Proper Role of Government

“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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Really?

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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Federal Government: Reduced to being an Entitlement Processor?

by Skip September 4, 2012

From the Wall Street Journal: “In 2010 alone, government at all levels oversaw a transfer of over $2.2 trillion in money, goods and services. The burden of these entitlements came to slightly more than $7,200 for every person in America. Scaled against a notional family of four, the average entitlements burden for that year alone […]

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GrokTV: NH State Senator Andy Sanborn (District 9) – Question 7

by Skip August 1, 2012

Question #7:  Adversarial relationship between State agencies vs ordinary folks? To fix a perceived problem (which Questions 5 & 6 brought up), you have to know all about the problem – or at least the biggest and most influential parts of the problem.  In discussing State Agencies, we wanted to know if there was a […]

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GrokTV Special Interview-NH State Senator Andy Sanborn (District 9) – Question 6 – Why hasn’t anyone already streamlined NH State Agencies?

by Skip July 31, 2012

In our last question, we were curious to see why Andy Sanborn thought about State Government and if the State Agencies in the Executive Branch were doing the right things and in the right ways.  Continuing on in that vein, we then extended that question to try to understand why no one else had yet […]

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GrokTV Special Interview-NH State Senator Andy Sanborn (District 9) – Question 5: Reforming what State agencies are tasked to do and how to do it?

by Skip July 29, 2012

Most people want to see that the potholes are filled, the snow is plowed, and that the police and firemen are there when needed.  That’s how most decide who to vote for – its the stuff they see.  To us, however, philosophy counts as well – for that leads to the next “upward” step of […]

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GrokTV Special Interview: Susan Olsen,NH House Candidate (Merrimack-7)- Question 9 – Proper role of Govt – To save us from ourselves? Or should it butt out?

by Skip July 20, 2012

Democrat NH House Rep. Kris Roberts of Keene uttered on the floor of Representative Hall these fine words concerning Government and his fellow citizens: “Government has to protect us from our own stupidity.” Thus, the question to Susan Olsen (Candidate for the NH House in Merrimack-7) was what her version of the answer should be: […]

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GrokTV Special Interview: Bob Burns (candidate for NH Executive Council District 4) – Q3: How would the Executive Council advance your vision of Government?

by Skip July 17, 2012

Obligatory question for almost everyone I interview – and now adding in “and what would you do about that?”  In this case, Bob Burns was asked the same question  to find out what he thinks how the Executive Council could “progress forward” (heh!  take THAT Libs!) to his vision of a smaller government?  Given what […]

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GrokTV Special Interview: Rep. John Hikel for NH Senate – Question 3 – Should Govt be in the role of selling services and goods?

by Skip May 5, 2012

Continuing on with the interview with John Hikel, who is running for NH State Senate in District 20, we started to veer into one of my favorite questions: Should Govt be in the role of selling services and goods? because it always leads to my favorite topics: what is the proper role of Government? For […]

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Notable Quote – Alex de Toqueville

by Skip April 9, 2012

“A man’s admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for those around him.” -  Alex de Toqueville, French historian And Obama wants to radically transform America to be a Government-centric country to replace its citizen-oriented one…. (H/T: PowerLine)

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Where Maya Angelou intimates that we can be legislated to love each other

by Skip April 6, 2012

Huh? I was looking up a word that was the equivalent of gaggle at Dictionary.com but starting with a “p” (then it popped up in my head: ” radical vision of Obama and his punishing posse of Progressives“) but there was a quote that was in the right sidebar from  Maya Angelo (emphasis mine): Strictly […]

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And if you think that I am misquoting Senator Jeanne Shaheen and saying she cherishes abortion over Liberty, read her own words

by Skip February 13, 2012

“…a power grab as Government is reaching into yet another part of our private lives to force us to fulfill the selfishness of Progressive politicians such as yourself, putting your ideology ahead of our freedoms”. From her own official US Senator website and the transcript of her Senate floor address from Feb 7.  Read through […]

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CPAC: Myron Ebell of Competitive Enterprise Institute

by Mike February 11, 2012

Grokster Mike, and Pete DaTechGuy interview Myron Ebel of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Their chief areas of focus are energy policy and regulatory overreach. On the regulatory side, that includes both EPA silliness, and the regulatory uncertainty which prevents new businesses from starting up in the USA. CEI has also been at the forefront of […]

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