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Dare Call it Terrorism
By Robert Maynard
According to the latest Rasmussen
poll, sixty percent (60%) of likely voters nationwide say last week's shootings
at Fort Hood should be investigated by military authorities as a terrorist
act. As usual the American public’s instinct has cut through the
fog of official reporting. We are told that investigators are still
trying to determine whether Major Nidal Malik Hasan acted alone, or was
part of an organized cell. This is a distinction that completely
misses the point. One does not need to be part of an organized cell
to engage in acts of Jihadi inspired terrorism.
Spending: Totally Unsustainable
by the recession, the state's recent economic news and fiscal projections
inescapably suggest that Vermonters simply cannot sustain their present
level of government spending. ...
What's the way out - if declaring
bankruptcy is not an option? That's hard to say, but any realistic analysis
must begin with the stark realization that forty years of Vermont's liberal
politics has created a government spending machine that is now far outstripping
the capacity of already overburdened Vermont taxpayers to keep it running.
Martha Heath's Values are Not Sustainable
By David Usher
"Vermonters need to engage
in a conversation with the governor and their legislators about what values
they want the budget to reflect. Ultimately, the real questions will be
what are our priorities and who will bear the pain of our decisions."
So opines Rep. Martha Heath,
D-Westford, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee in her My Turn
(BFP, Nov. 8, 2009). She expresses very well the liberal philosophy that
has bred an unsustainable spending culture in the Legislature. Yet, nowhere
in her writing does she include the fact that well before this recession
Vermont's economy was in the tank with practically no private sector job
growth since the turn of the century.
By Martin Harris
underlying economic paradox –the more primitive your level of technology,
the more likely your achievement of full employment—has always meant that
increases in productivity which are essential for long-term improvements
in standard-of-living will usually bring what economist Joseph Schumpeter
called "creative destruction" in his 1942 book Capitalism, Socialism, and
Democracy: short-term, temporary unemployment as, say, displaced buggy-whip
makers become computer chip designers. One reason food is as historically
cheap as it is in the urban Northeast is that there are no more coal-shoveling
firemen feeding the fireboxes of steam locomotives.
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"We need to
increase domestic energy production, employ safe nuclear energy like France,
but also develop new sources of energy efficiency."
-- President Obama at an
October 15 New Orleans town-hall meeting
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Week’s Mail Bag
The Necessity of Vermont
Why is the re-licensing of
a safe Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant necessary? Just ask President
Obama and his Energy Information Agency (EIA).
At an October 15 New Orleans
town-hall meeting, President Obama said this: "We need to increase
domestic energy production, employ safe nuclear energy like France, but
also develop new sources of energy efficiency."
With Vermont's renowned Efficiency
Vermont programs and its recent passage of H446, which enacts into law
the subsidization of renewable energy sources, Vermont's legislature is
on board with the latter part of the President's statement but they sorely
fall short on the Presidents call to "employ safe nuclear energy."
Heeding the President’s call for "safe nuclear energy" is the proposed
U.S. Senate climate-change bill, sponsored by Senators Boxer and Kerry,
which expands federal loan-guarantees to support the financing of new nuclear
The EIA estimates that some
80% of energy demand will still be derived from fossil fuels 20 years from
now, regardless of the amount of subsidies given to the renewable energy
sector. The EIA also estimates that during these same 20 years, energy
demand will grow by 21%.
Taking into account both
the (necessary) replacement of aging power facilities that we’ll need to
address in the coming years and the long-term economic and monetary crisis
our nation faces, it becomes evident that it would be both irresponsible
and reckless for Vermont’s legislature to unnecessarily and prematurely
shut down a safe and relatively clean source of energy, such as Vermont
Yankee; irresponsible and reckless not only for Vermont citizens, but for
our nation’s overall energy and economic security needs.
Tom Licata, Burlington
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Weekly News Round-Up
And Smith's Vermont Yankee Sham
Caledonia Record Editorial,
November 10, 2009
Vermont Senate President
Pro Tem Peter Shumlin and House Speaker Shap Smith are trying to keep the
Vermont Yankee buzz going, hoping if they can throw enough mud on the wall,
some of it may stick.
Since the Legislature adjourned
in May, all we've really heard Shumlin and Smith talk about is Vermont
Yankee. It's a useful distraction for the two Democratic leaders; it keeps
Vermonters from asking real questions about serious financial matters facing
Warned of Telecom Violation
By John Briggs, Burlington
Free Press, November 11 2009
Communication between Burlington
and its attorneys during 2008 and early 2009 show the city worried for
months about the reaction of the state Department of Public Service if
it learned Burlington Telecom had violated a condition of its state license
by failing to repay city money within 60 days.
