Here’s what’s important today about the issue of global warming: Without your personal involvement, little progress will be made; but when millions of like-minded people work together, change will come and progress can be made.
When politicians say they will cut taxes and give Americans the hard-earned dollars they’ve earned rather than fuel higher government spending, most American voters stand up and cheer — even though that very policy measure is against their personal interests.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Dubie’s economic blueprint for the state calls for reducing the state income tax from its current 9 percent to 6 or 7 percent over an undetermined time period — but presumably during the time he is in office, if elected.
Based on conservative estimates, that would mean reducing $200 million of the $600 million — 33 percent — projected to be raised by the state’s income tax in fiscal year 2013.
Doug Hoffer’s penchant for accuracy when talking about state policy is one reason he would be an outstanding state auditor. For too long misleading comments and positions by our state leaders have gone unchallenged and have been allowed to take root in the state’s psyche. The misperception around the state’s tax rankings is one area in which the Douglas administration — and now lieutenant governor candidate Brian Dubie — has distorted the facts and reality.
Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson nailed it on the head last Friday when he wrote of the current political mood to toss out Democrats and put Republicans back into control of Congress that “this isn’t an ‘electoral wave,’ it’s a temper tantrum.”
When Barack Obama ran for president in 2008, he pledged to end the war in Iraq responsibly, if elected. Tuesday night, the young president — who, in his first two years in office, has also faced an economic crisis not seen since the Great Depression and has had to work mightily to restore the nation’s financial industry and auto industry, as well as making significant steps to reforming health care — declared America’s military action in Iraq officially over.
And, as an opponent of the Iraq invasion from the start, he was gracious in his comments.
Tuesday’s Democratic primary race for governor goes into the history books as one of the most competitive and closest with five excellent candidates — four of whom had near-equal support across all sectors of the state. With Senate President Pro Tempore Peter Shumlin leading Sen. Doug Racine by just 182 votes at 25 percent of the vote total, and Sec. of State Deb.
Tomorrow is Vermont’s all-important primary. Four of the state’s elected offices have competitive primaries; there are competitive races among Republicans for the right to challenge U.S. Sen. Patrick Leady and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch; and we have a competitive write-in race for one of Addison County’s senate seats among Democrats. (See story, Page 1.)