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has No Economic Development Plan
economy is the number-one concern for pretty much every voter this election.
We’re hungry for a realistic plan to help get us out of the worst recession
in memory. The debates between Brian Dubie and Peter Shumlin have been
revealing in a very startling way: Peter Shumlin has no economic development
Cruel Hoax on Vermonters
Deborah T. Bucknam
that record, one would think that Democrats, who are supposed to have compassion
for the poor and working class, and who tout their support for green energy,
would be staunch supporters of Vermont Yankee. To the contrary, Democrat
candidate for governor, Peter Shumlin, and his Democrat party, including
Senators Kitchel and Choate, have voted not to renew Vermont Yankee’s license
Smith for State Senate Brings Experience in Budgets, Banks, Boards
has a deep and varied experience with business, government, and non-profits;
the core of his career is in banking. He is the past President of
Key Bank, State Representative from Burlington, Secretary of Human Services
and Secretary of Administration of the State of Vermont, as well as board
member of various organizations includingUnited Way of Chittenden County,
Vermont Energy Investment Corporations, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont.
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in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice
is no virtue."
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Weekly News Round-Up
Outcome Devoutly To Be Wished For
Record Editorial, October 6 2010
Burke School Board is planning to look into making its school independent.
We admire its guts, but we strongly caution the members to go very slowly
into this discussion in order to avoid two evils: the frontal, take-no-prisoners
assault the VT-NEA's S.W.A.T. Team will mount as soon as they get a whiff
of it; and the jaw-to-death dilatory scare tactics of the Vermont Department
of Education, which opposes all such discussions.
a recent thoughtful opinion column, Ethan Allen Institute vice president
John McClaughry stated, "Local control as it existed prior to 1997 will
soon give way to one of two outcomes: either complete state control, or
parental control. The former is the French model, with its nationwide curriculum
and all-powerful Ministry of Education. The latter would decentralize 'local'
down to the family level - empowered parents would choose the educational
program that they believe is best for their children, and providers would
compete to please them as customers, not subjects."
Unplugged: Hard Facts
Jack Harding, Vermont Tiger, October 6 2010
barn is on fire, the creek is rising and Candidate
Shumlin attacks Candidate Dubie for….saying IBM will leave if the
Vermont Yankee closes.…
Mr. Dubie was wise to sound the alarm…. and in the meantime, the barn has
burned down and the creek flooded the basement.
and Mr. Shumlin, between this and the German solar power gaff, you’re 0-2.
You may want to steer away from an energy debate.
Record Editorial, October 5, 2010
are humbled by a retired postal worker and veteran who is honoring our
veterans - especially those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan - by running
across America, from the Pacific Ocean in Oregon to the Atlantic Ocean
in Maine, and planting a flag every mile with the name, rank and serial
number of an American hero who made the ultimate sacrifice for us and our
veteran is Mike Ehredt, who has already run more than 4,550 miles in his
dedication to these dead heroes. He arrived in St. Johnsbury Monday afternoon
and brought his message to a crowd in Arnold Park. He will leave here and
continue his quest for remembrance of these men and women until he runs
into the Atlantic Ocean in Maine.
Is Our Children Learning?
Sheldon Katz, Vermont Tiger, October 5 2010
turns out that all of this political correctness is not just this particular
teacher’s green indoctrination agenda. This may not surprise some of you
-- and it should not have surprised me -- but it’s also official state
policy, as we found out when we got notice of the next field trip to the
local organic (expensive) food store, where the kids will be participating
in a cooking class using "local produce and fruit," followed by a trip
to another farm in the afternoon to help bring in the harvest (now that
could be an education). These activities, we are told, are part of the
"Food for Thought" unit, addressing Vermont Standard 3.9, Sustainability:
Gov. Candidates Battle over Dynasaur
Fox 44 News, October 6 2010
says Dubie's budget plan caps state spending and more importantly would
hurt the state's healthcare program, Dr. Dynasaur. That's because Dr. Dynasaur
is growing and Shumlin says Dubie's cap would force cuts to the program.
will mean in the second year 910 children are removed from healthcare coverage,"
must be getting close to Halloween because this is a scare tactic kind
of thing," says Dubie.
says he likes caps for state spending but he also likes Dr. Dynasaur. He
says the program is not only the right thing to do, it's also a good investment.
