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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.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

More Lies-More Taxes-Connecticut 2015

More lies equal more taxes.  Since the advent of the Connecticut state income tax back in 1991 as a cure all for all of Connecticut's budgetary woes, we have seen a constant increase in state taxes along with a constant increase in state spending and state employee salaries and benefits.  Unlike any economic model one could study in any economic class, the Connecticut model of higher state spending and higher state taxes just continues unabated for the past 24 years.  The Connecticut economic model for our state government is hereby defined as "More Lies Equals More Taxes".  I have defined it since I can not find in any textbook, class notes and or course curriculum that  I have ever used in 33 years of teaching Business and Economics classes a more economically irrational group of policies that the Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule has shoved down the throats of Connecticut's taxpayers in 2015.
It is just more lies equaling more taxes.
What about the Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule lie that there was no budget deficit during the campaign?
What about the Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule lie that tolls will be not considered in his second term?
What about the Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule lie about the largest tax increase in state's history back in 2011 was to get Connecticut back on track for a balanced budget?
What about the Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule lie about the State Constitution and its spending cap?
What about the Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule lie about the following the rules and laws of our State Constitution?
What about the Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule lie about the free money given to companies that like the Back 9 Network will in all economic reality will never be paid back?
More lies equal more taxes.  Laws do not apply to them.  Remember this-all of you who have to pay taxes in Connecticut.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Dannel Malloy And Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule Have Spoken! And It Is More Of The Same!

And it is more of the same.
Dannel Malloy's and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule new state budget for 2015.
And it is more of the same.
Protect the self interests of Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule.
Make up budget and tax projections that are economically unrealistic and show economic illiteracy.
Cut funding for the most vulnerable in our society including the elderly and disabled.
Increase taxes and postpone tax cuts for businesses.
Increase taxes and postpone tax cuts for those who work for a living.
Propose secret tolls for state roads.
Increase state spending for the politically connected in Hartford.
And it is more of the same.
Dannel Malloy's and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule new state budget for 2015.
And it is more of the same.
Nothing changes in our state government other than the number of businesses and taxpayers moving out of the state in 2015.
More state spending, more and higher taxes, more of the same.
The heck with a two year impending $3 billion dollar budget deficit.
The heck with $80 billion dollars of long term liabilities
And it is more of the same.
Lies by Dannel Malloy's and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule and their new state budget for 2015.
My college students in my Introduction to Microeconomics classes could do a better job in crafting a realistic state budget that addresses excessive state spending, excessive state taxation and the excessive cronyism of Hartford.
And it is more of the same.   Did we expect anything different?


Saturday, February 14, 2015

More Than $33 Million Dollars? In Connecticut's Government Money Can Not Be Spent Fast Enough For Bought Elections?

Connecticut reminds me in 2015 of an economic roller coaster.  I am waiting for the inevitable crash of the cars to come flying off the tracks and into the economic oblivion of never ending debt.  $33 Million dollars of state's taxpayers monies was used in the last election to basically reelect Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule back into unlimited, ruthless, economic power.  There is now a bill being introduced in Hartford to allow for public financing for four municipalities in Connecticut for local elections.  This law would shore up Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule in four cities here in Connecticut.  I will assume since I can not confirm it that the four cities would be Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, and Waterbury.  Thus the playing field for local elections will become more skewed in favor of Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule through the use of taxpayer's monies.
It is funny that from the 2014 State elections we never heard any more about Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule questionable state contribution of $200,000 to the State Senator Ted Kennedy Jr. campaign from this fund.  Or how about Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule when it used its federal account to pay for mailers supporting Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, effectively bypassing a ban on state contractor contributions in state elections.  I guess when it benefits Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule and Dannel Malloy there are no problems with the blatant disregard for the supposed Citizens Election Program.  What a farce and waste of taxpayers monies this program is.  Why not use the $33 Million dollars to pay down the state debt or maybe give our overtaxed state some tax relief?
But alas it is more of the same from Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule, this time skewing local election through this law to ensure one party rule forever in Connecticut.  Why is this occurring and why must state taxpayers foot the bill yet once again?  It is time to repeal this law today.  It is time to stop once again wasting taxpayers monies on incomprehensible omnipotent political rule.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The Connecticut Public Corruption Task Force To The Rescue


Somehow, somewhere corruption in Connecticut’s political system will end and we will have a legitimate election and government process.  Fantasy?  Hard to believe?  I know I am skeptical when I saw that there is now a Connecticut Public Corruption Task Force that has been formed.  It is a multi-agency, federal task force that has developed to help battle the never-ending corruption here in Connecticut.
As a way to protect the political corruption of Connecticut we are the only state in the nation that does not allow for an investigative grand jury to be used in a corruption case.  The investigative grand jury forces both testimony and evidence to be produced to help the prosecutor actually prosecute the corrupted issue he or she is trying to root out.  Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule in our State Legislature has prevented legislation from being passed over the years to allow this type of investigative grand jury from taking place.  Why?  Could it possibly be to protect the corrupted way of voting and governmental process?  Can we see any better example of current corruption with a special election taking place for State Senate in Bridgeport and amazingly enough over 800 Democratic absentee ballots that are dumped in their Registrars office this week?  Or how about an extension of voting hours in Hartford from the recent election or November?  Or possible four years ago with the Bridgeport election day debacle that helped seal the election for Dannel Malloy?  Or how about Earl O’Garro Jr. and his insurance fraud with Hartford? 
To me the list is endless-how five people will combat this will be amazing. 
The fraud continues unabated.  I wish this group well in their upcoming war with the corruption of Connecticut.
Connecticut taxpayers get to pay what I term the “fraud” taxes of Connecticut that help support our corrupted government and Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule in our State Legislature.   It is too bad that Hartford’s Omnipotent One Party Rule in our State Legislature does not have the guts to pass the laws needed to allow for this investigative grand jury to take place.  But they will pass hundreds of meaningless, micromanaged types of laws that will control and limit your freedoms even more in our state while allowing for their own unlimited freedom, lawlessness and corruption to continue ad infinitum (to infinity).

