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True North Archives - October 26, 2010
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Featured Articles

Hundreds Support Brian Dubie for Governor at Pro-Jobs Rally in Burlington
By Kelly Bartlett

Before introducing the other speakers, Cioffi, explained why he supported Dubie.  "Spend a day with an unemployed person . .  . spend a day with a senior citizen" and you’ll hear that this race is all about "jobs and affordability."  Cioffi stressed the importance of this gubernatorial race, "It really matters who the next governor is."
      

Gibbs is the Clear Choice for Secretary of State
Rob Roper photoBy Rob Roper

It’s an office that doesn’t get a lot of attention, but it should. Vermont’s Secretary of State is in charge of many things, including professional licensing, legally establishing new businesses, official record keeping, and ensuring that our election laws are carried out fairly and transparently.

This year’s race for the open seat vacated by Deb Markowitz presents a stark contrast in candidates and what should be a clear choice for the voters.

Jason Gibbs, former commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation and, before that, press secretary to Governor Jim Douglas, has earned a reputation as a dynamic leader and an innovative thinker. Under Jason’s leadership, Forests, Parks and Recreation cut its General Fund, taxpayer financed spending by about twenty-seven percent, streamlined its management structure, and adopted a creative, entrepreneurial approach to the way it does business.

The Fed and Jamestown 70 in VT
By Martin Harris

Martin Harris photoQuite a few mid-size forests have been leveled to furnish the paper for writings on Jamestown 70, the 40-years-ago Yale Law School faculty-student exploration of the politics of a Progressive take-over of a small State to demonstrate how brilliantly the brightest-among-us would govern, if given a chance. Like the original Jamestown settlers, outsiders from a higher civilization landing in 1607 amongst the indigenous aborigines to improve them, whether they wanted improvement or not, the 1970 design was intended, as writers like Barbara Olson have phrased it in "Hell to Pay", for "…those with a heightened consciousness to migrate to a safer place…to create their own realities…in such places as Vermont…"  and make the Jamestown 70 proposal less of a  theoretical and more of a "down-to-earth radical federalism". Read it for yourself on pp. 61-2 of her Hillary Clinton (Yale Law grad) biography. Debate has continued ever since on the subsequent demographic revolution in Vermont. Was it as organized as Olson argues or simply the sum of tens of thousands of baby-boomer decisions to reject their parents’ suburbia to "do their own thing" in a then-more-rural environment? The fiscal background isn’t debatable: as more than 50,000 hits on Google illustrate, the nationwide wealth transfer from Silent Generation parents to Boomer Generation offspring has been some $41 trillion, quite enough to create a new phenomenon of "the trust-funder economy" in small governances like Vermont, not yet a clear demographic majority but certainly a now-dominant crunchy-Progressive presence.

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Letters to the Editor

Gibbs is Refreshing

Having worked with both candidates for Secretary of State, I can say there are stark differences and differences that are very important as Secretary of State. 

Jason Gibbs has always been respectful and listened to and considered ideas passed by him.  His energy and temperament were both critical to his success as Forest and Parks' Commissioner and  would be a  terrific asset  to a Secretary of State.

I served two terms on the Senate Government Operations Committee.  When in second term Jim Condos became chair, the committee focus took a clear shift away from the task of helping state and local governments run smoother and more efficient and toward advocating for partisan Democrat-leaning special interest groups and unions.

 I find Jason Gibbs to be the most refreshing statewide candidate on the ballot this year.  I know he will be fair and execute the duties of the Secretary of State office with the rights and well-being of every Vermonter in the forefront, not political parties and special interests groups.

For Vermont, Go with Gibbs on Election Day.

Mark Shepard
Bennington
Vermont State Senator (2003-2006)

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Quotable 
"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery".    --Sir Winston Churchill
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Vermont Weekly News Round-Up

Vote for Brian Dubie And Phil Scott
Caledonia Record Editorial, October 22 2010

Vermont will elect a new administration in just a few days. Though all elections are important, this one is especially so, because the new administration will either lead Vermont in responsible, rational directions, or down a path of irresponsible social engineering that requires ruinous new taxation. We urge voters to choose Brian Dubie and Phil Scott, as your governor and lieutenant governor, respectively. Why? Because we know them. And why not vote for Peter Shumlin? Because we know him. Or Steve Howard? Because we don't know much about him and what little we know concerns us.

