New Hampshire is the 2nd Most Free State In America

by Steve MacDonald August 22, 2018

For only the sixth time since 2000 CATO has ranked New Hampshire as the second Most Free State in the US. We were number one all the other times. Unfortunately, this is the third year in a row at number two, and while CATO examines that there is still plenty of good news (not that […]

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Keith Erf – candidate for NH State House, Hillsborough County 2 (Weare/Deering)

by Op-Ed August 7, 2018

I’m Keith Erf, candidate for state representative in Weare and Deering. I’m running for State representative to champion limited government. I’ve lived in Weare for 37 years. My wife, Louisa, and I raised four children here where they attended Weare schools. I started my business, KyTek, in 1991 developing automated systems for the publishing industry. As […]

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Age and Guile vs Youth and Inexperience**:
Trump vs Trudeau

by Mike July 9, 2018

While the young socialist, Trudeau, piles further impediments upon his countrymen as their reward for electing him, the wily Donald Trump steadily unravels red tape and shreds useless regulations. Trump and his cabinet know full well that red tape and government regulations are better kept few and simple, and have set about slashing their way […]

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So, who was it you voted for to get all these “Laws”?

by Skip April 19, 2018

That would be “Administrative Law” – laws created and legally enforced (sometimes as felonies) by unelected, unaccountable, and unassailable bureaucrats.  The Competitive Enterprise Institute has a report on how large of an impact this “extra-Constitutional” process of “legislating” has on the average American citizen who, if you haven’t been educated in government schools lately, our […]

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Senator Shaheen’s Selective Defense Of Small Business Owners

by Steve MacDonald April 16, 2018

New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation is unified in its defense of the Granite State from efforts to make online purchases taxable. Their primary objection, and I’ll use Senator Shaheen as my whipping donkey for this, is the burden it puts on small business owners. As a former small business owner, I know that most small businesses […]

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California Democrat Wants To Tax Energy Consumption from Bitcoin Mining

by Steve MacDonald February 18, 2018

Is anyone surprised that a California Democrat Wants To Tax Energy Consumption from Bitcoin Mining? Bitcoin transactions require an enormous amount of energy. Dutch bank ING estimates that a single transaction consumes enough electricity to power a home for weeks. The expensive and energy-consuming verification process of transactions, otherwise known as mining, is meant to deter […]

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This sounds like a great idea! The Regulatory Transparency Project from The Federalist Society

by Skip November 16, 2017

In the ultra-complex, interconnected, and breakneck-speed digital age in which we live, government must issue and enforce regulations to protect public health and safety. However, despite the best of intentions, government regulation can fail, can stifle innovation, can foreclose opportunity, and can harm the most vulnerable among us. It is for precisely these reasons that […]

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The Cost of Electricity in NH – TAXES AND OVERHEAD

by Steve MacDonald May 15, 2017

By Bill Fortune Seabrook Station produces about 1/2 of NH’s electricity at the cost of about 2.5, cents/kWh, before taxes, per the Energy Information Agency. There are several small hydro plants that produce power at about 1.3 cents/kWh (approx. 100 MWs). Because of increased regulations, we are not certain the cost of electricity generated by […]

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NYC Continues War on Small Business Owners

by Steve MacDonald February 18, 2017

From City Journal “…imagine how galling it must be to hear elected officials take credit for something that, after all, they are strong-arming other people to do. When progressives expand the regulatory framework in which businesses operate, they claim credit for taking bold steps to fix social ills—but they also create consequences that they will […]

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Data Point – It’s about time somebody started to do what Republicans have promised since forever

by Skip February 13, 2017

And hardly ever did. Trump started it, it looks like the Republicans are following Trump’s lead by using the CRA (Congressional Review Act that allows them to delete bureaucratic regulations (with caveats)).  Let’s see if they: Pass the REINS Act Repeal the 1946 Administrative Procedure Act in which Congress ceded much of its power to […]

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Here is the EPITOME of Democrat view of small business. Progressive empathy and “listening” on full parade

by Skip January 11, 2017

As I’ve said before, TMEW and I owned a small business – one that was HIGHLY regulated: a daycare center.  We KNOW regulations, good, meh, and “are you freaking serious?” And we were beseeched on all sides by all kinds of “regulators” that absolutely were convinced that they knew what was best for our business […]

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If the Legislative Branch hadn’t thrown its Power to and groveled to the Executive Branch…

by Skip December 1, 2016

…this wouldn’t be necessary – that Congress has to deliberately has to overrule some unelected, unaccountable, and more and more, unassailable bureaucrats? Who, according to the Constitution, should have the power here?  What we’ve been seeing is a complete inversion of how the process is supposed to work. “Whenever one quarter of the members of […]

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603 Alliance Issues Briefing Summit – Property Rights

by Steve MacDonald August 27, 2016
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In this segment, Government Overreach & Federalism, Jim Kofalt from the 603 Alliance discusses the issue of Federal Land grabs and the EPA’s MS4 Water regulations. Both present significant problems for property rights and property taxes. Everyone in New Hampshire, whether citizen or citizen legislator, needs to understand what they are and the impact these Federal efforts […]

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“…California – a tax on a tax”

by Skip April 20, 2016

I read this and just shook my head slowly from side to side – I just couldn’t believe what I was reading.  Given this, why haven’t we all risen up in righteous indignation (er, if not a lot more) and say “no more” to taking more and more?  But at least one person did the […]

