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Green Police State
By John McClaughry
about time Vermonters woke up to the astonishing breadth, depth, and cost
of the Shumlin-VPIRG grand Green plan for our state. If fully carried out,
the prescription contained in the initial and current versions of S.350
will leave the state a politically correct arcadia for affluent Greenies
who want to feel good about themselves. The rest of us will have to move
on, if we can.
By Karen Kerin
Legal terms have been identified,
but now it is time to look more closely at rights. Most people are familiar
with part of the First Amendment, but have lost all memory of the last
of the five parts. "Congress shall make no law…abridging…the right of the
people…to petition the government for a redress of grievances". Where on
earth did this come from?
Seeking the Productivity-Enhancing Educator
By Martin Harris
if you’re the American Legislative Exchange Council, recognized as non-partisan
such matters, you’ll editorialize that "Vermont Ranks 3rd in
National Survey; Spending Increases Overshadow Student Performance". That
was the headline of a press release announcing the publication of their
annual Report Card on American Education. To its credit, ALEC dares raise
the usually-left-unspoken cost-benefit question, but to its discredit,
it chooses not to raise the question of how worthless a "third" ranking
is, when it is achieved with such dismal test scores. So, research into
educational productivity (or non-) still needs its Diogenes with a lantern.
Please note: to avoid disappointment, don’t quiz your recent high school
grad on this historical reference.
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"Socialism in America
will come through the ballot box."
-- Gus Hall (October
8, 1910 – October 13, 2000) was a leader of the Communist Party USA and
its four-time U.S. presidential candidate.
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Weekly News Round-Up
From VermontTiger.com April
Hum. Looks like "Big
Oil" is owned by - well, by us, the people. And the profits
benefit mostly us, the people. Unless of course you've been betting against
oil? And you don't have an IRA, or a pension, or any shares in a mutual
fund. Most Vermonter's are insiders on the truth of peak oil and
Al Gore and would never bet against oil... never... so now that we've all
gotten fat on oil profits, the State wants to come along and cut itself
a piece, as if it doesn't already take more than its fair share. And speaking
of fair shares, lets take a look at the actual distribution of an oil dollar:
Policy By Sticky Dots
From VermontTiger.com April
Meanwhile, in 2008, the rest
of the world is feverishly building nuclear power plants, upgrading those
already in existence, and reprocessing spent fuel to keep the reactors
running. France is getting some 80 percent of its electricity from nuclear
plants. In Japan, it is about 1/3rd. The Vermont Yankee nuclear
plant generates about that proportion of the electricity consumed in Vermont.
But while Japan is building more plants, Vermont debates closing down Yankee.
This debate is never-ending and sometimes seems almost theological in nature.
That is -- more about faith than reason. Most of the people who came to
the Holiday Inn were not there to discuss the finer points of nuclear engineering
and technology. They had come to express their "concerns."
Talk About Economic Woes
From WCAX-TV, April 5, 2008
There's more evidence that
the American economy is putting the squeeze on the middle class. Senator
Bernie Sanders took personal testimony from many Vermonters who are concerned
about their financial futures. Housing prices have skyrocketed over the
last thirty years. But even this symbol of the rising middle class has
a downside. "The reality is that the middle class has been shrinking for
many, many years," Sanders told a gathering he convened at Montpelier High
School on Saturday. "It's not a new phenomenon, it did not happen two days
ago with the foreclosure crisis."
Taxes For Those Who Don’t
Caledonia Record Editorial,April
How much is the state losing
because of current use enrollments? How much money does the average working
Vermonter with a modest property have to pony up to fill the shortfall
resulting from current use? According to a press release issued by the
Vermont Natural Resources Council, an environmental lobbying group, 40
percent of all eligible forest land is now enrolled in current use. Three
quarters of Vermont's dairy farms are enrolled in the program. One third
of Vermont's total land area, two million acres in 15,000 parcels, is enrolled
in current use. Enrolling property in current use helped property owners
avoid $39.5 million dollars in taxes in 2007, according to the VNRC.
Add up the $39.5 million
dollars Vermonters had to pay in additional taxes to make up for the taxes
avoided by property owners in current use, and its no wonder taxes are
so high in Vermont. Add the extra municipal taxes paid by residents to
make up for the shortfall in state reimbursement to municipalities for
state-owned land and its little wonder Vermonters are asking how long they
can afford to live in their homes.
