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Steve MacDonald

Steve is a long-time New Hampshire resident, blogger, taxpayer advocate, and a member of the Board of directors of The 603 Alliance. He is the Editor at Large and a co-owner of GraniteGrok.com; a former board member of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire; and a past contributor to the Franklin Center for Public Policy.

By The Pricking Of My Thumbs…

The bipartisan surge against the democrats ill-gained, late night, last minute LLC tax smells faintly of rotting eggs.  But I fear there is another secret formula brewing in darkened democrat controlled chambers where Norelli,  Almy, and (insert name of third witch here) are brewing up bigger trouble.  Charlie Arlinghaus, in his column in this mornings …

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Taxaholics

It takes commitment to vote for a new tax, even one whose cover story was as unlikely to have any affect as HB 1679.  But there are those who like to tax and those who love it, and the supporters of the ‘Soft Drink Tax’ drew a line in the High Fructose Corn Syrup and stood …

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Hypocrats (again)

Being a liberal means never having to do better than whomever you can find that can be shown to be as bad or worse than whatever it is you are being accused of.  This, courtesy of Mike Brunelle, NHDP XO, as reported in this morning’s Union Leader, where Comrade Brunelle dismisses a request by the …

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Waste

I got a letter today from the US Census.  As a joke, I mockingly said to my wife, "I bet this is a letter telling me about how I’m going to be getting a letter." She laughed. That’s exactly what it was.   Dear Resident: About one week from now. you will receive a 2010 …

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Low Hanging Fruit

Last week the New Hampshire House voted against a bill to let taxpayers adopt charter provisions establishing limitations on the growth of budgets and taxes.  The actual short text reads as follows: This bill authorizes cities and towns to adopt charter provisions establishing limitations on the growth of budgets and taxes. For those not familiar with New Hampshire, …

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Bass Finder

 A recent ‘Monitor Staff’ editorial takes the occasion of the Charlie Bass candidacy to take a pot shot at the Tea party movement while asking who Charlie Bass really is?  We know who he is.  He’s a Blue Dog Republican.  But the Monitor needs to fill column inches so they manage to infer through implied …

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Extinctions

Scientists have formed a consensus on the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs.  It was George Bush’s fault.  (Couldn’t resist)  Actually it was global warming.  Sorry, that’s not it.  To be honest is was the lack of affordable health care.   Or maybe the stimulus was not “baby-Bear”—you know, “Jussst riggght.”  Or maybe—(maybe) and this …

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February Jobs Numbers

With With reported unemployment flat, we must now wait to see where the state data comes in for the same month.  (not due for another week).  If the states are still shedding jobs, the national data will begin to appear meaningless which is unfortunate.  The unemployment situation is political as a barometer of measuring how …

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