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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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It’s Time To Say Good-By

"He who transplanted sustains" takes on new meaning as GE leaves

“He who transplanted sustains” takes on new meaning as GE leaves

Hartford was a hub, New Haven a nucleus, and Waterbury the heart around which small towns grew and flourished. All were vibrant, dynamic and creative urban centers. All three were centers of wealth and commerce in their respective areas.

 

They all had something else in common, a political machine. Not a political machine dedicated to represent a unity of strength in diversity but rather digging a ditch of dichotomy. They saw the skylines change with raising glass. They could have joined with those within the rising spires with skyline visions to new horizons of opportunity, but their visions were not skyward.

 

The political machines took another road. They threw stones, not those of metamorphic beginnings but those founded by political heat and pressure. The growth could have been seen as opportunities for the common man, as incubators of opportunities encouraged to flourish and grow. The machine saw opposition and the potential of economic growth that would threaten their stranglehold on political power.

 

The political machines, saw the financial growth of economic opportunity as a storehouse of potential plunder waiting to be attacked like swag off a loading dock. The story was the same from places far away like Jersey City, and Newark to our cities of Connecticut. The rhetoric was repeated, the policies were duplicated, and the ditch of dichotomy had to be dredged to protect the machine.

 

The machine taxed and punished the job creators, they destroyed the dreams, and shattered the hopes. They shoveled their dirt, with the rhetoric of division, destruction and ruin, piling the mud along their ditch.

 

The opportunities left the cities, the people that remained were more dependent than ever on the hollow hopes of false promise from the political machine. The ditch of dichotomy has grown deeper as metamorphic stones of politics have piled higher buffered with political mudslinging from the city moat.

 

To preserve and expand their fiefdoms the political machine has moved to the halls of the State Capital. They have taken their ruinous reins of power and rhetoric of destructive dichotomy to new levels. They are leading our State down the path they have taken our cities.

 

To anyone that watched the slow destruction of our cities, and the loss of economic opportunities, the loss of GE was no surprise. History repeats itself. Connecticut is marching down the path following the same bandwagon that has led our cities from splendor to mere memories of what once was.

 

Remember when Hartford, was known as the insurance capital of the world, and we waved good-by to so many, history repeats itself. Today we wave good-by to GE, and history repeats itself. Voting for another Democratic machine candidate and hoping for a different result is folly, history repeats itself.

 

The leaders of industry and commerce are on the move and the lights of opportunity are leaving our state. We can change our direction now or we can kick the can down the road like the State unfunded pension problem. We can leave a legacy of darkness for our next generation or we can act.

 

It is time for a new light in leadership for Connecticut. It is time to make history, it is time to vote to turn Connecticut in a new direction, it is time to wave good-by to Malloy, Murphy, Blumenthal, Courtney, DeLauro, Wyman, Merrill and the rest of the machine.

 

Will you be part of the solution, will you help to defeat the machine? What path do you want for Connecticut, one of darkness or light? You can help to build the new path in your Republican Town Committee where plans are now underway for a better tomorrow.

 

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Fooling The People, It’s A Government Job

 

When it comes to the Connecticut State Budget it does not matter which party the Governor is a member of if, the majority in the General Assembly can override any budget veto.  What really matters is the financial views and the political courage of the elected members of the General Assembly.

Unfortunately for two long under both Republican and Democratic Governors we have had too many members of the legislature that were either ignorant of economic reality or woefully short of character and courage to act responsibly.  Instead of dealing with a budget under generally accepted accounting practices they have turned to gimmickry with smoke and mirrors.  They have kicked the can of responsibility down the path to our future and they have gotten away with it. 

The people have been placated, with words of assurance as the financial foundation of our State has eroded and with it our employment opportunities.  The spinning of numbers and facts has confused and confounded the average voter into a false sense of security.

Today State officials tell us the job market is improving.  Should we believe it?  History is a great teacher.  In the past they told us the budgets were balanced while all the while the budgets were wrought with gimmicks and reflected more a fictional best seller than a truly accountable budget.

It is a fact that the unemployment rate in Connecticut has come down BUT and that is a big but, but it is not the end of the factual story.  There needs to be a more complete disclosure of facts so that we understand the real situation.

