New Hampshire, Vermont, Tax Revenue, Tax Capacity, and Values

by Steve MacDonald October 2, 2017

Art Woolf, an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont, has an interesting piece in the Burlington Free Press. Interesting, because it hints at a problem in a context most progressives typically ignore. First, as part of this research professor Woolf reports that as a percentage of total income earned New Hampshire is […]

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Data Point – Illegal Aliens cost the US $135 Billion / year

by Skip September 28, 2017

The swelling population of illegal immigrants and their kids is costing American taxpayers $135 billion a year, the highest ever, driven by free medical care, education and a huge law enforcement bill, according to the the most authoritative report on the issue yet.  And despite claims from pro-illegal immigration advocates that the aliens pay significant off-setting […]

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Irony Alert! DNC Spends More Than it Takes In

by Steve MacDonald September 22, 2017

The Democrat National Committee continues to reap a “windfall” from their ongoing Blame Russia™ and “People who don’t vote Democrat are White Supremacists” narratives as donors flock to write checks in support of …wait! It’s just the opposite. The DNC raised just $4.4 million last month, the second lowest August fundraising figure for the party in the past decade. […]

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Data Point – Federal spending breaks $400 Billion / month

by Skip July 15, 2017

Real monthly federal spending topped $400 billion for the first time in June, when the Treasury spent a record 428,894,000,000, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today. Prior to June, the record for federal spending in a single month was held by March 2017, when the Treasury spent approximately $392,816,000,000. As the Treasury was spending a […]

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If Illinois Had One-Party Rule: House Dems Pass $5 Billion Tax Increase

by Steve MacDonald July 3, 2017

I am fond of pointing out that to Democrats there is no limit to how much of other people’s property they will spend. California is the poster child, but Illinois is vying for the title. If it weren’t for the citizens electing a Republican Governor, they’d be staring into the teeth of a 32% $5 billion dollar […]

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Heartless Maggie Hassan Has No Moral Authority on Health Care

by Steve MacDonald June 25, 2017

The Democrat junior Senator from New Hampshire, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s mini-me, is parroting the party talking points on health care as instructed. On NHPR the other day she opined on the latest iteration of the Republican Health Care fix (that is only needed because of what the Democrats did to the health insurance market with ObamaCare). […]

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Blogline of the Day – Rush Limbaugh

by Skip May 2, 2017

Rush on the terrible spending bill: “Why is anybody voting Republican, if this is what happens when we win?” Consistency breeds Trust yielding Votes.  Right now, I see no Consistency so why should I Trust them? You know what the comment is on that third word, right?  Right? This goes for the NH GOP as […]

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Embarrassing – GOP just got on their knees to the Dems on this latest budget deal

by Skip May 1, 2017

Yeah, the GOP is alREADY saying “wait until next time!” Nancy Pelosi & Chuck Schumer are laughing and laughing at this gutless wonders that promised us everything but have given us Conservatives essentially nothing in this “bipartisan” agreement.  As Steve pointed out here and especially here at “On the Crossing of Aisles”: This is not ‘Democrats’ […]

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Data Point – NATO defense spending

by Skip November 14, 2016

Who is pulling the NATO wagon and who is just along for the ride?  (H/T: Daily Mail)

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Data Point – who was more efficient in “vote per dollar spent”?

by Skip November 9, 2016

According to Reuters: Relying heavily on an unorthodox mix of social media, unfiltered rhetoric, and a knack for winning free TV time, the New York real estate magnate likely paid less than $5 per vote during his insurgent White House bid, about half what Clinton paid. In total, Trump raised at least $270 million since launching […]

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Rand Paul – “Addicted to Spending” – You’re All Guilty

by Steve MacDonald October 4, 2016

Congress looks to pilfer $150 Billion from Social Security. Sen. Paul had something to say about that. They still voted to spend it, but at least he took a stand. H/T JP Marzullo – Facebook

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How DO People Get to Work Without “Government?”

by Steve MacDonald July 14, 2016
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Executive Councilor Dave Wheeler got a thank you from the Amherst GOP on Twitter yesterday. Wheeler spoke against rubber-stamping another $250,000.00 in taxpayer money for a program that already had $1.7 million allocated to it through 2017. (I just fisked the crap out of that here, if you need details.) The program pays to fix up cars […]

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Local Education and The Beautiful Tree

by Steve MacDonald May 18, 2016
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Are brick and mortar classrooms obsolete? Jody and Ian Underwood continue the education discussion with the book “The Beautiful Tree,” we touch on the advantages of local control in education, and real-world costs per classroom versus what your school board is charging you. (Download this segment) (Full Podcast)   Podcast RSS Feed  

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UNH Announces – $17,570.00 Table ‘Was a Bad Idea’

by Steve MacDonald April 28, 2016
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University of New Hampshire Media Relations Director Erica Mantz told the New Hampshire Union Leader that the $17,570.00 table purchased for the Holloway Commons, “…was a mistake, and it won’t happen again.” You think? “We believe the concept of what they wanted to do with the table was great, but we believe that it could […]

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Data Point – Bernie Sanders will hoover up your money

by Skip January 19, 2016

Bernie Sanders, like all Socialists / Statists, believes your money is really the State’s money.  After all, if you believe in Warrenism, “you didn’t build that” and apparently, Bernie believes that the State is only lending you your money, and now he wants it back.  After all, like all Statists, he believes his spending your […]

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Why: EPA, FDA stocking up on body armor during President Obama’s watch

by Skip January 8, 2016

It isn’t just those agencies but others that made my head hurt.  After all, Obama has made it a defining pillar of his foreign policy to make changes here in the US to impress other countries (e.g., “other countries WILL follow our lead at decarbonizing ourselves to save the planet from global cooling warming change […]

