Can I ask: what SHOULDN’T Government do (re: NH Paid Family Leave), eh Steve Duprey?

by Skip December 21, 2017

Oh, it sounds SO nice and fuzzy – it’s for the Children, it’s for the Adults, it’s for the Seniors. How could ANYONE be against – yet another government program.  Republican Committeeman Steve Duprey seems to be in favor of this: …Steve Duprey, president of Foxfire Property Management and the Duprey Companies; Brad Sawler, owner […]

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Notable Quote – Patrick McLaughlin, Matt Mitchell, Anne Philpot

by Skip November 14, 2017

Occupational licensing is ostensibly intended to protect the public from unsafe and low-quality service, but there is little evidence this intention is realized. Rather, there is a growing consensus among economists that these rules serve to protect incumbent providers from competition by creating barriers for new entrants that lead to higher prices for consumers. – […]

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Notable Quote – John Cochrane

by Skip May 17, 2017

Now, the critique of an increasingly rent-seeking society echoes from both the Left and the libertarians.  Rent-seeking is a big problem.  Cronyism is a big problem.  George Stigler finds a lot to agree with in Joe Stiglitz.  As do Milton Friedman, James Buchanan, and so forth. But now comes the most astounding lack of logic […]

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So, the GOP in DC decide to cut taxes and shrink government…..oh wait!

by Skip November 15, 2016

“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.”  – President Obama, Inauguration (2009) Hmmm, is it the case that I only have about 2 […]

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The Shaheen-Portman Energy Bill – More Bureaucracy and Taxpayer Handouts

by Steve MacDonald May 15, 2014
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The Shaheen-Portman Energy Bill has stirred up some controversy about Scott Brown, Kelly Ayotte, and a he-said, she-said contrivance manufactured by the left-wing Huffington Post.  But then, that is what the left does.  It lies. The left will do and say anything to elicit an emotional response which will create movement on their side.  Money, […]

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Here is a great example of Rent Seeking

by Skip February 22, 2014

Rent Seeking: An example of rent-seeking is when a company lobbies the government for loan subsidies, grants or tariff protection. These activities don’t create any benefit for society, they just redistribute resources from the taxpayers to the special-interest group. Among those industries that are most apt to seek demand tax relief for what is just […]

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The KRONIES! The evil intersection of Big Government, Big Politics, and the US Chamber of Commerce (aka Big Biz)

by Skip January 27, 2014

Sadly, this cartoon parody is true – Crony Capitalism is not capitalism at all, merely the collusion of politicians willing to “listen” to Big Biz’s / Special Interest Group’s lobbyists to influence legislation in rent-seeking “favors” that distorts the true marketplace and shift the advantages to themselves. Go over to for more and find […]

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An excellent example of “rent-seeking” and “Crony Unionism”

by Skip September 12, 2013

Rent-Seeking: The expenditure of resources in order to bring about an uncompensated transfer of goods or services from another person or persons to one’s self as the result of a “favorable” decision on some public policy….Examples of rent-seeking behavior would include all of the various ways by which individuals or groups lobby government for taxing, […]

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Larry Major, Pike Industries Governmental Rent-Seeker, is at it again.

by Skip March 25, 2013

Well, I already put up a post where Pike paid rent-seeker Larry Major, with the title of “Government Relations”, (would that be an incestuous one?) was flogging the independent truckers that haul for Pike to go roust their NH State Reps and Senators to urge passage of HB617 which would enrich Pike Industries’s coffers but […]

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Guest Post by e. dog – “a touch of Bidenitus by I. Toddius!”

by Skip March 25, 2013

From his email:  Skip – Here’s a follow-up on poor ol’ Todd, born with a government degree in his mouth, and a touch of Bidenitus. Plagiary, Thy Name is I. Toddius! As originally hurled downfield by Scott from the 50 yard line, then caught and carried to the end zone by Steve, this football keeps […]

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Troopers are not the only rent-seekers – so is Pike Industries

by Skip March 19, 2013

Grokster Steve’s post (“Troopers Admit – They Just Want the Money“) is a great one that demonstrates rent-seeking –  enriches the few at the expense of the many by advocating for an action by Government.  In the case of the State Troopers, they’re absolutely good with having Government approve a casino simply because it will […]

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NH HB 514 – NH State Reps having a “I want my free lift ticket” hissy fit bill

by Skip February 8, 2013

HB 514 – can you say “Give us a perk that mere voters can’t have”?  Whiners, they are.  Talk about voting something from the Public Larder Treasury!  Grant Bossie from NH Watchdog has the sordid tale of the “NH State Reps who want free skiing” (reformatted, emphasis mine): (CONCORD) Some New Hampshire Representatives want their […]

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