Letter to the Editor In Greenwich, CT

When discussing our national health and governance we must remember that all politics is local and therefore to best serve our nation, we must focus on the health and prosperity of our own state first. The fiscal and political health of any state, or of any nation, is measured by its capacity to commit to a balance of democratic ideals. Political parties help ensure the most beneficial level of competitiveness of government proposals and viewpoints which in term has consistently shown to foster higher levels of economic growth and overall prosperity. Sadly today, Connecticut has demonstrated its lack of a balanced of this fundamental democratic principle which has led to dire consequences for the state’s as well as its citizen’s fiscal health.

Connecticut is in a position where it has the potential to demonstrate to our home of New England and the nation that principled and responsible policies are conducive to maintaining, as well as fostering future growth and prosperity instead of short-termed convenient ploys that help win votes. What is not productive for ensuring economic security are government proposals that raise taxes by more than $1.3 billion on middle class families, people who work hard and pay extra; while supporting the position as a means to defend the 45,000 unionized workers or 2.6% of the overall employed Connecticut workforce. The Governor’s budget unfortunately does not address the most crucial element that needs to be direly re-examined, state spending levels.

In January, legislative Republicans offered a plan containing billions in taxpayer savings through government efficiencies, consolidations and cuts. I have faith in the Republican budget proposals in that they seek to control government growth in spending and find the spots that promulgate fiscal irresponsibility and waste. There are claims that Connecticut doesn’t have a spending problem, simply a revenue problem yet this logic does not add up. Anticipating massive tax increases in the near future and with the billions brought in yearly from the extensive and far reaching tax policies our government currently utilizes, this theory does not sit well. We have nearly $7 billion from personal Income tax, $4 billion from Sales and Use tax and almost $700 million from corporate tax rates, this does not include the public service tax, the inheritance and estate tax, cigarette tax, alcohol tax, oil companies tax, only to name a few. Connecticut should take pride in its low taxes as a competitive quality to bring more companies and jobs into the state, if you disagree, shift your view to our neighbor Massachusetts and what lawmakers are calling “The Lost Decade”; and trust it when I say it was not the New England weather.

Therefore maybe there is a deep division in society today, between those who want to work and enjoy the fruits of their labors and abide by and uphold the laws of the land, and an increasing number of what it has become fashionable to call the disaffected, the disadvantaged, the differently motivated, what we use to call, lazy people; dishonest people, people who don’t want to take responsibility for their actions, or their lives. In order to reinvigorate an economy you need government policies that ensure a workable climate, but more importantly you need the people, the backbone of any proud and productive economy, to have the most suitable and substantial environment to work within these policies to lead our fiscal future; sadly today we do not.

I have a great belief in Connecticut and our place within these States United. We are not a state of social workers or clients of social workers; we are not, Please God, a nation of deserving cases; we are a proud and productive state and we are still, God Willing, a state to demonstrate such import.  

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