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By John McClaughry
Verdict: a very liberal legislature
balanced the budget, offered a desperate and embarrassing tax grabbing
spectacle to combat the alleged menace of global warming, did little to
stem the rise in education costs, and failed to do anything to improve
the economic prospects of Vermonters.
vs. VY (part II)
By Martin Harris
Even though I do think an
actual VY close-down would have a salutary counter-effect to the Imperial
Rome mentality now prevalent under the Golden Dome, I don’t think Entergy
shareholders should pay for that education. I’d rather see the company
shut down VY for a few months (for safety reasons, of course) so that CV
and GMP and other in-state utilities could learn to purchase power, not
at 3.7c/kwh but probably at least twice that, from other sources, and pass
the extra costs along to all those ratepayers anxious for a real close-down.
Heck, the enviro’s among them proudly claim they would be delighted to
buy wind-power at 12c/kwh, provided the towers can be made invisible.
Senate, Assisted by Campbell and McCormack, Strikes Out
By Pete Behr
Is it possible to give the
Vermont Legislature a minus score? Not only has it failed to respect
campaign promises to address the cost of education and high property taxes,
but it has passed a number of bills which would be downright laughable
-- except that they add to what is already the highest tax burden in the
union, shouldered by the good citizens of our fair state.
21st Century Education System
By Robert Maynard
I would like to now suggest
that if Vermonters are to prosper and thrive in the next century, it is
imperative that an education system is created which will address these
concerns. Any such education system would rest on three principles,
Quality, Affordability and Parental Control. Indeed, I believe that, as
numerous studies have shown, Parental Control is the key to a quality education.
The central premise that the notion of Parental Control is rooted in is
the vital recognition of the fact that the primary responsibility for the
education of children lies with the parents. This is so because education
is a crucial part of the raising of children.
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Week’s Mail Bag
TV crew's 'ambush'
of Hinesburg lawmaker?
After reading the Free Press
article "TV crew's 'ambush' of Hinesburg lawmaker causes stir" May 13,
2007 about how Fox News allegedly ambushed Rep. Lippert in the statehouse
cafeteria, I watched the O'Reilly Factor this past Monday evening and saw
the video of what really transpired from beginning to end. If a picture
is worth a thousand words, O'Reilly's video is worth a set of encyclopedias.
Lippert was asked two valid
questions pointedly but politely: First, why didn't he support Jessica's
Law? Second, why did he push the gender identity bill, with no evidence
of discrimination or victimization, I might add, when protecting our children
from sexual predators should be his and every legislator's top priority?
Lippert conveniently dodged
these profound questions by feigning crushed ego and allegedly oozing crocodile
tears afterward for his coup de gras. How dare anyone question his motives
or integrity. Perhaps Lippert should consider pursuing a career in 'B'
movies, seeing how he conjures up such a wide array of emotions at a moment's
notice. He's already had several years experience practicing dramatics
at the statehouse.
One thing is for certain,
Lippert and his lap-dog cronies have to go. Vermonters deserve better than
to be so poorly represented by second rate actors with radical social agendas,
masquerading as legislators. Our children are too important for us to allow
Comments about Vermont
Left Vermont (Lyndonville)
13 years ago when St. Johnsbury Trucking went under. Return every summer
to our camp in Glover, a town that was wonderful until the Bread and Puppet
freaks moved in, not to mention the West Glover pot growers. Listened to
your program once last year just before we returned to Georgia. Great show,
hope to listen much more this summer. Saw the "admiring" write up
about you in today's Times Argus (on the web).You are 100% correct and
it is wonderful to know that there are still a handful of conservatives
left in the state. Will probably sell all of our property in Vermont soon
because of taxes and the wretched leftists that now seem to dominate everything.
What MORONS! I am still STUNNED to think that this once-wonderful state
that I grew up in is now run by the likes of Shumlin and his stooges. Keep
up the great work - anyone critized by Sue Allen and the leftist Vermont
press must be doing something RIGHT!
""We are the showcase of
the future. And it is within our power to mold that future-this year and
for decades to come. It can be as grand and as great as we make it...No
crisis is beyod the capacity of our people to solve; no challange too great."
