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Vermont Left Behind by U.S. High Tech. Export Surge
by Robert Maynard 

So, not only were we unable to take advantage of a robust period of U.S. high tech. export growth, we actually saw a decline in our tech. exports. Far from taking the lead in this area, we had the largest decrease of tech export of any state in the nation. The report does not say "percentage decrease", it says "decrease". This is in absolute terms, not relative terms. Given the small size of Vermont’s economy relative to just about every other state, to have the largest decrease, in absolute terms, is quite some feat. It is not a feat that should make us feel good about our economic future.

Another Middle-Class Exodus? Part II
By Martin Harris

It’s no secret, though not widely publicized, that the cultural-behavior surroundings parents seek for their kids aren’t "diverse." There are whole sets of behaviors which parents who select a suburb (or, within a city, a neighborhood) wish to avoid when they choose to move into a particular town school district or neighborhood school sub-district. To a substantial extent, the variations in cultural behaviors correlate with family income levels, with in-school achievement and with post-school outcomes.

Showdown at Bradford Square
By John McClaughry

A mile and a half south of the Connecticut River village of Bradford, a land use case is unfolding that may have widespread repercussions throughout the state.

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"Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves." --Pope John Paul II,Fides et Ratio

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Vermont Weekly News Round-Up

A Stuck Phonograph Record
Caledonian Record Editorial, July 28, 2007

Over the past few days, the Democratic leadership in Montpelier has been unveiling its list of priority issues for the next legislative session. Among other things, they will re-mount a charge to save the world from global warming. They will plow forward with the proposal to create an entirely unnecessary, redundant, and as yet theoretical energy efficiency utility that will eat taxpayers' dollars in order to give away more tax dollars to Vermonters who can well afford to make their own homes energy efficient. And they will set the stage for advancement of gay marriage through a bogus "independent" commission now ready to study why Vermont shouldn't legalize same-sex marriages.

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Judges Who Shouldn't Be
Caledonian Record Editorial, Thursday July 26, 2007

We continue to be shocked and dismayed by the actions of some judges whose poor judgment ought to disqualify them from sitting on the bench.

State Faces Uncertain Fnancial Future
By Nancy Remsen, Burlington Free Press, July 25, 2007

The state's economic advisers project itsy-bitsy growth in tax revenues over the coming 24 months, but warned Gov. Jim Douglas and legislative leaders Tuesday that the picture could reverse quickly. "It's a lot more vulnerable than we've seen in a long time," said Tom Kavet, an economist hired by the Legislature.

Of Foxes And Chicken Coops
Caledonian Record Editorial, July 27, 2007

Both Shumlin and Symington publicly support same-sex marriage. Shumlin, with his usual overstatement, said of same-sex marriage in Vermont, "It's not a question of Yes or No. It's a question of when." Symington framed the question this way: "It's time to ask whether it is in Vermont's interest to continue to maintain a separate legal status for same-sex couples."

Eating Local? July 26, 2007

However, Localvores, as they call themselves, use a different metric.  Some want to eat food grown only in  their state.  Taken to its extreme, why put the boundary at a state line?  Why not a county line? Or a town's boundary?  Why not eat only food grown on your road?  Why not be self sufficient in your household?  For tens of thousands of years that's how people lived.  And died.  Young.

What's a Democrat?, July 27, 2007

So let me get this straight.  The leader of the Democrats in the state Senate says that a long time Republican state Senator can put together a coalition of Democrats and Republicans, run as an independent and defeat a Republican governor. Now that's thinking out of the box.

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Freedom Under Fire:
The Global War on Terrorism

Morally Paralyzed
by Thomas Sowell, Human Events, July 24, 2007

"Moral paralysis" came from many things. The death of a million French soldiers in the First World War and disillusionment with the peace that followed cast a pall over a whole generation. Pacifism became vogue among the intelligentsia and spread into educational institutions. As early as 1932, Winston Churchill said: "France, though armed to the teeth, is pacifist to the core." It was morally paralyzed. History may be interesting but it is the present and the future that pose the crucial question: Is America today the France of yesterday?

