Right to the Point10/23/08

Oct. 23, 2008

By Mike Benevento

Stop the liberal agenda — vote Republican

“100 percent Barack Obama is going to win!” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last Friday. “He’s going to be our next president … We’re all excited to work with him.”

Without a doubt, Democrats are already celebrating the possibility of liberals controlling both the White House and Congress. Should that happen, Americans will need to guard their purses and wallets. As Republican Party Chairman Tom Cole wrote, “If Barack Obama is elected President and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are running Congress, all hard working Americans will be paying more in taxes to support their liberal government programs.”

During last Saturday’s radio address, Sen. John McCain said if Democrats gain power, “taxes will increase, spending (will increase), and they’ll concede defeat in Iraq.”

We cannot let that happen.

Sen. Obama’s response to Joe the Plumber has been all over the news lately. After Joe questioned the senator about paying more under his tax plan, Obama responded, “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

The statement underscores Obama’s liberal agenda — economic socialism forced upon Americans by the government. Expect Obama — backed by a Democratic Congress — to take our hard-earned money and spread it around.

In his radio address, McCain got right to the heart of the matter, saying, “Barack Obama’s tax plan would convert the IRS into a giant welfare agency, redistributing massive amounts of wealth at the direction of politicians in Washington.”

As columnist David Limbaugh points out, Obama “obviously regards the tax code as a license to punish wealth and equalize incomes in the name of ‘fairness’ rather than a means to raise revenue for essential government services.”

Like taxes, Obama and McCain have opposing views on Iraq. No matter the consequences, Obama promises a phased but complete troop withdrawal. In contrast, McCain — a strong supporter of the hugely successful surge — plans on leaving only after the Iraqi people are politically, militarily and economically viable.

Perhaps the most important difference between the two is the protection of unborn children. McCain is pro-life and believes abortions should be legal only for incest, rape or to save a woman’s life. He opposes partial-birth abortion. Meanwhile, pro-choice Obama voted to keep partial-birth abortions legal. Thankfully, he was in the minority.

Republicans for Vermont

In the Vermont gubernatorial race, the choice is clear — Jim Douglas. Along with Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie, Gov. Douglas puts Vermonters’ needs ahead of politics. The pair is focusing on strengthening Vermont’s economy and creating more jobs. In fact, Douglas’ top goal is to pass his economic growth plan during the Legislature’s first 100 days.

Saturday night’s gubernatorial debate at Williston Central School highlighted some major differences between Vermont’s three main contenders for governor — Democrat Gaye Symington, independent Anthony Pollina and the Republican Douglas.

Near the debate’s start, Douglas pointed out that 52,000 Vermonters signed a petition calling for Jessica’s Law. Douglas said that he wanted a special legislative session to pass the law, which provides a minimum 25-year sentence for sexually abusing a child. House Speaker Symington opposed the special session.

Douglas is the only candidate who supports keeping the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant open. The plant provides a third of Vermont’s electricity, does not produce harmful greenhouse gases and is a major reason why Vermont has New England’s lowest power costs.

The debaters discussed the Circumferential Highway. Both Pollina and Symington said Vermont can’t afford it. Douglas disagreed. He is committed to keeping a promise Vermont made many years ago to build the Circ. Besides reducing traffic congestion and pollution in Williston, Douglas noted the highway is important to Chittenden County’s businesses, especially IBM.

As state representative, incumbent Democrat Jim McCullough’s votes have cost Vermonters jobs. The Vermont Chamber of Commerce evaluated 14 roll call votes affecting Vermont’s business and job environment during the 2007-2008 session. Only twice did McCullough receive a positive grade — resulting in a pathetic 14 percent score.

Williston needs to change whom it sends to Montpelier. Let’s elect Brennan Duffy and Shelly Palmer representatives.

Duffy, an entrepreneur and small business owner, is a member of the Northeastern Economic Developers Association. According to Duffy, he is “focusing primarily on the need for a change in the Legislature (more moderate ideas), economic development (permit reform, creating and retaining jobs, making Vermont more business friendly), and affordability issues (property taxes and affordable housing).”

If you want leaders who will work to solve our nation and state’s problems, vote Republican on Nov. 4. Otherwise, we will end up with another Congress and legislature spewing more of the same liberal agenda.

Michael Benevento is a former Air Force fighter jet weapon systems officer. He has a bachelor’s degree in Military History and a master’s in International Relations. Mike resides in Williston with his wife Kristine and their two sons, Matthew and Calvin.