According to Connecticut labor statistics from March of 2011 through April 2013 the number of people working has continually decreased with Connecticut losing over 36,000 jobs.   There are now 67,700 less people working or looking for work than there were in May of 2010.  Some people have just given up looking for work, some have left the state, and some have retired without their positions being filled.

Lower unemployment should mean more employment opportunities but that is not always the case.  When you employ the smoke and mirror lessons of budgeting to unemployment numbers you hiding lost opportunities and denying reality. 

Doing business the same way we have done in the past and expecting different results is lunacy.  Kicking the can of responsibility forward will only continue to lessen opportunities and bring us closer to financial hardship.  It is time to make a change in the political balance of the General Assembly.

Being elected to the General Assembly is a government job but fooling the people should never be part of the job description.  It is time for a major change in Connecticut.  It is time to remove the agents of trickery, deception and gimmicks from office. 

It is time that Connecticut voters elected a legislature that more closely reflects the diverse opinions of our State.  A legislature constituted with a diversity of opinion that would provide for more open discussion, compromise and checks and balances.

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An Eye On Ackert, Part 4 Politics And Special Education

ackertState Representative Tim Ackert as a Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Joint Education Committee has educational issues on his mind.  One of those issues is the problem of funding for mandated State services added after a local budget has been approved.

Every year in Coventry and many other towns across Connecticut, funding for local education consumes more than 75% of the annual town budget.  A significant expenditure in the education budget is the allocation of limited resources for our investment into special education services.  The addition of one or more students can make a significant impact in many budgets.

Special education services are mandated by the State with only a portion of the cost being funded by the State.  This can create a financial hurdle when one or more students are added after the budget approval.  The financial impact can be multiple times higher for a single special education student than a student not requiring such services.

Representative Ackert has not only identified this as a problem, he is proposing something be done to address the problem.  Ackert is proposing in HB-5399 that the state be required to reimburse school districts one hundred per cent of the cost of special education for a student who enrolls in the school district in the middle of the school year.

The problem however occurs once a student enrolls after a budget is passed and not just by enrolling after the school year is half over.  The proposal will not totally fix the problem but it is a step in the right direction and may be a compromise to gain support for serious consideration.

In the present form the proposal represents a compromise of fairness between the State and local or regional school districts.  In proposing legislation, it is sometimes wise politics to take small steps to the greater goal than attempting to leap frog over the goal line.

This proposal should receive wide support from every Board of Education and they would be prudent to alert their own Representatives to strongly support HB-5399.  It would be equally sensible for taxpayers to pass this information along to friends across the State of Connecticut.  Activating support from every Board Of Education would be the right thing to do for every student of special needs and every Connecticut taxpayer.

Representative Ackert has voiced concern in the past for the financial burdens State mandates place on local budgets.  This proposal clearly shows he is not only thinking about it, but he is trying to do something about it.

Tim’s concern for taxpayers and the burden of state mandates is also reflecting in his proposal HJ-18 calling for a resolution to amend the State Constitution.  This amendment would require a vote of two-thirds of the General Assembly for municipal mandates.  The proposal would have major political impact and therefore will have little chance of passage at this time.  That does not however, diminish the value of the idea or character of the man making the proposal.

Standing up for your constituents is always the right thing to do; getting things done is not always so easy.  A good politician is the one that can get what he wants for the people he represents.

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Who Is Elizabeth Ritter And Why Is She Dangerous

(D) Representative  Elizabeth Ritter

(D) Representative
Elizabeth Ritter

Elizabeth Ritter better known as “Betsy Ritter” is the Democratic State Representative from the 38th Assembly District representing citizens of Montville and Waterford.  She may also be considered a Four Star General in a battle against Connecticut business; with her deceptively titled heinous bill she calls An Act Concerning A “hoarders’ tax”.

Betsy Ritter was recently asked by Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden) to serve as his Deputy Speaker, the person who presides over the House of Representatives when Rep. Sharkey is not in the chamber.   Rep. Ritter also serves as a member of the legislature’s Appropriations, Human Services and Energy and Technology committees.

