Let It Burn

15Jul11

Tea Party Caucus

And so after more than a decade of deregulation, tax cuts for the top 2% of the population, wars of dubious causes, depletion of individual wealth, massive unemployment and inane discussions we find ourselves at the limit of our credit. Unbelievably it comes down to the position of cutting social programs (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Section 8, etc.) and preserving abnormally low taxes for wealthy people and corporations as the only option to save the country.

We see similar approaches in Hartford. (Although to be honest, Wisconsin and Minnesota have their problems too). It is an administration who’s position becomes either give me what I want or I’ll increase the State unemployment rate by another 3% after we raise taxes on anyone that lives here and still has a job.

[In Stratford, they do it the old fashioned way. They just lie to us. We have to do less with less….except if I like you and you’re an HR Director, Town Attorney or Legal Secretary. Salary & Wage Schedule]

We wonder if the only place left to have honest discussions are blogs. Liars are easy to expose. You only have to compare what they say to what they do: Town Budget. The politics of destruction very rarely provides acceptable solutions.

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14 Responses to “Let It Burn”

  1. 1 1george1

    AGREED.

    This Town Council selected the highest BIDDER for School
    Architect and allowed Administration to negotiate with ALL
    of the BIDDERS.

    Hmmmm? What does that tell the three LOWER BIDDERS?


    In the Kevin Kelly & Laura Hoydic meeting to the Public, Laura
    suggested sometimes BIDDING was not the best way to og.

    She late clarified her situation, per things she ran into in Hartford.

    However, when I work NJ Towns & BoE to get SALES, NO ONE dares
    to go outside the BID PROCESS and GUIDELINES, which do have a
    LOOP HOLE, yet still needs 3 competative BIDS for lowest pricing
    award, if the product/service is BELOW the BID AWARD.

  2. 2 1george1

    What is the possibility the Republicans and Democratic insiders
    INTEND to delay the raising of the DEBT CEILING, and have SHORT
    POSITIONS on the STOCK MARKET, like GOLDMAN SACHS had prior
    to SEPT 2008.

    Then there were rules against anyone NEW SHORTING the MARKET.

    When Standard Oil heirs and allies control Senate Intelligence
    Community (J Rockefeller (D-WV) and President (Grandpa Bush
    was partner to Ed Harriman’s sons) and State Department
    (Condo Rice is George Pratt Schultz protoge from Stanford
    (leland was a Robber Baron) George Shultz grandpa was Standard
    Oil Trust’s Treasures – does anyone wonder why Republicans and
    Democrats want HIGH OIL PRICES and to control IRAQ, which has
    more virgin reserves than Saudi or Russia and could replace the
    combined output of both of those Countries?

    Unproveable? Conspirarcy? All above is verifiable in Wikipedia andother sources.

    Relevant to this blog? – everyone agrees the price of oil is affecting
    everyone’s wallet, from Business to Resident to homeless to the
    Government workers. It is the Standard Oil Tax.

    The real reason for the Bush Tax cuts?
    Maybe it was so that HEATING BILLS could be paid!?

  3. 3 jezebel282

    George,

    Even though I’d love to spend the next few years debating various conspiracies, I think you give politicians too much credit. At the end of the process it finally comes down to “I’ll do absolutely anything to get re-elected.”

    It is, after all, a very nice job. For $165,200 plus every known benefit it’s a living. You get called “The Honorable…..”, you have no boss, you get to go on “fact-finding missions”, the newspaper quotes you if you get around to having someone write a press release for you, take vacations (recess) for half the year and, best of all, you have absolutely no responsibility. You don’t have to vote if you don’t feel like it. You even get a staff to help you not do things. And we’re not even talking about what a lobbyist will pay for.

    Seriously, can you imagine working in a company with 535 employees all making a minimum of $165,000/year, running it into bankruptcy and expecting to keep your job? That’s what Representatives and Senators do. And we keep sending them back.

  4. 4 jezebel282

    And then we have the mythical “Job Creators” that the Republicans seem to be willing to defend to (our) death. Who are these people and where have they been for the last twelve years? When the GOP passed Bush’s tax cuts new hiring became almost flat. Then when everything went south (or should we say “far east”?) they couldn’t lay off employees fast enough. Even with tax rates at their lowest in 50 years, these “Job Creators” brought unemployment to record levels and profits soared. You have to wonder why, after 12 years of low taxes, anyone would think that continued tax breaks would cause these “Job Creators” to hire more people.

