Remember when prosperity reigned?

Do you remember when people would take the time and money to spruce up their used cars by putting in seat covers? It was still shortly after World War II and America had not gotten up to speed with the peacetime homeland efforts. We still had a very large occupation army in both Europe and Japan, and the manufacturing base was retooling to the American consumer boom about to hit.

So people were buying used cars. Anything that ran was literally worth its weight in gold. My parents paid $500 for a 1938 Studebaker four-door that had many, many miles on it. To gushy it up, they put seat covers at about 20 percent of the purchase price so it would look better. This was in 1948. The name of the company was RACO, and they had lots of stores and did a land-office business selling car seat covers — for about five or six years, then they went away. True story.

In 1950 my parents bought their first new car. It was a 1950 Ford Custom — it was the low-end Ford, but it was new. It smelled new, it looked new, and it was ours. We sold the Studebaker, seat covers and all, to my uncle. He had it on the road for another two years.

America was moving into the greatest period of booming prosperity ever known. Jobs were begging for workers, and highways were being built. The interstate system would change the country in ways not seen since the building of the railroads.

G.E. was a big company in America, and a big company in Connecticut. It employed tens of thousands of Americans and moved their headquarters to our state.
The No. 8 company out of the top 500 is now probably going to leave Connecticut; New York was on the phone to them when they heard they were not happy with the big tax hits approved by our state lawmakers.

I think G.E. is going to leave, as well as many others. It’s tougher and tougher to do business in Connecticut and the lawmakers were angry that G.E. dared to threaten them with consequences for tax increases. How will our lawgivers feel when the voters react to G.E.- moving to Rye, New York?

Legislators are very cavalier with your jobs. Their vanity and conceit treated G.E. as if it installed seat covers in used cars. They may go, but we are stuck with the bigger-than-life lawgivers.

A point to ponder.

Our nation has become a collection of victims

We as a society have become a collection of people who are victims. America has become a collection of victims — we are no longer a collection of families with respected beliefs, but Americans with rights granted by a collection of victim enablers: our politicians and government.

We have been basically set one against another. You against me, us against them, women against men, black against white. Christian against non-Christian. Democrat against Republican. And on and on it goes.

I came across the term “collection of victims” and had a moment of clarity. Our families were the backbone of American society: The family was charged by society to raise children to respect and understand the people in their neighborhoods. We were taught to respect the people around us, respect our parents and respect our God. This was not a time of endless happiness, but it was a time of endless possibilities. America was the land of plenty and endless possibilities.

New life was not an option, it was an unalienable right granted by God and America’s Constitution. It never was meant to be treated as a right of individual choice. The Ten Commandments were not the Ten Suggestions; rather, they were the laws given us by the lawgiver — God.

America has moved from a land with firm beliefs and connections to God, a public covenant, as in the Old Testament, a pact of direct connection between God and man, to a land of wanderers in a social wilderness.

We agreed to follow the rule of God, and turned it into society’s rule of law. We have to try and reestablish our societal markers, or the dream will disappear. One of the strongest images of the disaster that was Baltimore was a line of city residents (predominantly black residents) forming a protective wall in front of Baltimore police (dominantly white). The message was clear: “To get to them you have to go through us.” The police were left alone.

Americans used to say, “To destroy God’s way, you have to go through us.” Are we still willing to stand up for what we believe?

When are we going to get to where we are going?

I was there; I was there!… when a great effort in America began. Equalizing the down trodden and I was part of the effort to bring a segment of the population “the minority” into the mainstream of opportunity and hopefully equality. I mean real equality, the nation was going to go color blind and become creed neutral.We would bus children from the inner-city, and afford them the same opportunity as the more affluent suburban students. They would grow and be enriched.

There were a few drawbacks…At the end of the long school day the city kids were taken back to the home and neighborhood barren of opportunity but the school day would resonate and bring goodness and light. We were told qualifications on all levels did not matter…jobs, school qualification, college admissions, past experience had very little bearing on our “affirmative action “as a society, it was incumbent on The American people to give the downtrodden a leg up…preferential treatment make room for them even if the old standards questioned qualification…the only qualification necessary was to be one of the protected class. Be a minority… the irony … with the government’s standard… women all women were also a minority, some qualified twice as an ethnic minority and a gender protected class, Native Americans and Hispanics and I think American Pacific island natives and Americans of Asiatic heritage; If you do the math you will see that the minorities became a majority of applicants for everything. Schools, jobs, job promotions … many organizations set quotas to make sure opportunity could be monitored and counted…just to be sure it was happening. And if you as an organization didn’t think this was a serious effort and follow the published requirements the …Government could cut funding or bring you up on discriminatory charges. This mind you was leveling the playing field of democracy and it was a serious effort. Some however called it reverse discrimination.

So fifty five years after the Great society of Lynden Banes Johnson, and the Liberal Democratic attempt at redressing our countries sins we are still seeing the city of Baltimore thrown into a state of lawless civil disobedience and we are still hearing we must, as a population, do more to help the rioters come into the main stream. What have we been doing? Did I mention the fire storm in Baltimore was over the death of a Black drug dealer as he was being arrested by white police officers? Nothing has been mentioned by our news media about Black on white crime in Baltimore its mind boggling. Anyone want to play knockout, if you’re black you walk up to a white person male or female and try and knock he or she out with one punch….great sport. Then you and your friends have a good laugh as you run away after breaking a random white persons’ face. The white community does not react to the attacks. They don’t want to look like bigots Did I mention the mayor of Baltimore is a black woman, a lawyer no less, oh,and the police chief is also black and Baltimore has one of the worst drug addiction problems in the country?

