We are now almost two years into the administration of Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, D-WFP, and this much we know: the governor basks in photo-ops, is a control freak, has an ego bigger than Montana and is an administrative failure.
There is no question this governor enjoys the limelight. When he isn’t handling a weather crisis, which has him on television 24-7, he manufactures one event after another to make the 5, 6 & 11 news. He also avails himself of every radio and television interview opportunity, as long as the questions are friendly. There is little media cross-examination of this governor, for fear of being crossed off the list. Gov. Malloy has run up quite an expense account, running around the state, doling out money to municipalities; money that has been bonded on the state’s maxed out credit card. However, the idea is to get on the television news and in the morning papers day after day.
This governor is not content with power, unless he can wield it against his critics. Woe to the media representative or politician who happens to exercise his free speech rights. Challenge this governor, or raise legitimate questions about his budget or policies, and risk being the focus in his cross hairs. Just ask Sen. Len Suzio of Meriden or the Connecticut State Police Union. Suzio, a one-term Republican, who won a special election after the corrupt Democrat, Tom Gaffey resigned his Senate seat, was specifically targeted by Malloy for defeat in the 13th District. Suzio, a hard-working fiscal conservative, who from day one exposed the governor’s budget as a fraud, lost by a disputable 238 votes to the Democrat, Dante Bartolomeo. The campaign was marked by the usual Democratic dirty tricks playbook: sling mud, construct a straw man, and eventually some of it will stick. The 13th District has lost a very good man. Hopefully, Suzio will run again.
Then there is the Connecticut State Police Union, which has exposed Malloy’s reorganization of public safety as a power grab disguised as a line-item budget savings. The governor’s consolidation of dispatch centers has led to more overtime than the state will admit. Malloy side-stepped the mandated, minimum amount of troopers the state police must have, got the heavily Democratic-controlled state legislature and the courts to agree with him, and created a major rift between the union and its command. Why? Because the state police dared challenge the governor’s concessions package.
They used to say the most dangerous place in Connecticut was between a camera and then Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. That was before Gov. Malloy came along. This governor is quick to tell you everything he’s done has been a success and that everybody and every program that came before him was wrong. He and is highly-paid senior adviser, Roy Occhiogrosso, are the copyright owners of “blame it on the Republicans” and everyone else. All problems in Connecticut are the Republicans’ fault, no matter that the General Assembly has been dominated by the Democrats for over 30 years. If the unemployment rate skyrockets, and it has, blame those who crunch the numbers. Question even a slight error with a Malloy program and be prepared to be lambasted by the “Big O.” It’s the equivalent of killing a fly with a sledgehammer.
Then there is the budget. Not even 17 months into Malloy’s first budget, we are witnessing an absolute failure. We were told, repeatedly by the Malloy campaign in 2010, he would place the state on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles or GAAP. This would be a more transparent way of showing Connecticut voters the state’s true financial picture. The state has yet to adopt GAAP.
We were told by this crowd that Republicans had put Connecticut in this budget fix – even though Democrats controlled the legislature. To repair it, the governor and the Democratic legislature would have to adopt the largest tax hike in state history. They did, and the first year of the two-year budget, ended in deficit. The governor had to use every budget gimmick to balance it. Now year two finds Connecticut, taking a another bath in red ink. One day, Malloy tells the media it’s “premature” to talk budget deficit. The next day his budget chief, Benjamin Barnes, admits the state budget is near a fiscal cliff and laments, “It’s unheard of in Connecticut’s modern economic history to see four years after the triggering event of the recession to not be seeing normal recovery type growth.” In other words, the usual blame game.
Malloy has doled out hundreds of millions of dollars in corporate welfare under his bogus “First Five” initiative, signed on to a disastrous multi-million dollar busway project, has increased spending and taxes, and we are left with high unemployment, red ink and a budget chief talking about “unheard of” history? I’m surprised he didn’t blame George Bush for this mess, but there’s still time.
The Real Truth
The truth is, Malloy raised taxes to the hilt, increased spending, unleashed an uncalled for corporate welfare program and employed every other liberal, economic formula. There was never any talk of tax cuts, spending cuts, or bringing the Republicans into the fold to develop a compatible solution. The Malloy approach has been an abject failure. His fingerprints are all over this disaster. If the “Republicans drove the car into the ditch,” Malloy and his minions are driving it over the cliff. Just don’t admit it, unless you want to get swatted over the head with a sledgehammer, during the free fall.