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by Martin Harris
an easy one: what do Wake County NC (Raleigh is the big city there) and
Chittenden County VT (Burlington is the not-quite-so-big city here) have
in common? Answer: both have school districts eager to assault the next
beachhead in the diversity wars; having defeated racial segregation (sort
of) in public education, the next objective is economic segregation. The
new catch-phrase is Socio-Economic Status, or SES. The new idea is that
it’s society’s duty to make sure that rich kids and not-rich kids are suitably
mixed in the classroom and on the playground.
Reflections on the Special Session
By Vermont State Representative
It frustrates me that Sen.
Shumlin singled out a single business to pay for an undefined government
bureaucracy. Sen. Shumlin's political machine was cranking out the propaganda
— demonizing our state's business leaders and promising a new government
program to evangelize the importance of weatherizing our homes.
By Peter Behr
Clearly if they really thought
carbon emissions were the source of global warming, they would not enact
a new tax on energy that emits no carbon. Levying more taxes, creating
more government, increasing the cost of energy generation from Vermont’s
most stable source of carbon-free energy, and undermining the business
environment by reneging on previous agreements continues the trend toward
making Vermont too expensive for working people to live. Here was H.520
in a nutshell: Vermonters give up more earnings to taxes and energy, while
our better paying jobs go elsewhere, forcing people to work multiple jobs.
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Week’s Mail Bag
Beware of “Fairness”
Keep up the good, and needed,
work. The Vermont left will no doubt soon try to legislate you out of business
- in the name of fairness. That's when we all will know for sure that you
are another one of the messengers that's impossible for them to debate.
Gary Richardson, Perkinsville
"Before we panic about 'global
warming,' we should take a look at six-day
weather forecasts and see
how much they change during those six days --- quite aside from how much
they differ from what the weather actually turns out to be." ---Thomas
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Weekly News Round-Up
Maine Goes, So Goes Vermont
Caledonian Record Editorial,
July 17, 2007
Forbes magazine just published
its "Best States to do Business," rankings and, lamentably once again,
as Maine goes, so goes Vermont. While Maine comes off even worse than Vermont,
both fare miserably in a magazine read by virtually everyone in business
in the U.S.
Tech in Low Gear
From Vermont Tiger, July
U.S. high-tech goods exports
increased by 10 percent from $199 billion to $220 billion ... Thirty-eight
cyberstates saw tech export growth between 2005 and 2006. But according
to a report released by the American Electronics Association today, Vermont
doesn’t seem to be riding the wave. The largest decrease in tech exports
occurred in Vermont, declining by $533 million in 2006.
Moving Headquarters to Ohio
By Bruce Edwards, Rutland
Herald, July 18, 2007
Omya Industries Inc. announced
Tuesday it is relocating its corporate headquarters to Cincinnati, a move
that will mean the loss of 50 high-paying jobs, representing nearly 17
percent of the company's Vermont workforce.
You Don't Build It, They Won't Come
By Art Woolf, Vermont Tiger,
July 18, 2007
"The owner of the 5-acre
creamery property is on board," Hampton said of Scott Ingalls. "It doesn't
have to become another sub-development. When all's said and done, this
is going to be something that everyone loves, that all of Richmond needs."
I'm not sure what a sub-development is, but let's assume that it's what
most of us would Multiply Richmond's actions by every other town in Vermont
and you get why housing in Vermont is overly expensive.
Political Pajama Party
Caledonia Record Editorial
Friday July 20, 2007
What it all amounted to was
a sideshow that made the Democrats look like adolescents in a pout. They
don't have the votes to pass any of their irresponsible proposals to desert
our troops in Iraq. They don't have the votes to pass cloture of the Republican
filibuster. They were simply throwing a public tantrum. We expect and deserve
more maturity from our national policy makers.
Democrats 'Support The Troops'
Use Change Axes Vermont Town's Development Plans
By Jacob L. Grant, Caledonian
Record, July 19, 2007
A community development project
in Bradford recently screeched to a halt after the commercially developable
land it was planned for was deemed commercially undevelopable. ... At a
Bradford Planning Commission meeting Tuesday night, some board members
were more than confused, nearly outraged, at what they called a "fishy
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Global War on Terrorism
Iraq may be key to al-Qaida
By Steve Huntley, Chicago
Sun Times, July 22, 2007
What would be the reaction
of the quit-Iraq advocates should al-Qaida in Iraq's fingerprints be found
in a terrorist attack in America? This is not an idle question. After all,
the National Intelligence Estimate released last week also said Osama bin
Laden's organization will "probably seek to leverage the contacts and capabilities
of al-Qaida in Iraq, its most visible and capable affiliate and the only
one known to have expressed a desire to attack the Homeland." Furthermore,
the 9/11 Commission has said another attack on America by Islamist terrorists
is inevitable, and a new threat assessment a week ago from the National
Counterterrorism Center suggested al-Qaida is working to renew attacks
on America. Now we're told al-Qaida in Iraq could be the agent for it.
is in re-runs
James Lewis, The American
Thinker, July 16, 2007
Well, Osama is now toasted
crispbread without hummus, it now seems. The "new" Osama tape, US officials
have said, was first aired five years ago.
