Taxes

Scott Adams Switches Endorsement to Trump

by Steve MacDonald September 26, 2016

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=’http://www.nhfpi.org/resources/data-viz/state-revenues-receive-two-thumbs-fy-2016-performance.html’><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 Forbes.com, 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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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 pic.twitter.com/3VNoTXCimz — 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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