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bill would hurt Vermont’s economic environment
by Rob Roper
If anything is raising the
temperature in Vermont these days, it’s the increasingly heated rhetoric
over H.520 and the impending veto session that will decide its fate. It’s
ironic that such an excess of political energy is being spent so inefficiently
on a bill whose goal is supposed to be energy efficiency and conservation.
Maybe it’s time for everyone to take a deep breath of clean Vermont air.
We Give It, They Will Come
By Martin Harris
ranks 11th in the nation for Welfare Recipients as a Percent
of Population, at 1.77%, resulting in Vermont also being well above average
(3$ nationally) in terms of State Public Welfare Expenditures Per Capita.
At $1,769 in ’04-5, the number is well above the US average of $1,248.
Since there’s a statistical correlation between welfare spending and minority
population percentage (the District of Columbia, for example, at 72.6%
minority population, ranks #1 in terms of Welfare Recipients as Percent
of Population, and Vermont, at 2%, ranks #49) you’d think that statistically-nearly-all-white
Vermont would be spending less than the national average per capita, on
welfare, but you’d be wrong.
By Robert Maynard
So, contrary to the fantasies
of the central planners, the American tradition of responsible individualism
is a very important key to prosperity in the 21st Century global
economy. Our individualism and its encouragement of individual excellence
is what gave us a significant head start. Are we going to throw that advantage
away by humoring our utopian welfare state central planners and their collectivist
egalitarian vision? Nowhere in our country is this question more in doubt
than right here in Vermont where that creativity crippling vision is most
By James Black
Vermont Senate Pro Tem Peter
Shumlin pushed through his energy bill. To fund the bill's laudable conservation
measures, he in effect voided the state's property tax agreement with Vermont
Yankee and socked them with an extra $28 million. Imagine your school board
paying for a new roof on the schoolhouse by tripling the taxes of everyone
on your street only. You and your neighbors would be mighty ticked at this
arbitrary, selective use of government's power of the purse. You might
just put up a "for sale" sign and leave town. And you would never, ever
trust your school board again...
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"We, your Vermont Legislature,
cannot continue to raise taxes to support every cause we think worthwhile.
We must exercise financial discipline and learn to prioritize our spending
needs." --Representative Richard Hube
"A general dissolution of
principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America
than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous
they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will
be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal
invader." ---Samuel Adams
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Weekly News Round-Up
Dark Side Of Multiculturalism
Caledonia Record Editorial,
July 2, 2007
bilingual/bicultural curricula upon people who don't want that, especially
Latinos. Multiculturalism pushed Ebonics into inner city, predominantly
black schools. Ebonics is a reputed black dialect, but it is really an
argot flowing from an illiterate population. It's imposition upon black
people in inner cities is not an acknowledgement of its cultural worth.
It is another example of the stifling condescension of the white, liberal
establishment. Kids who are saddled with Ebonics in place of proper English
will be working a full day for an hour's pay for a long, long time.
Caledonia Record Editorial,
July 4, 2007
Libby was sentenced to two
and a half years in jail for not remembering what he said several years
ago and then was found guilty for lying about what he couldn't remember.
Here are some irrefutable facts about the charges. The crime he allegedly
lied about, outing an undercover CIA agent, Valerie Plame, never happened.
She wasn't undercover at the time of the alleged crime. In fact, she never
was a CIA undercover agent. Her husband, later exposed as a public liar,
was the origin of the alleged crime, i.e. the outing of his wife. While
directly examining Libby before a grand jury, prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald
knew who leaked Valerie Plame's name in the outing context. He knew that
it was not Libby, but he continued his fishing trip for something to hang
his prosecutorial hat on, and Libby was his patsy. So, no crime, no criminal,
and an understandable faulty memory came to equal two and a half years
in prison. Bush's commutation began the reversal of a miscarriage of justice.
Observations Legislative Report from Rep. Richard Hube
Eagle Times, July 3, 2007
We are headed back to Montpelier
on July 11 for a veto session. This historically has been a one day event.
I am hopeful that the governor and legislative leadership can reach agreement
on the two pending vetoes, and if that happens, I would support extending
the veto session one or two additional days if necessary.
