To the Editor:
"We rammed everything through," he laughed. "Poor Madeleine was laying awake at night worrying about deficits. I never worried about those. I thought it was there to spend."
Many of us have argued that Vermont's worsening economic fundamentals and its looming demographic crisis will inevitably drive people from the state, making matters worse.
The root of many of those problems lies in Act 60 and a general abandonment of the traditional frugal approach to government and spending that took place in the 1980s and 1990s.
One of the architects of the new tax, spend, subsidize, and regulate welfare\Nanny state was a tough-guy state representative named Ralph Wright who served as speaker of the house from 1985 to 1995, when he was voted out of office. Wright is unrepentant. He still thinks the money was there to spend.
Of course Wright didn't worry about how we'd pay the bills, then, and he isn't worrying about it now. Wright lives in a gated community in central Florida with more than 70,000 residents, two Wal-Mart Supercenters, more than seventy restaurants and thirty golf courses.
Wright slipped out the back door and stuck those of us who stayed behind with the check. He plays golf, now, every afternoon in Florida, a place where there is no state income tax.