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Sustainability: The New Gay Cowboy
By James Ehlers

Fortunately, a new year is on the horizon, an election year no less, and if we are serious about practicing what we preach, we will resist fads, and return to only truly sustainable ethics: hard work, sacrifice, and frugality. A generation or more spent fawning over the odd, the whimsical, the self-centered, and the impractical has left us and our children in a precarious position.

Governing by "the Ends Justifies the Means"
By Mark Shepard

When Peter Welch ran for Congress he campaigned against Congress ignoring or disrespecting the Constitution. Yet now that he is in Congress, he has taken on the same disregard for our Constitution that he campaigned against.
We Are (NOT) All Keynesians Now
By Martin Harris

Shortly after I read about the supposed "stimulus" effect of the money spent to re-build the Middlebury Post Office mini-plaza, I read a persuasive (for me, anyway) argument against such tax- or borrow-and-spend government initiatives in the pages of The Intercollegiate Review. In the current issue, author/historian/amateur-economist Thomas Woods uses "The Forgotten Depression of 1920" to prove his thesis, that Keynesian/Obamian deficit/stimulus spending prolongs and worsens depressions/recessions, exactly contrary to what the government-spending proponents promise. The 1920 Depression was swift and deep; there was no government intervention (in fact, government cut taxes sharply and spending even more sharply, leaving more disposable income (and spending/saving/investment options) in private hands, and within a year it was all over, except in agriculture, where chronic commodity over-production caused by continuous productivity advance without supply management has plagued the industry while pleasing urban consumers for most of the last century.

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"That brings us to Cap and Trade. Never in the history of humanity has a more idiotic plan been put forward and sold with bigger lies."

-- Stanislav Mishin is a Russian student of the decline of great nations and this quote appeared in the online English edition of Pravda Ru in an article on how America is following the old Soviet Union on a path towards decline.

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Vermont Weekly News Round-Up

Quick Guide to Burlington Telecom Controversy
By Shay Totten, Seven Days, October 22, 2009

Here is a quick recap of the BT controversy, along with links to past articles and blog posts tracking this unfolding story.

War Between The Generations
From Vermont Tiger, October 23, 2009

There were once, no doubt, plenty of elderly people who didn't have enough to live on.  But those days are gone.  As a class, old people are doing just fine. Better, in fact, than their kids or grandkids who will, by the way, be paying off the deficits Washington is so blithely running up.  The cruise ship business would go bust if old people suddenly decided to stay on dry ground.  They're partying while their kids are working two jobs.

Charter School Laws Across the States
From The Center for Education Reform

Charter laws have been passed by 40 states and the District of Columbia. Not in Vermont.

Getting It Right; Getting It Wrong
From Vermont Tiger, October 22, 2009

Some great reporting by Sue Allen of the Times Argus and John Briggs of the Burlington Free Press deserves special recognition.

Douglas Welcomes Bio-Tech Development
Caledonia Record Editorial, October 24, 2009

Vermont Gov. James Douglas and a South Korean bio-tech company completed a plan Friday to bring hundreds of new jobs to Orleans County.

The deal in Seoul makes official the effort by Jay Peak Resort President Bill Stenger and his partners to open a $50 million bio-tech facility in or near Newport City in two years.

Wrong Headline?
From Vermont Times, October 21, 2009

The media are full of stories about how amazing it is that the state received a lot more proposals for alternative energy than it had anticipated. ...

It's kind of like a reverse stimulus program:  Take money out of people's pockets and give it to a favored group of businesses. Some Vermont politicians would call that "corporate welfare."  But not in this case.

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Freedom Under Fire:
The Global War on Terrorism

The American Self Immolation, Truly a Sight to See
By Stanislav Mishin, Pravda Ru, October  19, 2009

It can be safely said, that the last time a great nation destroyed itself through its own hubris and economic folly was the early Soviet Union (though in the end the late Soviet Union still died by the economic hand). Now we get the opportunity to watch the Americans do the exact same thing to themselves. The most amazing thing of course, is that they are just repeating the failed mistakes of the past. One would expect their fellow travelers in suicide, the British, to have spoken up by now, but unfortunately for the British, their education system is now even more of a joke than that of the Americans.

While taking a small breather from mouthing the never ending propaganda of recovery, never mind that every real indicator is pointing to death and destruction, the American Marxists have noticed that the French and Germans are out of recession and that Russia and Italy are heading out at a good clip themselves. Of course these facts have been wrapped up into their mind boggling non stop chant of "recovery" and hope-change-zombification. What is ignored, of course, is that we and the other three great nations all cut our taxes, cut our spending, made life easy for small other words: the exact opposite of the Anglo-Sphere.

Dickering Over Uranium
Tehran should love the U.S. offer on enrichment.
The Wall Street Journal Editorial, October 24, 2009

One sign that an adversary isn't serious about negotiating is when it rejects even your concessions. That seemed to be the case yesterday when Iran gave signs it may turn down an offer from Russia, Europe and the U.S. to let Tehran enrich its uranium under foreign supervision outside the country. The mullahs so far won't take yes for an answer.

The War in Afghanistan Is Winnable
By Michael Yon, National Review, October 19, 2009

To be clear, I have developed a strong belief that the war is winnable, though on current trends we will lose. Filkins seemed to present a similar argument. In my view, we need more troops and effort in Afghanistan — now — and our commitment must be intergenerational.

Destroying America from Within
By Frank Gaffney, Jr., Family Security Matters, October  15, 2009

Toward that end, Muslim Mafia shows how CAIR has assiduously sought to penetrate U.S. decision-making circles, mounting successful influence operations against the executive, congressional and judicial branches. Its agents have been: included in official outreach efforts to the Muslim American community; selected by the State Department to represent the United States to foreign Muslim populations through government –underwritten speakers programs overseas; tapped to provide "sensitivity training" to the FBI and other law enforcement organizations; and prominently involved in legal proceedings advancing Shariah's supremacist program.

