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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Monday
Nov052007

What has Carol Shea Porter Acomplished?

A question has come up on a number of forums, including the discussion forum here on NH Insider asking what has Carol Shea Porter has accomplished.  This same question has spilled over to several other smaller scale discussion forums.  It was the Merrimack Forum however that a list of all bills Carol has sponsored and co-sponsored was put up.  She's only sponsored 10 bills but there are several that she co-sponsored. As a chance to pat Carol on the back and bring attention to where all her hard work and our tax dollars that pay her salary are going I would like to share with everyone a list of a couple of the bills she has either put up or co-sponsored.

 1) Supporting the goals and ideals of National Women's Friendship Day.

2) Supporting the goals and ideals highlighted through National Volunteer Week.

3) Supporting the goals and ideals of Professional Social Work Month and World Social Work Day.

4) Supporting the goals and ideas of a National Child Care Worthy Wage Day.

5) Supporting the goals and ideals of Mental Health Month, and for other purposes.

6) Expressing the sense of the Congress that a commemorative postage stamp should be issued to honor our Nation's disabled veterans.

7) Recognizing and honoring York for his role in the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

8) Supporting the goals and ideals of Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month.

9) Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that a postage stamp should be issued in commemoration of Diwali, a festival celebrated by people of Indian origin.

10) A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of Japan should formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility in a clear and unequivocal manner for its Imperial Armed Forces' coercion of young women into sexual slavery, known to the world as "comfort women", during its colonial and wartime occupation of Asia and the Pacific Islands from the 1930s through the duration of World War II.

Holding Japan accountable for it's actions in the 1930's? Recognizing York for his role in the Lewis and Clark expedition? Clearly our federal government is making full use of it's time and duties and Carol is taking her part in doing so!!!  And as for disabled veteran, my grandfather was one having lost his arm fighting for this country... if you want to do something for men like him a postage stamp isn't it, but alas this could be a full topic in and of itself.

All sarcasm aside, the important thing to look at isn't what bills she put up as I wouldn't mind a rep up put up nothing as long as they vote soundly.  So it is voting records which you can find on www.vote-smart.org that should be considered as true accomplishments.  And what really jumped out at me as Carols real accomplishment was the sea of Yeah's next to nearly every single spending bill listed under "Budget, Spending, and Taxes".  And what's even more telling is after running using the issue of party voting as a key point in getting elected (It is time we elect a Congressional member who will work for the people of NH, and not be a rubber stamp for any administration. - quote taken directly from Carol's own website) is that she has proven herself a hypocrite guilty of the exact same fault she asked us to vote out in 2006.   Here's a fun little trivia question for you, can you name the bill Carol voted for where her viewed differed from Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic Party?  I'm still trying to find that one myself, maybe I'll devote an article to it once I find out what that bill was.

So to answer all those who continually ask what has Carol accomplished it's quite simple... higher taxes, wasted time in the house and a rubber stamp voting record to the Democratic Party.

Monday
Nov052007

Top Ten Ideal New Laws

We've all heard the old saying "there ought to be a law" before. Based on that I thought it would be fun to try to come up with a top 10 list of ideal new laws from a small government conservative or libertarian point of view.

1) Politicians and government employees cannot have their names displayed on plaques dedicating new buildings or have any public own things named after them without a vote of the people.
The reason behind this is obvious, too many politicians seek to immortalize themselves by having their names put up in a building as the ones responsible for having it built. Take away the self promotion factor and it may help to drive more honesty in regards of when public buildings are actually needed.

2) Increase the speed limits to realistic levels.
Reason behind this is obvious. Try actually driving the speed limit as posted sometime and you'll clearly see why the posted speed limit is ridiculous.

3) Property values freeze for tax purposes after 10 or 20 years.
This solves the issue we see with many elderly folks being taxes out of their homes. When they purchased homes the values were a tenth of what they are now, as were their incomes. McMansions being build all around them drive up the values of their own homes as well. This would also stop punishing those who upkeep their homes. Someone who takes care of their home and improves it is penalized by higher taxes due to a higher home value where as the person who lets their house rot and fall apart sees a lower evaluation over time of their home.

4) Allow medical expenses for life threatening illnesses to be 100% tax deductible.
I have to credit Ron Paul with this idea as it is based on his theory that we should not take social security taxes from those suffering life threatening illnesses as chances are they need the money then to help pay for the cost of fighting that illness and chances are if they don't get better they wont need social security anyway.

5) Legalize drugs.
I credit Matt Simon for this idea and I'm sure he can site countless reasons to back it up. My view is there is nothing in the Constitution giving the government the power to outlaw substances unless you twist the meaning of "to regulate commerce" as granted to them in Article I Section 8.  Also, "drugs" should not just be thought of as things people use to get high.  There are medicinal drugs which could save people's lives which we do not allow in this country because they have not been "FDA approved" even though other nations allow people to use these same drugs to treat their illnesses.

6) Legalize victimless crimes.
Gambling, Prostitution etc harm only the willing. It isn't the government job to act as parents and to try to protect us from ourselves.

7) Get the NH government out of the alcohol business.
It should not be the job of the state government to sell bottles of Jack Daniels.

8) Hand over the running of the education system to the free market.
Note: I did not say stop paying for education, only to get the government out of running the schools. One size fits all schools do not work and I can think of no better way to improve education then by opening up the market and allowing parents the choice of where to send their kids.

9) Balanced budget amendment/ cap on tax increase.
Theory behind this one is fairly simply, the government should not be allowed to spend more then it takes in and like a child with an allowance, they should not be able to just take more simply because they want more.

10)  Give people the power to override the government.
How many times have you seen laws passed that upset the majority of the people?  Taking away parents rights to have any say or even knowledge of their children getting abortions comes quickly to mind.  Yet even when 80% of the people disagree with the actions of the government until the next election cycle we are unable to do anything about it.  The government should be of the people, should it not?  So in cases like these give the people the power to petition and force the government into changing it's actions to be that of what the people want.

Democrats have complained in the past that the NH Liberty Alliance rates them poorly, well they have all the power and by pushing pro freedom laws that THEY favor, they have a chance to turn the rating system to benefit them.  Instead after their first year of control we've seen them taking away freedoms and putting more and more government in play.  I hope they take at least ONE item from this list or come up with some pro freedom ideas of their own.

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.