A War We Just Might Win
By Michael E. O’Hanlon & Kenneth M. Pollack, New York Times, July 30, 2007

Viewed from Iraq, where we just spent eight days meeting with American and Iraqi military and civilian personnel, the political debate in Washington is surreal. ... the administration’s critics... seem unaware of the significant changes taking place. Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq...

Winning in Iraq: and Losing in Washington
By Ralph Peters, New York Post, July 26, 2007

To a military professional, the tactical progress made in Iraq over the last few months is impressive. To a member of Congress, it's an annoyance. The herd animals on Capitol Hill - from both parties - just can't wait to go over the cliff on Iraq. And even when the media mention one or two of the successes achieved by our troops, the reports are grudging.

Iraq Is a Proxy War with Iran
by Rabbi Daniel M. Zucker, Human Events, July 25, 2007

Given the overwhelming evidence of Iranian support for both the extremist militias of the Sunni al-Qaéda and the Shi‘ite Badr and Wolf Brigades and al-Mahdi Army that have caused so much chaos and destruction to Iraqi society, it should be a clear sign that Iran is in control when both Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki make frequent visits to Tehran to consult with Iranian President Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. It should not come as a great surprise that the al-Maliki government is not meeting its commitments to the US. Ayatollah Khamenei doesn’t want to see America help create a real democracy in Iraq, and al-Maliki is following Khamenei’s orders to prevent the rise of an independent, secular Iraq.

Saudi in the Classroom
A fundamental front in the war.
By Stanley Kurtz, National Review Online, July 25, 2007

Unless we counteract the influence of Saudi money on the education of the young, we’re going to find it very difficult to win the war on terror. I only wish I was referring to Saudi-funded madrassas in Pakistan. Unfortunately, I’m talking about K-12 education in the United States. Believe it or not, the Saudis have figured out how to make an end-run around America’s K-12 curriculum safeguards, thereby gaining control over much of what children in the United States learn about the Middle East. While we’ve had only limited success paring back education for Islamist fundamentalism abroad, the Saudis have taken a surprising degree of control over America’s Middle-East studies curriculum at home.

Terrorist 'Charity' on Trial
by Stephen J. Landes, Human Events, July 25, 2007

Moussa Abu Marzook came to the United States in 1983 as an emissary of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza. Marzook was charged with building a Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure in North America. When he arrived he attached himself to the nascent Islamic Association for Palestine, a small organization designed to inculcate the philosophy and activism of the Brotherhood in a growing Palestinian Diaspora community. Moussa Abu Marzook now sits in Damascus with Khalid Meshal as the leaders of Hamas, the renamed Gaza branch of the Brotherhood. Today, Marzook’s brother-in-law and cousin and Meshal’s half-brother, are in a Dallas court with four others, as defendants in a criminal case. The Department of Justice charges them as principals of the Holy Land Foundation, once the largest Muslim charity in North America. The defendants are accused of using Holy Land to finance Hamas terrorism.

Turning Against Terror
Los Angeles Times, July 25, 2007

The sages teach that tragedy is instructive -- if its bitter lessons can be swallowed. Now a new poll finds that support for suicide bombings and other violence against civilians has plunged across the Muslim world, markedly, though not exclusively, in countries that have experienced such attacks. The data, released Tuesday by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, point out a clear path toward Western reconciliation with the estranged Islamic world -- if we're deft enough to take it.

Al-Qaeda is the Main Enemy in Iraq, too
By Robert J. Caldwell, Human Events, July 23, 2007

What they might not know is that al-Qaeda's franchise operation in Iraq, formally known as al-Qaeda in Iraq, or AQI, is also currently the chief threat to U.S. and coalition forces there and to the democratically elected Iraqi government. That contradicts a constant refrain of Iraq war critics - that fighting in Iraq distracts from the war we should be waging, against al-Qaeda. Well, guess who we're fighting in Iraq.

Moderate Islam Is No Islam
By Amil Imani, Freedom of Iran, July 15, 2007

Many people have asked me why I have put my life in harm’s way by tangling with Islam and why I do what I do. Born in a Muslim family and having witnessed first-hand the horrors and indignity that Islamofascism visits on people it subjugates, I have taken it upon myself to do my part in defeating this ideology of oppression, hate and violence. Islam is wrapped in deception as a spiritual dogma or religion and is more dangerous than Nazism, Communism and Fascism.