    So, who are the real job creators? You and me, that’s who. We create jobs when we buy things. The trouble is that we don’t have any money left because we are un/underemployed, afraid of that pink slip that might come next week, pouring our money into gas pumps and heating oil trucks, paying higher local taxes, paying more for health insurance, tuition, food, clothing and just plain old tired from working overtime to keep up or merely keep our job. The simple evidence is to try to remember when you or anyone you know got a raise (except for people getting a government paycheck) that was worth bragging about.

    And what is it the politicians want to “reform”? Social Security and Medicare, of course. They would have us believe that Social Security is a huge waste of taxpayer dollars. Not a single politician will tell you where that money really goes. If you are 65+, you already know. It goes right back into the economy. In fact, almost every penny of it. It all gets spent every month on rent/mortgage payments, utilities, food, clothing and taxes. If there is any amount leftover it almost always goes into Christmas and birthday gifts for the grandchildren. Nothing gets spent faster than a Social Security check.

    What we need is a plan for the real job creators; us.

  5. 5 jezebel282

    Update:

    Let it Crash and Burn.

    “Partisan dispute partially shuts down FAA
    Associated Press

    Lawmakers were unable to resolve a partisan dispute over an extension of the agency’s operating authority, which expired at midnight Friday.

    Republicans say Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is insisting that a labor provision in the House bill sought by the airline industry must be dropped before negotiations can go forward. The labor provision would overturn a National Mediation Board rule approved last year that allows airline and railroad employees to form a union by a simple majority of those voting. Under the old rule, workers who didn’t vote were treated as “no” votes.”

    Extension of the FAA’s operating authority? It expires? Because there may be a chance that airplanes won’t fly soon? What moron put an expiration date on that?

    And the Republicans want a non-vote to count as “no”? If that were the case in general elections not a single politician would be elected. Every other election is decided by counting actual “yes” and “no” votes.

    What is WRONG with these people?

  6. 6 jezebel282

    Update on the FAA:

    There is no update. To no one’s surprise, Congress is on a five week vacation with no interruption to their $3,200/week paychecks. 70,000 construction workers and 4,000 FAA employees are now laid off and can begin filing first time unemployment compensation claims and applying for food stamps.

    Rather than admitting a “yes” vote equals yes and a “no” vote equals no, the GOP would just rather lay off 74,000 Americans. What’s not to love about those guys, huh?

  7. 7 mikereynolds

    When did the GOP take over both sides of Congress?

  8. 8 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “When did the GOP take over both sides of Congress?”
    When the House sends bills they know the Senate won’t pass.

  9. 9 sudds

    “When the House sends bills they know the Senate won’t pass.”

    Jezzy… you shoulda been a lawyer (or got a job at MSNBC)… you’re phenomenal at twisting things to make it seem like ONLY the R’s are guilty!!!

  10. 10 jezebel282

    Update:

    Washington (CNN) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, announced Thursday that Democratic and Republican leaders have “been able to broker a bipartisan compromise between the House and the Senate” to fully fund the Federal Aviation Administration.

    “This agreement does not resolve the important differences that still remain,” Reid said in a written statement. “But I believe we should keep Americans working while Congress settles its differences, and this agreement will do exactly that.”

    What a concept…

  11. 11 jezebel282

    Update:

    “This agreement does not resolve the important differences that still remain,”

    The differences:

    The Republicans are insisting that in any attempt to unionize an airline (Delta is the only non-union airline) a “yes” vote counts as yes and “no” votes as well as any votes not cast are all no votes. Does anyone at all (besides Delta and the GOP) think that is reasonable?

    Elimination of $16 million per year in subsidies for small regional airports all of which are in Democratic districts. The cost to the U.S. Treasury in lost revenue so far because of this: $30 million per day.

    Then there are lost wages and more tax revenue for 74,000 Americans as well as equipment rental costs, the costs of shutting down operations, the cost of restarting……

    Raise your hand if you still have faith in our 2.5 party system…..

    No one?

  12. 12 mikereynolds

    I think you left out the part where the tickets at some of the small regional airports that the GOP wants eliminated are subsidized in some cases at over $3,000/ticket.

  13. 13 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “the tickets at some of the small regional airports that the GOP wants eliminated’

    Actually, I didn’t. I was hoping that was the case. But the only regional airports the GOP wants to eliminate are in the Democratic leaderships’ district. None of the other dozens and dozens are included. When I saw that the “savings” amounted to only $16 million per year I thought something was fishy. Perspective: $16 million per year = 1/20th of Congressional salaries. Or put another way: The U.S. Treasury has lost $390 Million in revenues because of this….so far.

    If it were about subsidies….oh never mind.

  14. 14 1george1

    Somethings are being exposed & self evident.

    To what end?
    Who knows?


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