JohnGreenberg | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

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Re: “Proof Negative: Auditor Documents Lack of Evidence for Business Incentives

Marc Huelette:

Vindictive reputation? Bullying comments on message boards? Says who??

If youre so hot to oppose Doug Hoffer for auditor, by all means, run. Theres not a thing to stop you (assuming youre a voting citizen of Vermont). So much for the personal attack.

There is nothing pro-stagnation about suggesting that bribing businesses to come to Vermont is a pretty lame way to promote the states economy. In fact, pretty much the only rationale that anyone seems to come up with once questioned even slightly - is everyones doing it.

I tried that rationale out when I was about 4-5 years old. It didnt go over too big then; doesnt (or shouldnt) work any better now.

If you think Hoffers analysis is wrong, by all means show us why. If not, save the tiresome rhetoric and memes for those who want to listen to this kind of crap.

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 07/21/2018 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Does Vermont Have Too Many Nonprofits?

The question you ask is perfectly reasonable, but I would urge some caution in answering it.

For just one example, you write: Of the state's more than 6,000 tax-exempt organizations, at least 85 address issues of housing and shelter. There are at least 2 totally obvious problems with a statement like that.

First, many, if not most, of these 85 organizations address the issues on a local or regional basis, not statewide. There is no overlap in mission, method, etc. between the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust and The Burlington Community Land Trust which is one of your examples, any more than an organization dedicated to providing food to Guatemalans overlaps with one doing the same work in Burlington.

Second, in Windham County (where I happen to live), I support at least 3 organizations which address issues of housing and shelter. Two do so directly: namely, the aforementioned WW Housing Trust, and the Groundworks Collaborative (itself the result of a merger between a day shelter and a homeless shelter). A third, the Womens Freedom Center is the local organization working to end domestic and sexual violence in Windham and Southern Windsor Counties and as part of that mission, runs a shelter for battered women and their families. But all of them address the issues differently, with emphasis on different aspects of a complex problem.

Merging any of the organizations Ive just named would make little or no sense, although the 3 in Windham County DO collaborate regularly (along with others).

When 2 organizations do precisely the same thing in the same way, they should at least consider merging.

But it is not really helpful to provide the kind of broad brush analysis found in this article as the basis of a generalized suggestion.

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 07/05/2018 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Professional Fundraisers Keep a Large Cut of the Cash They Bring In for Nonprofits

To put these statistics in some perspective, I would recommend readers look at the Better Business Bureau's standards for charitable organization, which can be found here:…

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 07/04/2018 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Vermont Farmworker Jailed After Arrest by ICE

"Wanting to work on a VT farm as it pays better than Mexican wages is not a free pass to break our laws, sorry." Neither is hiring a worker whose documentation isn't legal. Why not arrest the farmer too?

If you really want to stop "illegal immigration," that's the way to do it. Arrest the big employers. Jail them, Fine them. Make the cost of continuing to do business on the backs of undocumented workers too high.

Do that until everyone knows you're serious about it, and you'll end illegal economic migration.

You'll also end a good deal of the American economy, but youll get the border security youre after. Everything has a cost in this life.

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 06/30/2018 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Vermont Labor Leaders Respond to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

it just says they can no longer use MY money to support politicians It doesnt say that at all. Thats been the law for many years.

What it says is that the union must represent you, bargain for you, arbitrate for you, but you dont have to pay them anything for the services they render.

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 06/28/2018 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott, Legislature Still Talking Past Each Other

"It's an ironic turn of events. Democratic lawmakers are preaching fiscal discipline, while the Republican administration is willing to "risk" future revenue increases..."

It's only ironic if you've been living in another country for the past 3 decades -- or equally bad, followed budget matters only by listening to news reports.

The facts couldn't be clearer. Republican Ronald Reagan campaigned on closing Carter's outrageous deficits (roughly $79 billion when Carter left office) and then ballooned them to roughly $255 billion when his vice president left office 11 years later. Democrat Bill Clinton eliminated the deficit altogether, leaving a surplus of around $125 billion.

Bush 2 turned that into a deficit of $1400 billion, which Democrat Barack Obama reduced to $665 billion at the end of his term. The reduction would have been greater, but Republicans blocked his efforts to raise tax rates for the highest income earners.

The record speaks for itself: Democratic leadership reduces deficits by practicing fiscal discipline, while Republicans consistently preach discipline and practice voodoo economics.

The current Vermont imbroglio reflects precisely the same thing. If it comes as a surprise, or looks ironic, its time to bring your understanding of recent American history into agreement with actual facts, rather than highly successful propaganda.

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 06/21/2018 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Walters: Team Scott Achieves a Talking Point

The Republican Party is so enamored of tax cuts that it's willing to sacrifice fiscal integrity and balanced budgets to insure that their wealthy backers don't pay a dime more in taxes.

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 05/14/2018 at 10:39 AM

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