The first was the snow. Started here in Burlap with a few flakes at 5:45 AM. And then things got real dicey for everyone playing the part of morning-commuter regardless of economic bracket or job. If you were driving to work this morning, you were f**ked.
This sidewalk plow was shooting up the block out front early. Not bad for a city with a socialist mayor, eh?
Maybe the snowstorm inspired the second surprise of the day - Progressive Party Gubernatorial Candidate Anthony Pollina of Middlesex put out what I think is his first gubernatorial campaign press release of 2008! A Pollina take on Gov. Scissorhands' proposed state budget. Rips it to sheds!
Unfortunately it's 538 words, single-spaced. A taste:
"Now that the dust has settled around Governor Jim Douglas' budget proposal it's clear he is promising too much in a budget that is more political than practical. While the economy is weak and money tight, Douglas promises to cut income tax rates for wealthy Vermonters and offer the rest of us a one time, election-year, cut in property taxes. He also proposes to increase spending over $60 million. This may sound good on the campaign trail but our state budget should be realistic. It should aim to strengthen our economy, support job growth and provide needed services for Vermonters struggling to make ends meet, not be a tool for re-election...
And closes with:
Ultimately, a state budget should be based on a commitment to Vermonters, not election year gimmicks. If there is a choice between cutting tax rates for the wealthiest or lowering property taxes and creating jobs for average Vermonters, I choose the jobs."
Don't have room for it all. And, unfortunately, it's not posted at anthonypollina.com...yet.
And wouldn't a serious gubernatorial candidate call a presser and take questions (get on the TV & radio) on something as big as his opponent, the Guv's, proposed VERMONT STATE BUDGET?