Throws Out Democrats' Election Lawsuit
From WCAX-TV, April 2, 2008
After nearly three hours
of testimony, Judge Dennis Pearson dismissed the Democrats' lawsuit, and
after discussing the specifics of the case, explained why. "The court needs
to be mindful of the political process and not interject itself into the
process any more than is absolutely necessary," he said.
soliciting 'big money' for 'reform'
By Rob Roper, The Rutland
Herald, April 2, 2008
The campaign finance bill
that the Legislature is ready to send to Gov. James Douglas' desk (S.278)
encapsulates everything that is wrong with Montpelier these days. It is
a partisan waste of time and money, does more harm than good to ordinary
people, and is a priority issue only to a handful of insider elites and
special interest groups.
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Global War on Terrorism
and Its Costs
By Joe Lieberman & Lindsey
Graham, Wall Street Journal, April 7, 2008
It is unfortunate that so
many opponents of the surge still refuse to acknowledge the gains we have
achieved in Iraq. When Gen. Petraeus testifies this week, however, the
American people will have a clear choice as we weigh the future of our
fight there: between the general who is leading us to victory, and the
critics who spent the past year predicting defeat.
Police Fire into Crowd of Tibetan Monks – Again
By Rick Moran, American
Thinker, April 05, 2008
Perhaps gunning down unarmed
monks can be added as an Olympic sport. The Chinese, so concerned about
the games later in the summer, could solve their "image problem" by simply
including the practice in the Olympic program. This would result in a sure
gold medal for the home team.
Autonomy for Tibet
Muslim Students Association and the Jihad Network
March 31, 2008
The following essay, adapted
from the Introduction to this booklet, shows how, as early as the 1980s,
operatives from the Muslim Brotherhood, parent group for al Qaeda and Hamas,
formulated a blueprint for a "jihadist process" that would ultimately sabotage
the "miserable house" of the United States. These Muslim Brotherhood operatives
saw that the work of undermining the U.S. could be best accomplished by
the use of front groups such as the Council on American Islamic Relations
(CAIR) and the Muslim Students Association. But while CAIR was designed
to work in the legal-cultural realm, posturing as another of the minority
rights groups functioning in the public square, the MSA's role was to be
restricted to college campuses, where it would advance the cause of radical
Islam and lead the effort to stigmatize Israel.
look at Operation Knights' Assault
By Bill Roggio, The Long
War Journal, April 4, 2008
Eleven days after Prime Minister
Nouri al Maliki launched Operation Knights' Assault in Basrah, the picture
of the fighting in the city has become clearer. Maliki launched the operation
after giving limited notice to Multinational Forces Iraq, and an inexperienced
Iraqi Army brigade from the newly formed 14th Division cracked doing the
opening days of the fighting. Basrah Operational Command rushed in forces
into Basrah, including Army and elite police units, to stabilize the fighting,
and six days after the operation began, Muqtada al Sadr ordered his Mahdi
Army to stand down in Basrah, Baghdad, and the South.
al Zawahiri: next year in Jerusalem
By Thomas Lifson, American
Thinker, April 04, 2008
Al-Qaeda's second in command
Ayman al-Zawahiri released an internet video where he said that after the
US leaves Iraq (The Obama
Plan) Al-Qaeda will proceed from there and take Jerusalem.
US to Coordinate Boycott of Durban II
By Rick Moran, American
Thinker, April 04, 2008
The first Durban conference
was a disaster. Instead of discussing racism, the delegates and NGO's in
attendance turned the meeting into an anti-Israel and anti-American free
for all. It got so bad that the United States delegation walked out of
the UN sponsored proceedings. This time, the US and Israel wish to avoid
that kind of nonsense and are working together to see if some kind of accomodation
can be reached prior to the meeting:
Comes to Wall Street
By Alex Alexiev, National
"Sharia finance" does exactly
what it promises, financing the spread of sharia — and terror
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Marxist Roots of Black Liberation Theology
By Anthony B. Bradley, The
Acton Institute, April 02, 2008
The echoes of Cone's theology
bleed through the now infamous, anti-Hilary excerpt by Rev. Wright. Clinton
is among the oppressing class ("rich white people") and is incapable of
understanding oppression ("ain't never been called a n-gg-r") but Jesus
knows what it was like because he was "a poor black man" oppressed by "rich
white people." While Black Liberation Theology is not main stream in most
black churches, many pastors in Wright's generation are burdened by Cone's
categories, which laid the foundation for many to embrace Marxism and a
distorted self-image of the perpetual "victim."
