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Commentary: The Push for National Single Payer Healthcare

by John McClaughry As the Republican Congress struggles to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, the political landscape is steadily shifting Since the Democratic Congress enacted Obamacare in 2010 (without a single Republican vote), Democrats have increasingly been on the defensive about their creation.  The individual mandate that Obamacare relied upon to corral healthy young people into […]

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Commentary: Scott’s Second Act Will Be Much Harder

by Rob Roper Governor Phil Scott came into office pledging to put Vermont’s wounded economy back on the right track. After one legislative session he gets high marks for accomplishing an important first step in saving the patient: stopping the bleeding. The new governor drew a line in the sand, threatening to veto any new […]

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Commentary: Seizing the Teacher Health Insurance Opportunity

by John McClaughry The sudden political struggle over health insurance for unionized teachers isn’t over but some useful lessons are emerging.  This struggle was triggered by a provision of ObamaCare called “the Cadillac tax”. Starting in 2018, plans with premiums of over $10,800 a year for individuals and $29,500 for families will face a crushing […]

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Commentary: Four Very Serious but Widely Ignored Threats (May, 2017)

by John McClaughry If you watch the news media, and especially the accounts of things like the Peoples’ March for Climate, Jobs and Justice, you would believe that the most critical  problems facing America are deportation of immigrants for entering the country illegally, employer resistance to paying low skilled workers $15/hour, carbon dioxide emissions that […]

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Commentary: If Science Is the Standard…

By Rob Roper Folks celebrated Earth Day this year with a “March for Science” around the nation. The marchers’ message is, ostensibly, that policy should be based on science and not things like emotion, morality, or politics. But is this really what they’re after? Or is this more of an attempt to legitimize their own […]

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Commentary: Four New Bills to Levy a CarbonTax (April, 2017)

by John McClaughry Not so long ago – 2015 – the carbon tax was all the rage among such organizations as VPIRG, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Conservation Law Foundation, and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. Their argument was straightforward. Humankind’s penchant for making use of fossil fuels is (so they believe) inexorably driving the planet […]

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Commentary: Examining Equity In Our Public Schools

By Rob Roper Equity and access to educational resources has been a hot topic surrounding the rules (or changes thereto) governing independent schools that accept tax dollars through Vermont’s tuitioning system. Some argue that if a school takes state money it should accept any and all comers. But what about public schools? There is a […]

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Commentary: The Benefits of “Grotesque Inequality” (March, 2017)

by John McClaughry In a recent talk before students at St. Johnsbury Academy, Sen. Bernie Sanders declared that although we are living in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, “the nation’s wealth is in the hands of a privileged few”, producing what he called an “unfair and grotesque level of income inequality.” […]

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Commentary: The Carbon Tax Game Plan for 2017 (March, 2017)

by John McClaughry Last year the intense efforts of the “Energy Independent Vermont” coalition to sell Vermonters on the merits of a carbon tax ran onto the rocks. But the friends of the carbon tax in the Vermont House and Senate aren’t giving up. Three years ago the EIV coalition burst upon the scene. Spearheaded […]

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Commentary: Universal Pre-K Is A Problem, Not a Solution (February, 017)

By Rob Roper Vermont has been actively expanding taxpayer funded universal Pre-K since 2007 (Act 62). The claims back then and the claims today haven’t changed. Advocates promise that in the long run, these programs will prove great for kids and taxpayers! But ten years later, as we’re looking at an even more dramatic and […]

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