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By John McClaughry
Friday five liberal Norwegian airheads decided that Barack Obama ought
to get the Nobel Peace Prize for his nine months of eloquent speechmaking
about peace and other stuff. Many were surprised.
I thought back to when pitcher
Bobo Holloman won baseballís coveted Cy Young award.
Salmon Was Right: Democrats don't understand the economic crisis we're
By Rob Roper
When Tom Salmon left the
Vermont Democratic Party he said, "As many of you know, in the face of
the enormous fiscal crisis, I have sounded the alarm for new thinking,
responsible budgeting, meaningful long-term planning and prioritization."
Salmon concluded after many conversations with Democratic party leaders
that, "It is my belief that the VT Republican party is closest to accepting
the realities of our times; and is therefore the party best equipped to
manage the very real and troubling economic and social conditions which
confront us not only today, but in the coming decade."
Rod Clarke Voluntary Enrollment Health Insurance Plan
By Martin Harris
decades ago, I visited the governmental operation in Montpelier to watch
a small part of the statutory sausage-manufacture process in action. As
it turned out, the street theatre out front that day was far more enlightening
and entertaining than the under-the-Golden-Dome committee room proceedings.
Perhaps some of the following details of my time-fuzzed recollection are
not historically precise, but I present them only to provide background
for, and support of, what I learned there, which seems increasingly to
have a lot of relevance (albeit zero recognition by The Very Important
People) in the contemporary furor over whether and how we should pay for
each othersí health care, in accordance with the fourth inalienable-right
principle set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the mandatory
prescription (medical pun intended) for governmental-action obligation
set forth in Article VIII of the US Constitution.
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"I am not
sure the public and even our membership has a firm grasp on the problem
we are facing,"
D-Bellows Falls, chairman of the Joint Fiscal Committee
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Weekly News Round-Up
financial affairs: A Crisis Written in Red
By Louis Porter, Vermont
Press Bureau, October 6, 2009
"I am not sure the public
and even our membership has a firm grasp on the problem we are facing,"
said Michael Obuchowski, D-Bellows Falls, the chairman of the Joint Fiscal
Committee of lawmakers that oversees budgetary issues when the full Legislature
is not in Montpelier. "It is a problem that is going to demand our utmost
attention and some painful decisions."
From Vermont Tiger, October
Policymakers often forget
that entrepreneurs take risks. When risks pan out, they are rewarded,
sometimes handsomely, and when the risks of a new venture are underestimated,
the endeavor goes belly up and someone has to pay--the entrepreneur, investors,
or lenders. If you see businesses only as a guaranteed cash machine,
you forget about the ones that never make it.
Want Education Choice
Caledonia Record Editorial,
October 10, 2009
Itís time for a statewide
referendum on school choice. Whenever the question is asked the general
electorate, in Vermont or virtually every other state, whether in an opinion
poll, over a country store cracker barrel, or at any impartial forum, the
people in the street want education choice.
Residents Want School Choice!
Vermont Back on Track, October 15
From VermontBiz.com, October
Lawrence Reed is the founder
and for twenty years President of Michiganís Mackinac Center for Public
Policy, long considered the most influential free-market state think tank
in the nation. His address October 15th, part of the ongoing Sheraton Economic
Series, will focus on how the ideas of individual liberty, private property,
limited government and competitive free enterprise can be packaged to promote
increased economic opportunity and prosperity for Vermonters.
From Vermont Tiger, October
If half a companyís revenue
came from five percent of its customer base, the CEO would begin each day
with the same ritual: prayer.
Thatís a narrow base upon
which to build hope, let alone a sustainable business. To an extent, thatís
Vermontís issue, not at the corporate level but with state government.
We have a spending level that is disproportionately dependent on a progressive
income tax structure and a paltry number of taxpayers.