Black Liberation Theology as Marxist Victimology
Black Liberation Theology
actually encourages a victim mentality among blacks. John McWhorters' book
the Race, will be helpful here. Victimology, says McWhorter, is the
adoption of victimhood as the core of one's identity -- for example, like
one who suffers through living in "a country and who lived in a culture
controlled by rich white people." It is a subconscious, culturally inherited
affirmation that life for blacks in America has been in the past and will
be in the future a life of being victimized by the oppression of whites.
In today's terms, it is the conviction that, 40 years after the Civil Rights
Act, conditions for blacks have not substantially changed. As Wright intimates,
for example, scores of black men regularly get passed over by cab drivers.
May Not Have Fully Contained Damage From Ex-Pastor
Rights, Limited Government, and Capitalism
Erich Weede, The Cato Institute,
In this article, I argue
that a short list of merely "negative" or protective human rights,
which can be implemented, is preferable to a long list of "negative" and
"positive" or entitlement rights, because the fulfillment of the
latter requires an infringement of the former. Indeed, only a narrow focus
on negative rights is compatible with a free economy, which alone provides
the means to fund the material well-being of the masses—the objective of
positive rights. Funding entitlements, however, undermines the viability
of a free economy and thus appears self-destructive.
M.I.A. Where is the property-rights campaign debate?
By Ilya Somin, National
Review, April 2, 2008
The Supreme Court’s Kelo
decision in 2005 generated a massive political backlash. Kelo v.
City of New London endorsed the condemnation of private property for
transfer to other private owners in order to promote "economic development."
Polls showed that 80 to 90 percent of the public opposed such takings.
Oddly, however, we’ve heard almost nothing of this broadly popular issue
from the presidential campaigns.
By Kimberley A. Strassel,
The Wall Street Journal, April 4, 2008
Republicans are gleeful about
these divides, but the guys grinning widest are union bosses. They understood
long ago what even today the GOP and the business community have yet to
grasp. This election is their best shot in a half-century of making over
Washington. Not everyone is thrilled with a Clinton or an Obama, but this
matters little next to the big prize. As Gerald McEntee, the savvy head
of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, succinctly
put it, Big Labor is looking for a "trifecta" – the Oval Office, the House
and a filibuster-proof Senate. And after that, the biggest rewrite of labor
law in modern America.
Chickens of Identity Politics Come Home to Roost?
By Victor Davis Hanson,
This is what the triangulation
of Obama has helped to unleash: most Americans will now doubt the moral
authority of the African-American intellectual and religious community
not just to question the questionable racial remarks of a Bill Clinton,
Ed Rendell, or Geraldine Ferraro, but also the Wright-like crudity of a
Don Imus or a Michael Richards. Context is now king.
Bid Could Hurt McCain
By Stephen Dinan and Ralph
Z. Hallow, The Washington Times, April 3, 2008
Can a conservative former
congressman who helped impeach President Clinton, is a board member of
the National Rifle Association and has done contract work with the ACLU
dent Sen. John McCain's presidential bid? That's exactly what Mr. McCain
would face if Bob Barr, the former Republican who joined the Libertarian
Party two years ago, wins his adopted party's presidential nomination.
Colombia Trade Stakes
By Condoleezza Rice, The
Wall Street Journal, April 7, 2008
It is not every day that
our government, with one bold stroke, could strengthen the competitiveness
of U.S. workers; support a democratic ally on the cusp of achieving lasting
national success; weaken those who would sow instability and autocracy
in our hemisphere; and send an unequivocal signal to the entire world that
the United States is a confident, capable global leader that acts not only
in its own interest, but in the interest of its friends.
Wall Street Journal Editorial,
April 7, 2008
Senator Clinton's main tax
proposal is to repeal the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, raising rates to the
levels of the Clinton Presidency. "We didn't ask for George Bush's tax
cuts. We didn't want them, and we didn't need them," Mrs. Clinton explained.
Wall Street Journal Editorial,
April 5, 2008
Barack Obama recently released
his tax records, and it was notable how little he and his wife appear to
invest in the stock market. That may explain the Senator's odd belief that
a significant hike in the capital gains tax rate won't matter to shareholders
or harm the economy.
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