Swick Speak

A blog devoted to political and economic topics in today's society.

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Location: Wallingford, Connecticut, United States

I have been an educator for 33 years teaching over twenty courses in business and economics on a part time basis for several different colleges and universities here in Connecticut. I have a Bachelors of Science in Journalism and a Masters of Science in Economics. I also enjoy writing about and collecting football memorabilia. I am a member of the Professional Football Researchers Association and a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers. I also publish Gridiron Greats Magazine.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

When Wrong Is Right-The Local Elections Are Here

Wrong is right in Connecticut.  Down is up and up is down.  A lie becomes truth when told over and over again.  From the Constitution State to the Corruption State.  A valueless political system along with a valueless economic system.  Taxpayers mistreated and abused.  Taxpayers lied to. 
Wrong is the new right in Connecticut.  A lie is the new truth in Connecticut.
The local elections are upon us.  In my opinion contrary to the lies of the Connecticut Democrat Party, the Connecticut economy is in horrific shape.  We see now on a daily basis an exodus of taxpayers and young people leaving the state on a daily basis.  We see now on an almost daily basis businesses leaving the state both small and large due to the high costs of taxes, transportation and doing business in Connecticut.  We see a non transparent and fraudulent state government in action, with violations of our constitution and rule of laws rampant.  We see Connecticut last in all so many economic categories.  We see Connecticut as a state that has developed into an economic windfall and personal bank for its elected and appointed state officials with high salaries, high pensions and never ending benefits that Connecticut taxpayers must support willingly and without questioning of our elected officials.
Wrong is right in Connecticut according to the Connecticut Democrat Party. 
The local elections are here. 
What really has the Connecticut Democrat Party done for you lately if you are not part of their well connected network of nepotism?
Are you better off since the Malloy regime began if you are not part of their well connected network of nepotism?
Are you paying less in taxes?
The local elections will be a referendum on the Connecticut Democrat Party.  The Connecticut Democrat Party continues to be out of touch with the economic reality of what is happening in this state.  The middle class who bears the brunt of oppressive and unyielding state taxes is being eliminated on a daily basis by the Connecticut Democrat Party. 
Do you really want to vote Democrat in this location election?  Or is time finally to start to rid our state beginning on a local level of the arrogance of the Connecticut Democrat Party and its lies that it claims is good government?
The choice is yours-continued economic strangulation with oppressive taxes or economic freedom?
Voters must make that critical choice this November.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

$335,000 Buys Political Expediency

Political expediency is worth $335,000 for Connecticut Taxpayers.
Political expediency is worth $335,000 for Students who attend Connecticut Universities and Community Colleges.
Political expediency is worth $335,000 so that your Taxpayer funded pension can double overnight.
Political expediency is worth $335,000 so that tuition can increase yet again and make college more unaffordable for legal Connecticut residents who wish to attend.
The Malloy merger and creation of the Connecticut Board of Regents has been a costly and miserable failure for the state's Higher Education System since the state's dozen community colleges, four regional state universities and the Charter Oak online college merged into the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system three years ago.  So far it has had two presidents and two interim leaders that in my opinion have been unfit to lead this unneeded state bureaucracy.
Now former Malloy Chief of Staff Mark Ojakian gets the nod as political payback and has been named the new interim President of the Board of Regents for a mere $335,000 a year.  I wonder if he is going to be teaching any classes for that salary?  Guess how much his Taxpayer funded pension goes up to? 
As an Adjunct Professor in a state community college my first thought is that you have got to be kidding me?  And my second thought is that this mess of a department needs to be unfunded and eliminated immediately as a waste of taxpayers monies and an insult to the students of our system who are forced to pay constant tuition increases for what is beyond me.
But the Malloy machine and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule knows no bounds.  Payback using taxpayers monies is never ending.  And yet again we have another example of horrific and poorly managed government in this Board of Regents.  Thank You once again Connecticut Democrats!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Death In Cuba Then Death In Connecticut