Vermonttiger.com, July 6,
First, let’s explore the
claim that the legislature expanded education funding. Yep – they
aced that one. The only problem is that there is nothing particularly
new (i.e. innovative) about that. The legislature has been increasing
funding for years (never mind that our student enrollment has declined).
Sorry boys and girls – but you earned an F for innovation on that one.
Caledonia Record Editorial,
July 7, 2007
Who said these things: Immigrants
should be absorbed into American life so that "by an intermixture with
our people, they or their descendants, get assimilated to our customs,
measures, laws: in a word soon become one people."
Wayne - A Regrettably Faded American Icon
Caledonia Record, July 6,
May 26 was John Wayne's birthday.
He would have been 100 years old on that day. More than anyone else, John
Wayne was the icon of American patriotism and of pride in being an American.
Through World War II and for 30 years thereafter, The Duke, with his war
movies and his manly gruffness, reigned as king in the minds of Americans
of all ages.
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Global War on Terrorism
Tehran is on the offensive
against us throughout the Middle East. Will Congress respond?
By Senator Joseph Lieberman,
July 6, 2007
I hope the new revelations
about Iran's behavior will also temper the enthusiasm of some of those
in Congress who are advocating the immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces
from Iraq. Iran's purpose in sponsoring attacks on American soldiers, after
all, is clear: It hopes to push the U.S. out of Iraq and Afghanistan, so
that its proxies can then dominate these states. Tehran knows that an American
retreat under fire would send an unmistakable message throughout the region
that Iran is on the rise and America is on the run. That would be a disaster
for the region and the U.S.
Qaeda is desperate (updated)
By James Lewis, The American
Thinker, July 06, 2007
There's a headline you will
never see in the New York Times. You don't believe it? Well, judge
for yourself the latest evidence.
in al Qaeda Strategy & Tactics
Defense & Foreign Affairs
By Gregory R. Copley and
GIS Staff, Anti-Mullah,
July 06, 2007
US intelligence sources have
indicated that US counter-terror analysts were looking at what they felt
were "changes" in targeting and methodological doctrine by al-Qaida-linked
jihadist terrorist groups. In particular, the translations of the information
on the website which provided the basis for the assessment were believed
to highlight a new "low-tech terrorism" against targets in the West.
Fahrad Al Amin: the Anbar Offensive & Iraq
Report: A Look at Iraq Operations
It's Time for a Progressive Revolution
By Amil Imani, The American
Thinker, July 02, 2007
Progress only thrives in
a marketplace of free ideas, where beliefs and viewpoints clash, not people.
It is through the unimpeded clash of ideas that the best decisions and
actions are reached. Islam is anathema to this invaluable principle. By
forcing itself on any and all people it could, Islam violated this vital
principle and it aims to continue to do so to this day. It is not the non-Muslim
world, the convenient scapegoat, but Islam itself that is the culprit for
our chronic ills. Most of the people of Iran know this, and seek
to put Islam in its proper place.
Iraqi Forces Taking Fight to Enemy
By Jim Garamone, American
Forces Press Service, July 4, 2007
Working independently or
as a team, coalition and Iraqi forces are increasing the pressure on al
Qaeda in Iraq and other insurgent groups in the country.
the Beasts and Children
Michael Online Magazine
On 29 June, American and
Iraqi soldiers were again fighting side-by-side as soldiers from Charley
Company 1-12 CAV—led by Captain Clayton Combs—and Iraqi soldiers from the
5th IA, closed in on a village on the outskirts of Baqubah. The village
had the apparent misfortune of being located near a main road—about 3.5
miles from FOB Warhorse—that al Qaeda liked to bomb. Al Qaeda had taken
over the village. As Iraqi and American soldiers moved in, they came under
light contact; but the bombs planted in the roads (and maybe in the houses)
were the real threat.
Thunder, Related Operations Continue in Iraq
American Forces Press Service,
July 1, 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.
