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Beleaguered Connecticut Taxpayers Saddled with More Debt To Subsidize The Rich and Business

Governor Dan Malloy

Governor Dan Malloy

Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced new state spending that will add an additional $2.7 million in debt on to the backs of Connecticut’s middleclass taxpayers.  After crushing families with the two highest tax increases in Connecticut history ol’ Danny boy has found another way to spend the taxpayer’s hard earned dollars to subsidize big business and luxury automobile buyers.

While the average Connecticut family struggles to stretch their family budget and pay an ever-increasing burden of taxes.  Dan Malloy finds it necessary to give away up to $5,000 to buyers of fuel cell power vehicles, which is not something found on the average family shopping list.  No this is tax money used to subsidize the wants of rich.

In a statement issued by the Governor he said this will “support local retailers by helping lower the price of electric vehicles, making them more competitive”.  Really Governor, is that the best use for taxpayer dollars?  Does the average family need to support local car dealers to insure they make a profit selling cars?

While the legislature is facing a 1.3-BILLION-dollar deficit in the next budget season apparently, Governor Malloy feels it is necessary to give away taxpayer’s hard earned money to those that can afford NEW CARS!!!  Remember this is your money, paid to the state in good faith that it will be spent wisely.

So, what does the Democratic Majority leadership in the State Legislature have to say about this squandering of tax dollars?  Nothing! Their silence is deafening.  They are only talking about new tolls on highways, new sources of revenue and cuts to cities and towns that will require the local government to raise taxes to fund local requirements for State mandates.

This is not the first-time Dan Malloy has fleeced the taxpayers in this fashion.  The Governor was somewhat bragging over his success when he said, “Since the start of the program in May 2015, more than $2 million has been issued in rebates or reserved for the purchase or lease of 960 electric vehicles in Connecticut”.

This subsidy has been one of the shovels digging Connecticut taxpayers into an ever-deeper hole of debt and this round of subsidies is more of the same.  When will we learn to stop digging?  When will we learn that when you cannot afford what you already have it is time to stop new spending?  This is not an investment for our future this is insanity in the present, this is irresponsible and objectionable.  This is detrimental to every taxpayer and family in Connecticut.  Simple put this is unacceptable.

 

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Courtney Fails To Deliver, Ann Brookes Is The Answer

Ann Brookes, Candidate for Congress

Ann Brookes, Candidate for Congress

My Congressman, Joe Courtney sent me an email telling me how Obamacare is saving money for people all across his district on healthcare.  Then I went to a Town Meeting and my local government leaders told me about my taxes going up due to the increases in health insurance for town employees due to requirements of Obamacare.

Gone was the smoke and mirrors, gone was political rhetoric of Congressman Courtney, the light of day was upon us and the financial facts were a stark reality,  Obamacare is costing every taxpayer more money.  It is an undeniable fact.

Joe Courtney has failed the 2nd District, his voice is an echo for the Progressive Liberal Wing of the Democratic Party.  Joe has taken the wrong road, a dirt road where the dust kicks up to cover his tracks and he disappears in a cloud of dust when it counts the most.  The fact is Connecticut can’t trust Joe Courtney to take the right road.

Congressman Courtney followed the political path of least resistance, guided by Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama, a path of poor economic policy that has given us the only American President in U. S. history who did not deliver a single year of economic growth over 3%.  When the people of the second district needed a shepherd, Joe was a sheep in a flock of misguided Democrats.

When we needed Joe, in the dark of night, he failed to read the bill, he failed to do the job.  Now he wants our votes and says he has the answer to fix the problem he created.  Well Joe, I have an answer too and her name is Ann Brookes.

Ann Brookes is a new political face with the experience and intellect to do the job right the first time.  Ann is an accomplished leader, she has created and executed economic recovery strategy both at home and aboard.  She has worked with world leaders on large scale projects and worked with folks like us when they needed assistance to deal with the burdens of government taxation.  Ann Brookes, gets the job done and done right the first time.  Unlike Joe, Ann Brookes will not have to go back to fix a law she voted for, Ann will do it right the first time, that’s the way Ann Brookes has always done the job.

