Tax and Spend

Until the people who claim to want “money out of politics” …

by Steve MacDonald January 5, 2018

Until the people who claim to want “money out of politics” stop being the same people who want as much money as possible to run through the hands of Washington politicians and bureaucrats, it is a safe bet they are using the idea of ‘campaign finance reform’ to control other peoples political speech.  

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Sott Burns (D- Franklin) Might Not Know What A ‘Tax’ Is

by Steve MacDonald March 21, 2014
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The Union leader has a story about the NH Democrats new Paint Tax.  NH House Democrats pushed it through yesterday, and I wrote about it here. Rep. Scott Burns, D-Franklin, argued the program is voluntary for retail establishments and would help cities and towns save on paint disposal costs. He argued that the bill does […]

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The Tax Wolf

by Rick Olson February 28, 2014

“The tendency of taxation is to create a class of persons who do not labor, to take from those who do labor the produce of that labor, and to give it to those who do not labor.”   —William Cobbett Brilliant!~  just brilliant! This morning, I come to you from Harrisburg Pennsylvania, versus my humble […]

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Study Finds Tobacco Taxes Cause, Don’t Fix, Fiscal Problems

by Steve MacDonald August 4, 2013

Search GraniteGrok for “Tobacco” or “Tobacco Tax ” or “Cigarette Tax” and you’ll find reams of links and data that demonstrate why raising the tax in New Hampshire won’t do any of the things claimed and how leaving it alone or lowering might be a better idea. Add this Report to that…  “Tobacco Taxes Don’t […]

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A New Hampshire Income Tax By Hook or By Crook

by Steve MacDonald February 4, 2013

Tomorrow there is a hearing (10am – LOB 301) for HB 330. HB 330 would allow any county delegation in New Hampshire to adopt a ‘County Income tax’ to be administered by the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration (DRA). HB330 sells its tax as money that would go toward paying for education (public education […]

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Live Fee Then Die – Say Hello To New Hampshire’s ‘Fee’ Staters?

by Steve MacDonald November 1, 2012

The left has tried to turn the Tea Party into their boogeyman. But you know what the Tea Party wants?  They think we are taxed enough already.  Stop adding taxes.  Stop spending more money than we take in.  Stop making government cost so damn much that small business can’t hire to pay for what government […]

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Maggie Hassan Proud to be a Sponsor of That Tax

by Steve MacDonald October 15, 2012

Maggie Hassan keeps saying we need to have a conversation about taxes.  We have them all the time.  The difference is that Democrats talk about raising them (hundreds of them), and Republicans talk about controlling or lowering them.  And then there are the conversations about taxes that slip out when you are least expecting them […]

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Pledge Zombie Apocalypse

by Steve MacDonald August 28, 2012

Democrat Candidate Jackie Cilley is trying to rally the extreme left of the already extreme left in the New Hampshire Democrat party by pretending to be a moderating voice for tax policy.  Her distinction without a difference (other than that she is being direct about her desire for a broad based tax) is that the […]

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On Not being California…

by Steve MacDonald August 19, 2012

New Hampshire is not California.  We are not California because with the exception of 2007-2010, we try to avoid letting Democrats run the entire state government.  (We’re also not Massachusetts for that same reason.)  And this is good, because while Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has now implemented “cost controls” for Healthcare providers in his state, […]

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About That “No Tax Pledge” Candidate Hassan…

by Steve MacDonald July 15, 2012

It’s a well regarded fact that Democrat Candidate Maggie “The Red” Hassan, early in her candidacy for Governor of New Hampshire, took a Pledge to veto any sales or Income tax.  This is something of an election year tradition.  Democrats who have been trying to raise old taxes or pass new taxes for years find […]

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Do Nothing Democrats

by Steve MacDonald November 27, 2011

It has been three years since the Democrat party produced a federal budget. The Democrat Senate has blocked repeated efforts by the Republican controlled House to ‘do something’ about that. President Obama, Senate leader Harry Reid, and the Democrat leaderships contribution (including their media homunculus) has been to demand compromise without giving any.

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What can we learn from the European financial crisis?

by Skip November 26, 2011

Another video from the Center for Freedom & Prosperity Foundation Economics 101 series that talks about why Big Government is less than optimal: Higher taxes do not lower deficits Just say NO to a VAT Big Govt cripples human capital Tipping point: when moochers outnumber the producers (wagon riders vs wagon pullers)  

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Barry Needs Some Walking Around Money…

by Steve MacDonald October 20, 2011

Let’s say your brother in law, Barry, comes to you for a loan. He needs a little extra money for this big idea he’s got brewing. All he needs is $4500.00 dollars.

