Did Trump Pay a Higher Tax Rate Than Warren Buffett’s Secretary?

by Steve MacDonald March 15, 2017

The big news that’s not news at all is that MSNBC and Rachel Madcow reported that in 2005 Donald Trump paid $38 million in taxes on $150 (152.7) Million in income. That’s 24% of his income lost to Uncle Sam. Big whoop.

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The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald February 28, 2017 H/T Jane Cormier c/o Susan Olsen

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Another worthless Obama legacy ready to be dissolved

by Skip January 23, 2017

OK, a bit late on this as Prager U posted it on the 16th – 4 days before Trump’s Inauguration so Gina McCarthy (EPA head) and President Obama are now gone.  And I will make the prediction that Trump will cancel this by Executive Order. SURE he can – even though Obama sent $100s of […]

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See, It’s Not Just New Hampshire – California Underestimated Medicaid Costs Too…

by Steve MacDonald January 19, 2017

The incoming Sununu administration discovered a $65 million dollar hole at the New Hampshire Department of Inhumanly High Health Services ((NHD(i)HHS)) thanks mostly to expanded Medicaid costs they had not anticipated. Seriously? We here in our humble shop knew it would happen from day one. We knew that the Federal contribution wasn’t “Free Money™.” And […]

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Here is the EPITOME of Democrat view of small business. Progressive empathy and “listening” on full parade

by Skip January 11, 2017

As I’ve said before, TMEW and I owned a small business – one that was HIGHLY regulated: a daycare center.  We KNOW regulations, good, meh, and “are you freaking serious?” And we were beseeched on all sides by all kinds of “regulators” that absolutely were convinced that they knew what was best for our business […]

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Taxes for services or taxes for pensions

by Skip December 29, 2016

The entire purpose of Government is providing services to its citizens.  We can quibble or argue over what services and in what quantity but they must be paid for. It is becoming increasingly clear that services must be paid for in the now but that past services are ALSO being paid for now and in […]

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Guest Post – newly elected NH House Rep Norm Silber

by Skip December 1, 2016

Who is MY House Rep – and chair of my hamlet’s Budget Committee. In the latter capacity, he’s doing a right fine job (especially in taking the School Board to TASK for obfuscation and obstructionism).  If he does all that he writes here (Laconia Daily Sun), I’ll be a happy camper! To The Daily Sun, […]

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Obama: you can never be successful by yourself

by Skip November 6, 2016

(H/T: RedState)

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A deficit by no name at all

by Skip October 29, 2016

Our Progressive Ruling Class: “Investments – we can do ANYTHING with your money! Yeah, I know – including lying about what “investment” means – yet another instance of redefining the common language to further an ideological agenda which in this case is a crass attempt to make you think that government NEVER “spends” your money […]

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Progressivity in our income tax system is UNFAIR

by Skip October 5, 2016

“Is the U.S. tax system fair? Are the rich paying too little or too much? What about the middle and lower class? New York Times bestselling author Amity Shlaes answers these questions, and offers a tax solution that most Americans could get on board with.” It seems fair that people who make more money should […]

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Watch Your Wallets – The Dem Ticket Talks Investments!

by Mike October 4, 2016

We can create jobs for you by spending your money to hire you, or, if you’ll believe us, we’ve got roads and bridges to sell you! Investments in “free” college, in “creating” jobs with government money, in raising your wages even if it costs you your job, in “roads and bridges” that somehow never get […]

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If Democrats Really Wanted to Get ‘Money Out of Politics’ They’d Tax It

by Steve MacDonald September 29, 2016
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If Democrats REALLY wanted to get money out of politics, they’d tax it. I don’t know, let’s say 90%. Unions, candidates, so-called non-profits, anyone spending money to advocate for or against a candidate, or issue or measure, directly, indirectly, via lawyers or lobbyists, etc., etc. shall pay the tax on those expenditures. If 90% is […]

