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Just thinking about – Carbon War on the poor; Scott, Trump and Texas; universal voting at Town Meeting

It’s Friday afternoon, and I was just thinking about….

Spectacular non-leadership by example. Does the executive leadership team of alleged “healthcare cost control” outfit One Care understand the concept of Leadership By Example? Seems there name should be “Don’t Care.” It seems doubtful.  Otherwise they wouldn’t seek an 18% raise when the providers they oversee are reeling from the one-two punch of the pandemic and a $63 million cyberattack.

Burlington’s carbon war on the poor. The Queen City’s proposed “expect to suffer” fossil-fuel heat conversion program would inflict the most pain on the homeless and very poor. Adding $10,000 of mandated costs to new or rehabbed housing discourages new development. Vermont already has the oldest housing stock in the nation. Burlington’s plan makes finding any home even more of a pipe dream for the truly needy. 

Phil Scott, Donald Trump, and the Texas lawsuit. Gov. Scott told Stewart Leadbetter of News 5 at today’s press conference that the Texas lawsuit before the Supreme Court “is bizarre in a lot of respects. I think we need to move on here. I don’t know what the intent is.”

Oh, that’s an easy one, Governor. Texas wants to ensure that whoever is inaugurated January 21, half the country won’t believe the election was a fraud. It wants to protect the vital constitutional succession of government by exposing all of the suspected fraud so that the Court can render a fair, impartial and much-needed authoritative decision that can help America truly “move on.”

Pros and cons of universal absentee voting for Town Meeting, as Gov. Scott suggests. On the one hand we’d all miss the eyeball-to-eyeball accountability of our local officials, not to mention the apple pie afterwards. On the other hand, it might give 9-5 Vermonters an opportunity to weigh in on some of the local government issues that matter to them: like, for example, the expected nine percent increase in school taxes. Apparently some in the Legislature – so, so eager to hold the general election by universal absentee ballot – are chary of giving all Vermonters a Town Meeting ballot. I wonder why?

For once, I agree with the Times-Argus. The notoriously, reflexively liberal editor of the Times-Argus penned these words to the wise about why shopping local for the locals is more important than ever: “If we say that after the pandemic we want to return to some semblance of “normal,” we must be investing in our local businesses, especially right now. Otherwise, if we choose to rely on Amazon and other large-scale retailers, we could be left with deep regret about our short-term decision-making made out of a desire for convenience.”

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  1. Everybody in Burlington will be frozen out of the city, if these foolish dreamers believe there is enough electricity
    to provide whole home heating for 35,000 citizens. Plan is to suck the heat out of below zero temps
    No electric supply can replace millions of gallons of fuel oil and fuel pipeline gas.

    The homeless are going to be pushed by homeowners out of their tents, camp fires and sleeping bags – that problem solved!

  2. Has anyone else been struggling to understand the motives behind the political turmoil we are currently experiencing? After all, understanding this circumstance is the best way to avoid its potentially catastrophic outcome. Of course, political turmoil is nothing new. Ever since humankind developed agriculture in Mesopotamia 10 thousand years ago, when tribalism began to evolve into organized governance, political power evolved as well. Today, in our Constitutional Republic, so-called peaceful transfers of political power occur every couple of years or so. But every so often, an issue comes to the fore that is deemed to be existential, and, therefore, potentially violent by definition.

    America’s previous and only existential wars were justified by such circumstances. The War of Independence in 1776, The Civil War in 1860, World War II in 1941. The other conflicts Americans have experienced in the interim have been secondary to these three major instances… at least until the advent of the irreconcilable existential conflict in which we find ourselves today.

    All three of America’s major conflicts were wars for control of the world’s resources. Our War of Independence actually began with the French and Indian War, an off-shoot of the Seven Years War between England, France, Spain, and Prussia – the world’s largest colonial powers at that time. Our Civil War was the culmination of a world-wide economic reset guarantying the rights of all individuals with the Emancipation Proclamation, and included foreign interests from the usual suspects – England and France. And, of course, there was WWII, which ended when global military conflict was rendered obsolete by the atomic bomb. And because America’s infrastructure came out of WWII virtually unscathed, it’s governance of a free-market Republic prevailed, and the world experienced its greatest prosperity in human history.

    So, what is today’s existential threat? Ironically, as has been the case throughout history, it’s our prosperity, and, more importantly, how we govern it.

    Throughout the history of agrarian, industrial, and now digital economies, there has been a conflict between ‘Individualism’ (our personal Liberty and Freedom), and the so-called ‘Commonwealth’ (e.g. Democratic Socialism). There are those who claim, without substantiation, that individuals cannot be trusted to act in the best interest of the community, while at the same time, acting in their own self-interest. There are others, including me, who can, when the opportunity arises, demonstrate that it is precisely that, the ‘self-interest’ and ‘self-determination’ of Individualism, that best facilitates a prosperous Commonwealth. The best and most evident example is, of course, our American Constitutional Republic.

    Nonetheless, this existential conflict between these two philosophies is raging again today and it is manifest in Climate Change. Be it the World Economic Forum and The Great Reset, this Davos, Switzerland based oligarchy has co-opted the common concern for our ‘Spaceship Earth’ to facilitate the elimination of libertarian free market governance.

    “We travel together, passengers on a little space ship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil; all committed for our safety to its security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and, I will say, the love we give our fragile craft. We cannot maintain it half fortunate, half miserable, half confident, half despairing, half slave—to the ancient enemies of man—half free in a liberation of resources undreamed of until this day. No craft, no crew can travel safely with such vast contradictions. On their resolution depends the survival of us all.” Adlai Stevenson

    As with all of America’s past existential conflicts, we are, yet again, defending ourselves from those who seek to control the world’s resources for the benefit of an elite few, including various political organizations like the bought-and paid-for (Build Back Better) Democrat Party and various advertising and marketing affiliates like The Purpose Disruptors. They are the proverbial wolves in sheep’s clothing. In the name of saving our planet, they are using the ‘Pandemic’ to take away our Liberty and Freedom – not because we, as individuals, can’t responsibly manage our own personal affairs, but rather, because they want totalitarian control of the earth’s resources, just as the British Monarchy did in 1776, just as the slave States did in 1860, and just as Germany, Italy and Japan did in 1941. The only differences are today’s ‘vast contradictions’. Military might has been replaced by an American, European and Chinese Communist Party elite, and their corrupt world-wide media propaganda machine pushing the Great Reset.

    https://www.purposedisruptors.org/our-vision
    https://www.weforum.org/great-reset

    Caveat Emptor

  3. Gosh, why is electric the most expensive option in Vermont? Anyone remember Vt yankee nuclear power? Who decommissioned that, taking great jobs and safe, reliable cheap energy away…

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