Richard Barnes

A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government. – Thomas Jefferson

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Tuesday
Oct232007

NH Halloween Haunts

As we get closer to Halloween thoughts of ghost stories fill the minds of the young at heart or superstitious and New England is lucky to abound in rich myths, and tales.

Over the years I've taken the time to visit places thought to be haunted and I just can't get enough.  When I was younger, my friends and I would go on ghost hunts visiting locations written about in books or talked about in rumor.  I remember one night we snuck into a cemetery in upstate NY in hopes of seeing a statue cry blood during the full moon.  Unfortunately I've never seen anything unexplainable even though that night in the cemetery caused us to get so freak out that everyone ran off at one point because of a rustlings in the woods leading to all of us scattering and hiding, even my cousin hiding underneath my old Camero.  I have however collected a great deal of stories and found a great deal of "real" haunted locations here in NH so I thought I'd share a couple stores and locations with you all for those seeking spooky places to go.

I'll start with my own home which was written up once already on old house web.  I purchased a house in northern Merrimack which dates back to at least 1763 as there are tax records going back that far.  When we first purchased it, the sellers statement disclosed as one of it's problems that it has spiritual activity.  When I asked what that meant they said the house is well known in town as the "haunted house" and there are stories of a woman in a blue dress to have been seen in the house.  I've been in the house a couple years now and I have not seen such a woman although my kids claim to.  I personally find it funny that nearly everyone I spoke to who's lived in town for more then 20 or 30 years all seem to know at least one story associated with my house.

Moving around the rest of New Hampshire, it has dozens of other haunted locations, each of which I could write an entire article on in and of itself.  For those adventurous soles looking to brave an afternoon at a real haunted restaurant or location there is a website that has compiled a list of known haunts in NH, ShadowLands which you can find by clicking here.  They list everything from the Blue Lady of Vale Cemetery in Wilton to the ghosts of Hesser College.  Even a couple NH Middle Schools have ghosts according to the list (people the local school boards taxed to death?).

Even though when the thought of witch trials in the United States comes up everyone thinks instantly of Salem, MA, New Hampshire also had it's own witch trials.  This is a story I will share in a future article.

I would love to hear others sharing their scary tales to help get us all into the Halloween spirit (and talking about all the new laws Democrats are thinking up for next year doesn't count regardless of how scary they are).  

 

Monday
Oct152007

Question For Hillary Supporters

I have an honest question for Hillary Clinton supporters.  She has been promising a heck of a lot and at nearly each stop she makes further claims of what she will give to the people of this country should they elect her.  However even she was quoted in the Boston Globe on Oct 11th saying "I have a million ideas. The country can't afford them all."  So even she acknowledges we can't afford to pay for everything she wants to push forward. 

She has already suggest we give every child born in this country $5,000 at birth which I wrote about here.   That comes out to be at least $20 billion a year.

She estimated her health care plan at $110 billion a year (analysts figure higher).

She's suggested a $50 energy plan to replace our dependency on oil.

$10 billion a year to help fix the nations deteriorating bridges.

And it goes on and on and on and on...   In fact the GOP has actually started compiling and adding all the items she is offering to the American public on a Hillary Spend-O-Meter found here.  They offer details and sources to where she made the claims.  So far they are up to $756 billion in new spending if she were in office 4 years.

The question I have for Democrats who are backing her is this, do you really believe she will deliver everything she is saying she will deliver and if so where exactly is the $756+ billion coming from to fund all of this new spending (keep in mind this is NEW spending above and beyond our current budget)?

Friday
Oct122007

Robinhood was a Socialist

I had a discussion recently with an anonymous poster by the name "Pinko" in one of my other articles in which they asked for my definition of Socialism.  Being as the English language is made up of a set of words with prefixed meanings I would hope my definition is the same as anyone else who speaks the language.  For that reason I found that Dictionary.com has a very good and easy to understand explanation of what the word means.

Socialism: a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.

It is also the middle stage of Marxist theory transitioning from a Capitalistic Society toward that of a Communistic one.

In my experience I have found from talking to people who believe in socialism, most do not understand what it actually is.  In fact most socialists don't realize they are socialists.  So however do.  I had a co-worker in Massachusetts who not only knew he was a socialist but took pride in it.  He even went so far as to write a book explaining his theories of why it never worked anywhere it was ever tried and how we here in America could do it better.  People like him don't bother me because they understand what they are supporting and they openly admit what they are supporting.  It's the ones who don't understand socialism and don't realize that their views are socialistic that concern me because of those people the ones I've spoken to one on one generally agree that socialism and communism are bad.

So the question you must be asking yourself is what does this have to do with Robinhood.  Simple answer really, it's all in how you view the story of Robinhood.   

Socialists see the side of the story in which Robinhood helped the poor by robbing from the rich.  Basic and simple wealth redistribution to equalize society.

