A Better Job for the Under-Employed 172 Million

by Martin Harris  No long-running experiment in modern American society can match, in clarity of result and (because that unwelcome result has been rejected by almost all modern American education experts) the systematic non-acceptance of findings in evidence, the 40-plus-year-long campaign by the leadership in public education to reduce class size. From the outset, the…

Visions of the Anointed

by Robert Maynard  I would like to follow up on an early piece I wrote entitled “The Left’s Authoritarian Vision”. In that article I noted the left’s historical tendency to admire central planning even if it means pointing to authoritarian/totalitarian regimes as models to follow. The latest to trod this path is SEIU’s President Andy…

Who has a chance to be a really great president?

by Rob Roper  They say it took a Carter to give us a Reagan. In the late 1970’s liberalism had failed completely, visibly, and undeniably. Carter’s economic policies led to double-digit inflation and double-digit unemployment. His energy policy led to an “energy crisis” and gas lines. His foreign policy let to 52 Americans held hostage…

Eat the Rich (Fatten ‘em First)

by Martin Harris  It’s been standard practice in this column to source all stats and quotes offered, but here’s an exception: the “rich” (1%, in Occupy-Wall-Street lingo) earn and save more than the non-rich 99%. Yes, we know that. We also know that they invest, even in such things as government bonds, to earn returns,…

The Left’s Authoritarian Vision

by Robert Maynard  The latest example of the left’s authoritarian vision is a recent Wall Street Journal article by the Service Employee International Union’s President Andy Stern. The title of the article is “China’s Superior Economic Model: The free-market fundamentalist economic model is being thrown onto the trash heap of history”. So, what is it…

Merry Fiscal Christmas!

by John McClaughry  The good news is that Vermont still has its AAA bond rating, one of only nine states to be so favored. The bad news, of course, is that the three private agencies that bestow these coveted ratings are the same agencies that cheerfully rated securities backed by toxic mortgages as ultrasafe investments…

Through the Looking Glass

by Martin Harris  Just as Lewis Carroll’s 1865 “down the rabbit hole” allegory in “Alice in Wonderland” finds modern meaning in the “underground economy”, so his “Through the Looking Glass” dual-book follow-up in 1871 comes to mind when recent events appear in opposite-to-expected form. Mirror-image cases in point: the FDR Presidential campaign ending in the…

Health care report ignores big questions

by Pat McDonald As Gov. Shumlin and the Demo­cratic leadership of the Ver­mont Legislature continue their efforts to transform our state’s health care system into a centrally planned and government-managed sys­tem, it has become clear that they would like us to focus exclusively on the potential upsides of their new sys­tem while ignoring the downsides.…

Revisions to Vermont Energy Plan Will Make It Work Better

By Dick Trudell I’m a civil engineer. It is my job to make things come together, the combining of physical components with a goal in mind. The goal might be a water system to supply clean water, grading combined with physical components to treat stormwater or wastewater, or road and infrastructure design to provide places…