Saturday, July 21, 2018

Yet Another Bad Week For Connecticut Taxpayers

It was another bad week for Connecticut Taxpayers thanks to the Connecticut Democrat Party.
First I wonder how many of my readers received a bonus lately.  I know I did not.  I know in the three jobs that I have I have not received a raise in three plus years at two of them and the other one it has been two years.  But for employees of Connecticut state labor unions it was payday with $2000 plus bonuses being paid out this week as part of the secret SEBAC agreement that was negotiated by Governor Malloy and the state unions.  This bonus agreement just cost Connecticut Taxpayers $80 million dollars at the beginning of the new fiscal year 2018-19.  The new fiscal year already has massive projections of major budget deficits in it.
The second piece of bad news for Connecticut Taxpayers is that they get to pay for a $10 million dollar political study for the implementation of tolls in the state.  Even though various toll bills have been voted down and testified against by many drivers and groups in the state, the Malloy regime wishes to force feed the tolls on the state as yet another tax cure all.  Tolls and the shear volume of them that the state wishes to install would make Connecticut one of the most heavily tolled set of roads in the country.  But then again when is any tax is disliked by the Connecticut Democrat Party?
The third item that engages good old Connecticut Democrat Party political patronage is the appointment of former former Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra to fill a vacancy on the state Workers’ Compensation Commission at a salary of a mere $160,000 per year all along with all of the fringe benefits that the job comes with.  Segarra lost his bid for re election in 2015 to hand appointed Malloy wonder boy candidate Luke Bronin who has done little if anything as Mayor of Hartford other than beg for money.  Segarra as you may remember thought he should have been appointed to a judicial nomination by the governor under a secret process after he lost his election.  That process included a closed-door vote in his favor by the state Judicial Selection Commission which was brought to light and subsequently led to his withdrawal for that position.  But don't worry political payoff came for Segarra through this political patronage taxpayer funded job a little later than what was promised by the Connecticut Democrat Party. 
Thus is was yet another bad week for Connecticut Taxpayers thanks to the Connecticut Democrat Party.  More money wasted to add to the $60 to $80 billion dollars of short and long term debt along with unfunded state liabilities that Connecticut Taxpayers owe.  And voters should remember these horrific, economically destructive and long years of omnipotent one party- the Connecticut Democrat Party rule on election day in November.  It is time to take back Connecticut in 2018.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Future Of Connecticut?

What is the Connecticut Democrat Party's plan for the future of Connecticut?  I really do not know since they have not articulated any logical plan to save Connecticut from economic destruction.
Since it is election time the Connecticut Democrat Party candidates running for office for the first time and for reelection are cautious in their thoughts.  For example, State Representative for life Democrat Mary Mushinsky, Wallingford's 85th District has sent out a Connecticut Taxpayer financed reelection 4 color pamphlet extolling the virtues  and benefits of what she has supposedly done for the past two years in Hartford.  Mushinsky discusses liberal surface issues with no mention of the economic turmoil that has been dumped on the Connecticut Taxpayer by the Connecticut Democrat Party.  Reading this pamphlet I could not help but laugh at her statement on Public Act 18-41 "An Act Concerning Prescription Drug Costs"  Mushinsky stated: "By collecting more data and holding drug companies accountable, we can get closer to lowering drug costs for Connecticut residents."  It is interesting to note that Wallingford's largest taxpayer, Bristol Myers Squibb (a drug company) sold their building, will not relocate in town or in Connecticut causing many jobs to be lost and a massive amount of tax money to be lost to Wallingford.   I did not see that being mentioned in Mushinsky's reelection flyer.   Nor did I see anything about a plan to address Connecticut's $60 and $80 billion dollars in short and long term debt along with unfunded liabilities.  Oh well I guess that debt does not matter to the Connecticut Democrat Party.
The Connecticut Democrat Party's two candidates for Governor are equally economically inept to address Connecticut's $60 and $80 billion dollars in short and long term debt along with unfunded liabilities.  Both ex felon current Bridgeport Mayor Joe Gamin and multi-millionaire liberal Ned Lamont have not mentioned any plans to resolve Connecticut's perpetual debt crisis in curbing both increases in taxes and spending.  Both candidates embrace an economically unsustainable long term contractual agreement with its state unions who in turn embrace all things Democrat in the state.  Connecticut Taxpayers can expect much higher taxes with either a Lamont or Gamin Governorship.
What is the Connecticut Democrat Party's plan for the future of Connecticut?  Does Connecticut even have an economic future?  I really do not know.  Nor do I understand why anyone in November would vote for any of these candidates especially for Governor and here in the 85th District?
Connecticut is in desperate need of a change in their elected officials.  It can only occur by voting differently this November.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Connecticut's Poor Economic News Continues

