Monthly Archives: December 2014

New Hampshire Democrats’ Message to Young People — Aim Low

The New Hampshire Democrats’ solution to retaining and attracting young people to New Hampshire?  A higher minimum wage:

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Let’s say you invested $200,000 in your college education.  At $10.00 per hour, it would take you only 10 years before you start seeing any return on your investment.  That assumes, however, you didn’t borrow any of the $200,000 you invested into your college education.  If you borrowed the money, it will take considerably longer as you will have to pay off the interest on the debt as well. Continue reading New Hampshire Democrats’ Message to Young People — Aim Low

The Concord Monitor, the New Hampshire Democrat Party’s Echo Chamber

Over the past few days, the meme from the New Hampshire Democrat Party has been the news that U.S. House Rep. Steve Scalise, the third-ranking Republican in the U.S. House, delivered a speech in 2002 to a white supremacist group.  Here is a sampling:

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So what is today’s Concord Monitor Editorial about?  If you guessed Steve Scalise, you win. So if the Concord Monitor is editorializing about Scalise, there must be some connection to New Hampshire, right?  Or, it must be such an important story that all the media is focused on it, right? Continue reading The Concord Monitor, the New Hampshire Democrat Party’s Echo Chamber

Cormier vs. Jones — UFC 182

I just watched the Dan Cormier vs. Bigfoot Silva fight from 2011.  I saw it back then, and since, but I wanted to see it again with an eye toward the January 3 UFC light heavyweight title fight between Cormier and Champion Jon Jones, because Jones holds a similar size advantage over Cormier.  I think a couple of the comments from the commentators to that fight are the key for Saturday’s marquee matchup between Cormier and Jones:  “speed kills” and “quickness; it’s the quickness.” Continue reading Cormier vs. Jones — UFC 182

2014 NEW HAMPSHIRE POLITICS – WINNERS AND LOSERS

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  1. JEANNE SHAHEEN was reelected to the United States Senate when Democrat incumbents nearly everywhere else (Virginia is the other exception) lost, and she beat a credible opponent. But Shaheen does not top our list or even come in second because she needed to outspend Scott Brown by $7.2 million (a nearly two to one margin) to do so, the press was solidly in her corner, and she had the benefit of the State Democrat Party’s “ground game,” which by all accounts is as far ahead the State Republican Party’s as an F-22 is to a Sopwitch Camel.
  1. Whatever you think of SHAWN JASPER’s tactics, he got himself elected Speaker. So far he seems to be enjoying himself, despite the ongoing skirmishing with Bill O’Brien and his supporters. Or maybe because of the ongoing skirmishing? Perhaps Jasper has taken to heart the reputed words Pope Leo X, the Medici Pope, upon his election, “Since God has given us the papacy, let us enjoy it.” It was Leo’s sale of indulgences to finance St. Peter’s that led to Martin Luther breaking from Rome. Will Japser create a similar split in the New Hampshire Republican Party?

Continue reading 2014 NEW HAMPSHIRE POLITICS – WINNERS AND LOSERS

Jasper Interview on Close-Up – It’s What Jasper Didn’t Say

I just watched Josh McElveen interview Speaker Shawn Japser on this week’s Close-Up on WMUR.  Here are my takeaways.

1.  Jasper did not rule out increasing taxes.  He said that the House would pass a balanced budget without any new taxes.  He did not say that the House would pass a budget without  any new taxes and without raising any existing taxes.  So look for Jasper to push for higher taxes.  The question is will he be able to get enough Republicans to join with the Democrats to raise taxes.  I found it very disappointing that McElveen did not follow up and ask Jasper if he was not ruling out raising existing taxes and which taxes he would raise. Continue reading Jasper Interview on Close-Up – It’s What Jasper Didn’t Say

Stimulus vs. Shale

In August, 2012, a Washington Post opinion piece by Mike Grunwald purported to debunk “Five myths about Obama’s stimulus.”

Withe respect to energy, Grunwald wrote:

The stimulus was the biggest and most transformative energy bill in history, pouring an astonishing $90 billion into record expansions of every imaginable form of clean energy, from renewables to electric vehicles. … 

… The stimulus will leave a different legacy: a down payment on a greener, more competitive economy with a healthier, better-educated, better-connected workforce.

There has been an energy transformation under Obama, but it was in spite of, not because of the stimulus. Continue reading Stimulus vs. Shale

A Question For GOP Presidential Candidates That is Especially Appropriate for the New Hampshire Primary

Immigration and Common Core are important issues, but so is whether there is an individual right to bear arms under the Second Amendment and whether the federal government can “mandate” that one engage in commerce as part of its authority to regulate commerce.

By just a one vote margin, the United States Supreme Court said yes to the first and no to the second.  And two of the justices whose votes determined those decisions, Scalia and Kennedy, are  78 years old.  While I wish them a long life and good health, there is the possibility that one or both of them will no longer be on the Supreme Court by 2020. Continue reading A Question For GOP Presidential Candidates That is Especially Appropriate for the New Hampshire Primary

No James Pindell, New Hampshire is Not the Most Swing of Swing States, It’s a Reliably Blue State

WMUR’s James Pindell is talking up a potential primary between Carol Shea Porter and Annie Kuster for the United States Senate held by Kelly Ayotte, if Maggie Hassan chooses not to run.

The article strikes me as political-filler for the holidays because Pindell provides no reason to believe Hassan does not intend to run for United States Senate.  But I want to comment upon one assertion that Pindell makes in his piece.

Pindell asserts that, “[s]ince 2006, New Hampshire has been the most swing of swing states in the entire country. Nearly every two years since then there has been a violent move from Democrat to Republican.”  Not with respect to statewide races it hasn’t.

Obama won easily in 2008 and 2012.  Indeed, you have to go back to 1988 for the last time a GOP presidential candidate broke 50 percent in New Hapshire. Continue reading No James Pindell, New Hampshire is Not the Most Swing of Swing States, It’s a Reliably Blue State

And if There Is Still Any Doubt About Shawn Jasper’s Conservative Credentials … Here Comes Martha

One of my favorite political ads is “Here Comes Martha,” from 2002, which showed then Congressional candidate Martha Fuller Clark walking in a parade, while the narrator said “here comes Martha. Voting to bring an income tax to every town in new Hampshire. She’s told you she’ll fight unjust taxes, but the fact is, she voted in favor of creating the first income tax on new Hampshire workers. So, here comes Martha.”  Incidentally, by that point Fuller Clark had voted for a state income tax four times, plus a bunch of other taxes.

So, if anyone is uniquely qualified not to vouch for someone’s credentials as a fiscal conservative it’s Martha Fuller Clark.

Today’s Seacoastonline  contains an op-ed by Fuller Clark in which she declares that House Speaker Shawn Jasper is “a very conservative long-time GOP member from Hudson.”  From the perspective of an income-tax supporter like Fuller Clark, opposing a state income tax makes one “very conservative,” but opposing an income tax is a mainstream political position in New Hampshire, not a “very conservative” position.

Jasper is no fiscal conservative. Continue reading And if There Is Still Any Doubt About Shawn Jasper’s Conservative Credentials … Here Comes Martha

Thoughts on the Celtics

Who would have thought that Tyler Zeller would be the best player on the Celtics (PER of 21.8)?

I liked what I saw of Jameer Nelson in the comeback against Orlando.  But I’d rather see Marcus Smart getting those minutes.  But I’d rather see Nelson play if Smart’s ankle is still bothering him.  But why not just sit Smart until the ankle is fully healed. Continue reading Thoughts on the Celtics