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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, December 17, 2014

Malloy Owns It Or Do Connecticut Taxpayers Own It?

He owns it now.  Dannel P. Malloy says he's righted the ship and is ready to set a new course-12/17 Ct Mirror.  Governor Malloy has stated It took him awhile but Connecticut is now on the right track. 
What right track?  The track of probably pushing more spending off budget and into the black hole of future unfunded liabilities ($80 billion or pick a number), more and higher taxes and even less personal freedoms.  For taxpayers remaining here in Connecticut we own it.  We own the economic mismanagement of Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule, we own the higher and never ending taxes and we own the future unfunded liabilities that never end, we own the lies of our state government, and we most importantly will work forever to support Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule nepotism, corruption and spoils system which is what I feel our government is in 2014.
So what is the new course?  Higher and new taxes?  So what else is new.
Connecticut still needs a new economic direction.  It can not be found with Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule and its stale redistribution economic policies that fail us miserably. 
Malloy does own it and he will own it.  The media will continue to prop the Governor up and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule.
It never ends does it.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Do Legal Citizens and Taxpayers of Connecticut Have Any Rights?

Just curious if legal citizens and taxpayers of Connecticut have any rights?  Do we have any protections based upon law and the Constitution of the state of Connecticut which protect us?  Or are we now legally bound economic serfs to an omnipotent state government which at its own whim can change any law any time they want and disregard any law which stands in their way of omnipotence?  Legal citizens and taxpayers no longer seem to have any rights or protection under the rule law here in Connecticut. 
Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule (sorry Senator Bye it is Omnipotent One Party Rule) and the Malloy Administration deem it necessary to accommodate individuals who are here in the state illegally to obtain a legal driver’s license to drive in the state.  Why?  Is there a reason they are here illegally and not citizens of the state?  Where is this in our state Constitution?
I am really appalled at Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule and the Malloy Administration granting illegals state driver’s licenses.  This was illegal in my opinion.  However we must remember we live a state where there is no longer any rule of law or any protections afforded by the rule of law or the Constitution of the state of Connecticut to those legal citizens and taxpayers of the state. 

Maybe it is now time to defund our state government.  Maybe it is time for taxpayers and legal citizens to stop being a serf in Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule and the Malloy Administration’s total disrespect and disregard for the laws that govern only a chosen few in Connecticut.  Our state government has failed us.  Enough is enough.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Malloy Deficit-Or When A Deficit Is Not A Deficit

Confusion.  When is a deficit not a deficit?  When Dan Malloy is running for reelection along with Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule.  The Governor who apparently cruised to reelection making up campaign laws as he went along won by a whopping 25,000 votes in an election where over 40% of the registered voters stayed home and did not vote.  Thus we will have more of the same for the next four years.  A total disregard for our state constitution along with a massive budget deficit which will bring about new and higher taxes for Connecticut.

But back to my original economic thoughts, When is a deficit not a deficit? In Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party minds it is perfectly acceptable to state during the campaign that there was no budget deficit.

For example on June 4, 2014 Malloy stated, "We don’t face a deficit. I’ve decided to boil this down a little bit for you. The deficit projections on the same services budget would require that we increase spending by 7.78 percent. You don’t believe we’d do that, nobody believes we’d do that,” he said. Nobody, no party, no politician is going to advocate that we increase spending by 7.78 percent. It’s a ridiculous number.”  http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/malloy_dismisses_deficit_projections_wont_ask_for_more_concessions/

Confusion.  When is a deficit not a deficit? On September 3, 2014
On the campaign trail, Malloy claims that there is “no deficit” in the future; these projections come from the same independent Office of Fiscal Analyses, the entity he quotes in his regular campaign stump speech. http://blog.ctnews.com/kantrowitz/2014/09/03/foley-and-malloy-are-just-plain-wrong-on-taxes/

Confusion.  When is a deficit not a deficit?  When it is $100 million this fiscal year and explodes to $1 billion dollars next fiscal year.  And all of the lies, all of the higher taxes that Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party will create over the next year will not be enough to make Connecticut debt free again.  $80 billion dollars in long term debt in 2014, by 2018 that should double at least $160 billion based on current and future spending and borrowing.

Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party-back in power, back to the lies, back to last in all economic categories in our country.  Maybe the 40% who did not vote should have.  Or maybe we should just move out of Connecticut.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veterans Day

I want to wish all Veterans a Happy and Peaceful Veterans Day on Tuesday. We can reflect on the great sacrifices our military men and women make each day without ego nor fan fare to help keep our country safe from world wide threats. We can also reflect on all of the men and women who gave their lives to our country to keep us free. Freedom has never been nor ever will be free nor should it ever be taken for granted. We as a country will prevail over the forces and war of terrorism. And we will prevail over those who wish to upset our freedom.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Sunday's Thoughts About Election Day-Vote Republican

