Author Archives: AuH2O

In case you forgot where this fiscal crisis came from…

From the Beacon Hill Institute’s testimony before the Senate Ways and Means Committee: In FY 2005 tax revenues grew by 7.1%, while state spending grew by a prudent 3.1%. However, in the ensuing three years the state increased spending at a rate faster than the growth of tax revenues. Specifically from FY 2006 to FY 2008, tax revenues grew by…

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WSJ on the Davis-Bacon Act

I first came across the history of the Davis-Bacon Act several years ago while I was doing some research on African-American labor history. It is supposedly a pro-labor law that says federal projects must pay the “prevailing wage” to workers in any region. As the WSJ correctly points out though “Davis-Bacon was devised in part as a way to keep…

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Department of “Huh?”

From the Division of Labour blog: Subsidies for Millionaires; Tax Hikes if You Make $100k 1. President Bush wants to limit farm subsidies to farmers earning $200k or less; Democrats want millionaire farmers to continue to be eligible for subsidies. 2. While wanting to continue to subsidize millionaire farmers, Democrats want to increase taxes on people earning as little as…

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Medicare, Eat Your Heart Out!

(Exactly…….. – promoted by EaBo Clipper) Reason #83473792 why the free market is better than government intervention: BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s biggest retailer, said Monday it will offer 90-day prescriptions for $10 and lower the prices of more than 1,000 over-the-counter medications to $4 or less. The company said the offerings are the third phase of…

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The Massachusetts Bureaucrat Factory

( – promoted by EaBo Clipper) In his first inaugural address more than 25 years ago, Ronald Reagan famously stated that “Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.” Massachusetts, more than any other state, proves day after day that he was indeed correction in his assertion. This from the State House News Service: State spending…

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KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid

One of the big reasons politicians in Massachusetts get away with raising taxes and piling on regulations is the fact that they make legislation so complex that people like you and I can’t understand it without the help of an expert. The legislature’s recent move to close “tax loopholes” is just another instance of this. Luckily, we have friends like…

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