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Green Mountain Care "Dead On Arrival" !
So the big announcement of the "single payer" financing plan is “Oh, Never Mind !” – R-E-A-L-L-Y !
The millions of dollars spent on Vermont Health Connect, Green Mountain Care (and the foolish activities of the GMC Board) could have gone to help insure the uninsured instead of chasing Shumlin's "single payer" pipe dream.
Shumlin knew all of this over a year ago when the UMASS study was presented to him – he short circuited the completion and release of the financial study because he and Gruber knew that it was all bad news. Of course Gruber and Shumlin counted on the “stupidity” of the citizen voters to keep the “single payer” charade going.
Can we now get to work making sure that every Vermonter has access to necessary healthcare (universal access) – Please!
H. Brooke Paige
postscript to Paul Heintz: Is it time to ask Shumlin “Why don’t you just concede?” yet ?
I’m just saying!
The S.S. Shumlin Seems Ready for its Cruise to Bankruptcy Island!
Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, again? The “Ship of Fools” seems ready for its next voyage!
H. Brooke Paige
The Real Story at the News Conference!
The real story at today's Milne news conference was Paul Heintz acting like a spoiled child. After blurting out a series of four rapid fire questions which were answered by Milne - he became angered when Milne cut off his fifth question in an attempt to give the dozen or more other journalist an opportunity to speak.. "Little" Paul started to shout out random questions like "Why don't you concede?", "Don't you believe in democracy?", "Do you think we still need elections?" and the like! The child-like tantrum was certainly a new low for Heintz - who has acted badly in interactions with Milne before, specifically at the October Milne news conference on Education in Barre!
If Heintz is trying to make Milne look poorly, he is not succeeding as Milne effectively puts him in his place without looking disrespectful! We all understand that Heintz is one of Shumlin's most loyal "back door" buddies! Grow-up Paul - Shumlin will probably be returned to office, so you and his other big supporters will be left trying to explain why our great state has wound up in the "dumper" thanks to Shumlin !
H. Brooke Paige
postscript: Paul, even if Milne had conceded, as Feliciano did, he would still be on the January ballot, as Feliciano is, and the Legislature would still be required to select the next governor from the three highest vote-getters. What was your point in asking Milne, "Why don't you just concede?" ?
Great News for Vermont and Burlington Political News Junkies!
Terri, Nancy and Sam were the ONLY reason to buy the BFP. I suspect the Gannett/USAToday will be folding up the circus tent and heading out of town soon! Congratulations to Mike for taking the BFP from being a credible broadsheet to a vacuous tabloid. More Good News! - I won't have to continue to waste $8 a week for their "nothing burger” news.
H. Brooke Paige
postscript: Please increase you number of copies delivered in Barre/Montpelier (since our only other "news" is the bias droolings from the Mitchell Empire!) Also, please consider bribing Sam (Hemingway) out of retirement!
Just the Facts, Just the Facts!
To end further speculation on the mechanics of the Legislative Selection by Ballot – I am providing the link to the opinion by the Vermont Legislative Council. Yes, there are very specific ruled and they are not “rubber stamping” the plurality selection of the voters.
I hope the Legislators take their duty seriously and select what they believe is the candidate who will best serve the interest of all Vermonters!
H. Brooke Paige
On the Vermont Election Trail – Governor’s Race - Paul Heintz’s Seven Days Story
Mr. Spaulding there is “No Good News” in sale of IBM!
Shumlin once again points to the big IBM “cow pie” and claims victory; in what universe is the offloading of a multi-million dollar loser operation a positive story? After losing big dollars on its obsolete chip business in Essex Junction and in New York – IBM finally “sells” the operations to GlobalFoundries (Global). Of course “sell” is a euphemism for the reality that IBM had to bribe Global with $1.5 billion (that’s billion with a “B”) to take this obsolete dinosaur off their hands. They choose to do because of their continued need the chips produce at the plant on a short term basis as they transition to their production to state-of-the-art chips like those produced by Global at their new facility in Malta NY- yet could not continue to afford hemorrhaging operating capital to make the chips themselves .
