From the Caledonia Record
Here are some Vermont accomplishments of which we can be proud (so-to-speak).
The Cato Institute did a study of the percentage of non-poor people in the country who are getting benefits from one of the eight federal welfare programs. Non-poor people are those whose income levels are above the federal poverty level. Of all the United States, Vermont was No. 1 with 17.5 percent of its non-poor citizens receiving welfare benefits. No. 2 was Mississippi with 14.4 percent non-poor citizens on welfare. New Hampshire was No. 32 at 7.8 percent.
The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation periodically rates state education standards for clarity and rigor. In 2010, it found Vermont’s English language arts standards among the worst in the country, rating a D, and our mathematics standards, again, among the worst in the country withan F.
The conservative Leadership Institute ranked UVM 95th (out of 100) major universities for being overwhelmingly biased toward the left, offering such politically correct courses as “Race and Racism,” “Sexual Identities,” “Eco-feminism” and “Human and Social Diversity.”
We already pointed out that the Competitive Enterprise Institute named Attorney General William Sorrell No. 6 of the Six Worst Attorneys General for his role in the tobacco Master Settlement of the 1990s that made a lot of lawyers very rich. Sorrell also supported the U.S. Supreme Court’s declaration that carbon dioxide is a pollutant that must be regulated, reputedly one of the worst decisions of the Supreme Court in history.
With just a little push, Vermont could win other titles: “Worst Atmosphere for Business in the U.S,” up to 50th from 47th that we won this year; Highest Taxed State in the Union, rather than just one of the top five. We already are No. 1 in how much we spend per student in public schools ($14,300 each in 2008).
We can brag that we have the lowest number of students per teacher in the country at 10 to 1,and we just got $19 million from the federal government to hire lots more teachers in order to achieve our goal of a 1-to-1 ratio.
These are just a few of the things that make us proud to be Vermonters. They are also prime examples of the aphorism, “If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry.”
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