Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Redistrict, How About Balance and A Real Two Party System For Connecticut?

I vaguely remember a two party system in Connecticut. Many years ago. When there was an actual two party system representing taxpayers and voters here in Connecticut.
Those days are long gone with one party rule by the Democrats at a state and national level here in Connecticut. And we can see the results in our state with a poorly run and bloated state government along with a group of up and coming non productive, economically illiterate, millionaires representing us in Congress.
Thus the debate now shifts to preserving this one party rule by the redistricting maps being shown to a skeptical public. I am skeptical as why would the Democrats give up a chance to continue one party rule and be able to anoint the next Congressional millionaire/billionaire to represent themselves and their special interests which have given them power (like Chris Donovan). The voter and taxpayer are left out of this decision on who represents them. We really do not have any representation on a state or national level in Connecticut and redistricting again proves it.
Again more and more businesses and taxpayers will vote with their feet and leave the one party dictatorship called Connecticut. Redistricting is just another example of the total lack of respect shown to the voters of Connecticut.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Poor State Government

Do we have good state government? Do we have one of the highest tax rates in the country? Do we have one of the highest electric rates in the country? Do we have a poor road system in the state which can not be fixed due to a lack of funds? Do we have one of the highest workers compensation rates in the country? Do we have one of the highest unemployment payment taxes in the country for employers? Do we have one of the highest levels of corporate welfarism in the country? Do we have one of the highest unfunded liabilities for pensions in the country?
At what point do we state as taxpayers we have had enough?
At what point do we state as taxpayers that we have a poor government in Hartford? And that nothing can be done about it?

Poor state government that is Connecticut. 2012 can not come soon enough.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Occupy A Job! And Other Thoughts

Some random thoughts:
How about occupying a job and being productive in life?
How about the rights of taxpayers?
How about a massive cut in federal spending and no tax increases?
How about the taxpayers who pay to use I-84 Entrance Ramp and were not allowed to use it yesterday-they do not have rights?
How about the irony in the Mayor of New Britain wife being arrested at the I-84 protest?
How about the irony in the high property taxes in New Britain?
How about letting Wallingford elected officials govern rather than being forced to go to referendum on anything to do with the downtown area?
How about letting the free market system work in our economy?
How about basic economics classes be required of all elected officials at all levels of government?
How about state leaders actually staying in the state and governing?
How about unfunded pension liability reform?
How about a balanced budget according GAP?
How about economic freedom?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Why I Do Not Support The Referendum and Will Vote No

I do not support the referendum on the Simpson Court Parking Area and I am going to vote No on Monday.
Wallingford is a beautiful town especially its downtown area. Many citizens in town believe it or not, use the parking area in front and behind the businesses in this area. I personally park in front when there is a spot and do my banking business and then cross the street to go to the Post Office. It is easy, convenient and saves me time. I foresee all of that being gone if this does not pass as the parking lot will only be for those businesses there. Thus I get to waste more time.
Another point is that the lease agreement has been in effect for 50 years now. I personally would not want strangers parking at my house or business and leaving their cars in my lot. The owners of this area have been helping the town in area business and municipal government parking for years. Why must it change now? Because the town wants to improve the area? The same argument can be made when the town offers a tax break for a business moving here in town? What is the difference? Why aren't the self appointed financial police investigating each one of these deals? Because they benefit Wallingford that's why.
However this parking area is great political fodder and recognition especially after Tuesday's election results for the Democrats. And they are wrong in their arguments-they do not make sense to me economically.
Also I do not see as the cure-all the old Wooding area as a municipal lot. This should be used to create the expansion needed for the Police Department which would eventually incorporate more public parking. As such that is down the road and it is an area which realistically is two to five blocks down from where people wish to be in the downtown area. That will cost money also.
Sometimes money needs to be spent. In this case it is money well spent which helps the local economy and local businesses. All of Wallingford and all of Wallingford's downtown merchants benefit from this paving. If Wallingford's downtown merchants are prosperous then more jobs are created and more tax revenue is created. It is a win-win situation for both private business and local government. Why this has become an issue is beyond me.
One final point-as I watched the local Public TV show created by anti paving self appointed spokesmen I was confused by their thoughts and arguments. What lower Quinnipiac Street has to do with the paved downtown area is beyond me? Do they want us to park down there and walk up ten blocks? If it is so littered, with the time they spent creating this show they could have picked up all of the litter and done something actually productive for once rather than costing taxpayers monies once again with this referendum. Actions do speak louder than empty words.
I do not support the referendum on the Simpson Court Parking Area and I am going to vote No on Monday. I hope you vote No also.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Vote Today. And Vote Republican.

Vote today. Yes go out and vote. Whether you are live in Wallingford or any other town here in Connecticut, vote today. It is your constitutional responsibility. Democracy can only be achieved when voters actually go out and vote. Not just 40% but 100% of those who are registered need to go out and vote.

Wallingford voters have an exceptionally strong slate of Republican candidates to vote for especially Tom Laffin, Vincent Cervoni, Craig Fishbein, Tom Marrone, Tanya Bachand and the rest of the Republican slate. And Mayor Dickinson deserves your vote for another term.

Remember vote today, don't be a spectator in our democracy.

Friday, November 04, 2011

$72 Billion Dollars and Counting...

Hey what's $72 billion dollars plus and counting? If you are a taxpayer that is how much you have given collectively to the Federally run Freddie Mac mortgage company. Of that $72 billion, approximately $14.9 billion has been paid back. Of the remaining $57 billion that is owed, in my economic opinion I doubt seriously if it will ever be paid back. And we are not even counting how much Fannie Mae has stolen from taxpayers.
So-hey what's $59 billion and counting when it comes to taxpayers monies. Washington realizes that those taxpayers (like myself) who actually pay federal taxes (along with state and local taxes) have unlimited sources of income to pay for these types of corporate welfare bailouts. And to continue to pay we shall so long as this economically inept administration is in office.
The mortgage market needs to clear out once and for all. Those who can not afford their homes need to move out of them, bad mortgage debt needs to be written off and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do not deserve one more cent of taxpayers monies. They both need to be privatized. Once and for all clean up the mortgage debt market.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Another Couple Million Dollars. Who Is Counting?

Hey what is another couple million dollars of clean up, lost work, lost production and damage to Connecticut?
We just had a hurricane two months ago which cost the state millions upon millions of dollars. Now we have a northeaster cause more damage to the tune of millions upon millions of dollars.
We hear that CL&P will raise rates if they must trim trees more often than in a five year cycle. My economic question to CL&P (and no I do not have them here in Wallingford thankfully) is why are you in business if you can not maintain your wires and are ill equipped to handle a crisis or two?
And why is Governor Malloy underwhelmed with the lack of response by outside entities? Are they responsible for the storm and the lack of preparedness by both his Admninistration and CL&P? Anyone know what self sufficiency means? Anyone know how to prepare for an emergency by trimming trees and investing in underground utilities? We have plenty of money to waste for the one party rule special interests in Hartford but we have no money for what is really needed in our state which is investment in our infrastructure so consumers in winter do not to wait days on end for something as simple as electricity. Are we a third world nation?
The priorities do not exist in Connecticut-Hartford's one party rule is the priority of political expediency, nepotism and special interest lobbying. Not something as stupid as electricity and infrastructure.
But then again what is another couple of million dollars anyways?