This commentary is by Keith Stern, of North Springfield. He is a businessman and former gubernatorial candidate. He also ran for election to the Vermont Senate to represent the Windsor district in 2020.
I see Peter Welch has started his television campaign advertising, and demonstrates just how insincere he is. He talks about his concern for Vermonters and that he listens to Vermonters in one ad. He talks about the Supreme Court decision in another. In a third ad he talks about military burn pits.
Let’s start with the Supreme Court decision, as he misrepresents the truth on it.
First, he knows the leaked document is a draft of the decision and not the final decision at all. To use that is disingenuous at best. Misrepresenting what the draft says is incredibly dishonest and inflammatory. The draft’s stated decision does not make abortion illegal; it says that it isn’t up to judges to decide but rather elected legislators in each state. Vermont legislators have already voted to keep abortion legal and it will be on the ballot. So why as a representative for Vermont is he making it an issue?
Now if Peter Welch really cared about Vermonters, why didn’t he try to stop the state legislators from passing the Global Warming Solutions Act, which will negatively affect Vermont’s lifestyle and economy when the truth is Vermont is already carbon neutral? Further why does he support destroying America’s economy and inflicting economic hardship on Americans as we see playing out before our eyes?
He supports the open border fiasco with drugs flowing freely over the border. How many of these drugs are ending up in Vermonters? You can’t care about people and favor allowing the free flow of drugs into the country.
He supported the ill-advised bill that flooded the country with government money adding massive debt while fueling massive inflation. If he didn’t understand that would occur then he isn’t qualified to be in office anyway. As for the debt, when he first took office the debt was at $9 trillion; now it’s over $30 trillion. That’s $91,480 per person, $242,985 per taxpayer. That is just the tip of the iceberg: The U.S. government’s unfunded liabilities are over $62 Trillion! Is it all Peter’s fault? Of course not, but how many times did he try to keep the debt from rising? The likely answer is zero. He is a part of the problem, a problem that must be fixed.
Some other sad statistics: Over 39.9 million living in poverty, 27 million without health insurance, and over 40 million using food stamps. Why aren’t these the issues Peter is talking about? The misguided notion of simply raising the minimum wage to solve the problem shows a complete lack of understanding of how things work.
In 2006, Peter’s initial win of the House seat, I decided I would get on the ballot as an independent. I had no desire to win or illusion that I could. I was running my business, but I had ideas that I felt people should hear, so I chose running to have a platform. At the first “conversation on the green” that Peter had arranged I spoke about several of my primary issues: Revamping Social Security so the help goes to the people who actually need it the most and making it fiscally sound into the future; revamping the corporate income tax to give businesses with American roots and employees a level playing field and encouraging employers to keep and bring back their labor force. It would end the multinational companies paying very little to none of the taxes on American profits; revamping the personal income tax so it is much simplified and eliminates shelters and loopholes to greatly reduce or eliminate taxes for the wealthy; a plan for tort reform so it is a fair and equitable system that would protect businesses from frivolous lawsuits reducing massive insurance costs, lower health costs, weed out incompetent professionals, and give harmed persons a fairer and less costly way to recover damages; and a Treaty of Non-aggression that by now would have ended wars if it was implemented.
It is very simple, but it would take a lot of work and time to have implemented, but the results would be world changing. After I finished I sat down next to Peter and he leaned over to me and said my ideas were very good and we needed to talk. I was so happy that the potentially next congressman from Vermont wanted to actually look at my ideas further. I gave him my phone number and told him to call anytime. As the expression goes, ‘when the phone didn’t ring, I knew it was Peter.’ So it is now, 15 years later, and all of these issues still exist while we’re watching a country being decimated. He wasn’t obligated to use my ideas, but they are issues that he should be looking for solutions to — so when Peter is advertising that he listens to Vermonters, I know it’s a lie. My solutions may or may not work, but they should be looked at. As a hockey great once said, “You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.”
Three times Welch voted to defund the police and twice to eliminate qualified immunity for law enforcement. How does that help to protect citizens?
In his burn pit ad, whose idea was it to go to a grieving family member and record it to exploit the situation for his benefit? That to me is the epitome of callousness and exploitation.
Finally, Peter believes that the dumb rubes in Vermont aren’t capable of voting for the presidency. He believes that the election should be determined by the large urban centers and lower populated areas should not count. That is what Peter really feels about Vermonters.
The majority of Democrats in Vermont will vote for him because they choose ideology over results — and that is very sad.