Tuesday, March 8, 2016
What’s Wrong with Vermont?
Sen. Patrick Leahy is in his 7th 6-year term in the U.S. Senate. We did a poster on him in 2011 documenting his life of “Leahy’s Loot” how he spent $billions on earmarks. We showed how he has cooperated with Harry Reid and others in over-complicating the tax code and over-regulating and bashing U.S. corporations forcing many to leave the country to be able to compete. Companies like Apple and Caterpillar were put through the ringer of Senate committees by Leahy and fellow statists not fond of free enterprise and free markets.
The other Vermont Senator is self-proclaimed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders who is now, ludicrously, running for president –and bringing in $millions in contributions and huge vote counts –not only in Vermont!
Investor’s Business Daily says it better than me (excerpts from 1/26/2016 editorial):
“… (Bernie Sanders) was a ne’er-do-well into his late 30s. …His family managed to send him to the University of Chicago. Despite a prestigious degree, however, Sanders failed to earn a living, even as an adult. It took him 40 years to collect his first steady paycheck — and it was a government check. “I never had any money my entire life,” Sanders told Vermont public TV in 1985, after settling into his first real job as mayor of Burlington.
Sanders spent most of his life as an angry radical and agitator who never accomplished much of anything. And yet now he thinks he deserves the power to run your life and your finances — “We will raise taxes;” he confirmed Monday, “yes, we will.”
“One of his first jobs was registering people for food stamps, and it was all downhill from there. Sanders took his first bride to live in a maple sugar shack with a dirt floor, and she soon left him. Penniless, he went on unemployment. Then he had a child out of wedlock. Desperate, he tried carpentry but could barely sink a nail. Then he tried his hand freelancing for leftist rags, writing about “masturbation and rape” and other crudities for $50 a story. He drove around in a rusted-out, Bondo-covered VW bug with no working windshield wipers. Friends said he was “always poor” and his “electricity was turned off a lot.” They described him as a slob who kept a messy apartment — and this is what his friends had to say about him.
“The only thing he was good at was talking … non-stop … about socialism and how the rich were ripping everybody off. “The whole quality of life in America is based on greed,” the bitter layabout said. “I believe in the redistribution of wealth in this nation.”
Needless to say, his voting record was one of tax, regulate and spend –not unlike Sen. Leahy and the other Vermonter in Congress, Rep. Peter Welch. No wonder IBD referred to the state as “the Peoples Republic of Vermont.”
Peter Francis Welch succeeded Bernie Sanders in the at-large House seat in 2007 after spending nine years in the Vermont legislature to which he was appointed by then-Governor Harold Dean; he had a couple of other losing runs in-between. Another career pol.
All three congressmen from VT are big spenders of other peoples’ money without any regard for the future generations that will be saddled with the debt –now up to $20 trillion! All three are at the bottom of all of the scorecards for their big government votes:
Citizens Against Government Waste calls all three “Hostile” to taxpayers
National Taxpayers Union grades all three a failing “F” for their concern for taxpayers
Heritage Action Scorecard: Leahy 4%; Sanders 15%; Welch 13% --out of 100%
The Club for Growth: Leahy 3%; Sanders 7%; Welch 7% --these votes explain the poor economy; 60% is considered anti-business!
No point in going further –these career pols are The Problem with our country today. To examine the actual votes simply click on the name of the group and the link will take you to their websites with detail on the actual bills.
Socialism is based on envy “Envy is a terrible vice and it is the probable cause for the Socialists credo of 'redistributing wealth.' Taking from Peter to pay Paul, even though it is stealing, has always attracted the Paul’s of the world; but it does not produce wealth. It produces sloth — and it always fails. Like the dog biting its tail, there is not enough nourishment for it to survive; but there is a great deal of pain.” –Thomas Lifson