Is it something in the water? This tiny but turbulent
state produces more exotic politics
than it can consume locally. You could fit two Vermonts into
California's San Bernardino County. Vermont's population is
roughly the same size as that of Hidalgo County, Texas.
Vermont's only congressman, Bernie Sanders,
calls himself a socialist and runs as an
Two years ago Sen. James Jeffords, after 34
years in public life as a Republican,
defected from the party, having suddenly discovered that he, too, is an
Like Bernie Sanders,
Jeffords is an "Independent" who is
a dependable vote for the Democrats.
Vermont's other senator, Patrick Leahy,
is the quarterback of Senate Democrats
of the president's judicial nominees.
Governor Howard Dean is the Che Guevara ?
the rhetorical bomb-thrower ? of the Democratic
presidential nomination scramble.
Vermont's most conspicuous industry is ice cream, left-wing ice
cream ? Ben & Jerry's. The
Ben of that firm ?
Ben Cohen ? is spurning Howard Dean
and supporting Dennis Kucinich for the
Democratic nomination because Dean is not
Change From Old Days, Vermont has changed.
In the 1936 presidential landslide, when Franklin
D. Roosevelt carried all but two states, he did not carry
Vermont. And Vermont's greatest gift to American politics was a
taciturn conservative ? the sainted
Calvin Coolidge, who was born in Plymouth
Notch, Vermont. For a few years, the fiercely conservative
Alexander Solzhenitsyn lived in Vermont.
Today, Vermont attracts a lot of residents from elsewhere.
Bernie Sanders is from Brooklyn,
Long Island, N.Y.
Since 2000, when Vermont legalized civil unions for same-sex couples,
thousands of such couples have come to Vermont to be, I guess,
not married but civil unionized.
Perhaps we should now think of Vermont not
as a state, but as a commune ? a commune whose flag should have the
shape of an ice cream cone.
Holiday Inn vs.
I just heard on CNN that
the average cost for a Nursing Home per day
in the USA is $188!!
Now, I figure it this way, I can get a real nice
room at the Holiday Inn for around $65... that
leaves $123 for beer, food (room service), laundry, Elvis collectibles,
gratuities and clothes.
They have a swimming pool, some even have a workout room (therapy), a
(recreation), washer dryer (if I am too impaired, a child or grandchild
can pick up my clothes
once a week, or they could rotate, that way everyone would only have to
do it twice a year).
Most have free toothpaste and razors, but
all have free shampoo and soap.
There may be a bit of a wait to get that first floor room, but that's
all right, it takes months to
get into some Nursing Homes. There is the Senior bus, the Handicap bus,
a Church bus or
van, cabs, alert cabs, and in some cities The Duck!
You have security and if someone sees you drop over, I am sure they
would call an ambulance
(if you break your hip, hopefully the family would
be smart enough to sue). What more could
you ask for?!
With AARP and other Senior discounts, I
could be livin pretty dern nicely.
So, when I reach that Golden age help
me keep my grin, just check my ole rickety butt into the nearest Holiday