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I have been an educator for 32 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.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Another Connecticut Taxpayer Funded Corporate Welfare Payment

I am wondering when the State of Connecticut will start offering tax incentives for people moving from one town to another in Connecticut?  We do it already with businesses moving from one town to another in the state so why not people?
The latest round of taxpayer funded corporate welfarism can be seen in a business that is moving all the way from New Haven to North Haven.  A mere $1.77 million more dollars of taxpayers monies is on the line for C.W. Cowles company to move its plant from New Haven all the way to North Haven where it purchased the old Marlins Firearms Building.  50% of the loan is forgiven if the company can retain the 117 jobs it currently has and creates 59 new jobs (which are the jobs it is bringing with them from closing their plant in East Longmeadow, Mass.)  Thus $885,000 plus of the loan will be forgiven with these jobs that being moved.  How is that creating new jobs when the jobs are just being moved from one location to another?  How is this helping our economy when the plant is being moved roughly seven miles away from its current location?  Taxpayers are paying this company $15000 for each job that has been moved from one location to another.  And if the company goes under who foots the bill for the loan?  Taxpayers of course.
Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule and the Malloy Administration still feel they are creating a business friendly climate in Connecticut.  We have one of the highest tax rates in the country and realistically one of the worse business climates in the country.  What state do Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule and the Malloy Administration live in?  We as taxpayers have no more information being given to us about the businesses that have failed in our state that were given these same types of loans and benefits.  Nor are we allowed to know under Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule and the Malloy Administration.  The taxpayers of Connecticut work for Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule and the Malloy Administration-there really is no representation for us.  I wonder how much in campaign donations will be forthcoming from the C.W. Cowles after this deal? 

More of the same, winners versus losers-state government using taxpayer monies pick who wins and who loses.  Taxpayers have lost many times over the past four years of Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule and the Malloy Administration.  Mercifully Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule and the Malloy Administration should be coming to a close this November.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Now The Real War Begins In Connecticut.

Now the real war begins in Connecticut.
Economic reality versus economic fantasy.
Fiscal restraint versus tax and spend.
Debt addressed versus more and more debt.

Now the real war begins in Connecticut.
A fight for the state's future.
A fight to preserve the state's past.
A fight for the state's present.

Now the real war begins in Connecticut.
Do we really want four more years of the same failed policies?
Do we really want  four more years of the same pay to play?
Do we really want four more years of Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule?

Now the real war begins in Connecticut.
Is this the true record that the Malloy Administration is running on?
The highest tax increase in the state's history?
Followed by the highest long term debt the state has ever seen?

Now the real war begins in Connecticut.
Governor Foley
Lieutenant Governor Somers
And a balance between both parties in the State House and Senate.

Now the real war begins in Connecticut.
Are we willing to live in Connecticut in the future?
Are we willing to vote for a badly needed change?
Are we willing to fight to save Connecticut this November?

 

Thursday, August 07, 2014

James Brown For Congress In Connecticut's Third District

I wonder if anyone has told Rosa DeLauro to drop out of her re election race like she has told Gubernatorial Candidate Jonathan Pelto?  Just a thought?  Maybe it has been a long 23 years that she has been in office achieving what I do not know for the Third Congressional District here in Connecticut.
James Brown is running against her for this seat in Congress.  And from what I have been reading about him he is offering the voters and taxpayers of our District a true choice this November.
Mr. Brown has offered many different thoughts and ideas on the serious issues of our economy, country and District.  Contrary to the DeLauro robo-calls that we receive from her, Mr. Brown has offered a solid and logical platform to the voters and taxpayers he will represent.
I especially like his solution of our out-of-control federal spending by offering no new spending bills along with small spending cuts to begin the process of addressing the current $17 trillion dollar plus National Debt.
Mr. Brown also offers alternatives to the overpriced and bureaucratic Obamacare program which was fully endorsed by Rosa DeLauro.
He favors Congress making laws again not by Presidential fiat and a major simplification of our economically irrational tax code.
Taxpayers need a Representative who will work for them not the same stale failed policies which force us to work for our Representative as we have today in 2014.
This is his website http://www.jamesbrownforcongress.com/
I know my family and friends will be voting for a  new Representative in Congress-James Brown, in the Third Congressional District here in Connecticut.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thursday's Thoughts On Connecticut

Some thoughts for Thursday on Connecticut.
Can this be the year that Connecticut's oppressive economic and political climate changes?
Can this be the year that some new thoughts are developed to move Connecticut's economy forward rather than the usual higher taxes and elite corporate welfare/campaign donation scenarios?
Can this be the year that Connecticut actually addresses its bloated state spending?
Can this be the year that Connecticut addresses finally its massive long term unfunded debt and liabilities?
Can this be the year that Connecticut seeks a new workfare/welfare system that empowers those who are truly in need with the skills necessary to be productive again?
Can this be the year that Connecticut has a full accounting of its business/corporate welfare programs to see who if any has actually paid back their low cost/no cost loans and what is the actual costs of these programs to state taxpayer's?
Can this be the year that Connecticut actually has a full audit of its spending showing taxpayers how many state spending programs are no longer counted in the state budget and what are the true costs and debts to taxpayers?
Can this be the year that Connecticut actually ends Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule?

