Commentary Archives

October 2017

Commentary: Are Public Schools The Best Option For Low Income Students?

September 2017

Commentary: Boards Need to Stand Up To Striking Teachers

Commentary: The Climate Action Commission Goes A-Listening

Commentary: American Politics Gone Insane (September, 2017)

August 2017

Vermont’s Greenhouse Gas Mandate: Costly, Symbolic Environmentalism

Commentary: So, Second Homeowners Can Vote In Vermont (September, 2017)

Commentary: Martyrs to the Clean Water Act (August, 2017)

Commentary: The Partisan Battle over ObamaCare (August, 2017)

Commentary: Scott’s Climate Action Commission (August, 2017)

July 2017

Commentary: Allowing Illegal Votes Is Voter Suppression (July, 2017)

Commentary: Freedom and Community Revisited (July, 2017)

June 2017

Commentary: Governor and Legislature Agree on Tax Increase – Next Year (June, 2017)

Commentary: Climate Resolution Is A Farce Upon A Farce (June, 2017)

Commentary: The Push for National Single Payer Healthcare (June, 2017)

May 2017

Commentary: Scott’s Second Act Will Be Much Harder (May, 2017)

Commentary: Seizing the Teacher Health Insurance Opportunity (May,2017)

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

April 2017

Commentary: If Science Is the Standard… (April, 2017)

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

March 2017

Commentary: Examining Equity In Our Public Schools

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

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

February 2017

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

Commentary: The Lake Champlain Phosphorus Crisis (February, 2017)

January 2017

Commentary: Every Student Deserves The Opportunity I Had (January, 2017)

Commentary: Where Gov. Scott’s Education Transformation Leads (January, 2017)

Commentary: Health Care Reform: What to Expect (Jan, 2017)

Commentary: First Steps Toward 700,000 Vermonters (December, 2017)

Commentary: Hard Spending Choices for FY 2018 (Jan, 2017)

December 2016

Commentary: Men Without Work (Dec, 2017)

Commentary: Phil Scott’s Challenge (Dec, 2017)

November 2016

Commentary: ObamaCare’s Year of Reckoning (November, 2016)

October 2016

Commentary: Carbon Tax Will Hurt Towns, Schools, and Property Taxpayers (October, 2016)

Commentary: Defend Our Independent Schools (October, 2016)

Yes, The Plan Is To Pass A Carbon Tax in 2017 (October, 2017)

Commentary: All Payer and the One Big Provider (October, 2016)

September 2016

Commentary: Carbon Tax Would Kill Jobs (September, 2016)

Commentary: Sue Minter Wants to Expand the Sales Tax to Services (September, 2016)

Commentary – Questions for Candidates 2016 (September, 2016)

August 2016

Commentary – The Invisible Carbon Tax Alternative (August, 2016)

Commentary – Fossil Fuel Divestment Loses at Ballot Box
 (September, 2016)

Commentary: Economic and Personal Freedom in Vermont (August, 2016)

Commentary: The Intimidation Game (August, 2016)

Commentary: Potential Tax Increases Coming After the Election (July, 2016)

July 2016

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

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

Commentary: Big Rewards for Thinking Inside the Box

June 2016

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

Commentary: Good Profit (June, 2016)

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

May 2016

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

Commentary: Why a Carbon Tax Won’t Fly In Vermont

Commentary: The 2016 Legislature: A Post-Mortem (May, 2016)

Commentary: Public Power: Another Costly Big Government Headache? (May, 2016)

April 2016

Commentary: A Potentially HUGE Bill for Property Taxpayers on the Horizon (April, 2016)

Commentary: Legislature Shouldn’t Blow Chance to Help Our Economy

Commentary: Sorrell’s Partisan War Against “Climate Fraud”

Commentary: Spending and Taxes Roll On (April, 2016)

March 2016

This Family’s Story Is Why School Choice MUST BE A RIGHT

Commentary: Vermonters Deserve a Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights

Commentary: Reviving Grassroots Democracy (March, 2016)

Commentary: Who’s To Blame for Flint? (March, 2016)

February 2016

Commentary: Act 46’s Trojan Horse (February, 2016)

Commentary: Rescue School Choice Now! (February, 2016)

Divestment of fossil fuel stocks is bad policy 



Commentary: Shumlin’s Doctors-And-Dentists Tax (February, 2016)

January 2016

Commentary: Act 46: Fix It All, or Repeal It All

Commentary: Make Big Wind Pay Its Own Way (January, 2016)

Commentary: Abandoning Low Cost Hydro for Costly Renewables

Commentary: The Perils of Dr. Dynasaur 2.0 (January, 2016)

December 2015

Commentary – Vermont’s Shaky State Government (December, 2015)

Commentary: Bernie’s Democratic Socialism (December, 2015)

November 2015

Commentary: Telling the Truth About Vermont’s Energy Policy (November, 2015)

Commentary: Freedom as the School District Solution (November, 2015)

Commentary: Here Comes the Carbon Tax (November, 2015)

