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We are the Drivers of Health Care Costs

Lisa Ventriss, President of the Vermont Business Roundtable, had this to say recently about health care costs. We agree.


Unless we, the consumers of health care, adapt and change our expectations, the costs in the present health care model are unsustainable. To reduce costs, we must ration care. No one wants to say or endorse it, but it's the truth.


Without rationing, costs will continue spiraling out of control, ObamaCare notwithstanding.


Political Leaders Must Grasp Structural Changes in Our Economy

The following was written by Tom Licata of Vermonters for Economic Health. It has also been published in he Burlington Free press on September 5, 2010.

“What is critical to keep in mind is that this situation is part of a broad, multiyear process driven by national and global realignments. It's a secular phenomenon that needs to be better understood and navigated -- by recognizing its structural dimensions…. Unfortunately, the approach in too many industrial countries [and states such as Vermont] has been to kick the can down the road, seemingly hoping for a series of immaculate economic recoveries.”

Purchasing Renewable Electricity from HydroQuebec is a Good Deal for Vermont

The anouncement this week that Vermont utilities and HydroQuebec have clinched a long term deal for Vermont to purchase electricity is an enormous benefit for our state.

For purposes of encouraging the development of small scale renewable electricity projects, large scale hydro power was not not considered 'renewable' energy. That position is impractical for Vermont which has purchased electricity from our neighbor to the north for decades. The Legislature changed the definition and now this electricity, ~25% of Vermont's needs can be included in our 'renewables' portfolio.

That this electricity was not previosly considered 'renewable' was political nonsense, but now that's behind us and Vermont can be assured of a long term supplier with whom Vermont has excellent relations.

Do Vermont Candidates Understand the Magnitude of Our Fiscal Problems?

The following was written by Tom Licata, founder of Vermonters for Economic Health.


Are any of Vermont’s Gubernatorial candidates – or for that matter, any Vermont candidate running for this coming November’s election - really listening? Do they really understand?
In response to a blistering attack on his own Republican Party, “Four Deformations of the Apocalypse” (NYT op-ed, August 1), David Stockman, former director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan, said this in an August 2 interview with CNBC host Larry Kudlow:

A Sensible Perspective on Vermont's Energy Future

Paul Kenyon of Charlotte, VT wrote this piece which was published on Sunday, July 18, 2010 in the Burlington Free Press. It's the most rational view of the energy choices Vermont faces. We have had far too much political posturing on energy that preys on our emotions.

The gubernatorial campaign is full of rhetoric. This viewpoint is a breath of fresh air compared to most of what's been written in the popular media and by the advocates of green energy and/or nuclear.

What Should Americans and Vermonters Expect from Their Government?

The July 15 commentary by Cal Thomas published in the Burlington Free Press provides examples of a few governors' bold policies and actions to control/reduce their state government spending. Aggressive action is the proper course... policies that embrace fiscal discipline and the courage to enforce it are essential. This basic discipline is absent at the Federal level and not nearly aggressive enough in Vermont.

It's beyond time that Americans and Vermonters have a serious conversation about what we should expect from government rather than be lulled by spendthrift politicians that government can be our keeper and provider of all good things. That's not the role of the government that will serve the long term interests of citizens.