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Fanatic Anti-Nuclear Movement
By John McClaughry
the face of all science, reason, and experience, the anti-nuclear zealots
fiercely maintain that the Vernon nuclear power plant is a standing death
threat against the population for miles around, that its pall of radiation
will produce deformed children, and that the plant's present owner Entergy
is a reckless and sinister enterprise making enormous profits while scornfully
dismissing the concerns of its likely Vermont victims.
By Martin Harris
quantitative outcomes of such majority-public-opinion situations show up
in such reports as the latest effort of the American Legislative Exchange
Council. Itís entitled Rich States Poor States and you can read it on line
or in your own personal copy for about $15. It ranks the states in terms
of economic competitiveness, using measures ranging from taxation and demographic
trends to government employment and quality of state legal system. Vermont
comes in at #50 out of 50 in this analysis by authors Stephen Moore and
Arthur Laffer, while Utah comes in at #1. North Carolina, arguably the
least-red (in terms of political philosophy, red being conservative and
blue liberal under the now-famous USA Today color-coding of such trends
in 2000) of the southern states comes in at #19, while New Hampshire, arguably
the least blue of the northern states, comes in at #20. This being an opinion
column, hereís my opinion: public preference driving public policy as it
does in state governance, the majority of voters in both Vermont and Utah
are getting just about what they want in no-growth or pro-growth policies,
which then show up in the ALEC numbers. For example, Vermont now has high
rates of growth in taxation and of shrinkage in certain aspects of population,
while Utah has just the opposite. (Utah spends less than half of Vermontís
public-education per-pupil budget and gets about the same student test
score results, but thatís another story.)
Months Become Days
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By Rob Roper
In Nancy Remsenís article
on the proposed budget cuts, Steve Klein, chief legislative fiscal officer,
is quoted as saying. "How do you respond in three days to cut $24.5 million?"
This is a very telling statement. The legislature has been in session since
January. Thatís over three months.
"It could probably be
shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American
criminal class except Congress."
-- Mark Twain (1897)
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Weekly News Round-Up
The River And ... Into The Future
By Jack Harding, VermontTiger.com,
April 16, 2008
Vermont is 20 years behind
and our elected officials are working half-time to catch up. Thank
goodness. This means the legislature has less time to spend money
we donít have on ideas disproven so long ago that even Communist China
bailed on them in the 90ís. In any case, we are blessed with the mind-clearing
asset of nothing to lose. Letís take a lesson from our regional brethren
down the road and craft a vision for Vermontís future beyond maple products.
Letís join the best part of the clean, environmentally-friendly tech world
and put down a bet. Albany did it. We can too.
hopes meet real bitterness
By Ruben Navarrette Jr.,
The Burlington Free Press, April 19, 2008
For decades, Democrats have
peddled cynicism, negativity, fear, powerlessness -- and yes, bitterness,
and so it's hard for them to argue that Americans aren't stewing in those
Quits Al-Jazeera, Cites anti-American Tone
By David Bauder Associated
Press Apr 16, 2008
Marash was the highest-profile
American TV personality hired when the English language affiliate to Al-Jazeera
was started two years ago in an attempt to compete with CNN and the BBC.
He said there was a "reflexive adversarial editorial stance" against Americans
at Al-Jazeera English. ...
Al-Jazeera English has been
largely unsuccessful in getting U.S. cable or satellite systems to pick
it up, except for the municipal cable system in Burlington, Vt., and a
small system visible in Toledo and Sandusky, Ohio. But its programming
is available on the network's YouTube site.
Pace of Foreclosures in Vermont is Quickening
By Dan McLean, The Burlington
Free Press, April 17, 2008
Foreclosure filings through
March 2008 have increased 37 percent to 423 in Vermont, compared with 308
filings for the same period last year, according to the Vermont
Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration.
Vermont's increase in foreclosures, though, remains well below the national
Choice: Ideology Trumps Compassion
Caledonia Record Editorial,
April 14, 2008
Once again, the hardnoses
on the left have let their ideology trump their compassion, this time on
an attempt to make life a little easier for pregnant teens. School choice
is one of those issues that the ideology of the left demands absolute obedience
to - no school choice anywhere or anytime. Public school is the only proper
place for school kids that are paid for with tax money. Any attempt to
broaden choice must be defeated by any and all means.
Revenue Shortfall Continues its Dramatic Slide
By Louis Porter Vermont
Press Bureau, Times Argus, April 16, 2008
It's not pretty. After weeks
of wondering how much will have to be trimmed from next year's state budget
as the impact of an unwelcome recession deepens, officials got word Tuesday
it will be at least $24.5 million in General Fund spending alone. That
is more than 2 percent of the state's main spending plan of roughly $1.2
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Global War on Terrorism
Army Transformed Into National Force
By Fred W. Baker III, American
Forces Press Service, April 17, 2008
In the past year, the Iraqi
army has transformed into a national force that has deployed across the
country in operations that show its increasing combat capabilities, a senior
commander there said today.
Could there be an
Islamic Revolution in Turkey?
