Mad about government spying and snooping? Blame Reagan

By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org American uproar over revelations of mass government spying has provoked a significant revision of the actions of U.S. spy agencies across the board. While ire has been focused at the Obama and Bush administrations, such snooping was given the green light by none other than former President Ronald Reagan over 30 years ago. As revealed in testimony during […]

One Million Canadians to Cuba Every Year. Why Not US Citizens?

American Embargo Impedes the Means for Bottom-Up Change By Yaël Ossowski | PanAm Post      (En Español) In the freezing slush and rain of winter, the vacation posters represent total serenity and warmth. “Check out Cuba’s glamorous vacations deals,” reads one. “Glorious beaches, ocean, and relaxation,” reads another. In the frigid arctic shelf nation of Canada, […]

Vermont’s ‘welfare-to-work’ limits show early success

By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org Vermont last year began limiting how long its residents could receive welfare benefits. Six months later, the move appears successful. The ‘Reach Up’ initiative has already received fewer requests to join the program than in months’ past, according to the Vermont Department of Finance and Management. The new time-limit on the program, now […]

Vermont governor declares new ‘War on Drugs,’ but pumps up old bureaucracy

By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org Vermont is knee-deep in a crisis of epic proportions, Gov. Peter Shumlin declared in his State of the State speech Wednesday. He’s determined to end it. “The crisis I am talking about is the rising tide of drug addiction and drug-related crime spreading across Vermont,” pronounced Shumlin. “In every corner of our state, heroin […]

Vermont town to lose biggest taxpayer as nuclear plant shutters

By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org When nuclear power finally vanishes from Vermont’s borders this year, the town of Vernon will suffer the loss of its biggest taxpayer. As discovered in tax agreements with city officials, the announced shutdown of the Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, owned by Entergy, a New Orleans-based energy conglomerate, will not only reduce the choice in the […]

What Has Government Done to Our Tips?

Desperate IRS on Mission to Squeeze Tip-Income Jobs By Yaël Ossowski | PanAm Post Waiting tables is hard work, but it’s especially hard when Uncle Sam is on your back. On January 1, the Internal Revenue Service of the United States began taxing automatic gratuities intended for employees in service jobs. This rule change mandates payroll withholding for the tips that […]

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