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Connecticut Budget Busted! Holy Fiscally Conservative Hypocrisy, Batman! What Now?
Radiofree West Hartford ^ | February 11, 2007 | Doug Wrenn

Posted on 02/11/2007 8:02:01 AM PST by CTposterBoy

I told you so. For all you “pink dog” Republicans who thought she walked on water and voted accordingly for “Princess Pollyanna” and got suckered in by her cutesy little schoolgirl, milk-and-cookies demeanor, you got exactly what you deserved. The big, bad wolf just took off the little pretty sheep costume. I tried to tell you she was nothing more than a venomous snake with a maternal smile but apparently, few heeded my advice, as she was coronated instead of elected. I have more respect and trust for a far left wing Democrat than any of these pusillanimous so-called “moderate” weathervane-like Republicans, who are little more than gutless cowards and/or lying frauds. As much as I disagree with liberal Democrats, at least they don’t portray themselves as something else, barring their watered down euphemisms like “moderate,” “centrist,” “progressive,” and my all-time favorite, “open minded.” For those of you who so often let down your principles on social policy to accept these allegedly fiscally conservative Trojan Horses, how dare you bad-mouth this governor? You compromised your standards, trusted someone not worthy of your trust, and are now screaming out for a soothing salve for your well-earned burn. Before you apply that remedy, let the sting remain for a while longer, lest you don’t forget soon and repeat this mistake, as so many of you foolishly do every year on Election Day. Whatever your problem is, be it naivety or denial, I hope you have learned your lesson. The only things ever found in the middle of the road are long yellow streaks and dead skunks. You bought into the sham of “the lesser of two evils,” and prostituted your vote away so stop your whining about getting screwed afterward. Did you also have to burn your hand before learning not to touch a hot stove? This makes the hat trick, at least on the income tax. Weicker lied and gave it to us, Rowland campaigned against it, kept it, and then raised it in 2003, and thanks to Pollyanna, the official gatekeeper of Pandora’s Box for similar hoodwinks and boondoggles such as civil unions, global warming, embryonic stem cell research, Santa Claus, the Tooth Ferry and other tax-funded shell games, the door has just opened that much wider.

OK. I’m done now, sort of. Actually, more like Al Pacino in the movie, “Scent of a Woman,” I’m just getting warmed up! I had to get that steam out of my pipes, but don’t mistake my venting for gloating, because I’m now as mired in this self-imposed crisis as much as you are. Complaining is loads of fun, but in terms of achieving results, it has about as much traction as bald tires on ice, so let’s retire our favorite past-time temporarily and get to work. We have lots of work to do. Decide now what you really want to do. I am proposing some solid suggestions, and they are about as easy to swallow as unflavored cough syrup, so either get your hands dirty in this fight, and it will be a fight, or else, shut up, hold your nose and take your fleecing like good little compromising moderate Republican sheep. Our state and that abysmally impotent amoeba that shockingly maintains a straight face while calling itself “The Connecticut Republican Party” are both in the same predicament. They are rudderless ships in a gale at sea. To address that situation, I propose “Wrenn’s Rules.” Take them or leave them. Jump on board or stay off. Sink or swim. But whatever you decide, remember later, you decided it. I don’t guarantee anything. Follow my suggestions, and I’ll guess that your odds of success are maybe 50%. Ignore them, and you can keep getting fleeced in your idle position, in which case, the odds of survival for this state, the GOP and each of you remains at 0%. You do the math. How can I be so bold? Easy. I’m no expert, but I don’t hear anyone else making any suggestions. Besides, in at least two addresses so far, Pollyanna patted herself on the back and called her imbecilic socialist propaganda “bold,” so I guess I can be “bold” too. But enough hot air. You heard enough of that last Wednesday, so here are “Wrenn’s Rules”:

In her address, Pollyanna referred to her constitutional right as governor to bust the budget cap. This is the second such time she has broken the cap. She indeed, gets this right from an abuse of Article XXVIII, Section 18, subsection b, which states in part:

“The General Assembly shall not authorize an increase in general budget expenditures for any fiscal year above the amount of general budget expenditures authorized for the previous fiscal year by a percentage which exceeds the greater of the percentage increase in personal income or the percentage increase in inflation, unless the Governor declares an emergency or the existence of extraordinary circumstances and at least three fifths of the members of each house of the General Assembly vote to exceed such limit for the purposes of such emergency or extraordinary circumstances…” (Emphasis added).

The state electorate has the right and the opportunity on the ballot to vote for a Constitutional Convention every 20 years. On the next such ballot, we should call for a Constitutional Convention. We then lobby our elected leaders to delete the wording “extraordinary circumstances,” thus limiting any governor’s power to break the budget cap to circumstances that are only legitimate, and preferably, “life and death” emergencies.

It is also astounding that constitutionally, any government surplus goes to debt reduction (same article and section, but subsection c), rather than giving the “change” of our “purchase” back to the “customers,” or, the people. We amend that language in a constitutional convention as well. While we’re at it, we should also add initiative and referendum to our government since no one in Hartford appears to be listening to us.

Continued at Radiofree West Hartford


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: budget; education; fakerepublicans; govwatch; phonies; rell; republicans; rinos

1 posted on 02/11/2007 8:02:03 AM PST by CTposterBoy
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To: CTposterBoy

Hippies have always had a hard time adjusting to reality. snif sniff


2 posted on 02/11/2007 8:10:35 AM PST by 100-Fold_Return (Thinketh Like A BILLIONAIRE)
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To: CTposterBoy


3 posted on 02/11/2007 8:12:02 AM PST by XR7
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To: CTposterBoy
For all you "pink dog" Republicans...

4 posted on 02/11/2007 8:21:54 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill

Amazing that Dems who usually love tax increases are now blasting the governor for not saying she would do this before the election. Usually when a Republican raises taxes she gets kudos from the left for being "fiscally responsible."

I don't know how much good additional funds for the education system will do. IF they could somehow figure out how to make kids and parents more interested in actually learning, then maybe we would see some progress.


5 posted on 02/11/2007 8:30:30 AM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: CTposterBoy

"Tooth Ferry"??? Is that the boat that takes fallen out teeth to the Tooth Fairy?? Ha, Ha..couldn't resist.


6 posted on 02/11/2007 8:44:58 AM PST by GoldenPup
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To: GoldenPup

Same thing as a fairy boat, only different!


7 posted on 02/11/2007 8:58:16 AM PST by biff
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To: CTposterBoy

WTF ?


8 posted on 02/11/2007 9:44:18 AM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: CTposterBoy
This article is generally right-on-the-mark.

Radiofree West Hartford is usually consistently conservative in their editorials and commentaries, I find.

Here's a bit from the About Us section of their website:

Radiofree West Hartford is a 100% philanthropic Internet based magazine espousing Conservative Opinions in a time when the foundation of our society, even our right to Speech, has come under attack from the Extreme Left. Many of our so-called respected media outlets, such as the New York Times and Connecticut's Hartford Courant, are in reality willing accomplices of the Democrats Progressive-Socialist agenda and have a history of either ignoring or deliberately distorting the Truth about Conservative Philosophy, Issues, and Candidates.

We hope you will continue to patronize our volunteer driven website as we, in the tradition of our Founding Fathers, attempt to set the record straight and preserve our Nations Greatest Virtue - our shared Liberty.

9 posted on 02/12/2007 5:16:59 AM PST by CT-Freeper (Said the perpetually dejected Mets (and, yes, sometimes Jets) fan.)
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