The Milford Republicans enjoyed a lopsided victory this election. Most onlookers at the Spalthoff Headquarters watched in awe as the numbers for Republicans across scores of towns showed the same ominous result.
This years election appears to be part "deux" of the nationally driven pendulum swing of the Republican and Democrat paradigm. For those who remember "Obamamania" last year it was a stellar victory for anyone with a "D" next to their name this year its an "R."
The election results are rather disconcerting, not because the people got what they voted for or because we rewarded "bad behavior" but because our municipalities appear to be paying a price for what happens on the national level. This years election Results were certainly great news for the Republicans, but I am certain that many of the people who voted, had no idea about how many good people in Milford city councils were lost.
This type of paradigm shift is what got us the Solitaire Playing state representative that the Republican's were so critical of, certainly we hope this is not again the type of leadership borne of this type of "propaganda" or "blind voting" we got this year. Certainly I am expecting enormous mistakes will be made by our new inexperienced leaders and certainly I am expecting conflict and controversy over the unchecked and aggressive policies of the new Richetelli gang.
There was a time I believed that all politics were local, but today I am not so sure the voters of Milford agree with me. This election once again made it clear that Fox News, Glenn Beck and MSNBC are calling the shots in our small city.
While I knew that the voters were upset over the broader national agenda, in no way did I ever believe that a third choice, the Independent Party, or the Democratic Party, (who had great candidates,) would be so unilaterally rejected as viable alternative choices.
Milford's future is certainly going to be challenged, the "faux pas/tromp do lei" economy will soon unravel and taxation/inflation/unemployment is going to climb. The city, state, and the Federal Government are expected to continue in its relentless and aggressive pursuit of funding from the dying middle class.
Many of you used the national agenda as the basis for your local vote, and did so with the hope of change. I am sorry to say that this only allowed your anger over Obama result in the loss of some real Democrat patriots who were great board members looking out for your interests.
Having been to almost every debate, and spent the last several months getting to know all the city candidates in the running, I learned that their is some real new inexperienced leadership who will be serving our mayor and not you. This is not to say that there are'nt any good people in the overall list of elected newcomers, but by no means did Milford elect the "best of the best" or the most competent and talented people. You will soon see this when the Mayor asks for something and his newly elected band of servants "jumps through hoops" for him while injuring you.
"The Richetelli team," as the mayor puts it will be implemented in full force and will have a majority on every city board. The city is now committed to $3,000,000.00 in pay, bonuses, perks, health care, and future benefits to our mayor. The only obsticle now is us the taxpayers and his skill in decieving his followers with the new Republican ideology.
Many people in town love Jim, and have touted his sincerity and charm as a feeling of safety. Now the good people of Milford are nesting in the "mouth of the alligator." Expect higher unemployment from city positions and a systemic attack on our teachers unions, schools and municipal jobs.
My focus over the next few years is going to be an important fight to save the Milford School system from the "Republican Cutting Block." More than ever all those involved in this years elections are going to have to stay active and voice their concerns to our local city councils and our zoning boards if we are to keep this approaching "train wreck" from becoming a local disaster. One thing that the Republican Party and Democratic Party has made clear, is that they stick together and relinquish their authority to their own. However, both sides, never miss an opportunity to increase their pensions, vote themselves raises and improve the quaility of their health care at your cost.
Next time you see someone on the road in need of emergency services and a ten year old ambulance arrives late, is in disrepair, and you later hear that that person died on the way to the hospital, do not forget "who packed their parachute" and pray its not you. Welcome to the new Milford!