Her Proposed Bill No. 5595 calls for “the [Connecticut] General Statues to be amended to institute a small tax on companies’ liquid assets”.  This is more than a “small tax” this is full frontal assault on every business in Connecticut.

In leading the charge “General Ritter” first planned a move of deception with the title of her bill.  It is accepted knowledge that a “hoarder” is a saver, collector, accumulator or even a stasher.  The dictionary gives us a meaning of a hoarder as one that collects or stores often secretly, large amounts of things such as food or money for future use.

“General Ritter” is actually proposing to tax operating cash of a business, the money they need to have available for day to day activities and to meet financial obligations.  This is money that was already considered and calculated when other taxes were paid.  This is any money that may remain in the hands of business, after sales tax, business entity tax, income tax, fica taxes and the list of taxes goes on and on.

This money is not hoarded and hidden; these are necessary funds with which to operate a business.  This is akin to telling a family, you legally paid all your taxes, you put some money in the bank and we taxed that income and now we found some in your pocket so we want some of the spending money you have.

This proposal is not only an attack on business but would also reduce job opportunities.  There are far too many businesses in Connecticut operating on the edge of financial extinction; we have seen too many businesses close their doors.  This proposal is worse than dreadful, it is evil.

Betsy Ritter is in a position of power, and has considerable experience in the world of politics but her understanding and empathy of the business world is appalling.  I would like to think Betsy Ritter is a well-educated leader of distinction and in this case just ignorant of business operations, because the alternative is to think she honestly desires to attack our business climate and job opportunities in Connecticut.

We only need to look at our history and “small taxes”, President Roosevelt proposed a small limited tax, it was a “small step”, and today we call it our “Income Tax”.  “General Ritter” may understand the strategy of politics but we don’t need a charge up San Juan Hill on Connecticut business.

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It’s Time To Pick Up “The Can” And Get In The Game

Kick-the-CanThe problem of illegal immigration has been kicked down the street so far it can no longer be avoided.  Political pundits rightly point out that the law breaking Latinos have become a political liability for Republican politicians.  Actually the numbers make it an issue for both parties.

For decades American politicians from both parties have failed to properly secure our borders, particularly our border with Mexico. Our elected representatives in Congress have kicked the can of responsible government down the street when it came to the issue of illegal immigration.  Now the number of people in this country illegally has become a major issue, it can no longer be ignored.

For the politicians it is not about people, it is all about numbers, after letting so many people violate the law for so long and failing to enforce regulations and law we are now overwhelmed with the problem.  Unfortunately it is a political pattern we are repeating.

We have become a country of lazy citizens abdicating our responsibility to elected leaders and putting our heads in the sand to ignore their activities.  We listen to their rhetoric and blindly follow, lacking the education or the will to understand and participate in our own government.

Our problem is not illegal immigration, our problem is poor political leadership weak of character and strength in the skills of real leadership.  Our leaders are afraid of the voters, with spines of wet noodles they pander and placate when faced with real responsibility.

They could not say, “no” to illegal immigration instead they turned away and failed to act responsibly.  Now a price will be paid as they pick up “the can” they have kicked down the street.  But the game goes on and this time the stakes are even higher.

We are kicking “the can” of fiscal responsibility so far down the street we a placing our nation at risk financially.  We are risking the future for instant gratification we expand government to answer our needs and willfully remove our own responsibility.

Our leaders bury us in a mountain of debt as we sit silently by ignoring the problem and trusting that what they do will be right.  We have allowed our country to be run without a budget, surpassed our limits for debt and we have kicked “the can” of financial responsibility down the street.

The day is coming when we must pick up “the can”, the game will be over.  We will have a choice to make, either we will hear the word “no” or we will have gone so far down the road of self-destruction as a nation, we will not recognize American as the land of the free, full of economic opportunity.

We as citizens allowed illegal immigration, and we have allowed financial irresponsibility. The only question that remains is how much longer we will vote to continue down the path to our own national destruction.  Our rights as citizens are being eroded, our financial future is at risk and our very foundations of government are being questioned.

It is time to pick up “the can”.  America, it is time to get in the game.  Citizen participation in a Republic is a responsibility; apathy is the road to destruction.

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