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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.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

July 1 In Connecticut-More Taxes, More Spending, More Businesses Moving Out, More Taxpyers Moving Out

Happy July Connecticut.  It is a happy day for the Connecticut Democrats.
However it is not happy for those work in Connecticut, own businesses in Connecticut and pay taxes in Connecticut.
It is a happy day for the Connecticut Democrats and Connecticut State Unions as they were able to eliminate all debate, all opposition and all legal challenges to the second highest tax increase in Connecticut's history.  The highest tax increase was just four years ago that was supposed to solve all of Connecticut's fiscal problems.  It is a happy day for the Connecticut Democrats as laws and the state constitution were completely disregarded in forming a $40 billion dollar two year state budget that increases spending, increases taxes and increases long term state debt to massive proportions.  It is a happy day for the Connecticut Democrats as they have been able to eliminate any opposition to the full implementation of a total one party rule here in Connecticut.
No debate on $40 billion dollars of spending.
No debate on new and higher taxes.
No debate from Republicans in the House and Senate who were elected representing over 40% plus of the state's population.
No debate on the elimination of a voter passed state constitution spending cap.
No debate-just Hartford's Omnipotent One Party in action and annihilation of any and all opposition to their rogue and lawless ways.
Happy July Connecticut.  It is a happy day for the Connecticut Democrats.
They have created a new form of socialism.  Connecticut Taxpayers will now work to infinity for Connecticut Democrats.  Sickening isn't it?

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Connecticut's Budget Process

Let me try to understand Connecticut's budget process.  First a budget is presented that is out of balance.  The budget then has money taken off budget and placed somewhere else to avoid the mandated state constitutional spending cap.  Then taxes increase and the Connecticut Democrat Party states that the budget is a victory for the working middle class even though your taxes have increased again.  Debate on a $40 billion dollar budget is limited to less than four hours.  The minority Republican Party is not allowed in the budget talks even though they represent over 40% of the population of Connecticut.  The budget is signed even though there is a massive deficit forthcoming, taxes increase yet again and state spending increases yet again. 
It is a simple process whereby the Connecticut Democrat Party eliminates all opposition, all debate and all democracy out of the budget process.  It is a simple process that Connecticut Democrat Party places itself above any state laws, any state constitution and any questioning of their supreme Omnipotent One Party Rule.  Taxpayers can no longer question anything that Connecticut Democrat Party does in Connecticut. 
The Connecticut Democrat Party is the unchecked cancer that has infected and is economically ruining Connecticut.
It is a simple process to eliminate opposition here in Connecticut.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Taxation Without Representation Brought To You By Connecticut's Democrat Party

Many years ago our state was part of a group of colonists who had enough of taxation without representation from England and decided to declare their freedom so that they could have freedom at that time.  In 2015 the Democrat Party of Connecticut has decided that Connecticut taxpayers will also have taxation without representation as represented by an economically unsustainable and irrational budget they passed with no debate nor input from a governing minority party nor from the taxpaying public.
Middle class tax relief we are led to believe under this taxation without representation is in the form of yet even newer and higher taxes for Connecticut taxpayers.  A mere $2 Billion dollars more in taxes.  A Constitutional Spending Cap law is ignored and ridiculed by the Democrat Party of Connecticut under the guise of their own personal distaste for the rule of law. 
$85,000 plus benefits for a Democrat Party of Connecticut “Financial Literacy” position?  The Democrat Party of Connecticut hands out 12% binding pay increases for their politically connected?  The list is endless of the waste and fraud that goes on in Hartford-Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule of the Democrat Party of Connecticut.
Taxpayers work for the Democrat Party of Connecticut-they have successfully recreated taxation without representation in 2015. 

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Connecticut Has Died A Slow Economic Death Today - May It Rest In Peace

And here we go again.
Middle class tax relief in the form of much new and higher taxes.
Only in Connecticut brought to you by Connecticut's Democrat Party.
The same party that brought you the highest tax increase in Connecticut's history a mere four years ago that was supposed to balance the budget and get Connecticut working again.
Now it brings you the second highest tax increase in  Connecticut's history a mere four years later that again is supposed to balance the budget and get Connecticut working again.