The other side of the story however is that of government oppression.  Robinhood stole from those who benefit by taking the money of others by force of government.  Robinhood didn't fight against the rich as much as against the government itself.   Socialists usually do not see that side of the story.

 

 

Tuesday
Oct092007

Lauren Canario's Stand Against Papers to Travel

Lauren Canario has been fighting to expand our freedoms for some time now.  She was one of the leaders in the eminent domain battles down in CT. which turned into a national event leading to NH Amending it's state Constitution to prevent such a blatant abuse of Government from happening here.  Lauren rented one of the homes that was being taken and given to a private corporation for the "greater good" of that community.  Refusing to leave her home, Lauren was later arrested and hauled off by the police for sitting on her porch and reading a book.  You can view the video of her being arrested here.

Based on her past it was no shock to me to hear she was arrested again last week, reason because she refused to show her papers when stopped and questioned by the police.

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(That's actually Lauren in the picture to the right)

Lauren is now questioning whether or not we should need the governments permission to own a car and to drive that car in the form of a Drivers License and Registration.

When stopped for speeding (see my thoughts on speed limits here)  Lauren refused to show her papers.  It was found she already had a suspended license so she was handcuffed and taken to jail treated no differently then a murderer or rapist.  The arrest video can be seen here.

Her arrest has since triggered protesting outside her jail.

If nothing else this latest arrest by Lauren the freedom fighter begs to open the discussion of when "papers" are necessary.  Clearly we have progressed to such a state as satired in the attached photo in that we cannot freely travel about this country as free citizens and we are in fact forced to show our papers or pay tribute to the government (tolls) in order to travel from point A to point B and maybe it is time we open discussion and reexamine if we've allowed the government to grow too overbearing into our every day lives.

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests. – Patrick Henry

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficial … the greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding. – Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, 1928

 

Wednesday
Oct032007

Who are "The Rich" Democrats always talk about?

Yesterday I had a conversation with a democrat friend about Hillary's idea to give every child born in this country $5,000 upon birth.  I asked him the same question I posted in my article about it, who will pay for this plan being as it would cost this country $20 BILLION dollars annually?  While he admits to not being a fan of Hillary he still tried to defend her plan, his first comment was that clearly she needed to work out her statement as not all children would need the $5,000.  After all a child from a rich family wouldn't need it nearly as much as that of someone from a poor family.  Now aside from the fact that this already from birth would create a completely unconstitutional situation in that all men and women born into this country would no longer been seen in the eyes of the government as being equal (not that they are now) it still did not answer the question of who would be paying for it.  So I pushed back again, who will be paying for this.  Then came the answer all Democrats love to give... the rich!

Like Robinhood, democrats continue looking for ways to rob from the rich and give to the poor.  The fact remains any way you look at it though, Robinhood was a thief. 

But who are these rich they keep looking to reap more and more from?   Top 1%?  5%?  10%?  One NH Democrat suggested anyone with a household income over $72,000 in NH wasn't paying their fair share in taxes.  Others such as my friend somehow believe that we can continue to push these multi BILLION dollar programs off on the top 1%.  Over all however most democrats believe that the rich is anyone in the top 10%.  The best I can find is figures from 2003 which show the top 10% being anyone with a household income over $82,000.  The top 1% in 2004 were those with household incomes of $850,000 or more. 

Now keep in mind living in New England has people believing that the rich are making far more then they really are as the top 10% in the north east due to the big cities Boston and NY is $185,000 a year.  That's nearly double the rest of the country.  When you look at the mid west and deep south people on average earn far less, but then again the cost of living is far less (which is another issue about federal income tax, it doesn't take cost of living into account).

Now let's think about this in number of people, the US currently has a population of roughly 300 million people.  The top 1% would be 3 million people.  If we were to tax only the top 1% for Hillary's baby program that would be a little under $7,000 in new taxes per year and that's for this ONE SINGLE PROGRAM.  That's $700 a year in new taxes on the top 10%, which is the family with the household income of $82,000 a year.

How many new programs that Democrats dream up will it take before that top 1% or even top 10% start looking to move to areas with lower taxes?  Or maybe shift their businesses over seas to help mask their profits?  Who will that burden be pushed to then?

If you think that doesn't happen, you're wrong.   Like myself, I know many others who have moved to NH because local states taxes continue to climb in places like NY and CT.  People who can afford to move do move leaving that burden on the lower and lower income groups below them.

That is why social programs do not work and also why every socialist country has failed over time.  Of course Democrats fail to understand this and continue looking for socialistic ways to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor when in reality all they are doing is continuing to squeeze out the middle class.  The dream of "the rich" paying for everything is just that... a dream.  So if Democrats wish to be taken seriously they need to push back when people like Hillary within their party comes up with these grand schemes that will be pushed off on "the rich".  Do yourselves a favor and ask for once who "the rich" really are and just how many social programs they can have thrust on them because it's too much.