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Twice on the Divided Question
By John McClaughry
The plain truth is that
a legislative majority that owes its political control to the efforts of
its friends in the Vermont-NEA cannot seriously control educational spending.
The union's mantra is ever-higher salaries for ever more (unionized) employees,
all "for the children". Any proposal that might undercut this maxim will
quickly find itself squarely in the union's crosshairs.
Left to Be Done On Housing, Economic Development
by Kevin Dorn
A recent study commissioned
by the Department of Economic Development researching the problem of "youth
flight" and the graying of Vermont’s population found that of some 2,800
graduates of our colleges, 94 percent of those surveyed say a community
where they can afford to live, work, and play is important to them. Unfortunately,
only 33 percent of those alumni surveyed who still live in Vermont agree
the state offers this. Clearly, if we want to reverse the trend of young,
educated workers leaving Vermont, we must both raise wages and lower the
cost of living, especially housing.
of Things Past
By Pete Behr
Initially, one was frightened,
but constant exposure to combat conditions made danger normal. The first
time I was caught in an artillery barrage, I was momentarily a shaking,
useless person, as the shells burst around me. But only days later, I was
used to it. Once I was on watch in my foxhole with two buddies, who were
lying below ground level, during a nightly shelling by the Japanese, who
were on higher ground above us. I described the pattern of the explosions
as they approached us, and told them I was going to get down, since they
were getting close. There was an explosion, and our foxhole was collapsed..
The next thing I remembered was my buddies feeling me to see if I was in
one piece. All I had was a slight concussion and some contusions. Life
went on, and we persevered. You can train people to get used to anything
-- even being shot at.
# # #
"There are no such things
as limits to growth, because there are no limits to the human capacity
for intelligence, imagination, and wonder" -- Ronald Reagan
"At bottom, and stripped
of its carefully neutral phrases, the report is an educational program
for a Socialist America." -- British socialist leader and economics
professor Harold J. Laski referring to the 1934 report of the Commission
on Social Studies of the American Historical Association
# # #
Weekly News Round-Up
New Plan to Conserve Energy; Burn Money
VermontTiger.com, June 26,
"I go in with low expections,"
Senator Shumlin says of the meeting he will be having with the governor
this week. Well then, Senator, welcome to the club. That pretty
much sums up the way many Vermont voters (and, incidentally, taxpayers)
feel, and not just about this negotiation over H 520, the energy bill that
Governor Douglas has vetoed and that Senator Shumlin views as essential
to the survival of the species.
Now, Pay Later" is not Affordable or Responsible
Peter Shumlin’s present scheme
to jumpstart H.520 is not a compromise at all. It is really nothing more
than a fiscally reckless plea to "Buy Now, Pay Later," putting tapped-out
Vermont taxpayers on the hook for the same multimillion dollar tab -- only
next year and without a clear picture of who exactly will pay. Governor
Douglas, thankfully, is not falling for it.
Vermont Governor Tom Salmon stresses the adverse effects of proposed power
Turn: Vt. Supreme Court's Costly Mistake
By Shawn Shouldice Banfield,
Burlington Free Press, June 21, 2007
Last month, with little fanfare,
the Vermont Supreme Court delivered a controversial decision that effectively
eliminates the ability for Vermont's smallest businesses to use independent
Third of Vermont's Young People without Skills or Taining
Many end up on unemployment
or in jail.
Associated Press, June 27,
An official says that about
a third of Vermont youth lack the skills or training to go to college or
into a profession that pays a decent wage.
Caledonia Record Editorial,
June 25, 2007
And then, to put into perspective
how quickly our government can get rid of a billion dollars, we offer this.
In the last eight hours and 20 minutes, our government spent a billion
Vermonttiger.com, June 28,
So what's the difference
between cutting costs by using technology, by outsourcing a job via technology
to India, or physically moving the job to China or using imported workers?
Not much. All enable a product or a service to be produced at lower
cost, freeing up resources to be better used elsewhere and providing people
with lower cost products and services. That's the story of how our
standard of living rises.
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Global War on Terrorism
Reasons to reexamine
the Middle East’s negative prognosis.
