Email subject line: Time is running out to support the VDP in 2014
Friend, 2014 has been a year of persistence for the Vermont Democratic Party.
That is the subject and the opening line of a recent cheery little email I received from the Vermont Democratic Party soliciting last minute end of the year contributions.
2014 a year of persistence?
Of course there are distinctions between the party and Governor Shumlin’s specific policies. It isn’t all about the Gov. and health care but a wide range of issues.
The email explains:
The VDP Platform covers a wide range of Democratic values and includes a commitment to economic opportunities for all Vermonters, opposition of outsourcing jobs to other countries, encouragement of tax policies that tackle income inequalities, and addressing climate change by promoting alternative energy.
It [the platform] also includes an unshakeable dedication to providing affordable and accessible health care coverage to all Vermonters. Despite the obstacles, we are 100% committed to seeing these principles become policy in our state and our country.
So was 2014 a year of persistence?
In fairness the Governor is often quite persistent. He’s shown remarkable persistence, if not unshakeable dedication, on not raising taxes on high-end earners.
But in light of the Governor’s year-end retreat on single payer – “Now is not the time for single payer “ – the VDP might want to re-think any claim on persistence.
I haven’t given in years, so I have no intention to take the VDP up now on the offer to celebrate the end of the year by donating. But time is running out to snark in 2014.