS: Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn of Dalton likened a GOP effort to cut the business profits tax and business enterprise tax to “political footballs.” [Senate GOP wants to lower NH business taxes].   Sen. Andy Sanborn, R-Bedford, and Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, touted […]

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Been sayin’ this for a while: “One BIG Republican night; Now what?”

by Skip November 5, 2014

Not the “BIG Republican night” part (although that’s what happened all over except NH) but that’s a headline over at IBD.  It’s the “Now what?” that’s important. Mine? Winning is merely the precursor; what is important is what is done afterwards So what will it be, Republicans – especially NH GOP elected Republicans?  What’s the agenda?  How […]

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Conservatives, even w/this Wave, always keep in mind what ALL politicians really are

by Skip November 5, 2014

From Prof. Don Boudreaux over at Café Hayek (emphasis mine): I advise freedom-loving and free-market-appreciating Americans (of which I am unashamedly one) to be good Tullockians about the results of yesterday’s landslide wins for the G.O.P.  The Republicans who won those elections are, after all, politicians – and it is the rare politician, of whatever […]

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Liberal language perversion: Entitlement, Tax Breaks

by Skip November 2, 2014

And yes, there are those in the welfare class that DO believe your money (MY money!) should be given to them to the point of being a Right – the de facto fulfillment of FDR’s intent with his Second Bill of Rights.  I know that, as I have said before, I had bunches of them […]

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How much is the Price is Right for our Federal Government?

by Skip October 5, 2014

How’s that Price according to you?  Before watching the video, take a guess.  Put it into a comment.  Then comment on the real Price and tell me if the “Price is Right” for you! (H/T: CNSNews)

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Data Point – Size of the US Tax code

by Skip September 23, 2014

NH State Rep Leigh Webb (D): “The role of government is to legislate behavior“ The operative questions is, WHY do we let them keep doing this to us?  Whose money is it, really?  Oh wait…the Democrats (and not a few Republicans) DO believe that legislators have the “right” to dictate our behavior (in “the Land […]

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US Senator Grassley: That’s what Progressives think…hate the Constitution

by Skip September 16, 2014

When Pres Obama says I hv pen and ph if Congress won't I will he's like the Roosevelts he considers Constitution a nuisance — ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 15, 2014 And the Roosevelts and Obama are not the only ones; from my Progressives and the Proper Role of Government post, let me remind you that we […]

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GrokBite: Bill Clinton demands that we all pay the cost of a higher minimum wage

by Skip June 29, 2014

Once again, I can rely on Meet The Press to throw up some blog fodder from Socialistic Communitarians that believe that there should never be Liberty in action – you WILL be made to care (as Erick Erickson from RedState puts it) and contribute.  Former President Bill Clinton on the idea of raising the minimum […]

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“Paint Stewardship Program” – look, there’s the gun toting Nanny at the paint racks!

by Skip March 21, 2014

NH State Rep Leigh Webb (D): “The role of government is to legislate behavior“ NH State Rep Laura Pantelakos (D): “I don’t care about protecting peoples’ Liberty“ Yet another Government mandate in search of a problem.  Democrat Progressives just can’t STAND the idea that they aren’t smarter than everyone else and have to pass legislation […]

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GrokTALK! March 1, 2014 The Government Can Have No Power That the People Do Not Have Themselves

by Steve MacDonald March 6, 2014
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NH House Rep Dan Itse joins us to talk about his soon to be released book “States Have Powers – The Powers of the People,”an expository on his sovereignty resolutions. Follow us into ‘the weeds’ as we explore where rights come from, who has them, how they are delegated or more effectively exercised, how we […]

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American Exceptionalism – and the non-recognition of Evil?

by Skip September 22, 2013

David Gregory of the Sunday morning talking head show, Meet The Press, over the most important question concerning our Republic (yes, a Republic – not a democracy): What is the Proper Role of Government? and he turned to Leftist Tavis Smiley for his take on it: Gregory: There is a big argument over government too, […]

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The Bigger the Government, the deader the Bambi??

by Skip August 2, 2013

“In order to save Bambi, we had to bodybag her“ Yeah, I know – it’s “The Bigger the Government, the deader smaller the Citizens” (hey, it fits – the deader our Freedom).  But it is true, the Bigger the Government, the Bigger it thinks it really is – and as a result, the stupider it […]

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But Mr. Obama, the answer to “Will my Government retaliate against me for complaining” is still “Yes we can!”

by Skip June 23, 2013

“No”is the answer here.  But we have seen that the Federal Government will retaliate against its Citizens when bureaucrats believe that “citizens have lost sight of their proper place” (IRS targeting TEA Party, Constitutionalists, Pro-Life groups; Dept of Labor and the IRS going after high net worth donors to Romney, and the EPA targeting energy […]