Or will this be just another year for Connecticut to follow its continuing path of economic ruin, excessive state spending, higher taxes, and even more people fleeing the state to escape the turmoil of
Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule?
Some of my thoughts for Thursday on Connecticut.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

More Malloy Connecticut Economic Fantasy News

In Connecticut there seems to be an economic fantasy taking place by Mr. Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule.
The economic fantasy is to take taxpayer's monies and give it to businesses already here in Connecticut to keep them here.  Some of those same businesses then donate to some "legal" Democratic party campaign fund.  The net result seems to be a business must pay to play here in Connecticut.
We see little if any mention any more on what has happened to state taxpayers monies given to the Back 9 Network, Ticket Network, Hybrid Insurance Group, The Lazy Burrito restaurant and Bridgewater Associates.
Now what is really happening as far as a loss of jobs really does not get mentioned.
What about in Sprague where Fusion Paperboard will close laying off 140 employees?  Didn't they receive a 10 year $3 million dollar loan at 3% interest to expand operations, keep 147 jobs and create 20 new ones?
Oh well what is $3 million dollars when it is not yours.
How about the Sealed Air Corporation moving 50 jobs out of Danbury to Charlotte?
Thus here are two examples of job losses-one critical to the economic vitality of Sprague.

The economic policies of the Malloy Administration and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule are an economic fantasy.  They have failed our state economy.  They have wasted four more years of state taxpayers monies.  It is a false economic reality.  It has failed our economy.

This is the true economic reality that the Malloy Administration and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule are running on.  Do they really deserve re election in November?


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Questions And Answers

A hypothetical Question and Answer session-we know this will never happen.
A theoretical and imaginary view of Connecticut through Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule.
Questions and Answers.
SS: Connecticut's Economy ranks near last in many different economic and business categories as compared to other states-why is that?
HOOPR:  We really do not know where that made up information comes from, we have created 55,000 jobs.
SS:  But the state has lost in excess of over 120,000 jobs.
HOOPR: Again we state we have created 55,000 jobs.
SS:  That means then there is still 65,000 jobs that have been lost since Mr. Malloy has taken office.
HOOPR: No we have created 55,000 jobs.
SS: Government can not create jobs however, only private industry can.
HOOPR: You are right yet we have created 55,000 jobs and will be creating more through the Governor's First Five Program.
SS:  But why are we using taxpayer's monies to create jobs?  Why can't we just lower taxes and excessive governmental regulations to help business and industry in the state?
HOOPR:  That may be possible but not probable.  When we give taxpayer's monies to these companies they create jobs.
SS: But you did not answer the question.  Also many have started to question the amount of money being donated the Democrats by these same companies.
HOOPR: We stand by the 55,000 jobs created.
SS:  Connecticut has one of the highest tax rates in the country along over $100 billion dollars in long term debt.  What is being done by your party to address the debt?
HOOPR:  We do not have debt we now have a surplus.
SS:  How can that be, Connecticut has one of the highest per capital debt per person in the country?
HOOPR:  Through the Governor's revenue increases we have a surplus.
SS:  Then why for Fiscal year 2015-2016 we are looking at a budget deficit?
HOOPR: I do not know we have a surplus, why are you asking all of these irrelevant questions on taxes, jobs, the economy and the like?
SS:  Because they impact everyone who still lives in the state, we are still seeing many, many citizens moving out of Connecticut due to high taxes and few jobs.
HOOPR:  You are wrong as are all Republicans-we have created 55,000 jobs and we have a surplus.
SS:  Then what about the 65,000 jobs that have not been recreated?  What about those workers who have given up all hope of finding a job in Connecticut?
HOOPR:  You have unemployment compensation.
SS:  But the state's unemployment compensation fund has had to borrow a massive amount of money from the federal government to stay afloat and charges the remaining state's businesses a special tax each August just to help pay down the interest on this borrowed money.
HOOPR: So what.
SS:  How does that help businesses in the state?  When they now have to pay even more money for their unemployment compensation taxes?
HOOPR:  Again we have created 55,000 jobs.

This question and answer session continued for many hours, and it was always the same answer-I truly hope you are one of the special 55,000 who got a job created from Mr. Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule.  The same party that has brought to you high taxes, high unemployment, and no answers.
Why would any voter vote again for these lies?
We really need a change this November.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Dannel Says: "The State Is A Battleground"

The state is a battleground.
Are you ready to defend? (What about the new gun laws?)
The state is a battleground.
55,000 private sector jobs created. (How many jobs were lost since 2011?)
The state is a battleground.
Conversations abound for the future.  (Is there a future for the state with the amount of debt it has?)
The state is a battleground.
Higher state spending. (How much higher can it go?)
The state is a battleground.
Higher and new state taxes for the future.  (As if our taxes are not high enough?)
The state is a battleground.
More taxpayer funded corporate welfare programs. (Did Hybrid Insurance Group pay the state back yet?)
The state is a battleground.
That is what Dannell said-he knows he has done no wrong.
The state is a battleground.
That is what Dannell said-he knows his programs are working welll.
The state is a battleground.
I am ready today to use my vote to get rid of Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule and Dannel.
Are you?
The state is a battleground.