The debate over an ethics commission rightly comes down to appearances.
The state does comparatively well on measures such as health, life expectancy and affluence. But the gloom and doom caucus looks at demographic trends and sees only evidence of something wrong.
Scott’s plans are likely to be complicated by the decisions of President Trump, the Republican Congress and by two new leaders in the Legislature, Sen. Pro Tem Tim Ashe and House Speaker Mitzi Johnson.
Maybe Trump and his followers, with their blatant indifference to fact, have the better grasp of the future.
Vermonters should ponder the possibility that Trump and his allies are the wave of the future.
Vermont had the lowest support for Trump of any state at 29.7 percent of the vote. Hawaii, at 30.1 percent, was second and California was third with 31.8 percent.
Gov.-elect Phil Scott says he’s confident President-elect Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress will not leave thousands of Vermonters without health insurance. If he’s wrong, it could cost millions.
The “America is a rotten country” interpretation can be rejected. Millions of decent people who had voted for Barack Obama four years ago switched to Trump for reasons other than bigotry.
In the end, nothing mattered. Not Donald Trump, not campaign tactics, not momentum, not the newspapers. Phil Scott was just going to be Vermont’s next governor. Vermonters were ready for something different.
Well, OK, maybe encouraging more smoking is not the wisest policy. But the slow growth in those revenue sources helps illustrate a little-noticed reality about the state’s fiscal dilemma.
Proposing to save a penny on every dollar is not a policy. It may be “a goal, a concept,” but it is not a plan.
When Democratic candidate for governor Sue Minter suggested that the Blue Ribbon Tax Commission’s recommendations be given another look, she might as well have proposed the spread of cholera germs — judging by the reaction of the Vermont GOP.
America’s vehicle transportation system is a perverse form of socialism under which everybody is taxed so the drivers and their passengers can ride around without paying the full cost of their trips.
Just as one might begin to wonder what could be sillier than Vermont Democrats, along come Vermont Republicans to bail them out.