Instead Connecticut is now on an even more dangerous path of even more taxpayers and businesses moving out of the state due to this irresponsible tax and spending increase that has completely ignored the Constitutional Spending Cap.  This law does not exist in the Connecticut's Democrat Party.  Nor does any economic reasoning nor any restraint exist in the Connecticut's Democrat Party.

Sadly Connecticut has seen much better days.  We can see now a state government and legislature whose only concern are themselves and their power.  Connecticut has died a slow economic death today. Connecticut's Socialism is now complete from the passage of this budget.  May Connecticut rest in peace.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Connecticut Democrats Call For More Taxes-Connecticut Democrats Own Connecticut's Economic Decline Fully

Connecticut Democrats want and will get more, new and higher taxes.
Connecticut Democrats want and will get more, new and higher spending.
Connecticut Democrats want and will get more, new and higher taxes.
Connecticut Democrats want and will get more, new and higher spending.

Connecticut Democrats can not wait to start taxing outpatient surgical centers at 6%.  Connecticut Democrats want and will get this tax and spin it as middle class tax relief.
Connecticut Democrats want and will get an elimination on the clothing and footwear exemption and thus be able to charge sales tax on all clothes and shoes in the state regardless of its cost.  Connecticut Democrats want and will get this tax and spin it as middle class tax relief.
Connecticut Democrats want and will get an increase in the special sales tax rate on data processing services from 1 to 3 percent.  Connecticut Democrats want and will get this tax and spin it as middle class tax relief.
Connecticut Democrats want and will get new top marginal rates on the income tax from single taxpayers earning in excess of $500,000 per year or married couples earning in excess of $1 million.
Connecticut Democrats want and will get this tax and spin it as middle class tax relief.
Connecticut Democrats want and will get more taxes by reducing the credit households can claim to offset their local property tax payments from $300 to $200. Connecticut Democrats want and will get this tax and spin it as middle class tax relief.

Connecticut taxpayers are really being punished by this new Connecticut Democrats tax and spend budget-Connecticut Democrats spin this all as great for Connecticut.  It is great for Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule to continue their rule-unyielding in the economic turmoil they are creating for anyone who works in Connecticut.  Connecticut Democrats continue their economic lies.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Connecticut's Taxpayer Funded Democrat Scandal

