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 CostOfWar.com.
Nov 222012
 
Buy_Nothing

 

 

Buy nothing on Friday.

Why? See below the song of Thanksgiving, rewritten for today’s reality.

 

We Gather Together; the Economic Version
by Fred Foldvary, 2012

We gather together, as thanks for our blessings.
Remember the lesson the Pilgrims did learn.
They first reaped in common, and then they found out,
That keeping what you sow, is the best way to earn.

The Pilgrims at first, they were communist thinkers.
They thought that the Lord wanted all to be shared.
Then they had no harvest, and they faced starvation.
To work for all the rest, was not what they cared.

A meeting they held, and kept the land common.
But each family could obtain its own plot.
Then they went to work, and the harvest was bountiful.
This economic lesson should not be forgot!

 

So. Fresh local turkey in Vermont now goes for around $2.50 a pound, putting a bird suitable for family plus relatives in the fifty-buck range. Most families in my district can’t afford that. So we have a choice of mass-produced, hormone & chemical injected frankenbirds from the supermarket for 69 cents a pound… or go kill yer own. I did the latter because I care about what I feed my family. The VT Agency of AG and the fed running it (Chuck Ross) say we can’t do that. They can pound sand.

Why, you might ask, is it that local farmers can’t afford to sell turkeys at a price most Vermonters can afford, but the supermarket can?

Because the State subsidizes factory farming and the huge stores that sell their products. The State enables both factory farms and megastores to pay less than a living wage, by making up the difference through food stamps and other benefits. (So you really ARE paying $2.50/lb for that bird with a price tag of 69 cents a pound, you’re paying through your taxes. Slick.)

Because the State does not tax land speculation in Vermont… land speculation is extremely lucrative, holds the best land out of production and drives up land prices, fuel and operational costs for family farmers.

This has been brought to the attention of the Vermont Legislature for years, yet they have taken no action except to more tightly regulate local food, making it even more expensive. VOTE ‘EM OUT ! No pardon for these turkeys !!!

Nov 072012
 
Great Accomplishments in 2012

Thank you kindly for your strong support and confidence this election season.

You know that I regard the Legislative seats in Addison County as belonging to US, the People… not parties, super-PACS; nor the career politicians sitting in those seats. That’s why I run as an Independent.

Thanks to you I have shot up to 18%, with no money spent. Vote count has tripled to 4273 (from 1278) two years ago. This growth I attribute to our personal contact in the past two years; talking with each other in markets, barbershops, feed stores, offices & hospitals (mostly listening and learning on my part). And going door-to-door all over Addison County plus Huntington.

Oct 262012
 
Update on the Issues

This latest position statement was printed in the Addison Independent.

In addition I would like to say that if you live and work in Vermont, you are a Vermonter regardless of federal citizenship. No discrimination, and freedom of movement must be guaranteed. Our freedom to organize in the workplace must be protected.

If you’d like me to address an additional issue, please click to contact me and I will put the response here.

Jun 262012
 
Legislature: Yankee biggest welfare scheme in Vermont

It’s time for Libertarians, Conservatives & Repubicans to put their money where their mouth is. No government subsidies to private industry, period. No exceptions.

Why do both Republicans & Democrats vote as their lobbyists and consultant-experts dictate? Could it be that career politicians value their careers more than the interests of their own people? We need our Citizen Legislature back. The idea of SERVING in office, like serving in a volunteer fire department or rescue squad, needs a comeback.

This week the focus is nuclear subsidies: $7.1 billion a year.

Jun 212012
 
Legislature: Stop Vermont Yankee Subsides and Vote on Act 160

As your candidate, I oppose government subsidies to private industry. The nuclear power industry is the most heavily subsidized power industry in history; therefore Vermont Yankee must go. The State subsidizes Yankee in many ways; from free surface water for cooling, to a lucrative opportunity to pollute but pay no fines.

The Legislature MUST obey the law: Act 160. They MUST vote as a general assembly on continued operation and storage of waste in the floodplain. So far they have simply refused to vote on this critical issue.

Politics 101. Don’t allow this.

Jun 202012
 
Where do you stand?

Government doesn’t belong in either the economy or our personal lives. Montpelier may not tell us how to heat our houses, what we can and can’t raise on our farms and slaughter. No right to control prices, force parents to vaccinate children, consolidate schools, censor the media, or engage in covert survellience of citizens.

The question remains, what CAN and SHOULD government do. Protect our constitutional rights!

Jun 142012
 
On the Ballot for 2012

As of today your local Liberty Candidate is on the ballot for 2012. If you’re in Addison I’ll be doing my best to come out and see you and do my best to understand your concerns and hopes for the future.

Between now and November is a long job interview, consisting of public forums and debates, and a bluegrass bash in the early Fall, bringing folks of all stripes together under the big tent. You’re invited, stay tuned!

May 182012
 
BE the Change: Recruiting the Vermont 30

Calling all Liberty-loving Vermonters!

Here’s your chance to take a positive stand for Liberty, and the future of our children and grandchildren.

Governors and Presidents do not make laws or vote on laws. Only legislators do that. Join a growing support network for viable Vermont candidates!