October 2015

Commentary: Tuitioning Towns Do Not Need To Give Up Choice In Mergers (October, 2015)

Commentary: “Blindsided” Legislators Should Fix Act 46 (October, 2015)

Commentary: Reining in WOTUS (October, 2015)

Commentary: The Folly of More Gun Controls (October, 2015)

September 2015

Commentary: Paid sick leave a cynical issue for 2016 (September, 2015)

Commentary: Vermont Yankee Closes: The Consequences Were 100% Predictable (September, 2015)

Commentary: Vermont’s Coming All Payer “Reform” (October, 2015)

Commentary: Restraining Executive Power (September, 2015)

August 2015

Commentary: School Governance Mega-Muddle (August, 2015)

Commentary: In Age of Uber, “Right to Work” Makes More Sense Than Ever (September, 2015)

Commentary: A Skeptic’s View of Health Care “Reformers”

Commentary: Repeal the Ethanol Mandate (August, 2015)

Commentary: Another Wrong-Headed Energy Plan (July, 2015)

July 2015

Commentary: Repeal Vermont’s Certificate of Needs Laws (July, 2015)

Commentary: Vermont Energy Plan is Basically Unworkable (July, 2015)

Commentary: Biblical and Socialist Morality (July, 2015)

Commentary: The Local Economy Solution (July, 2015)

June 2015

Commentary: Study Will Provide Cover for Higher Property Taxes (July, 2015)

Commentary: Protecting Our Private Spaces (June, 2015)

Commentary: Amtrak – A Runaway Train

May 2015

Commentary: All Payer Waiver Puts Medicare in Crosshairs

Commentary: The Governor’s “Productive” Legislative Session (May, 2015)

Commentary: Bernie Begs the Question… (May, 2015)

Commentary: Vermont’s Galloping Gertie (May, 2015)

Commentary: Montpelier Tax Spree Is Inexcusable (May, 2015)

April 2015

Commentary – The Latest Big Idea in Montpelier: Taxing Services (April, 2015)

Commentary: Time to Take Climate Change Debate to Next Level (April, 2015)

Commentary: The Legislature’s Final Four (April, 2015)

Commentary: Forced Consolidation vs. Going Independent (April, 2015)

March 2015

Commentary: Time for Facts About Vermont Health Connect (March, 2015)

Commentary: Disappointing Budget with a Silver Lining (March, 2015)

Commentary: Tax Raising Mania Sweeps Montpelier (March, 2105)

February 2015

Commentary: Reality Check for the Do-Everything State (February, 2015)

Commentary: School Choice Even Improves the Value of Your Home (February, 2015)

Commentary: Legislature Moving to Increase Electric Rates (February, 2015)

Commentary: School Choice – and Lower Property Taxes (February, 2015)

January 2015

Commentary: Vermont’s Renewable Energy Policy Worse Than Worthless (January, 2015)

Commentary: Why Electricity Costs Spiked

Commentary – Shumlin’s Budget Address:  More Centralized Government (January, 2014)

Commentary: A Better New Path To Health Care Reform (January, 2015)

December 2014

EAI Board Member Wendy Wilton Nailed Single Payer Costs/Problems – For Free – in 2011

Commentary: Are You Ready for the Carbon Tax? (December, 2014)

Commentary: Universal School Choice is the Answer to Property Tax Crisis (December, 2015)

Commentary: Dubious Remedies for Restraining Education Costs (December, 2014)

Let’s Build On Our Victories in 2015. Renew Your Support for EAI!

November 2014

Commentary: The Ripple Effects from Losing Vermont Yankee (November, 2014)

Commentary: The Coming Administrative State (November, 2014)

Commentary: Gruber Has No Credibility to Vet Single Payer Funding Plan (November 2014)

Why Jonathan Gruber Must Be Fired: Vermonters Deserve An Honest “Calculator”

Commentary: Four Proposals to Improve Elections (November, 2014)

October 2014

Commentary: Why Electric Rates Are Rising (October, 2014)

Commentary: Medicare’s Future in Vermont: What Does Single Payer Intend? (October, 2014)

Commentary: Vermont’s Fiscal Future – Cloudy at Best (October, 2014)

Commentary: Health Care Mutual Aid (October 2014)

Commentary: Will This Be Our Last Free Election? (October, 2014)

September 2014

Commentary: Facing the School Property Tax Monster (September 2014)

Commentary: “Your Doctor”… or “Their Doctor”? (September 2014)

August 2014

Commentary: Poll Shows Vermonters Support Right to Work – For Good Reason (August 2014)

Commentary: End Life Support for Big Wind (August 2013)

Commentary: “Drafting Error” May Wreck Obamacare (August, 2014)

July 2014

Commentary: Dirty Harry’s Lesson for the Legislature – And Us (July 2014)

Commentary: School Consolidation, Charters, and Choice (July 2014)

McClaughry in NRO Online – The First Single-Payer Domino

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

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

2013-14 Legislator Roll Call Profiles

June 2014

Commentary: Does Montpelier Have Its Priorities Straight?

