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Friday
Dec142012

Taking It On. 

New Hampshire Should Return To Biennial Legislative Sessions.The transfer of the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium to a non profit corporation and saving some $800,000.00 a year is quality.

New Hampshire can’t afford a planetarium just like it can’t afford a ski area and running toy trains up to Nashua.

But I read through the list of Legislative Service Requests or LSRs filed by the new members of the general court. It was a survey read but it looks as if micromanagement, special interest, study committees and ultimately inexpedient to legislate will be about all that is accomplished by this legislature.

Rome isn't burning. Rome isn't burning because our part-time volunteer unpaid legislature says it isn't burning.

The word disappointing wouldn’t be the right expression or ideas to express this.

But a return to biennial sessions would be.  

 

 

Reader Comments (11)

Steve:

If there is a God in the world of politics we will go back to the sanity of biennial sessions.

I have several other solutions:

1. Add another two hundred legislators to the House.
2. Add another fifty members to the Senate.

Nothing but absolutly neccesary legislation could possibly pass.
December 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEd Naile
Amazing. The anti-government philosophy advocates are amazing. Fortunately, they're in the minority. Because government is "we," "us," not just "you." And the majority of us know that government can and does do many good things.
December 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim Splaine
Hey Jimbo, mind 'splainin' what grate and wunderful things the government does, what it's fundamental nature is, what differentiates it from other group activities? By the way, did Jesus belong to the government?
– C. dog full of questions for Jimbo Baggins during the Holyday season
December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC. dog
C. dog -- government -- the collective "we" -- provides for your common defense and protection, pays for police and fire protection, educates the next generation of Americans, provides for your Courts and city and town halls, pays for museums and libraries to preserve our -- your -- history, and generally makes your life and those of your neighbors more secure and productive. Plus builds your roads and highways, bridges and airports so you can get around. If you'd prefer the caveman life, I guess this is meaningless.

And I suggest Jesus felt that there was a role for government, because He cared about His children on Earth, and didn't want to see them have their lives devalued by the powerful and wealthy.
December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim Splaine
All for the low, low price of ... your freedom. Thanks, Jimbo, you're Grrrrate!
– C. dog
December 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC. dog
C. dog -- Government gives us the freedom to do many things. To get education, even if we're poor. To get around on roads, even if we can't fly. To have some level of health care when we're sick but can't afford to care for ourselves. To be protected from criminals, because we have police nearby. To be able to create and prosper in our business, because of the regulations that protect our copyrights and patents, and facilitate commerce.

Our Courts protect many of our rights. Thanks to our Courts, most minorities have rights. We cannot refuse to educate our mentally and physically challenged. We cannot legally discriminate against our African-Americans. Most Americans have the right to vote, except for felons in prison and certain others for cause.

And yes, government provides for our common defense, helps us during times of great disaster, and helps us if we have a fire at our home.

It is government that provides much of our freedom. Government, by the way -- the collective "we" -- even created the Constitution in that by adopting it, "we" joined together in agreement to establish that government.

I'm pleased to be able to explain this to you. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
December 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim Splaine
We, white man? Doesn't sound like a very Jesus thing to do pointing guns at peoples' heads to go get yourself sum butta. But I do seem to recall a document, somewhere, that did enshrine the ability for the peeps to protect themselves from the encroachment of those who wished to take their arms and legs. But I don't recall dentured servants, "forced" charity, de facto government monopoly training camps to lobotomize 'utes.

Regarding protection from criminals, how's that workin' out for ya? Especially when the crafty ones are in their cozy offices under gilded domes? At least the various Mobs are honest about their dealings. Remember, the next time you're confronted by a thug with a gun, just ask him to wait 20 minutes so you can be "protected"; self-help is frowned upon by New Hamsters.

By the way, have you had the temerity of spirit to ask anyone who tried to create a small business in the last 20 years? You should ask them how many permission slips they need before they may be allowed to proceed from Go without going to Jail. Alternatively, assuming you actually own land and pay taxes in New Hamsters – rather than free-loading your way to your government-paid-for coffin – try building somefin' real on said property. Grin and bear the burden of your lovely "lightly-regulated" Liberal sanctuary! And don't forget to spread your gossamer wings to flit about in all that freedom you speak of: you are free to be a servant – embrace your Nanny's BFA!

Just remember, lil' jimmy, your "we" don't include me, and about half of those who domicile non-mobily in the Grate State of New Hamsters. With some luck, you'll find your way down to the warm embrace of MA-MA Land where your "we" is a virtually monopoly of collective incarceration. Merry X-mas to Teddy, and happy holydays to your impending nuptial bliss.
– C. dog spreadin' the luv to a few select few of his favorite friends on this yule tide
December 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC. dog
Well, C. dog, if you're so anti-government, I guess you do have some favorite friends. The rest of US who have joined the world and realized that government does indeed serve a purpose have pity on you. Thanks for your greetings for Christmas (I think you can take the time to write it all out, but that's your choice). I take greetings from anyone with pleasure, so you have given me a moment of pleasure today, thank you.

And may you find peace in your mind.
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim Splaine
Jimbo –
So glad I could schmear a little holyday cheer your way. Given your penchant for the mundane and temporal, I thought a merry X-mas was more fitting than a Christ mass. The former is all about the stuff, the latter, not so much.
– C. dog goes quasi-biblical with his e-tidings of comfort and joy
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC. dog
Jim:

love how that response read we...the collective... Was the use of the word "collective" intentional or unintentioned? We are Borg....
December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRick Olson
Thank you, C.dog -- for your Merry Christmas greeting. I often say I don't care if someone says to me "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" or whatever, I appreciate any greeting. And I don't question anyone's religion, or lack thereof, as long as they use their beliefs to guide their own lives, and not to rule mine or others. So whatever you believe in, that's fine and good for you. Merry Christmas AND Happy Holidays to you.

It's been mostly fun chatting with you and I'm sure as 2013 comes around and Democrats keep having victories, and we strengthen democracy and freedom in America in the areas of health care, minority participation in our government, gay and lesbian marriage, and access of the right of voting for all of us -- as well as a discussion about more sanity in our gun laws -- we'll continue our dialogue.

Thanks to November 6th and the reelection of President Barack Obama and many new Democrats, we're going to have an even greater state and nation.
December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim Splaine

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