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the American Dream
By Robert Maynard
"….The unstated assumption
here is that in being successful – providing jobs to the community, providing
services to the community, paying and generating taxes for the community,
etc -- businessmen have somehow taken something away from the community!
And, therefore, need to give it back…. On the other hand, those who have
spent most of their careers in the government sector, living off the taxpayers,
literally taking the community’s resources, are said to be 'public
servants'. This is clearly an expression of a perverted attitude toward
the relative worth of private sector endeavors vs. government directed
action…." -- Robert Maynard
is Facing a Serious Budget Crisis
By Rep. Tom Koch
"….Some of the items not
included in the calculations above are (1) an additional $9 million to
meet an annual need of $14 million to fund State Teachers’ Retirement,
(2) an additional $35.3 million to fund State Employees’ and Teachers’
Retirement Health Care programs, and (3) an additional $4.0 million in
home heating assistance that Governor Douglas has already said he will
ask for. All of this means that we should be anticipating a general fund
deficit of about $90 million for 2008!!...." – Tom Koch is a State Representative
from Barre Town
New "Bad Guys"
By Dennis Carver
"…. the general public…
are being hunted down aggressively by nearly every cop in the State. Why?
To make the productive members of society pay additional, exorbitant taxes
for violating ridiculously low speed limits, or any other minor motor vehicle
regulations they can find. The whole thing is a scam created unconstitutionally
by Bill Sorrell, purely as an additional income stream…." -- Dennis
Carver is a candidate for Vermont Attorney General
Let Congress Seize Control of the Internet
By Rob Roper
"….[With] This kind of massive,
counterproductive intrusion into private businesses….'Net Neutrality' mandates
will certainly depress investment and innovation at the worst possible
time for our economy." – Rob Roper is the State Director for FreedomWorks-Vermont.
vs. Rainville debate on VPR
in MP3 format)
"Tues., Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.:
GOP House debate. Republican voters will soon choose their candidate for
the United States House of Representatives. Listen Tuesday evening as Bob
Kinzel moderates a debate with candidates Martha Rainville and Mark Shepard."
Carver vie for GOP AG primary
By Darren M. Allen, Vermont
Press Bureau, September 9
"Karen Kerin, a 62-year-old
self-employed engineer from South Royalton with a law degree and an expertise
in international law, will face Dennis Carver, a 59-year-old East Montpelier
businessman whose first run for the state's highest legal office was prompted
by a 2000 arrest after a slow-speed chase. While both candidates declined
to directly attack the other in separate interviews, neither held back
their distaste of Sorrell, who they say has been in office too long and
who, they say, has lost sight of the Constitution and the proper role of
the attorney general…."
challenges Sanders' record on veterans
By Nancy Remsen, Burlington
Free Press, September 9
"....'"I'm very concerned
about veterans that are being sucked in by the siren song of promises by
a person who philosophically represents everything we join the military
to protect America against -- socialism,' said Parke, who is a retired
U.S. Air Force pilot. He charged that Sanders uses veterans for political
GOP spends $60,000 on Rainville ads
By Wilson Ring, The Associated
Press, September 10
"The National Republican
Congressional Committee spent $60,483.20 Friday to buy issue ads supporting
the candidacy of U.S. House candidate Martha Rainville…. Vermont Republicans
are quick to point out that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
has reserved $480,000 in television ad time…."
Bush stumps for Rainville
By Terri Hallenbeck, Burlington
Free Press, September 7, 2006
"Barbara Bush was funny,
witty and forthright as she spoke Wednesday afternoon at a fund-raising
reception for Republican U.S. House candidate Martha Rainville."
candidates sign VPIRG power plan
Associated Press, September
"More than 100 candidates
for federal, state and local offices in Vermont have signed onto a plan
by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group to reduce dependence on foreign
oil and emphasize renewable sources of electricity….VPIRG's proposal calls
on state candidates to push for the phasing out Vermont's reliance on coal,
oil and nuclear power, generating a third of the state's electricity using
renewable sources such as wind, biomass, solar and hydro by 2016…. The
pledge also calls on meeting 25 percent of the state's energy needs by
increased investment in conservation and efficiency by 2016."
Weekly News Round Up
RULES IN FAVOR OF SOUTH BURLINGTON CITIZEN’S SUIT AGAINST SCHOOL BOARD
(September 6, 2006) A state
superior court judge has ruled that a lawsuit by a South Burlington citizen
challenging the South Burlington school board’s handling of a deal with
a former school district superintendent may go forward. The suit
arises from a secret deal between the board and Gail Durckel, the former
superintendent who left her job abruptly and was paid $104,000 in the deal.
South Burlington citizen
Sheldon Katz sued the board and Durckel claiming that the board violated
the state’s open meeting law and that the deal itself was illegal.
In his ruling, Judge Ben
Joseph rejected the defendants’ arguments that Katz’s suit was too late
and that ordinary citizens and taxpayers like Katz have no enforceable
rights under the open meeting law.
Katz was pleased with the
ruling. "Durckel and the board did not want the case to get this
far. What this ruling means is that they will now have justify the
legality of the deal and explain how their actions complied with the open
meeting law. If they cannot, the court can void the deal."
The board struck the deal
with Durckel on Sunday, February 5, 2006 at a hastily called "emergency"
meeting. The board gave no public notice of the meeting. Durckel's
sudden departure came as a surprise to South Burlington residents.
Residents wondered why the board needed to pay off Durckel, who wanted
to leave anyway, especially when they are facing painful property tax increases.
When the board closed ranks and refused to answer questions, residents
dubbed the affair "Durckel-gate."
