Don’t Take Down The Debt Clock

The left has reached a new low, asking that Republicans take down the National Debt Clock on Capitol Hill.  At Tuesday’s House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., asked committee chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, to not display the clock, shown on two video boards in the committee room, when a Democrat spoke.  Ellison called the clock a “political prop.”  Hensarling granted the request.

Too bad.  The clock needs to be displayed.  (We will continue to display the count on this website.)  In fact, an image of the clock should be emailed to every congressman.  Our debt is sinking us, and the end times Obama predicts, if the sequester is allowed to happen, will occur down the road, if the sequester is not allowed.  debt clock

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Lovallo: Esty Campaign Engaged In Gutter Politics

I figured Elizabeth Esty for better, even though I disagree with her political philosophy, but apparently like others in this politically-charged season she has chosen to take her campaign against Republican Andrew Roraback into the gutter.  How else to explain the Democratic candidate for congress in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District?  She has gone beyond the usual rhetoric we expect from candidates and is using outright lies to ascribe positions to Roraback  and the Republican party.

In her appearance before the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday, Esty said Roraback “wants to extend federal tax cuts for the wealthy.” This is the usual left-wing talking point.  They never tell you that to eliminate those tax cuts wouldn’t help the federal deficit one iota.  Roraback’s position on tax cuts is to keep the current income tax rates and payroll tax reductions in place for one year, while overhauling the entire tax code.  In other words, he is not just for “extending federal tax cuts for the wealthy.”

Wrongly Ties Roraback To Tea Party

Esty refuses to condemn an ad run by her party that ties Roraback to the Tea Party.  Wrong again.  Roraback is anything but a Tea Party candidate and did not receive that group’s backing in the August primary. Her campaign is also running ads claiming Roraback has cut Social Security.   Wrong again.  How could Roraback even be in a position to vote on Social Security, when he has served in the Connecticut legislature for the last 18 years?

Shows Ignorance On Social Security

In her appearance before the Chamber, Esty also pulled out another tired Democrat talking point, one the party has used since Ronald Reagan was President; Social Security.  She said she would oppose any effort to move the full retirement age, which stands at 65 for people born before 1938 and 67 for those born afterwards.  Even level headed Democrats – see Erskine Bowles – understand the need for Social Security reform or the system is going to go belly-up.  No one, not even the Republicans, are calling for the elimination of  Social Security.

Lies About Romney’s Taxes 

Esty also told the Chamber crowd that some members paid more in taxes than a current candidate for President.  Although not mentioning Romney by name, the reference was obvious.  The fact is, Romney paid millions in taxes last year, he just didn’t pay income taxes, as he did not draw an income.  Even the tax rate claim is under question.  Fox News uses IRS data to show Romney’s rate is actually higher.

Esty’s husband is the Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  If this were the real world, he would have fined his wife for the political pollution she has emitted in her out-of-line verbiage.   Even the Register Citizen is taking her to task for “deceptive smears.”   The voters of Connecticut deserve an elevated discourse, not the type of conversation to which Esty has subscribed.Elizabeth Esty

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Congressional Candidate Calls Obama a ‘Liar’

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Health Care Act, Connecticut congressional candidate Justin Bernier is calling President Obama a ‘liar.’  Although the court deemed most of the law in violation of the Constitution, it viewed Obama care as a tax, thus making it legal in the eyes of the Congress’ power to tax.  Chief Justice John Roberts was the difference in the 5-4 vote in writing the opinion on the verdict.   Because it is essentially a tax in the court’s eyes, Bernier said the ruling essentially makes Obama a ‘liar’ because he promised not to raise taxes on the middle class and this is a tax increase on the middle class.  Bernier, who is among four Republican candidates seeking the 5th District congressional nomination in Connecticut, promised he would work for repeal, if elected.

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AFL-CIO Endorses Candidate, Whose Campaign Is Under Federal Investigation

The Connecticut AFL-CIO has endorsed the candidacy of Christopher Donovan for Congress.  Donovan, Connecticut Speaker of the House, has won the Democratic Party convention endorsement for the 5th Congressional District race in Connecticut.  He is facing a three-way primary fight.  Donovan’s campaign is under investigation by the federal government.  An FBI sting operation alleges that Donovan’s campaign finance manager accepted donations in return for Donovan influencing Connecticut’s legislative agenda, regarding roll-you-own-tobacco shops.  Donovan claims he had no knowledge of what was happening.  His campaign finance manager has since resigned.

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Governor Malloy’s phony statements

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy cannot spend a day out of the limelight.  It is a particularly bad time for him, when the General Assembly is not in session.  It means less coverage.  But he keeps on plugging, with photo-ops, appearances across the state, doling out grant money, all to make the 6:00 news.  Friday was no exception.  As part of a concerted Democratic Party effort to get Congress to pass a highway bill, Malloy was among those blaming House Republicans for playing politics, by holding up the highway bill to hurt the economy and President Obama’s chances for reelection.  Democrats repeated the script across the country today.

I thought we had a highway bill?

I thought the first Obama stimulus package was going to fix our bridges and highways?  Or was it the second?  Do a Google search and you will find this oft-repeated mantra by Democrats for years now.  “We need a highway bill. Republicans are holding up the process to hurt Obama’s reelection chances.”  Blah! Blah! Blah!  Where was the highway bill when the Democrats controlled the entire Congress?

In reality, although Democrats talked highways and byways, that first Obama stimulus was designed to preserve government jobs at the state and municipal levels to ensure reelection of Democrats in the midterm elections.  The hope was the economy would turn around by then and all would be well with the world.  Guess what?  It didn’t happen.  Funding ran out for those jobs, layoffs ensued, and the highways we were told would be repaired are now in full disrepair.

Malloy just as political

Meanwhile, Dannel 88 was in full political mode today, saying “we have many projects in the pipeline,” if only the federal money was there to pay for it.  Then he took aim at House Republicans for putting the brakes to funding.   What a phony statement.   The state has tens of millions of dollars already, to make bridge and highway repairs, but Malloy and his liberal cronies decided to waste it on the much criticized Hartford to New Britain busway.  Err…excuse me…CT fastrak.

The governor does not need a vote from Congress to fix Connecticut’s highways.  Those so called “projects in the pipeline” could be started right now, with money earmarked for that ludicrous $600 million busway.  Or does he need to bond more money for capital projects to keep the general fund afloat?

The governor should quit playing politics with the taxpayers’ money.  The people of Connecticut don’t deserve his kind of rhetoric. 

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