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Monday, September 08, 2003

Posted by Jake
The Appeal of Howard Dean

Hammering George W. Bush almost hourly for his big deficits, Dean himself contends he is still an advocate of 'fiscal stability' and a leader who will promote a balanced budget . . . 'because I balanced my budget every year in Vermont.'

...This is the second-highest taxing-and-spending state in the country, with collections about $600 per person above the national average. The state's regulatory climate, says John McClaughry of the Ethan Allen Institute, Vermont's sole dispenser of free-market views, 'almost seems intentionally designed to chase employers away.' Dean has boasted that he was 'the most fiscally conservative governor in Vermont in decades,' but that's like saying you were the most chaste woman in a Texas whorehouse.


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