--Ronald Reagan – "Meet the Students" taping for television, January
"No matter if the science
of global warming is all phony … climate change [provides] the greatest
opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world" --Christine
Stewart, then Canadian Minister of the Environment, before the editors
and reporters of the Calgary Herald, 1998 and quoted by Terence Corcoran,
Warming: The Real Agenda", Financial Post, 26 December 1998 from the
"Freedom is not something
that can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are
as free as they want to be." -- James Baldwin
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Weekly News Round-Up
With The Inevitable
Caledonian Record Editorial,
May 19, 2007
Worse than the smelly ethics
of the Democratic leadership is the blunt message delivered to the business
community in Vermont. We already have the reputation and the tax picture
that makes Vermont the most business-unfriendly state in the union. This
new ripoff is a blunt warning that business is the target of the Socialists
in charge and an invitation to put up with it or get out of Vermont. The
rhetoric of Shumlin, Cummings, et al, was arrogant, insolent, insulting
and abusive of Vermont Yankee.
demographic trends must be reversed
By Kevin Dorn, Stowe Reporter,
May 17, 2007
The out-migration of Vermont’s
youth is a serious problem, and one that we ignore at our peril. If we
do not act to keep our young people in Vermont and attract more to come
and work here, we have a crisis in the making.
Vermont's Next Generation Workforce (pdf)
Wealthy Pay their Share and Then Some
By David Stewart, It’s My
Turn, Burlington Free Press, May 19, 2007
Here are some facts to enlighten
those willing to see reality: In 2004, the top 1 percent of income earners
paid 37 percent of all income taxes and earned 19 percent of the nation's
income. The top 10 percent of income earners made 44 percent of the income
and paid 68 percent of the taxes. Further, the top 50 percent paid almost
97 percent of the income taxes collected in 2004. This is a tax code that
is highly progressive, not regressive. Since 2000, the last year of the
Clinton Administration, the percentage of taxes paid by the top 50 percent
of income earners has increased while the lower 50 percent actually pays
15 percent less. The wealthy are paying more of the taxes raised than ever
before. It's not that Rich Tarrant wants you to believe it, it's the truth.
Caledonian Record Editorial,
May 14, 2007
Perhaps the most cynical,
totally unethical, self-justifying comment of the day was made by Sen.
Ann Cummings, D-Washington, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. When
confronted by the fact that the Senate had double-crossed VY and reneged
on their agreement of a few years ago, Cummings had this to say, "Complaints
that the tax changes a previous deal Entergy had agreed to with the state
don't hold water. We change tax policy all the time." Shame on her.
Many Teachers in VT's Schools?
WCAX, May 16, 2007
Vermont has the lowest student
teacher ratio in the country and its student population has been declining
about one percent a year. Woolf believes that if we simply added three
students to every classroom, the state could save 100-million dollars out
of its $1.4 billion budget. "Every other state seems to be able to get
by with fewer staff members than we do, so unless there something unusual
about Vermont kids that they're really hard to teach, or there is something
odd about them I don't think we need all the staff we have," Woolf said.
FY 2007 Teacher/Staff Report
Foxes Hidden In The Chicken Coop
Caledonia Record, May 18,
The war in Iraq, on the heels
of the Vietnam War, on the heels of the Korean War, on the heels of World
War II have filled our veterans hospitals with gravely injured - both physically
and mentally - men and women who deserve the best treatment in modern medicine
Good Start, But Not Yet Enough
Caledonia Record, May 15,
The Legislature has shown
its willingness to grapple with this problem. In the next session, our
lawmakers should go the next step and pass civil commitment legislation
that will disallow the most egregious sexual predators from being released
at the end of their maximum sentences, but restrained in prison until they
comply with the strictest, constitutional requirements of the law. And
to those who cry that such civil commitments are unconstitutional, we say
to the Legislature, challenge them and let the courts decide.
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Global War on Terrorism
Religious Freedom for Everyone?
by Michael Novak, Heritage
Foundation, May 16, 2007
I have heard Muslims say
that they wish to be devout Muslims and live under the protection of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, both. They want to remain devout
Muslims and they want those protections. They want to enjoy the same liberties,
dignity, and economic opportunity as other peoples. It can't be true that
liberty and dignity and opportunity are restricted only to Jews, Christians,
and humanists—that they don't also count for Muslims. It's just not believable
on its face.… Can it be said that, buried in the rich traditions of Islam,
is a philosophy of liberty, even a philosophy of democracy and religious
pluralism, whose full flowering is yet to become evident to those outside
Islam? It seems plain that any religion based upon reward and punishment
must have buried within it a profound theory of liberty. Reward and punishment
for human action makes no sense if you don't believe in liberty. This is
a point Thomas Aquinas made in his encounters with Islam in the 13th century.
