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Commentary: Economic and Personal Freedom in Vermont

by John McClaughry Most of us believe that “freedom” is a good thing – that we deserve to pursue our ends without unjust interference from others, so long as we don’t use our freedom to diminish that of others. We believe the state we live in ought to conscientiously protect the freedom of its citizens, […]

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Commentary: The Intimidation Game

by John McClaughry For decades – indeed, centuries – American politics has been a rough game. The Adams-Jefferson contest of 1800 was notably ugly, when the Federalists and their media constantly attacked Jefferson for being a pro-French revolutionary, a religious heretic, and the secret lover of “Dusky Sally”. Abraham Lincoln was mocked as a “baboon”. […]

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Commentary: Potential Tax Increases Coming After the Election

by Rob Roper Before Peter Shumlin became governor, he famously said that there was no more tax capacity left in Vermont. We were ‘tapped out.” Since then, Shumlin and majorities in the legislature have passed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of new taxes and fees. Despite this, the state still deals with a consistent […]

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Commentary: Two Thirds of Vermonters Want a Carbon Tax? (July, 2016)

by John McClaughry On July 7 Energy Independent Vermont, the coalition of enviro groups headed by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), announced the findings of its statewide poll on its proposal for a Vermont carbon tax. The poll found that 63 percent of respondents supported the carbon tax, while 31 percent opposed it […]

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Commentary: Gun Control Ideas that Won’t Work (July 2016)

by John McClaughry Once again, following the horrific shooting in Orlando, the advocates of gun control are in full voice. Congressional Democrats have even conducted an unprecedented sit-in and shoutfest to stop the workings of the House of Representatives. The difficulty the Democrats face is that, stripped of the emotion and politically driven posturing, their […]

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Commentary: Big Rewards for Thinking Inside the Box

by David Kelley The authors of Act 46 said their goals were: 1. educational equity, 2. academic excellence, 3. efficiency, and 4. transparency. Only the Grinch who stole Christmas would oppose those goals. But there is a serious disconnect between those goals and what Act 46 actually does. Act 46 does not reward equity. Act […]

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Commentary: Time to Sue Climate Alarmists? (July, 2016)

by Rob Roper In response to a lawsuit by sixteen Democratic and one Independent attorneys general (Vermont’s Bill Sorrell among them) claiming that Exxon Mobil committed “fraud” in regard to that company’s non-alarmist position on climate change, a group of thirteen Republican AGs made a salient counterpoint in an open letter to all Attorneys General: […]

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Commentary: Good Profit (June, 2016)

by John McClaughry The mere existence on our planet of the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch drives Sen. Bernie Sanders to torrents of outrage. They, according to Sanders’ imagination, are the secret owners of the Republican Party, the Tea Party (is that still around?), and a long list of organizations opposed to the Sanders […]

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Commentary: Making Sense of the Climate Change Battle (June, 2016)

by John McClaughry Citizens without a physical science background naturally find it hard to know what to believe about the claims put forth by those who believe in a coming human-caused climate catastrophe. The climate alarmists – for want of a better description — define “climate change” as increasingly serious and potentially catastrophic changes in […]

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Commentary: Public Schools Are Failing Disadvantaged Kids (June, 2016)

by Rob Roper Voices for Vermont Children just published a pretty remarkable indictment of our public school system. The study, Education Matters: The Impacts of Systemic Inequity in Vermont, concludes that public schools as they are currently operated are systematically leaving behind poor kids, minorities and those with special needs. But wait a minute…. I […]

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