I guess that Americans are supposed to be happy about the new normalization of relations with Cuba.  Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry conveniently forgot that over 77,000 people have died at sea trying to escape the bloody tyranny of the Castro Brothers.  They also choose to forget that Cuba has no freedoms nor any economy.  They also choose to forget that there is no religious freedom in Cuba.  They also choose to forget that "Up to December 15, 2008, 5,732 cases of execution, extrajudicial killings, and disappearances have been documented. In addition, 515 deaths in prison for medical negligence, suicide, or accident have been recorded." http://www.paulbogdanor.com/left/cuba/dictatorship.html  They also choose to forget that Castro seized American assets when he took over power, Castro should start paying back some of the 6,000 American property claims that have been made that value approximately $7 billion dollars.  https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2014/04/18/cuba-you-owe-billion/jHAufRfQJ9Bx24TuzQyBNO/story.html   Mr.Obama and Mr. Kerry apparently have issues with their memories.   They also have issues in dealing with the Castro Brothers.  
I guess that Connecticut Taxpayers and Citizens are supposed to be happy that the death penalty does not apply to those on Connecticut's Death Row.  Here in Connecticut murderers never have to really worry about anything as they will be taken care of by Connecticut Taxpayers for the rest of their lives when they murder someone.  It can be a passive murder or a bloody gruesome murder and they will live as long as they want and are able to.  Connecticut Taxpayers must support them because the Liberal Connecticut Supreme Court has decided to rescind a signed piece of legal legislation to suit their liberal desires, interpretations and needs.  The Liberal Connecticut Supreme Court apparently creates their own laws any way they see fit.  Thus all Connecticut residents who abide by our laws need to wonder why they are no longer protected by our state government and legal system.  Victims here in Connecticut no longer have any more rights.  One also can assume that if a high ranking Connecticut Democrat Official family member was murdered in cold blood we would see how fast the death penalty would be embraced.  The Connecticut Democrat Party has issues in dealing with murderers here in our state. 
Death in Cuba.  Death in Connecticut.  Freedom seems fleeing in both Cuba and Connecticut in 2015.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Connecticut's Worsening Economy-Thank You Connecticut Democrats!

Connecticut's socialistic economy continues to worsen.  Taxpayers and residents continue their mass exodus from the state.  More negative economic news out of Hartford this week as the current budget deficit continues to grow looking at now a fast approaching $71 million dollar deficit.  One may wonder how we can have a budget deficit with almost $4 billion dollars in new taxes over the past four years and $80 billion dollars in long term unfunded liabilities? 
And especially when Mr. Malloy campaigned that we had no deficit and he was not going to raise taxes.
And especially when a $40 billion dollar budget was passed in June with no debate and no input from the minority party in the legislature.
And especially when Connecticut now ranks dead last in job formation according to new poll released this week by Gallup.  So much for the Connecticut Democrat lies that the economy had "turned the corner".
And especially when Connecticut is now the most expensive place to die in the country with the highest probate fees in the country along with taxes on your life insurance policies.
And especially when people are leaving Connecticut faster than any other state in the country.
And especially when Connecticut Democrats float a mileage tax for all state drivers only to pull it back when the outcry is massive twisting it that it is the Republicans fault for talking about it.
And especially when Mr. Malloy wants a $100 billion dollar transportation program that can not be rationally funded nor sustainable especially when no other state spends that amount of money for their transportation programs.  Ever drive on I95 in Long Wharf?  How many more years will that take to finish and at what costs?
On and on and on the Connecticut Democrat lie machine does not stop hurtling insults at the Republicans and at Connecticut taxpayers and citizens.  Nothing is their fault, the fault is always somewhere else.
The Connecticut Democrat Party and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule owns the state economy and its implosion.  The hemorrhaging of deficit spending and Democrat political self interest and rule needs to end today if not sooner.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A Tale OF Two Cities

What community would you rather live in Wallingford or Bridgeport?
I know this may be an unfair question.
Wallingford is smaller than Bridgeport as Bridgeport has the largest population in Connecticut.
Wallingford has its own electric division providing residents and businesses low cost electricity.
Bridgeport does not.
Wallingford has a low tax rate.
Bridgeport does not.
Wallingford has an AAA Bond rating.
Bridgeport has an A2 Bond rating.
Wallingford has a Republican Mayor who has never been in front of any Board of Ethics hearings in 34 years.
Bridgeport had a Democrat Mayor (who is running again this year in a primary) who was convicted for racketeering, extortion, bribery and mail fraud, among other felonies, for his role in a six-year scheme to shake down city contractors for more than $500,000 in cash, meals, clothing, wine and home renovations in 2003 and served seven years in prison for it.
Wallingford has a strong Republican Mayor and Republican Town Council.
Bridgeport has a Democrat Mayor and Democrat Town Council.
Wallingford has a low crime rate.
Bridgeport  has a high crime rate.
What community would you rather live in Wallingford that is run by Republicans or Bridgeport that is run by Democrats?
I know this may be an unfair question.  But I find it shocking that in the state of Connecticut's largest community that their former convicted Mayor may be their choice for the Democrat nomination for Mayor.  The Bridgeport Republican candidate for Mayor is of Cuban descent, Councilman Enrique Torres who has run before for Mayor.  The Wallingford Democrats have elected not to run a candidate for Mayor in 2015.
One may view Wallingford as a efficiently run, vibrant and dynamic community in Connecticut.  Bridgeport obviously has many issues.  Maybe Connecticut Democrats at all levels of government could pick up a few pointers in how to run efficient, ethical and honest government from Mayor Dickinson and the Wallingford Republicans. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Two More Long Years In Democrat Connecticut