In Connecticut there seems to be two worlds, one of economic reality and one of economic fantasy during this election.  The economic reality is being shown by Republican candidates especially for those brave individuals who are running for State Representative and State Senator.  For example Frank Apuzzo who is the Republican candidate for Wallingford State Representative has presented a clear and concise economic platform for voters.  His opponent the economically stale and in office for 34 years now Mary Mushinsky represents Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule economic fantasy of the state economy. Taxpayers serve Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule and have been for many years now.  A voter could argue with great validity that they are not better off from her first term in 1980 to today.  In fact many of those same voters and taxpayers she supposedly represents have moved out of Connecticut over the past 34 years.  The erosion of the state's economy has been happening for many years now and is not letting up.  Frank Apuzzo has the new economic ideas which are essential to prevent Connecticut from being ranked at the bottom number 50 out of 50 states in all economic categories.
On the State Senate side I wish I could vote for Republican candidate Len Suzio of Meriden running in the 13th Senatorial District.  Mr. Suzio has led by example in his previous term as State Senator and has been unyielding in his desire to repeal the irrational and deadly early prisoner release program.  I am curious if one of Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule family members were killed by an ex prisoner who came out of this early release program how fast the program would be eliminated?  Mr. Suzio has the economic and business experience to help develop legislation to get Connecticut's economy moving again.  He is also a great choice for voters in this district. 
Connecticut's two economic worlds could become one of economic hope on Tuesday November 4th by voting for the State Republican teams in this election-from Tim Herbst to Tom Foley-to Frank Apuzzo to Len Suzio.  Economic hope versus more economic stagnation and despair nurtured by Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule.  Which do you want on election day?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"What Does Governor Malloy’s Connecticut Look Like?” Read down for more…

My daughter recently received a political mailing by Connecticut Forward even though she no longer lives in Connecticut and has not voted here in Connecticut for years that states: “What Does Tom Foley’s Connecticut Look Like?  See Inside For More…”
It is interesting to note that Connecticut Forward according to this mailing states: “Our top five aggregate covered transfers were made by the Democratic Governors Association, AFT Solidarity, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Service Employees International  Union COPE, and Teamsters Local 1150.”  Thus one must assume union money went to produce the flyer.
Here is a more real view of Connecticut:
 "What Does Governor Malloy’s Connecticut Look Like?”  Read down for more…
In Dan Malloy’s State things are a bit different.
The Working Middle Class are under constant threat of losing their jobs and newer and higher taxes.

Law abiding citizens must register their guns and criminals under Malloy’s Early Release Program are allowed to roam free to commit more crimes with in some cases their illegal guns.

Higher education which is subsidized by state taxpayers is fast becoming unaffordable for state residents.

And those remaining working people pay one of the highest tax burdens in the country.

Democrat Dan Malloy has taken Connecticut the wrong way.

His economic policies and avoidance of the rules and laws in our state have driven it to the bottom tier in our country in many economic and business categories.   He and Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule have driven Connecticut to an economic wasteland.

This election matters-Get the facts on Governor Dan Malloy’s Connecticut.

Please Vote Republican on November 4th.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Why Is Connecticut An Economic Mess?

I have some thoughts as to why I feel along with many of my students and readers as to why Connecticut is an economic mess.  There has been a steady decline in many areas of our state economy for many years now.  Blame has been pointed from one politician to another.  In this 2014 election there is much economic irrational thought being presented by Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule as to how well the state’s economy is doing with mythical job creation, blaming the last Republican Administration for the deficit even though Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule has controlled both the House and Senate for years now and vetoed many pieces of a Republican Governor’s legislation to lower the debt and lastly the inability for Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule to follow the rules and laws that they have enacted for campaign financing.  Thus in October 2014 Connecticut continues to be an economic mess.
Taxes, job growth and job creation are interwoven parts of our economy.  When taxes become too high businesses must either cut costs to remain profitable and or relocate to a more tax and business friendly state.  We have seen this happening for years here in Connecticut directly due to a lack of checks and balances in our state government.  Those lucky businesses that remain here in Connecticut seem to be bullied into donating to the Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule various committees and fund raisers.  Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule then slams a successful businessman who apparently has not taken state aid and who is running for Governor on the Republican ticket.  Millionaires abound in Hartford’s and Washington’s Omnipotent One Party Rule yet the state Republican party continues to be vilified by having a successful businessman who is running for Governor on the Republican ticket.  Money, hard work, success and wealth is bad to Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule unless you are legally paying them off in the form of political contributions and other unknown and unpublished perks.  Thus in October 2014 Connecticut continues to be an economic mess.  To me it is a fraudulent government supported by those remaining taxpayers in Connecticut.
Connecticut has over $80 billion dollars in long term unfunded and funded liabilities.  Unfortunately a taxpayer is not able to obtain an answer from Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule as to the actual amount of the debt is nor what the plan is to pay it off.  I guess current taxpayers will not obtain an answer to this in their current lifetime.   Again to me this is economic chaos being nurtured by Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule.
Taxpayers get the bill for over $33 million dollars to support these same candidates running for office through the state's free campaign money law. This money supports these corrupted campaigns and elections.  Why?  Why can't we view this campaign finance reform program as a sham after the current Malloy anti-Foley mailing? 
Thus in October 2014 Connecticut continues to be an economic mess.  Its roots and origins can be blamed back to the first Governor Czar we had, Lowell Weicker who slammed down the throats of state taxpayers the economically draining state income tax back in 1991 which began the orgy of state spending that has not let up in 23 years.  In 2014 the state spends in excess of $21 billion dollars a year.  For what you may also ask?  We still have crime, we still have poverty, we still have high taxes, we still see our youth flee the state when they graduate, we still see people hungry, we still see a horrific highway, road and bridge system, we still have one of the highest costs of living in the country and we still have a corrupted state government system which enables this economic charade to continue.

Have you had enough?  Do you really want to continue Connecticut’s economic mess for yet another four years?  Why can’t we change the way political business is done in Connecticut?  Why can’t we give all the Republicans running for state office a vote and a chance to see if they can eliminate the economic mess that Connecticut is in 2014?  Or is it too late to save Connecticut from Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule?