Entries by Andrew Cline

,

To fix health care, look to Milton Friedman, not Bernie Sanders

Following the lead of a self-proclaimed socialist, on Tuesday and Wednesday the top Democratic candidates competing to lead the world’s most successful capitalist country diagnosed the source of America’s health care ills to be… capitalism. Bernie Sanders: “…the health care industry makes tens of billions of dollars in profit…. If you want stability in the […]

,

Capitalism vs. Socialism

During this presidential primary season, Granite Staters will hear a lot of talk about the supposed benefits of socialism vs. the alleged failures of capitalism. This excellent, brief video from Prager University offers a good primer on the subject. It explains well the philosophical mistakes made in the assumption that socialism is morally superior to […]

To keep government in check, subscribe to a newspaper

Note: This column was first published in the New Hampshire Union Leader July 5, 2019. By Andrew Cline Reading through the state budget passed and vetoed last week, I was struck by how many provisions had gone either unreported or lightly reported. The people’s elected representatives had just passed a $13 billion budget, and the […]

,

Five secrets of the Legislature’s 2020-21 state budget

State budgets are like the Grinch’s Santa sack. They’re huge, unwieldy, and overstuffed with giveaways and surprises. Their contents are a mystery to anyone who doesn’t have hours to crawl inside and unwrap every little package, which is pretty much every normal person.  We’re not normal (we like reading budgets), so we’ve done the unpacking […]

,

How the Legislature’s budget compares to the governor’s

The Legislature’s final budget spends $497.3 million more than Gov. Chris Sununu’s budget in General and Education Trust Fund appropriations in the 2019 and 2020-21 fiscal years. In this report, we examine the three major differences between these competing budget visions: total General and Education Trust Fund appropriations, business tax rates, and disposition of the […]