The advantage for Global is not the aging, antiquated (c1990 and earlier) Essex Junction plant, rather the talented technicians and designers employed there are the prize. For over a year, Global has been actively attempting to “poach” the Vermonters at IBM to staff their new “FAB 8” facility at Malta – going so far as actively advertising in the Burlington papers (including Seven Days), hold “Job Fairs” specifically targeting the IBM employees and even setting up a recruitment office in Essex Junction. Now in one “fell swoop” they have acquired the “prize” they have worked so diligently to obtained, the talented Vermonters, who had resisted Global’s seductive offers (not everyone wishes to work in New York for Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, hereditary ruler of Abu Dhabi, president of the United Arab Emirates and ultimately the owner of Global.) The Vermont IBMers now have no choice but to genuflect to their new foreign masters! (Spare me the global economy tripe!)
After the dust has settled and the election has passed, Global will announce the closing of Essex Junction having found the physical plant outmoded, unusable and unneeded; as their state-o-the-art Malta plant provides them with sufficient capacity and adequate staffing, with the addition of the 4,000 former IBM Vermonters.
Now Vermont’s own “Flim-Flam” man, Pete Shumlin will tell us that the closing and transfer of employees is “good news” since the transaction will not increase our unemployment numbers and the former IBM physical plant will provide available space for new (yet to be found) companies to avail themselves of. Never mind the devastating loss of jobs, business and revenue – Shumlin will point with pride to his brilliance management of the situation – he’s the “man” who tries to persuade us that there is a “silver lining” in every “cow pie.”
Somebody should tell Mr. Spaulding (and Emperor Shumlin) that this is NOT good news for Vermont!
Dan Feliciano in the Race to the end!
Few remember that this is not Dan Feliciano’s first gubernatorial run, in 2010 he was on the ballot and received 1,341 votes (.57% of the vote). Dan is a smart, affable fellow with many well thoughtout ideas as well as some libertarian ideas that doom his chances. While I agree with his main stand on the rejection of “single payer”, his stand on eliminating public schools in favor of a voucher system is DOA as the teacher’s unions, a powerful force in Vermont politics, would never allow such an idea to see the light of day AND the libertarian position on the legalization of all drugs and the release of all imprisoned for drug offenses is a nonstarter. I sincerely believe that Dan could be an important asset in designing a workable plan for a competitive private sector “universal care” model for Vermont – we need more smart people and less political schemers in our state government!
Dan has a personal investment in his run (as do all candidates) and unfortunately does not see that the most important goal , this election seasons, is to remove Shumlin from the Governor’ Office. Shumlin plays (promotes) Dan is off against Milne – knowing that Dan’s continued efforts ultimately insure his (Shumlin’s) election victory. Dan and I spoke of this problem over a month ago and he believed that Milne should bow out of the race and allow him (Feliciano) to take the lead. I get it! It is really tough to make a move for the greater good when you see yourself as the superior candidate! In the end, Dan’s decision will result in a Shumlin win and a loss for all Vermonters.
Paul Heintz’s Distorted View and Hirt Pride!
At the end of Milne’s “Education” press conference, Paul tried a little “got ya’” journalism. When Paul started asking several off topic questions (unrelated tothe education discussion), Scott refused to answer at that time. When Paul retorted “are you kidding me?”, Milne admonished Paul for not attending or covering his earlier events, and invited Paul to contact him later in-person or by phone so he (Milne) could get him up to speed. It was obvious that Paul was not pleased with being put in his place by Milne in front of the Vermont Press corps (especially their dean, Bob Kinzel at VPR.)
Paul, time to start reporting instead of editorializing and pontificating – your readers would prefer to have accurate journalism “Just the Facts, man; Just the Facts!”
H. Brooke Paige, Washington, Vermont
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