Steven J Connolly

Saturday
Aug232014

Is Nothing Corruption In Itself?  

Previously I had reported on my direct experience with Georgia and it's politics. It is as bad if not worse than I had even reported or even believed.

"A new study ranks Georgia politics the country’s worst for accountability and openness — and the most at risk for corruption.Georgia is among seven states with grades of F following a yearlong-plus inquiry by three groups.The Peach State flunked in nine of the 14 categories used by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity."- Center for Public Integrity.

Of course New Hampshire has to be in a better position than this.

But is "better" really that much better?

I'm not a supporter of Gov. Maggie Wood Hassan for the simple reason that everything she says is essentially well worded fiction. There is no corruption because there is nothing there to begin with. I'll cite an example: Recently Gov. Hassan was in Plymouth, NH at this new taxpayer funded "enterprise center."Of course the Gov. has to start pitching her "innovation economy", STEM and how "high technology" companies could expand and relocate to New Hampshire.

Name a company that has plans like this? (Notice the use of the word "could").

There is nothing there to begin with. Corruption becomes less of an issue when there isn't anything there to begin with.

I think Hassan would do much better, and be more credible if she simply dropped this whole fictional act about how it is a priority for her to create jobs and economic development. She could be honest and cite issues like taxation, utilities, infrastructure and fixed costs.

New Hampshire can't be competitive against other states like Georgia that hand out generous tax abatements, credits, workforce training, etc., et cetera. There is corruption in Georgia (see above) but this still doesn't change the fact that this state still and will attract more business ventures than New Hampshire.

I'm confident Gov. Maggie Hassan won't do this. Just like McDonalds will never advertise that their hamburgers are loaded with fat, gristle, by products and preservatives none of which is healthy for human consumption.

Friday
Aug222014

How To Create More Jobs In New Hampshire. 

In early August I went on a mountain biking expedition on the northern trail from Scarborough to Portland, Maine. It was a good day and brought back many memories (positive,negative) of my time serving in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve there. The trail is paved and runs though the heart of the port on the South Portland side starting from Casco Bay Bridge past the Coast Guard base, some oil terminals and ending at what used to be an U.S. Army Air Corps training center and shipyard where the famous Liberty Ships were built during WW II.

Portland has come a long way, especially in the last 10 years. When I was there in the early 1990s the place was filled with economic deprivation and boarded up windows, especially on the waterfront. This has changed for the better...Trade Route From Portland, Maine to Canada. New Hampshire won't support a project like this.   Much better. 

After I finished my bike ride I headed down to the Portland Fish Exchange which is the clearinghouse for the commercial fisherman in this area of Maine. From my vantage point the commercial fisherman aren't doing nearly as bad as has been reported in the left leaning media.

From there I went over to the nearby International Marine Terminal and the operations of Emskip; which is a company based in Iceland that wants to move container based cargo from Portland via rail to Canada across northern New Hampshire and Vermont. There wasn't much activity on this day, alot of shipping companies schedule their sailing by day for nighttime arrival and loading/unloading at the port.  I'm looking at the terminal and the overhead cranes I'm thinking about politics and trade policy: this would be a good way to open new markets and create needed jobs.

But the political support for this Emskip project is going to have to be from Iceland, Maine and Vermont because they won't get any support from New Hampshire starting with the Office of Governor Maggie Hassan.  Maine Gov. Paul LePage. Working For Jobs. New Hampshire doesn't have leadership like this.

 

Friday
Aug222014

Eye Candy, Corruption As Policy

About a month ago I finished my shift at the saltmine and really wanted to go over to Saratoga, New York for opening day at the historic racetrack. I settled for simulcasting at Rockingham Park in Salem, NH instead.

It would be just my luck that they weren't broadcasting Saratoga on this day....

So I decided to head over to the nearby Barnes & Noble Bookstore to see what I could find. And I ended up finding some really good eye candy which made me feel like it wasn't a waste of time and unleaded gasoline to come down here from northern/central New Hampshire.

They have really good magazines at Barnes & Noble and I ended up finding the July edition of Global Trade. And it's a glossy, in-depth magazine about this very topic. It's all about transportation, logistics, railroads, trucking, warehousing and Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ), as a sampling of what appears. The ads in this magazine are as impressive as the magazine itself.

Then my reality had to creep in.... Gov. Hassan recently sponsored a trade mission to Turkey. I can only imagine what this was really about.

