Sunday, February 07, 2016

Malloy's Brave New World


Connecticut’s sometime Governor Dan Malloy manipulates his office well.  In his new re branding as an austerity minded, fiscal conservative Governor in his latest State of the State speech he energized the Republican party and got his Democrat party upset.  Apparently if taxpayers are to believe him they will see a dawn of fiscal conservatism never felt in the state before.  And only he as Governor given full fiscal power can address the massive budget deficits that seem to continue and that he has created since he has taken office.
Taxpayers may wondering some of the following thoughts:
Where were the Republicans during the last four years of budget negotiations-were they not allowed to negotiate by the Democrats?
Hasn’t all budget debate been cut off by the Democrats in both the House and Senate every year?
What happened to roughly $5 billion dollars of tax increases that Malloy has created, the same tax increases that were supposed to balance the budget?
What happened to GE?
Why does Connecticut continue to have a net migration out of the state each year since Malloy has taken office?
For some media members to declare that Malloy has taken changed the political dynamics in state is absurd.  Malloy and Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule continue to care less about state taxpayers.  Their concern is to continue the political patronage system that allows them to reward member of the Democrat party in high paying positions with massive salaries, pensions and benefits.  Was there any mention of cutting Judges pensions of $100,000 a year?  Was there any mention of an across the board pay cut for all state commissioners?  Was there any talks of cutting back the massive amounts of bonding that takes place yearly for political pet projects?  Of course not.  But there will be cuts to those physically and mentally disabled because that can hurt the most and get the most political press.
Thus it is more of the same, I am sure after months of supposed negotiations nothing will happen, taxes will be raised and somehow the Republicans will continue to condemned as obstructionists by all even though they are the minority party who are not allowed to represent the people who voted them into office.
More of the same, Malloy is a political chameleon whose only concern is his political career and reward.  It is too late to change the debacle created by him and his party.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Connecticut's Budget Cuts-Make Them Hurt

Here it comes.  Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule budget cuts.  The cuts are apparently going to hurt.  Hurt probably those that need the help the most.  And that is the way that the Connecticut Democrat Party looks at those budget cuts.
The budget cuts I am sure will protect those upper level salaried Managers/Commissioners and the benefits/pensions they will receive forever after they leave work.
All this after our Governor lied to get reelected and tell us that there was no budget deficit.  But Connecticut is entrapped with massive budget deficits and long-term debt.  Our elected officials can’t even agree upon the debt amount.  It is more of the lies of Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule at work.
Wouldn’t it be helpful if all state Managers/Commissioners take a pay cut to show they have some “skin” in the game they profit from?  Or end the massive amount of political patronage jobs that roll on year in and year out?  Possibly not giving Judges full pensions after three years of work?  The list can be endless in cuts in the never-ending spoils system that our state government operates under.
But we know it will not happen under the Malloy regime. 
Budget cuts-make sure you hurt those that need the help the most.  Make your political point that the Connecticut Democrat Party is in charge and rules with an iron hand.  To me it is what Socialism is all about-Connecticut Democrats Socialism in 2016.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

What Does Connecticut Do Now? Welcome To The New Connecticut.

What does Connecticut do now?
Population loss.
Excessive and high local and state taxes.
Budget deficits, low reserves and massive long term debt.
Years of one party rule.
Welcome to the new Connecticut.
Pretty much the same as the old Connecticut for the past twenty six years.
Since the Weicker Administrations State Income Tax,  the state budget, state spending, budget deficits, state taxes of all sorts, long term debt, state employee salaries, state employee benefits/pensions, state management salaries, state management benefits/pensions have grown dramatically with really no end in sight.  State government employment is a tool for political favors and political patronage.  If you are incompetent but are a Democrat you can be a State Commissioner.  If you have no experience in a particular field but are a Democrat you can have a high paying job in state government without any testing or experience.  Thus if you are a Connecticut Democrat and have political connections you are in.  It is simple as that.
It has contributed to the economic turmoil that continues in the state unabated.
It has contributed to the mass migration out of Connecticut.
Thus what does Connecticut do now?
If you are a Connecticut Democrat-nothing your reward is the current corrupted spoils system.
And really nothing can change that in the foreseeable future.
Connecticut Democrats continue to lie to taxpayers.  They can twist any situation to their political advantage with no ethics or morals involved.  The state media is worthless as it just puppets what the Connecticut Democrats want them to say.
What does Connecticut do now?
Welcome to the new Connecticut.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Good Bye Connecticut Business

