The law of unintended consequences

There is one law that legislatures can never repeal. That is the Law of Unintended Consequences. When legislators rush into something that sounds good without carefully considering possible consequences, that is when they are apt to write a law that does more harm than good.

If you think the legislature should pass some proposal, try to imagine what might be the unintended consequences. If you can’t think of any, try harder.


“Bad luck”

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as “bad luck”.


Price of ground beef sets record high

The price of ground beef is now above $4 per pound – for the first time ever. This is the second record high in two months. In July it set a record high price of $3.88. In just one month the price rose another 13 cents, or more than 3% in one month.
A year ago, it was $3.54. That’s an increase of 16% in one year. Five years ago the price was just $2.13.
Working harder, getting less.

Poll: jobs, economy, government most important problems

From Gallup:

Three issues — jobs, economy, and government — have been at the top of the “most important problem” list since the beginning of the year.


Americans are about equally likely to name unemployment and dissatisfaction with government as the most important problems facing the U.S., with the economy in general following closely behind. These issues have ranked at the top of the most important problem list since the beginning of 2014.

Nearly one in five Americans still cite government itself as the nation’s top problem.

Independents name as their top four problems:
  • Dissatisfaction with government
  • Jobs
  • Economy in general
  • Poor healthcare

See the full poll here.


‘Taxachusetts’ has lower business tax burden than NH

A new report by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center says that Massachusetts actually has a lower business tax burden than most states, including New Hampshire. Regionally, NH is behind both Connecticut and Massachusetts for combined business and local taxes.
Nationally, NH is fourth highest for the share of total state taxes paid by businesses. NH businesses pay 59.4% of all taxes. In Massachusetts, they pay about 34.5%.
If we want a growing economy, creating more jobs, then we must find a way to make NH more attractive to businesses.

Simple invention can save thousands of lives

Hospitals are dangerous places. Some 75,000 patients die each year of hospital-acquired infections. Now two Canadian doctors have stumbled on a solution that could save 10,000 lives a year – and that is just in Canada. Worldwide, it could save hundreds of thousands of lives.

The doctors discovered that a mixture of ozone and peroxide can kill 100% of the bacteria in a hospital room. They have built a gadget that spreads the bug-killing mist through a room. It is the first product ever that completely cleans a room tainted with drug-resistant bacteria.

A hospital in Belleville, Ont. used it on a contaminated ward and seven months later not a single patient has been infected by MRSA, a bacteria that kills about 2,200 patients in Canada every year.



Health Insurance is not Health Care

Tammy Bruce opines that ObamaCare is not just a train wreck, because after all, once a train wreck is over, it is over. It doesn’t keep on going. No, ObamaCare is more like a cancer, growing and destroying everything.

A California man bought insurance on the ObamaCare exchange, then called a doctor for an appointment. He called every single doctor who was listed as being in-network, but none of them actually was.

In the normal world, this would be called “fraud.” In Obama’s America, it’s called a “snag,” and on a national scale, the Obama regime labels it “Shut up, Fox News!”

After all, isn’t the goal getting everyone insured? Who cares if you can’t actually see a doctor or get health care, because everyone will get a terrific piece of paper that says “health insurance policy.” Equality, at last — everyone’s got the same thing; namely, nothing at all.

A woman cancer patient enrolled in ObamaCare, then went to see her oncologist, only to be greeted by a sign at the door announcing that they did not accept any of the ObamaCare plans. She says that she is, “a complete fan of the Affordable Care Act, but now I can’t sleep at night.”

When the Congressional Budget Office forecast that ObamaCare would cause 2.5 million people to lose their jobs, the White House responded that those people were just a “small percentage of the economy.”

Back here in New Hampshire, Jeanne Shaheen and Carol-Shea Porter say that they would vote for ObamaCare all over again if they could. Whose side are they on?