While the Connecticut Democrat candidates for both state and national office continue to condemn President Trump and all things Republican in their campaigns, the states poor economic news rolls on.  The latest two economic issues that should be at the forefront of this election but are not include the constant Connecticut budget deficit which is now estimated at $595 million dollars and that Connecticut has only recovered 81% of its jobs lost since the 2007-08 recession which is now one of the lowest recovery rates in the country.
This news should scare any elected Democrat elected official but somehow is it ignored by both them and the media.  It should front page news but it isn't.  The voters of Connecticut are force fed the Democrat line of all of what President Trump is doing is wrong and what the Connecticut Democrats have been doing has made Connecticut a Utopia.
The continuing issues of a budget deficit will be a major problem for the upcoming fiscal year.  Connecticut is broke.  Its short and long term debt and unfunded liabilities are between $60 and $80 billion dollars.  This is an enormous sum for a state as small as Connecticut.  Years of continual Democrat rule has led our state to the path of economic ruin.
But who cares?  Not the media nor the Connecticut Democrat Party.  This election should focus on the state economy and its governments overspending problem.  It is not.  It is focused on President Trump and the dynamic national economy (that is not evident at all in Connecticut), transgender bathrooms and illegal immigrants supposed Connecticut Constitutional rights.  These are Connecticut's most important issues?  Are these issues going to help create non Connecticut Taxpayers funded jobs (unlike Connecticut Taxpayers funded jobs for Bob's Stores, Jackson Labs, etc.)?  Are these issues an actual plan to pay off $60 to $80 billion dollars of short and long term debt along funding the exorbitant long term pension liabilities that have been promised to state workers who in some cases do not even contribute to their pensions?
No the Connecticut election of 2018 is more of the same stale rhetoric and avoidance of real economic issues by the Connecticut Democrat Party.  And it is time for the Connecticut Republican Party to develop a clear economic plan and path to help create an economic recovery for 2019 so that the state can share in the current national economic expansion and prosperity that has been nurtured and enriched by President Trump and his economic policies. 
How much longer do Connecticut Taxpayers have to be governed by the failed economic policies of the Connecticut Democrat Party?  The time to the election becomes shorter each day.  It is time to take back Connecticut in 2018.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

242 Years of Freedom July 4, 1776 - July 4, 2018

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated  Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

— John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Saturday, June 30, 2018

What Would You Like To Be In A State Bill For Yourself And Or Your Family? UConn's Randy Edsall Got His-What About You?

Head UConn Football Coach Randy Edsall was given a gift by Democrat Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz by inserting secretly in a non related bill a provision to allow him to allow Edsall's son Corey to be the UConn Tight Ends Coach in the final minutes of the Legislative session.  This is against the law in the state as Connecticut has rules prohibiting the hiring of relatives to work together in state jobs and the state ethics commission ruled against the hiring also.
But really what control does any Connecticut government agency have when dealing with political nepotism and favoritism?  None as exhibited by the total disrespect that Democrat Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz has for rules and the law that govern those who work for the state of Connecticut.  Edsall's case whether or not you are a football fan is wrong.  If Mr. Edsall was worried about his son getting a job on his coaching staff he should have pursued a job at a private college that allowed that.  But again as we have seen so many times in our state a political ruling class dictates to Connecticut Taxpayers what they can or can not have.  Political nepotism rains supreme in Hartford led by Democrat Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz and his Democrat Party.
All Connecticut Taxpayers in my opinion should be given the same treatment as Edsall and his son.  What do you want to be inserted in a bill that will directly benefit you and your family?  Whatever it is you should send it to your State Representative and State Senator for inclusion in a bill in the next legislative session.  If all legal Connecticut Taxpayers did this maybe just maybe the rule and law of Connecticut would actually be enforced.
Connecticut Taxpayers have little if any trust in our state government.  Connecticut's state government as seen by yet another example of political nepotism in the Edsall/Aresimowicz case works for the benefit only of its union and management workers to enrich their salaries, benefits and pensions and for those of their families.  This current example is a sickening excess of our political system.  It is ethically wrong and against the law.  But that does not stop our valueless elected officials and their constant schemes to manipulate government to their advantage.
I and many others see Connecticut government as a decadent and perverted system that only serves the politically connected.  This decadent and perverted system needs to end now. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Republican Sue Hatfield For Attorney General