By Michael Rubin National
Review Online April 14, 2008
Few U.S. policymakers have
heard of Fethullah Gülen, perhaps Turkey's most prominent theologian
and political thinker. Self-exiled for more than a decade, Gülen lives
a reclusive life outside Philadelphia, Pa. Within months, however, he may
be as much a household a name in the United States as is Ayatollah Khomeini,
a man who was as obscure to most Americans up until his triumphant return
to Iran almost 30 years ago.
and Development (R&D)
From the North Atlantic
Treaty Organization, International Security Assistance Force
R&D achievements in
monitoring 30 terror plots
In 2001, 8% of Afghans had access
to basic healthcare. In early 2007, the figure is up to 83%.
In 2001, 1.2 million children
attended school daily; today, 7 million do, including 2 million girls.
A total of 43,000 Ė 45,000 teachers were trained in 2006.
825 of the ring road network
is open to traffic, through portions are still under construction.
There were 88,136 anti-personnel
mines destroyed, as well as 11,524 anti-tank mines.
From Reuters, April 13,
BRITISH police and security
agencies are monitoring 30 terrorism plots, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith
said in extracts of a newspaper interview released today. "We now face
a threat level that is severe. It's not getting any less, it's actually
growing," she said in an interview to be published tomorrow in News
of the World.
suspected terrorist detained in joint operation; local SOI groups reject
From Multi-National Force-Iraq,April
Coalition forces patrolled
a group of islands along the Tigris River during operations Apr. 12-14
and discovered that Sons of Iraq groups had already cleared an area once
occupied by al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorists. Local Iraqis in the area reported
that the last time AQI had a major presence in that region near Samarra
was about two months ago. They told Coalition forces that SOI groups
had forced much of AQIís operations out of the area and remain vigilant
in defending their neighborhoods against terrorist operations.
for Sharia at Harvard
By Hillel Stavis, FrontPageMagazine.com
Harvard Law School professor
Noah Feldman touched off a fierce debate when he recently wrote in The
New York Times Magazine that Islamic Sharia law represents the highest
state of "the rule of law." But what many of Feldmanís critics did not
recognize is that his argument has been building over several years.
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Breakdown Costs Taxpayers at Least $112 Billion a Year
Institute for American Values
In first-ever research, a
new report quantifies a minimum $112 billion annual taxpayer cost from
high rates of divorce and unmarried childbearing. It identifies national,
state, and local costs which account for more than $1 trillion in the last
decade. This landmark scholarly study, entitled The Taxpayer Costs of
Divorce and Unwed Childbearing: First-Ever Estimates for the Nation and
All 50 States, was released on April 15th at the National Press Club
by four renowned policy and research groupsóInstitute for American Values,
Georgia Family Council, Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, and Families
Challenged to Recant Global Warming Position
By Roger F. Gay, Menís News
Daily, April 19, 2008
A group of scientists have
challenged the IPCC to admit that there is no evidence that human activity
drives climate change. Specifically, they sent a letter this month to the
Chairman of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change asking those
associated with the panel to:
...retract support from
the current IPCC position and admit that there is no observational evidence
in measured data going back 22,000 years or even millions of years that
CO2 levels (whether from man or nature) have driven or are driving world
temperatures or climate change.
Bush Welcomes His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to White House
The White House, April 16,
From the dawn of the Republic,
America's quest for freedom has been guided by the conviction that the
principles governing political and social life are intimately linked to
a moral order based on the dominion of God the Creator. The framers of
this nation's founding documents drew upon this conviction when they proclaimed
the self-evident truth that all men are created equal and endowed with
inalienable rights grounded in the laws of nature and of nature's God.
By Lawrence Kudlow, National
Review, April 14, 2008
Then again, the anti-war
forces might want to recall John
F. Kennedy's inaugural address, in which he called on Americans to
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall
pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend,
oppose any foe, in order to ensure the survival and the success of liberty."
Do these folks actually think 1% of GDP is too large a price, too heavy
a burden? I sure hope not.
By Thomas Sowell, GOPUSA,
April 16, 2008
The latest political crusade
is the crusade to replace ordinary light bulbs with the new CFL light bulb
that is supposed to save electricity, reducing the need for fossil fuels
and helping the fight against global warming. Since crusaders seldom stop
to weigh the cost of what they are advocating, it is especially important
that the rest of us do so before we get swept along by rhetoric and emotions.
With the CFL light bulb, the initial cost -- several times that of a regular
light bulb -- is only the financial cost. A bigger problem is what to do
if a CFL light bulb breaks.
Inanity of Obamanomics
By Marc Sheppard, American
Thinker, April 17, 2008
When Barack Obama repeated
his call to nearly double the capital gains tax rate last month, most observers
wrote it off to fiscal naivety. But during last night's debate, the
Democrat frontrunner let slip that his motives were more socially than
economically driven. And that his reasoning was nothing short of
From the Wall Street Journal
Editorial, April 18, 2008
Either the young Illinois
Senator is ignorant of this revenue data, or he doesn't really care because
he's a true income redistributionist who prefers high tax rates as a matter
of ideological dogma regardless of the revenue consequences. Neither one
is a recommendation for President.
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