Expands high-speed Internet in Southern Vermont
From VermontBiz.com, October
More Vermonters can quickly
e-mail photos, download music and surf the Internet now that FairPoint
Communications has expanded access to high-speed Internet service in southern
Vermont. The service was recently expanded to reach 2,000 more customers
in the towns of Dummerston, Hartford, Stratton Mountain, West Dover (Timber
Creek) and West Windsor.
In 2008, FairPoint increased
access to high-speed Internet service from 65 to 76 percent of its Vermont
lines exceeding its commitment to the state for 75 percent broadband availability.
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Global War on Terrorism
By Dr. Walid Phares, Family
Security Matters, October 6, 2009
The following is an interview
with Dr. Walid Phares that appeared in Nowe Panstwo (Our Times), a Politics
and History Journal in Poland, conducted by Olga Dole?niak-Harczuk. The
title of the interview in Polish is "ihad jak joga" which translates to
"Jihad like Yoga." In this extensive discussion, Dr. Phares addresses the
strategic structure of al Qaeda, Europe's readiness to confront the threat,
the Obama Administration ability to win a war of ideas over the Jihadists,
the necessary Western rethinking of the conflict, indoctrination and penetration
in the U.S., the role of Oil lobbies, the influence of theological texts
on Jihadists, the numbers of Islamists in Europe, Western inability to
fight this war, and Polish American relations in the war with the Jihadists.
on the Hysteria About Afghanistan
By Victor Davis Hanson,
National Review, October 7, 2009
Afghanistan is a messy war,
but so far it has been conducted with a minimum loss of American life while
achieving some important goals. We can argue about current strategies,
fault whatís been done in the past, deplore the length of the war, lament
its cost, or blame each other for its inconclusiveness, but the facts remain
that we removed the Taliban, weakened al-Qaeda in the region, fostered
a consensual government in the most unlikely of places, and helped to prevent
another catastrophic attack on our nation originating from that part of
the world ó and did all this with a degree of skill that is reflected in
losses that by historical standards are quite moderate.
China Worries the Pentagon
By Peter Brookes, Family
Security Matters, October 7, 2009
Replete with Olympian fanfare,
China just a few days ago "celebrated" the 60th anniversary of the founding
and achievements of the People's Republic. Unfortunately, not everyone
is celebrating -- especially not military
From Investorís Business
Daily, October 7, 2009
War On Terror: The would-be
conventional wisdom, being spread far and wide by Democrats, is that al-Qaida
is petering out in Afghanistan. Once again, we are underestimating Osama
bin Laden's deadly outfit. National Security Adviser James Jones says al-Qaida
in Afghanistan has shrunk. Intercepted al-Qaida communications suggest
weapons and clothing shortages. And according to a presidential statement
Tuesday, "Al-Qaida and its allies have not only lost operational capacity;
they've lost legitimacy and credibility."
Bombing as Worship: Dimensions of Jihad
By Denis MacEoin, Middle
East Quarterly, Fall 2009
Many motives are cited for
suicide bombings, from religious sanctification to revenge for Western
foreign policy to hatred of Israel, but one thing ties them together: the
boast that Muslims love death, whereas their enemies love life. From killing
the infidel enemy through suicide attacks, to allowing the subordinate
female to participate in suicide attacks, a pattern emerges. And just as
honor killings are a perversion of the most basic of human ties, so love
for martyrdom takes societies into a direct relationship with the darkest
side of human nature. In trying to explain this, it may be feasible to
identify routes to a possible solution.
No Testimony From McChrystal?
From Investorís Business
Daily, October 7, 2009
War Strategy: When Bush and
Petraeus proposed the surge in Iraq, Democrats demanded that the general
testify before Congress. So why has the Senate blocked a similar invitation
to our commander in Afghanistan?
Those with memories longer
than the 24-hour news cycle recall that in the dark days of the Iraq War,
David Petraeus was summoned to Washington to explain the surge strategy
that would eventually lead to victory in Iraq.
