Vermont Economy at a Glance

  • FY12 Budget Shortfall: $176 million, or 14%
    • One Family's Share: $1,132
  • Population: 621,760   Unemployment Rate: 6.2%   Poverty Rate: 9.4%
  • Median Household Income: $50,619
  • Potential Public Revenue from tax on natural resource extraction: $1,2 Billion / year
    • One Family's Share: $7,720 yearly
    • Currently collected by corporations tax-free
  • Cumulative Afghan & Iraq War Cost to Vermont:
    • $1,724,493,495 ...Not counting the cost of the illegal war in Libya!
    • One Family's Share: $11,904
Full Documentation on the Cost of War to Vermont families courtesy of
Jul 212011

The VT Gadfly does some great work.

Gadfly explains real world issues facing Vermonters, in terms that all understand.

The incumbents in the VT Senate & House, particularly the Ways & Means Commitee and the Senate Finance Committee, call in out-of-state ‘experts’ who speak gobbledegook, hire commissions, accept the leadership of lobbyists, kill reform legislation… rather than listen to us. They totally ignored UVM testimony! Which is why in 2012, they must go.

The sitting Legislature takes on faith, Bernie’s basic lie that we have to choose between jobs and cutting the budget. This is to set us up for tax hikes, to spread fear, to keep us from thinking straight. Straight out of the KGB manual: it’s called Active Methods (Активные мероприятия):

…to change the perception of reality of every American to such an extent, that in spite of the abundance of information, no one is able to come to sensible conclusions, in the interests of defending themselves, their families, their communities… -Uri Bezmenov, former KGB agent

In truth: cut the budget, lower the tax burden on Vermonters, and jobs multiply.

Bernie’s lie is based on another lie, which sounds something like ‘jobs legislation’, ‘job creation’ or ‘government creates jobs’.

Nothing is created out of thin air. Don’t even need an economics textbook to tell us that. Fresh air, sunshine, rainfall, opportunities, access to land, communities. That’s how people create things, and how we feed ourselves. The less government tax & regulate, the more things (and food) we create and the more jobs there are.

It’s explained right here, in the Gadfly’s latest podcast:

Here’s what I said in the Addison County Chamber of Commerce Forum last October:

“Government cannot create jobs. What good government can do is get out of the way, respect the rule of law, refrain from acting in the interests of large corporations and special privilege. This restores our economic freedom, and with economic freedom comes jobs”

  One Response to “Business & Farms create jobs, not government!”

  1. There’s definately a lot to learn about this issue. I love all of the points
    you made.

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