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Scott Adams Switches Endorsement to Trump

by Steve MacDonald September 26, 2016
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Dilbert Creator Scott Adams switched his presidential candidate endorsement to Donald Trump. You can read the entire explanation here, but I happen to like the second one the best. It explains the inherent flaw in Democratic Socialism, by which they mean socialism. Socialism (regardless of what name it is given) is a fancy way of […]

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Nuke The Infidel Cows

by Steve MacDonald September 22, 2016
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File Under Cow Fart. Because: California! Nine days ago I shared news on the legislative leap that brings us to today’s landmark reporting. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the cow fart legislation into law. Cowfartifornia is going to do everything in its power to reduce cow farts in the name of saving the earth. Here’s another […]

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Did Rochester, NH Taxpayers Pay for This Too?

by Steve MacDonald September 15, 2016
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On September 10th, Rochester, New Hampshire had a Gay Pride Parade. We shared a report thanks to Kathy Dunton that the Mayor had allocated city resources to swap American flags along the parade route with Gay Pride flags. According to sources, the city had no intention of trading them back for the 15th anniversary of 9/11 […]

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EPA Drops Climate Cult ‘Pamphlets’ on Every State, Including Yours

by Steve MacDonald August 28, 2016
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The EPA has taken some of that money they took from you to produce ‘Fact Sheets’ on climate change and its impact on your state. EPA isn’t trying to be funny but I challenge you to read this without laughing. It’s ridiculous. But it was never meant to be serious science. Its purpose is to enable […]

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Interactive Look at NH Revenue 2015-2016

by Steve MacDonald August 19, 2016
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The New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute may well be just another government shill among many but they get points for this interactive map of New Hampshire Revenue by month. Hover to see totals, tabs offer different views, and you can select radio buttons (upper right) to filter for a specific revenue stream. <a href=’’><img alt=’ […]

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N.H. Republicans Aim to Divert RGGI Funds with Koch-Backed Bill.

by Steve MacDonald August 15, 2016
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I was poking around the internet when I stumbled across a Feb. 2015 article on ClimateWire about New Hampshire’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). RGGI is a multi-state coalition that forces power producers to buy credits based on emissions. They then pass that cost on to ratepayers (your employer, your family, you) […]

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Hillary Should Have Named Her Daughter Charity

by Steve MacDonald August 14, 2016
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If you had not heard, the Clintons released their tax returns. The first, most remarkable thing about them is their charitable giving. Ninety-six percent of all donations went to…the Clintons. (DC) Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill deducted $1,042,000 in charitable contributions last year — $1 million of which went to their own family non-profit, the […]

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Show #155 Podcast

by Steve MacDonald August 13, 2016

Greg Moore from AFP-NH and NH House Rep JR Hoell join us to discuss Right to Work, economic freedom, business taxes, Medicaid expansion and Obamacare, wages, free markets and more. Catch up with the podcast on any of these platforms

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Data Point – Taxation without Representation

by Skip August 10, 2016

From The Hill: Since President Obama took office in 2009, the federal government has issued 600 major regulations totaling $743 billion, according to a new study from the conservative American Action Forum.  The Obama administration issues an average of 81 major rules, those with an economic impact of at least $100 million, on a yearly […]

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But then Chuckie Schumer is just ducky on penalizing the rest of us?

by Skip August 9, 2016

Video after the jump.  US Senator Chuck Schumer (NY-Progressive D) decided that the IRS handing out tax bills for American Olympic medal winners is unAmerican, that according to his presser, “…However, because the money is considered “earned income abroad,” the monetary value of the Olympic medal is therefore subject to federal taxation…who work hard year-round…from […]

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Relative Value of $100.00 By State

by Steve MacDonald August 5, 2016
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From the Tax Foundation c/o, and the NH Advantage doesn’t look so hot in this graphic. Both ME and VT have more buying power. The states where $100 is worth the most are Mississippi ($115.34), Arkansas ($114.29), Alabama ($113.90), South Dakota ($113.64), and West Virginia ($112.49). In contrast, $100 is effectively worth the least […]

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

by Steve MacDonald July 23, 2016
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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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