Binge Drinking Above The National Average
Fox 44 News, October 7 2010
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says binge drinking is on the
rise nationwide. Though Vermont numbers have declined slightly over
the past decade, the state's average of 17% is still above the national
average of 15%.
if a binge drinker takes immediate precautions, such as not getting behind
the wheel, the health risks are still significant.
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Global War on Terrorism
Sides of the Jihadi Coin
Al-Qaeda and Iran
are rivals, not enemies.
By Clifford D. May,National
Review, October 7 2010
Al-Qaeda is in the jihad
business. If al-Qaeda can’t produce, other organizations will, and then
they will have the edge when it comes to raising funds from Middle Eastern
radicals who control enormous and self-replenishing fortunes thanks to
infidel dependence on oil.
But factor in this, too:
In recent days, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been strutting
upon the world stage, addressing the United Nations, denouncing capitalism,
and declaring that the atrocities of 9/11 were an inside job — the work
of "American intelligence" carried out in order to "reverse the declining
American economy and its grip on the Middle East in order also to save
the Zionist regime." If you think that’s insulting to Americans, imagine
how Osama bin Laden must feel.
People forget — too many
have never grasped — that there are two jihadi camps, one Sunni, one Shia,
two sides of the same coin. They are rivals, not enemies. Often they compete.
Sometimes they cooperate.
By Samuel Gregg American
Spectator, October 4 2010
During September this year,
much of Europe descended into mild chaos. Millions of Spaniards
went on strike (following, of course, their return from six weeks vacation)
against austerity measures introduced by their governments. Across the
continent, there are deepening concerns about possible sovereign-debt
defaults, stubbornly-high unemployment,
Ireland's renewed banking
woes, and the resurgence of right-wing populist
parties (often peddling left-wing economic ideas). Indeed, the palpable
sense of crisis left many wondering if some European economies have entered
a period of chronic decline -- one which might eventually reduce Europe
to being a bit-player on the world stage.
Obviously we should avoid
over-simplification. In Germany
for instance, unemployment is declining while economic growth and exports
are rising. Not coincidentally, both countries have implemented significant
economic reforms over the past ten years. To the audible disappointment
of the world's left-wingers, Sweden is no longer Social Democracy's poster-child.
Law’s Threat to Free Speech
By Dr. Connie Hair, Human
Events, October 11 2010
An organized effort is underway
worldwide orchestrated by a powerful Islamic political body to criminalize
speech that "offends" Muslims. As much as that may sound like some fantastic
conspiracy theory, these Muslim leaders broadcast their group's every move
on their website—yet America's ruling elites refuse to listen.
The Organization of the Islamic
Conference (OIC) is the second largest inter-governmental organization
after the United Nations representing 57 member states which seek to criminalize
speech that violates the archaic tenets of Sharia law.
World with Victor Davis Hanson: Chapter 1 of 5
By A. Millar, National Review
Online, October 22 2010
Victor Davis Hanson explains
why the "post-Cold War new world order is rapidly breaking apart."
21st-Century Militia: State Defense Forces and Homeland Security
By James Carafano,
Ph.D. and Jessica Zuckerman, Heritage Foundation, October 30 2010
State militias have helped
to defend the United States since the Revolutionary War. Today, 23 states
and territories have organized militias, most commonly known as State Defense
Forces (SDFs). SDFs provide governors with a cost-effective, vital force
multiplier and resource, especially if state National Guard units are deployed
out of state. However, in general, SDFs are underfunded and undersupported.
Some states at high risk for a natural or man-made disaster have not even
created SDFs. The U.S. and its states can no longer afford to sideline
these national security assets.
Coons 12: Terrorism, Communist Ties
By Jeffrey Lord,American
Spectator, October 5 2010
After all the furor over
alleged racist signs or words at Tea Party rallies, the media is ignoring
the shocking fact that 12 of the 25 groups endorsing Delaware Democrat
Chris Coons for the United States Senate over Republican Christine O'Donnell
have turned up on the quite official list of the "One Nation Working Together"
rally -- as formal co-sponsors with supporters of the terrorist groups
Hezbollah and Hamas. And, no kidding, the Communist Party.