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Proposes ‘Broadcaster Freedom Act’ to Prohibit Return of ‘Fairness Doctrine’
By Noel Sheppard, NewsBusters,
June 27, 2007
Anyone that has picked up
a newspaper, or turned on a radio or television recently knows that liberals
are once again mounting a campaign to subvert free speech, and eliminate
conservative talk radio. With this in mind, Congressman Mike Pence (R-Indiana)
announced on the House floor Wednesday a bill he plans to introduce that
would prevent Democrat efforts to reinstate what is somewhat hypocritically
called the "Fairness Doctrine."
Offensive to Liberals
Boost Payrolls by 132,000
By Jeannine Aversa, Associated
Press, July 6, 2007
Employers boosted payrolls
by a better-than-expected 132,000 jobs in June, enough to keep the unemployment
rate at a relatively low 4.5 percent. It was another sign that the economy
is snapping out of a nearly yearlong sluggish spell.
Crisis, A Decade Later
Investor's Business Daily,
June 29, 2007
The Global Economy: Ten years
ago, Asia's Miracle became Asia's Meltdown, a financial debacle so crushing
that many feared the region wouldn't recover. But it did, by freeing its
markets. It remains a beacon for the world.
Does It Mean To Be An American?
By Steven M. Warshawsky,
The American Thinker, July 02, 2007
Patriotic Americans -- those
who love our country for its people, its history, its culture, and its
ideals -- reject the multiculturalists' denuded, and ultimately subversive,
vision of what it means to be "an American." While the American identity
is arguably the most "universal" of all major nationalities -- as evidenced
by the millions of immigrants the world over who have successfully assimilated
into our country over the years -- it is not an empty, meaningless concept.
It has substance. Being "an American" is not the same thing
as simply living in the United States. Nor, I would add, is it the
same thing as holding U.S. citizenship. After all, a baby born on
U.S. soil to an illegal alien is a citizen. This hardly guarantees
that this baby will grow up to be an American.
Global Warming: The Real Assault on Reason
By Marc Sheppard, The American
Thinker, June 29, 2007
For over 15 years, Al Gore
has painstakingly ravaged all non-anthropogenic (NA) climate change theories
(solar, cosmic, volcanic, etc) along with those scientists advancing them.
During that same period, he has helped craft a worldwide global warming
orthodoxy which holds the misdeeds of homo sapiens sacrosanctto
its dogma and has pulverized anyone in its self-righteous path "without
regard to the evidence, the facts, or the public interest."
Grave New World)
$3.8 Trillion Worse
by J.D. Foster American
Conservative Union Foundation
The annual Social Security
and Medicare Trustees reports released on April 23 discussed changes in
the programs that have occurred over the previous year and changes in their
overall financial condition as measured in a number of ways. Once again,
both reports share a disturbing commonality: The financial condition of
both programs is terrible and got significantly worse with another year
of legislative inactivity.
By James Lewis, The American
Thinker, July 03, 2007
To grasp Europe's pervasive
sense of mourning and anomie today you have to understand that two dozen
national identities are being systematically ground to dust by their own
political elites. All those nation states are dying, or feel they are dying.
When voters are consulted, they don't like it -- and as a result, voters
are simply no longer consulted. Europe has given up on electoral democracy
at the highest and most powerful levels. A central EU government is now
emerging, made up of centrally appointed commissions just like the "soviets"
(councils) of the old USSR. The whole contraption evades normal democratic
checks and balances, on the historically dangerous assumption that the
elites can be trusted with centralized power without the consent of the
Remembrance Of Pardons Past
Investor's Business Daily,
July 03, 2007
As Democrat after Democrat
in the current Congress becomes embroiled in questionable and sometimes
outright illegal behavior, we hear next to nothing from the leadership.
Nothing, that is, until Libby's pardon, which fits perfectly into the Democrats'
bogus "culture of corruption" campaign against the GOP. By the way, why
not go after the real liars in this case? Former Ambassador Joe Wilson
and his wife, former CIA agent Plame?
of 'Eavesdropping' Ruling Ignored After Bush Loss Touted
By The Media Research Center,
July 9, 2007
Last August, when one federal
judge ruled unconstitutional the monitoring of overseas phone calls with
suspected terrorists, the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts all highlighted
the defeat for the Bush administration. But on Friday, after an appeals
court overturned the earlier decision, ABC and CBS were silent while NBC
again distorted the policy as "domestic spying."
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