Connecticut's taxpayers in my opinion are disrespected on a daily basis by our government.  Connecticut's taxpayers work for government through the massive transfer of monetary income and wealth to our state government through an incredible amount of taxes and fees that are paid to Hartford.  Hartford in turn spends it any way they like with no consequences for their actions.
Connecticut's taxpayers are now funding the new Democrat scandal in Hartford in the loophole driven Citizens Election Funding program that allows for state taxpayers to help pay for the funding of state wide elections.  Over ten years and over $80  million dollars of Connecticut's taxpayers monies has been paid out in an effort to supposedly eliminate special interests in state elections.  The result to Connecticut's taxpayers is the same one party rule that we have had over the past ten years and little change in special interests influencing state elections.
NBC News Connecticut actually did an investigative piece on where the Democrat candidates are spending their Connecticut's taxpayers money from this program.  Their results should not surprise any Connecticut's taxpayers.  From their report http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/troubleshooters/Majority-of-Taxpayer-Funded-Campaign-Cash-Goes-to-Connected-Few-304644521.html
"Out of the money spent, roughly 50-percent of all Democratic House and Senate candidates spent their taxpayer-funded grant money with only four consulting firms: CCM & Company out of West Hartford, a partnership between the Vinci Group and Farina Consulting in Manchester, DNA campaigns out of New Haven, and Berlin Rosen, from New York City.
CCM & Company is operated by Christian Murray, who first started working for the Democratic House Caucus in 1998 designing direct-mail pieces. As the preferred vendor for House Democrats in 2014, he took in nearly $1 million by consulting for 71 campaigns, 64 of them in the House.
Murray says the task of managing all those campaigns is all in the planning. He argues direct mail is the only way to guarantee a candidates message gets to their targeted audience. He says the great majority of the $935,000 his company was paid went to printing, production and postage.
The second highest paid vendor in 2014 was a company owned by now former state representative Geoff Luxenberg, who chose not to seek re-election in 2014 to allow his wife Kelly to run and win the seat.
While a sitting legislator, Luxenberg’s Vinci Group, in partnership with Farina Consulting, took in more than $800,000, mostly legislative races.
Luxenberg isn’t the only office holder or family member of a sitting legislator to be paid hundreds of thousands of dollars off the system. Greg Gerratana and his wife Jessica have received more than $1 million worth of business since the program was implemented in 2008.
They are the son and daughter-in-law of State Sen. Terry Gerratana.
Greg Gerratana partnered with Christian Murray in 2012, earning more than $430,000.
This year, his wife Jessica’s company, Total Graphic Solutions, took in more than $250,000.
The company was paid nearly $700,000 from statewide and legislative races in 2010.
Luxenberg, the Gerratanas, Democratic House and Caucus leadership all declined to speak on the record."
We could argue that as Connecticut taxpayers we have again been stolen from and lied to by our state government.  We could argue that as Connecticut taxpayers over $80 million dollars of our money could have gone to better use.  But we can not argue that as Connecticut taxpayers because we have no say in our state government any more.  State government and in particular Hartford's Democrats seek any advantage and every opportunity to legally steal from Connecticut taxpayers.  The Connecticut taxpayers financing of this new scandal is yet another example of a stale and corrupted state government that works for a connected few.  Not in any way for Connecticut taxpayers.  It is time to repeal this law.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Connecticut's New Economic Language

Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule have created their own language in Connecticut.  It may be difficult for the remaining taxpayers in the state to understand these new definitions to words thus I wish to clarify them for my readers.
Budget Deficit-A concept that does not exist in Connecticut during reelections of candidates led by Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule, for example their were no budget deficits during the campaign but a $200 million dollar budget deficit after the election.  However the budget deficit does not exist due to most line items in the budget are taken off to show a surplus.
Budget Surplus-Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule always have budget surpluses by taking spending off the budget and placing it in an unknown area.  For example state pension liabilities are off budget.
Senior Executive Assistant For Financial Literacy-Is a political position that needs no background or work experience in business, finance or economics or obviously financial literacy.  Democratic state Treasurer Denise Nappier needs this assistant to help create financial literacy in Connecticut.  The qualifications for the job which is not a posted exam position for state employment are that you run for State Senate as a Democrat, lose and then get paid $85,000 plus benefits of state taxpayer's monies for the job.
Funding for State Pensions-Are a fascinating look at progressive Democrat economic thought in Connecticut.  Chronic underfunding base upon wild, Utopian investment returns is how it is funded.  Connecticut has the highest pensions in the country and rank 49th in funding for them.  Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule believe that they are funded adequately.
Long Term Unfunded Liabilities-Basically do not exist in Connecticut.  This $80 billion dollars of long term unfunded liabilities should be dealt with by future elected officials and are of course the fault of the minority Connecticut Republican party.  You just keep borrowing to fund them.
Mandatory Constitutional Spending Cap-Is a hindrance to Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule chronic spending.  This cap that was enacted through voters is a useless law that has, should be and will be ignored by Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule. 
State Income Tax-Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule use this tax to penalize those remaining people who work here in Connecticut to help protect their ruling and elite political machines by giving them jobs and subsidies.  It helps to create their constant spending.
Ranking Last In Most Economic Categories-Is misleading to Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule because we have turned a corner to economic prosperity and growth according to their rhetoric.  Ranking last means to them a need for even more spending and new and higher taxes for Connecticut. 
I hope you are more informed on the new economic language of Connecticut.  It is sad but true that Connecticut has no financial literacy in Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule current regime.