Dear Santa: More Engineering, Less "Activism"
By Daniel Foty, Vermont Tiger, October 22 2010

A couple weeks back, I complained in a comment that one contemporary Vermont disease is that we are way too long on cheerleading and vaporous hand-waving, and way too short on things that really matter - like good, hard-nosed engineering.

During last week's dramatic rescue of the trapped Chilean miners (seeming to echo a similar but less-dreadful situation in Pennsylvania a few years back), it was somewhat annoying to hear all the airy talk about "spirit" and such - while the marvelous engineering technology and competence that were deployed for these rescues got the short shrift.

Economic Suicide by Tritium
Caledonia Record Editorial, October 22 2010

The anti-Vermont Yankee forces are doing their absolute best to panic Vermonters with horror stories about leaking tritium. The truth is that there is more exposure to radiation from sunlight than there is from the imputed leaks at Vermont Yankee. The unfortunate truth, too, is the public is listening to the Shumlins of Vermont and panicking, even though there is not a single recorded atomic energy plant effect from tritium on a human being in the whole history of nuclear energy production. Atomic energy scientists say a human would have to ingest a massive amount of tritium for there to be any effect.

The Hoffer High Tax Vision
By John McClaughry, Vermont Tiger, October 22, 2010

Right after the 2008 election Doug Hoffer, currently the Democratic candidate for Auditor of Accounts, set down on paper his creative ideas for extracting additional tax revenues from the people of the state, to alleviate the growing pressure for reducing state expenditures. 

Here are the eight Hoffer ideas...

ACLU Seeking Phone Tracking Details

By John Curran, Bennington Banner, October 18 2010

A Vermont judge heard arguments but didn't rule Monday on a lawsuit aimed at forcing the state to reveal whether and how its criminal investigators use cell phone tracking technology to keep tabs on people and their whereabouts.

The ACLU of Vermont sued the state in March after filing public records requests that sought information on the state Attorney General's use of data from cell phone service providers to pinpoint the location of people.

VT's Catamount Health Provider Ups Rates 21 Percent
From WCAX, October 19 2010

Vermonters enrolled in the state-run insurance program known as Catamount Health will soon be faced with a quandary.

MVP Health Care and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont are the only companies providing Catamount, but a rate increase of over 21 percent was just approved for MVP starting next year.

That means, under MVP Health Care, a Catamount policy for a single person paying the whole cost would be about $527 a month. The same plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont will cost about $414 a month.

About 12,500 Vermonters are enrolled in Catamount, 2,500 of them under MVP.

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Freedom Under Fire:
The Global War on Terrorism

China, History, and the Future
By Christopher Ford, The Hudson Institute, October 20 2010

My book tries to explore the foundations upon which it seemed to me that Chinese conceptions of global order are built, starting with the conceptual system pioneered by Confucius himself.  It was a "virtuocratic" conception of political order, in which harmony was felt to spread outward in concentric circles from the ruler because, and to the degree that, he was virtuous. Indeed, a prince of perfect virtue would inevitably have the entire world subject itself to him in one form or another.  A prince of imperfect virtue would preside over disharmony and disorder, and no doubt soon be replaced by a ruler with more perfect qualities.

The Confucian philosophy of governance is thus radically monist. It is naturally hierarchical, and the ruler cannot admit the existence of separate, coequal sovereignties without conceding some defect in his own virtue. In my view, this paradigm has had important implications over the years, for it encourages the view that anything other than an at least symbolically hierarchical relationship favoring China is at some level philosophically offensive, ideologically untenable, and politically threatening....

In part because of the strength of this tradition, China faced a tremendous psycho-ideological shock in its 19th-Century encounter with the European-derived system of world order that revolved – at least in theory, at any rate – around the legitimate, long-term interaction of coequal sovereign states.  This new world system was in a sense incomprehensible through the lens of traditional Confucian mores.

China's Rare-Earth Monopoly - U.S. Should Restart Mining to End Vulnerability
By Gal Luft & Yaron Vorona, The Washington Times, October 20 2010

China's domination over a global supply of raw materials key to America's military-industrial complex and its demonstrated readiness to use this domination as a weapon are undeniably a national-security vulnerability. Because of rare earths' unique role in maintaining America's technology work force, qualitative military edge and energy future, Washington should work to diversify America's technology metals supply chain and remove obstacles to building a competitive domestic rare-earth mining, processing and refining industry.

