"Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
Alexander Hamilton

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Battle for Speaker of the NH House Important to New Hampshire's Future.

Two years ago, Rep Shawn Jasper (r) in a surprising development, was elected Speaker of the NH House with a bipartisan majority. Now two years later, the Tea Party/Free State wing of the party doesn't want to see a repeat performance. State representatives Laurie Sanborn (r) of Bedford and Carol McGuire (r)  of Epsom have both announced plans to run against Jasper. 
This particular Speaker of the House choice is critical for citizens of New Hampshire.

Carol McGuire relocated to New Hampshire from Washington state in 2005. "We decided if the Free State Project failed and we hadn't moved, we couldn't live with ourselves," ( Mother Jones). Rep. McGuire makes no attempt to hide her Free State ambitions and she and her husband have captured seats in the NH House in an effort to literally take over NH. There may be 40 plus Free Staters in the NH House. 
McGuire said she would like to repeal all minimum wage laws and allow corporations to pay workers whatever they feel inclined. She also said the $7.25 minimum wage  is overly generous to young people who are not worth the minimum, adding that young people would get a job if they could be paid $5 hourly. She has received a 100% A+ rating from the Koch brothers Americans for Prosperity and was a two time Legislator of the Year by the far right NH Liberty Alliance. She is a board member of the  Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers, an extremist Tea Party website. 

Laurie Sanborn received a 92% rating from the Americans for Prosperity ( 100% in 2014)  and has very strong Libertarian and Tea Party ties. She also has a close relationships with the Free State Project and has been endorsed by the most extreme members of the party who oppose current Speaker Jasper.  In addition, she and her husband Sen. Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford) had over 25 tax liens filed against them for unpaid property taxes over the past 20 years. There were over $100,000 in delinquent taxes dating back to 1998 for commercial and residential properties in Concord and Warner.
If the NH House elects either of these two folks to be Speaker, we can count on two years of obstruction and political paralysis in Concord. In the words of Shawn Jasper about his two challengers : “clearly they have an agenda that just says no to pretty much everything.”
I hope the House says no to Sanborn and McGuire. 


Dave Rossetti said...

Clearly there are two political schools of thought. I side with the "Free Staters". One of the observations I have made in life is that most things are self leveling, much like water. The only winners when labor pricing increases are the tax-collectors. If you raise labor prices at my widget factory then I will have to raise my prices. My customers might seek lower cost vendors, however those vendors experienced the same increase in production costs. So the widget distribution network, warehousing , marketing teams, sales teams, installers, and end users now all will have to raise their prices to realize a proportional equivalent income stream. And so on to the end where the value of the income is no better than it was before the increase. Markets will drive costs and profits if left to fair and free markets' competition rules of supply and demand. Public education is supposed to help prepare young people for the reality that is about to slap them in the face. When they discover not everybody gets a trophy in real life they may want to strive to better themselves and gain some marketable skills in an effort to "EARN" the lifestyle of their choosing.
We work very diligently as a society to isolate young people from "work". These snowflakes have never had dirt under their nails or learned what it costs to have a car, phone, computer, clothes, shoes, heat, hot water, and food in the cupboard. Once released upon society they expect these things will still be provided for them either by the state by means of the infamous "EBT" card or some ridiculous "minimum wage".
Public education never informs the snowflake that when I pay him/her $7.50 per hour, they cost me $12.75 and they function at 35% efficiency if I'm lucky.
So I don't support mandatory minimum wages. I do support returning common sense to public education. I do support young people have the legal opportunities to explore gainful employment while under the age of 18. I do support free markets where those who excel have opportunities to earn more based upon merit and not tenure.

Joseph Cormier said...

This thread started with the State House of Representatives, electing its Speaker. Jasper pulled a coup on O'Brien, to get the speakership, after Shurtleff dropped out of the race, back then. Now, let the fur fly!

Free Staters are a movement that may, or may not, influence, unduly, the NH electorate.

Some folks utilize their NH right to carry a gun openly. Others, that might not be comfortable with "open carry", decide to to get a concealed gun permit. Both exercise their NH right to carry, whichever way NH law allows. Both are legal in NH.

I would like to think that the NH electorate decides who represents them, and reflects their views. We're a Republic, after all.

Not sure "Porcfest" is a nomenclature that endears patriotism, but who's to say!

"The Free State Project (FSP) is a political migration, founded in 2001, to recruit at least 20,000 libertarians to move to a single low-population state (New Hampshire, selected in 2003) in order to make the state a stronghold for libertarian ideas."

There's a very strong rumor that freedom is not free!