We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's a vicious cycle. The more you drive enterprise away, the more you need to soak the remaining people and the remaining businesses who have any money, and thus the more you drive business away or out of business.
Plunder only works to a point, and then you end up with Detroit or Greece.
CT even just placed a stiff tax on non-profit hospitals, if you can believe that. It is bad, and getting worse. One might easily imagine that they are trying to drive all of us to Florida. Personally, I do not care for Florida very much, and snow doesn't bother me at all. Weather is what you make of it and I make the best of it.
It's getting to the point that my state is only a good deal for the very rich (who can afford to avoid taxes or who don't care what they are) and the very poor. Oh yes, I almost forgot - and for government unions. The urban, unemployed poor, the government unions, and the limo Liberals in West Hartford, Litchfield County, and Fairfield County, own my state, at the moment.
It hardly seems like rugged Yankeeland here, politically, anymore. It's Gimme-land. The people with the olde codes have died or are no longer breeding. And to think that our Conservative governor candidate lost by only 6000 votes found, several days after the election, in bags in a Bridgeport warehouse or post office or something. Maybe it was legit. I don't know, but anything in Bridgeport is dubious these days.
Will be leaving the state of Connecticut as soon as possible. Currently employed at a rate that makes it worth while to stay, but the breaking point gets closer each year. New Hampshire is looking pretty good.
Have 2 kids in college, so 4 more years and then will be free.
Love the mountains, love the beach, hate taxes and mean people - any suggestions?
I'll tell you the truth - I really didn't want to leave New England and in particular Connecticut. We gave retirement a lot of thought before the Mrs. called it quits - did some calculations with costs, taxes and what not. As it happened, most of the kids and grandkids live down in South Carolina so the year before the Mrs. retired, we spent the summer in SC just to try it out. We decided to move.
Flat out, it was the best thing we could have done. Taxes are lower, overall costs are lower, property values are stable, the politics is amusing, the people are terrific and there is real actual weather in the summer complete with light shows that are spectacular. It's a sportsman's paradise - I bought into a rod and gun club that owns 3,000 acres in Saluda county - the fishing is great and the hunting - well, can't ask for better. License fees are incredibly low by New England standards. A complete different way of life.
Would I go back to New England? Not now I wouldn't. Do I miss Connecticut? Yep, but we're here now and life is good.
Your poignant insight is well written. Thank you. By the way, here in California the boat has already sunk. Instead of trying to bring it back to the surface, the politicians keep throwing more anchors on it.
Gwynne, I'm impressed that you are so knowledgeable about Texas which, when it consented to join the United States, had already been a Republic for nine years. And we reserved the right, as a sovereign Republic, to withdraw later on if our fellow states trended off in upsetting directions.
Personally, I love Connecticut, and the rest of New England too, but with things going the way they are, I think I'll stay here in Texas.