There has got to be a theory of liberty buried within there.
to Tehran' - How Iran took control of Basra
Guardian, May 19, 2007
"They [the Iranians] don’t
give us weapons, they sell us weapons: an Iranian bomb costs us $100, nothing
comes for free. We know Iran is not interested in the good of Iraq, and
we know they are here to fight the Americans and the British on our land,
but we need them and they are using us."… Most of the Shia militias and
parties that control politics in Basra today were formed and funded by
Tehran, he said… [L]ike many he was philosophical about Iranian interference.
"Unlike the US and the UK, Iran invested better. They knew where to pump
their money, into militias and political parties. If a war happens they
can take over Basra without even sending their soldiers. They are fighting
a war of attrition with the US and UK, bleeding them slowly. We arrest
Iranian spies and intelligence networks but they are not spying on the
Kalashnikovs of the Iraqi army - they are here to gather intelligence on
the coalition forces."
Abandon the Iraqis
The high stakes of
by Frederick W. Kagan, The
America has vital national
interests in Iraq. The global al Qaeda movement has decided to defeat us
there--not merely to establish a base from which to pursue further tyranny
and terror, but also to erect a triumphant monument on the ruins of American
power. Al Qaeda claims to have defeated the Soviet Union in Afghanistan,
and its recruiting rests in part on that boast. If America flees the field
of battle against this foe in Iraq, al Qaeda will have gained an even more
powerful recruiting slogan. That is why al Qaeda fighters from across the
Muslim world are streaming into Iraq and fighting desperately to retain
and expand their positions there. Al Qaeda does not think Iraq is a distraction
from their war against us. Al Qaeda believes Iraq is the central front--and
it is. To imagine that America can lose in Iraq but prevail in the war
against jihadism is almost like imagining that we could have yielded Europe
to the Nazis but won World War II.
Ahmadinejad is Taking the Americans for a Ride
Asharq Alawsat, May 18,
If all goes well, the long-talked
of talks over Iraq between the Islamic Republic and the United States are
expected to open in Baghdad before the end of the month. Under current
plans, the talks will take place at the level of ambassadors and away from
the media limelight.… What is clear, however, is that the Islamic Republic
sees the talks as a diversion from the one issue that preoccupies it most:
international efforts aimed at preventing it from becoming a nuclear power.
V. THE SAUDIS THEIR PROXY WARS RAGE IN IRAQ & ACROSS THE MUSLIM WORLD
Peter Brookes, The New York
Post, May 15, 2007
Iraq doesn't need more problems.
But it has one that too often gets overlooked: It's quickly becoming the
latest battlefield in the proxy war between the Middle East's rising powers,
Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Opens Door to Millions of Muslims
James Lewis, American Thinker,
May 18, 2007
The new immigration bill
will allow hundreds of thousands and perhaps millions of Muslims to come
into the United States over the next decade. Many of them have been indoctrinated
all their lives to hate the United States, but that's not on the immigration
qualifications. Nobody asks newcomers "have you been taught to hate the
United States?" But that is exactly how France and Britain created their
domestic terrorist threat: By importing hundreds of thousands of unassimilated
people under the guise of multicultural love and peace. Almost all vote
for the Left.
Alliance a Growing Force
Steven Stalinisky, Brookes
News, May 14, 2007
Over the past year, multiple
international conferences have featured leaders of the anti-global left
and Islamist groups working together. Go to any anti-war or anti-globalization
demonstration in the West and chances are you will see the flags of Hezbollah
and Hamas waved by people wearing Che Guevara T-shirts. And at some of
these meetings, members of such radical Islamist groups as the Muslim Brotherhood,
Hamas, and Hezbollah have enjoyed starring roles.
