Hillary Clinton has slipped below 50 percent in New Hampshire, which should be considered a Mendoza line for her, given that the Democrat establishment is solidly behind her and nobody of note is formally opposing her:
The deterioration in Clinton’s support is due to the email scandal. The question is: Will it get worse for her. I think it will. Continue reading →
I am ready for Hillary to discuss her reset with Russia. I would like this discussion to include whether she now thinks it was a mistake to cancel President Bush’s executive agreement with Poland and Czech Republic to install a missile defense system. I would also like to know whether she deems the reset a failure or success in that before the reset Crimea wasn’t part of Russia and there were no Russian troops in Ukraine. And I would also like to know what she would do if Putin takes similar actions in the Baltics.
I am ready for Hillary to discuss Libya, and not just Benghazi. More particularly, I would like to know whether, if she had to do it all over again, she would support the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi knowing that his ouster led to a failed State that is now a breeding ground for ISIS. Continue reading →
Today’s Union Leader editorial points out what was reported by the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute yesterday, and which I posted about yesterday. Even when you look at just the “General Fund,” the Jasper budget increases spending from what was spent over the prior two-year budget period. From my post:
Why in the world would you start with a proposed budget that increases spending by $1.1 billion dollars?
The proper starting point is $0.00. Every single dollar that is spent by State government should have to be justified.
Instead, the Senate, like the House before it, is going to start with the assumption that government should grow every year. And the questions is simply how much to grow the government. Continue reading →
The moment of truth comes this week for House Republicans when Speaker Jasper’s budget comes up for a vote.
Overall, Governor Hassan proposed increasing spending from $10.5 billion (fiscal years 2014-2015) to $11.6 billion (fiscal years 2016-2017).
Before we turn (or attempt to turn) to the House budget (which I am going to refer to as the Jasper budget, since he named the members of the budget-writing committee), note that Hassan’s proposed budget breaks out “general funds.” This pie chart depicting the sources of funds for 2015 (July, 2014 – June, 2015) helps explain what “funds” go into New Hampshire’s budget: Continue reading →