Sunday, March 07, 2004

Where do we sign up?

Will Killington start national trend?
WHOEVER SAID imitation is the sincerest form of flattery never received a request from a whole town smack dab in the middle of another state to become part of his family. No, what Killington, Vt., did Tuesday is surely the highest form of flattery — for New Hampshire.

How deliciously ironic: On the same day Vermonters gave their former tax and spend governor, Howard Dean, his one and only Presidential primary victory, the 1,100-member Vermont town of Killington voted to become part of New Hampshire so it could lower its taxes by about $10 million.

It’s not even a border town that just wants the state line redrawn. Killington, nationally famous for its wonderful skiing, is 35 miles inside the high-tax kingdom Dean ran until he stepped aside to run for President last year.

But so be it, and welcome, Killington, N.H., I say! Who can blame the overtaxed Killingtonians for wanting to annex themselves to the Granite State, which has the lowest tax burden in the country after Alaska?

Maybe other localities will follow in Killington’s footsteps and petition New Hampshire for refuge. How glorious for New Hampshire, to be beseeched by tax-strangled towns all over the country.
I'd be a tad picky about who I let in, if I were you.
New Hampshire could be choosy: Yes to Tahoe, N.H. No to Newark, N.H.

Topeka, N.H.? Fine. Detroit, N.H.? Not on your life! Ah, to live in Key Biscayne, N.H.!

New Hampshire could become to tax refugees what San Francisco’s City Hall has become to gays with the itch to get hitched — THE place to go.
That's the spirit! And be real careful with those leftoid college towns like Berkeley and Ithaca.
To heck with the folks who don’t understand New Hampshire’s “Live Free or Die” attitude. On a reporting trip to Howard Dean’s last major New Hampshire campaign rally, held at Phillips Exeter Academy the eve of the primary, I met a young Dean press aide who used to work at The Washington Post and who was astounded that Granite Staters care so much about taxes.
“I can’t believe they sat up here with muskets and fought a war over taxes, of all things! I would have been outta here, headed that way!” I guess he pointed south, toward Washington, D.C., where he probably learned his apathy for taxes.