Another presidential election — Are you tired yet?

We here in the state of Connecticut really deserve a time out from politics. 2016 is looking to be an oppressive political year for the Connecticut voter, Lord knows we have been steeped in politics …up to our ears… for what seems years. The double hit on the run for our state federal Senate seat was very numbing to We the People of Connecticut: the office could not be bought, at least not by a Republican female candidate. One party has locked up the state and federal representative delegations and will and “do” pretty much call the shots. Does anyone want to bet there will be a tax increase coming out of Hartford? Soon!

Enough, I want a time out… state employees’ jobs are safe,” no cuts”; municipal jobs are safe, “no cuts”; the federal government is where you go looking for work or handouts… “No cuts.” The Feds seem to be bringing foreign groups in so they can collect stuff from We the People; kids who need opportunity. Ah, okay, nice to know we are still the land of opportunity … for people born outside this land. Why is that, I wonder.

And the real wonder of it all is the fact that some national players just don’t go away and become senior citizens and make room for new talent, new ideas and new opportunities.

I am tired of the Clintons and the Bushs. I would love a female president, but not Hillary. She has failed at too many things and just won’t let go … she’s privileged. The Bush family should buy a farm and leave America in peace; I don’t want another Bush president: Enough, already! We don’t want or need dynasty or dynastic political families.

Please, Connecticut… Please, America: Bring on the new bright, vibrant leaders… You know: For the people, by the people, and most importantly of the people.

Governments have trained us to be compliant, meet deadlines

Well, is it just me or is there anyone else who feels Joe Citizen is being squeezed like the poor people in the Errol Flynn movie “Robin Hood”? Remember the tax collectors taking any and everything to fill the tax bill and laughing as they filled their carts?

Between the state, national and municipal governments, we the working citizens of the land, of this land, really are getting fleeced. We even have the Connecticut Council of Municipalities paying for advertising calling the citizens of Connecticut to get to the phone and demand their state reps hold the line on the money they, the towns and cities, are due. Don’t let them cut a thing less you want to pay more property tax, that’s the message.

The other governments are punishing the other governments. Something sounds very wrong. Why are they spending money they took from the taxpayer to tell voters not to let taxes be cut?

Because the taxpayer will have to pay yet again higher taxes. The governments have us trained to be compliant and meet deadlines and make sure all the T’s are crossed and the I’s are dotted. If you don’t the threat, although vailed, is very much understood: They will take your stuff, and they will. At one time paying taxes was what was expected of the good citizens. It was almost a privilege; now it’s the law.

Speaking of old films, remember Charlton Heston in “The Ten Commandments.” Pharaoh commands his kingdom to make the greatest tomb for his afterlife. We see the people singing and marching to the task, as if they were going to a festival. We then see as the years have passed the singing is replaced by the sounds of whips cracking and people crying out in anguish. The gradual slide from citizen to slave of the state — some call it sheeple. God bless America and her citizens.

Birthday celebration brings remembrances of times past

This last week I celebrated my birthday, and it was a big one. Let’s just say I am at a time where the joy is not in the celebrating but in the arrival of the day!

When I was a youngster, my mother and father and their siblings made a big party for their children’s birthdays. We would shoehorn 20 or 30 people into a three-room apartment and have a great time rejoicing in the continuance of the family. We had a big family: My father had seven brothers and sisters, and my mother had four. All of these had children — we were on an endless party circuit.

The Second World War was over, and all of the men made it home, with the exception of one uncle who never came back from the Pacific. The feeling was that there was much to celebrate — everyone was working and either married or getting married.
Times were booming, times were good. People were positive in the American war victory, safe in the comfort of the love of their families and looking forward to a bright and what promised to be a brighter future. It was all good.

Time has passed in my lifetime with a speed and rapidity so as to make one feel we were observers and not participants. The changes have been staggering: Families are smaller and easily dissolved; women are more likely than ever before to be single parents. Men no longer dominate the work force, and compete for jobs with their sisters and wives and daughters and who knows who else. The job force has shrunk, and people find the competition for jobs very fierce indeed.

The economy is soft and has been for almost a decade, and the governments — state, local and national — control much of what we do with a very heavy hand. The governments are the largest single employer in our world now.

But I still celebrated my birthday with people who made the journey with me to this time and space, and it’s still great to be here with my special people. The party has turned into a movable feast. God bless you all.

CTfastrak — ‘Let’s talk about what is …’

The busway is up and running and we will not have to hear about how bad or how good it is… it’s now a reality.

Thank God.

It is something that was and is needed.

Our whole system of mass transportation is a real hodge-podge as it is.

For most people, if you don’t have your own car, your life is spent waiting or running for a bus. The trains are for interstate and not intertown and intertown buses are few and run in an almost whimsical manner. The line between New Britain is something that has been needed for years and now that it’s here, people who like the old system are saying it was a waste of money — no one will use it, it’s a white elephant.

The reality is this is the type of system which should link more towns with more cities; this is the first of many transportation upgrades for the citizens of Connecticut.

The problem when you get the governor of the state saying, guys, we are out of money, that does not bode well for investments in helping the people get jobs and helping people get to their jobs.

So, New Britain, I think will be it for a while. So make it work, guys, this is the kind of infrastructure which will make a difference for all of us. We can save money as well … just use the system..

Now that’s a point to ponder.