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.
CT is running counter to national trends. Not a single Repub Congressman or Senator, and a State House controlled by Dems with the first Dem governor in 24 years. No brakes.
Watch your taxes, middle class suburbs and quiet farming villages, because they are coming after your money. The unions want a state property tax and a state income tax increase, and Malloy is now owned by the unions.
Even my Dem friends are talking about setting up Florida residence. Vote and run.
This good old independent Yankee state is now entirely in the pocket of the unions - especially the government unions - and the three corrupt urban train wrecks which, instead of being the dynamic centers of job and wealth creation that they once were, have become insatiable sponges for dollars: Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport. Their declines have been dramatic: In the late 1950s, Hartford was voted the most pleasant medium-sized city in America to live in - higher than Boston - and I was told about the lines of limousines parked in downtown Bridgeport.
I cannot explain how that happened, but I do know that people migrated north just before the jobs moved south (to avoid the unions, the high wages, and the taxes). Business has feet: it can move easily to Texas or to India.
CT still has the highest per-capita income in the country, but that is mostly because of New York City's prosperous suburb, Fairfield County (where the O likes to go frequently to mine for gold - Greenwich for the real gold, Bridgeport for the votes). If they over-tax those folks, they will move away. They ain't stupid. You can run a hedge fund from anywhere.
As a former resident of New Jersey, I must point out that CT has the 3rd highest per capita income, NJ has the 2nd highest, and the highest per capita income in the country is in the Beltway-clave of MD.
NJ has had a higher per capita income than CT for a number of years - must be the NJ teachers!
Well, we Bay Staters still have Scott Brown for a couple years, but managed to send Barney Frank back for his 15th or 16th term, as well as another incumbent whose wife was caught just a few weeks ago laundering several millions of mob money.
There must be a way to protect us small-town folk from the few big cities in our states that always seem to wag the dog. Maybe when a city reaches a population of 250,000, it should become its own district. In my former abodes of Oregon and Washington we had the same problem--the liberal big cities on the coast swayed the whole darned state.
And if we had to break up AT&T, why can't we break up SEIU?
Gosh Gene, I sure wish we could break up SEIU. It's the biggest thug-ocracy in the country, like the dockworkers' union used to be thirty years ago.
Mr. Obama started yearning for a "civilian militia" as soon as he was elected. As if the National Guard, the Army, the Navy and the Marines -- oh, and don't forget the Air Force -- weren't enough to protect us. But the SEIU doesn't belong to the people and doesn't protect the people. It's Mr. Obama's personal army, and it does his personal bidding.
Which is more like a South American dictator than a duly elected President.
"I see that CT is already ranked the fourth-worst state in which to do business. With the new team, I'm sure we could get higher on that ladder without too much effort. It's a damn shame."
I don't know, Jersey, NY and California are some TOUGH competition, and CA just re-elected a serious goofball.
William O. B'Livion
When I heard that the current CT Secretary of State had announced they had found new ballots in Bridgeport, I thought back to a former Secretary of State, Ella Grasso. Ella later was elected Governor twice, the first women elected without the coattails of a preceding relative.
While Ella was a partisan Democrat, she was honest as the day was long. I doubt she would have put up with those shenanigans in Bridgeport.
I wonder how the self-righteous libs justify getting their people in by fraud like in Bridgeport.