This should not be a tall order. After all, one-fifth of the world's known commercially available non-Chinese rare-earth reserves are concentrated in the United States. In fact, until the 1970s, the California-based Mountain Pass Mine (then owned by Chevron) was the world's largest supplier of rare earths. But in the decades since, China's lower production cost because of weak environmental enforcement and significant wage differentials has brought the U.S. rare-earth industry to extinction.

Germany and the Failure of Multiculturalism
By George Friedman, Strategic Forecasters, October 19 2010

German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared at an Oct. 16 meeting of young members of her party, the Christian Democratic Union, that multiculturalism, or Multikulti, as the Germans put it, "has failed totally." Horst Seehofer, minister-president of Bavaria and the chairman of a sister party to the Christian Democrats, said at the same meeting that the two parties were "committed to a dominant German culture and opposed to a multicultural one." Merkel also said that the flood of immigrants is holding back the German economy, although Germany does need more highly trained specialists, as opposed to the laborers who have sought economic advantages in Germany.

The statements were striking in their bluntness and their willingness to speak of a dominant German culture, a concept that for obvious reasons Germans have been sensitive about asserting since World War II. The statement should be taken with utmost seriousness and considered for its social and geopolitical implications. It should also be considered in the broader context of Europe’s response to immigration, not to Germany’s response alone.

The World with Victor Davis Hanson: Chapter 2 of 5
By A. Millar National Review Online, October 13 2010

Victor Davis Hanson details why he’s pessimistic about Mexico.

How Long Can the Iranian Regime Last?
By Michael Ledeen, Family Security Matters, October 20 2010

Thus the vice of oppression tightens more forcefully on all levels of Iranian society, as the regime uses the only method that can keep Khamenei and Ahmadinejad in power: the iron fist, combined with foreign adventure (about which more in my next blog).

Can it last? The regime would surely fall in short order if its opponents received a modicum of real support from the West, but no such support seems to be forthcoming from the feckless men and women who mistakenly fancy themselves to be real leaders, and who one day will have earned a shameful page in the history of this period.

And so the agony of Iran continues, until the inevitable explosion of righteous wrath finally destroys this evil regime.

Related Article: Iran Loses Most of its Ballistic Missile Launchers in Mysterious Blasts at the Secret Imam Ali Base

The U.S.’s Disorganized Retreat
Out of Iraq, Afghanistan — and the rest of the world.
By Conrad Black,The National Review Online, October 21 2010

The U.S. is conducting a more or less orderly retreat, unpunctuated with military disasters, and the American people will not miss their 65-year total immersion in the world any more than the world will be heartbroken to be less dominated by the Americans. But it all has the appearance and feel of a default position, of unplanned, almost inadvertent, feckless retreat, not a serious plan of systematically handing over security matters to carefully prepared indigenous forces. Sensible, strategic withdrawals can be elegant (de Gaulle’s from Algeria, the U.S. from the Philippines), disorganized (Britain’s from India and Palestine, the USSR’s from Poland), or disastrous (Napoleon’s from Russia). So far, this one is in the second category, but it is not too late for an upgrade, nor is it a certainty that a rout will be avoided. And of course, it need not be happening at all.

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From Elsewhere

Tea Party Must Define Ideas
By Rev. Robert A. Sirico, The Acton Institute for Religion and Liberty, October 14 2010

It is not that tea party folk believe in "the myth of the sinless market."

It is that they, and most believers, indeed most Americans, believe that politicians and bureaucrats are not immaculately conceived and require limits to their interventions.

And so we come to what may be the real deficiency of this popular movement — it has yet to define a set of clear principles that permit it to consistently outline its view of society and the proper role of the state.

Such a set of principles exists within both the Roman Catholic and Reformed Protestant traditions and are known respectively as subsidiarity and sphere sovereignty. Each term in different yet complementary ways states that needs are best met at the most local level of their existence and that higher orders of social organization (that is, mediating institutions and the public sector) may only temporarily intervene into lower spheres of social organization in moments of great crisis. This intervention by higher authorities should happen to assist, not replace, local relationships. 