Ann Brookes is proud to be a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and understands our Constitution, Ann believes in the importance of that document.  She understands the important contributions immigrants have brought to this county, and she supports legal immigration.

Our economy, our security and our future are the driving motivations behind Ann Brookes running for Congress.  We need new economic policies and Ann, as a tax attorney understands the impact that changes will bring.  Our security depends on a strong military, secure borders and wise leadership in foreign affairs.  Ann Brookes will bring an intellectual level of excellence with reasoned judgement to Congress as a voice of the people in the 2nd district.  Ann will be an independent voice of the people not a pawn of the politically powerful.

The voters of the 2nd District have seen the failures of Joe Courtney as America is being taken down the wrong path on the issues of; national security, immigration, economic stability, healthcare, national debt, even our infrastructure is crumbling and our veterans are being ignored, enough is enough.

The good news is the solution for the voters of the 2nd District is easier to understand than Joe’s common core math.  The solution is a move back to the basics.  Getting rid of Joe Courtney is as easy as learning your ABC’s.

All you need to know is:  Ann Brookes, Congress

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Democrat Sees Opioid Addiction As Opportunity

Connecticut State Capitol

Connecticut State Capitol

Opioid addiction knows no bounds, rich or poor, cities or suburbs, age and race are not a factor the impact is devastating, debilitating and too often death. The increase in deaths has been called an epidemic by some and a tragedy by nearly all.

 
Times change, it wasn’t all that long ago that marijuana was considered a drug problem in nearly every community. Today we see the “weed” as a legalized recreational option in some communities. Times have changed and our approach to the opioid addiction issue is changing.

 
There is no second chance when death is the alternative, our approach to opioids by the nature of the problem must be effective. There is no fool-proof answer but there are some different ideas.

 
Coventry Connecticut like many communities has provided their police with Narcan an opiate antidote to save lives. It is not a preventative it only addresses the problem after an overdose has occurred. The real goal over a long term in any community should be to prevent the addiction and eliminate the heartaches, broken dreams, and social costs.

 
In Eastham Massachusetts the local police are helping to pioneer and fund the local Project Purple, a group of students who share objectives of self-empowerment, making good choices and living without putting substances in their bodies. Members of the Purple Project take a pledge against substance abuse and ultimately attract others to seek their lifestyle.

 
The statistics and social scientists tell us addiction most often starts in teen years, and that is the time to emphasize prevention. Knowing an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is not a new concept, it remains solid advice in nearly all matters of health. Eastham understands the value of prevention but the program is not a guarantee.

 
One Connecticut legislator wants to address the issue on a state-wide basis. It may sound like a wise idea, the only problem is his thinking on how to accomplish the goal. State Senator Joseph Crisco is a Democrat from Woodbridge his problem is his thinking is in line with his party’s approach to a problem. His idea is to introduce another new tax.

 
Mr. Crisco wants to impose a new fee on the manufacture, distribution, prescription, and dispensation of opioids. Yes, you got it. He wants to tax those that legally obtain the drugs to treat serious medical problems and somehow wants you to believe that will stop those addicted to opioids. It would make a more rational conversation if it were said, don’t let any opportunity to tax go by,

 
Connecticut Democrats have already created a tax environment that is limiting economic growth and driving firms out of State. Senator Crisco is now targeting several pharmaceutical companies in Connecticut that manufacture opioids in a tax bullseye. Taxing those most in need of treatment, and compassion is not the sensible solution to opioid addiction and attacking another industry with new taxes is senseless.

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A Moral Dilemma

IMG_8727-1Try to place yourself in this situation and decide as the story unfolds just what you are thinking by asking yourself some questions. What is the right thing to do, am I making the morally correct decision and what should the consequence be for my actions?

You work for a large company, and you are in charge of a rather large department. Each year your boss asks you to put together a budget to run your department. You know there are things you need and some extras you would like, so you put a few extras in your request.

After the boss reviews and edits your budget it is given to you as approved and you are expected to run the department based on the budget. It is up to you to lead and direct spending in line with the budget as approved. Sometimes you get lucky and things come in under budget and sometimes well things go a little off the expected line and you go over a bit.

