Vermont and Congress have learned how to bill citizens, businesses, those who save, and our youth, for their legislation rather than the income tax. Shumlin Care and Obama Care are a revenue generating program to cost shift a portion of medical care costs from the government to our youth.

Shumlin and Obama have both granted exemptions on these new health care programs to corporations violating equal treatment under the law. Young men and women need very little health care in the first 40 years of life. The insurance premiums they pay will simply be used to offset costs for health care for older adults.

The Fed, a government agency is flooding the banks with low interest newly printed dollars and driving interest on the national debt down, interest paid by banks down to 1/4 of a percent, the value of pension funds down, and the cost of basic food and everything else up.

We have all felt the shock wave created by the resulting devaluation of the dollar. Proof is the Canadian dollar rising above par to the American dollar. Congress shifted the cost of their excessive spending outside of its income tax to its citizens.

The cost shift to business has been massive both at the state and federal level. Congress paid for two years of unemployment by billing businesses... doubling the rate paid for unemployment and doubling the amount on which the rate is paid. At the local level, town and education property taxes on small businesses are now greater than income taxes. Towns through planning and zoning have been creating barriers to constitutional rights by creating financial and litigation barriers resulting in oppressive regulation and the destruction of jobs.

Suspension of constitutional rights, lawyers fees, and penalties imposed by the environmental court are massive.

The Judicial Branch protocol is flawed in that in each and every duplicate constitutional issue has to be won separately and there are no penalties and jail time for those government officials who violate constitutional rights.

THOMAS J. MORSE

Underhill Re: Odds of winning lottery

In regard to JH Mae’s editorial in the Monday, Dec. 30, Banner on winning the lottery, I agree with her 100 percent (also with Dr. Dundas on single-payer health care). However, even with the impossible odds I still by a ticket now and then and fantasize about all the people I could help; that is, until I check the numbers and find that I didn’t get a single one. How’s that for odds?

RONALD VAN ORDEN

Bennington