The Proper Role of Government

The poor

by Skip March 9, 2014

From Meet the Press with David Gregory was this exchange concerning a slight from a hard Left Democrat and a hard Right Democrat over the poor.  It was clear that the Democrat has a “sniffling” attitude that perpetuates the meme that Conservatives (and Republicans) hate the poor in a backhand slap against the just ended […]

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But should it BE that way? Is it too late to change it?

by Skip March 9, 2014

From This Week With George Stephanopolous about Obama’s latest unilateral Unitary President proclamation changing Obamacare saying that if you have a plan you can now keep it for another two years Sidenote: (to be repeated as often as the MSM brings up old news as well) You know, Bill Clinton’s wonderkid who now masquerades as […]

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“Government should act like my assistant, not my boss.”

by Skip February 4, 2014

This is just as valid now as when I first stumbled across it back on 5/26/2011; the money graph (emphasis mine): “I ask him what, precisely, he thinks is the proper role of government as it relates to business. “Invisible,” he says. “I know there are things the government has to do. But they need […]

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Notable Quote – Steve Mac Donald

by Skip January 14, 2014

Our society has flipped from a culture that defined government to a culture that responds to government.   This is not liberty.  It is not a constitutional republic.  It is a cultural despotism enforced by dependent-mobs of state-manufactured mercenaries. – Steve Mac Donald, editor / blogger at GraniteGrok (emphasis mine)

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Once again, the push to make companies simply another part of Progressive Government

by Skip December 2, 2013

As I said here, Obamacare is the Progressive capstone to force otherwise Free people to take care of others – not out of kindness but out of fear.  Progressives, being the incremental socialists they are, previously have pretty much co-opted what used to be genuinely charitable organizations (now called ‘social services organizations who pretty much  […]

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An Object Lesson in the Right to Private Property: The Pink House

by Skip November 30, 2013

There is an old Victorian house in the next town over – it and the plot of land on which it sits was purchased by a Dunkin Donuts franchisee a few years ago.  They really didn’t want the building, just the land located in what I call “Fast Food Alley” where a number of restaurants […]

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Notable Quote – Jonah Goldberg

by Skip November 8, 2013

The difference, however, is that conservatives tend to see government as a necessary evil, and therefore see policymaking with some humility. Liberals tend to see government as a necessary good, and see ordering people to do things “for their own good” as a source of pride, even hubris. From a conservative perspective, telling people how […]

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The Realities of DemocratCare…. or ‘They Don’t Call us “The Right!” For Nothing.’ Part XVII – Now, it gets Personal

by Skip November 7, 2013

I AM one of the 93 million employer insured employees that Obamacare has come for now that it has all but killed off the private insurance marketplace – something that absolutely delights folks like NH Congressmen Annie Custer, Carol Shea-Porter, and NH’s US Senator Jeanne Shaheen.  They want as little capitalism left as possible: Shaheen […]

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“FCC: Lifeline Program Fraud and Abuse Surpasses Two Million Subscribers “

by Skip November 5, 2013

I wrote back in 2009 about the Lifeline (aka Obamaphones): Once again, we see that the line at what Big Government defines as the “needs” of those needing “welfare” always seems to go ever upward over time (in addition to what the definition of what “poor” is). I saw an ad on TV the other […]

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Blogline of the Day – Democrat Progressivism is about OBEDIENCE, not Freedom

by Skip October 30, 2013

“The essence of modern Democratic progressivism is: “You will participate in what we have created for you, and you will comply with the law’s demands.” – Daniel Henniger, WSJ Doubt me?  Just review Steve’s post on Laura Pantelakos: “I Don’t Care About Protecting People’s Liberty“!  Good to know – it will now add to my […]

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Guest post by Howie Howe: Our land, not the Government’s. Not to rule but to serve

by Skip October 7, 2013

Government seems to have forgotten that they exist at the will of the people, not to rule over them, but to serve them in the needs of society, organization, stability, and public safety. Recently, due to the total failure of of our two party system to work cooperatively, to negotiate and compromise in the best […]

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Speaking of the EPA – Forcing Pennsylvania to downsize

by Skip October 7, 2013

Really!  With their new coal industry killing regulations, and that PA’s electrical generation is heavily skewed to coal,well, the obvious is about to happen. From Junk Science (“Pennsylvania prepares to downsize economy rather than build more power plants“), we see that (with all due respect to Mary Poppins)  “money will make the crap go down, […]

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Data Point – Americans believe Government has too much power

by Skip September 24, 2013

The most Americans who think their Government has become too powerful – EVAH!  When the People have realized that Government has inserted itself into every nook and cranny of their lives, either controlling them by law and regulation or spying on them to the point of feeling that the Land of the Free has become […]

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Government on Deck: a redefinition of “imminent danger”

by Skip September 20, 2013

All states have some version of NH’s DCYF – Division of Children, Youth, and Family – that services families in need or “at risk” (including “Child Protective Services”).  Many do good work – and some do not.  Including the one that decided that a family, who allowed their 11 year old son in NJ to […]

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Remember, this is the goal for Progressives

by Skip August 29, 2013

For those  people who keep thinking “we live in a Free country”, here is yet another sign from the Progressives now running our Federal Government that they believe that the Constitution (ok, just by their Official Position in Government) allows them the notion that they should tell us what is good or bad behavior.  No, […]

