Nashua Mayor Asks For 4 Million From Surplus None of it For Commuter Rail

by Steve MacDonald August 14, 2018

I guess there are bigger priorities in Nashua than “Choo Choo.” Capital equipment. Playgrounds. Sidewalks. A few ‘plants’ to spiffy up the joint. Work on a community center. Repurposing technology and updating an online dashboard so residents can access information from about city projects and initiatives. Like choo choo? Nashua has four million dollars (leftover) and not a penny […]

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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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Taxes vs Personal Spending: shouldn’t this be flipped?

by Skip August 7, 2018

Is it moral to be paying more to Government than spending on your family? Reformatted, emphasis mine: America spends more on taxes than on food, clothing, and housing combined. A LOT more. Housing: $2.3 trillion Clothing: $0.4 trillion Food: $1.7 trillion TOTAL: $4.4 trillion Federal Taxes: $3.4 trillion State and Local Taxes: $1.8 trillion TOTAL: $5.2 […]

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Jonathan Mackie – candidate for NH State House, Belknap 2 (Gilford/Meredith)

by Op-Ed August 5, 2018

I am Jonathan Mackie, a Republican seeking to represent Meredith and Gilford in Belknap District 2. I am a lifelong resident of New Hampshire and have lived in Meredith since 1984. My wife Sue and I own and operate Clearwater Campground and Meredith Woods Four Season Camping Area in Meredith. Although I have not previously […]

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About that “Free Money” From Washington…

by Steve MacDonald July 31, 2018

You’ve heard it time and again. Some state or local official promotes a project or a legisaltive initiative because there’s a federal grant available. These sorts of  “thinkers” will often implement long-term programs at great expense based on promises of “free money.” The Federal government is paying X percent of costs for Y number of years. How […]

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An Open Letter to Members of the Franklin, NH School Board

by Op-Ed July 31, 2018

By Karen Testerman Once again the taxpayers of Franklin are confronted with a request for an increase in funds. Oddly with a declining population of students, there is still a need for an increase in cost. What concerns me is that the discussion regarding budgets centers around teacher pay or the number of personnel required […]

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NH House Freedom Caucus Blasts “drunken sailor spending”

by Op-Ed May 22, 2018

Press Release NH House Freedom Caucus For Immediate Release May 22, 2018 Contact: Rep. JR Hoell, 603-315-9002 CONCORD – The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus (NHHFC) today blasted the massive, $120 million state spending spree in new spending outside of a state budget year in bills coming before the House tomorrow. In particular, the NHHFC […]

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Nancy Kuster Pelosi – Spends Again!

by Ed Naile March 30, 2018

NH’s 2nd District Congressman, Nancy Kuster Pelosi, signed on to the more than a trillion-dollar omnibus spending, spending, spending bill – with glee. What else could she do? What else has NH Nancy Kuster Pelosi ever done? Throw money – get elected. Pumped full of out-of-state cash and campaign volunteers every election, NH Nancy is […]

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Omnibus in Spiritus Sanctum

by Steve MacDonald March 26, 2018

Mike Rogers joins me to discuss how Mr. Trump might be able to use the Omnibus as written to build his wall, and whether he can or will just give large sums he has no intention of spending back to the treasury – and whether Congress can do anything about that. Follow this program on Spreaker

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Omnibus in Spiritus Sanctum

by Steve MacDonald March 26, 2018

(Restored) Mike Rogers joins me to discuss how Mr. Trump might be able to use the Omnibus as written to build his wall, and whether he can or will just give large sums he has no intention of spending back to the treasury – and whether Congress can do anything about that. This program has been reposted after […]

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I keep expecting more from DC Republicans – but they suck anyways.

by Skip March 25, 2018

That’s what swamp creatures do.  And this time, Trump jumped in.  From the Union Leader: The bill abandons GOP claims of fiscal discipline in a stark reversal of the promises many Republicans ran on in capturing control of the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014 as they railed against what they described as […]

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by Ed Naile March 25, 2018

If President Donald Trump wants to re-establish his credibility when it comes to budgets, he can do one simple thing – right now. Hold a press conference and let every department head and member of Congress know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you will never vote for another omnibus spending bill. That simple […]

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GOP Consistency???

by Skip March 24, 2018

Er, no.  That’s one of the big reasons why I left the GOP a few years ago now.  They preach their philosophy and then act against it. Democrats are unable to tell us what the difference is between them and Socialists.  Tell me, with the passage of the $1.3 Trillion budget morass, what is the […]

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Gilford Budget Committee – setting the record straight

by Op-Ed March 11, 2018

By Norm Silber To set the record straight regarding actions taken by the Gilford Budget Committee under my leadership, the real facts are (a) the Police & Fire budgets were never decreased in any of the prior 4 years; (b) the Fire budget was increased last year and this year to provide for the lease/purchase […]

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Major Loophole Allows NH Schools to Ignore Their Budget Committees

by Steve MacDonald February 9, 2018

Skip Murphy joins me to discuss how a major loophole allows schools to ignore budget committee cuts to their spending.

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Tales from the BudComm – Fred, please remember you were part of the problem you are bellyaching about

by Skip February 2, 2018

OK, Fred Butler has another LtE in the local paper and, of course, he is off-point.  Not only off-point in the way that our own inimitable commenter Timothy (factual but of no real relevance in his own special Progressive way) but blames the BudComm for not cutting budgets.  To which I point out, he was […]

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NH Medicaid Expansion – I wonder if State Senator Jeb Bradley is finally going to apologize to us all?

by Skip February 2, 2018

Even if he doesn’t, there’s a whole bunch of us that can and will taunt him with “See, told ya so!” as the Baby Daddy of Medicaid Expansion here in NH is finally meeting up with fiscal reality as the Sugar Daddy (the Feds) are tightening up their wallet and taxpayers here in NH are finally […]

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Data Point – “Federal Spending Set Record During Shutdown”

by Skip January 24, 2018

But the $16,596,000,000 that the federal government spent on Monday–when it was shut down–was more in constant inflation-adjusted dollars than the federal government has spent before on the fourth Monday in January, according to the Daily Treasury Statements (going back to 1998) that are posted on the website of the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service. […]

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Tales from the BudComm: Upon Fred Butler (Gilford) beclowning himself again

by Skip January 19, 2018

This past Tuesday night, my hamlet had its Public Session where the Budget Committee presented both its budgets (Municipal, School District) to the townfolk to explain the numbers and to take questions or listen to concerns.  Fred Butler approached the mic and decided to, once again, make a math fool of himself.  He knows how […]

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Connecticut’s Dannel Malloy Sings Progressive Siren Call That NH Democrats Should Answer

by Steve MacDonald January 9, 2018

I’d bet someone else’s money that New Hampshire Democrats are jealous of Connecticut and Dannel Malloy. Since 2011 he’s raised taxes at least three times, and instead of balancing the budget with those taxes he overspent each time creating a new deficit requiring more tax increases. If we jumped in our way-back machine to the mid-to-late […]

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Data Point – 2017 Federal Spending and Taxes

by Skip October 22, 2017

We don’t have a revenue problem – we have a spending problem that gives us these huge annual deficits leading to a $20 Trillion national debt (reformatted, emphasis mine). Real federal spending in fiscal 2017, which ended on Sept. 30, was higher than in any year in the history of the United States other than […]

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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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