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Re: “Some of Vermont's Highest-Paid Execs Run Nonprofits

As taxpayers, we would be in state Sen. Chris Pearson's debt if Pearson, rather than feigning outrage at nonprofit salaries, would stop spending so much public money to prop up his vice of choice: government.

The most-burdensome costs of daily living beyond the staples are taxes to support an ever-growing bureaucracy.

Nonprofits are cheap, easy targets for the purveyors of the bureaucratic metastasis.

But tops on that list of easy prey are unsuspecting taxpayers who put Vermont on the short, exclusive list of the most expensive states in which to live, thanks to big-spending drama kings such as Pearson.

Pearson has been taking a paycheck as a state legislator - spending our hard-earned money - for nine years.

One of his biggest cheerleaders is Bernie Sanders, who at last count owned three houses and is now signing a contract to publish yet-another book so he can buy a fourth house.

Sanders is among the professional politicians who run in Pearson's crowd. They have greatly enriched themselves at the expense of working-class folks - all the while preaching how others should live their lives to benefit humankind.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 06/20/2018 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Burlington School Board Blocks Construction of Preschools

The liberal big spenders in the socialist capital of the free world are suddenly opposed to using more taxpayer money for building needless schools?

Hmmm.

If anyone wonders what this is about, here's the deal: the liberal elites - underline the word elites - suddenly realized that their tax money was going to be used for building schools for ... poor kids!

Oh, the audacity!

The liberal, big-spending parents who have consistently voted for more taxes - and supported hiring a school boss who can't afford to live in the socialist capital of the free world because they thought he would advance their agenda - are suddenly the guardrails designed to stop supporting their children's poor immigrant friends.

This is the definition, folks, of "go ahead, raise my taxes as long as I personally benefit."

They get what they deserve.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 06/13/2018 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Study Suggests Burlington's Union Station for Overnight Train Storage

"Carl Fowler, a board member of the Vermont Rail Advisory Committee but who spoke as a public citizen, was met with applause when he suggested that the best storage location for a train would be in Saint Albans."

If you are a member of a sanctioned, public committee and you testify at a hearing, you speak as that incumbent.

To claim you are speaking as a "public citizen" amid your membership is a cheap stunt, though Fowler isn't original in his use of theater.

Unique to Fowler's claim, however, is his describing himself as a "public" citizen.

If anyone can shed light on the difference between a public citizen and a private citizen as Fowler seems to unabashedly differentiate, please post your credentials soon.

Oh, maybe when he's pretending he is an esteemed VIP committee member - yet still wants the protections of privacy - he creates a hybrid, aka "public citizen."

In any event, it's all quite comedic.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 06/08/2018 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Study Suggests Burlington's Union Station for Overnight Train Storage

Liberals like trains - until they don't.

Liberals think public transit is great - until it isn't.

Liberals say: "Ditch your car. Ride the train - unless..."

Unless...the train has to be parked IN MY BACKYARD when it isn't moving.

Anyone surprised that ECHO and Main Street Landing mouthpieces - who were all for trains when they didn't have to look at them - now suddenly are - what?! - anti-train?

Say it ain't so!

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 06/08/2018 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Gubernatorial Moneyball: Will Outside Money Flood Vermont Again?

If readers were looking for an excuse to read a 7d column, here it is:

"Conventional wisdom has it that the 2018 gubernatorial campaign will be a sleepy affair."

Gripping lede.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 06/06/2018 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Unraveling Plan: More Questions Than Answers on Scott’s Big Idea

John Walters giving Michael Kilian a primer on journalism is akin to the batboy counseling Ichiro.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 05/30/2018 at 1:47 PM

Re: “In a Third Term, Would Bernie Sanders Show Up to Work?

If Brad Peacock, a farmer, expects to succeed at politics, he needs to try a little logic.

Peacock says if Sanders runs for president, then Vermont's part-time junior senator needs to be "completely focused on that."

Then Peacock actually says Vermont needs a full-time senator.

Really. He really said that.

Meanwhile, academic Dickinson claims actually to be surprised that the public couldn't care less whether part-time Bernie misses a lot of votes.

Dickinson apparently missed two elections that saw Vermonters (if they are really Vermonters) give Bernie Sanders a free ticket to hire his own family for campaign work - and get rich on book deals so he could buy a third house.

Is that what they call political science? Asking for a friend.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 05/30/2018 at 10:31 AM

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