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Data Point – Electric costs up under Obama

by Skip April 10, 2016

The average American’s electric bill has gone up 10 percent since January, 2009, due in part to regulations imposed by President Barack Obama and state governments, even though the price of generating power has declined. President Obama openly ran in 2008 on a platform of making electricity rates ‘skyrocket’ and bankrupting anyone who dared to build […]

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“Money w/strings attached” – Feds stymie efforts in NH’s heroin “epidemic”

by Skip August 12, 2015

Scare quotes around “epidemic” because, once again, the common language is being abused.  Epidemics are spread by germs – not choices made by people to put needles into arms or powder up noses.  That said, this is typical when help is asked for by locals of the Feds.  That “free” money is never free – […]

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GrokTALK! – The Administrative State

by Steve MacDonald December 19, 2014
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In segment four we explore the administrative state and how you can’t do anything anymore without violating a regulation or a law; you can’t even feed the homeless without permission from the state.  You even need a sticker on your dinghy! It is the ongoing inversion of responsibility from the citizen to the government. And […]

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Observation: Profit is voluntary, not evil

by Skip July 1, 2014

Kevin Williamson is one of my favorite authors and you can mostly find him over at National Review.  Here is a snippet …The crude version of exchange — which is, unhappily, the common version — is inclined to suspect that there is an objectively correct price for a good, and that profit comes from duping […]

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Oh, that 0.018 degree difference for the EPA new crushing CO2 regulations?

by Skip June 18, 2014

The killing of coal by the Administration that I wrote about here?  Simply because: the GAIA worshipping environmentalist ideology has completely wormed its way into Government to grasp the levers of power. Progressives, once again, FORCING the rest of us to live our lives in ways THEY approve of – our opinions don’t matter. In […]

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GrokTALK! 10-5-2013 The video – Dr. Betsy McCaughey Question and Answers (4, 5, & 6)

by Skip October 6, 2013

And the questions did not stop coming! Question #4: Going back to the ACA when it first started: we were told by Pelosi that we would find out what was in it.  that should be clue enough to get angry because that is also taking away our Freedom just as much as what Madison said […]

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GrokTALK! June 8th, 2013 Guest Segment – Di Lothrop

by Steve MacDonald June 9, 2013

Di Lothrop from the Nashua Republican City Committee joins us to talk about the NRCC event coming up on Friday June 14th (evening) with guest speaker Dr. Betsy McCaughey. We also talk about the contradictions of ObamaCare, and more with Skip, Steve, Mike, and Ashley Pratte joins us as well. Listen Here Download this segment […]

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Carol Shea-Porter: The Federal Governments Representative To New Hampshire CD- 1

by Steve MacDonald May 17, 2013

I have long and often argued that Democrats, New Hampshire’s variety in particular, favor the top down model of governance.  The power and the resources (money) must descend from the point farthest from the person who is taxed for the privilege of being governed by progressives. A prime example or proof of this “theory” is […]

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Notable Quote – James Gwartney and Richard Stroup

by Skip February 27, 2013

Similarly, the record of government planning in the United States is fraught with internal inconsistencies. The federal government both subsidizes tobacco growers and propagandizes against smoking. It pays some farmers not to produce grain products and, at the same time, subsidizes others with irrigation projects so they can grow more of the very same grain […]

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One reason why investors are sitting on their money…

by Skip November 24, 2012

From Hot Air, this absolutely lovely piece of datum.  Amidst this current talk of raising taxes on Obama’s scapegoats (the rich) and the fiscal cliff, here is the Left hook: The Obama administration proposed at least 80 new regulations the day after Thanksgiving (go ahead and give ‘em a scroll-through for some good times), adding […]

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We need to get them relocated to NH……….

by Susan Olsen October 7, 2012

In his first Annual Message to Congress in 1790, George Washington said: ”A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent on others, for […]

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How To Keep An Economy Down..

by Steve MacDonald August 15, 2012

It is hard to beat the annual burden of government regulation for keeping the economy down.  It’s also a great way to keep unemployment up.  If Businesses have to spend more money to comply with regulations there is less to invest in the business or more employees.  And what’s even better is that this…(see chart […]

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Regulations didn’t Stop MF Global or JPMorgan Losses

by Don May 15, 2012

JP Morgan earned a $5.4 billion profit in the first quarter of 2012.  It is on course for making a multibillion profit in 2Q2012 and a $20 plus  billion profit for the year despite its recent $2 billion loss.  Businesses  take risks, and some risks do not work out.  Businesses are at risk daily  as […]

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GrokTV Special Interview: Pam Tucker-RNC Committeewoman Candidate. Question 8 – Republicans have said that they have eliminated regulations; got that list?

by Skip March 31, 2012

In addition to seeking to be the next RNC Committeewoman, Pam Tucker has something that her opponent cannot claim to have: experience as the current Deputy Speaker of the NH House where she has been intimately involved with policy and the legislation.  One of the claims this session is that the Republicans have been concentrating […]

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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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Data Point – Which is a bigger headache for small biz – taxes or regulations.

by Skip January 13, 2012

Well, look at the slope!  Which one is trending upward faster? That would be the GREEN line.  Oh look – what event happened in early 2009, I wonder…. (H/T: The Enterprise Blog)

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