Letters 12 – 16 – 2011

New Jersey v. Vermont 

Quality-of-life in NJ 7th in the Nation??? Surely a Forbes-joke. if it were really so good there, so many of its former residents wouldn’t have decamped to VT in their Volvo’s.

– Martin Harris

Editor’s note: Steve Forbes is from New Jersey, which may explain some bias there. But nothing explains Ohio beating out Vermont!!!


Vermont is upside down

It’s intersting the note that whenever the ranking of states by various categories is published Vermont generally ranks near the top when it comes to undesireable ones and near the bottom on the good stuff.

– Jim Bulmer


Comments on “Small Businesses worried they’ll be blindsided by Green Mountain Care

Wendt chooses to be “hopeful” rather than make a judgment on Green Mountain Care. Yet he knows that he cannot afford an increase in costs without having to add to Vermont’s unemployment rate by letting people go. Yah. Eventually, he’ll be closing his doors because healthcare costs will necessarily go up over time. He had better form an opinion, and act on it, if he wants to survive.

If the plan of the state is to exempt large companies from Green Mountain Care, which it must or Dartmouth Hospital (for one) will let go its Vermont-based employees (which would be a huge hit to Vermont’s economy and employment rate), then the burden IS going to fall on small businesses – the very ones that are already closing up shop all across the state, leaving more and more retail spaces vacant.

Once again, it turns out that if you are big and well-connected to politicians you get excused from expensive, unworkable schemes that are forced on the rest of us; that drive small companies and self-employed people out of business. These big government, one size fits all schemes reduce economic variety and create a version of monoculture.

Just as creating huge swaths of land devoted to one crop weakens the environment for all plants and animals, and ultimately for humans, so creating a situation in which one or two large companies provide all of the goods or services in a given sector – because the little businesses have been wiped out – produces a weaker economy, reduced options, and less power for the consumer.

Pushing universal health care produces a health care monoculture. It WILL reduce choice and quality. In the process it will destroy the rich tapestry of American entrepreneurial activity, because only already-large and powerful corporations can exist when economic policy becomes financially toxic to small, diverse business enterprises.

We are creating govenment-sponsored monopolies, whether we mean to or not; and history tells us that monopolies always become inefficient, provide poor service, and stop innovating when they don’t have to worry about keeping market share. Because of the way America’s going now, that problem is going to start with healthcare and spread throughout the rest of the economy.

If you are content to simply “hope” the “change” will be good, you’re going to be sorely disappointed, poorer, and left with fewer options and choices. You might even find it hard to continue living in Vermont.

– Terry Bascom (via the Blog)


Events & Notes

Health Care Listening Sessions – The Agency of Administration is hosting four listening sessions across Vermont to help inform the design of future health care reform financing plans. These sessions will include presentations on the challenges facing Vermont’s health care system, how health care is financed currently in Vermont, and an overview of Vermont’s revenue system. The general public is encouraged to attend.

November 29: Marlboro College Tech Center, 28 Vernon Street, Brattleboro, 7:00 p.m.-9:00p.m

December 13: Fox Room at the Rutland Free Library, Rutland, 10 Court Street, 6:00 p.m.-8:00p.m

December 14: Diamond Ball Room, Sheraton, South Burlington, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

TBA: Northeast Kingdom, location to be determined, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Contact: Please contact Michael Costa, Special Counsel, Vermont Department of Taxes at (802) 828-0141 or Michael.Costa@state.vt.us.

Now – December 21: Pyrofax Energy is excited to announce the kick-off of their annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive. Each person that drops off 3 non-perishable food items or a new toy to your local Pyrofax office on or before December 21st will be entered to win 100 gallons of fuel oil.Pyrofax Energy has provided 3 locations to drop off food items and new toys between 8am and 4:30pm. You may drop off your donation at: 512 Brooklyn Street, Morrisville; #24 VT Rte 17, Waitsfield; or 694 Hartford Avenue, White River Junction.

Saturday, Jan 7: Castleton Republican Party Quarterly Breakfast Gathering, 8:30 am at the Trak-In Restaurant, Route 30 North, Bomoseen. RSVP by Jan. 4, 2012 for reservations. Email to: castletonrepublicans@yahoo.com or call Gary Turgeon at 802-265-2237 or Al Gustafson 802-273-3954.


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