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.
Malloy inflicts on our moribund economy ever-stronger doses of the treatment that laid us low, compulsively seizing on each new radical cause so he might seem a leader. At his insistence, we became the first state to mandate paid sick leave, have passed the highest minimum wage in the nation, and now contemplate a special tax on corporations that pay any employee less than $15 an hour. For more than 20 years, since we passed the cursed state income tax, Connecticut has ranked dead last in economic growth in our nation. Progressive policies have destroyed the oldest and finest manufacturing base in America.
So why do you or anyone else stay? I've driven from Ohio to New Hampshire to visit family. I didn't see any fences or minen or border troops along the way. If you live in a cesspool state, and you do, you should move. Knox Co. Ohio is pretty good, and there some pretty wild country to the east of it. Of course, you'ld have to give up UConn football and settle for tOSU football, but you can't have everything.
Is there a single sane person living anywhere in MA, VT, CT, RI, NY or NJ?
Yes, Bob. I made the same observation on a thread not long ago. I think life is still good for the MF contributors residing in CT.
In fact, I have long suspected that Maggie's Farm blog was created by a few rich northeastern repubs just so they could 'meet' readers/people they agree with. It must be tough being a minority of one at every social function you attend.
I have relatives in CT. They are retired. They love it there.
Yes, they gripe about the taxes but they swallow everything the legacy media feeds them. IOW they are good libs. And their friends all agree with them.
How smart people are so incapable of analytic thought boggles my feeble mind.
The town I live in, northwestern corner 'bedroom' town, used to be rural on the hill/industrial in the valley, routinely votes Republican. Two of three selectmen are republican, at state/federal levels it has gone republican in the last three election cycles at least. We just happen to be out numbered by the unions and the cities.
As a resident for 35 years (but still not a native) I've seen CT crash and burn. One problem is that many residents don't really travel far (excluding Florida and acceptable PC trips to Europe) or relocate for jobs (I've heard this from headhunters) They really have no feeling for the state of the rest of the country. This makes them both ignorant of the state of decline in the NE and CT and easily swayed by lefty nostrums. You will often hear the excuse that while our economy is awful, we have a high quality of life! If they had traveled more they would see that there are many similar sized cities etc with lower costs, better services and equal or better quality of life.
If they had traveled more they would see that there are many similar sized cities etc with lower costs, better services and equal or better quality of life.
A guy in my sister's class from Grades 1-12 retired to our CT hometown, after decades away. When last I saw him, he was complaining about CT Motor Vehicles Dpt's antiquated, slow as molasses procedures compared to what his daughter in Charlotte experienced. The South has risen, and CT has fallen.
CT would have been better off if it had continued being the low tax alternative between MA and NY. Instead, it believed that tax upon tax, regulation upon regulation, could never kill the golden goose of the highest per capita in the nation. They found out to the contrary.
Used to be there was always a good paying job waiting for you at "The Aircraft." [Pratt % Whitney]. No more. Unions and state regs made sure of that.
New England is a beautiful place and rich in history of Americas youth and the place of the industrial revolution.
Those that have generations of roots here find it hard to leave.
People weigh quality of life over the financial down side.
I my self have moved about the country a bit seeking the green grass on the other side. In hind sight, I should have
stayed in my Long Island town settled 1695 and fought like hell to fend off the political changes.
Politicians get away with taxing because people are so self indulged that they whine , but take no action. Moving is a way of taking no political action.