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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Democrats Talk of a NH Income Tax

While most are focusing on the tail end of summer or of those watching politics focus on Obama's antics NH Democrats are slowly plugging along behind the scenes with a plan to implement a state wide income tax.

Reported in the Union Leader:

Speaker of the House Terie Norelli let a little secret slip last week.

She mentioned a legislative economic summit that's still in the planning stages when she met with the Portsmouth Herald's editorial board.

Rep. Susan Almy, heading up the summit work, said she was trying to keep quiet her plans for the joint House-Senate summit this fall.

When the Herald mentioned that all forms of revenue, including an income tax, would be part of the discussion, alarms went off all over the conservative landscape. Almy said she expected that reaction, which is why she was working behind the scenes up until now.

In other words the Democrats in Concord are looking for new ways to tax you and they are planning this in secret because they know it will upset you the voters.

Here's an idea for Rep Norelli, rather then secretly looking for more walks to milk as much money as possible from the public why not spend the time looking at what can be eliminated from the state's budget and where we can cut back our ever growing government?


Democrats Caught Red Handed

I'm just going to give quotes from a couple different articles, no further comments will be needed on this one...

First article is found HERE:

Eleven windows at the Colorado Democratic Party headquarters on Santa Fe Drive were shattered early this morning in a vandalism spree that party Chairwoman Pat Waak blamed on animosity surrounding the health care debate.


"We ought to be having a serious, conscientious debate about what's best for the country," Waak said. "Clearly there's been an effort on the other side to stir up hate. I think this is the consequence of it."

Second article is found HERE:

A 24-year-old arrested this morning on suspicion of smashing 11 windows at Colorado Democratic Party headquarters tried to conceal his identity while allegedly committing the crime, according to police descriptions.


While Schwenkler does not appear in the state's voter registration database, a person by that name in November 2008 received $500 from a political 527 committee called Colorado Citizens Coalition for "communications," according to campaign finance disclosures.

The accountant for the 527 appears to be the same woman who handles the books for many other Democratic-leaning political committees.

Third article is found HERE:

A suspect accused of smashing 11 windows at the Colorado Democratic Party headquarters early yesterday morning is connected to ultra-liberal groups once investigated by the FBI for potential domestic terrorism incidents.


Originally assumed by many that the incident was committed by Republicans angry over the reform proposal, a trail of evidence connects Schwenkler to ultra-liberal groups investigated by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.

A woman listed as a resident of Schwenkler's home in the 1000 block of Lipan Street was once questioned by investigators over various protests, including plans to disrupt the 2004 Republican and Democratic national conventions and the 2004 presidential election.

Investigators in August 2004 visited the Lipan Street home of Sarah Bardwell, an anti-war organizer and member of the Denver chapter of Food Not Bombs, to conduct pretext interviews to gain general information concerning possible criminal activity at the upcoming political conventions and presidential election, according to a Freedom of Information Act request made public by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Raleigh, N.C., chapter of Food Not Bombs was connected with a November 2004 incident in which the North Carolina Republican headquarters was vandalized.

Schwenkler was also once paid $500 by liberal-leaning group Colorado Citizens Coalition for communication work, according to 2008 expenditure filings to the Secretary of State's office. The Colorado Citizens Coalition is a political 527 committee dedicated to social issues such as health care and education reform.


State Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams called the act reprehensible, but said it is unfair to connect the incident to Republican opposition to the president's health care reform plan.

The people who oppose the Obama-Democratic health care plan are hard-working American citizens who legitimately oppose that plan, he said. That opposition has nothing to do with this despicable act against the Democratic Party headquarters.

Meanwhile, Waak is asking for donations to help with the estimated $10,000 in damage. She herself joined a group of volunteers yesterday in cleaning up the broken glass and boarding up smashed windows.

She said it does not surprise her that the suspect may be involved with extremist liberal groups.

I do hear from people from time to time on each end of the extreme, said Waak.

Whatever the issue is, it seems to be stimulated in some small part by this, she continued. I think we need to have a civil debate about health care and it needs to not be on one extreme over the other.




Thoughts on Teddy's Passing

Its interesting how Teddy Kennedy's death is being discussed by different groups.

For instance look at the distinct differences between Blue Hampshire and Red Hampshire web sites.

Red Hampshire posted a very tasteful letter from Senator Gregg discussing his friendship with Teddy Kennedy.

Senator Gregg stated, “Today America lost an extraordinary leader, a legendary political force, and the patriarch of one of the greatest families in American history."

Blue Hampshire however took a different approach.  Rather then remembering Teddy and honoring him in death, they used his death as an oportunity to attack Republicans.

Here's Senator Kennedy on raising the minimum wage in 2007 and blasting the GOP's death-by-amendment procrastination strategy.


You may recall that Judd Gregg's and John E. Sununu's solution to this problem was to vote for an amendment abolishing the federal minimum wage.

Its times like this that Democrats show how little class they have and how low they are willing to sink for partisan politics.

As for myself, well I was all set to write about Mary Jo Kopechne but her death is well known and well documented already.  There is no reason now to rehash old wounds, Teddy died and with that his past deeds good or bad died with him.  Instead I leave you with a link (HERE) to his voting record to allow you the ability to form your own opinions about his legacy and 10 quotes made by or about Teddy.

