8:33 AM, Aug 21, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Speaking at a recent town hall meeting, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont tried to have it both ways on Gaza. Wrong, he said, to shoot rockets. But Israel overreacted. This is the progressive equivocation. The precise, moderate, and acceptable reaction by a nation that his under rocket attack has, so far, not been outlined with any precision. But, safe to say, whatever it is, Israel is guilty of exceeding it.
Sanders’ audience was not buying and, as Colby Itkowitz of the Washington Post reports:
At a town hall meeting in Cabot, Vt. over the weekend, Sanders began to answer a question about the conflict by saying that Israel had “overreacted,” but that Hamas was firing missiles into Israel from “populated areas,” and later said the militant Palestinian Islamist group did not want Israel to exist.
Several people in the audience began screaming over each other at Sanders.
“Excuse me, shut up!” Sanders yelled. “You don’t have the microphone.”
No. But they make themselves heard.
10:21 AM, Jul 31, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
No state in the union could be more sympathetic to the Obama administration or to its immigration policies than Vermont (where I live). But there is only so much a small state, and a sympathetic governor, can do.
5:42 PM, Jul 14, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Representative Peter Welch (Democrat, Vermont and, by the way, my representative) has announced that he is in favor of raising the tax on gasoline. He has a safe seat and, anyway, in Vermont it isn’t politically dangerous to propose a tax increase, especially if it can be somehow made into a positive for jobs and infrastructure and a negative for automobiles and oil companies. Vermont is eagerly anticipating the arrival of cars that are powered by wind.
4:05 PM, Jan 9, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s State of the Union speech in which he declared a “War on Poverty.” There was, and continues to be, much discussion and debate over how well that effort has gone. Are we better off now than we were 50 years ago? The country is materially richer and vastly so. But the poor are undeniably still with us and, perhaps, more impoverished than ever. Though not necessarily in a material sense.
Heroin in the hillsNov 4, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 08 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
On his way into town, Dana Gray wondered about the number of cars and pickups parked at a local health care clinic. It was Saturday morning, and normally the clinic would be closed.
4:05 PM, Oct 17, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Vermont has agreed to a $2.8-million contract with a D.C.-based public affairs firm to promote the state's health insurance exchange mandated by Obamacare. As Vermont-based watchdog site vtdigger.org reported earlier this week, the administration of Democratic governor Peter Shumlin is paying nearly a third of its $9-million, federally-funded Obamacare "messaging" budget to GMMB, which has offices on K Street in Washington, D.C., as well as in Seattle.
7:02 PM, Nov 6, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Fox News projects Mitt Romney the winner in Kentucky and Indiana. Fox also projects Barack Obama the winner of Vermont.
Obama won Indiana in 2008.
Fox did not project a winner for Georgia, South Carolina, or the battleground state of Virginia.
They may be old fashioned, but town meetings are still a fine example of democracy in America. 12:00 AM, Mar 6, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Today, the first Tuesday in March, is town meeting day in Vermont, as it has been for more than a century. Town meeting was a tradition in Vermont before there was any officially designated town meeting day. Town meeting was part of Vermont before Vermont was part of the Union.
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