Hochberg needs to answer serious questions about management of Ex-Im Bank

If the still-unfolding scandals involving the Obama White House have been instructive, it’s for this reason: it’s good to be politically-connected to this administration. And the message hasn’t been lost on K Street lobbying shops or their wealthy corporate clients looking to land on the government dole. More than any administration in history, President Obama has repeatedly offered financing to pet projects for personally-connected...

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Henniker gets serious about economic development

The town of Henniker recently formed its first-ever Economic Development Committee, and wants the world to know “Henniker is Open for Business.” In August, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the formation of an Economic Development Committee as a new Standing Committee. The Committee’s charge is to identify strategies for keeping, expanding and attracting appropriate businesses to the community. Kris...

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Survey: Regulations Strangling Small Businesses
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Survey: Regulations Strangling Small Businesses

The overwhelming majority of small business owners in New Hampshire say new regulations coming out of Washington, DC have negatively affected their business, according to an exclusive small business e-mail survey conducted by NH Journal. Seventy-three percent of New Hampshire small business owners said that the regulations coming out of Washington are hurting them. Only 4% say those regulations have helped them. Twenty-three percent...

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Carried Interest: It’s Not a Loophole, It’s the Tax Code

They’re at it again. Like clockwork, some Congressional Democrats and President Obama are pushing to raise taxes on “carried interest.” Just as they have several times in the last few years. This proposal repeatedly failed in the past, and for good reason: it hurts economic growth and job creation. Increasing taxes on carried interest impacts not only hedge fund managers, as its proponents imply, but also negatively affects real...

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OP-ED: A Twisted Outlook

Stocks collapsed roughly 700 points over two days after the Federal Reserve launched its “Operation Twist.” The market correctly perceives that the central bank’s plan to swap $400 billion of short-term notes for long-term bonds adds no new reserves to the financial system. So it wasn’t QE3, that’s for sure. No stimulus. In fact, with the Treasury yield curve flattening, the Fed’s sterilized asset...

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OP-ED: Tiny, Targeted and Temporary

Who would have really expected a 300-point stock market plunge on the day after President Obama’s so-called jobs speech? Yes, worries over new fears of a Greek default ripped through the markets on Friday. As did fears of an al-Qaida bombing plot on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. But you can’t help but think that at least some of the stock plunge is a signal of no economic confidence in Obama’s plan. And for that...

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