Good bye Connecticut Business.
It was nice working for you.
It was nice that you paid some of the highest state and local taxes in the country while you were here.
It was nice that you employed a great number of Connecticut citizens.
It was nice that you kept your property up and well maintained.
It was nice that you helped support an excessively expensive workers compensation system while you were here.
It was nice that you paid some of the highest fuel taxes in the country trying to ship your goods while you were here.
It was nice that you supported many charitable organizations while you were here.
Good bye Connecticut Business.

Hello to the new Connecticut, a Connecticut clearly defined by class structure.
Hello to the remaining working middle class that pays some of the highest state and local taxes in the country to support the new Connecticut.
Hello to the continuous welfare ruling class now edging into fourth and fifth generation of governmental dependency.
Hello to the  public sector union ruling class with benefits and salaries not seen in the private sector and who dictate what taxpayers can and can not have.
Hello to the political elite ruling class that can dictate irrational policies, may lie to the taxpayers without any fear of reprisal and who dictate what taxpayers can and can not have.
Hello to the new Connecticut, a Connecticut clearly defined by class structure.

I think Connecticut is now clearly defined by class structure. 
The remaining working middle class are the new slaves and serfs to the new Connecticut ruling elite its public sector unions and a corrupt omnipotent one party rule in Hartford.  The borders of Connecticut have yet been sealed off but now will be taxed.  Escape may not be possible any more.
Good bye Connecticut it was nice knowing you.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Connecticut's Inefficient Department of Motor Vehicles-Time For A Change

Bridgeport State Senator Andres Ayala of Latin decent was appointed back in December 2014 as the new Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner.  Commissioner positions here in Connecticut are political appointments giving high paying and massive pension/benefit jobs to those who are part of an elite Democrat circle.  Dan Malloy was smart in this appointment as Ayala helped bring the vote to the Connecticut Democrat Machine so that Malloy was reelected and made Malloy look good by appointing his first "Latin" Commissioner.  Ayala refused an Administrative position in the DMV during Malloy's first term.  Malloy wanted also a "minority" DMV Commissioner as he desires to ram through legal drivers licenses for illegal Connecticut immigrants.  Ayala was a social-studies teacher who was the president of the Bridgeport City Council before winning three terms in the House and two in the Senate before this position.  I see nothing in his resume that shows he has experience in managing a motor vehicles facility of any sort.
In an effort to "modernize" the DMV with taxpayers monies the DMV shut down for a week August 11 to install a new computer system that will allow residents to conduct more business online, however when the department reopened August 15, customers encountered long lines at all 19 DMV locations, including wait times as long as five to seven hours and in some cases even longer.  The private company doing the upgrade messed up the DMV website by registering the wrong domain name which also helped the chaos.  The mess continues today as now cars that have been legally registered were thrown out of the system as their property tax bill was not paid in one installment, thus causing legally Connecticut registered vehicles to have their registrations wrongly revoked.  Also if you changed your auto insurance company, your registration was also invalidated and thus you had to prove to DMV you had insurance (even though you did and this was never an issue in the past except now with this new system).  The mess seems never ending for law abiding Connecticut drivers.
This upgrade cost taxpayers $26 million dollars and was developed by 3M Corporation.  It has been in use in several other states.  However there are massive issues in Kansas.  Major problems that have been apparently overlooked by the DMV.    "Kansas has still not completed its modernization six years after purchasing the 3M software. A state audit says the system was beset with incomplete data, disconnections, and speed issues in the months following the introduction of the new registration system."
Republican Deputy Minority Leader State Senator Toni Boucher summed up the monumental issues of this DMV debacle:
"After 5 months of failures at the CT DMV Governor Malloy has finally acknowledged that there is a problem.
So far as the CT DMV has tried to implement their new $25 million computer system…
  • Wait times tripled
  • It takes 3 months to schedule a driver’s test.
  • Cars are getting unregistered due to backlog.
  • Cars are getting unregistered due to tax communication errors.
  • Vehicles are held hostage for fees due to errors.
  • Private insurance agents are being blamed for DMV failures.
  • The CT DMV predicts more issues with re-registering vehicles that have been unregistered for a period of time.
  • Hours and sometimes days of residents time is being wasted to fix these issues
The majority party has just now agreed that an investigation of the CT DMV should take place and they have joined me and other Republican legislators in calling for an audit of the CT DMV. However, I will continue to work to ensure the audit focuses on the implementation of this software and of the 3M Company that has failed before.
It is inconceivable that the CT DMV did not perform due diligence in vetting this vendor that oversaw a massive failure in overhauling the Kansas DMV. A review of the previous projects this company had performed should have been done prior to selection and implementation of their program, not after they may have caused so many problems for Connecticut residents. Seeing how many issues the State of Kansas faced in contracting with this firm, what had changed that CT DMV felt it prudent to enter into a contract with them."

