Commentary

Gray: Legislature saves country estates for the elites

by Randy Gray

Is Vermont afraid of change?

Patrick Leahy first came to power in 1974, Welch has been in Vermont politics since 1981, Springfield’s very own Rep. Alice Emmons, since 1982. I guess we should be happy to have our long-term legislators, they’ve helped us make several national top 10 lists! We are ranked the 6th worst place to do business by Forbes, ranked the 4th highest in education costs in the country by stacker.com and we have the 3rd highest tax burden in the nation according to the Tax Foundation, Great accomplishments, right?! More to come, I’m sure!

Thank goodness many of our incumbents believe in strengthening our “democracy” by fighting to eliminate the Electoral College, pesky thing (Constitutional Republic, know the difference)! Speaking of the Constitution lets talk about Article 22, “reproductive autonomy” (not abortion), shall not be infringed unless its best for state interest, what exactly does that mean? Shouldn’t Article 22 read “healthcare freedom”, including all your healthcare decisions not just reproductive autonomy? Infringed, seems I’ve read that word somewhere else in the U.S. Constitution, do you think it will be held to the same authority as in the 2nd? Of course, according to Dick McCormack, the Constitution and Federalist Papers are only to be understood by legislators and lawyers not common folk like us, it’s beyond our IQ capacity and its “fluid”.

Should I mention ethics? Becca White, the breath of fresh air, who is employed by Efficiency Vermont, who’s funding, and expenditures are monitored by the legislature. Becca has an open-door policy, I gave her a list of my concerns and she questioned my sources and sent me to her platform, very helpful and “open door” to her constituents.

Alison Clarkson, Senate majority leader. Alison believes that act 250 has been improved by allowing “urban development improvements” to expand housing opportunities for the flocks coming to Vermont. I mean, who wouldn’t want to move to Vermont and enjoy living in downtown, isn’t that why you’d move here? Of course, this works out very well for the wealthy elite whom don’t wish to bothered by the peasants, save the country estates for them. We must also thank her AND the rest for act 46 which closed your local school to “save money”, good thing we’re only the 4th highest in the nation for education costs now.

Many of you may not have heard from the candidates that would likely do best for our brave little state, not surprising when candidates like Ericka Redic can’t be heard in a debate on WCAX because she’s not a major money, major party candidate. You’d think Liam Madden would fight for her to be heard since he hates the two-party system, right? Becca will go to Washington with our best interests in mind, getting all that out of state special interest money! Local stations also help by not letting us become confused, Okemo Valley TV edited the entire public questioning portion of the Ludlow Candidate Forum so we wouldn’t be overwhelmed, how thoughtful!

In all seriousness we do have logical options, please educate yourselves and please vote, unless of course you already have because you decided your best candidate by the letter beside their name regardless of their history or values.

The author is a North Springfield resident.

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8 replies »

  1. Great research, Randy. I was not aware of our standings…fourth in the US in education costs! Most is going to transgender-inclusive-green-politics, funding the new social justice warrior hordes sans reading, writing and arithmetic, nonbinary subjects.

  2. I can’t help but think how much better things are (economy, housing, military readiness, climate, health care, etc) in the 40+ years that Sen Leahy has been in Washington, and the taxation system and deficit position. Thanks, Pat.

  3. As you may be aware , Pat Leahy has been a long believer in the trickle down your throat philosophy of government not taking rest till the last gasp has been taken by both you and the nation. A case study for term limits if there ever was one!
    I can’t figure out with 40 plus years in government and in the official dole his his net worth has escaped scrutiny. Anyone who manages his personal affairs in that manner has no business being entrusted with yours- unless of course you are committed to flushing it away.
    He and his cronies will continue on there entitled way well into the next generation of governance unless they are beaten at their own game at the ballot box. No time to be complacent as more than your future is on the table. Look around and you will know what decision to make once you are in the polling station.

  4. Let me comment on what might be a minor point: There was emphasis on taking the vaccines in order not to infect other people. Then word was that you could still carry the virus. So who were you protecting? Pharmaceutical pundits and magnates?

  5. For decades, many Vermonters took politicians at their word only to find decades later their word is no good. Decades ago, there was honor in being ethical and honest from the State House, to the court house, the Sheriff’s office, the clerk’s office, etc. For many politicians and bureaucrats, such a creed is not profitable enough for them. They learned to flim-flam voters and burrow themselves into offices like ticks on a dog. The more they lied and deceived, the more power and influence they obtained over many years. The people in this State let their own ignorance get the best of them. We are a failed State and too many don’t realize that fact – yet. I do keep praying for a miracle and redemption nonetheless.

  6. Very good…..Randy!

    Many of you may not have heard from the candidates that would likely do best for our brave little state, not surprising when candidates like Ericka Redic can’t be heard in a debate on WCAX because she’s not a major money, major party candidate. You’d think Liam Madden would fight for her to be heard since he hates the two-party system, right

    This is the Uniparty, caught red handed once again! A friend of mine said, after running the Green Mountain Party…you know there is one thing the two parties can agree on. They don’t want a third party…..too funny and prophetic…..

    Reddic proves she is directly over the target. The highest form of flattery a propagandist can give is censorship. It’s much more powerful than negative news. It’s what those in Hong Kong use to determine what the leader’s true intent is…..

    IT’s also what the parties do to those within the party they don’t’ want to promote, of which I know you and many others are far too intimately aquatinted.

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