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Thursday, January 10, 2008

State of Our State

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2008 at 3:32 PM

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Here in sunny Burlap this Thursday afternoon, we turn to Comcast Cable CH. 17, and Under the Dome where the Internet - not the local commercial stations - is making live viewing, not only of Gov. James Scissorhands' magnificent, warm and briefly interrupted State of the State Address possible, but the "Democratic Response" in Room 11.


I confess. I avoid the great, ceremonial days under the Golden Dome when everyone's hair is perfect and clothes pressed and shiny [even though we had learned that several antiwar protesters had something planned.] Can't read the Anti-Iraq War sheet hoisted in the back of the House.  Just before this one was raised and antiwar slogans shouted, another was carried through the floor of the House of Representatives - about seven minutes into Gov. Jimbo's 30-minute pep talk.

Bet you forgot, eh?

All this presidential primary saturation media coverage, and it's hard to remember America's men and women who continue to get killed and maimed for the Big Bush-Cheney Lie.

"The state of our state stands strong," said Gov. Jim Douglas. "We have the healthiest deer and moose herds in decades!" He called for "investments in job creation and our natural environment."

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AND, would you believe, Gov. Douglas wants to "reduce healthcare costs," AND he wants "to reduce obesity," too!

Damn fat people! This Bud's for you!

Vermont's governor also has the radical view that "Drug pushers have no place in our place anywhere in our state!"

AND he wants to cut the capital gains tax-break for coupon clippers, while leasing the Vermont Lottery to Wall Street!

What a guy!

Afterward, live on VPR with Bob Kinzel, Senate Democrat Bossman Peter Shumlin said the Guv was "not being honest with Vermonters." Everyone acknowledges "we need more money," said Shummy. The question is "How should we get it?"

[Hemp? A few blog posters think so.]

Sen. Shumlin said he does "not think you’ll see Vermont give away this asset [the Vermont Lottery] to Wall Street and let them gin up the games."

It's a good bet Putney Pete ought to know, right?

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Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne, 1949-2009, wrote the weekly political column "Inside Track," which originated in the Vanguard Press in the mid 1980s; he brought it to Seven Days in 1995. He retired it shortly before his death in January, 2009. We all miss him.

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