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Data Point – Nowadays, it seems that Crony Capitalism pays

by Skip May 16, 2013

“In 2009, Strategas Group realized there was going to be a lot more government intervention into the economy, and stocks of companies that exhibited “the greatest lobbying intensity” might outperform the broad market. So the firm created a 50-stock “lobbying index.” …My take: Two ways to make money in 2013 America: add value or have […]

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Guest post by NH State Rep. Mike Sylvia: “The Power of Words”

by Skip April 17, 2013

The Power of Words Words are important as they transmit ideas. Santa Claus: I just stuck a fat bearded man in a red suit into your mind. Sorry, you’ll get over it soon enough. Of course, I didn’t do it by myself, you had a lot of training when you were a child to get […]

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Liberal Hypocrisy – Children are the adults in the Progressive world

by Skip April 8, 2013

The second one definitely breeches Reynolds’ Second Law.  How can the Progressive mind believe that an 11 year old can make rational decisions about a powerful hormonal abortifacient but an adult can make a rational decision about how thirsty they are? Or is this ONLY about the money – another illegitimate baby on welfare for […]

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Blogline of the Day: It spotlights: don’t do more until the basics are done

by Skip April 8, 2013

We have known about Reynolds’ Law for quite some time: “Subsidizing the markers of status doesn’t produce the character traits that result in that status; it undermines them.” Well, it seems like Glen Reynolds (of Instapundit fame) now has a new law (making the above Reynolds First Law) Reynolds’ Second Law: “The more a government […]

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Freedom depends on who gets to choose and make the decisions

by Skip March 3, 2013

The abridged definition of “Freedom” is how many choices one can make, unforced and unfettered.  I get to make the choice – not you and not Government.  When you and Government starting making those decisions for me, that by definition, is less Freedom. The Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution, was […]

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“I wonder how the other Groksters are faring in the midst of the destruction….”

by Skip March 3, 2013

Tim posed that question yesterday, my answer is “Not too shabby, actually”.  Sure, just like the Federal Government, I had to take a 2% haircut financially earlier this year (1/1/13) as  Obama decided that His Progressive policy to “better perfect” tax policies, decreed that I had to give up not paying the FICA tax that […]

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Black Swan: Obama’s actions created the TEA Party. Is the Establishment Old Guard Republicans are about to be black swanned?..

by Skip February 4, 2013

“ if you aren’t going to do what you say you would, we can no longer trust you“ I am beginning to think so.  Certainly here in NH during the last two election cycles, the enmity between what I would call the Old Guard Establishment (e.g., “I’m a Republican because…..I’m a Republican” and “who the […]

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“Why do you need to have that?” – never a question an Elected Official should ask of a Citizen

by Skip January 25, 2013

That question is reserved for parents talking to their children (either in a pique generated by the kids or in trying to teach them to think about the whys and wherefores) or to a boss questioning how a purchase is going to further the goals of that company (we’ll come back to both in a […]

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Information Wars – used to be the stuff of foreign battlefields. Thanks, Progressives, for bringing it to the ‘hood!

by Skip January 21, 2013

This shift stems, in large part, from the movement from a predominately resource and tangible goods-based economy to an information-based one. In the past, political struggles were largely fought over how to divide up the spoils generated by the basic productive economy; labor, investors and management all shared a belief in the ethos of economic […]

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The problem that Progressivism was supposed to fix is now embedded in their Government

by Skip January 21, 2013

“The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.” “Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, […]

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I am not your subject…I am not your servant…I am not your peasant.

by Skip January 9, 2013

Boston’s letter, titled “No ma’am,” was first posted on CNN’s iReport on Dec. 27 and quickly made the rounds on social media as he responded to all of the items that are known about US Senator Diane Feinstein’s gun grabbing legislation (for nothing says ‘gun grabber’ like legislation that requires fingerprints, a humungous new Federal […]

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by Skip November 24, 2012

Breitbart has this riff on Paul Krugman commenting on a TEA Party sign, who believes that his Nobel Prize in economics means that the rest of us should believe that his expertise transfers to politics; As it happens, I’ve recently had fairly extensive dealings with both our health care system and with the New Jersey […]

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I believe this can describe the Feds a lot: Ineptocracy

by Skip November 21, 2012

Bumped and updated: In the same vein of Jim Bender’s lovely phrase of “self-assured incompetency“;  I saw this over at Boortz’s and I thought I had remembered putting it up.  Given the SNAFU that FEMA has created (yet again) in the aftermath of hurricane / superstorm Sandy, it is appropriate that we bring it up […]

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The real cost of Obamacare – one individual’s lament at being hurt, not helped

by Skip November 12, 2012

Emphasis mine – and I thought that “Progressive Government” is supposed to solve problems – not make things worse?  It’s like I have said for years: The Bigger the Government, the smaller the citizen.  In this case, my friend sees himself getting smaller thanks to Government decisions “for him”. Skip, The numbers were posted yesterday. […]

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