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Why Jim Himes & Dan Malloy Must Go ...

To the Editor: 

While the press is making much of the perceived schism in the GOP, one major party has undergone a transformation almost without fanfare. The party of JFK, Mayor Koch and like minded Democrats is no more. Harry Reid, has gone from flaunting his NRA public ranges to being the voice of the “New Democratic Party,”  along with Pelosi and rest of the leadership, and now joined by 4th Distr Congressman Mr Himes and Gov. Malloy.

The “Progressive Era” lead to major reforms in child labor laws, prisons, schools and hospitals and similar social ills of the day. However the “Modern era of Progressivism” has taken on a much more sinister purpose. Today the New Dem party has one goal, a goal often stated,  and now their very “raison d’être” ; “redistribution of wealth”. These modern day “Robin Hood’s” are presenting themselves as “stealing from the rich and giving to the poor”, a romanticized ideal that simply does not work.

For Connecticut this has resulted in being the 50th ranked state in economic growth.

Our economy should be at the top of the curve, instead we struggle to recover in the face of over regulation and taxation

Connecticut has lowest ranking in the country in credit worthiness

We are the worst in job creation, tax revenue growth

We have the slowest home value price recovery

We are among the highest in unpaid debt and retirement obligations strangling our budgetary flexiblity

The answer is clear, we need a change of leadership and we need it now. We cannot wait; the exodus of jobs from CT will only increase, and they need not go far.  NY has created “tax free zones” for CT businesses who wish to leave and relocate in NY.

Many CT businesses can take advantage of this and not even inconvenience their employees who can quite easily commute to NY since they cannot afford to sell their homes here.

Let’s all get behind those candidates with new ideas and solutions to these problems.  Have a discussion with Dan Debicella who is running for the 4th Distr congressional seat held by Himes, or one of the candidates for Governor, who understand the need for immediate reform in Hartford to turn the corner and once again become the prosperous and popular state we were only a few short years ago. 

Jim Weinberg

Jim beam January 26, 2014 at 08:05 AM
Yeah, sure, Jim. Let's give it back to the Republicans, who nearly bankrupted our country, destroyed the world's financial system and decimated our military. Yep, let's give it all back to the people who took the Clinton budget surplus and set us on a path to endless debt. The budget deficit we have now is the residue of Bush's misbegotten tax breaks for the wealthy. Why are capital gains and dividends subject to preferential tax rates? Why must I pay a higher rate of tax on my wages than a billionaire earning capital gains? It is a myth that such tax preferences stimulate economic growth. "Trickle down" economics is really a "trickle on our heads" scam that has created economic inequality and blown up the debt. Impressive gains in worker productivity has not been matched by income gains because Republicans have stacked the system against the middle class. And republican peons lap it up an clamor for more. Uhmmm, no thanks. And, Jim? Where are your links for your so-called facts?
Wolfe January 26, 2014 at 02:09 PM
To Jim beam----The era of the "Clinton budget surplus" actually began in the early 1980's, when Reagan was the president (a republican, with a republican Congress, as well). The prosperity kept growing throughout the 1980's and early 1990's (when Bush was the president). Then along came Clinton and the press gave him the credit for fixing Carter's debacle from the 1970's, when it was really Reagan and Bush who fixed it in the 1980's and early 1990's. Bush's son was not a good president, and I will be the first to admit that. But remember something else----before Clinton was in office, a gallon of gas was $1.35/gallon. When he left office, it was just under $3/gallon. The price of oil had tripled, as well. Food and clothing prices more than doubled during his time in office.
Jim beam January 26, 2014 at 02:27 PM
Wolfe, you're delusional. Have you been to Colorado, lately to smoke some weed? What delusional nonsense. I realize the Reagan fetishism of many of the radical Right, but what you're spouting is ridiculous. In fact, it was Dick Cheney who infamously said, "Reagan proved that deficits don't matter". Reagan tripled the deficit during his presidency. Your facts about the price of gasoline are also wrong as any Google search can prove. With respect to oil prices, the following article is instructive: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/voters-blame-president-for-gas-prices-experts-say-not-so-fast/2012/03/12/gIQA8fsO8R_story.html Please don't try to lay your imaginary "facts" here, okay?

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