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Mountain Babies Needed to Tame Wilderness and Stimulate Economy
By James Ehlers
The threat is no longer the
northwest winds of January nor the teeth of a lion, it is literally our
own unproductiveness: we are the second-oldest state in the nation. We
no longer have the families and their youth investing in the landscape
that has made Vermont the place we love, and we have created this situation.
A generation of public policy, however, has ensured that beavers would
always have work and the unemployed would always have a shade tree under
which to recline.
The wolves and catamounts
that once ate our young have lost their place in the food chain to policy
makers that now also make Vermont scary for Vermont youngsters. Our natural
resources, once the seed of our fulfillment, are now quarantined and protected
from us for the "future." We donít conserve, wisely use, much here anymore,
we preserve. That may now include our population.
By Martin Harris
with some satisfaction that I report, regarding The Grey Lady of 43rd
Street, that her executives have been driven by market forces into negotiating
a quarter-billion-dollar operating-capital loan, at junk-bond interest
rates, from Mexican money-man Carlos Slim; and that the most reviled newspaperman
in journalistic circles, Rupert Murdoch, is now predicted to be ready to
buy her, body and soul. The former info-nugget comes from The Wall Street
Journal, itself a recent Murdoch acquisition; and the latter comes from
author/columnist Michael Wolff in an interview on C-SPAN, discussing his
biography of Murdoch entitled "The Man Who Owns the News". Recently, The
Grey Lady discontinued her shareholder dividends, as her stock price tanked,
because sheís losing both readers and advertisers who used to pay generously
for "All the News Thatís Fit to Print", but choose not to, any more. My
satisfaction might be called "schadenfreude", a German word now in English
dictionaries, expressing "pleasure over the discomfort of others". As befits
an opinion column, Iíd opine that The Grey Lady, like other papers ranging
from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer to USA Today, is being punished for
her Left-preference journalistic bias.
By Tom Wilson
The primacy of the individual
over the group is an American idea which is fast dying out. In spite of
the self absorption of our Culture of Perpetual Adolescence, the impetus
now is rarely to stand alone. Now we join: we find a flock, we hide in
a herd, we conform to the culture model of non- conformity. Now we always
seek consensus, to be collected with the like-minded. Human beings have
been found to be innately "Hardwired to Connect" (a so named 2005 study
from Dartmouth Medical Center) to transcendent authority structures. The
group, with its politically or religiously "correct" strictures, is now
our authority structure of choice.
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"I cannot undertake
to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right
to Congress of expending, on the objects of benevolence, the money of their
constituents." -- James Madison
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Weekly News Round-Up
The Nuke Question
From the Caledonia Record,
March 2nd 2009
The same folks who brought
the Yellow Rose of Texas bus tour with "Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan have introduced
a Vermont Town Meeting resolution to shut down Vermont Yankee in Vernon.
seeks Act 250 for School Expansion
By Josh O'Gorman, Rutland
Herald, Feb 23, 2009
Despite hopes to the contrary,
the Springfield School District will need an Act 250 permit for its expansion
of Elm Hill and Union Street schools.
Truths: Simple & Hard
Sector?One Drives While The Other Rides?
By Hugh Kemper, Vermont
Tiger, February 18, 2009
Three economic truths are:
(1) the private sector creates wealth while the public sector redistributes
wealth; (2) private sector wealth creation is a function of capital formation,
productivity and innovation; and (3) public spending at the federal, state,
and local level (as well as personal spending) to be sustainable must remain
within the private sectorís capacity (and your personal capacity) to generate
Vermont has been in denial
of these economic truths for some time. Vermontís tax policies, public
sector spending (particularly education spending) and restrictions on private
sector growth have conspired to contribute to its current economic woes.
Unless rectified, the outlook for Vermontís economic future (and standard
of living) is bleak.
Neighborhood Addiction Treatment Center
From the Caledonia Record,
February 26, 2009
We don't oppose treatment.
Addicts who want to emerge from their slavery need and deserve treatment.
We oppose the liberal insistence that they are no different from anyone
else and deserve to be granted the anonymity that addiction treatment centers
in town-wide diffusion seems to promise them.
Your Time, Folks
From Vermont Tiger, March
The legislature is taking
a recess for town meeting and this year it will be out for two weeks instead
of one, which is customary. Before leaving town on Friday, President
Pro-Tem of the Senate, Peter Shumlin, and Speaker of the House, Shap Smith
revealed that they had a plan for fixing the 2010 budget.
Good thing, since it requires
a lot of fixing. Some $238 million worth. Up $11 million from last monthís
estimate and likely to keep growing. The budget deficit, in fact, grows
a lot faster than the legislature moves but as Chris Graff says, thatís
the way it always is. These may be extraordinary times but that doesnít
mean you need to get in a hurry.
React to Withdrawal Plan
From WCAX-TV, February 27,
Looking back at Vermont's
role in the war in Iraq, Dubie says there is no doubt about the loss this
state has seen. 27 Vermont servicemen died in the war. Over 600 Vermont
soldiers were stationed there over the past few years-- all but five have
"Many people are very proud
of what we've done over there, the sacrifices that we've made in Ramadi,
Iraq, we believe led to the stability that we're enjoying right now," said
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Global War on Terrorism
on the Move Ė Putin Comes Up with an Alternative to NATO
By Dr. Robin McFee, Family
Security Matters, February 25, 2009
Last week, Russia and six
ex-satellite nations Ė former Soviet States Ė agreed to jointly (translation
Ė Mother Russia rules) create a special military force designed to challenge
the influence of NATO. The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)
members Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyztan, Tajikistan and
Uzbekistan have also pledged to deploy their "special forces" units as
well as collaboratively contribute to this new military alliance. According
to several sources, the scope of the military presence will be significant
Ė the name "rapid reaction unit" notwithstanding. In typical Russia-speak,
language designed to deceive, this will not be a SWAT team or even a SEAL
team in the U.S. definition of "rapid reaction" force, to handle small
insurgent attacks, but a force to be reckoned with.
