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

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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.

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?


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Skeptical-The Malloy Plan-More Taxes, New Tolls, More Taken Off Budget and Hidden From Taxpayers View

Skeptical.  Would Tom Foley have made a better Governor than Danell Malloy?  I am certain he would have.  I am skeptical of the Malloy "Plan" that Mrs. Malloy alluded to in her recent attack on Tom Foley.
I am skeptical of the Malloy "Plan" as we still have not seen a coherent "Plan" which addresses a new $1.2 billion dollar budget deficit and $80 billion dollars plus of long term unfunded liabilities.  The Malloy "Plan" along with Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule decrees will include in my economic opinion more and new taxes, the introduction of tolls again on our road system (which is supposedly supported by one of the highest gas taxes in the country) and more money being taken off line and off budget and hidden from taxpayers view.
Taxpayers are skeptical after they were told by Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule that there was no budget deficit during the campaign.  When the lies and the election was won through the help of manipulations of extended voting in Hartford two positions were quickly implemented by Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule; that we now have a massive budget deficit and we need to give raises to the most politically connected in Hartford or we will somehow lose their expert guidance in running our state to economic oblivion. 
Thus the skepticism continues as the lies mount with the Malloy "Plan" along with Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule.  We have a continuing never ending economic crisis in Connecticut that is fueled by excessive and corrupted state spending by Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule.  And it will still not be addressed in 2015.
Skeptical.  What Connecticut is from the Malloy "Plan" along with Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule and their lies.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Hartford's Spoils System Continues Unchecked

From my last post on 12/27/14 I mentioned the enormous raises that Dannel Malloy is giving a small minority of his political inner circle using taxpayers monies.  In a year of supposed fiscal restraint who cares about this $1.4 million dollars of taxpayers monies other than the taxpayers whose pockets it is taken out of.  I am curious as to how Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule can justify these raises under the constitutionally mandated spending cap?  Is this going to another example like the $3 billion dollars of taxpayer funded monies for Medicaid that was taken amazingly enough off budget and out of the general fund?  In 2015 where is this $3 billion dollars coming from?  In economic reality this is a large percentage of the state budget that is no longer accounted for and gets shoved down into the excessive long term unfunded liabilities that Connecticut has to the tune of $80 billion dollars or more.
Connecticut under Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule has become a utopia of a legal in their own mind spoils system.  Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule will continue unabated their redistribution of taxpayers monies from those in need and from essential services to their elitists spoils system of the politically connected who dominate, destroy and corrupt Connecticut. 
Hartford's spoils system continues unchecked, maybe this year Republicans in the state legislature will have the guts to stand up and question this economic waste that is called state government.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

2015-The Year Of Higher Salaries For Connecticut Commissioners 2015-The Year Of More Fiscal Mismanagement

2015 is around the corner.  I wrote about many different ways that Connecticut and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule have misappropriated money, lost money and in general did a rather poor job in spending taxpayers monies.  Their reward was reelection in most cases.  Thus we as taxpayers are going to have a very rough four years with again higher taxes, more long and short term debt, more nepotism, corruption and more fiscal mismanagement.
One must also view that this debt, nepotism, corruption and fiscal mismanagement has been rewarded by Dannel Malloy through an excessive $1.4 million dollar pay increase averaging 3% to 12% for 200 of his political appointees and other constitutional officers.  Taxpayers must now understand that fiscal mismanagement in the form of a (pick a number) $1 billion dollar budget deficit coupled with (pick a number) $80 billion dollar long term debt is rewarded with a $1.4 million dollar pay increase for political cronies.  Did you get a 12% pay increase last year? Thus it really looks like four more years of the same force fed garbage for Connecticut's overworked taxpayers.
To me there seems really to be a rampant disregard for any economic logic here in Connecticut.  Politics rules our state economy and taxpayers are powerless to do anything about it.  What is the purpose of any spending constitutional laws if they are going to be disregarded by Malloy and Hartford's Omnipotent One Party Rule?  What are the rights of taxpayers?  Are there any?
2015 will continue to be brutal for Connecticut's economy and taxpayers.  Taxpayers especially those who are working several jobs will be asked to pay more to support the waste and fraud that permeates every aspect of Connecticut's government.  Get use to it.  Those in power will continue to benefit at our expense.

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.