I was employed as an OTR Truck Driver based from a terminal in Conley, Georgia which is outside of Atlanta. My direct experience is that Georgia and it's politics and governance is the true definition of corruption. Actually, it is beyond corruption. When I was there, reading the local newspapers the former Gov. of Georgia has been under indictment for some five years, along with sitting and former members of U.S. Congress and the State Senate. Later I would hear: they can't prosecute if there are more criminals than prosecutors, and especially if the prosecutors are under criminal indictment themselves.

The Georgia Ports Authority has a interesting advertisement in Global Trade.

I kept reading, actually I'm really engrossed in it and in the centerpiece is the most glossy, thought provoking, impressive ad of them all!

Do Regional Trade Business in Turkey. Turkey Can Be Your Gateway To New Markets.  

This is right about the time Gov. Hassan and her appointed entourage and footmen were finished trotting over to Turkey terming it a "trade mission." I can only imagine what could have been accomplished here.

Talk about being in the right place at the right time.

Friday
Aug222014

An Image Of Better. 

Sometimes I go to McDonald's not for the food which is manufactured garbage but to use the free WI-FI that is offered. Actually, I'm surprised that they even offer free WI-FI there seems to be few people that use it amongst the hordes of demographic populations that appear anxious to get their #5 which is the ever popular "Big Mac and Fries."

And there is some political content here as well.

Just for the fun of it I decided one busy afternoon to sip an ice coffee (only $1.00) and literally watch the various people doing what people do in McDonald's. And more specifically, I'm watching consumer behavior and how people are making the decision(s) as to what food to buy.

What I saw is what tells me that Gov. Maggie Wood Hassan and Scott Brown will prevail in the elections come November.

And why is this? The answer isn't exactly simple but it comes down to perception and an almost image of what people want and this has nothing to do with substance, quality, accomplishment and the future, it has to to do with "right here and right now." That impressive picture on the marquee only confirms what the consumer already wanted and will vote for regardless of what the reality is.

Sad but true.

Consumer Behavior doesn't emphasize quality over perception. Which is why I think both Gov. Hassan and Scott Brown will prevail come November

I'll do an example: McDonald's Hamburgers contain less than 60% real beef the rest of the food is simply by product, fat product and preservatives. How successful do you think the competition would be if they explained this to the consumer and that their hamburger was 90% real beef but to sell this hamburger the cost would be $4.50 more than what McDonald's charges? The answer is no.

Both experienced politicos in Maggie Hassan and Scott Brown know what the consumer wants and they've both done a quality job delivering it. Regardless of whether it's 60% beef (in Hassan's case it's more like 30%) and the consumer (voters) are going to buy this hamburger. This is where their opponents are failing: not only have they not explained to the voters about the poor quality of what the consumer is getting but how their product is really better.

And it will cost more, it has to another reason why McDonalds is as successful as it is.

Friday
Aug222014

Who Is Mark Evans? 

This morning I spent some time attempting to do some campaign research into Mark Evans from Berlin who is running an uncontested primary for the Republican nomination for State Senate District #1.

Evans will be opposed by Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeff Woodburn from Dalton.

Who exactly is this Mark Evans?     http://mark4office.com/

I'm really disappointed in the performance of Sen. Jeff Woodburn, especially his water carrying activities for Gov. Maggie "innovation economy" Hassan. However, using the limited information from the Evans campaign website am now believing that Woodburn will be there for another term. And not because of the strength of the Woodburn campaign but because the voters of Senate District #1 are not being offered anything.

Evans is a 1983 graduate of Profile High School (I didn't know him), he served in the National Guard in field artillery and is of an engineering background in education and work experience. At some point he became interested in "Chinese medicine" and healing and decided to move back to Berlin, N.H. from Denver, Colorado. Since moving to Berlin, Mr. Evans has held several different public arena offices and positions.  

His campaign website looks like a "cut and paste"preservation of constitutional rights, liberty and improving the economy of course. I'm glad he didn't say anything about an "innovation economy."

Perhaps this is enough?

Guess the question that I'm really asking here is a sense of what Mr. Evans would do if he is elected to State Senate District #1? And this would have to be above and beyond what Sen. Jeff Woodburn is already doing. It's still a distance before the November elections and alot of things can happen, but I don't see the Evans campaign being terribly successful here and this isn't an endorsement of Sen. Jeff Woodburn either.