What is ‘Rich’? and What is ‘Fair’?

by Steve MacDonald February 16, 2015
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UCLA Professor of Economics, Lee Ohanian, has some fascinating and unexpected answers with regards to ” what do you mean by rich? And how much is fair?”  And yes, the answer will make progressives mad.   Prager U

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After action GrokTALK! – Medicaid Expansion

by Skip February 14, 2015

During our discussion with  Greg Moore from Americans For Prosperity – NH we brought up the fact that the NH State Senate Republican passed Medicaid Expansion is already starting to see overruns and playing havoc with the budget – UNEXPECTEDLY much higher startup and on-going costs for many more people signing up for this Federal Govt […]

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Cal Coolidge on Taxation

by Skip February 10, 2015

The problem now is that Progressives believe that ANYTHING Government done is actually NECESSARY.  We all know different.  Government does too much and we have to pay the negative price for it (and not just out of our wallets).  Excessive taxation is robbery and exists ONLY because Progressives have this rather asinine attitude that Government […]

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Of course Julia Griffin loves this program – who wouldn’t when other people are paying for it??

by Skip February 9, 2015

NH State Rep Leigh Webb (D): “The role of government is to legislate behavior“ And yes, when Government legislates that YOU will give to SOMEONE ELSE your money, of course they’ll be happy!  But is it FAIR that a few benefit from the many?   Instead of paying for something themselves?  Why should Government be creating […]

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It wasn’t “shovel ready” then and it isn’t “shovel ready” now, either

by Skip February 3, 2015

Infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure!  I am getting to the point where I hate the word.  Why?  I have come to realize that it’s only a political talking point and that for all the talk and all that money, it’s simply about political posturing (at best) and cronyism (at worst).  We were promised an ROI on that […]

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How Obama wants to spend your taxes: 2016 Federal Budget

by Skip February 2, 2015

First he wants to break “Skip Murphy’s Axiom”: Government’s spending should NEVER rise faster than the average family’s income.  Then he wishes to take $320 billion more in taxes away from others.  At what point, to quote Steve, is enough, enough?  Certainly it is clear that Progressives, Obama being chief amongst them, will NEVER answer that […]

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Governor Medicaid Maggie Hassan Tosses ‘Most Vulnerable’ Under the Budget Bus

by Steve MacDonald January 27, 2015

This season on New Hampshire Democrat Governors,  last seasons only ‘legislative victory’–Medicaid Expansion–forces our “hero of the people” to make a difficult decision. The budget is a problem so what is a “fiscally responsible” governor to do?  Sell grandma down the river and hope rain. Medicaid Maggie Hassan proposes $58 million cut from NH DHHS. […]

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Fiscally unsound for WHO, Senator Jeff Woodburn?

by Skip January 24, 2015

This caught my eye earlier this week in the Union Leader (reformatted, emphasis mine): DOWN TO BUSINESS: Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn of Dalton likened a GOP effort to cut the business profits tax and business enterprise tax to “political footballs.” [Senate GOP wants to lower NH business taxes].   Sen. Andy Sanborn, R-Bedford, and Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, touted […]

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BlogHeadline of the Day: this is what you will hear at Obama’s SOTU speech tomorrow night

by Skip January 19, 2015

“In the face of irrelevance, Obama buys attention with other people’s money” (H/T:  Washington Examiner via Betsy’s Page) Alternate title: “State of the Union is taxes” In other words, now that the election is passed, Obama is about to prove Romney’s 47% remark to be true.  Oh yes, just like the #WarOnWomen and the gender […]

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Which do you celebrate – Life, or Murder? Your tax monies used for abortion

by Skip January 10, 2015

Certainly, the innocent babies have no choice – this is a clear evidence of fact.  Their well being, their life, is in the hands of their mother.  I ran across both of these pretty much at the same time – a juxtaposition of fighting FOR Life and a celebration OF Death.  This amongst an anecdotal […]

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A Micro-proof that Federal Social Programs DON’T work!

by Skip January 5, 2015

Recounted to me this weekend by the Eldest’s girlfriend (“the EG”) who has two children.  She’s been working on getting a degree in special education and a couple of other things on the side – she really does want to better herself.  Being a vet, she is unhappy that she has to be needy on […]

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Data Point – is this what Govt should be? Taking from a few to give to others?

by Skip January 3, 2015

Question: should some exist solely by Govt taking from others?  The morality of this, that only the top 20% are legally required to pull the wagon for everyone else?  Qui bono?  If I did this out on the street, I’d be arrested.  Why is this seemingly moral when done by Govt?  Old questions, for sure, […]

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Was Gay Marriage Just A Tax Grab?

by Steve MacDonald December 31, 2014
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Democrat Robert ‘Renny’ Cushing– sorry I’m not trying to obsess over this progressive ass-hat his name just keep popping up–is the author of legislative Service Request (LSR) 837 An act to ‘Increase marriage license fees.‘ So Gay marriage was just laying the ground work to raising more revenue!  Got it. Should we gird our loins […]

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Data Point – Who pays into the Feds and who receives back

by Skip December 6, 2014

And when you hear the pro-ILLEGAL immigrant enablers say “well, they pay taxes!”, you can turn around and go “aren’t you forgetting the OTHER half of the equation?” And then smile for being able to complete the debate, for extremely few will be above the second quintile (fairly few will reach the second). (H/T: AEIdeas […]

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Teri Norelli’s Proudest Moment – Stranding NH Taxpayers With Massive Unfunded Entitlement

by Steve MacDonald November 30, 2014
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Soon to be former NH House Speaker Teri Norelli’s (D- Taxenspend) greatest achievement could have been leaving New Hampshire with an $800 million dollar structural deficit.  It was a huge hole, intentionally created with irresponsible spending, budgetary gymnastics (fraud), and one-time money, meant to force consideration of a broad based tax.  But the Republican majority […]

