Steven J Connolly

Saturday
Jul062013

UNH Emissions Trading Schemes? 

For some time I really believed that the environment was going to become a pillar of the U.S. economy. It started with legislation like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Iniative (RGGI), Renewable Portfolio Standards and established trading in such things like emissions, CO2 gasses and to a lesser extent the weather.

The law of the land the new way of doing things in the 21st century.

I’ve even read press releases from companies like evomarkets.com about auctions sponsored by UNH for tax credits, structured finance in emissions and CO2. Basically the air we all breathe traded as a commodity like soybeans, crude oil or silver.

It's a brave new world out there.

Now...

I’ll stop short of calling all of this a sham but it’s very close to the word deception.

And UNH is involved.

I was hoping that with the budget cuts of the last biennium that UNH would jettison it plethora of overpaid consultants, academians and lobbyists and instead become what its intended purpose: a college of higher education.

Not the be the case.

I’m not a fan of Gov. Maggie Wood Hassan-- I think the surface is scratched with this one she’d sell out almost anyone for ideas in ambition and politics like UNH emissions trading schemes. But I'll turn a quick dime, it's easy to fault a lawyer turned politician and I’m sure her road to the top has been a challenging one like any leadership endeavor becoming the Governor of New Hampshire.

But when schemes are very close to outright fraud?

“If you’re not stopping it you’re condoning it.”

Some people still have the ability to sleep at night.

 

 

Saturday
Jul062013

They Will Win. They Will. 

I try not to subscribe to conspiracy theories guess I’m still somewhat naïve with the belief that there is still some sense of freedom and capitalism in this state and country.

My ideas are quickly being dashed.

I’ve lived in a small town for some time I ran for selectman twice, lost both races and later ran for state representative and won two races and lost a third in a contested primary. I think I at least have an idea of how the politics works in my town and surrounding areas. And from what I’m now seeing wealthy people from New York and Massachusetts are now going to be making all the decision(s) going forward while the locals or natives simply accept these decision(s) or I’m confident they’ll be encouraging us to leave.

A case in point:

A new holistic, healing center is being built and constructed at clearly a substantial expense. The application sailed through the planning board on a voice vote. The developers and partners I'm told are all from New York and there has been no communication(s) about their plans or presence in this town.

They Will Win. They Will.Hollistic Healing the venue of choice amongst the powerful and the infuential.

Meanwhile, a local well known businessman with to the community proposes to construct a drag strip in a vacant, remote, unused area of town miles away from the closest home or even a paved road.

You would think Ghengus Khan was coming to town. The planning board and their spandex wearing, palates exercising female, thoughtful and intelligent members don’t think drag racing meets the standards of “their town.” I’d be willing to be bet that they’re like Gov. Hassan they’ve "never been to a casino either."

But they’ll win. I’m reading that the town has already hired legal counsel and they’re updating the town zoning ordinances and “permitted uses.” In other words they get to decide what is done with a piece of unused, vacant land.

For those of you that think drag racing is bad please take a moment to look at this UTUBE video on the subject.

So much for freedom because they decide.

 

Friday
Jul052013

Hassan Social Welfare State

My sources tell me that Vermont now has so many people drawing on welfare and unemployment benefits that the state had to issue bonds to cover the payments.

The state has now defaulted on the bonds and the federal government is now in the process of bailing the state out.

Is Gov. Hassan leading New Hampshire into a social welfare state like Vermont?The costs of social welfare.

It’s interesting how this has somehow escaped the media. They seem to be missing the anti-Medicaid expansion issue too.

“More money, more money.” Seems to the marching cry regardless of where it’s coming from and how much it’s going to cost taxbase that doesn't exist.

The same thing is happening over here in New Hampshire. Gov. Hassan appoints yet another commission that will study medicaid expansion in New Hampshire. I wonder whether they’ll study like what happens to existing citizens and insurance carriers that are already in New Hampshire.

“More money, more money.”

Health insurance rates will go up.

This is social welfare at its best.

 

 

 

Saturday
Jun292013

OBrien Not For Congress.

So I decided to listen to an edition of GrokTalk on a podcast. It was an interesting experience the design of the program is good, but after some time it becomes another political show of talking heads trying to get in points that aren’t really relevant and in truth is nothing more than a wordy show of who has the largest ego.

For example if you’ve ever listened to Laura Knoy on NHPR. Even if the issue is contentious with varied position(s) Knoy does a skillful job of keeping it on topic and moving towards the ultimate customer: the listener! Of course NHPR is going to be more polished than the “conservative, gun totting, letter writing, liberty minded” GrokTalk but the issue of the listener still remains.

I decided to listen to the GrokTalk as former speaker O’Brien was on the air talking about his potential bid for U.S. Congress against 2D incumbent Annie Kuster.

From what I heard an O’Brien candidacy would be a colossal mistake.

Inasmuch as I’d really like to see do nothing Kuster replaced O’Brien just isn’t the candidate. He started out really well talking about what’s wrong with dipping into dedicated funds like the highway trust fund to fund everything like “demonstration projects” which are the favorite of politicians like Councilor Ray Burton.

OBrien For Congress? Seems To Have The Wrong Priorities.Then O’Brien drives off a cliff.

He starts talking about money and fundraising and Nancy Pelosi as if this has any real bearing on 2D. It’s clear the former speaker hasn’t considered past successful congressional campaigns like Bass, Douglas, Bill Hatch and even the first campaign of Dick Swett not only how they were successful but how they were organized to be successful. My direct observation is that money was only a component of these races not the deciding factor as O’Brien states on GrokTalk.

Then he started talking about this liberty thingy. I’m seeing images of a bunch of overweight, frustrated malcontents clutching guns at the entrance of the statehouse while another moron takes a bullhorn and shouts something like “Ayotte, Ayotte.”

Turn it all off. Go to commercial.

 

 

Saturday
Jun292013

Gun Control Stupidity. 

This is a UTUBE video showing the incident in front of the Statehouse. I still think this is an embarassment for New Hampshire actually from all sides.

For starters I've tried to understand this whole gun control stupidity vs. these self described liberty activists. None of it works none of it does. The Anti-Gun crowd preeches the names of the deceased yet they ignore the underlying reason(s) for the shootings themselves and there are many. While the Pro-Gun crowd yells and screams in opposition but they too have no coherent message or reasoning for this stupid, juvenile behavior.

"If you had a speech in your head you wouldn't have to read this propaganda." said Dan Musso who minutes later would be tazed and arrested after struggling with three Concord police officers.

What was really accomplished here?

Nothing.

That is why this system is falling apart.