March 2011


Dear Marc,

As you well know, gas prices are on the rise in Vermont and throughout the country. The steep rise in recent weeks is driven in part by turmoil in the Middle East and in part by oil speculators taking advantage of the crisis to make a profit.

Vermont families and small business owners, struggling to make ends meet, are reeling from this spike in gas and fuel oil prices which threatens to derail an already fragile economic recovery.

I am working in Congress on legislation that will provide short-term relief for Vermonters, go after oil speculators, and create a long-term strategy to move the United States towards energy independence so we are no longer vulnerable to events beyond our control.

I hope you’ll read more about my efforts below.


Congressman Peter Welch

I don’t see anywhere here where he proposes to lift the moratorium on drilling for oil in the gulf.

Judging from the many marchers partial to robotic, pseudo-ethnic West African drumming, the British left’s plan is presumably for the entire country to relaunch itself as the world’s least rhythmic percussion ensemble.

via The Human Right to Suspend Reality – By Mark Steyn – The Corner – National Review Online.

Mark Steyn is too funny.

Marty Beil, executive director of the state’s largest public employee union, said he didn’t think the action meant the law was going to take effect.

“The problem is they’re (Republicans) the dictator here so we have to go into a court of law and reaffirm it,” he said. “This is Scott Fitzgerald and Scott Walker’s gulag here. It’s craziness. These guys are off the wall. They’re drunk with some kind of power or misconception of reality.”

Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, called the action an “illegal backdoor maneuver.”

“This is a dark day for Wisconsin and a travesty to our democracy,” he said.

via Controversial Wisconsin Union Law Published Despite Court Order Blocking It –

This is the new and improved tone in American civil discourse?

I find myself in an odd position. What I would really like to see is the end of union power in government. Some of the “talk” on the airwaves has been around whether Republicans can win this fight by playing by the rules. The argument is that the Democrats and unions never play by the rules so how can the Republicans win if they do play by the rules when their opponents do not.

In the end, I would like to see an end to collective bargaining agreements in the government. Whether what’s taking place in Wisconsin is by the rules or not is very important but I hope the result is returning the power back to the voters.

President Barack Obama locked out of White House.

Governor Shumlin says he’s standing with governors in several other states, hoping Washington does not cut funding to meals on wheels programs. Shumlin calls the assistance critical, especially in a graying, rural state like Vermont.

Why does the money have to come from Washington? Does it grow there?

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