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Re: “Vermont Senate Approves $15 Minimum Wage

Why stop there? Why dont we just raise the minimum to $50 per hour? Shouldnt burger flippers at Mickey Ds be living la vida loco?

The idiots in Montpelier dont have a brain between them. Minimum wage jobs are not meant to be careers nor are they meant to support a family. If people want better paying jobs they need to go to the effort of going to trade school or college and learn an actual skill. Unskilled workers are not worth $15 an hour. The Bernie Sanders everything should be free mentality continues under the Golden Dome.

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Posted by Roy on 02/18/2018 at 5:43 AM

Re: “After Florida Shooting, Vermont Governor Says No New Gun Laws

FTK - The ignorant, simple minded endless diatribe of people who use the chant of our rights, our rights as an excuse to do absolutely nothing in response to these continued tragedies is indicative of someone so small minded, intellectually lazy and bound up in extreme right wing ideology that they arent interested in solving a problem, just in pushing their infantile, irrational mindset on the rest of society. There is a balance to everything and its time to balance the rights of the hillbilly, gun crazed culture of some against the rights of others to not be shot and killed. I know that may be really tough for you to comprehend and its hard to believe that one could be so blatantly stupid but, that would seem to be the case.

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Posted by Roy on 02/17/2018 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Union Members Dispute Claim of 'Unanimous' Driscoll Endorsement

Everything about Driscoll smells bad. Lets hope the people of Burlington use some common sense and send that grifter packing!

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Posted by Roy on 02/16/2018 at 5:11 PM

Re: “The Cannabis Catch-Up: Vermont Lawmakers Know the Value of Taxing Weed

No one ever gave the Vermont legislature any credit for having brains. This isnt a heavy lift. You look what other states are doing. Our legislature is perfectly willing to tax the crap out of peoples incomes and property but to raise revenue this way is just too much for them.

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Posted by Roy on 02/16/2018 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Hogan's Return: Longtime Public Servant Blasts Mega-Prison Plan

Interesting reason that Anderson has come up with for the question of why folks aren't contributing to the Party. The people I've spoken to have all told more or less the same story, and I agree with them - as long as the Party continues to skew towards Progs and allows Progs to run under the Democratic banner, we'll keep our money in our pockets. If we wanted to be Progs, we'd be Progs. What I wont do, and I know many of the people I talked to feel the same way, is to contribute money to a Party that continues to move farther and farther to the left. In my view, the extreme left is just as bad as the far right, they are different sides of the same coin and neither has any practical solutions to today's complex problems. So while Bernie and his supporters push for a utopia without any practical, realistic plans to fund their little pipe dream, I'll be looking for candidates that have ideas for practical, common sense solutions.

22 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Roy on 02/07/2018 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Two Against One: Is Weinberger Vulnerable in Burlington's Mayoral Race?

We keep hearing this mantra "Progressive", "Progressive", "Progressive". Is anyone else sick of it yet? Do the "Progressives" have any realistic and practical solutions to anything? Anything at all? Sure, free healthcare, free college, free this, free that, living wage, low income housing, tax sensitivity, taking care of the most vulnerable - it all sounds great. Who wouldn't want such things? But as all thinking people know, free is not really free. Someone has to pay for all of these things and the only solutions that Progressives are able to muster is to tax the wealthy and corporations. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for everyone paying their fair share but its when you try and define "fair share" that things get a bit fuzzy. When I've heard Progressives speak about their tax schemes, they seem to be punitive rather than fair. Further, the middle class are always the ones who, proportionally speaking, get stuck with most of the bill.

I know several "progressives". Mostly, they don't make enough money to have to worry about tax increases or have so much money that a bit of an increase doesn't much matter to them. The progressives that I know are anti-development too, so I've never been able to discern where they expect all this tax money from businesses to come from or where all of this low income housing to come from. Its a mystery.

Weinberger isnt perfect, no one is, but at least he is trying to come up with realistic and practical answers for dragging Burlington into the current century and put her on firm financial footing.

43 likes, 24 dislikes
Posted by Roy on 01/31/2018 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Scott Budget Proposal Eliminates Disability Assistance Program

"Gov. Phil Scotts proposed budget would eliminate a $1.39 million program that helps disabled Vermonters..."

Scott is a typical Republican after all. And Monica Hutt states that the intent isn't to hurt people? Seriously?

15 likes, 19 dislikes
Posted by Roy on 01/25/2018 at 8:14 PM

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