As the primary season heats up there are also under ticket campaigns going on.  Several weeks ago I endorsed State Senator Joe Markley for Lieutenant Governor.  Today I am looking at the Attorney General race.  Connecticut's Attorney General is an important position as it defends the state itself, its agencies and holds representation for its citizens.  One may remember several years ago when we subjected to the tyranny of Attorney General now United States Senator Richard Blumenthal as he proceeded to attack many businesses in the state through massive litigation (for example the nightmare Valerie Hoffman, a vendor of herbs and tea went through).  Blumenthal was ranked the second worse Attorney General in the country in 2010 by the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Blumenthal as Attorney General got an "F" grade in each of the four judging criteria by the Institute that included ethical breaches and selective application of the law, fabricating law, usurping legislative powers and predatory practices.  He loved to sue utilizing Connecticut Taxpayers monies to his political gain.  Makes you wonder why he is our Senator today?
The office then moved to the passive pro Democrat Party terms of George Jepsen who is all things Democrat for his party.  He ruled naturally that the Connecticut State Constitutional Spending Cap voted into law legally was illegal and unconstitutional.  The Connecticut Democrat Party has held the Attorney General seat since 1954.  The combined records of Blumenthal and Jepsen are poor and horrific at best putting their politic careers and nepotism above the law.  
Sue Hartfield received the Republican nomination for Attorney General and is being forced into a primary by John Shaban.  
I am voting for and urge my readers to support Sue Hatfield for Attorney General.  She is a breath of fresh air for this office as she has taken strong stands for personal and individual liberties in our state and is also interested in saving Connecticut Taxpayers monies by "review of state contracts and bond packages to root out waste, fraud and abuse that heap needless costs on overburdened state taxpayers."  On the subject of forced union dues she believes in: "State law should protect state employees from being forced to donate part of their salaries to support the political action funds of state employee unions. Laws governing the state’s collective bargaining process are up to the General Assembly, but I support a more balanced and transparent bargaining process, including Right to Work legislation, which would help the state compete for business and jobs." 
She is also a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and is against Sanctuary Cities.  
Sue Hatfield is an excellent candidate for our new Attorney General.  I believe she will restore confidence to this office and not use it for personal glorification nor political gain.  It is time to take back this office from the exploitation that has occurred during the Blumenthal and Jepsen regimes.  

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Connecticut: Who Wants To Be Governor Of The Swamp?

One could argue that Connecticut's state government is a swamp.  And this Connecticut swamp needs to be drained immediately.  But will the upcoming election be an opportunity for the political swamp to be drained?
Connecticut's economy is in poor shape.  For the past eight years we have seen a mass migration out of Connecticut of taxpayers and businesses.  For the past eight years we have seen a massive increase in state taxes.  For the past eight years we have seen laws broken by the Connecticut Democrat Party with no repercussions.  For the past eight years we have seen a state constitutional spending cap be totally ignored by our elected officials.  For the past eight years we have seen pay to play Connecticut Taxpayer funded corporate welfare at its worse.  For the past eight years we have seen the state's short and long term debt along with unfunded liabilities skyrocket to well over $80 billion dollars.  For the past eight years we have seen the state rank last or near last of all 50 states in all economic and business related categories.  
The Connecticut Taxpayer funded state government political swamp needs to be the issue in the November election.  Connecticut Taxpayers can disregard any messages being sent by the two Democrat candidates for Governor as they are incoherent, biased and economically irrational.  One could further argue as to why a convicted felon is being allowed to run for Governor?  One could also further argue that the Connecticut Democrat Party is void of ideas, void of ethics, void of economic plans, void of accomplishments and has created the mess that the state is in today.  That is the real record they are running on in November.  For them to try to make President Trump the issue this election is illogical, incoherent and a desperate attempt on their part to avoid their horrific record of governing for too many years now.  They are the swamp. 
Thus who really wants to be Governor?  The Democrat candidates and their stale ideas of more spending and more taxes will once again resolve Connecticut's economy is unjustifiable.  They have no new ideas and or programs.  The Connecticut Democrat Party only concern is protect their political nepotism and their political patronage spoils system that is funded by Connecticut Taxpayers.
The solution in November is not to elect or re-elect any Connecticut Democrat.  It is a simple yet complex solution.  Complex as many current Connecticut Democrat elected officials lose their seats in November they will be rewarded with new and high paying do nothing Connecticut Taxpayer funded state jobs before the end of the year.  Yet they will finally be out of office once and for all.  And the swamp known as Connecticut government will start to drain ever so slowly of its cancerous debris and garbage that has plagued our state for too many years now.