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Religion Means More Government
By Anthony B. Bradley Ph.D.,
Acton Institute for Religion and Liberty, October 7 2009
Soviet communism adopted
Karl Marxís teaching that religion was the "opiate of the masses" and launched
a campaign of bloody religious persecution. Marx was misguided about the
role of religion but years later many communists became aware that turning
people away from religious life increases dependence on government to address
lifeís problems. The history of government coercion that comes from turning
from religion to government makes a new study suggesting a national decline
in religious life particularly alarming to those concerned about individual
the Dollar Going to Collapse?
By Mark Skousen, Human Events,October
Rumors are flying that secret
meetings are taking place between Arab states, China, Russia, Japan and
France, to dump the dollar and replace the U.S. currencyís role in the
pricing of oil. The dollar fell against the euro, yen and Swiss franc,
while gold hit new highs of $1,041 an ounce.
Is there any truth to the
rumors that the dollar is being replaced by a basket of foreign currencies,
and what will be the impact your investments and the U.S. economy? The
fact is that this rumor has been making the rounds for years. It has been
repeatedly denied by officials, but that doesnít mean foreigners are happy
with the falling dollar.
Demise of the Dollar
Stood to Lose Grant to ACORN
Sen. Vitter wants
$1 million returned to Homeland Security.
By Audrey Hudson, Washington
Times, October 7, 2009
Nearly $1 million in Homeland
Security funding typically earmarked for fire departments has been awarded
to ACORN before Congress signaled that it intended to cut off federal funding
to the embattled group.
The grant to ACORN's Louisiana
office became public in September before the House and Senate voted to
cut off ACORN funding after employees were caught on video advising a fake
prostitute and pimp on scams.
Strategies Backfire in State After Deficit-Ridden State
By Steven Malanga, Investorís
Business Daily, October 7, 2009
When David Paterson became
governor of New York after Eliot Spitzer's hooker escapades, the former
state senator from Harlem shocked New Yorkers by declaring that taxes were
too high and that he had many friends who had left the state because there
were better opportunities elsewhere.
New York had to grab control
of its spending rather than continue raising taxes, said the former state
senator with a long tax-and-spend track record, in what amounted to the
equivalent of ideological heresy.
Push People to Accept Obamacare
By William Tate, American
Thinker, October 7, 2009
Gallup has unintentionally
revealed how they, and other polling organizations, have been pushing the
public to accept Obamacare.
The revelation came in a
late last month which revealed that a significant majority of Americans
believes that individuals themselves, and not the government, should be
responsible for ensuring they have health insurance. According to Gallup,
61% of folks they surveyed believe that health insurance should be left
to the individual, not the nanny state. Unsurprisingly, 89% of Republicans
held that view, but so did 64% of independents. Only Democrats, at 62%,
wanted Big Brother to shoulder the responsibility.
Safe Schools Czar Slams Schools for Promoting Heterosexuality
Wants Pro-gay Curricula
For Kindergartners (Video).
From the Gateway Pundit,
October 7, 2009
Another Kook in the White
House. Obama's Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings slammed US schools for
Democrats try to pack the federal courts.
the Senate Judiciary Committee as run by Patrick Leahy, even plans on which
the two parties have previously agreed to collaborate disintegrate into
partisanship. Witness his effort to expand the federal judiciary now that
President Obama can pick the new judges.
aide accuses Fox of operating as GOP arm
Associated Press, October 12, 2009
House Communications Director Anita Dunn told CNN's "Reliable Sources"
on Sunday that Fox News operates "almost as either the research arm or
the communications arm of the Republican Party." It's another sign of the
White House's aggressively going after Fox.
Moments in Socialized Medicine
Saves Mother, 80, Left by Doctors to Starve
Templeton, Health Editor, The Sunday Times, October 11, 2009
80-year-old grandmother who doctors identified as terminally ill and left
to starve to death has recovered after her outraged daughter intervened.
Veteran Dies of Cancer after Lung Transplant from Heavy Smoker
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