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.
Connecticut has already been driving business and employers away for years, but government greed never ends until they kill the golden goose which CT has historically had. Until after WW2, Bridgeport, Hartford, Waterbury were wealthy industrial powerhouses. Today, remarkably, even New York is a better tax deal for business.
One by one, my prosperous friends who are among the 5-10,000 people in CT who pay the bulk of the state income taxes are establishing residence in Florida. It's not that they want to. It's because they feel it's stupid not to. They come back home for the summer.
Now even the huge employer, GE, is considering leaving CT and another big one, Sikorsky Aircraft, is cutting back local jobs.
Barrister, here's a question for you (i'm a Trumbull resident for 12 years) -
Who among your friends has voted against this blue Republican model we have here? my guess is not many. Second ?... when they move to "conservative" Florida, will they take their blue RINO voting habit with them?
i'm very conservative, and the last place I expected to drop my anchor in was Connecticut. Trumbull is a Republican enclave, at least, though my representative voted for the hated SB1160 travesty of a law... and since then, I've not seen so much of him in public as before, as I'd give him a piece of my mind for that failure.
wouldn't it be grand if your friends would fight for what they know to be the better model (... of true, limited, Republican government and for virtue). We're running out of places to run away to, and it seems these places (Seattle area, Nevada, Arizona, North Carolina... now Florida?) lose their red color turning purple and more blue in the process.
makes you wonder if modern-day liberalism isn't like a virus that breaking through the cellwall of the host, does not repeat the process in new cells...
There's no good answer. I've been asking a similar question here in TX for many years. The Mexican illegals come here to get away from the society and government in Mexico, and start right in to change TX to be like what they fled.
Often on progressive sites I read comments from people who hear something about how the Texas economy is doing well. Invariably they say, "Who would want to live there! The state doesn't provide any decent benefits." Clueless.
If you look at the last election results town by town, Foley one in the suburbs but not by much. If only a few percent of the "bluish" republicans would stand up for small government principles instead of using their positions to keep development out of town you might inspire people to do likewise.
Two years ago I was one of two speakers at the town budget meeting and I asked two questions:
1) If the school population is declining 4-5% per year why is our school budget going up?
2) Where are we economizing to prepare for the coming cuts in state funds?
The other speaker had just moved to town and gushed about how any amount of tax was justified so she could live in a town with all the right type of people (paraphrased but not much).
Guess who was correct and guess who carried the day with our Republican finance board.
you're right, Malloy had 548K, Foley 521K, and Visconti 11K. I think prob around 7 or 8K of Visconti's votes would have gone for Foley, so let's call the # of votes needed for Foley to win around 20,000.
My town of Trumbull, traditionally Republicans outvote dems here by a 60-40 margin and the turnout for national elections runs at 75-85% of the voter base.
This past election? about 55% voter turnout, which held to the traditional margin, 41% voted for the tyrant Malloy, and about 57% for Foley. Total number of votes was just shy of 13400 (out of a 24K-plus voter base).
If 80% of my fellow townsfolk would have voted, this would have converted to an extra 1000 votes for Foley. And that's just one town.
The story is repeated across the state - for the most part, Republican-leaning voters stayed home and enabled the tyranny to continue. The essence of blue republicanism.
we do this to ourselves, DJ -
Edmund Burke said it best,
" The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. "