Friday, August 21, 2009

Peter Welch Is Bad For Vermont - 2

Peter Welch is bad for Vermont


When faced with the biggest "bailout" in US history and after hearing from "thousands of Vermonters" who understood what "bailout" meant and were not in favor, Welch choose to abandon the Citizens of Vermont and the Constitution, by justifying his YES vote by saying:


"From day one I was convinced we had to act, not acting was a catastrophe for the economy,..."


Defining a lack of action as a recipe for "catastrophe" is a perfect example of why Welch does not represent Vermont; he perpetuates the fear and doesn't explain or explore "catastrophe" or "action" or "not acting" he just uses the words like we are supposed to follow along without question.


Thousands of Vermonters opposed the bailout and called Welch to express their opinions. How did Welch respond? He responded by saying that those thousands of Vermont Citizens are just expressing their rage, that we Vermonters are an emotional bunch and that he knows better.


The main difference between Welch and the Vermonters that he represents is that the Vermonters have beliefs that are foundational to the way they live.  Vermonters know that tough times are here and more tough times are coming; Vermonters saw the bailout as a direct and violent crime against what they believe to be true and right. What Vermonters were saying to Welch was NO! What Peter Welch heard was thousands of his constituents just needing someone to complain to.


In a Free Press article a while back, Peter Welch said he wasn't willing to risk a "government shutdown" to vote against a bill that funded the war in Iraq. This has become vintage Welch...First point, what does it say about our legislative process that a bill as important as war funding is tied to funding for the government in general? Second point:, how does Welch think he is possibly going to change anything without the courage to stand up to it and say no? Instead Welch choose to spin his decision into protecting school lunch, veteran’s care, social security and highway repair by not voting for a government shutdown?? Do you see what he did, and skillfully so? He made it seem like he is the one protecting us when what he really did was fund further killing and destruction.


Welch appeared on both the Republican and the Democratic ballot last election, I won't get into how that happens, only what it means.  Peter Welch plays the middle, he plays the game and the game is the problem.  His soft, pliable, constantly spinning views reach out rhetorically to both sides. Normally, in a world that was open to differences in opinion, I would say that reaching out to as many people as possible was a good thing, but in this case our political world is not one that is open to diversity of opinion.  Is it because Welch is a transcendental politician?  Nope, it’s because he is a strategist.  He loves the game, but the game is the problem.


Today all you hear from Welch is more of the same, “we must protect”, “we must save”, “we must avoid” and on and on and on.  The Congressman (and to be fair, very few of them) never talks about empowering people to do things themselves.  Now maybe that’s because our politics reflects our personal choices, just like Wal-Mart reflects our desire for cheap and fast; regardless, not me and not any more.  I can only imagine the system we once had in The United States, the one our founders fought for and the one that we no longer teach in school, what a concept for freedom.  Well the system didn’t break on it’s own, it was driven into the ground by people, individuals making choices.  It’s not the system that is the problem, it’s the people in it.  And Peter Welch is one of the problems.


In conclusion it is clear that all of this is not the Congressman's fault, in fact I believe Welch has been perfectly consistent with both his message and his non-action. To quote:


"It's an approach that you take," he said. "My two years, I think, show pretty clear a mosaic at this point that is all about trying to restore protection and strength to the middle class."


Read that statement..."I think", "Pretty clear", "Mosaic", "at this point", "trying", "middle class". Could you have more ambiguous words in a shorter sentence? This is who Peter Welch is; this is his "approach". Those of you that voted for him felt so passionately about what was wrong and what needed to be fixed and how to fix it that you were susceptible to Welch's lawyerly charms. Welch has had so many opportunities to stand up against intrusive government, out of control spending and war, it’s shameful that all he has brought to Vermont is more of the same.  Peter Welch loves government and he loves his role in it; he chooses and celebrates the status quo and upholds the systems that separate Vermonters from their ability to choose and govern themselves.  Peter Welch is not good for Vermont and if you still don’t believe me…just wait and see.  


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