By Moshe Dann, American
Thinker, February 25, 2009
Efforts to resuscitate the
"peace process" by Pres. Obama's envoy, Sen. George Mitchell, will fail
again because there seems to be no awareness of what Hamas jihadism
[Read Hamas' Charter: "all Israeli territory is irrevocably Muslim land;
Israel must be destroyed; the struggle against the Jews is a religious
obligation for every Muslim."] Although focused locally, Hamas is linked
with every other jihadist group and terror-supporting countries,
fear UK 'Summer of Rage'
From BBC News, February
Police are preparing to face
a "summer of rage" in the UK as people join protests over the economic
downturn, says a senior Met Police officer. "Known activists" were likely
to foment unrest, with the recession creating more "footsoldiers" to join
them, Supt David Hartshorn told the Guardian.
Gain Ground in Sarajevo
By Walter Mayr in Sarajevo
for Spiegel Online International, February 26, 2009
Radical Muslim imams and
nationalist politicians from all camps are threatening Sarajevoís multicultural
legacy. With the help of Arab benefactors, the deeply devout are acquiring
new recruits. In the "Jerusalem of the Balkans," Islamists are on the rise.
Universities into Graveyards
By Amil Imani, American
Thinker, February 26, 2009
Sunday's referendum in Venezuela
was hailed as a "victory" for the Chavez regime and extolled as participatory
democracy. In reality, it was a farce undermining a multiparty state. So
why does the U.S. praise it?
in Group Seeking "Engagement" with Islamic Supremacism to Advise
By Jeffrey Imm, Family Security
Matters, February 25, 2009
What hasn't been reported
yet has been Mr. Ross' involvement in the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project,
that I first addressed
five months ago, and how his involvement demonstrates a dangerous
degrading of those in the executive
branch committed to equality and liberty. The U.S.-Muslim Engagement
Project, which included the leader
co-conspirator organization ISNA and a former
national director of MPAC,
Dennis Ross as part of the "leadership
group" that provided
a report offering recommendations to the U.S. government, entitled
Course: A New Direction for U.S. Relations with the Muslim World."
Mr. Ross is listed on page xi of the report as part of the group that developed
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Cure for Poverty
By Thomas Lifson, American
Thinker, March 02, 2009
A generation or two of American
school children have grown up without a clue about how wealth is created.
If they ever think about the people who organize and create businesses,
the people who actually create wealth and carry out the innovations that
cause the rest of us to prosper, they think in terms of responsibility
for bad things like pollution, discrimination, and other crimes.
and the Great Depression
By Lawrence W. Reed, Foundation
for Economic Education, February 24, 2009
Monumental sums for bailouts.
Staggering increases in public debt. Concentration of power in the central
government. A mad scramble by interest groups with endless claims on the
treasury. Demagogic class warfare appeals. These things ring familiar in
the ninth year of 21st century America just as surely as they dominated
the ill-fated Roman welfare state of two millennia ago.
In the waning years of the
Roman republic, a rogue named Clodius ran for the office of tribune. He
bribed the electorate with promises of free grain at taxpayer expense and
won. Thereafter, Romans in growing numbers embraced the notion that voting
for a living could be more lucrative than working for one. This set into
motion Kershnerís First Law, named for the late economist Howard E. Kershner:
"When a self-governing people confer upon their government the power to
take from some and give to others, the process will not stop until the
last bone of the last taxpayer is picked bare."
on Global Warming Collapsing
By Thomas Lifson, American
Thinker, February 25, 2009
Prominent Japanese scientists
have made a "dramatic break" with the IPCC findings.
With A Shiver: Global Warming Protest Frozen Out by Massive Snowfall
Lost Decades? Why Japanís Economy Is Still Stumbling and How the U.S. Can
By Derek Scissors, Ph.D.
and J.D. Foster, Ph.D., Heritage Foundation, February 23, 2009
A heated and important debate
is underway as to how America should respond to its financial crisis and
the deepening recession. Another lesson from Japan is that, if the U.S
wants to secure long-term prosperity and the future of American leadership,
it must also be concerned about the next two decades. If the U.S does not
fundamentally change its tax, spending, and regulatory policies, this nation
risks replaying Japan's two lost decades, with all that entails.
Our nationís course
leads to a fate that would fully justify despair.
By Thomas Sowell, National
Review, February 24, 2009
The dumbing down of our education,
the undermining of moral values with the fad of "non-judgmental" affectations,
the denigration of our nation through poisonous propaganda from the movies
to the universities. The list goes on and on.
The trajectory of our course
leads to a fate that would fully justify despair. The only saving grace
is that even the trajectory of a bullet can be changed by the wind.
Your Principles, Get a Check!
Why state governors
are turning down federal cash.
By Michael G. Franc, National
Review, February 25, 2009
Louisiana governor Bobby
Jindal started the firestorm last week when he announced that Louisiana
would reject its share of the new unemployment-insurance funding. His rationale:
The parenthetical phrase would require the Pelican State to (1) jettison
longstanding policies about who can and cannot receive UI benefits and
(2) increase the payroll-tax burden on employers.
Jindalís reservations elicited
catcalls from befuddled big-government governors as well as one of his
own stateís senators, Democrat Mary Landrieu. But when other conservative
governors echoed Jindalís concerns, a gubernatorial tea party seemed in
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