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2006 Special Edition
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thoughts to take to the polls
"The Democratic coalition
is giddy with anticipation.… Labor unions - especially the teachers' unions
- are salivating at the prospect of the windfalls that await them. Radical
enviros, feminists, trial lawyers, the ACLU, nannyists, minority activists,
gun controllers, illegal immigrants, socialists, etc. - all those who want
something from government at someone else's expense - will go to sleep
on election eve with visions of political sugar plums dancing in their
heads if Democrats sweep the field. Nationally, Nancy Pelosi dreams of
being Speaker of the House. Michael Moore and Cindy Sheehan imagine testifying
at President Bush's impeachment hearings. Al Franken fantasizes about being
Hillary's presidential press secretary in 2009. It's time for a Republican
gut check: If frustrated conservatives think spending has been too high
under the party that favors limited government, wait 'til they see how
high it goes under the party of unlimited government…."
– Mike Rosen (Link
to the full article below)
makeup is critical
By Mark Shepard
"…. Another time I introduced
a resolution outlining numerous reasons to oppose expansion of federal
wilderness within the Green Mountain National Forest. While an identical
resolution was allowed a fair debate and vote on the floor of the Republican-controlled
House, in the Senate under Peter Welch’s control, opportunity for discussion
and voting was shut down. In the House, where discussion was allowed, the
resolution passed 86-56, with bipartisan support.…" – Mark Shepard is
a State Senator from Bennington County
By Frank Mazur
".... Now some politicians
want to tax us even more and repeal all the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts that
were about to expire? The Vermont legislature this past session proposed
a gas tax increase, gas guzzler tax and property transfer tax increase
plus many increased taxes/fees including the Catamount Health misfire.
One of Calvin Coolidge’s Rules was "Collecting more taxes than is absolutely
necessary is legalized robbery." The $43,000 total tax burden on
average on family of four is not only excessive but outrageous.... – Frank
Mazur, a small business owner and former state representative, is chair
of the advisory board of Vermont FreedomWorks.
Epiphany in Brattleboro
by J.B. Stuart
"…. Revolt and Repeal advocates
a clean, decisive first step for getting Vermont out of this mess.
Let’s scrap this monster. Bury it and, if necessary, drive a stake
through its heart. Taxes have to be paid, revenues have to be raised, but
there is nothing sacred about a system that does not result in the outcomes
its advocates promised and, in fact, accomplishes exactly their opposite.
In their hot pursuit of fairness, the legislators in Montpelier have inflicted
on Vermonters a system that is patently unfair…."
Denominator Part II, Restoration
By Steve Cable
In Part I talked about how
bad things have gotten in Vermont over the last twenty years. We have an
unsustainable and decreasing birth rate, 57,000 abortions a year, 1 in
6 youth under Vermont correctional care, 635 percent increase in family
crime, 1 in 4 of our youth have one or more sexually transmitted disease,
200 percent rise in drug and alcohol abuse, and, to top it all off, the
sky-high costs of correction, Medicaid and welfare. This inevitably leads
to tax and fee increases that put Vermont in the top rank of general taxation
but below the curve in median income. This is all alarming, but I believe
still fixable. – Steve Cable is President of Vermont Renewal
And Repeal' Movement Gathering Steam
By Robin Smith and James
Jardine, Caledonian Record, November 1
"…. Many Northeast Kingdom
candidates and town officials, including more than half of the House candidates
in Orleans County, have joined the movement to Revolt and Repeal Act 60
and 68, the state's education funding mechanism… '"I hope by the end of
the year we will get 100 to 150 towns on board,' [Rep. Rick] Hube said….
Across the state, 87 House candidates have signed up, according to the
Web site and calls to candidates…."
Free Press: Rich Tarrant Deserves Shot at U.S. Senate
"Election 2006 has driven
the point home: Vermonters are worried about taxes, health care and the
other costs of daily life that combine to make this state less affordable.
Rich Tarrant offers practical and creative ideas on jobs, taxes and a more
streamlined health care delivery system. He deserves a chance to bring
these and other ideas to the U.S. Senate…."
Herald/Times Argus: Brock for auditor
"Randy Brock has brought
a high level of professionalism to the office of state auditor, and there
is no question he ought to be re-elected so he can continue his work….
