When looking at the choice voters have in November for president, I have to wonder which one is better for Vermont. In the case of Wilmington/Dover, it may be somewhat different from the state as a whole.
In other words, Wilmington and Dover, like other towns in Vermont, are unique and have individual needs as townships. First, the state of Vermont: Our governor is a Democrat and has done a good job, especially with the Tropical Storm Irene mess. Needing federal money from FEMA for the cleanup is still an issue. Governor Romney has stated that he will cut programs to balance the budget. That means our state will fare better under a Democratic president. But, what about each of our towns in Vermont? Wilmington/Dover sit halfway between Bennington and Brattleboro. These towns are popular stopovers with tourists, skiers, people on vacation, etc. The area has a unique group of local folks too. Artists, merchants, hotel and restaurant proprietors, professions, and others make up the rather colorful local people.
So, which one, Romney or President Obama, will benefit Wilmington/Dover more? At first glance the local business people will probably say Romney. He’s a businessman not unlike a used-car-lot salesman.
Meanwhile, President Obama is more of a people-first president, not unlike former President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society.”
In the end it may not really matter. I believe people will continue coming to Wilmington and Dover, regardless of which one wins the election.
But, if we have another disaster like Irene, I’ll put my trust in President Obama.