The letter by, Rep. Don Turner is a pile of garbage to put it mildly. In fact this opinionated diatribe is just so much Republican propaganda. Much like the book “1984” this thinking is a nightmare out of the George Orwell novel. “Big Brother” is watching and he sees you. At the heart of the book is brain washing or conditioning. This repeated mind drain is what Rep. Turner is all about. “Doublespeak” or double talk is a way to confuse the issues and distort the truth. An example is the line about the proposed budget cuts which reads, “without negatively impacting the most vulnerable Vermonters,” in the piece from Rep. Turner. If he really thinks that cutting the budget for the children’s insurance program, charity to hospitals, Vermont Vet’s Home and Agency of Human Services, as well as, homeless shelters are not impacting anyone then he must be in the Twilight Zone!
Rep. Turner’s desire to balance the budget without raising taxes is as old as the republican hills in Montpelier. This obsessive-compulsive drive is great for the YMCA or a volunteer fire department, but this is the state’s money, not Rep. Turner’s and we have a say in how it is spent. For example, children need foster home placements due to the fact that the number of committed children at DCF has doubled. That’s right Rep. Turner, the heroin crises has created a monster in Vermont and drastic measures need to be implemented now! That costs money and spending it now to save kids is the idea. What good is a balanced budget with hundreds of homeless kids and drug addicted families wandering the streets?
Any state budget must have these things addressed. In the meantime, balance your own checking account and budget if you can Rep. Turner!