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by Rick Olson October 18, 2011

“In hindsight it may even seem inevitable that a socialist society will starve when it runs out of capitalists.”  —Larry Niven How does one become an Occupy Wall Street Protestor? A quest for understanding in a somewhat complicated topic. Why? Because there are some who seem to demonstrate a modicum of intelligence and articulate usage […]

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Jeanne Shaheen: “Porking” Those Tax Increases Down Our Throats

by Rick Olson October 3, 2011

  “If Thomas Jefferson thought taxation without representation was bad, he should see how it is with representation …” —Rush Limbaugh Today’s Union Leader Editorial, entitled, “Free Cops!” points once again to the ills of  having a big-government Democrat like Jeanne Shaheen serving the Granite State in the U.S. Senate. Like her liberal counterpart, former Congressperson […]

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Margaret Thatcher on “the Public money”

by Skip September 27, 2011

Michael Moore and other Progressives should learn this lesson: Government’s money is not the same as Society’s money – it only becomes Government money after the Government has taken it from Society. (H/T: RedState)

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Democrat Green Graft Stops Continuing Resolution

by Steve MacDonald September 22, 2011

If the Democrats had passed a budget we wouldn’t be doing this at all. If the left in Congress had not broken the law and refused to write or pass a budget we would not be here. If the demolition party had not obstructed every effort by Republicans to pass a budget, to eliminate the need for continuing resolutions, there would be no debate about refunding the government every few months.

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by Rick Olson September 4, 2011

“Doesn’t the fight for survival also justify swindle and theft? In self defence, anything goes.” ~Imelda Marcos USA Today reported back in April 2006, that 180,000 families were living “off the grid” Moreover, USA Today in that same story reported that that rate has jumped to upwards of 33% a year for a decade according […]

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by Rick Olson August 19, 2011

“Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.” ~Barry Goldwater A common theme heard from whiney liberals these days is that conservatives, tea-party patriots and some Republicans take absolute positions on issues and are unwilling to compromise, “for the good of […]

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Bernanke’s Bender

by Steve MacDonald August 16, 2011

Bernanke, who sources confirmed was “totally sloshed,” arrived at the drinking establishment at approximately 5:30 p.m., ensconced himself upon a bar stool, and consumed several bottles of Miller High Life and a half-dozen shots of whiskey while loudly proclaiming to any patron who would listen that the economic outlook was “pretty goddamned awful if you want the God’s honest truth.”

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Tin-Eared Bureaucrats

by Rick Olson July 30, 2011

“Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.” ~Laurence J. Peter Barbara Seebart, New Hampshire State Refugee Coordinator didn’t appear to grasp Mayor Ted Gatsas’ assertions that the City of Manchester is not prepared to absorb another 300 refugees. The Board of Mayor and Alderman voted in […]

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Facebook Doodlings – those with “excess” should pay more?

by Skip July 24, 2011

Adapted from a Facebook thread ‘Grok friend Robert Jursik had a link where Michele Bachmann suggested that everyone should pay taxes (almost 50% pay no Federal income taxes); I have written many times that this would be a good idea – ALL should pay for the Government we have with no exceptions. Immediately, there was […]

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A Brief History of President Obama’s Fiscal Record

by Steve MacDonald July 24, 2011

Despite new-found concern with the debt overhang stifling economic growth, President Obama’s record falls far short of his rhetoric. Let’s review the decisions made by President Obama and Congressional Democrats over the past couple of years, and the disappointing results of their policy choices:

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If You Are Not Following Me On Twitter….

by Steve MacDonald July 20, 2011

Twitter inspires the opportunity to aggravate the leftists who insist on following conservatives there. Not every witticism will fit on Twitter. Sometimes you have to write a blog and post a link. And then there are the thoughts that are too short to blog and too long to tweet. (Some things can’t be said in under 140 characters.)

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The Very Partisan Granite State Fair Tax Coalition Part II

by Steve MacDonald July 19, 2011

The Granite State Fair Tax Coalition (GSFTC–Greedy Socialists Frisking TaxPayers Cash) is a partisan non-profit, which for years has insisted it is a non-partisan group advocating an income tax in New Hampshire. But the GSFTC is non-partisan the way MSNBC is. They use the dark side equivalent of the Jedi mind trick. ‘The force can have a strong influence on the weak minded.”

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Manchester Needs a ‘Full-Time Refugee” Coordinator?

by Rick Olson July 1, 2011

Liberals love to spend money. No doubt about it. Especially when the money they are spending taxpayer money. Despite tough economic times for the rank and file taxpayer, City Hall liberals are still crafting ways to generate new spending in an effort to expand the almighty nanny-feifdom of city government.

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