Swick Speak

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

My Photo
Name:
Location: Wallingford, Connecticut, United States

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.

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.



Friday, July 04, 2014

238 Years Of Freedom July 4, 1776 - July 4, 2014


IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated  Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

— John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

What Doesn't Mr. Malloy Not Understand?

What doesn't Mr. Malloy understand?
Does he understand free market economics?
Does he understand higher taxes lead to less economic growth?
Does he understand higher taxes lead to even more state governmental spending?
Does he understand higher taxes lead to less consumer spending and investments?
Does he understand that corporate welfare is paid for by Connecticut taxpayers?
Does he understand that excessive state governmental debt erodes the states economy?
Does he understand that Connecticut continues not to create any new jobs or replace the ones that were lost since he took office?
Does he understand that excessive costs of doing business in Connecticut lead businesses to relocate out of the state?
What doesn't Mr. Malloy understand?
I truly wonder if he has any idea the economic damage that his policies and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule have done to Connecticut?
And on this economic record Mr. Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule run for reelection this November.
And on this economic record Mr. Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule apparently see fit that they should be reelected?
I know if a Republican Governor and Republican controlled Legislature were to run on this type of economic record they would be laughed out of office.
Who is laughing now?  I'm not and I am sure you are not either.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

#46 And Dropping

Worse.
Getting worse.
You would never realize that with the current state campaign for higher office going on here in Connecticut.
A new CNBC article discusses the five worst states for business in our country.
http://www.cnbc.com/id/101769584
And ranked at #46 (and to me falling) is Connecticut.  How can that be?  I thought we lived in an Utopian Liberals Dreamland?
Connecticut has the fourth highest costs in doing business in our country.  Connecticut has the third highest cost of living in the country.  Connecticut has the second worse economy in the country.  These spectacular numbers lead Connecticut to be ranked #46 in the country for business.
I was wondering if Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule understands the implications of what they have created in our state.  A state that is fast becoming an economic wasteland of lost opportunity and resources.
Will anyone running for state office discuss what they are proposing to do to improve the economy?
Will anyone running for state office discuss what they are proposing to do with our high tax rates?
Will anyone running for state office discuss what they are proposing to do to pay off the $100 billion plus of unfunded liabilities that the state has?
Will anyone running for state office discuss what they are proposing to do to keep violent criminals off our streets?
Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule has really no answers any more.  Their tried and true tactics of more spending, new and much higher taxes, corporate welfare have failed on a day-to-day basis in Connecticut for too many years now.
Worse.
Getting worse.
#46 and dropping.
That is the true record that Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule is running on this November.