By Victor Davis, HansonNational
But for all the justifiable
criticism of the Iraqi reconstruction, two truths still remain — the United
States is taking an enormous toll on jihadists, and despite the terrible
cost in blood and treasure, has not given up on a constitutional government
the Cloak of War, a Democracy Grows
by Mirwais Yasini, Human
Events, June 28, 2007
Because of the efforts of
those committed to Afghanistan’s future, the roots of democracy have taken
hold and are beginning to grow. Contrary to many published media reports,
progress is being made, and our allies in America and the international
community must understand that the advancement of democracy is not something
easily quantified. We do not measure progress by the number of Taliban
killed or miles of road or new schools built, but rather by how our government
evolves over time and how free our people become. Democracy in America
has had over two hundred years to flourish; Afghanistan has been a democratic
nation for less than five years. If America and the rest of the world maintain
their commitment to Afghanistan, our leaders, as evidenced by recent events,
will hold up their end of the bargain.
A status update on
Operation Phantom Thunder
Iraqi and Coalition forces
maintain the pressure against al Qaeda, Sunni insurgents, and the "rogue,"
Iranian backed "secret cells" of the Mahdi Army and the Qazali network.
Operation Phantom Thunder is underway inside Baghdad and the Belts, as
well as against al Qaeda's network nationwide. Also, the northwestern region
of Iraq has been a focus of U.S. and Iraqi operations. The simultaneous
operations to pressure al Qaeda's network are occurring in all theaters
throughout Iraq. An update on each theater is provided below.
Fahrad Al Amin: the Anbar Offensive & Iraq
Report: A Look at Iraq Operations
trainee urges reform of radical Islam
By Mike McKibbin, The Daily
Sentinel, June 25, 2007
Ending terrorism won’t happen
until radical Islam is reformed, a former terrorist-in-training said Monday
night during an Aspen speech.
the screws on Iran
By Thomas Lifson, American
Thinker, June 29, 2007
The religious fanatics who
rule Iran are not typical of the general population, which, like people
everywhere, want to get on with their lives and put food on the table every
night. Before the Shah was overthrown, inflation made life very tough for
the majority. As Timmerman notes, inflation has returned, and a few wealthy
Iranians p[rosper while most have a difficult time making ends meet. Ahmedinejad's
clumsy attempt to control the economy are almost guaranteed to make matters
worse, for he has a religious basis for shunning sound economic thinking.
Men of Peace
Meet Mithal al-Alusi
and Canon Andrew White.
By Michael Ledeen, National
Review Online, June 29, 2007
The two are Canon Andrew
White and Mithal al-Alusi. One Brit, one Iraqi, both men of astonishing
courage. White is a man of the cloth, the representative of the Anglican
Church in Iraq, who has been known to find space in his reports to his
interlocutors in London and Washington for accounts of prayer in the midst
of the war. Alusi is a little-known politician who made news a couple of
years ago by traveling to Israel and publicly expressing his hope that
the two countries would soon become friends and perhaps even allies. The
jihadis immediately killed his two sons, and barely missed Alusi himself.
# # #
By David Gratzer, Opinion
Journal, June 28, 2007
It's not simply that Mr.
Moore is wrong. His grand tour of public health care systems misses the
big story: While he prescribes socialism, market-oriented reforms are percolating
in cities from Stockholm to Saskatoon.
Not For All The Coal In China
Investor's Business Daily,
June 28, 2007
China's booming economy has
made it the world's biggest polluter. So why is it exempt from Kyoto, and
why are the greenies so silent?
by John Stossel, June 27,
"Reviving the Hamilton Agenda."
That's the headline the New York Times gave David Brooks's recent column
honoring Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father perhaps least interested
in limiting political power. Unlike his rival Thomas Jefferson, Hamilton
favored strong central government and weaker states.
Scientist Accuses UN's IPCC of Falsifying Data and Destroying Evidence
Noel Sheppard, Newsbusters,
June 24, 2007
According to Swedish paleogeophysicist
Mörner, who’s been studying and writing about sea levels for four
decades, the scientists working for the IPCC have falsified data and destroyed
evidence to incorrectly prove their point.
of June 27, 2007
by Robert Novak, Human Events,
June 27, 2007
This Congress has misread
its mandate, and its leaders are moving much too far to the left. Congress'
record-low 14 percent approval rating is significant, and much of the disaffection
comes from the political center.
Pardon of Scooter Libby: How the President Should Play It
By Quin Hillyer, American
Spectator, June 28, 2007
"I hereby bestow a full and
irrevocable pardon upon I. Lewis Libby, Jr., for any and all charges, current
or future, related to the matter of the investigation into the release
of the identity of Valerie Plame Wilson..."
Staff Editorial, The Wall
Street Journal, June 29, 2007
In case you haven't been
listening to talk radio, the issue of the hour—no, every minute—is the
attempt by Democrats in Congress to revive the "Fairness Doctrine." If
Democrats want to mobilize conservative voters for the 2008 election, they
should keep this up.