Tag: Connecticut

Addendum: They Are Also Coming For Your Kids

As Alex can tell you, the current rulers of Connecticut might be some of the worst in the country. It’s not just their policies; it is their disgusting determination to leverage the horror of the Sandy Hook massacre into advancing any liberal agenda item they can even remotely connect to it:

To wit:

Home-schoolers represent the only authentically radical social movement in the United States (Occupy Wall Street was a fashion statement) and so they must be suppressed, as a malevolent committee of leftist academics and union bosses under the direction of Governor Dannel Malloy is preparing to do in Connecticut, using the Sandy Hook massacre as a pretext. The ghouls invariably rush to the podium after every school massacre, issuing their insipid press releases before the bodies have even cooled, and normally they’re after your guns. But the Malloy gang is after your children.

Malloy’s committee on the Newtown shootings is recommending that Connecticut require home-schooling families to present their children to the local authorities periodically for inspection, to see to it that their psychological and social growth is proceeding in the desired direction. For anybody even passingly familiar with contemporary government schools, which are themselves a peerless source of social and emotional dysfunction, this development is bitterly ironic.

Big Education hates home-schooling for obvious reasons. A lot of mainstream liberals dislike it intensely. Partly this is their love of order and uniformity; home-schooling is a perfect example of the much-dreaded spontaneous order. But it’s also because of their perception — an incorrect one — that home-schooled kids are being taught crazy creationism or not taught at all. In fact, home-schooled children massively outperform their public school counterparts by any standard. And home-schooling parents have organized sports, social groups and events so that home-schooled kids have an active social life.

I don’t agree with everything Williamson says in that article. My local public schools are quite good and low on indoctrination. But I will cheer his rousing defense of home-schooling. I’ve worked with a few kids who were home-schooled. It’s true that some were a bit sheltered and awkward and had trouble cutting the apron strings. But that’s also true of some public-schooled kids (like, um, me). It’s also true that the home-schooled kids were well-prepared, hard-working and quickly adapted to university life once they were on their own. One I worked with, who was raised in a religious home-schooling environment, went on to earn four degrees (including one in astrophysics) and is a faculty member at a prestigious university.

There is no evidence, none, that home-schoolers are more likely to have mental problems or become violent. The Sandy Hook shooter was briefly home-schooled but spent most of his time in the public schools. To connect him to the millions of kids thriving in home-schooling is disgraceful and offensive.

Playing games and holding us hostage

I am getting real tired of the left’s usual tactic of threatening to, or actually go through with their threats, to cut critical services first whenever budget battles come up. Here in my state of Connecticut, our new democrat governor, in order to pretend he is asking everyone to “share equally in the financial burden”, caused by our legislators – which have been dominated by the left for many decades, with all the usual consequences and bullshit – spending like drunken sailors on a rampage, promised us a billion dollars in public union concessions in return for the largest tax hike ever enacted, I hear the real figure is close to $3 billion over the next 2 years, and when the unions whom own the left balked, threatened them with layoffs. Of course, it was all for show.

Now the shit hit the fan, the unions are not budging as expected, and the layoffs are supposedly starting, but instead of cutting the damned parasites working at the DMV or other such useless government money pits, the first measly group, less than 400 in all, targeted all are critical providers, like Department of Corrections officers – the guys that keep the jails running- and state troopers, which provide for security.

At a minimum the strategy is that since these people are critical, reversing the layoffs a few months down the line, hopefully when the state has more money, or even if they don’t and they can lay blame for something bad that happens on the lack of manpower, is all but a given. After all, less police dealing with crime or correction officers watching the psychopaths in jail, is a dangerous thing for us all. Of course, the people getting laid off will all be the younger harder working, and cheaper to keep employees too. It also pisses me off that the media, as is in the case of this news here in Connecticut, then never points out this is a choice, and a callous one at that, intentionally made by these leftists to prey on people, and that they are playing political games and risking the lives of the people for their own personal gain.

The choice to layoff these critical employees that provide valuable services, with possible serious implications, is not a coincidence. This is the SOP on the left when they are put in a position where they have to cut the bloated government bureaucracy, don’t really want to do it, and hope the cuts will put pressure on the public to reverse their stance government is too big. And our Petulant in chief collectivist in DC is doing more of the same when he threatens to target Social Security for seniors and Veteran benefits, then gets pissed when the right calls his bluff.

Here in Connecticut we are basically screwed, because the left owns the god dammed government – which means the public unions do – and we are not going to get any redress to this situation. But we don’t have to put up with this shit at the federal level. If Boehner had any sense he would immediately put together a bill in the House that would mandate government fund Social Security, Medicare, veteran benefits, the military, and any other interests they do not want the left to hold hostage during this fight, then dare Reid and Obama to vote it down or veto it, leaving no doubt whom is playing games with us. Then point out that despite the left’s new found “optimism” that an unemployment number over 9% is signs of things getting better, while contrasting the way they used to report unemployment at the low end of 4% when the guy in the WH had a different letter next to his name.

Seriously, republicans need to stand fast and tell Obama and the left that we need cuts now – not promises of cuts in a decade – to get government spending under control, that any new revenue steam will only be used to pay down debt, not prop up the impossible to keep bloated social system, that we have to reform these bloated systems to make them work for the future, and that they should stop the games. The fiscal insanity has to end, and then in a way that it grows the economy, not the left’s big government.

Like taxes and Democrats? Move to Connecticut.

Fan-fucking-tastic:

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a $40.1 billion two-year budget that raises taxes by $2.6 billion, the biggest increase in state history, according to Republicans who fought the plan.

The budget passed by the House of Representatives and Senate yesterday raises taxes on incomes of more than $50,000 a year. It boosts the retail-sales levy to 6.35 percent from 6 percent while broadening it to cover previously exempt goods and services. The rate becomes 7 percent on “luxuries” such as $1,000-plus clothing and boats above $100,000.

“Unlike so many other states which have seized the opportunity to restructure government and make it sustainable, we continue on a bender,” Senator Andrew Roraback, a Goshen Republican, said before voting against the budget backed by Malloy, a Democrat elected in November. “We’re going to be spending more next year by taxing people,” Roraback said.

But it’s (allegedly) a balanced bender, so that makes it okay, right?

That 0.35% sales tax increase is going to crush people in the cities that are already having massive problems paying for necessities amongst rising food & fuel costs. And because the cheapest food is also the food that is fattening us up as a nation, our esteemed leadership just doubled down on making Connecticut fatter. But then we’ll die younger and the state won’t have to pay for shit anymore, so…upside?

The minute I can swing it, we’re leaving this state, which will be a few years, much to my chagrin. Sure, there’s a few things here and there that you can say are good, but generally Connecticut is devoid of culture. Pop, traditional or otherwise. It’s a state that is mostly vast swaths of poverty or strip malls punctuated by colleges. And of course mainly a suburb of NYC to the south. And now we have 2.6 billion – with a B! – in new taxes on 3.5 million people.

Yeah, Linda McMahon don’t sound so fucking bad right about now, does she, my fellow Nutmeggers? Feel like you made a mistake yet?