Commentary

Commentary: School Consolidation, Charters, and Choice

by John McClaughry Vermonters are upset about rising  education property taxes. “Governance reform”  (consolidation) is not a solution. Competition and choice is. Vermonters moan about their steadily rising education property taxes, especially as the number of students continually decreases. Rarely do citizens focus clearly on the causes of rising school taxes, and the possible solutions.  [...]

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McClaughry in NRO Online – The First Single-Payer Domino

If the health-care experiment fails in Vermont, it would send shock waves nationwide. By John McClaughry, National Review Online, July 15, 2014 As Obamacare, beset with calamities, enters its fourth year, the cerulean-blue state of Vermont is well into its fourth year of preparing to astonish America by installing Canadian-style single-payer health care. To understand the [...]

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Commentary: Supreme Court Reins in Bureaucrats, Unions and a President (June, 2014)

by John McClaughry Three June decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court  carry important messages to America, and one in particular is likely to have an impact in Vermont. The decision that attracted the most national attention came in a case (Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby) defining religious freedom. In 1993 Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration [...]

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Commentary: A New Chapter in Crony Capitalism (June 2014)

by John McClaughry Gov. Peter Shumlin has announced the latest in a long series of sweet deals for his favored people at everybody else’s expense. The lucky winner is IBM, which has repeatedly been reported as preparing to unload its Essex Jct. plant and departing Vermont. This latest deal is a three year electricity rate [...]

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2013-14 Legislator Roll Call Profiles

Your representatives in Montpelier are there to, as the name suggests, represent you in the capitol. Do your representatives’ votes represent how you would vote if you were in their place? This collection of legislator roll call vote profiles is brought to you as an educational service by the Ethan Allen Institute (EAI). In 2013-14, [...]

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Commentary: Does Montpelier Have Its Priorities Straight?

By Rob Roper Much focus lately, both from our politicians and our media, has been on IBM, the potential sale of its Essex facility and the question of what will happen to its 4000 employees. The Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC) has proposed, among other measures, making a $4.5 million cash payment – the entire [...]

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Commentary: Carbon Dioxide and the Upper Valley

by Meredith Angwin A few days ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed plan for greenhouse gas mitigation: the electricity sector must cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. The rules are set on a state-by-state basis. I am in favor of cutting back on carbon emissions, but the recent EPA plan [...]

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Commentary: Three Single Payer Health Care Systems (June, 2014)

by John McClaughry The mounting VA hospital scandals have now moved Sen. Bernie Sanders’s cherished “socialized medicine” to center stage. For Vermonters, it’s worth understanding clearly how the Veterans Health Administration works, and how it compares with “single payer” Canadian Medicare and Vermont’s coming Green Mountain Care. The VHA has 288,000 employees (two thirds of [...]

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Commentary: VA Scandal Raises Red Flags for Single Payer (June, 2014)

By Rob Roper “Let’s talk about big government run [healthcare] plans,” Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders needled fellow Veterans’ Affairs Committee member John McCain. “I don’t want to shock anybody here and have people dashing out of the room, but the VA (Veterans’ Administration) is a socialized healthcare system, right Mr. McCain? Socialized medicine.” Yes, it [...]

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Commentary: Forgiving Ancient Environmental Injuries

by John McClaughry  From 1906 to 1951 the Springfield municipal gas plant converted coal to gas and piped it to homes throughout the village. In that latter year liquid propane became a much better option, so grinding and heating coal was discontinued.  Left behind was a bunch of contaminated structures, pipes and buried barrels of [...]

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7-28-14 – “Clean” Energy Jobs And The Taxpayers That Pay For Them

Posted by Chris Campion The Vermont Department of Public Service (the same entity that served the public by helping to hasten the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee, which means...

7-25-14 – Bacon Cheeseburgers and Global Warming

Posted by Rob Roper I was delighted a couple months back to see a report that everything we knew (or thought we knew) about high fat diets was...

7-24-14 – IRS Link to White House

Posted by John McClaughry American Spectator reporter Jeffrey Lord has exposed what appears to be an alliance among the White House, Democratic members of Congress and the thousands of...

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