No Stinkin’ Facts

by Martin Harris  With a repeat apology to the late Humphrey Bogart, whose Treasure of the Sierra Madre movie made famous the sweaty-bandit line “Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges” spoken by an outlaw pretending to be a Mexican Federale, it will be modified for use as a literary device once again in this…

Mobilizing the Conservative Majority

by Robert Maynard  As we get closer to the upcoming elections the question of how to best advance the conservative cause presents itself. Some would argue that elections present an opportunity to reach out to more people with the conservative message, while others insist that ideological considerations take a back seat to actually getting sympathetic…

Health reform ‘wind shift’ deserves an explanation

by Tom Pelham On Jan. 19, 2011, with Harvard professor William Hsiao’s report in hand, Gov. Peter Shumlin confidently proclaimed, “It’s clear that moving to a single payer plan, with or without a limited role for private insurers, will save Vermont significant money in health care. Hsiao estimates that a single payer plan with a limited role for…

Light-Bulb Moment

by Martin Harris  From ancient lore comes the “once in a blue moon” phrase, deployed to describe quite-rare events like the night of 21 Nov 10, when a second round Luna displayed within a calendar month. The next such event will be overhead this coming August. If you just can’t wait, peruse the pages of…

The Left’s Latest Attack on Freedom of Association

by Bruce Shields On Town Meeting Day many Vermont towns will find an article in their warning supporting a “Saving American Democracy” [SAD] amendment to the US Constitution, as proposed by Senator Sanders and Congressman Welch. The stated purpose of SAD is to deny “personhood” to corporations. The real goal is to prevent corporations from…

The Health Insurance Exchange: Your Questions Answered

by John McClaughry  Many members of the Vermont House uncomfortably confided that they really didn’t understand what they did last month, when they voted 88-38 to pass Gov. Shumlin’s health insurance exchange legislation (H.559). The bill is now under consideration in the Senate, so this easy to grasp format may prove helpful to legislators and…

Collateral Damage: Vermont and Nuclear Energy

by Jeffrey M. Lewis Judge Murtha’s recent decision against the State of Vermont in the Entergy case was greeted with stunned silence as the parties took time to rethink strategy. The state contemplated an appeal, on which they have now decided, but with a poor track record, and a well-reasoned decision its position is difficult.…

New Leadership at EAI

by Bruce Shields The Left continues their three decade long rumble in Vermont. One consistent voice of sanity has been the Ethan Allen Institute. How will my taking over as President change things? As little as is consistent with the change of times. John McClaughry remains Vice President, charged with continuing his inimitable research and…