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Relegating the poor to more misery

Was reading this article over at Honolulu Advisor (why not, I lived in Honolulu for a few months years ago!).  The Kaua’i County Council yesterday passed the state’s first ban on "big-box" stores, with a prohibition on any retail or wholesale establishment bigger than 75,000 square feet. Council members said they oppose big-box stores for …

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More is never enough, is it?

Very few politicians actively campaign for lower taxes, and then mean it.  Most, especially if they have been around for a while, are always looking for new revenue streams…. …as if they really believe that they always have the right to take more out of the pockets of those that actually earn it (yeah, I …

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About those healthcare costs… Part 3. What if Wal Mart got in the act? (GASP!)

    . In prior postings on the subject, I noted that the delivery of health care services in my local region is controlled in total by a single monopoly. I wrote …the local "non profit" health-delivery institution is, for all intents and purposes, a monopoly. Through the years, they have worked all the machinations …

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Newt on the Fair Tax

On Monday May 21st, Newt spent part of his day here in NH, first at a book signing at Wal Mart and then at a meeting of his group, "American Solutions for Winning the Future" (ASWF), hosted by the folks from VictoryNH. . I filmed his entire talk at ASWF and have finally started chunking out the …

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THE (SELF-PROCLAIMED) STATESMEN ARE IN THE PAST

It has come down to this:  Those who back the Whalley amendment are “statesmen,” while those who don’t are “screamers” and “criers.”  I’m quoting from a recent op-ed by one of the self-proclaimed statesmen supporting the Whalley amendment. According to this statesman, the Whalley amendment will lower the level of judicial review of education legislation …

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ConserveNH gains momentum…

The local paper (unavailable online) has noticed the latest project that the gang at the ‘Grok is supporting…       Gilford bloggers take aim at pending NH civil union law by Michael Kitch Saturday May 19, 2007 GILFORD — Doug Lambert and Skip Murphy, the protean conservative couple who spawned the internet blogs GilfordGrok …

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WHALLEY’S WORLD

Apparently, Mike Whalley told the House Finance Committee yesterday that his “amendment, by including the word ‘reasonable,’ would lower the standard [of judicial review]. Court review of legislative decisions would be based on whether they have a ‘rational basis.’”  There is a standard of legal review known as rational basis review.  As a practical matter, …

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