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Momentum Shifting: Prominent Scientists Reverse Belief in Man-made Global
Warming - Now Skeptics
Growing Number of
Scientists Convert to Skeptics After Reviewing New Research
by Marc Morano, U.S. Senate
Committee on Environment and Public Works, May 15, 2007
Many former believers in
catastrophic man-made global warming have recently reversed themselves
and are now climate skeptics. The names included below are just a
sampling of the prominent scientists who have spoken out recently to oppose
former Vice President Al Gore, the United Nations, and the media driven
"consensus" on man-made global warming. The list below is just the tip
of the iceberg. A more detailed and comprehensive sampling of scientists
who have only recently spoken out against climate hysteria will be forthcoming
in a soon to be released U.S. Senate report. Please stay tuned to this
website, as this new government report is set to redefine the current climate
By Andrew Swallow, The Timaru
Herald, 19 May 2007
Climate change will be considered
a joke in five years time, meteorologist Augie Auer told the annual meeting
of Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers in Ashburton this week. Man's contribution
to the greenhouse gases was so small we couldn't change the climate if
we tried, he maintained.
has seized the internet’s high ground nearly unopposed
By Bob Krumm, News and Comment,
May 18, 2007
This far out, the internet
is America’s first primary. And Fred Thompson is leading that race
without spending a dime. Pretty savvy.
By Fred Thompson, National
Review Online, May 18, 2007
Most Americans know that
we have an illegal immigration problem in this country, with perhaps as
many as 20 million people residing here unlawfully. And I think most Americans
have a pretty good idea about how to at least start solving the problem
– secure our nation’s borders. But there’s an old saying in Washington
that, in dealing with any tough issue, half the politicians hope
that citizens don’t understand it while the other half fear that
people actually do. This kind of thinking was apparent with the "comprehensive"
immigration reform bill that the U.S. Senate and the White House negotiated
The Court and the 2008 Election
by Tom Goldstein, The Supreme
Court Blog, May 18, 2007
As the presidential campaign
season gets an unprecedented early start, it is not too early to start
the hyperbole on the importance of the election for the future of the Court
and, as a consequence, the future of American law. … The next President
similarly will have two appointments immediately (replacing Stevens and
Souter), and there also is a very substantial prospect that a Democrat
would quickly be in a position to appoint a third (replacing Ginsburg).
In fact, if a Democrat wins, there will be something of a race for the
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: The Risks Outweigh the
by Edwin Meese, III, Baker
Spring, and Brett D. Schaefer, The Heritage Foundation
The United States should
be wary of joining sweeping multilateral treaties negotiated under the
auspices of the United Nations. Indeed, the bar should be set very high
for U.S. participation in multilateral treaties negotiated under the auspices
of the United Nations. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the
Sea is no exception. International bodies created by such treaties often
lack proper protections to prevent unaccountable behavior and corruption
and result in the U.S. being isolated by bloc voting led by countries with
an interest in limiting U.S. freedom of action and sovereignty. The U.S.
can rely upon customary international practice to obtain many of the benefits
of these treaties without subjecting itself to the risks of joining them.
For these reasons, the Senate has been wise to defer consideration of the
United Nations Convention on the Law of Sea since it was submitted in 1994.
of the 'Transies'
By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
If the ominous nature of
this wider struggle to the death – and the potentially grave implications
for our society should we fail to wage it successfully – are being lost
on too many Americans, practically none of them is paying attention to
yet another, in some ways even more insidious, threat to our country: the
assault on our sovereignty by the "transnational progressives." This term
was coined by one of the most thoughtful defenders of American sovereignty
– that somewhat intangible, yet indispensable ingredient in a nation of
the people, by the people and for the people – Hudson Institute scholar
John Fonte. In October 2002, he wrote a seminal essay in Orbis entitled,
"Liberal Democracy vs. Transnational Progressivism: The Future of the Ideological
Civil War within the West." In it, he warned of the emergence of "a new
challenge to liberal democracy and its traditional home, the liberal democratic
That Are Changing Lives in D.C.
By Fred Hiatt, The Washington
Post, May 21, 2007
If it were up to the children
and their parents, there'd be no question that the District's five-year
experiment with school vouchers would be renewed for an additional five
years or more.
Perfidy: North Korea violates another deal. Where's the outrage?
By John R. Bolton, Opinion
Journal, May 20, 2007
Over a month has passed since
sweetness and light were due to break out on the Korean Peninsula. On Feb.
13, the Six-Party Talks in Beijing ratified a bilateral agreement between
the U.S. and North Korea, providing for Pyongyang to give up its nuclear
programs. The first step, 60 days after ratification, was to be that North
Korea "will shut down and seal for the purpose of eventual abandonment"
the Yongbyon nuclear facility, and readmit inspectors from the International
Atomic Energy Agency.... The 60 days came and went, and indeed, another
37 days have come and gone. No IAEA inspectors have been readmitted, and
not even Pyongyang claims that it has "shut down" Yongbyon
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