Even though the Soviet Empire is gone for a quarter century, the evil of Marxist-Leninist ideology, and its less vicious offspring “democratic socialism,” are still with us.
We are, alas, well into the era of bitter partisan conflict with high stakes, improbable revenue projections, irreducible federal spending and steadily growing national debt. The current bill will make large and worthwhile changes in the tax code, but falls short of restoring a bright fiscal future.
Too much intermittent renewable power causes increasing problems of grid management, as is the case from Vermont to Australia.
The ultimate goal of this “regulation and taxation through litigation” is to force selected industries to the wall.
If the higher price of solar panels and the declining Investment Tax Credit undercut the viability of their business plans, expect an urgent appeal for a taxpayer bailout for solar installers, to counter the government tariff bailout of the solar panel makers.
Chairman Walke, joined by three of the other 20 members who sat mute through the first 90 minutes, offered no opening statement, no context, no conditions, no ground rules — only an invitation to the audience of 60 to “tell us what you want us to consider.”
Young Americans may not think politics has become insane, because they have never known what it used to be like.
As reported by Tony Mecia in the Aug. 21 Weekly Standard, Duarte faces a $2.8 million fine plus a mandated outlay of as much as $13 million in “mitigation credits.” His crime: plowing a vacant 22-acre field to grow wheat without a Corps of Engineers permit.
Are Vermonters dumb enough to fall for this costly foolishness all over again?
The smoke has cleared from the legislative battlefield of 2017, and it’s a good time to review the outcome to see who got what — and what lies ahead.