You know it is not your money to spend as you wish, but you did create the budget, got it approved based on priorities and expectations. Can and should you overspend in some areas knowing you have enough in other areas or should you get approval from the boss or financial department to transfer the extra money to cover the over spending first?

Now just a month or so before the end of the budget year you discover you have a windfall of extra money you have not yet spent in your budget. What is the right thing to do? (A) Should you let the money stay in the account and show a surplus at the end of the year, after all it is not your money and you know it should go back to the boss? (B) Spend the money on items you put into the next year budget knowing if you do that you are creating a surplus next year because you will have already procured the items in the budget or should the financial department or boss make that decision? (C) Spend the extra money this year on items not in the budget for next year but things that you think would be good to get now even if the boss did not have them presented in a budget?

If you were the boss how would you react to each of the choices above? If there was a surplus should it have been spent, or should the money go back to the boss and let the boss or financial department decide what should be done with the money? Would you be a happy boss if were a quarter million dollars spent?

Ok now that you have given that some thought exchange the parties, let the boss be the taxpayers, you are the Board of Education and the financial department is the Town Council. The above scenario is very real.

Last spring the Coventry Board of Education had a surplus, instead of returning the money to the taxpayers by having a surplus at the end of the year they spent the money. They purchased some computers that were in the next year budget and some that were not yet approved within a budget as a current need. The rest was also allocated. The original surplus seems to have been in excess of $250,000. The Town Council is asking questions………..The Board of Education is asking for more money.

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HOW DO YOU SAY GOOD BY?

He was a soldier and a good man

He was a soldier and a good man

Tomorrow I will say good bye to a friend, it will not be easy, he was an inspiration, and he was an example for other men. Bob was a good man, giving, loyal and kind.

We met in the world of politics. Bob had his thoughts, ideas and opinions and every one was delivered with a smile. When the Republican Party needed a volunteer for most any task Bob would be stepping forward, ready, willing and able to serve. Bob was a good man, he always served with a smile.

In private moments we shared our thoughts about military service. Bob was proud of his military service and always supported those that served. If you knew Bob long you were also aware of the Nike missile and Bob’s experience. He was a soldier, he was a good man.

Bob never forgot the men that served, and he took an active role with the American Legion. The traditional Memorial Day parade in town had the mark of Bob’s organizational skills all over it. He was a proud solder and he was a good man.

If there was need in the neighborhood Bob was always willing to do his part. At one time or another over 35 years he served as their President, Secretary, Treasurer and even Tax Collector. Yes he was a smiling Tax Collector and he was a good man.

Bob had also served the Town of Coventry as a member of the Coventry HUD Home Rehabilitation Committee, the Coventry Planning and Zoning Commission, and the Board of Assessment Appeals. I recently spoke with Bob, knowing he was facing some difficult challenges. I asked about his participation on the Board of Assessment Appeals and another run for the office. I will never forget his answer, he was clear, he was determined and he was memorable when he said, “I want to serve”. Four little words that spoke so clearly to define the man, and he was a good man.

The last time we spoke, we sat alone, friends sharing some old stories and talked about challenges ahead. It was then I saw the tender side of my friend, raw with emotion he conveyed to me his undying love and appreciation for his wife, Bev. He told me about her loving care that had brought him through some tough times recently. It was another inspirational moment, another time when Bob’s words had more meaning than I think he even realized. He was a loving man, a friend and an inspiration, he was a good man.

Rest in Peace Bob Kramer you have served your fellow man well, you were a good man.

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WHERE THERE IS SMOKE THERE IS FIRE

Iphone shots 022-1It all started with an image, some promises, and dreams of better days. All it took was a wisp of creative imagination, some smoke and mirrors, a few false promises and a willing populous, ready to float like clouds through dreamland with the winds of hope and change upon their back.

What voters got was more like a wobbly three legged wooden stool. Dan Malloy as Governor, Brendan Sharky as Speaker of the House and Martin Looney as President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

Their first order of business was to deliver to the taxpayer’s of Connecticut the largest tax increase in Connecticut. Not exactly what the people were told was going to happen or what they thought they voted for, but facts don’t always match political promises.

