Taxes

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, Healthcare.gov 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 Healthcare.gov. 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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If The legislature Added Ten Cents To The Price Of The Concord Monitor – Would That Be A Tax?

by Steve MacDonald May 1, 2014
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Part of the dumbing down, or is it just the reprogramming of Americans, seems to be convincing them that just because your government makes you pay more for something that this is not a tax. It is a tax. When the state uses force (threat or risk of punishment for refusing to collect or pay […]

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Best Interest – for who?

by Skip April 30, 2014

From the Union Leader concerning the MET / Hospital tax ruled unconstitutional (emphasis mine, reformatted): CONCORD — Senate President Chuck Morse says a short-term fix is needed to address a recent court ruling that the state’s tax on hospitals is unconstitutional.  Speaking Tuesday at a Senate Ways and Means Committee meeting, the Salem Republican said […]

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Toyota is moving from California to Texas

by Skip April 28, 2014

And so did my company just a bit ago! Yeah California – you moved a company that US-based itself in California since it came here from Japan in the 1950′s.  I guess the mounting taxes and regulations made it easy to hear the siren sound of Gov. Rick Perry’s call for a more business friendly environment […]

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Taxes – I screwed up yesterday

by Skip April 16, 2014

That’s right.  On April 15th, I messed up big time.  Actually, I figured it out on Monday, the 14th, as I did my taxes on a vacation day.  How badly had I booted it the previous year? Yeah, I’m getting a refund.  Which means that I failed – I just gave Obama an interest free […]

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Look At the Picture And Write The Headline….

by Steve MacDonald April 16, 2014
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Guest Post – Here is the Tax Plan to save the economy, AND Social Security

by Steve MacDonald April 15, 2014

Guest Post by Mark Acciard Let’s get the labels out of the way FIRST; It is a FLAT TAX! Now on to the Details; A Flat 18% income tax. No loopholes, deductions, carve outs, No ways for crooked politicians to craft new tax policy specifically for their donors. Only a generous personal exemption of $10,000 […]

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The Cost of ‘Free’ Health Care

by Steve MacDonald April 15, 2014
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Vermont has embarked on a mission to create a single payer system.  They voted for it but have yet to pass a bill to pay for it.  I wonder why? “…Act 48 required Vermont to create a single-payer system by 2017, the state hasn’t drafted a bill spelling out how to raise the additional $1.6 […]

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Obama’s 442 Proposed Tax Increases

by Steve MacDonald April 14, 2014
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American’s for Tax Reform has released a list of 442 tax increases proposed by Barack Obama.  (These do not include the 20 taxes created by Obama Care.) -79 tax increases for FY 2010 -52 tax increases for FY 2011 -47 tax increases for FY 2012 -34 tax increases for FY 2013 -137 tax increases for […]

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Data Point – Redistribution on steroids

by Skip April 13, 2014

After all, taxes just shovels money from one set of folks to a different set of folks.  And Saul Alinsky was all about, in “hiding” Socialism, moving the stuff from the Haves to the Have Nots.  The purpose was always to obtain the power to make that happen.  Kinda looks, with the premier Alinskyite devotee […]

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Income Equality….? I Have Some Ideas.

by Steve MacDonald April 10, 2014
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I think income equality starts with the people in government, most of whom make way too much money and have far too many incentives to milk the taxpayers and the system dry without fear of repercussion.  People should not be getting rich from elected office, period. The answer (maybe) is to ensure the job of […]

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Strong Reliance on Property Taxes Still A Winner For New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald April 9, 2014
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I have long remarked on how the relying on property taxes keeps the total tax burden down because when you see the taxes you pay in a lump sum (or two lump sums) you are more likely to inquire as to why you are paying that much and to what end.  This ‘interest’ in the […]

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Proof – Liberals Have No Idea How To Run a Business

by Steve MacDonald March 24, 2014
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Just paid the Obamacare penalty for not 'getting covered'… I'M CALLING IT A LIBERTY TAX! — MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) March 21, 2014 Matt Drudge advertised the fact that he had to make his first NoBamaCare fine payment for not having insurance.  The left and lefty media went nuts. Premise?  Tax /Fine /Fee not due to […]

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Meanwhile, In New Hampshire, We’re Growing Government And Raising Taxes

by Steve MacDonald March 21, 2014
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You could do a lot of good with a growing economy that results in a state with a nearly Billion Dollar Surplus.  Meanwhile, here in New Hampshire, Democrats are already spending that Medicaid Money and looking for new taxes. Limbaugh cited an Associated Press report run Wednesday on page A14 of the New York Times […]

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If Everyone Worked for the Government Who Would Pay The Salaries?

by Steve MacDonald March 19, 2014
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For those not so good at the math, if everyone ‘worked’ for the government there would be nothing to tax to pay anyone. And by ‘worked’ we can mean employed or on the payroll of–as in living off money provided solely by the state. If everyone relied on government for their means they would have […]

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New Hampshire Democrats Will Be Attacking AG ‘Uncle’ Joe Foster Any Minute Now….

by Steve MacDonald March 18, 2014
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Remember when the New Hampshire legislature had a Republican Majority?  Good times.  Good times. Well, they wanted to lower the tobacco tax by .10 cents a pack and New Hampshire Democrats snapped like a twig.  It was irresponsible to lower that revenue.  There may have even been some angry cursing and insults.  In fact, I’m […]

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GrokTALK! March 8th 2014 – Can We Get Out From Under Medicaid Expansion?

by Steve MacDonald March 13, 2014
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In Segment Four (after a short bit on Bitcoin) State Senate Candidate Kevin Avard from Nashua joins us and the big questions are, why did the legislature embrace a Federal expansion based on lies, bad-faith, deception, debt, and contempt for the citizens? Who (if anyone) will have the courage to sunset Medicaid expansion in New […]

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Data Point – The welfare cliff

by Skip March 9, 2014

or: How the Government send the message to stay in the hammock instead of finding work Presented with little comment aside to note that when ‘work is punished‘ the demise of ‘opportunity’ will continue… The painful reality in America: for increasingly more it is now more lucrative – in the form of actual disposable income […]

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And Texans keep saying “Keep on acting the way you are, California”!

by Skip March 7, 2014

It is well known that the economy in Texas is going gang-busters compared to most of the country fueled (sorry, couldn’t resist) by new fossil fuel production.  I just had to laugh when TX Gov Perry made it known he had no problem in busting on New York and especially California: “low taxes and low […]

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Will Jeb Bradley Care If We All Call It “BradleyCare?”

by Steve MacDonald March 3, 2014
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The Merrimack County Republican Committee has joined the ranks of Republican Committee’s scross the state that oppose the Bradley/Morse plan to expand Medicaid in New Hampshire  (SB413).  And they did it after he spoke in support of his plan at their meeting. Over on the Grok Facebook page we got an update from Susan Olsen […]

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What Some Senate Republicans Want For New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald February 21, 2014
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“Those arrested include operators of home care agencies, operators of nurse staffing agencies, office workers and personal care assistants. One woman is accused of bilking taxpayers out of $75 million.” Fraud is a major factor in Medicaid.  Expanding Medicaid will only expand the fraud.   The irony in this is that Medicaid expansion is part of ObamaCare […]

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Only the people change….plus some more

by Skip February 7, 2014

After all, some who were self-reliant and were paying for their own health insurance will now be put on the Public Dole (H/T: NetRightDaily with extra visages owned by their owners)

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