Latinos Go Conservative
The president's pandering and fear mongering are not working, and the nation's fastest growing demographic is rapidly turning away from his socialist policies.
By Chris Salcedo, Pajamas Media, October 23 2010

As if the White House didn’t have enough to worry about, a recent Gallup poll piled on bad news for President Obama. At the beginning of 2010 the president enjoyed support from 69% of Hispanics. By May that number was down to 57%. Now just 55% of Hispanics support the president and his liberal agenda. This news by itself is devastating to the Democrats’ prospects in the 2010 midterm elections.

But what’s going on behind the numbers could possibly be a harbinger of doom for Obama’s re-election in 2012. Across the country conservative Latino organizations are springing up as fast as illegal immigrants are streaming across the border. And these organizations are not content to just conduct meetings and complain about the liberal takeover in Washington. Some are taking action. In Dallas, Amigos de Patriots is launching an online and TV ad campaign called "Vote your Values, Vote Conservative." The idea is to remind Hispanics that their ancestors fled countries where prosperity was killed by left-wing regimes. The 30-second spots also take on social issues like abortion, a practice that is dear to liberals and Democrats but that the Latino community at large finds offensive.

Dropping the Mask of Ecofascism
By  Jeffrey Lord, The Ludwig Von Mises Institute, October 11 2010

The new ecofascist short film "No Pressure" created by director Richard Curtis for the 10:10 "carbon reduction"[1] campaign is a beautiful example of the environmentalist movement dropping its pleasant-looking mask and joking about its true authoritarian nature. The film shows several sketches in which supporters of an environmental program to cut carbon-dioxide emissions explode people into a bloody mess when they decline to participate. After telling their hapless targets that there is "no pressure" to take part, the environmental organizers press a magic button, and presto, another dissenter liquidated — literally. The film ends, having murdered eight people (including two children) in four separate sketches, with these ominous words:

cut your carbon by 10%
no pressure
‘Don’t Tread on Me’: Tea Partiers Denied the Right to Vote in Texas
By Alexis Levinson, The Daily Caller, October 19 2010

Katrina Pierson, who sits on the steering committee of the Dallas Tea Party and is also involved with the Garland Tea Party, told The Daily Caller that "around 11 o’clock yesterday," a Garland Tea Party member, reported that she was told by an election official that she could not vote unless she removed her button. A second election official, Pierson said, did not recognize the button and did not understand why the other official was not permitting the woman to vote.

According to Pierson, the woman refused to remove her button, saying it was a violation of her first amendment rights, and called the sheriff’s office. The sheriff passed the matter on to the Dallas County Election Department, which failed to act.

The woman opted not to vote until she had done more research and figured out whether or not the election official was allowed to do that. The Garland Tea Party is currently conducting that investigation on her behalf.

Even in Liberal Bastions, GOP Sees Election Chance
By Glen Johnson & Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Associated Press, October 19 2010

In the congressional district that's home to the Kennedy family compound, a Kennedy public skating rink and a Kennedy museum, the heart of liberalism is beating uneasily.

Republican Jeff Perry is making a serious bid to take over a seat held by Democrats for nearly 40 years — and it's just one of nearly 100 seats across the country that now appear under at least some threat of slipping away from the majority party and giving control of the U.S. House to the GOP.

At least 75 House seats — the vast majority held by Democrats — are at serious risk of changing hands, and roughly 25 more where Democrats were assumed to have the upper hand have tightened in recent weeks, raising the possibility that some could flip to the Republicans as well.

Issa: Obama Administration Will Be Held Accountable
By John Gizzi, Human Events, October 19 2010

Following his address, the San Diego Republican told HUMAN EVENTS that he planned to investigate the policy of offering federal positions as political rewards. The issue was magnified this year following claims by Colorado’s Andrew Romanoff and Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak that the Obama White House had offered them federal positions in return for not running against Democratic incumbents for the Senate.

Issa made it clear that he intended to investigate the practice in Republican Administrations and this would include claims that George W. Bush’s White House also tried to keep candidates from running for office with federal posts.

"Just because Andrew Jackson started the ‘spoils system’ way back when doesn’t mean it is legal or should not be investigated," said Issa.

Group Plans to Keep Pressure on Newly Elected Conservatives
By Jennifer Levitz & Douglas A. Blackmon, Wall Street Journal, October 25 2010

"The incumbents have allowed us to get into the problems we are in now," he said. "We hope to get to the freshmen before the incumbents get to them, and start twisting their arms."

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