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Shumlin has No Economic Development Plan
By Rob Roper

The 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 plan. 

A Cruel Hoax on Vermonters
By Deborah T. Bucknam

With 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 after 2012.

Charlie Smith for State Senate Brings Experience in Budgets, Banks, Boards
By Kelly Bartlett

Smith 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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"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."

– Barry Goldwater (1964)

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Vermont Weekly News Round-Up

An Outcome Devoutly To Be Wished For
Caledonia Record Editorial, October 6 2010

The 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.

In 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."

IBM Unplugged: Hard Facts
By Jack Harding, Vermont Tiger, October 6 2010

The barn is on fire, the creek is rising and Candidate Shumlin attacks Candidate Dubie for….saying IBM will leave if the Vermont Yankee closes.…

I think Mr. Dubie was wise to sound the alarm…. and in the meantime, the barn has burned down and the creek flooded the basement.

Oh, 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.

Project America Run
Caledonia Record Editorial, October 5, 2010

We 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 country.

The 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.

What Is Our Children Learning?
By Sheldon Katz, Vermont Tiger, October 5 2010

It 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: 

VT Gov. Candidates Battle over Dynasaur
From Fox 44 News, October 6 2010

Shumlin 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.

"It will mean in the second year 910 children are removed from healthcare coverage," says Shumlin.

"We must be getting close to Halloween because this is a scare tactic kind of thing," says Dubie.

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.

Vermont Binge Drinking Above The National Average
From Fox 44 News, October 7 2010

The 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%.

Even if a binge drinker takes immediate precautions, such as not getting behind the wheel, the health risks are still significant.

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Freedom Under Fire:
The Global War on Terrorism

Two 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.

Europe's Broken Economies
By Samuel Gregg American Spectator, October 4 2010

During September this year, much of Europe descended into mild chaos. Millions of Spaniards and French 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 and Sweden, 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.

Sharia 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.

The 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." 

The 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.

The 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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From Elsewhere

The Unraveling Of ObamaCare
From Investor’s Business Daily, October 8 2010

Thirty 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?

When 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.

Republicans Handed "October Surprise," Media Must Question Dems
By Ron Futrell,, October 4 2010

By 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 remains.…

Now, 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.

Washington Wants Even More Acres To Mismanage
By Deroy Murdock, Human Events, October 1 2010

Washington, 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.

But that is not enough.…

In 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.

Even 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.

Gallup Delivers a Stunner
The real historical parallel may be 1894 when Republicans took 100 seats.
By John Fund, The Wall Street Journal, October 6 2010

Michael 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.

Obama Jobs Deficit Further Evidence of Failure
By J.D. Foster, Ph.D., Heritage Foundation, October 8 2010

"You 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.

Democrats Think Tea Party’s Racist; GOP, Unaffiliateds Disagree
From Rasmussen Reports, October 7 2010

Most Democrats think members of the Tea Party movement are racist. Most Republicans and voters not affiliated with either party disagree.

A new 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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