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Tuesday
Dec162014

Daily Signal - Jonathan Gruber Thinks Like Most Liberals: You Are Too Stupid to Run Your Own Life 

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Dec. 16, 2014

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Jonathan Gruber Thinks Like Most Liberals: You Are Too Stupid to Run Your Own Life

Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint says the Obamacare architect follows in a grand tradition of progressives who posture themselves as champions of the common man, only to realize that the common man doesn’t necessarily share the same goals.

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How 'Grey's Anatomy' Just Elevated the Value of Life

Special Report: In the show's final season, the writers took on a real-life emerging medical procedure—fetal surgery.

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In These 13 States, Gas Is Selling for Below $2 a Gallon

Is your state one of them?

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Friday
Jun202014

NHGOP PRESENTS: LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND LIBERAL 

NHGOP PRESENTS: LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND LIBERAL

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Pictured: Istanbul's Solar Beach

Concord - Meet Maggie Hassan, the Governor of New Hampshire who wines and dines on the taxpayers dime!  We'll chronicle her lavish and exotic trip to the nation of Turkey, where she'll hobnob with lobbyists and relax on the Sea of Marmara.   

 

How can Hassan afford such a fabulous lifestyle?  New Hampshire taxpayers are footing the bill, of course.  Undeterred by the travel freeze she put into place after failing to manage the state budget properly, Hassan departs for Turkey this Friday, and we'll be here to bring you all the details.

 

What fabulous sights will she see on her trip?  The Blue Mosque?  Topkapi Palace?  Hagia Sophia? Stay tuned for more Lifestyles of the Rich and Liberal!


"While the premise of this campaign is lighthearted, the issue at hand is anything but - Governor Hassan is ignoring the emergency policies she put in place because of her failure to manage the state budget by vacationing with lobbyists and fundraisers," said New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn.  "She is a do as I say and not as I do Governor, and our state deserves better than her hypocrisy. We look forward to replacing her with a responsible Republican who actually can manage our state's finances this fall."

BACKGROUND


As a candidate, Maggie Hassan promised to be a fiscally responsible governor committed to balanced budgets


"The former three-term senator from Exeter also pledged to be a fiscally responsible governor who would veto any sales or income tax and commit herself to a balanced budget." (Kathryn Marchocki, "Hassan promises state won't 'turn our back' on its people," New Hampshire Union Leader, 10/26/11)


As Governor, Hassan has failed miserably to manage the New Hampshire budget and has ignored the spending precedent set by Governor John Lynch


"A hiring freeze put in place five years ago by Governor John Lynch is doing little to prevent state agencies from filling their vacant positions, as the Governor's Office has issued 436 waivers so far this Fiscal Year. Governor Maggie Hassan has not denied a single request to waive the hiring freeze in her first six months in office." (New Hampshire Watchdog, 6/13/2013)


Because of her reckless management of state finances, Hassan was forced to issue an Executive Order directing a freeze in generally funded hiring, equipment, purchasing and out-of-state travel


"The state will freeze hiring, equipment purchases and out-of-state travel paid for with general funds after the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee approved Gov. Maggie Hassan's executive order" (Gary Rayno, "State spending freeze locked in," New Hampshire Union Leader, 05/22/2014)


Unfortunately for New Hampshire residents, Governor Hassan believes that the spending freeze applies to everyone but herself, and demonstrates tremendous hypocrisy in preparing to take a taxpayer-funded vacation to turkey lobbyists


"Gov. Maggie Hassan is going forward with her long-planned trade mission to Turkey despite the state revenue dip that prompted her to freeze out-of-state travel. She makes an exception for her trip, saying it is worth the money even now. That position is undermined by the very figures her administration uses to promote the trip....There simply is no urgent need for the state to spend scarce tax dollars on a trade mission with the state's budget in such bad shape." (Editorial, "Hassan's trip: Quit it cold turkey," New Hampshire Union Leader, 06/02/2014)

 

"The delegation of business representatives headed for Turkey includes...former state representative and lobbyist Jim Demers, president and CEO at Demers and Blaisdell" (Dave Solomon, "GOP, conservative group take aim at Hassan over trip," New Hampshire Union Leader,06/03/2014)

Monday
May052014

CEI Today: Pesticides & honeybees, ethanol & liberals, ten thousand commandments, and more 

Monday, May 5, 2014
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HONEYBEES & PESTICIDES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

 

Openmarket.org: Regulate-First-Think-Later Approach to Harm Honeybees
 

European bureaucrats placed a two-year ban on a class of pesticides in the name of “protecting honeybees” when in fact, as one EU official recently admitted, they didn’t have evidence that the chemicals present a serious threat to honeybee health. It’s a case of “regulate first, think later.”  That’s not only dumb; it’s dangerous, because it threatens farmers’ ability to provide affordable food and may harm honeybees rather than help them. > Read more


> Interview Angela Logomasini

 

LIBERALS & ETHANOL - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Globalwarming.org: Left Wing Energy Ads Are Addicted to Unseemly Jingoism

Americans United for Change, a liberal group that seeks to “create a groundswell for a return to the traditional progressive values that have defined America,” plastered the airwaves during this Sunday morning’s political talk shows with a jingoistic ad that tries to tar opposition to ethanol by linking it to Saudi Arabia

 

For the life of me, I can’t imagine why any self-proclaimed “progressive” group would back ethanol, a motor fuel manufactured from corn that increases the price of food and gasoline. Bluntly put, support for ethanol is regressive.  > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman

 


CEI Podcast for April 29, 2014: Ten Thousand Commandments

The 2014 edition of Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State is out now. Author Wayne Crews discusses the study, the need for government transparency, and the urgency of reform.

