Still True 108 Years Later

Letting the Cat Out of the Bag “What did you tell that man just now?” “I told him to hurry.” “What right do you have to tell him to hurry?” “I pay him to hurry.” “How much do you pay him?” “Four dollars a day.” “Where do you get the money?” “I sell products.” “Who makes the products?” “He does.” “How many products does he make in a day?” “Ten dollars worth.” “Then, instead of you paying him, he pays you $6 a day to stand around and tell him to hurry.” “Well, but I own the machines.” “How did you get the machines?” “Sold …

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The Warped Politics of Inflation

by Thomas Meisenhelder The recurring mantra from Fox, the Republican Party and the mainstream media is that Joe Biden, government spending, and the rising incomes of ordinary people are responsible for our increasing inflation rate. That is incorrect and this error is preventing an effective national response to inflation. This misconception about inflation leads to policy errors similar to those made in response to the 2008 housing mortgage crisis and economic recession. Somehow the media and the politicians understood that crisis to be the result of unwise decisions by consumers and overly generous government housing policies. In other words, ordinary Americans were the problem. As …

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Like Father, Like Son: A Tale of Two Sununus

by Richard T. DiPentima, BA, BSN, MPH It may be a unique historical record: a father and a son, both elected Governor in the same state 36 years apart, holding office as global pandemics affect their state. As if to guarantee that distinction, both used the pandemic they were responsible for controlling to further their personal political ambitions. Too improbable for fiction, but true in the case of Governors John H. Sununu and Chris Sununu. I observed—and participated—from a front row seat as the first Governor Sununu used the AIDS pandemic for his political gain at the expense of public health. To now witness his …

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Waiting For the Next Variant to Drop

Tuesday, November 30: “So today we learn: 1) Omicron was circulating in The Netherlands at least a week before the travel bans; 2) Omicron was found in Germany in someone with no travel history and no contact with travelers. Travel bans are pointless; the variant is already in community transmission.” – Geoffrey York, Africa correspondent for The Globe and Mail (Canada). The Delta variant was bad enough. After banging around Britain for a while, it inevitably showed up here in New Hampshire, where, were it not for Michigan, we’d have the highest 7-day rolling average of new cases in the nation. Thank you, business-friendly Governor …

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The PUC’s Heartless Order

By Donald M. Kreis, Consumer Advocate at the New Hampshire Office of the Consumer Advocate At the heart of last Friday’s astonishing, destructive, and radical order from the Public Utilities Commission is a gaping hole. But before leaping into that hole, let’s start with wisdom from media critic and New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen. Because, let’s face it, even though I hung up my reporter’s spurs 28 years ago when I graduated from law school, this column is journalism, at least kinda sorta. Rosen urges journalists to reframe what they do, at least when covering politics and public policy, so as to get …

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Time Bandits Expected to Strike Again!

Insidious Plot Revealed! We have been holding back the following story for generations. Only now can it be told. Previously, the public could not handle the truth we are about to reveal. New tools, however, facilitating the free exchange of all sorts of information, have inspired a whole new generation of patriots. They are willing—eager, even—and more-or-less able to do their own research and draw their own conclusions. Some even create visual aids on garret walls, using pins and red yarn to indicate sinister connections. No longer are the yearning masses restricted to the bland media diet of pablum formerly force-fed to them by “legacy …

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