In my opinion the DMV Commissioner needs to resign.  In private industry he would have been fired by now for not developing any type of solutions to these irrational and time consuming problems that have been created by this waste of $26 million of dollars of taxpayers monies for this new and unproven computer system.  Connecticut really needs a change from the same old tired political patronage system that continues to bring the state to its knees economically.  The Connecticut Democrat Party is the economic cancer that has stripped the state of its economic vibrancy.  These issues with the DMV should never have occurred with proper planning and research on new computer systems.  I wonder how much was donated politically for the contract to be accepted and what was the actual bidding process for it?  That information I can not find.
Oh well what is $26 million dollars of taxpayer's monies anyways. when you are a Connecticut Democrat.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

What Will 2016 Bring?

I do not know, what will 2016 bring?
We have many economic and political issues that are troubling on both a state and national level.
We have massive amounts of unfunded long term debt in the State of Connecticut-anywhere from $60 to $80 billion dollars.  What is the plan to pay it off?
We have massive amounts of unfunded long term debt at the Federal level-anywhere from $19 to $50 trillion dollars.  What is the plan to pay it off?
We have a crisis in leadership at both in Hartford and Washington.  What are our elected leaders priorities?  In Connecticut, Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule seems to be focused on eliminating the working middle class through massive taxes and economic stagnation.  In Washington our current President has embarked on ramming down the throats of Americans a failing socialistic nightmare of ineffective and unwarranted federal laws and mandated programs that eliminate personal freedoms, increase the debt and further slam the working middle class into economic oblivion.  His foreign policy is incoherent and in my opinion has placed us on the verge of World War III due to its eight year apology tour of rhetoric and lies.
Are we better off than in 2008?  Are we better off than in 2010?  Are we better off than in 2012?  Are we better off than in 2014?  This has been a brutal eight years for those citizens of our state and nation who work for a living and pay taxes.  Can we survive in 2016?
I do not know, what will 2016 bring?  Up to this November more of the same - more lies, more taxes, more incoherent and costly federal and state laws, more slamming of the working middle class, more supposedly legal political donations in the hands of the ruling political elite.  More, more, more.
I do not know, what will 2016 bring?
Happy New Year from Swick Speak.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Saturday's Random Political-Economic Thoughts

Maybe the Democratic Party Presidential Debates could be held in a secret location, recorded and then played from 2 am to 4 am on a Wednesday morning?   If I was a registered Democrat I would be both insulted and afraid by the candidates running. 
What happen to leadership in both political parties on a National level?   With the exceptions of Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Jeff Sessions in the Republican Party and Representative Jim Cooper in the Democrat Party both parties in my opinion have been bought off by special interest groups.  The latest budget deal is an atrocious economic quagmire of massive spending on laws that do not work and funds pork, pork and more pork.  The working middle class of America were definitely boxed out in this budget.
The National Debt should break $19 Trillion Dollars in a few months with this new spending.  It has merely doubled under the Obama Administration.  No big deal as each taxpayer could one day be forced to pay a National Debt Tax of $150,000 per person.  It could replicate becoming owned by our government in a forced working situation in a never ending spiral of debt and keep upper mobility of classes limited as the poor would not be able to pay it, thus be exempt from it, the rich would pay it off quickly and work to get loopholes passed to avoid it and thus the burden would be solely bore by the working middle class again.
Needless to say cutting spending and unnecessary programs falls on deaf ears.  It will once again become a major economic issue in the short term as interest rates rise and terrorism increases in our country.

And by the way-Happy Holidays!