Brock has launched an audit of the state's Medicaid program, which is important
because Medicaid handles more money than virtually any other program in
state government. The program was reporting a zero percent error rate,
an unrealistic result that aroused Brock's suspicion. As an auditor, he
said he was following the dictum of the famous bank robber Willie Sutton
— 'Go where the money is'…."
Record: Brian Dubie Is Our Man
"…. Brian has been a champion
of Vermont and Vermont products all over the place. He is America's unofficial
ambassador to Quebec and is on first-name terms with the Canadian national
administration. He went to Cuba and is persona very much grata in that
country, where he brought about some large Cuban purchases of Vermont farm
products. He went to China and charmed Chinese officialdom, men who usually
are as dour as if they had just finished sucking on a sour pickle. It is
rumored they were actually seen laughing at Brian's infectious good humor."
Albans Messenger: Martha Rainville has character, integrity needed
"The race between Peter
Welch and Martha Rainville for U.S. Congress has been the statewide race
that has provided Vermonters the integrity they deserve, the depth of discussion
they need, and the civility they crave. It was a direction set by Republican
Martha Rainville, an intuitive reaction to a dysfunctional political system
she would like to shakeup - and in this race, only she has the power to
Reformer: Douglas deserves two more years
"When it comes to Vermont
and what Vermonters want, there is no equal to Douglas in listening, squaring
up opposing viewpoints and being the leader who can absorb the issues for
the cross-section of balance and fairness. We in Windham County often disagree
with those decisions, but we could probably stand to learn a lesson or
two on finding the common ground. In Vermont's best interests, Douglas
gets our endorsement for a third term."
Out How Your State Reps and Senators Voted:
Chamber of Commerce Voter Scorecard
Allen Institute/FreedomWorks Voters’ Report Card
quo: Authors take aim at media in new book
By Shay Totten, Vermont
Guardian, November 2, 2006
"But, recent pleas to listeners
of the nationally-syndicated Democracy Now! program hosted by Amy Goodman
are exactly what people have been hearing during the 5:30-6:30 p.m. time
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program begins Internet sales tax for Vermonters
Burlington Free Press, November
"'Internet sales continue
to grow year to year. ... It's creating a problem because our tax base
is eroding over time,' Wasser said."
& Election Coverage from Elsewhere
Confirms Left Wing Media Bias (pdf)
By Media Research Center
"A new study released today
[10/31/06] by the non-partisan Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA)
confirms the bias more than three fourths (77%) of ABC, CBS and NBC evening
news references to Democrats this fall have been favorable, while 88% of
the coverage given GOP candidates has been negative, an unprecedented disparity."
Twist Good Economy Into Bad News
"On October 6, the Labor
Department announced that a previously overlooked 810,000 new jobs had
been created since March 2005, a
huge positive revision. None of the network evening newscasts said
a word about it. A week later (October 11), final numbers showed the much-bemoaned
federal budget deficit had been cut
nearly in half since 2004, thanks to surging tax revenues credited
to strong economic growth. That night, ABC and CBS skipped it, while NBC
Nightly News gave the story just 22 seconds."
time for GOP
Mike Rosen, November 3,
"….The fortunes of political
parties are much affected by the Election Day turnout of their base. The
conventional wisdom about this election is that the Democrat base is angry
and hungry to regain its lost power, and that much of the Republicans base
is frustrated and dispirited. I'll leave the Democrat cheerleading to Democrats.
My message to fellow Republicans and conservative-leaning independents
is very simply: Grow up and get over it. Don't indulge your frustration
and don't cut off your nose to spite your face…."
Investor's Business Daily,
"Like an ill wind that never
stops blowing, the global warming lobby keeps pushing for a solution when
there's no problem. This time it's eco-taxes that are going to save us
from our selfish selves. British media are calling a government proposal
there a "secret document" to levy "a package of stealth taxes on fuel,
cars, air travel and consumer goods . . . to combat global warming." The
plan is in response to the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change,
a reportedly grim document written by former World Bank chief Sir Nicholas
Stern that is, well, overheated. Spouting hyperbole and distortions about
actively debated science is one thing; using it to justify a wallet grab