China, India Cancel Out Copenhagen
From Investor’s Business Daily, October  23, 2009

With less than two months to go before the big Copenhagen Conference on global warming, two major nations have said "no thanks" to the no-growth agenda. For that reason alone, so should we.

Following a deal signed late Thursday between China and India, anything we might agree to do in Copenhagen is likely moot anyway. The two mega-nations — which together account for nearly a third of the world's population — said they won't go along with a new climate treaty being drafted in Copenhagen to replace the Kyoto Protocol that expires in 2012.

The Clash of Un-Civilizations
By Melanie Phillips, Family Security Matters October  23, 2009

By fixating on the "far right" as the supremely evil force in British public life, the mainstream political class has failed to grasp that a half-baked neo-Nazi rabble is not the main issue. There is another more lethal type of fascism on the march in the form of Islamic supremacism.

The Islamists, or jihadis, are intent upon snuffing out individual freedom and imposing a totalitarian regime of submission to religious dogma which erodes and then replaces British and Western values. Now these two types of fascism are doing battle with each other – and with the white working class and lower-middle classes caught between them.

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From Elsewhere

America’s Uncontrolled Debt and Spending is the Real ‘Waterloo’
By Ray Nothstine, Acton Institute for Religion and Liberty, October 21, 2009

Religious left icon Jim Wallis has popularized the maxim, "budgets are moral documents." Yet the often repeated declaration is true in a way Wallis hasn’t envisioned, signaling bad news for Washington’s big spenders and those stuck footing the bill. Currently this country is facing no greater crisis than out of control spending and a mounting federal debt—a moral problem of prodigious proportions.

The Office of Management and Budget is projecting $9 trillion in deficits over the next ten years. Washington’s leaders have long paid lip service to the crisis, but their actions betray their words. The national debt is closing in on $12 trillion and unfunded liabilities like Social Security, Medicare, and other entitlement programs total $60 trillion. The looming budget and debt crisis transcend all current problems, and the crisis is visibly evident in the sliding value of the dollar. Former U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker has warned that the country could go bankrupt in one generation. The poor and middle class will be affected most. And Its Soviet Similarities
By Svetlana Kunin, Investor’s Business Daily, October 21, 2009

As a former citizen of the USSR, I heard and experienced all of this before. I listen to the speeches by the president asking people to sacrifice and serve. So what are we to sacrifice? For what? And to whom? I think I get it now.

Citizens of America, sacrifice your elders and forget your selfish aspirations of prosperity for yourself and your family! Sign onto and serve your government!

Palin Strikes Back
With her decision to endorse Doug Hoffman in NY-23, the former Alaska governor sends the GOP establishment a clear message.
By Melissa Clouthier, Pajamas Media, October 24, 2009

Second, Sarah Palin has a massive army fundraising for her. It has been interesting to contemplate how she’s going to use that power. The GOP power brokers have certainly seemed disinterested in having her run for president, but they are very interested in her money and endorsements. The only problem is that they have, to use a vulgar turn of phrase, pissed in their Cheerios. They underestimated her star power. They misjudged her almost as badly as the left did; they thought she was just some feather-headed lightweight who would be nice arm candy for John McCain. She’d win the women vote because women are so stupid; ovaries are enough to win them over was the idea. Turns out that Sarah Palin was formidable because of the strength of her ideals, not just because of the strength of her beauty. And don’t forget the strength of her spine. This gross miscalculation has put the Republican Party at odds with their one star candidate.

Is President Obama a Socialist?
From the Bluegrass Pundit, October 18, 2009

President Obama was born of and raised by leftist, socialists and/or communists. His actions as President indicate the apple has not fallen far from the tree.

A Power Grab Called 'Net Neutrality'
From Investor’s Business Daily, October 21, 2009

First Amendment: Diversity czar Mark Lloyd's FCC votes Thursday on the issue of net neutrality. Advertised as providing access to all, it will do to the information superhighway what Lloyd proposed for talk radio.

White House Attacks Worry Moderate Democrats
By Jonathan Allen, Politico, October 23, 2009

A White House effort to undermine conservative critics is generating a backlash on Capitol Hill — and not just from Republicans.

"It’s a mistake," said Rep. Jason Altmire, a moderate Democrat from western Pennsylvania. "I think it’s beneath the White House to get into a tit for tat with news organizations."

The Kitty-Cat Who Roared
By Victor Davis Hanson, The Patriot Post, October 22, 2009 

Obama ran on the accusation that Bush missed promised targets and deadlines. Yet when the loud reformer Obama himself proves even emptier in his promises than Bush, he suffers an additional wage of theatrical hypocrisy.

Related: Welcome to the P.T. Barnum Administration

Nadler's ACORN Ethics
By Matthew Vadum, The American Spectator, October 26 2009 

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who heads a congressional subcommittee that may be investigating ACORN in the not-too-distant future, has been providing advice to ACORN's lawyer, according to a new report. Nadler, a longtime ACORN ally, is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights, and civil liberties. 

CBO Underestimates Benefits of Malpractice Reform
By Lawrence McQuillan, The Wall Street Journal, October 23 2009

Earlier this month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said medical-liability reforms could save about $11 billion annually. This assessment is a gross underestimate of the potential benefits of reform and was intended to give cover to congressional Democrats who say malpractice-liability costs are trifling. But a full accounting shows the benefits would be a hefty $242 billion a year, more than 10 percent of America's health expenditures.

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