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EMail Doodlings – The Nature of Man and Govt

by The Groksters August 26, 2013

We Groksters blog – a lot.  What most of you readers never see is that we have rip roaring discussions behind the curtain as well.  There can be days when we share no emails at all and then some days, a torrent ranging to a tropical downpour.  Sometimes, entertaining as we pull no punches.  We […]

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How is the Obama Benghazi scandal like the Obama IRS scandal?

by Skip August 6, 2013

Always remember: The Bigger the Government, the smaller the citizen (H/T: Robert)

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At least he’s honest about it – to him, it IS the Government’s money

by Skip August 4, 2013

Obama: “I think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody“ One’s wealth is a measure of one’s labor (effort, motiviation, and skill) and time – the “price” society attaches to you economically (but not to your worth as a person – different measure).  Which brings up the great Libertarian question: who […]

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Notable Quote – Peter Greer

by Skip August 2, 2013

A longish quote from Forbes on “Your Help Is Hurting: How Church Foreign Aid Programs Make Things Worse“: When you try to help, you try to give things, you start to have the consequences. There’s an author Bob Lupton, who really nails it when he says that when he gave something the first time, there […]

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GrokTALK! for 7/20/2013 – Jeff Chidester joins the gang for Segment Two

by Skip July 21, 2013

Susan, Mike, Skip and Father Christian Tudor were joined by Jeff Chidester start off the Segment 2 by starting a process of  Question and &Answers A question from the Fox News show “The Five”: Who kills more – Smith & Wesson or Ben & Jerry’s? State Judge won’t dishonor Obama with Detroit bankruptcy: A state judge […]

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Starting to be that if you’re “just a Citizen”, just don’t bother – only “Professionals can / should to do that”

by Skip July 17, 2013

From The Corner: “Only lawyers now can argue before Supreme Court.” That was the headline over this article. I’m sure that the new rule makes sense: that you have to be a lawyer, to argue before the Supreme Court. The last time a non-lawyer argued, it was 1978. Still, doesn’t the professionalization of everything make […]

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Another Day, yet another example of “non-partisan experts” behaving badly at the IRS

by Skip July 17, 2013

As if the TEA Party targeting wasn’t enough, NOW we find out that the IRS decided to “pull an Illinois”.  Remember back in 2007 when Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher seriously questioned candidate Obama’s Socialist idea of that wealth redistribution was such a great economic policy (“I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for […]

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Notable Quote – Mario Loyola

by Skip July 9, 2013

On the Obama Administration continuously doing what they want instead of doing what they should be doing Constitutionally: faithfully executing the Law (emphasis mine): Well, if you combine pervasive regulation of everything with the arbitrary power to suspend whatever law you like, what you get at the end of the day is arbitrary power to […]

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Obamacare Premise (or promise?): “we’ll eliminate the fraud that insurance companies allow”

by Skip July 9, 2013

Remember that argument?  That Government spends far less on administrative costs, 2-3%,  so that ALONE is a good thing (with the implied meaning that the Government can do as well as private insurance (who were around 20-25%).  What they didn’t ever want to talk about was the fraud in the Government’s Medicare / Medicaid system […]

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Dependency Day – how free are we from which much is taken to give to others?

by Skip July 4, 2013

As I keep saying, involuntary charity is not charitable at all. Bill Whittle thinks that the Freedom of Speech is in peril, and so is the Freedom of Religion. Hear why on this Afterburner as Whittle reminds you of the importance of our most important civil liberties, and how each is threatened by the expanding […]

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A microcosmic example of a much larger problem – the Bureaucratic “So?”

by Skip June 26, 2013

I took a vacation day for a specific purpose dealing (second hand) with Government – and a bureaucrat made the time, effort, and gas all for naught.  And a cost to my currently unemployed Youngest a very dear $25 of his money.  For nuttin’. I have oft been posting about my concern about a growing […]

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Blogline of the Day: “Please save us from bipartisan gangs”

by Skip June 23, 2013

It’s true, we have a two-party system in America: The Evil Party, and the Stupid Party. And every once and a while the Evil Party and the Stupid Party get together to pass something really evil and stupid. That’s called “bipartisanship.” It would seem the perfect description of the Gang of Eight and immigration reform. […]

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Blog Thought of the Day: Which one should Government be able to do FIRST?

by Skip April 8, 2013

I point out here Reynolds’ Second Law (yes, it is my Shiny Object of the day): “The more a government wants to run its citizens’ lives, the worse job it will do at the most basic tasks of government.” From the lens of the above, which of these is the “basic” one: Our government says […]

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Data Point – Do Americans want more taxes or want more spending cuts?

by Skip February 21, 2013

Obama is saying that a majority of Americans want his approach to cutting the deficit: balanced.  Problem is, he already got a boatload of new taxes and is already looking for more.  Balanced: just like his use of the word “investment” means “spending more tax money”, his use of the word “balanced” means “more money […]

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Citizens as mere ATM machines? Mickelson taking on the role of Depardieu.

by Skip January 23, 2013

Phil Mickelson: “But if you add up, if you add up all the federal and you look at the disability and the unemployment and the Social Security and the state, my tax rate’s 62, 63 percent. So I’ve got to make some decisions on what I’m going to do,”  I waited a couple of days […]

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