Issues School Funding Warning
By Louis Porter, Vermont
Press Bureau, Rutland Herald, November 11, 2009
Commissioner of Education
Armando Vilaseca and state Commissioner of Finance James Reardon fired
the first warning shot in next year's battle over school spending Tuesday
with a letter to school boards, principals and superintendents.
The letter contains ideas
on cutting school spending to meet a looming state budget deficit, many
of which are likely to encounter stiff opposition from school boards, teachers
From Vermont Tiger, November
The winds are howling, the
creek is rising and the roof just sprung a leak. Normally this would
be a call to action; fix the things you can and brace for those you can’t.
If you hadn’t noticed pretty much everything is coming off the tracks and
there is no sign of relief.
Unemployment just busted
through quarter century old, double digit records; one of our own Army
officers (a psychiatrist) just opened fire on his troops killing a dozen
and wounding three dozen more to protest our latest war; debt piles up
at a rate that, without any doubt, will bankrupt the nation; and the pandemic
H1N1virus is taking down many of the very young, old or already weakened.
News From The Business Celebration
Caledonia Record Editorial,
November 13, 2009
Since early last summer,
we have been fed a steady diet of gloom, bad news, and doom about the country,
the state, and the local economies. If we were to buy all of that and nothing
else, we would be tempted to turn the lights off, lie down, and wait for
the end. But, last week, we got a shot of optimism in the arm by speakers
at the Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce Business Celebration.
From Vermont Times, November
An interesting column in
spotlighted a problem which should concern all Vermonters. States with
high taxes are experiencing an exodus of citizens, a significant number
of whom are "…productive and wealthy people who don’t believe the services
associated with high taxes are substantial enough to offset their burdens."
Sound like Vermont? Our state was one of a dozen states "to raise income
taxes and, what’s more, to bump up gas, sales or estate taxes."
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Global War on Terrorism
the Berlin Wall -- the Enduring Power of Socialism
By Michael Miller, Acton
Institute for Religion and Liberty, November 11, 2009
The Economist marked
the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by observing that there
was "so much gained, so much to lose." As the world celebrates the collapse
of communism, who would have imagined that in less than one generation
we would witness a resurgence of socialism throughout Latin America and
even hear the word socialist being used to describe policies of
the United States?
We relegated socialism to
the "dustbin of history," but socialism never actually died and in many
ways it has actually gained influence. This may sound reactionary, even
McCarthyist—but only until we understand socialism the way socialists understand
Yes, socialist economic ideas
went out of fashion, but socialism has always been more than just economics.
We tend to equate socialism with communism, Marxist revolutionaries, and
state ownership of industry. But socialism is a much broader vision of
the person, society, equality, and what it means to be free.
Villains, and Heroes
By Ben Voth American Thinker,
November 11, 2009
American soldiers find themselves
once again caught in the inhumane crossfire of the media. Since the Vietnam
War, the media has designated soldiers as falling into one of two unfortunate
categories: victim or villain. The current struggle to make meaning out
of the Hasan Nidal terror attack at Fort Hood is indicative of the immoral
rhetorical frame created by the national punditry. Even the president has
entered the fray, departing from his rash indictment of the Cambridge police
officer to urge caution in judging Nidal's actions. ...
But the American soldiers
and their human allies are prepared to stand against this propaganda onslaught
that fires away at light speed. Like Kimberly Munley standing against Nidal
Hasan, the bullets pierced her thighs and wrist, but she continued to fire
against a man convinced that the death of American soldiers was his greatest
moral service. As a police officer and former soldier, Munley recognized
the evil threat and immediately risked her own life to save the innocent.
She did this because this is what an American soldier truly is -- a hero.
Lesson Still Unlearned: We Won
From Investor’s Business
Daily, November 11, 2009
is finally taking hold in the wake of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship. That,
not American withdrawal, should be the big story. It's time to acknowledge
success and to learn from it.
Want Fort Hood Shooting Investigated as Terrorist Act
From Rasmussen Reports,
November 11, 2009
Sixty percent (60%) of likely
voters nationwide say last week's shootings at Fort Hood should be investigated
by military authorities as a terrorist act.
The latest Rasmussen Reports
national telephone survey finds that just 27% want the incident investigated
by civilian authorities as a criminal act. Another 13% are not sure.
Attitude, Not Apologies for Ft. Hood Murders
By Supna Zaidi, Islamist
Watch, November 9, 2009
It seems strange that in
today's New York Times article
on the Ft. Hood shooter, Army Major Nidal Hasan, Islamic
Society of North America (ISNA) president Ingrid
Mattson stated, "I don't understand why the Muslim-American
community has to take responsibility for him. The Army has had at least
as much time and opportunity to form and shape this person as the Muslim
Yet this is the same Ingrid
Mattson who has repeatedly reinforced the image of the West as colonizers
in the Muslim world and defends jihad in articles like "Stopping
Oppression: An Islamic Obligation," where fighting oppression
defines a "just war," or jihad.
