The common theme among the Vermont economy sourpusses is that taxes are too high and regulations too stringent, discouraging business expansion.
Sanders failed in this campaign only by not winning the nomination. Otherwise he succeeded.
Bernie Sanders and many of his supporters have described the entire nominating process as rigged. They have a point. But processes do not spring from nature.
The state’s overwhelmingly white racial makeup leaves many Vermonters ill-equipped to deal with people of other races when they do come in contact with them.
While some of the uncompromising anti-Clinton (or anti-Trump) voters mention some legitimate political reasons, as many talk about what their vote would mean to them, to their perception of themselves as a certain kind of person with certain values and connections.
Vermont legislators are hardly averse to making a big splash. But they demonstrated that they’d rather spend their time dealing with the nitty-gritty of governing, even if that won’t get them on network TV.
Agreeing in general that marijuana should be legal is one thing. Agreeing on just how it should be legal is something else altogether.
The only way state government can spend less is to do less: Don’t fill the potholes; close the state parks; let the wetlands get filled in; give less money to impoverished single mothers.
There is the possibility that the campaign will survive as a movement even after the election. The possibility is not a likelihood. The same kind of talk has been heard from the supporters of losing candidates before, including former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.
The temptation to blame public officials for the sins of the people who elect them should be resisted, not because it is unkind, but because it is wrong. Those who succumb to it are themselves corrupt, intellectually if not ethically.
So powerful is the dream of the nomination that Bernie Sanders is in denial of the all-but-fatal numbers. So devoted are they to their candidate that supporters see no inconsistency when they embrace a strategy they also deplore as “undemocratic.”
The five major-party candidates hoping to replace Gov. Peter Shumlin are all for a clean environment, good schools, economic growth and fiscal prudence. Big whoop.
Four of the six Senate Education Committee members were invited — or perhaps summoned — to a meeting in the office of the Senate president. When it ended, a bill affecting the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. was effectively dead.
Of late, the same office-holders who most avidly support decision-making by “government closest to the people” have been busy on the state level reversing decisions made by local governments, who are presumably closest to the people.