Every single GOP candidate for governor (Primary is next Tuesday) is saying the same things. "I will create jobs, I will cut taxes, and I will cut wasteful spending." It all sounds so rosy, but how can a governor create jobs? Most of them, if pressed, will say that they will create jobs by cutting taxes on businesses (the failed Reagan-Bushes model). Everybody is for lower taxes (their own!), but the GOP in this state, like in DC, seems to think that the smart thing to do is to cut taxes for the people most able to pay them - the wealthy and businesses. And "wasteful spending"? What is that? Head-start, food stamps, funding for welfare-to-work training programs? There is never any explanation for what is "wasteful spending" but you can bet that it won't include cutting any corporate-welfare initiatives - the centerpiece of the "I will create jobs" claim. Perhaps the most irritating ads are for Wes Otten. He claims to have created "1200 jobs" and says he will do the same for our state if elected. As the head of American Skiing, he "created" seasonal jobs (you don't need a lot of snow-makers or lift-attendants for most of the year, here) and made himself a tidy personal fortune while leaving stock-holders with worthless paper as he ran the company into heavy debt. Anybody who invested with that snake-oil salesman in the past should have plenty of incentive not to vote for him in the primaries.