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Re: “Message Trouble: Senate Dems Struggle on Political Front

When Governor Scott heads out to events, he would do well to sit in the audience and listen to the speakers as opposed to sitting on the dais and talking. Phil Scott is a reasonably humble man running into the all to frequent perceived need to have all state actions occur only because of the greatness of the [in this case Governor]. It is time for Scott to fire his advisors and most of his administration. Scott has a choice - be his own man or be the pretentious figurehead his advisors insist upon.

This would be a shame, because I do believe Scott is a fiscally conservative and socially liberal leader. I hope he returns to these ideals by taking a first step: remember that being fiscally responsible and responsive depends on using real numbers ... not just the one's that make you look good mixed in with a bunch of hooey.

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Posted by Rama Schneider on 02/15/2018 at 5:32 AM

Re: “Slideshow: White Supremacist Rally Fizzles but Fascist Fighters Show Up

Well now, this is a pretty pickle, isn't it? Obviously if we see a word in a name, then that word MUST have true meaning, correct? In the case of the pathetic nazis of today or Germany's failed first half of the twentieth century it seems some "scholars" have seen the word socialist and decided historical investigation must stop right there.

My question: exactly which industry did the nazis of Germany nationalize/socialize? Because if they weren't nationalizing swaths of industry, then they weren't socialists, correct?

15 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Rama Schneider on 02/11/2018 at 5:09 AM

Re: “O'Keefe Exercises His Right to Free Speech Without Disruption in Middlebury

Samuel Zimmer, a Middlebury College sophomore should rethink his willingness to hear out O'Keefe. O'Keefe is a proven liar.

Come back to this link after reading the following: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/b-kl…

Some time ago in a successful Peter Welch assisted assault on the national low income advocacy group ACORN (not to be confused with the Vermont group ACORN), O'Keefe and female partner (and fellow bullshitter) Hannah Giles made the fake-news radical right wing talk circuit to bleat out claims of ACORN advising people on how to avoid paying taxes.

Proven liars O'Keefe and Giles told everybody who would listen about a visit to a Brooklyn, NYC, NY ACORN office where, the two claimed, they were advised to bury proceeds from prostitution to avoid paying taxes. Unfortunately for the two liars, there was an unedited version of that video, and that video showed without a shadow of a doubt O'Keefe and Giles were lying.

The truth in the video is that the two liars (O'Keefe and Giles) asked for advice on how to keep money the supposed prostitute Giles earned away from an abusive pimp, and the ACORN worker advised her to hide the money in a tin in her back yard.

I don't know - maybe Giles was the prostitute after all. And Sam ... O'Keefe is a dishonest POS who doesn't deserve your time. Try doing some in depth research instead ... you'll learn more.

Oh, and shame on Middlebury College for allowing themselves to be used for spreading this kind of crap. This has nothing to do with free speech, and everything to do with a radical right wing racist agenda.

20 likes, 33 dislikes
Posted by Rama Schneider on 12/01/2017 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Conservative Provocateur James O'Keefe to Speak in Middlebury

I would like to point out that a quick trip to the dictionary would find that "provocateur" and "pathetic small minded liar" have very different definitions. I am curious as to why 7 days chose the wrong word for their headline.

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Posted by Rama Schneider on 11/30/2017 at 5:36 AM

Re: “Just Saying No: Vermont Education Secretary Defies Lawmakers

This was an incredibly easy find: "An aggravating factor at the Agency is that we have seen a dramatic and unprecedented decline in staffing since 2008, when we had 211 FTEs (83.2 paid by the states General fund). Today, that number is 170 FTEs (53.18 paid by the states General Fund). This somewhat limits our capacity to extend technical assistance to school districts on issues related to state funding, especially given other statutory claims on those scare general fund dollars."
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Docu…

If that isn't enough, let's take the discussion to the VSBE ... starts just after the 2:04 mark ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2214Frd-g… - I do admit this was a tad more difficult as I had to skim through the video.

Yeah - absolutely, uncontestably, totally fake news being put out in some of these comments.

Facts matter, and the matter of facts all point to Secretary Holcomb and the VSBE both speaking about the need for greater resources WHILE Shumlin was governor.

10 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Rama Schneider on 11/02/2017 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Just Saying No: Vermont Education Secretary Defies Lawmakers

For the record and from my own personal experience, Brooke Paige's comment "Secretary Holcombe made no fuss about lack of resources to implement her Act 46, however ..." is at best horribly mistaken, and at worst a deliberate lie. You know ... fake news.

The discussion regarding a lack of resources for the AOE and VSBE both began right after Act 46 of 2015 was signed into law by Governor Shumlin. No, I apologize, I'm wrong .... that very discussion began when the Department of Education was turned into the Agency of Education, and once again that was while Shumlin was governor.

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Posted by Rama Schneider on 11/02/2017 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Just Saying No: Vermont Education Secretary Defies Lawmakers

Secretary Holcombe has been talking about the lack of financial resources to accompany legislative demands on the AOE's time for quite a while now. She was saying this when Shumlin was governor as Act 46 of 2015 was being passed. As an aside the Vermont State Board of Education has an even larger problem in this instance ... more and more work with less and less budgetary support.

The Secretary's stance is not a protection of Governor Scott's political policies and political proposals. The Secretary's stance IS a protection of some very important work that is occurring around Vermont this very day: everything from school district and supervisory union mergers to a process that provides for regular school inspections and evaluations. And of course there is the large amount of work that is required by federal law to access federal funds (read 16 VSA - there is a requirement the AOE do this too).

Seems to me both Representative Sharpe and Senator Baruth really liked the idea of taking the once upon a time semi-autonomous Department of Education and turning it into a wholly owned subsidiary of the governor's office ... sow and you shall reap the results.

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Posted by Rama Schneider on 11/02/2017 at 6:10 AM

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