Thomas Joseph | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Thomas Joseph 
Member since Sep 20, 2014

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Re: “Vermont Officials Stifle Release of Documents by Former Employee

Welcome to Vermont! Penelope is spot on. As the federal whistle-blower in The Brattleboro Retreat matter, there is no transparency anywhere in or outside of state government. Everywhere you look, state officials or the Attorney General's Office are claiming some form of "immunity" or concluding a 3-year fraud probe at the Retreat without providing the public any specificity. You won't get transparency from Governor Scott either. The Governor's Office was sent some evidence in the Retreat matter including examples of double billing and an Excel file that contained over 1,000+ mental health patients who had not received refunds of credit balances that in some cases were a decade or ten years old.

After nearly 8 long years chasing historic crooks I would encourage all Vermonters who discover malfeasance to look the other way if you find yourself in a similar position. It's just not worth it. The state and federal governments do nothing to protect your rights and often screw the whistle-blower out of any recovery.

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Posted by Thomas Joseph on 12/02/2018 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Mr. Popularity: Scott Stands Alone on Bad Night for Republicans

This election cycle demonstrated that dishonesty and bullshit can provide for electoral success. Fresh off covering up wholesale fraud at The Brattleboro Retreat, VT AG TJ Donovan never provided the public any specificity of what was unearthed in nearly 3 years of a criminal fraud investigation of the historic hospital. The Attorney General falsely claims no losses existed but the vast evidence demonstrates otherwise. I will happily work with any reputable reporter to show them the dozens of remittance documents where the Retreat admitted receipt of huge sums (stemming from double billing) spanning a decade. Sadly, Governor Scott who also was sent sufficient evidence of patient losses together with examples of double billing has remained silent despite claiming falsely that he strives to protect the most vulnerable. If we can't insulate mental health patients from stunning losses, most would agree the Governor's rhetoric is disingenuous. State Auditor Hoffer who has had all the evidence for years quietly helps the AG cover up the malfeasance by not acknowledging the vast trove of documents he possesses including admission of overpayments by Retreat staff. Then again, the AG threw Mr. Hoffer a bone with the auditors EB5 review. Finally, the Vermont media also shares blame for blindly taking our political leaders word on multiple frauds statewide without much due diligence. While the focus has been on Jay Peak/EB5, the Retreat malfeasance was equally staggering when you consider the many hundreds of mental health patients who were robbed by the hospitals failure to return patient credit balances for a decade. Treasurer Beth Pierce also shares responsibility for allowing the Retreat to remain delinquent for years with Unclaimed Property Filings which gave the Retreat cover to retain patient &other money (to which the hospital was not entitled) for many years.

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Posted by Thomas Joseph on 11/07/2018 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Question Untreated Inmates and Unspent Money

Thank you, Mr. Bellini. Spot on!

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Posted by Thomas Joseph on 09/20/2018 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Provocateur, Candidate: James Ehlers’ History of Rhetorical Excess

The political establishment including the Vermont Democratic Party are working hard to support establishment candidates who take the corporate cash corrupting our politics both here in Vermont and Washington. Mr. Ehlers is a genuine progressive for he always puts people before the special interests and profits that influence and motivate so many. Recent news reports of the VDP not making available voter files to congressional candidate Dr. Dan Freilich speaks to the purposeful and deliberate efforts of the VDP and surrogates to favor candidates who embrace corporate cash as the party then receives a slice of the pie. Indeed, follow the money.

The VDP surrogates are busy disparaging gubernatorial candidate Mr. Ehlers to distract voters from his formidable skill set as both Ehlers and Freilich have refused to take the corporate cash which the VDP relies upon to help fund its party and statewide operations. By virtue of its embrace of candidates who accept corporate cash from special interests, the VDP is demonstrating to all that they do not value or support genuine grassroots progressive candidates or campaigns funded by the people.

If you like the status quo the Vermont Democratic Party and surrogates are working hard to preserve, you have plenty of candidates to choose from. If you are tired of the status quo, the faithless political leaders from both major parties making false promises while doing little to benefit the people, then you should support the two candidates who are genuinely motivated to serve the people in the genuine spirit of public service. James Ehlers for Governor and Dr. Dan Freilich for Congress. Both candidates are funded by the people. Visit and for more information.

Thank you!

7 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Thomas Joseph on 07/12/2018 at 12:09 PM

Re: “James Ehlers' Gubernatorial Bid Sparks Cyber Allegations

Nothing in Vermont politics happens by chance. It's important to question the motives of folks like Lachlin Francis and others who surface during campaign season to spread discord and controversy. For the record, Mr. Francis is friends with Ms. Christine Hallquist's campaign manager and a surrogate for the Hallquist campaign.

For those who haven't had the pleasure of getting to know James Ehlers here is a link to a Facebook post from a gentleman who did meet Mr. Ehlers. It speaks volumes for why folks should give themselves the opportunity to meet candidates like Mr. Ehlers instead of relying on cherry picked or altered graphical images circulating on social media.…

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by Thomas Joseph on 06/22/2018 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Veto-Palooza: Scott May Set New Mark for Vetoes

The Burlington Free Press Editorial earlier this year summarized the Governor's Education Memo as:

"The ideas are laid out in a five-page Scott administration memo in which the explicit discussion of education as opposed to education funding essentially is limited to eight words at the end of the 45-word second paragraph: ...while maintaining quality and expanding opportunities for our children......

Governor Scott's Chief of Staff Jason Gibbs attempt to claim that the submission of a memo five months ago now constitutes or suggests active or ongoing "engagement" with legislative leaders is novel at best. Let us also remember that Gibbs was the instigator late in the last legislative session of 11th-hour shenanigans. Hopefully, Vermonters can see the recurring theme develop with how the Scott administration and specifically his Chief of Staff conducts business.…

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Posted by Thomas Joseph on 05/03/2018 at 6:29 AM

Re: “Unfunny Money? Anonymous Satirical Outfit Skewers Vermont Pols

Great comments and reportage. Indeed, according to my sources, it's Bradford Boyles, a Republican who resides in California and Vermont who is behind News Done Right. News Done Right along with their surrogate trolls including "Bert McGert" whom John Walters has reported also to be a fake alias both have attacked me on Twitter suggesting I was a "crazy" and a "loon" because of the 2.5-year investigation of the Retreat has yet to reveal any public outcome. That said, the VTGOP and their surrogates are well known for their nastiness as they even have created a fake website for gubernatorial candidate James Ehlers with false references to him and his alleged past social media engagement. Boyles has the financial resources and video production background to create exactly the type of production that News Done Right employs. Sadly, the Republicans in Vermont and nationwide have trouble debating the issues on merit so they revert to falsehoods and tabloid style trash to belittle others when if they had any courage they would engage others in a public way without cowering behind their fake personas.

24 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by Thomas Joseph on 03/14/2018 at 9:58 PM

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