From Investor's Business
Daily, July 17, 2007
Good news in Iraq (which
is bad news in the view of congressional Democrats): Gen. Peter Pace, chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke Tuesday of a significant turnaround.
"What I'm hearing now," he said, "is a sea change that is taking place
in many places here."
Iraq Must Be Divided
By Ronald Kessler, NewsMax.com,
July 16, 2007
The only way to prevent Iraq
from disintegrating is to divide it up and create a federation, Qubad Talabani,
the U.S. representative of the Kurdistan government, tells NewsMax.
Dark predictions for
a post-withdrawal world.
By Victor Davis Hanson,
National Review Online, July 20, 2007
Critics of the Iraq war allege
that once out of Iraq, we would not have precious assets exposed in Iraq
(where the enemy is), and thus enjoy better options in dealing with, for
example, Iran. But what precisely is the point? That our military would
flee the messy encounter with al Qaeda to reengage al Qaeda on supposedly
better terrain and with better odds? As in Afghanistan? The Pakistani borderlands?
Or that a Shiite Iran should be fearful of an America freed up through
defeat by Sunni terrorists? Why would an Islamist cadre bumble into a clean-shooting
war with our superior ships and planes when it had previously mastered
the blueprint of fighting our foot soldiers house-to-house? If we take
out nuclear installations in Iran cleanly from the air, we forget that
the retaliation will not be with Scud missiles, but more likely terrorist
attacks against our troops somewhere in the Middle East or our civilians
at home — as all such deterrence against such terrorism will be lost in
the mess in Anbar.
Floor Statement on Defense Authorization Bill
From Joseph Lieberman's
US Senate Website, July 10, 2007
"American forces are winning,
the enemy is on the run, but here in Congress, in Washington, some members
seem to be on the run – chased, I fear, by public opinion polls," said
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I) of Connecticut, in a Senate floor statement Tuesday.
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Gore And NBC: Birds Of A Feather
From Investor's Business
Daily, July 10, 2007
Was what Al Gore called "the
largest global entertainment event in all of human history" also the largest
in-kind political contribution? And where's the Fairness Doctrine when
you need it?
Medicine Cult Undeterred by Sicko's Sputtering Box Office
By Peter Barry Chowka, American
Thinker, July 16, 2007
In the 1993-'94 attempt by
the Clintons and the Democrats to pass universal health care, the arrogance
and condescension of President Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton turned off
a lot of people, and set the stage for their party losing control of both
houses of Congress in 1994 for the first time in almost half a century.
Today, for some reason (historical amnesia is another unfortunate modern
American trait), the Clintons' reputations have been miraculously restored,
in Bill Clinton's case to "rock star" status, while the popularity of President
George W. Bush and the Republican Party-less inclined as they are to support
totally government-run health care-is at a very low point.
Moore vs. CNN
Religion, Hitchens is Not so Great
By James Lewis, The American
Thinker, July 15, 2007
Religion is a great many
things, including many decent and noble things, and deflating them all
into a soggy rubber balloon for the sake of Leftist analysis is much like
trying to reduce all of human sexuality to physical friction between genital
organs. Hitch could easily write a book called "Sex is not great."
Well, it is and it isn't. What kind of sex? Practiced by whom? To what
Al Gore's Live Earth Vs Africa
The Namibian (Windhoek),
13 July 2007
In Africa, we have much more
serious things to worry about than climate change. Indeed, if they achieve
their objective, the concerts will have done harm to the people of Africa.
By John Fund, Wall Street
Journal, July 17, 2007
Democrats find one government
office they want to cut back. It's the one that exposes union corruption.
The new Democratic Congress has finally found a government agency whose
budget It wants to cut: an obscure Labor Department office that monitors
the compliance of unions with federal law.
Soaring Cost: Time to Step on the Brakes
by Jagadeesh Gokhale, Cato
Institute, Policy Analysis no. 597, July 19, 2007
If current policies and trends
are maintained, federal Medicaid outlays will take up 36 percent of lifetime
federal general revenue taxes for males born in 2025 and 69 percent for
females born in that year. For females born after 2050, almost all of their
lifetime federal nonpayroll taxes will be consumed by their lifetime Medicaid
Left's 'Inequality' Obsession
By Arthur C. Brooks, The
Wall Street Journal, July 19, 2007
To focus our policies on
inequality, instead of opportunity, is to make a serious error -- one that
will worsen the very problem we seek to solve and make us generally unhappier.
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