Editor’s note: This commentary is by Neil Johnson, a resident of Waitsfield.
Vermont has been suffering from serious climate change for at least 30 years. Every year the climate gets worse and worse.
We have poverty. We have drugs. We have a curriculum that teachers are forced to indoctrinate our children with. We engineer poverty. We have the largest corruption scandal in the nation in EB-5 — a pet project of our own Sen. Patrick Leahy. We have increasing suicide among our youth. We have a brain drain from our youth fleeing our state. We have crony capitalism that those in Washington could only dream of.
We have perhaps the poorest education about the foundational documents of our nation. We are a state that believes we are a democracy, with little understanding of a republic. We have a representative legislature with members who have little or nor regard or their sworn duties. We have a state run amuck on emergency powers. We have rampant censorship in almost all our media platforms: Front Porch Forum, VTDigger, Vermont Public Radio and Seven Days.
We build “affordable housing” at $524 per square foot when luxury slope side residences are built for $423 per square foot. We have one of the highest minimum wages in our country, yet we are the least affordable. We have been working on the affordable housing crisis for decades, spending hundreds of millions of dollars, but there are still no affordable new homes for people buy. We have skyrocketing rents, but with rules and regulations that prevent and discourage anyone from ever becoming a landlord.
We know where every drug dealer is in every single town, yet we tell our police force not to arrest them. We arrest a known drug dealer going to a known drug hang out, taking a taxi from New York to Vermont “for Chinese food,” with a taxi full of drugs, yet we let the accused go free due to profiling.
We strive for equal pay for women, but the state pays a female attorney less by massive amounts, and then the state fights the pay discrepancy for years, ultimately losing. We prevent by development, including competitors bringing up bogus permit complaints, keeping Costco from selling gasoline for over a decade.
We fund pet projects through the free money trough known as grant money, whereby every stupid idea nobody would fund with their own money immediately becomes viable and wonderful. We have a political system that touts itself as wonderful, yet independent agencies rate our state with one of the lowest grades in the nation (a D-). We have non-profit agencies like Planed Parenthood funding entire political parties and then being funded by tax payer money. Planned Parenthood has implemented failed policies for decades that has not moved the needle on unplanned births, of which Vermont holds steady at 50%. We had the highest rate of addicted births in the nation, whereby woman get their children hooked on hard core drugs prior to even entering this world.
We strive for women’s rights but want to legalize the sex trade because it’s racist against blacks. We tax anything that moves, but porn “entertainment” showing interfamilial sex goes tax free, all coincidentally booming during the lock down.
We publicly fire a Vermont principle for suggesting that burning and looting might not endear people to any cause. Our cancel culture is alive — state employees, teachers, and government officials live in fear, knowing they must toe the line or lose their lucrative jobs. Rules for Radicals is our Bible and God to worship.
We have the most environmentally beautiful state in the nation, yet we are clamoring for more environmental changes. Even so, our biggest “climate change” crisis in Vermont is socialism — aka communism.
This list is but a tip of a large iceberg. We are the test case, we are the guinea pigs, we are the lemmings for the New World Order.