Katz's lawsuit asserts that
the meeting was illegal because the deal was not an emergency under the
state's open meeting law. "The board clearly wanted to do this deal
without public scrutiny for reasons that residents can only speculate about,"
Judge Joseph also decided
other important issues in the case, holding that Katz would not have to
undergo questioning by defense lawyers, as the board had requested, and
that the defendants could not charge their attorney fees to Katz.
"The defendants raised these
issues to intimidate me and deter other citizens from efforts to make the
board accountable," Katz said. "A citizen who has to pay the board’s
lawyers or who has to submit to interrogation by them is less likely to
sue. Fortunately, Judge Joseph saw that there was no legal basis
for the defendants’ requests."
Runs Out Of Money For Legal Fees In Wind Fight
By Jeanne Miles, Caledonian
"….The town has no money
left to pay a lawyer for representation in a battle against a proposed
board head resigns
By Howard Weiss-Tisman,
Brattleboro Reformer, September 9
"The chairwoman of the school
board resigned Thursday, citing a small number of community members who
have been showing up at meetings, making it impossible for her to effectively
attend to district matters…."
Lesson From New Hampshire
Caledonian Record, Editorial
"This week's news included
an announcement that a planned Wal-Mart Supercenter in Woodsville is making
solid progress in the New Hampshire permit process…. Wal-Mart announced
its intentions little more than a year ago, yet they will be building within
a few weeks. In Vermont, such a list of permits and approvals would take
years, not months, and there would be no assurances from anybody that the
permit applications would all be successful…."
ABC: A 9/11 miniseries that Clinton and the Left hate
By John J. Miller, National
"The liberal blacklisting
of an ABC miniseries on 9/11 has begun in earnest. On Thursday, theNew
York Post reported that former President Clinton has
written to ABC’s brass…. If nothing else, The Path to 9/11 makes
one thing abundantly clear: Hard-working law-enforcement officials had
multiple opportunities to stop the terrorists before they wreaked their
havoc, but inept leadership, mainly by political appointees of the Clinton
administration, got in the way. Secretary of state Madeleine Albright comes
off as a shrill obstructionist, CIA director George Tenet appears wimpy,
and ambassador to Yemen Barbara Bodine (played by Patricia
Heaton of Everybody Loves Raymond) is a word that rhymes with
witch. Worst of all is former national-security adviser Sandy Berger. He
is the closest thing in the film to a villain who isn’t an actual terrorist…."
and spending: We need another Boston Tea Party
By Rep. Timothy J. Penny,
Washington Times, September 4, 2006
"…. I have come to believe
that we need a modern day equivalent of the Boston Tea Party. Here is why
I have arrived at this conclusion: Our nation's current fiscal policies
are creating a mountain of debt that our grandchildren will be forced to
repay through higher taxes. The unfunded promises we have made to recipients
of Social Security and Medicare and other entitlement programs will almost
certainly lead to higher taxes on today's children and those yet to be
born. In my view, that amounts to 'taxation without representation….'"
Dilemma: Casey Strikes Out
By Robert Novak
"WASHINGTON -- Democratic
candidate Bobby Casey was doing well debating Republican Sen. Rick Santorum
on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday when moderator Tim Russert pressed him
to tell how he would fulfill his pledge to balance the federal budget.
"Which programs would you cut?" Russert asked. Casey did not name one program….
He quickly added 'the first thing you have to do' is raise taxes on the
top 1 percent of income by rolling back Bush tax reductions…. The problem
facing Democrats is the dilemma if they gain control of the government
in the 2006 and 2008 elections. Casey, a moderate liberal, is typical of
Democrats unwilling to downsize social welfare programs. After pummeling
Republicans about budget deficits, their only recourse is higher taxes
-- a course fraught with political and economic perils…."
Dems Never Learn
By Lawrence Kudlow, September
"The August jobs report
should put to rest any fears that the economy is burning out. Following
upwardly revised increases for June (134,000) and July (121,000), companies
added 128,000 nonfarm payrolls last month. Meanwhile, the all-important
but rarely mentioned household survey of people working gained by 250,000,
sending the unemployment rate back to 4.7 percent from the July reading
of 4.8 percent…. Long-term jobs growth has moved to an all-time high of
145 million in the household survey and 136 million in nonfarm payrolls.
Both measures are rising at about 1.5 percent, the average for jobs growth
dating back to 1995. As for unemployment, at 4.7 percent it is well below
the 5.1 percent long-run rate. This suggests we are near full employment
and that the economy is operating close to its full potential to grow.
It's still the greatest story never told…. Tax cuts are a winner. They
throw off benefits across the board: capital formation, profitable business,
job gains, wage increases, and consumer spending power. You'd think the
Dems would learn. But they never do."
This Party Be Saved?
By John Tierney, New York
Times, Sept. 2
"Republicans in Washington
did not abandon their principles lightly…. When they started spending like
Democrats, most of them didn't claim to suddenly love big government. No,
they were just being practical. The party's strategists explained that
the small-government mantra didn't cut it with voters anymore. Forget eliminating
the Department of Education -- double its budget and expand its power.
Stop complaining about middle-class entitlements -- create a new one for
prescription drugs. Instead of obsessing about government waste, bring
home the bacon. But as long as we're being practical, what do Republicans
have to show for their largess? Passing the drug benefit and the No Child
Left Behind Act gave them a slight boost in the polls on those issues,
but not for long. When voters this year were asked in a New York Times/CBS
News Poll which party they trusted to handle education and prescription
drugs, the Republicans scored even worse than they did before those bills
had been passed...."