Their second order of business was the recent creation of the second largest tax increase in Connecticut history. This coming within 6 months of Dan Malloy telling the taxpayers he made the hard choices, fixed the budget and would not be raising their taxes. Poof, the promises went up in smoke.

Where there is smoke there is fire. Today there is a firestorm of negative reaction rocking the foundations of employment and family finances across Connecticut. The legs of the wooden stool are feeling the heat of flames.

Time to fix the problem? No, remember these are tax and spend Democrats. It is time to reach for the taxpayer’s wallet to purchase fire protection for the wobbly wooden stool instead of protection for the people.

Last week the House Democratic caucus hired the Hartford public relations firm of McDowell and Jewett Communications to review their public relations operation. Of course this will be paid for with taxpayer’s dollars, after all it is time for local elections and the Democrats will need all the smoke, mirrors and Vaseline they can find to slide by the voters in this election cycle.

The funds will come from a budget provided to each legislative party caucus to hire, a legal team, legislative assistants and communications staff, functions normally associated with doing the work of the people. This reviewing of the public relations operations, is more akin to a study of how to put out the fire that threatens the wobbly stool for the tax and spend Democratic caucus.

For many taxpayers and their families the burden of increase government spending is a growing concern. This fall many communities will have a choice, more tax and spend or a new policy, a financial path followed like your family budget with restraint, reason and common sense.

We will all choose our seats. You can take your chances on another tax and spend wobbly wooden stool or a solid Republican oaken bench, you can sit on the sidelines or you can get in the game by taking the time to vote. The decision is yours.

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TIME TO TAKE A NEW ROAD AND NOT A DIVIDED HIGHWAY

The brightest future for our towns, cities, states and indeed our nation is found within the Republican Party.  While the Republican Party is diverse in thoughts and opinions there is a common thread of values founded in the strength of the individual and the responsibilities we each hold as citizens and neighbors.

Make no mistake there are fringe elements in both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.  The fringe road to the liberal left or the conservative right are not the paths to follow.  Both are narrow paths of division and intolerance.

The strength of our nation is found in the roots of our being.  We are a melting pot of cultures, beliefs and opinions.  The founding fathers understood the strength found in unification, walking not a narrow path but a wide path of inclusion and protection for an individual’s thoughts, beliefs and responsibilities.

Found in our Constitution and Bill of Rights are protections for individuals of diverse opinion.  The founding fathers recognized the need for limits on government.  They included restrictions with a system of checks and balances designed to insure the preservation of the inalienable rights of the citizens.

Today, too many folks look to government as our strength and not to the individual citizens. Today we find leaders willing to divide our citizens into special interest groups each with their hand out for government support.  Pandering politicians picking the pockets of taxpayers to pad a base of support is no way to run government.  Our goal should be to unify and build together a stronger foundation to support a better future.

The solution for inefficient government is not found in a coalition of special interests.  The special interests are the root of the problem, not the solution.  The solution is found within each of us as individuals, the solution is found in our commonality, our responsibilities and our own efforts.

The very foundation of the Republican Party has always been built on the belief in the strength of the individual over government.  This is why the best road for our future is found within the Republican Party.  It is found in the grounded thinking of pragmatic conservatives.  They provide a bonding commonality based on practical and reasonable logic with which to set policy.

If we are to prosper as a community or nation we can no longer embrace tax and spend government digging us deeper in debt, and reallocating our money for their special interest spending.  It is time to endorse and elect logical, realistic and reasonable thinkers.  Reasonable budgets are like household budgets they must be constructed with common sense, leaders must be pragmatic.  Their budgets should have limits just as your household has limits after all it really is your money.

It is time to elect pragmatic conservatives to serve in government.  It is time for a realistic approach to spending.  We need a common sense practical approach, our budgets should be based on logical rational facts.  The time for budgets based on intentions, hopes and dreams is past it was the wrong road.  It is time for pragmatic conservative Republicans.

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