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Meanwhile, financials that NH Choo-Choo fans from the 19th Century wish would go up in smoke

by Skip November 21, 2014

The one thing about Progressives and Big Government types – they can’t seem to want to let go of 19th century technology – trains.  They get all goose-bumply every time it seems to come up and provide yet another opportunity to spend other peoples’ money to advance their fascination to relegate the many for paying […]

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NH Democrats ‘Grubering’ their supporters with lies about Bill O’Brien

by Kimberly Morin November 19, 2014

Yesterday the Republican Legislators in the New Hampshire House of Representatives elected their Speaker. The election was between former Speakers Bill O’Brien and Gene Chandler. Laurie Sanborn had also been in the race but dropped out due to family health issues. This was the race in which Senator Kelly Ayotte decided to (for the first time […]

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The Progressive Income Tax: A Tale Of Three Brothers

by Steve MacDonald November 3, 2014
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Adapted from an article by noted investor and economist, Kip Hagopian, and narrated by actress Carolyn Hennesy of “General Hospital” and “True Blood” fame, this animated story will change the way you think about how you pay your taxes Parger U

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GrokTALK! Oct 11th, 2014 Government Is The Problem

by Steve MacDonald October 11, 2014
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This week we are joined by a trio of candidates running for public office; Patrick Page (PatrickPage4NH), Josh Moore (Josh, and Eileen Landies (Eileen4NH). Everyone agrees that the trend in government tax and regulatory policy are suppressing employment, growth, and crushing small business owners. We talk about all the factors and some of the […]

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CATO Fiscal Policy Report – Maggie Hassan Gets a ‘D’

by Steve MacDonald October 9, 2014
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On a positive note, there were 11 states whose governors ranked worse than Maggie Hassan. New Hampshire Maggie Hassan, Democrat Legislature: Divided Grade: D Took Office: January 2013 Governor Hassan’s tenure as New Hampshire governor is moving the state in the wrong fiscal direction. In 2013 she proposed a cigarette tax increase of 30 cents […]

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Stiles “Takes The Lead” in Advancing the Liberal Democrat Agenda

by Steve MacDonald August 25, 2014
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Nancy Stiles has another mailer out, in which she is sold as a leader who is tough on Liberal Democrats.  (I almost spit my coffee out I laughed so hard.) The mailer obviously says things Republicans would like to hear from or about a candidate but all of that pales next to the one thing […]

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Hassanistas Back Off Tax Grab

by Steve MacDonald July 28, 2014
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The Union leader is reporting the Democrats abrupt 180-degee-Kabuki-Dance-Walk-Back of the Hassan Administrations Tax grab.   Long story short–the Hassanistas have “pulled their request off the table,” and Democrats are trying to spin it. Allow me to cut through the Democrat BS for you. Hassanista Bureaucrats claimed the existing rules for ground leases have expired.  They […]

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Government – Making “Buying Insurance” Worse Than Filing Your Taxes

by Steve MacDonald July 25, 2014
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And by the way, is still a sad, screwed up mess…. This seems like an especially timely reminder, given yesterday’s news about how easily GAO investigators were able to buy insurance with faked credentials on WECT in Wilmington, North Carolina reports that actual consumers have a much more difficult time in acquiring and paying […]

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House Votes To Ban Taxing Internet Access Forever

by Steve MacDonald July 16, 2014
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The US House bill that just passed a bill that would prohibit any state or federal government from taxing internet access forever.  This is good news but I think states should retain the right to decide this matter individually.  Oh, and what’s with that “forever” thing, right? The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act is an […]

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You Might Be A New Hampshire Democrat If…. (updated)

by Steve MacDonald June 12, 2014
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If you think your neighbors are not a better judge of how to spend their own money than their Congressman or some bureaucrat down in Washington DC…. …Yooooou,  Might be a New Hampshire Democrat.   If you think the 69 billion dollars per year spent on the Dept of Education does a whole lot more […]

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Congress – the reason we can’t have nice things?

by Skip June 11, 2014

Do we know how they will impoverish us next?  Or by what amount?  Or what Rights they will try to diminish? (H/T: Liberal Logic 101)    

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Remember, NH State Senator Dave Boutin voted for Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion

by Skip June 9, 2014

Ask NH State Senator Dave Boutin these questions about his  Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion vote: Why did you put people ONTO the public dole at taxpayer expense when they already were paying for their own insurance? What are you going to TELL them when Doctors say “I’m not taking any more Medicaid patients”? What are you […]

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“All politics is local: What we see here happens elsewhere” – Highway Trust Fund edition

by Skip June 9, 2014

When our “Meet the New Press” radio show was around, that was an oft said saying as a take off of what Massachusetts pol (and later US Speaker of the House) Tip O’Neil used to say “All politics is local”.  We extended it as it seemed that all of the political problems we talked about […]

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Terie Norelli Could Have Remodeled Another State House Bathroom For That Kind Of Money

by Steve MacDonald June 6, 2014
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The New Hampshire State House will soon be able to take the “people’s business” out a whole new door.  A door that will cost $79,000.00.  Democrat Terie Norelli could remodel a state house bathroom for that kind of money. The decision to spend 79K$ on a door, whether or not based on sound reasoning or […]

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Guess Gretchen Gardner never met Mel Thomson: “Low taxes is the result of Low Spending”

by Skip June 5, 2014

“I’m at the breaking point,” said Gretchen Gardner, an Austin artist who bought a 1930s bungalow in the Bouldin neighborhood just south of downtown in 1991 and has watched her property tax bill soar to $8,500 this year.“It’s not because I don’t like paying taxes,” said Gardner, who attended both meetings. “I have voted for […]

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