Don't get me wrong. I like the idea of a town hall meeting. We need more input from our citizens. However, there is serious input and then there is nonsense.
Check this out:
"Newfane, population 1,680, has a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Bush that is bound to trigger a major debate. If it passes, the town will ask Rep. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to file articles of impeachment."(http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-03-06-vermont-town-meetings_x.htm)
Again, I am very happy that the citizens of Newfane have the disposition to show up at a town meeting and enjoy a good debate.
My question is this: Why argue about impeachment? How about a serious debate, such as making Vermont more attractive to investment so that young people will stay?
Another story points out that:
"Vermont, home state of DNC Chair Howard Dean, is often cited as a liberal utopia, and haven for the "Socks And Sandals" Crowd. Not only is the first state in the nation to pass domestic partner laws, it has some of the strictest land-use environmental regulations in the nation and it doesn't allow billboards. But now we're finding out there's a proverbial turd in the punchbowl.
It's young people are leaving in droves and not coming back. It's so bad that if current trends continue there will be only 1 worker for every 2 retirees."
Vermont is starting to look like France or Germany. There are lots of anti-Bushies but very few jobs, babies or economic prospects.
So let me suggest this to the fine folks of Vermont. Create jobs. Attract more business and have more babies. Then you can spend your time impeaching presidents! It's a lot more fun to impeach presidents when your folks have jobs and young people stick around to raise their families!
You can read the whole NYTimes story: "Vermont Losing Prized Resource as Young Depart" By PAM BELLUCK (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/04/national/04vermont.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin)