I am concerned about how much of this new type of oppressive orthodoxy we are going to see in the upcoming legislative session in Vermont. We need to watch carefully the tendency of bills to surface that, step by step, increase the control of government over our private lives.
The willingness of so many to believe that any president would be so mean-spirited that he or she would deliberately be disrespectful to a fallen soldier’s widow is mindboggling. It requires a toxic level of hate in the human heart.
The ugly march of a couple of hundred white nationalists, as shocking as that is, is unlikely to threaten the stability of our constitutionally elected government. The general sympathy of mainstream Democrats for the violent tactics of fascists on the left against Trump just might.
Local school boards in Vermont are now responsible for negotiating an 80/20 split in payment of health care premiums or finding the savings elsewhere in their budgets.
Bernie Sanders has always been willfully ignorant of economics — regularly ignoring or denying the cost of the “free” services he wants taxpayers to provide. Last week he demonstrated a willful ignorance of religious freedom as well.
The reality is just now coming home to the teachers that their Cadillac policies are expiring and can’t be replaced without substantial penalty. Fortunately for the teachers, Gov. Scott has come up with a plan that will fund Health Savings Accounts for them, essentially holding teachers harmless by paying the higher deductibles in the new “non-Cadillac” plans.