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Any Further Info on Vernon Leaving the Act 46 Committee?

Saw an online headline a moment ago that Vernon is leaving the Act 46 Study Committee -- significant development for those of us interested in this Act 46 business.  Only way to find out more appears to be to subscribe to the Reformer.... 

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Acela Primary and The West Coast

Continuing our election year discussion series, we come to what major media have taken to calling the Acela Primary. It’s named for the Amtrak train line that makes its way through Delaware up the coast and over to Rhode Island.

The latest headlines show us that Trump and Clinton both use Delaware corporations as perfectly legitimate and legal mechanisms for handling millions of dollars of business income. Others use them, of course, to shuffle income around and avoid paying taxes, but not the candidates. No way!

Kasich and Cruz are making some sort of pact to work together to take down Trump. Trump has promised that he’s been putting on an act thus far, and will behave like a good Republican now that he’s heading for the nomination.

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Democracy In Vermont Is Dead

From the early days of one room school houses to the present, town residents and tax payers have been directly involved in their students’ education. Act 46 takes this role away from us.

The Dummerston community has built and paid for its school building and grounds. All decisions pertaining to our school are made annually by Dummerston residents by discussion and Australian ballot.

Implementation of act 46 completely removes the people from direct decision making about their children’s education. Furthermore, our schools will lose their identity as community centers.

Act 46 is being enacted without any information provided to the public, nor does the public have the opportunity to give input or feedback.

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Hillary Destroyed Gaddafi & Libya's Free Health Care & Education Sanders Wants For USA

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It would seem Sanders fighting for Americans to have free health care and free education would have tempered his words about a Gaddafi who saw to his people receiving for many years what Bernie wants for Americas. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton and the pro status quo Republican candidates opposing her are perhaps already an anachronism, i.e., persons with practices that belongs to an earlier time.

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Defining Affordable Care - A Tax Season Dilemma

This year, as I was doing my taxes, I got to wondering what is up with the healthcare “Personal Responsibility Tax” for the uninsured, and whether or not low income people really have to pay it.   This mostly affects the self-employed and people without coverage through their employers, but that's a few people, so it seemed worth investigating.  As it turned out, finding out how to claim an exemption was most of the battle, and a battle it was with many spreadsheets and worksheets and interactive tax tools to be filled out.  The answer I arrived at was “no” -- unless you make more than $53,737 (as a single person), you're not required to pay the uninsured person's tax.  This is because you are not required by law to expend more than 8.05% of your income to buy h

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Chemtrails - This Time A Lawsuit Pending

"This is truly an assault upon all life on earth."

"They're trying to obscure the severity of what's unfolding from the public as long as possible."

"What our government and other governments are doing and their agencies are doing are trying desperately to hide the magnitude of what's unfolding till the last possible moment, at which time total collapse ensues."

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Candidates In New York

All political eyes are now on New York.

It’s Trump’s home state, so he should do well. It’s Clinton’s adopted home so she should do well. It’s where Sanders was born, so he should do well. It’s where people know and dislike Trump, so Cruz should do well. Everyone will win!

For me, it’s a bit more fun watching candidates hop around NY than NH. I know the state better, so it has a bit more relevance. In terms of political campaigns, the pressure is on and the candidates are firing on all cylinders, including taking swipes at one another. And for some reason, New York matters greatly this year.

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No Chance

"I watch Bernie. He wins, he wins, he keeps winning, winning and winning, and then I see he's got no chance. They always say he's got no chance. Why doesn't he have a chance?" "Because the system is corrupt. And it's worse on the Republican side."

Donald Trump, during a rally in Rochester, N.Y.

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Kill the Messenger (2014 film) - Mena, Arkansas, and the Crack Cocaine Epidemic, According to Journalist Gary Webb

http://tinyurl.com/eyewitnessaccounts

'Kill the Messenger'
is a 2014 film based on a true story, the work of journalist Gary Webb in uncovering the circumstances behind the CIA's, Nicaraguan Contras', and organized crime's roles in massive drug trafficking, leading to the early 1980s crack cocaine epidemic. This in turn led to the USA's over-incarceration binge, which has imprisoned black Americans in numbers vastly out of proportion to their percentage of the general population.

[Gary Webb's original journalistic revelations in these matters were originally published in the San Jose (CA) Mercury News, and he later compiled them into his 1998-99 book 'Dark Alliance: the CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion'.]

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Sanders and Clinton and Trump, Oh My!

I've been hearing a lot of scary news among the pundits whose screeds populate my news feed in the morning.  Usually they pertain to what horrible things will happen if this or that person (usually Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders) is elected.  This got me thinking about what would happen if any of them were actually to win – as one of them is almost certain to do.

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