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The society based on production is only productive, not creative.

~ Albert Camus

Stilton’s Place

Stilton’s Place

Ready, Blame, Fire!

Now that healthcare reform reform has been cancelled, two groups of people are celebrating. Those who love Obamacare the most, and those who hate Obamacare the most. In this way, President Trump has brought opposing political factions together in a way which we would like to call united, but will more accurately label as “schizophrenic” and probably dangerous.

At this point, it’s moot to debate the relative virtues or failures of the proposed GOP bill, but we are going to take strong exception to the idea that if the healthcare system is allowed to completely collapse in the next few years (which Trump is touting with Caligula-like glee), that America’s sick, dying, overcharged, and uninsured will blame the out-of-power Democrats for having created Obamacare, rather than the fat and happy Republican legislators who stood around this national bonfire roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.

Put another way, when Obamacare fails the voters will not reward the party that did nothing (even if the reasons were good), but will instead flock to the party that promises a quick and all encompassing fix – namely, a single-payer “Medicare For All” plan. That’s going to be the Democrats, which is hardly surprising: Obamacare was designed to fail after destroying the free market health insurance system, thereby leaving fully socialized medicine as the only viable alternative. And the Dems knew human nature well enough to understand that this would assure their party power.

We really hope we’re wrong about this, but ask yourself – if you were the patient in the cartoon above, who would you blame? The bad doctor who misdiagnosed you, or the good doctor who says he’ll watch you suffer or die just to teach the bad doctor a lesson? [snip]

Toon in

Keep Vermont Green: Bring Money

Vermont can’t win for losing. Every choice they make adds to a reason not to visit the state.

Read the whore article HERE from:

 

Vermont Senate Finance Committee approves $2 overnight occupancy fee

The Vermont Senate Finance Committee on Thursday approved a $2 overnight occupancy fee, defying Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s request for no new taxes and fees this year.

In the final hours leading up to the Vermont House’s pending vote on a contested state budget plan, the Senate Committee on Finance just upped the political ante.

Committee members, led by Chairwoman Sen. Ann Cummings, D-Washington, voted 5-1-1 to raise $7.2 million from a $2 per-night occupancy fee on lodging. The fee is being proposed to help narrow what began as a $72 million dollar budget gap.

The vote came as the governor has been wrangling with House members over his repeated requests for no new taxes and fees.

“Vermonters would share the actual burden of this tax increase as it will impact the cost of weddings, special events, overnight stays, and more,” Scott said Friday in a statement.

Vermont’s family-owned inns, according to Scott, are fighting to keep their doors open, especially as inexpensive Airbnb options are on the rise in resort areas such as Stowe and Killington. They also face pressure from the Green Mountain State’s variable weather and a business-unfriendly permitting process.

“This tax will unnecessarily increase the cost of hotel and motel stays, straining our tourism sector, which contributes $2.5 billion to our economy annually,” Scott said. [snip]

Rob Roper, president of the Ethan Allen Institute, a free-market think tank, blasted the Senate Finance Committee vote. “It’s colossally stupid. How about a tax on maple syrup next?” he said.

Scott suggested that Senate leaders were playing politics since committee members added the $2 fee requirement to two Senate bills (S.99 and S.100) promoting affordable housing and development projects crafted to grow the state economy.

“This legislation had tripartisan support, with broad recognition of the need to make housing more affordable across the entire housing continuum,” Scott said.

Rebecca Kelley, the governor’s spokeswoman, also criticized the move, reiterating that “Gov. Scott has made absolutely clear he will not support new taxes and fees that make Vermont less affordable.”Rob Roper, president of the Ethan Allen Institute, a free-market think tank, blasted the Senate Finance Committee vote. “It’s colossally stupid. How about a tax on maple syrup next?” he said.

Scott suggested that Senate leaders were playing politics since committee members added the $2 fee requirement to two Senate bills (S.99 and S.100) promoting affordable housing and development projects crafted to grow the state economy.

“This legislation had tripartisan support, with broad recognition of the need to make housing more affordable across the entire housing continuum,” Scott said.

Rebecca Kelley, the governor’s spokeswoman, also criticized the move, reiterating that “Gov. Scott has made absolutely clear he will not support new taxes and fees that make Vermont less affordable.”

In Vermont, a room costing $165/night has the additional 9% R&M tax of $14.85 now and if the Legislature has it’s way one will pay an additional $2 more per night. Now the night’s stay costs $181.85. That’s not counting what it costs to get to Vermont, travel around an eat while there. Why go, when there are less expensive places and you don’t have to support a Proggy anti-American belief system.

Flying high

Leave it to a druggie to screw up everyone travel plans. This plane was in line on the taxiway when this clown decides to gain some more altitude before takeoff.
All the crew had to do was open a cabin door and toss this schmuck out onto the grass, then call the Society of Quivering, Sensitive Liberal Rescuers to get him before he reached ambient temperature. Meanwhile, other passengers could have been on their way with only a minor delay.

Passenger’s overdose forces plane back to gate at JFK

A plane that was about to depart Kennedy Airport for Florida was forced to return to the gate Wednesday when a 24-year-old man overdosed on heroin and anxiety medication, officials said.

The JetBlue plane was on the taxiway and about to take off when the man, who lives in Bethpage, Long Island, started foaming at the mouth around 10:50 p.m.

The flight returned to the terminal and was boarded by Port Authority cops Eric Stern and Sean Pomerantz, who found the distressed man floating in and out of consciousness.

The man also appeared confused and was having trouble breathing, officials said.

The officers determined the man was under the influence of heroin and anti-anxiety pills and administered a dose of Narcan, a drug that reverses the effects of an overdose.

The man’s condition improved and he was rushed to Jamaica Hospital for treatment, officials said.

Historical happenings

3/26/1830 ~ The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York.

3/26/1910 US forbid immigration to criminals, anarchists, paupers & the sick

3/26/1937 ~ Spinach growers of Crystal City, Tx, erect statue of Popeye

Ponder this

There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed.

~ Albert Camus