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Plan Versus $80 Billion Dollars Plus

Since we still do not have an economic plan to balance the state budget from Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule except to cut funding to those who are most vulnerable in our economy, we can only view the free money given to the start up Back 9 Golf Network and other companies here in Connecticut.
Apparently since there is no word on the economic plan either to cut spending or how high taxes are going to be raised from Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule, it is time to try to understand the free money that has been given to businesses to either relocate in the state and or move to the state.  For example the money given to Back9 Golf Network,  the $20 millions dollars to USB, the money given to Cowles Company to move from New Haven to North Haven, or better yet the $260 million dollars that the state's Department of Economic and Community Development spends basically unchecked and unquestioned.  Is this really economically productive?
I find it amazing that we never hear about the amount of money that has been written off by the  Department of Economic and Community Development or any other state agency when a business or group is given free state taxpayer's monies and is no longer operational.  I am curious as to how much money has been wasted in the past four years plus of Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule.  And more importantly why we can not get answers to this question as taxpayers.
Hartford's bureaucracy protects Hartford's bureaucracy.  There is no transparency, no answers to the economic issues in the state and no truths emanating from Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule.
So there is no plan for a balanced budget nor figuring out how to pay down Connecticut's $80 billion dollars in long term debt.  $5 million dollars here, $5 million dollars really does not buy much any more for Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule except to cut funding to those who are most vulnerable in our economy.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Harsh Malloy Cuts Round II

Here they come Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule and Dannel Malloy's cuts to the state budget.  How about more cuts to social service programs that help disabled Connecticut citizens?  That is the essence of these cuts.  In showing their strength and fears of taxpayers backlash,  Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule and Dannel Malloy are now running scared.  For the first four years of Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule and Dannel Malloy rule there was no budgetary discussions with the Republican party.  Now all of sudden Malloy wishes to talk?  Why?  It is because the unchecked non stop state spending from the past four years and the largest tax increase in state's history has done nothing to stop the constant flow of red ink in Hartford?  Is it because of all of the taxpayer dollar scandals that Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule and Dannel Malloy have been involved in are now starting to unravel?  And is all of that free taxpayer's monies that was given to the politically connected now gone?  Many questions however as usual no answers to Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule and Dannel Malloy's misguided and inept economic policies that have entrapped our state for four plus years now.  More to come.
As far as the budget cuts are concerned there is no mention of a rescinding of pay cuts for Commissioners and staff that were enacted by decree last month.  There is no mention of eliminating full pensions after three years of service to the state for state judges.  There is no mention of the free giveaway of state taxpayer's monies to entice companies already located in the state to move from one town to another in the state on the false promise of new job formation.  There is no mention of the amount of companies here in Connecticut that already have gotten that free money and are no longer in business and no longer employing any employees.  Why is that?  Because of all of the economic and political corruption that Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule and Dannel Malloy have created in Connecticut?
Connecticut's Founding Fathers must be turning in their graves to the see the current condition of our state.  Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule and Dannel Malloy continue on a day-today basis show their complete disregard for taxpayers and their only concerns to their powerful political machine.  I truly feel sorry for those disabled and taxpayers here in Connecticut.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

What Is The Point? I Could Write About?

I do not know what is the point?
I could write more about the Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule continuing, never-ending budget deficits.  These are the same deficits that did not exist during the campaign according to Dannel Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule.
I do not know what is the point?
I could write more as the deficits continuing to climb while tax revenues especially for Connecticut's secret 8.1% gross earnings tax on gasoline collapse.  And at the federal level our economically challenged  Junior Senator Murphy wants a higher federal gas tax for highways.  I just wonder where all the money went from all of the gas taxes paid at the state and federal levels?  And we have a horrific highway system especially here in Connecticut.
I do not know what is the point?
I could write about all of the unfunded mandates here in Connecticut that place our towns and cities into economic stress.  For example in Wallingford an unfunded $20 million upgrade to the wastewater treatments plant to process new stormwater treatment requirements.  Who is going to pay for that-taxpayers of course.
I do not know what is the point?
I could write about a lot of things.  I do not know what is the point?  Especially living in an age where our political system has developed into a privileged class exempt from rules and laws and allowed to become rich at the taxpayer's expense all the while blasting those who work hard and are productive in our economy.  And then asking for their political donations to keep them in power ad infintum (to infinity).  Ironic isn't it? But then again isn't that the point?