Did I mention the Coons 12
are also holding hands with the International Socialist Organization? Plus
the Democratic Socialists of America?
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Unraveling Of ObamaCare
Investor’s Business Daily, October 8 2010
companies and organizations get waivers from the new health care overhaul
because otherwise they'd have to raise rates or drop coverage. The president
said neither would happen. Hey, where's our waiver?
McDonald's told federal regulators in a recent memo that it would be "economically
prohibitive" for its insurance carrier to continue to cover its 30,000
hourly workers unless it received a waiver from the ObamaCare requirement
that 80% of premiums for such minimed plans be spent on medical care, alarm
bells went off in the White House.
Handed "October Surprise," Media Must Question Dems
Ron Futrell, Liberty.com, October 4 2010
now, the trash left behind at the Democrat "One Nation Working Together"
near the Washington Monument has been cleared away—but a bunch of garbage
we have actual proof of the Communist/Democrat/Socialist Party holding
a rally on the steps of the Washington Monument. Complete with signs equating
Green Jobs with socialism, Obama supporters promoting socialism, anti-Israel
signs, and on and on. The photos tell the story that the media refuse to
report. Ben Jealous, the head of the NAACP confirmed the connection on
ABC when he was asked about communists and socialists promoting this event
and he said the Democrats are a "big tent" party and anybody who can vote
is welcome. See a Republican try to give an answer like that if anything
similar had happened at a Tea Party rally.
Wants Even More Acres To Mismanage
Deroy Murdock, Human Events, October 1 2010
D.C. already lords over some 650 million acres, or 29 percent of America’s
land. The federal government owns 45.3 percent of California, 48 percent
of Arizona, 57.45 percent of Utah, 69 percent of Alaska, and 84.5 percent
of Nevada. No state from the Rockies west is less than 30 percent federal,
as are Montana and Washington.
that is not enough.…
March 2009, President Obama designated 2 million federal acres as "wilderness,"
thus limiting public access and uses thereon. Unsated, Obama last April
announced America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, a national listening tour
to concoct new ways for Washington to interfere in natural-resource matters.
A report due November 15 will include ideas for "creating corridors and
connectivity" across exterior spaces, most likely through land procurement.
scarier is a secret Bureau of Land Management (BLM) discussion paper leaked
to Senator Jim DeMint (R – South Carolina) and Rep. Robert Bishop (R –
Utah). Labeled "Internal Draft — NOT FOR RELEASE," this document confirms
the federal government’s infinite desire for physical enlargement.
Delivers a Stunner
real historical parallel may be 1894 when Republicans took 100 seats.
John Fund, The Wall Street Journal, October 6 2010
Barone, co-author of the Almanac of American Politics, says either of the
Gallup turnout models would produce "a Republican House majority the likes
of which we have not seen since the election cycles of 1946 or even 1928."
Mr. Barone says the historical parallel might no longer be 1994, when the
GOP gained 54 House seats, but instead 1894, when Republicans gained more
than 100 House seats in the middle of the economic downturn that engulfed
Democratic President Grover Cleveland.
Jobs Deficit Further Evidence of Failure
J.D. Foster, Ph.D., Heritage Foundation, October 8 2010
are what your record says you are." So says Bill Parcells, three-time Super
Bowl–winning coach. Professional sports, athletes, coaches, and commentators
can spin the numbers with the best of politicians, but in the end you are
what your record says you are. The record for the first two years of President
Obama’s economic policies is pretty dismal: National debt up $2.9 trillion;
unemployment rate holding at a lofty 9.6 percent; and Obama’s personal
metric—the Obama jobs deficit—up to 7.6 million workers.
Think Tea Party’s Racist; GOP, Unaffiliateds Disagree
Rasmussen Reports, October 7 2010
Democrats think members of the Tea Party movement are racist. Most Republicans
and voters not affiliated with either party disagree.
Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that among all Likely
Voters 31% believe most members of the Tea Party are racist. Nearly half
(48%), however, say most Tea Party members are not racist. Another 22%
are not sure.
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