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Support Brian Dubie for Governor at Pro-Jobs Rally in Burlington
By Kelly Bartlett
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."
is the Clear Choice for Secretary of State
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.
Fed and Jamestown 70 in VT
By Martin Harris
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
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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
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.
Vermont State Senator (2003-2006)
is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.
Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery".
Weekly News Round-Up
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.
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
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.
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
Here are the eight Hoffer
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.
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
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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Global War on Terrorism
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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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.
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.
the Mask of Ecofascism
Lord, The Ludwig Von Mises Institute, October
The new ecofascist short
film "No Pressure" created by director Richard Curtis for the 10:10 "carbon
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
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
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.
in Liberal Bastions, GOP Sees Election Chance
By Glen Johnson & Julie
Hirschfeld Davis, Associated Press, October
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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