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Gloriosky, Zero!

If you agree with the premise that almost all Vermont's Golden Dome folks in Montpelier are well-above-average in intelligence (as they often say, they're smarter than the rest of us), then their Progressive doctrine specifically embraces the Wisconsin idea of government-by-experts.

In non-quantitative terms, if you agree with the premise that your legislators are well-above-average in people-skills, you'd naturally expect that they'd be quick to confess the error of their ways-that is, apologize and promise (and execute) a change in personal conduct or governance direction.

As befits an opinion column, here's my opinion: with very few easily identifiable exceptions, Vermont's Golden Dome folks do indeed score well above the rest of us in both categories; getting elected and staying in office almost always demands just such inherited and learned abilities.

If you continue your reasoning process, Vermont's high tax rates and low class sizes (the inflow of the medically indigent and the outflow of the 25-44 age cohort), a national reputation as anti-business, and a local reputation for declining housing affordability, a pattern of business outmigration and trustfunder/inmigration is underway.

Your next question should be this: if all these are governance-orchestrated patterns of conscious public-sector policy, how do you evaluate the resulting private sector responses?

For example: are an anti-business reputation, business, middle-class, and young worker outmigration patterns and the passive income retiree and trustfunder in-migration patterns to be considered as good things?

If your answer is "no" and you were directly responsible for them, you'd apologize and change course. If you're answer is "yes" and you were directly responsible for them, you'd defend these patterns and outcomes as beneficial. Or, you might have a Little Orphan Annie moment.

Cartoonist and author Ed Verdier started the Little Orphan Annie comic strip in 1927. From the first depiction of Annie and her dog Zero, Verdier used the phrase, "Gloriosky, Zero!" for his heroine to express her sharp verbal reaction to any surprising and unexpected event.

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