We have two more long years coming up here in Connecticut under the omnipotent rule of the Connecticut Democrat party and their economically incoherent budget.  After one of most ridiculous legislative sessions in our state's history, that eliminated any minority representation in the budget process, Connecticut's taxpayers on the hook for even more taxes and less economic growth and economic freedom.  And to add insult to injury the omnipotent rule of the Connecticut Democrat party and their economically incoherent budget has still produced a deficit even with the second highest tax increase in the state's history.
It is going to be a long two more years until the state elections for a new General Assembly in November of 2016 under the omnipotent rule of the Connecticut Democrat party and their economically incoherent budget.  Connecticut is pretty much out of any more sources of new tax revenue besides taxing groceries (which I am sure will be considered soon) and continues to lose taxpayers, population and business at a raid rate.
Thus the omnipotent rule of the Connecticut Democrat party and their economically incoherent budget solution in 2015 has been to further erode and tear apart Connecticut's economic foundation by raising taxes and enacting many laws that inhibit economic freedoms in the state.   Taxpayers have been shut out of the budget process and are silenced by the omnipotent rule of the Connecticut Democrat party.  It is a sham of state government.
The omnipotent rule of the Connecticut Democrat party and their economically incoherent budget presents itself as an ultimatum to Connecticut's taxpayers-work for us-give us your tax money or get out.
And Connecticut still has a debt $80 billion dollars.
And Connecticut still has a unfunded pension crisis.
And over the next two years more and more Connecticut residents will be moving out.
And one day in the not to distant future the omnipotent rule of the Connecticut Democrat party will end as Connecticut becomes economically bankrupt.
All due to one party rule.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Saturday's Random Government Debt Thoughts

Government Debt seems to be in the news today.
It mostly negative economic news on government debt.
We could first look at Greece and their debt.  Greece has relied on bailouts for the past five years and is lax in their tax collections.  They also have few people working since many are fully retired at an early age.  They are around $320 Billion Euros in debt.  They are borrowing once again to keep their government operational.  Their banks have been closed for two weeks now.  Depositors do not have access to their money.  Greece has monumental debt problems.
We could then look at Puerto Rico.  Puerto Rico has many economic issues including the costs of shipping goods to the Island is expensive due to the 1920 Jones Act, an outdated obscure economically irrational law that forces all goods shipped to Puerto Rico to be shipped by an American ship.  Foreign ships that pass through the Caribbean can not drop off goods to the island on their way through due to this law.  Thus the costs of all goods is more expensive in Puerto Rico.  They are around $72 Billion Dollars in debt.  Public Corporations have around $25 Billions Dollars in debt also.  Many islanders are moving to the states.  Puerto Rico has monumental debt problems.
We could then look at Connecticut and their debt.  Connecticut according to a recent George Mason University Mercatus Center report ranked Connecticut 47th out of 50 states in fiscal health.  This means that Connecticut has and will have difficulty in paying both their short term and long term debts in the future.  One would not know this by the recent Democrat state budget that passed along with the announcement yesterday of $7 Million Dollars in pay raises for many state government managers.  Many Connecticut businesses and taxpayers are moving out of state.  Connecticut since is does not publish its debt can only be estimated.  I believe with the new budget Connecticut has about $70 to $80 Billion Dollars in both short term and long term debt and unfunded liabilities.  Connecticut has monumental debt problems.
Government Debt seems to be in the news today.
It mostly negative economic news on government debt.
Too bad our elected officials do not understand the economic consequences of its debt.  Too bad they are only worried about the spoils system they have created for the ruling elite.
Too bad for the taxpayers.