1) "Well don't throw anything now, because we're not talking about philosophy or party. The finest legislator I ever worked with was Ted Kennedy. He had a magnificent staff, he even had a parliamentarian on that staff of his. So when you were in the legislative arena and you were bringing your lunch and staying late, you wanted to get Ted on your side or least use some of his expertise. I would go to him sometimes early on and say look, you'll have to trust me, what the hell do I do right now to move this bill? Boy I'll tell you he had ways to do it and as you can see he uses those skills on issues in which I was totally on the other side. I can't remember them all there were so many. We were never on the same side. But he is a legislator." - Alan Simpson Republican Senator from Wyoming

2) "[W]ords are fine, but it has to be what a generation reads into those words." -- Ted Kennedy speaking of the US Constitution at Boston Latin, April 29, 2002

3) "Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law?  Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty?" - Ted Kennedy 1973

4) "He's a brilliant actor, but what makes Republicans think he could do well in politics? Of course, it's hard to argue with Arnold when you're hanging upside down by the ankles. " -- Senator Ted Kennedy (democrat-Mass) on his family's Republican.

5) "When the Founders wrote the Constitution and gave the Senate the power of advice and consent on Presidential nominations, they never intended the Senate to work against the President, as this Senate is doing, by engaging in a wholesale stall and refusing to act on large numbers of the President’s nominees." -- Senator Ted Kennedy (d-MA) speaking in defense of President Clinton's nominees in 1999

6) “It's better to send in the Peace Corps than the Marine Corps.” - Ted Kennedy

7) “Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed.” - Ted Kennedy

8) “On issue after issue, they have moved brazenly to impose their agenda on America and on the world, ... They have pursued their goals at the expense of urgent national and human needs and at the expense of the truth. America deserves better.” - Ted Kennedy

9) “I think there's enormous potential in terms of solar power and wind power all along the coastal areas and I think we ought to take advantage of it.” - Ted Kennedy

10) “I don't know what to say. I'm happy and sad all at the same time. It was only a matter of time before conservatives reared their ugly head. These are banner days for Democrats. Oil and gas prices are up. The elderly are starving. It's great news and it's become clear that we're the ones in touch with real Americans. These flag waving braggarts have to go!” - Ted Kennedy



Carol Shea Porter Town Hall Meetings FINALLY!

Carol Shea Porter has finally crawled out from her rabbit hole to hold a public town hall meeting.  Very nice touch in her picking locations that hold 100 people or fewer, once you fill the seats with the press, the paid shills and the democratic loyalists and party insiders there might actually be room for 10 or 20 actual constituents.

What really amazes me are the people who are shocked by this.  If you look at the town hall rallies around the country its the same no matter what town you go to, in fact if you look close at some of the youtube videos you'll even see some of the same faces popping up again and again showing their "support".

I predict you'll see much of the same.  Outside will be the real people protesting while inside the shills and insiders will take turns with their prepared questions so Carol can ramble off her prepared statements.  The media will focus more on the people who dared oppose her then anything she actually has to say.  And should any of the opposition actually get in and dare raise a negative word you'll see them booed and hissed at and Carol will give a dismissive answer not addressing the question.

The meetings are scheduled for Saturday the 29th:

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Norris Cotton Federal Building
275 Chestnut Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Doors open at 10:00 a.m.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Thomas J. McIntyre Federal Building
80 Daniel Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Doors open at 1:00 p.m.

See you all there!



Protecting Molesters Over Children

When Democrats changed the state abortion laws to allow children to get abortions without their parents ever knowing about it many of us, myself included, argued that this was protecting criminals.  If an adult molested a 13 or 14 year old girl he would be able to cover his actions by taking her for an abortion should she get impregnated.

Democrats claimed this was about choice and not about protecting criminals, well that argument went out the window with the bill introduced by Strafford State Representative Jennifer Brown.  Rep Brown introduced a bill to have the least dangerous sex offenders de-listed so they would no longer have to register.

Now I'm no fan of sex registration lists because I feel they give most people a false sense of security because they incorrectly feel that by preventing people who are on the list from living in certain places that those places are safe.  That said, if we know someone is a sexual criminal we should keep an eye on them.

What on earth would make Rep Brown think we should just turn our backs on sexual predators?  The fact her son is one.

Rep Brown's son went on line and entered a graphic sexual conversation with what he thought was a virgin 14 year old girl.  Her son, who was a grown adult of 20, persuaded to meet this young woman for the purpose of sex.  When he arrived on the scene he was meet by police officer who arrested him.

I'd like to share a couple quotes about this story from the Telegraph:

"He didn't meet anyone," Brown said. "He got there, turned around and left so fast. . . . He went to the meeting, then said, 'I'm just leaving,' and that's what our state calls a criminal."

What Rep Brown fails to understand here is that he didn't meet anyone because there was no one to meet.  It was a sting set up by the police to catch perverts like her son who would otherwise have molested a child.

Brown said her son has graduated college with a degree in finance but cannot get a job. Brown said she has talked to other people on the registry who have had consensual sex with a person who lied about their age. She knows of young men who were caught in stings or lied to, she said, who "cannot speak for themselves and have no advocates."

Now here's an interesting statement, she likens what her son did in attempting to molest a 14 year old virgin little girl to someone who meet a woman who looked mature and lied about their age.  I'm sorry but there is a world of difference between the two.  If you go to a college party for instance you can reasonably assume that the women you meet are 18 or older.  If you go online and talk to a girl who says she's 14 and you continue the discussion, you are knowingly pursuing someone underage.

Rep Brown is putting criminals before children.  She's saying its ok for adults to seek after 14 year olds for sex and if they get caught in a sting they should be able to cover up the fact they did what they did.  She is proving the allegation against Democrats when they allowed children to cover up their sexual encounters without abortions without parental knowledge as being nothing more then attempts to cover up molestation is well founded.