Commentary: Carbon Dioxide and the Upper Valley

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

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

May 2014

Commentary: Forgiving Ancient Environmental Injuries

Commentary: Banner Year for the Liberal Legislature (May 2014)

Commentary: Vermont Should Be in Pictures (May, 2014)

April 2014

Commentary: The Latest Shumlin “Economic Progress” Idea (April, 2014)

Commentary: When Imagination Fails, Raise School Property Taxes!

March 2014

Commentary: Small Vermont Farms in EPA’s Crosshairs (March, 2014)

Commentary: Robbing the Poor to Give to the Powerful (March, 2014)

Commentary: The Obama-Shumlin Job Shrinkage Plan (March, 2014)

Commentary: The Latest Attack on Independent Schools (March, 2014)

Commentary: Coming Soon – One Big School System? (March, 2014)

Commentary: Vermont needs a better plan for job creation (February, 2014)

February 2014

Commentary: Article 16: The Wise Decision of 1777 (February, 2014)

Commentary: Accountability the Key to VT’s Substance Abuse Problem (Feb. 2014)

January 2014

Commentary: Irreconcilable Differences in Single Payer Promises (December, 2013)

Commentary: The Time of Testing for Independent Schools (January 2014)

Commentary: Vermont’s New Energy Gosplan (January 2014)

December 2013

Commentary: The Single Payer Healthcare Cost Nobody’s Talking About (December 2013)

Commentary: Economic Freedom in North America (December 2013)

Commentary: The Long Tortuous Path to the Single-Payer Payroll Tax (December 2013)

EAI Releases 2013 “Roll Call Profiles” for all 180 Vermont Legislators

November 2013

Commentary: Progressive Policies Are Creating a Permanent Underclass (December, 2013)

Book Review: Local Dollars, Local Sense

Commentary: Yankee’s Closing Will Hurt Vermont (November, 2013)

Commentary: Paying $2 billion for “health care reform” (November, 2013)

Commentary: School District Consolidation: The Supreme Managed Benefit State (November, 2013)

October 2013

Commentary: Tax Reform 1, Bigger Government 0

Commentary: The Vermont Exchange Train Wreck (October, 2013)

Commentary: The Latest Climate Change Embarrassment (October, 2013)

Commentary: A Premium and a Tax Are Not the Same Thing (October, 2013)

September 2013

Book Review: David Stockman’s Great Deformation (October, 2013)

Commentary: When Location Rules the Grid

Commentary: The GMO Debate in Vermont (October, 2013)

Commentary: Our Libertarian Moment (September, 2013)

Commentary: Shumlin’s Peculiar Collection of “Facts” (September, 2013)

August 2013

Commentary: Gov. Shumlin’s Unlikely Olive Branch to Entergy (August, 2013)

Commentary: Freedom, Unity, and Organic Food (August, 2013)

Commentary: Vermont’s Welfare Cornucopia (August, 2013)

Commentary: Minimum wage harms young job seekers

Commentary: Obamacare’s Grim Future

July 2013

Commentary: Health Care Reform with a Price Tag that Won’t Make You Sick

Commentary: Vermont’s Goal for Renewable Energy is Wishful –and Damaging — Thinking

Commentary: Get Congress out of student loans!

Commentary: Nuclear Power for the Anti-Nuclear Set

Commentary: The Northeast Kingdom Growth Surge (July, 2013)

Lessons from the Mountain School at Winhall

June 2013

Commentary: Free Markets are necessary for a strong future

Commentary: Most Likely to Secede (June, 2013)

Commentary: Gut Check on “Climate Change”

Commentary: Aren’t we all a little bit Jeremy Dodge?

May 2013

Commentary: Health Insurance CO-OP Flops

Commentary: Post Hoc Ergo Proctor Hoc – What’s past is prologue with gun rights

Commentary: Should the Legislature Get Access to our Personal and Business Tax Returns?

Commentary: The Continual Tax Raising Mania (May 12, 2013)

April 2013

Commentary: Health Care Financing Slides Toward Chaos

Commentary: The “90 Percent” Solution

Commentary & Video: Montpelier struggles to decide who our kids belong to

Commentary: Renewable Subsidies for the Rich (May 2013)

Thomas Jefferson’s Legacy to America’s Youth of Today

Commentary: Health Care Totalitarianism in Vermont

March 2013

Commentary: Eleven Things to Know about “Health Care Reform”

Independent contractors must maintain independence

The Sudden New Assault on Independent Schools

February 2013

Lawyers Can’t Rescue a Weak Case

Shumlin’s Universal Preschool Fantasy

Keeping young graduates in Vermont

Wilton vs. UMass: Green Mountain Care Tax a Big Gamble for VT

Gov. Shumlin’s Peculiar Taxing Priorities

The President’s New Gun Violence Agenda

January 2013

What to Expect from the 2013 Legislature

September 2012

Protecting Our Constitutions

May 2011

The Legislators Who Gave Us the Path to Single Payer Health Care

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