UNH President Makes About Half a Million – Look at What We Get!

by Steve MacDonald July 23, 2016

New Hampshire taxpayers should take a few moments to measure the value of their ‘investment” in leadership at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). UNH President Mark Huddleston is the second highest paid Public University President in New England. Huddleston’s compensation package – which increased 2.7 percent compared to the previous year – consisted of a base […]

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John Andrews obviously doesn’t want people to have any control of their tax burden

by Skip July 20, 2016

Ah yes, yet another missive from the Left complaining that the amount raised by property taxes here in NH should be paid by anyone other than by themselves.  While the original is after the jump, this Letter to the Concord Monitor quickly sums up their argument (reformatted, emphasis mine): The writer cites a $250,000 house […]

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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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Cut Taxes – Increase Tax Revenue

by Steve MacDonald July 6, 2016
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Dave Solomon at the New Hampshire Union Leader is reporting that New Hampshire state revenues are $100 million over budget for the year. And guess what? Business taxes account for the largest share of the state’s revenue, and have brought in much more money than budget writers anticipated, …Receipts from business taxes are $74.5 million […]

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Notable Quote – Steve Mac Donald on Chris Sununu (R) “Browning” himself

by Skip June 29, 2016

I thought Steve’s thoughts needed a bit of amplification – posted up front instead of at the end of his post (emphasis mine, reformatted): As Predicted – Dems Kick Sununu to the Curb …So it wasn’t a pat on the fanny, it was a kick in the ass. But you did do us all a favor. […]

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Denmark Can No Longer Afford its Green Energy Utopia

by Steve MacDonald June 9, 2016
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This is amusing, The cost of Denmark’s renewable energy policy has been too high, according to Denmark’s climate and energy minister Lars Christian Lilleholt The minister made the statement in response to a report by the climate and energy ministry to parliament which shows that subsidies for offshore windfarms – which are paid by businesses […]

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Taxes: they’re not Charity

by Skip May 6, 2016

Here’s an article about Warren Buffet’s well-known view that the rich should pay more in taxes. His bottom-line argument is, “If you’re in the luckiest 1% of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99%.” I don’t disagree. My disagreement with Buffet is the implication that being forced […]

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Massachusetts: Let’s Punch a $100 Million Dollar Hole in The State Budget

by Steve MacDonald April 29, 2016
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The Massachusetts State Senate voted 32-2 this week to make it illegal to sell cigarettes to anyone under the age of 21. The move follows local laws in several towns that already prohibit sales to those under 21. Experts suggest that taking the rule statewide will reduce the number of smokers in the Bay State […]

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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 – where did it go?

by Skip April 18, 2016

Having just sent in my taxes today (actually did all the record gathering and computations last week), where does it go? And that is about a $4 Trillion budget.  But what would it be IF our leaders had never strayed from sticking to the strictures of the Constitution.  Well, certainly the military (Pentagon) would be […]

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The Rising Tax Burden in America

by Steve MacDonald April 17, 2016
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Conservative commentator Rachel Alexander joins us to talk about taxes, rising tax burden, the Obamacare fine, Bernie’s tax-utopia, and our tax future. (Get the full podcast here.) Here’s a quick sample from this segment. (55 sec.)    

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Taxation Is Theft

by Kimberly Morin April 16, 2016
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Data Point – Americans pay more for Taxes than other expenditures

by Skip April 9, 2016

I really don’t want to hear that sad sack excuse of “but taxes are the price for a civilized society”.  No, it’s not because people can be civilized without government.  Government certainly has a role, a necessary role, but not to the point where the cost of it exceeds what the average America family pays […]

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Always wanting a piece of OUR pie…

by Skip March 28, 2016

Ronald Reagan: Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. Doesn’t matter if it moves – if it doesn’t have a Government Asset tag on it, they tax it.  And STILL […]

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A Question for Democrat appointed NH Speaker of the House, Shawn Jasper. And NH Rep Joe “NitWit” LaChance

by Skip March 7, 2016

He was quoted on WMUR’s NewsNine on a piece on Medicaid Expansion and the money it will cost: “It makes no sense to me to have us send our money back to Washington”. I do wonder what that was bracketed by, as the quote WMUR settled for seems to be both disjointed and unfinished.  I […]