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From Elsewhere

The Gospel of Freedom
By Arnold Kling, TCS Daily

The Acton Institute has produced the most subversive movie I have ever seen. The Call of the Entrepreneur, which is being released on an agonizingly slow schedule, is a threat to tyranny everywhere, including here at home. The movie's message is that entrepreneurs are creators of wealth, Wall Street financiers are enablers of economic progress, and the villains of the world are people like the Communist leaders in China and American religious leaders who rail against capitalism.

‘War On Poverty’ Remix Won’t Work Either
By Anthony B. Bradley, Acton Institute, July 25, 2007

Responsible fatherhood is accomplished not by cash assistance but by a morally formed sense of integrity, responsibility, and character. No government program can develop a man’s identity nor cultivate a disposition of life-long committed love, affection, and duty to his wife and kids. However, government can support fatherhood by ensuring conditions for the free operation of the intermediate institutions—families, churches, fraternal societies—that have historically and successfully formed men. Government, on the other hand, can interfere with marriage and provide disincentives for fatherly responsibility, as demonstrated during America’s experiment with pre-1996 welfare programs that subsidized, and therefore encouraged, fatherlessness.

Now for the Good News
By Indur Goklany, Cato Institute

Environmentalists and globalization foes are united in their fear that greater population and consumption of energy, materials, and chemicals accompanying economic growth, technological change and free trade—the mainstays of globalization—degrade human and environmental well-being. Indeed, the 20th century saw the United States' population multiply by four, income by seven, carbon dioxide emissions by nine, use of materials by 27, and use of chemicals by more than 100. Yet life expectancy increased from 47 years to 77 years. Onset of major disease such as cancer, heart, and respiratory disease has been postponed between eight and eleven years in the past century. Heart disease and cancer rates have been in rapid decline over the last two decades, and total cancer deaths have actually declined the last two years, despite increases in population. Among the very young, infant mortality has declined from 100 deaths per 1,000 births in 1913 to just seven per 1,000 today. These improvements haven't been restricted to the United States. It's a global phenomenon. Worldwide, life expectancy has more than doubled, from 31 years in 1900 to 67 years today.

Regulation Costs $1 Trillion
By Clyde Wayne Crews, American Conservative Union Foundation

Congress is currently considering the president's proposed $2.9 trillion federal budget. While federal spending consumes an awesome 20% of nation's GDP, the budget process at least allows taxpayers to know on what Washington is spending. But there is much more to government's reach in the economy than direct spending. The costs to the public of complying with federal health, safety, environmental and economic regulations appear nowhere in the federal budget. Economist Mark Crain's research for the U.S. Small Business Administration finds that in 2006 regulatory compliance cost Americans $1.14 trillion. Astoundingly, that approaches half of last year's total federal spending of $2.6 trillion, and exceeds 9% of U.S. GDP — and tops Canada's $1 trillion GDP.

Health Care: Government vs. Private
By Walter E. Williams, The Patriot Post, July 25, 2007

Do we want the government employees who run the troubled Walter Reed Army Medical Center to be in charge of our entire health care system? Or, would you like the people who deliver our mail to also deliver health care services? How would you like the people who run the motor vehicles department, the government education system, foreign intelligence and other government agencies to also run our health care system? After all, they are not motivated by the quest for profits, and that might mean they're truly wonderful, selfless, caring people. As for me, I'd choose profit-driven people to provide my health care services, people with motives like those who deliver goods to my supermarket, deliver my overnight mail, produce my computer and software programs, assemble my car and produce a host of other goods and services that I use.

Why The Democrats are Ducking Fox News
By Rick Moran, The American Thinker, July 24, 2007

Many of the questions chosen among thousands of YouTube submissions appeared to be selected more for their entertainment value than for the way the question addressed a specific issue. And those questions that did confront an issue were so general in nature it allowed even the dumbest of candidates (Biden) to hit it out of the park. In the midst of a war involving 160,000 Americans in Iraq, there was no question - not one - about terrorism. And given the recent eruption on Capitol Hill over immigration, not one question was directed toward that issue either.

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