Take Netanyahu to the Woodshed
By Steven J. Rosen, ForeignPolicy.com,
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu flew to Washington on Sunday following weeks of speculation about
whether he would be met by U.S. President Barack Obama during the visit.
When his plane took off, there was still with no word from the White House.
Finally, at the last minute, the president's staff confirmed that there
would a brief meeting late Monday night.
With Obama's "trust" ratings
among the Israeli public sunk below 10 percent, compared with ratings in
the 70 to 80 percent range for past presidents like Bill Clinton and George
W. Bush, one might have thought that Obama would seize the opportunity
of Netanyahu's visit as a chance to warm the relationship with the country
he describes as the United States' No. 1 ally in the region. Instead, the
delayed response and brief Monday meeting were quickly deemed in the Israeli
press as a full-fledged snub.
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Health Care: Back to the Plantation
By Anthony B. Bradley Ph.D.,
Acton Institute for Religion and Liberty, November 11, 2009
Black leaders constantly
remind Americans of our racism. Should not these same leaders protest the
expansion of government control contained in the health-care reform bill
currently working its way through Congress?
Here’s why. Notwithstanding
their rhetoric of freedom and empowerment, many prominent black leaders
appear content to send blacks back to the government plantation—where a
small number of Washington elites make decisions for blacks who aren’t
in the room. Why do minority leaders not favor alternatives that demonstrate
faith in the intelligence and dignity of people to manage their own lives?
In a sermon at Howard University,
the Rev. Jeremiah Wright reminded university students that, "Racism is
alive and well. Racism is how this country was founded and how this country
is still run." During the presidential campaign, Wright explained to his
parishioners that America is "a country and culture controlled by rich
white people." But if racists and "rich white people" control America,
why do those sympathetic to Wright assume that those same people will look
out for the health of blacks?
on the post-election ballot question in NY 23
By Clarice Feldman, American
Thinker, November 14, 2009
It appears, though it was
not widely reported, that in an effort to prevent Hoffman from being seated
should he win, Owens preemptively contested the results, and the ballots
were impounded so the New York Board of elections could not - and
did not - certify the NY 23 election results. This the House
knew when Pelosi ordered Owens sworn in to vote for the atrocious health
care reform bill. ...
The ballot count won't be
over until sometime in December with enough outstanding absentee ballots
that it is mathematically possible that Hoffman could win.
Day, Another Liberal Jumps from the Obamacare Titanic
From The Freedom Post, November
Another member of the far
left, "Obama approved" media member has jumped off the Obamacare Titanic.
John Cassidy, a staff writer for The New Yorker, is a fervent supporter
of socialized health care, and whose essay on Karl Marx was nominated for
a National Magazine Award, gives a blunt, logical, and revealing breakdown
of H.R. 3962. Below are some excerpts from a November 4th article written
by Mr. Cassidy in The New Yorker, entitled, Some
Vaguely Heretical Thoughts on Health-Care.
Audio From ACORN Claims Jerry Brown Will Whitewash Investigation
From Capitol Confidential,
November 10, 2009
On October 15th, local ACORN
spokesman David Lagstein was the special guest of the East County Democrat
Club in El Cajon, CA. Lagstein is ACORN’s chief organizer in the San Diego
area. The meeting was held at Coco’s Restaurant, a very public venue. Because
of ACORN’s close ties to the Democrat party, Mr. Lagstein clearly felt
he was among friends. These two clips suggest the investigation of ACORN
announced by California Attorney General Jerry Brown already has a pre-determined
Hell with the Constitution?
By Jon N. Hall, American
Thinker, November 11, 2009
Much has been made recently
of the unconstitutionality of federal health care reform, especially a
government-run system (the "public option") that could devolve into a "single-payer"
system. The main objection is that the federal government has no authority
to operate a health care system. Indeed, the
9th and 10th Amendments forbid it, according to Larrey Anderson
of American Thinker.
By Tony Blankley, Rasmussen
Reports, November 11, 2009
The Republican primary field
is obviously wide open, but it struck me that the Democratic Party's potential
aspirants really are already down to two. Obviously, the president will
be one of them, and if things aren't going so well for him by the spring
of 2011, his only plausible challenger would be Hillary Clinton. ...
It isn't forgotten that foreign
affairs were the major policy disputes between Clinton and Obama during
the primary. She accused Obama of "being naive" about agreeing to unconditional
meetings with leaders of Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Syria and Cuba.
She was -- and is -- a strong supporter of Israel and, during the campaign,
was opposed to forcing Israel to freeze West Bank settlements unconditionally.
In the 2012 Democratic Party
primary, we may once again hear Hillary's advertisement that asked Americans
whom we want answering the red phone at 3 a.m.
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