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How Taxes Work

by Scott Morales March 4, 2016

One gets paid, But only gets a little taste, Because the Tax Man comes And scarfs the remaining sum, Leaving in his place The waste. How taxes work — Fascinating Videos (@FascinatingVids) March 1, 2016  

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Support for Latest Marijuana Legalization Bill Not Worth The “Price”

by Steve MacDonald February 14, 2016
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This week on GrokTALK! we spent a few minutes questioning House Bill 1694, an act to legalize and regulate Marijuana in New Hampshire. My concern had nothing to do with whether any particular quantity of marijuana should be legal, but I did have a moral objection to the bill. It felt like a deal with the […]

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NH House Votes to Expand Medicaid – Here are the Ugly Details

by Steve MacDonald February 11, 2016
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By a vote of 207 to 136 the NH House advanced Obama Care Medicaid Expansion legislation that will inevitably lead to a broad-based income or sales tax in the Granite State. We’ve talked about the expansion, the effects, consequences, and costs already, so let’s get down to the votes. Who, in the NH House, just […]

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Perverse Tax Incentives

by Steve MacDonald February 1, 2016
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In part II of our conversation with Emily Sandblade and Susan Olsen we discuss the perverse tax incentives behind expanding Medicaid in NH, like how it will favor residents who work outside the state over those who stay and work in New Hampshire. (Part I) (Full broadcast)

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January 30th, 2016 Podcast

by Steve MacDonald January 30, 2016
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This week we are introduced to the NH Income Tax Calculator. We also welcome Sen. Bob Smith on Ted Cruz and this week’s debate, David McIntosh – President of Club for Growth, Aaron Day on the Medicaid Expansion hearing, Crissy Harris from AFP joins us to talk EPA overreach and Obama energy policy, and our guest co-host this week is […]

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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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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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The Democrat debate was an embarrassment to voters, the country and the world

by Kimberly Morin November 15, 2015

Last night CBS held the second Democrat debate between Presidential candidates for the 2016 election. Not only have the Democrats finally pulled off their faux ‘moderate’ masks, they have come out and honestly claimed what many have believed all along. Democrats are for increasing taxes to redistribute other people’s money; increasing welfare programs and taking […]

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Data Point – illegal aliens, taxes paid, welfare taken

by Skip November 12, 2015

“According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, approximately 11.4 million individuals in the U.S. illegally paid $11.84 billion in state and local taxes in 2012. The conservative Heritage Foundationestimated unlawful immigrant households paid $39.2 billion in 2010, but received $93.7 billion in government services.” (H/T: The Blaze)

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And when taxes go over 50%….

by Skip November 11, 2015

(H/T: Liberal Logic 101) Who works for who in the “Land of the Free”? If I am working such that most of my money is going to the Government, am I a citizen or a serf? Emphasis mine: Thank the Democrats for dropping their mask in showing (and legislating) you that they truly believe your […]

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“Tax me! Tax the **** out of me!”

by Skip September 30, 2015

Dave Matthews would be happy with being called a socialist and would be most happy if Bernie Sanders was elected President and folks like him would be forced to pay more in taxes. “Someone could call me a liberal, and I’d say, ‘Thank you.’ Someone could call me a socialist, and I’d say, “I wish […]

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Data Point – Are the rich paying their “fair” share?

by Skip September 17, 2015

According to the Left, never.  Nothing is ever enough for the Hard Left, Socialists, and Democrats.  Why else would they keep aping the Marxist mantra of “Each according to their need, each according to their ability” in everything (re: DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz unwilling to make the argument that there is a difference between Democrats […]

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Planned Parenthood Prioritizes Politics Before “Women’s Health.”

by Steve MacDonald August 31, 2015
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Alternate headline: Abortion Cult Cuts Hours at New Hampshire Shrines – Blame Taxpayers who Oppose Government Enforced Tithing. Life News | Planned Parenthood cuts its hours… As a result of losing some New Hampshire tax funding, Planned Parenthood has announced fewer hours of operation.  They say this will hurt women, but New Hampshire Right to […]

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Charity is not charity when it is collected as taxes

by Skip August 27, 2015

Socialists / Statists believe that charity begins and ends with Government; if Government doesn’t do it, it’s not worth it nor is it charity.  If you have examined, oh say Joe Biden’s tax return, you see how miserly he is (even as he and his wife are part of the 1%).  We’ve blogged about many […]

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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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