 

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Tune in this Saturday, May 3rd to Bill Frezza & the RealClear Radio Hour with guests, Wayne Crews & Michael Mandel on the federal regulatory burden & ideas for improvement!

Forbes.com: How to Ease the Crushing Costs of Federal Regulations

 

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State

 





 

Thursday
Feb132014

NHDP - Eagle Tribune: People are showing support for N.H. minimum wage increase 

Key Point:  "Opposition to establishing New Hampshire’s minimum wage at $8.25 appeared minimal outside the Statehouse yesterday...a recent University of New Hampshire poll showed 76 percent of respondents favoring the move. The bill has a diverse coalition of backers including churches, unions and advocates for women, children and poor people.

"People interviewed yesterday in Derry unanimously supported the move."


Eagle Tribune: People are showing support for N.H. minimum wage increase
http://www.eagletribune.com/latestnews/x1196429949/People-are-showing-support-for-N-H-minimum-wage-increase
February 12, 20013
By John Toole

Opposition to establishing New Hampshire’s minimum wage at $8.25 appeared minimal outside the Statehouse yesterday.

New Hampshire now follows the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, the lowest in New England.

House lawmakers convened a hearing on House Bill 1403 that calls for establishing the minimum wage at $8.25 next year and $9 in 2016.

If the Legislature approves the measure, which Gov. Maggie Hassan supports, New Hampshire only would lag Vermont at $9.10 an hour. Massachusetts and Maine would remain at $8 an hour and $7.50 an hour, respectively.

The Business and Industry Association has lumped the proposed minimum wage with other bills the group said would “move New Hampshire backward, resulting in the Granite State becoming a a less welcoming place for businesses to start up, grow or locate.”

But a recent University of New Hampshire poll showed 76 percent of respondents favoring the move. The bill has a diverse coalition of backers including churches, unions and advocates for women, children and poor people.

People interviewed yesterday in Derry unanimously supported the move.

“I think $8.25 an hour is still kind of low the way the cost of living is and the economy,” Peter Grasso of Derry said.

Grasso remembered working a $4-an-hour minimum wage job with Kentucky Fried Chicken years ago, before he got a 10-cent raise after eight months.

Douglas Blair of Londonderry said he supports the proposed increase.

“It would get people out, accepting the low-end jobs,” Blair said.

Where the minimum wage is now kids won’t take jobs because they think they are worth more, he said.

“That would be a great thing,” said Ginny Parsons of Derry about the potential increase. “Everyone wants more money. It would be nice for them to raise it for once.”

Robert Maxwell of Londonderry said he supports the increase.

“Ask people who work a 40-hour-a-week job at McDonald’s or in food services, and see how they are living,” Maxwell said.

Randi Murphy of Derry agreed with Maxwell.

“Seven dollars and 25 cents is kind of hard to live off,” Murphy said.

Peter Crowley of Derry said he would definitely raise the minimum wage.

“People don’t make enough money to live on,” Crowley said.

Bill Jenkins of Concord said it’s a good idea.

“Given the economy and lack of money most people have,” Jenkins said.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said Eve Breault of Derry. “My only problem is the people who are already working. Is my pay going up, too? Are we going to get a comparable raise also?”

But she’s on board with the increase.

“It’s about time,” Breault said. “You can’t afford to live in New England on the minimum wage now.”

Despite the Business and Industry Association’s opposition, businesses contacted yesterday showed commerce interests are split on the issue.

“This wouldn’t affect me,” said Francis Moreau, owner of Ace Upholstery Inc. in Salem. “I can’t get anybody at minimum wage “I’m not opposed to raising it. I don’t see how people can survive on the minimum wage.”

He sees potential benefits for his business.

“Maybe they’d be able to have something upholstered,” he said of workers in line for the increase.

Jim Desjardins, owner of Daisy Cleaners in Salem, said it really doesn’t affect his staff.

“They are well beyond minimum wage,” Desjardins said.

He also wonders how people make ends meet working full time at minimum wage.

“Clearly, people can’t live off the minimum wage,” he said.

Desjardins predicts the expense would be passed along to consumers, if the minimum wage is hiked.

He doesn’t expect business will suffer for cleaners like himself, because customers paying to have clothes cleaned typically are earning above minimum wage.

Blake Ruggerio, owner of Romano’s Pizza in Salem, wasn’t hanging on the results of the political debate.

“This doesn’t really affect me, so I have no opinion on it,” Ruggerio said.

He said he didn’t see it affecting the business.

“Most of the employees are getting more than minimum wage,” he said.

The owner of Signs Now New Hampshire in Pelham, Chuck Raz, didn’t see a big affect on his business or workforce.

“We don’t have anybody at that,” Raz said of the minimum wage.

Raz would prefer the politicians leave the pay issue to the market.

“Let the market bear what it can bear,” Raz said. “I’m against it. This is New Hampshire, you know. Live free or die.”

Sunday
Dec082013

Watchdog.org - Website wishes WI Gov. Walker dead