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The Death Throes of the “Trickle-Down” Mantra?

We may be finally witnessing the death throes of the conservative “trickle-down” mantra that advocates for lower taxes on “job creators” and “hands-off” government regulation. This philosophy enthralled Reagan’s “moral majority,” who also challenged the rights of women and many non-whites by opposing abortion, birth control, gay marriage, voting rights, and immigration. More recently, ultraconservative factions have championed the unfettered right to carry guns anywhere, isolationism in an international world, limiting voting rights to themselves, and opposition to an inclusive health care plan. No wonder we’re seeing suicide by lifestyle and declining life expectancy among disadvantaged white men and women seduced by this hollow belief system. The question is… what will replace it? If, as Calvin Coolidge says, “the business …
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Vermont’s EB-5 Tragedy

There are many actors in the Jay Peak/Q-Burke tragedy playing out on our Northern Vermont stage. The unfortunate investors whose investments were by law “at risk,” have been clearly deceived and may never see their promised green cards or any return on their investments. For some, the half-million-dollars will be missed but well worth the cost of entry to the U.S. for them and their families. Others will be badly hurt by the financial loss. Hopefully, the appointed “recovery attorney” will be able to recover some of their losses. Then there are the business principals, Bill Stenger – liked by those who know him, including this observer – and the mysterious Ariel Quiros, whom few know. The stinging civil charges …
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Job Creators or Deregulation & Tax-cut Proponents?

Robert Proctor, a science historian at Stanford, has coined a new word that’s getting lots of attention… agnotology. Agnotology is the study of efforts to spread confusion and deceive people in an effort to sell them on a policy or product. Examples given are tobacco, food, and pharma efforts to sell products inimical to our well-being or the absurd political solutions proposed by Donald Trump, most of which are either unworkable or unconstitutional. In a BBC interview, Proctor warns: “We live in a world of radical ignorance, and the marvel is that any kind of truth cuts through the noise. Even though knowledge is ‘accessible’, it doesn’t mean it’s accessed.” He cites the climate change controversy as another example, “The …
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