The grand effort on the part of American Politicians has not stopped the rioting slowed it way down… Maybe. It has made white Christian men a new minority but the black community still does not trust or like the Whiteman. The white community sinned against them too long and with a brutality that cannot be fathomed and with the heartlessness of the devil himself. The majority of the old slave community is still in a state of the freedman slave community. That’s after 150 years of post-civil war freedom and 50 years of post-civil rights legislation. The black man is still invisible. At least he thinks so.

We have a black United States President and more high level Government officials, The Senate just approved the first black female Attorney General and ,that was after we had six years of our first black male Attorney General. We have black people running more agencies than ever in the history of this country and we the white community are still told we are not sensitive to minority problems…In 1969 My company made me go to a week long, on company time mind you, minority sensitivity session and it has happened with other company’s I’ve worked for.

When do we graduate? When can I question something about a black misdeed without being told I’m discriminating and therefore a bigot? Has anyone else gotten the feeling that we as a non-black member of the community… we are discriminated against by black people, when they are able! And many are able… I HAVE.

When will we have a men’s study course you know to explain how we were wronged and how domineering and one sided women have become. When will we be able to take our place in this equal society? When? Why are we going around in circles?

Confused … very confused – about gas prices on the rise

Did you notice the price of gasoline has been going up once again? It looks like our financial good fortune is about to leave us. The powers that be are moving the price up to the good old levels of avarice these manipulators of the people like. To them the higher the better — or you all can walk.

At one time we citizens of the United States would have thought our government would use the power of the people to help control these modern-day pirates. But that has not happened since the sixties — that’s the 1960s. The Kennedy administration fought the steel industry raising the price of raw steel because it would have hurt the country’s economic recovery and thus hurt the people. The steel industry backed down; the price jump did not happen.

Have you noticed when the big banks were about to hit a wall and crash the government bailed them out with the taxpayer’s pocketbook. The president sold the deal as a must — remember these banks were too big to fail. Their failure would impact the American economy and cause a financial catastrophe, so we the people suffered the loss of jobs, homes and went through a financial famine. We suffered.

The banks are making more money than ever, and we are still paying what the pirates charge for our gasoline, whatever the price. The government will give voters stuff to build a faithful constituency but not fight to prevent, or try to prevent, our financial pain. The world gasoline reserves are at the highest levels ever. Why are we paying higher prices? Our cars are more efficient — our cars are newer, thus more efficient — and believe it or not there are fewer commuters running to and from work (fewer people working). What happened to the rule of supply and demand? The less the demand, the lower the price; the greater the demand, the higher the price. I guess the rules no longer apply. The question is: when will the government care about the people who work and drive?

A point to ponder.

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.

Passover, Easter: both a time for rebirth

The celebration of spring is also the celebration of Easter, the rebirth of love and hope.
The time of Passover, the time God helped the enslaved break the bonds of their masters.

It’s a time for us to give thanks and remember the lessons of the past and look forward to the life in front of us.

The God of our fathers has become old-fashioned to some; they question his presence and embrace their ego and man’s knowledge and might.

Big mistake!

God had and does defend us from ourselves, mostly. The almighty grants us love and his grace and makes life doable.
My belief: Have you never found yourself talking to God? Asking for help and or guidance, when it happens, is revealing.
Easter is a time for remembering that grace — God’s grace. “God sheds his grace on thee” — remember the song? “And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea” — “America” gives praise to God and man. The fourth verse goes like this: “Our fathers’ God to thee, author of liberty, to thee we sing, Long may our land be bright with freedom’s holy light. Protect us by thy might, great God our king.

This nation was founded by many people from many different walks of life, but God was a big part of their everyday life, not just once a year on a holiday, and they did not share it with a bunny. So to all of you, may God shed his grace on thee and thy family and may this Easter bring you joy and a sense of safety and peace.

God bless.

Mother Nature showed us who’s boss on first day of spring

The first day of spring, the first full day, was Saturday the 21st, and as if to show us who the real boss is, Mother Nature presented us with an early morning snowstorm and a last blast of winter wonderland.

It was sloppy and wet, but we all knew this was her last hurrah – the winter of snow was going to be gone very soon, and it was. The sun was out, and by the afternoon the day was pleasant and springlike. We had made it, we the community, through a very tough winter and we are now looking forward to the spring renewal about to descend on us.

Blossoming flowers, strong sweet fragrances and the wonder of the rebirth we see; the growing season is coming and some of us will be getting ready to plant and line up the seeds and plants for the coming growing season. I can never get over the wonder of little seed things growing into tomatoes and peppers, and if you cut a potato in quarters you plant them and you get lots of potatoes. It’s a miracle.

In the old days the ancients would thank the god or goddess of plenty and bounty. Then the Christians thanked a loving and benevolent caring God, the God of our fathers, and the God of the Covenant. They thanked him for his blessings and our sustenance, our bounty. They thanked him for the love and protection, for the grace he shed on them and their families. Yes, they thanked God for his blessings.

I was thinking: When was the last time we thanked God for his grace? No, really. When?

Have a great spring everyone — you all earned it.