The Vermont Legislature’s eliminating the safety net. They cut assistance to Seniors, Vets and even the pensions that Vermont Teachers have earned… bumped the Middle Class up a tax bracket. They’re talking about cutting fuel assistance to Seniors next year.
Austerity has reached Vermont… and it’s being imposed on the least powerful first, then on the Middle Class and small business & family farms.
Forced Austerity breeds civil unrest: people are only allowed to keep a fraction of their hard earned cash… the rest goes to debt service. As the complex web of the economy unwinds, there are no jobs in Vermont. Regardless of ‘job creation’ schemes that cost more money to those who are still working. I’m still working out-of-state every week just to pay the bills, along with many others. Vermonters want to know, where are the opportunities?
his is why the Legislature’s spending like there’s no tomorrow… on police surveillance, tasers, drones, mobile camera vans. And now ‘Smart Meters’… which wiretaps every house that gets one, but it’s GREEN. Actually it’s a scam. Smart Meters violate our rights under the US and Vermont Constitutions. Automation allows the utilities to lay people off!
Hold your State reps & senators accountable. Ask them, what they’re expecting? Civil unrest? Do they even know about this? No? It’s common knowledge… why are they out of touch?
The disappearance of unemployment from elite policy discourse [in Montpelier] and its replacement by deficit panic has been truly remarkable. It’s not a response to public opinion.
In a recent CBS News/New York Times poll, 53 percent of the public named the economy and jobs as the most important problem we face, while only 7 percent named the deficit. -Star Tribune, 7/24/2011
After all, the events of last year didn’t happen:
Foreclosures of Vermont residents did not reach an historic high rate just as the State and some Towns stepped up subsidies to nonresidents. The Vermont State Banking Division didn’t report that “Foreclosures have jumped nearly 30% through August to 1,111 foreclosures compared to 793 for the same period last year.” (Rutland Herald, Sept. 9) And no homeless persons got tasered.
The subsidized media didn’t observe a blackout on 40 Independent candidates running for the Legislature, Attorney General, Treasurer, Lt. Governor & Governor. VPR got no public money for, additionally, promoting smart meters and calling Independents, ‘racist’ on the air.
The Vermont Budget didn’t wind up $400 million short thanks to bloated spending and confiscatory taxation in Montpelier. The Democrats in Washington didn’t write a $400 million check to the State of Vermont to bail out said budget… buying the 2010 election for their fellow Democrats, who would have been otherwise exposed as fiscally incompetent.
Former ‘green’ organizations didn’t get bought: Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund became a money funnel to bribe farmers to plant GMO oilseed instead of food. NOFA-VT didn’t fall in line with the Monsanto agenda, joining Monsanto, Cargill and the rest of Big Ag to back the ‘Food Safety Modernization Act’. NOFA-VT didn’t become worth five million as a reward, in its pursuit of becoming an exclusive marketer of boutique food that middle class Vermonters can’t afford… after all, Monsanto employees know better than to feed their products to their own kids.