Does anyone miss Gov. Benson?


  This is an editorial from a recent edition of the Caledonian Record newspaper. I really liked both the content and the ideas. Somehow there is and continues to be a void between the hard working business people and the lofty ideas of the policymakers, consultants and state agencies that supposedly are in the business of economic development and jobs.

UNH is apparently starting a curriculum about franchising. It should be interesting to see what kind of leadership and experience the state run college recruits to run this program. Notice I said experience running a business and making money.

Guess that is why I found Gov. Benson to be at least new air in the stodgy lobbyist dominated NH Statehouse.

"Don't forget to bring your brains to work."- Gov. Benson.

Sometimes I wonder if New Hampshire would be in the same set of circumstances that it is today, if, the one term Governor had been re-elected even for just one term. My guess is no but that ain't the way politics works.!

"Three cheers for Duncan Kilmartin and Dena Gray. Kilpatrick, Republican representative to the Vermont Legislature from Newport, and Gray, owner of Newport's Eastside Restaurant, were the only private sector business people out of 50 who attended an economic development forum in Barton. All of the rest were from alphabet agencies that live directly on taxpayer money or grants that ultimately come from taxpayer money, i.e. they are on the dole.

Both Kilpatrick and Gray pointed that out, though a bit less brutally than we do. Both wanted to know, "Where are the people who make the money?" And we ask the same thing. Do academics and public agency people know how to start, run, and succeed at a business? Do those whose salaries don't depend upon their brains and energy, but are guaranteed by a distant public entity, know anything about entrepreneurship other than what they have read in a book? Do those who haven't ever had to meet a payroll know the intense pressure of that necessity in hard times?

Academics and alphabet agency people remind us of a poem by Alistair Reid "Curiosity." It is an allegorical treatment of the differences between those who are involved and those who are not. If the cats are the entrepreneurs who weren't there, all but two of the people at this forum are like the dogs, in this excerpt:

"Nevertheless, to be curious

is dangerous enough. To distrust

what is always said, what seems

to ask odd questions, interfere in dreams,

leave home, smell rats, have hunches

do not endear cats to those doggy circles

where well-smelt baskets, suitable wives, good lunches are the order of things, and where prevails

much wagging of incurious heads and tails."

We agree with Rep. Kilpatrick and Ms. Gray. Next time, whoever sponsors such a forum ought to make sure that some of the people upon whom the economy of Vermont depends are there."