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Data Point – Hillary’s campaign promises would increase Fed Govt spending by 30%

by Skip December 12, 2015

It’s not enough that we’re $18+ Trillion in the hole as a nation – Hillary’s proposed new spending would hike the approximate $4 Trillion yearly by spending by an additional $1.2 Trillion (image). And not once has she willing said, in detail, where this new money would come from.  And she has ducked every question […]

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Data Point – NATO defense spending as %GDP

by Skip November 24, 2015

“Odds are rising that France and other European nations could end up in a Middle East ground war. That’s worrisome in itself, but there are also concerns that years of cutbacks in European defense budgets could leave the continent’s militaries unprepared for a wily battlefield foe like the Islamic State terror group that recently killed 129 […]

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A reflection of Gov. Sununu? Or on his judgment?

by Skip November 2, 2015

After all, this: I have no feeling for the electorate anymore. It is not responding the way it used to. Their priorities are so different that if I tried to analyze it I’d be making it up. And John E Sununu is out in the hustings hustling for John Kasich; it is clear that the Sununus […]

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Government – so nice you NEVER have to see your kids!

by Skip August 27, 2015

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Like I have said for years, the Left has been arguing for almost any reason why parents should leave their offspring with government institutions: half-day kindergarden to full day mandatory kindergarden, Pre-school,  before and after school daycare, breakfast, lunch and dinner – […]

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Proof: Planned Parenthood Northern New England Doesn’t Need NH Taxpayer Dollars

by Steve MacDonald August 1, 2015
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Defenders of planned parenthood insist that taxpayer dollars do not go to pay for abortions. This is nonsense, of course, because any added revenue frees up money for other purposes for which it might not have otherwise been available. Take Public policy, for example. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England spent $832,596.00 dollars on Public […]

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Public Education As An Act of Fraud

by Steve MacDonald June 11, 2015
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If the average Public school was a non-profit organization asking you for your money to attend to some perceived public ‘good” you’d probably refuse to give them any. You might even ask the “authorities” to investigate them for fraud after seeing their balance sheet. Why? When 70% or more of all “donations” go to staff salaries […]

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Gov. Huckabee’s Tax Record Part II

by Steve MacDonald May 26, 2015
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We continue with Doug Sachletben on Governor Mike Huckabee’s many taxes and taxing priorities as governor. We also discuss government spending increases and how that is not charity but effects charitable giving. Listen to part I of this interview here or Listen to the entire podcast here Follow us on YouTube,USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter …and […]

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Gov. Huckabee’s Tax Record

by Steve MacDonald May 26, 2015
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Doug Sachletben (SACK-lay-ben), the communications director for Club for Growth, joins us to discuss Governor Mike Huckabee’s real record on taxes and spending. Listen to the entire podcast here Follow us on YouTube,USTREAM, Facebook, and Twitter …and take us with you on iTunes, iHeart Radio, Spreaker,TuneIn, or Stitcher.

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To the Left Riots Are A Kind of “Economic” Development Project

by Steve MacDonald May 1, 2015
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Greg Kline from Red Maryland is going to join us tomorrow on GrokTALK! to discuss the Baltimore riots.  I was doing some reading in preparation for that interview and came across an article by another contributor at Red Maryland, Brian Griffiths.  In the course of questioning the city’s failure to address issues of poverty, he […]

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NH town allocates $70M for a public education system of 3800 kids

by Steve MacDonald April 27, 2015
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The Public education model has failed. It is time to look at other alternatives. By Steve Mac Donald | Watchdog Arena Merrimack, N.H. recently voted for and approved a $70 million school budget. This will fund one year of “education” for 3,800 students. I don’t have a college degree, so I do the pedestrian thing. […]

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NH Democrat Cindy Rosenwald Puts The Empty in Empathy

by Steve MacDonald March 17, 2015
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Democrat Cindy Rosnwald made an “interesting” observation on twitter yesterday afternoon. She would like everyone to know that Finance Committee Republicans “cut $2 million from community health centers.” Before we get to Senator Andy Sanborn’s very relevant follow-up question to New Hampshire Democrat Cindy Rosenwald (also via twitter), let me first remind you what kind […]

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How Obama wants to spend your taxes: 2016 Federal Budget

by Skip February 2, 2015

First he wants to break “Skip Murphy’s Axiom”: Government’s spending should NEVER rise faster than the average family’s income.  Then he wishes to take $320 billion more in taxes away from others.  At what point, to quote Steve, is enough, enough?  Certainly it is clear that Progressives, Obama being chief amongst them, will NEVER answer that […]

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Dear Senator Ayotte – A Simple Yes Or No Please.

by Steve MacDonald December 18, 2014
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A Letter from a reader to NH US Senator Kelly Ayotte Senator Ayotte: I’d like to remind you that the NH State motto, the state you purport to represent, is “Live Free Or Die”.  Live Free from the tyranny of Government, not without government, but with the liberty of the people.  Taking more and more […]

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Teri Norelli’s Proudest Moment – Stranding NH Taxpayers With Massive Unfunded Entitlement

by Steve MacDonald November 30, 2014
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Soon to be former NH House Speaker Teri Norelli’s (D- Taxenspend) greatest achievement could have been leaving New Hampshire with an $800 million dollar structural deficit.  It was a huge hole, intentionally created with irresponsible spending, budgetary gymnastics (fraud), and one-time money, meant to force consideration of a broad based tax.  But the Republican majority […]

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