Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

To all my beloved readers and fans, wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe new year! Blooging will resume in a few days after I have had ample time to celebrate with my family and catch up with the latest news and gossip in town.

Until then thanks for the support and encouragement and if any of you are worried about the high cost of all those lights on your house or apartment you can save money and support our blog by clicking the North American Power Link and enrolling. You must see my name in the upper right hand corner or we will not get credit. Thanks to all of you who have already enrolled.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Milford Condo Associations Speak Out

The new budget year is one that have Condo Associations flustered. This is because they get less city services for the same amount of taxes that everyone else pays for in town. About now you may be wondering how so? Well the best example is perhaps Lexington Green, a place in which several miles of roads storm drains and hundreds of privately owned homes exist. For those not familiar with this area, it is in the North end of Milford and abuts Three other condo associations these are Lexington Green West, Milford Hunt and Baldwin Station.

The property taxes on these free standing houses are not discounted, and some are crying foul. Starting 2011 the Condo Fees in Lexington Green will be jumping from $90.00 per month to $135.00 per month. This jump marks a 60% increase in condo fees since 2007 when each homeowner paid $85.00. The staggering increase in fees has left very few people happy, especially during these challenging economic times.

The increased costs are due to a need to repave all the roads in the development. The cost of this project was outlined in the 2011 budget for Lexington Green and amounts to more money than can reasonably be procured from the occupants of the development at one time. This is why the repaving project will go on for several months or perhaps a year or so until its complete.

Homeowners in these types of developments have long argued for tax breaks from the city of Milford. This is because unlike true city homes Condo Associations pay "out of pocket" to have all their roads paved,  their trash collected, their snow removed, their storm drains repaired and cleaned, they pay for their our own electric and street lighting, and again maintain and pay high property taxes on unused land that private landscapers maintain.  Milford in exchange enjoys regulatory and P&Z authority. Condo associations are told by the the city how association property can be used and increases taxes on any improvements.

The fundamental unfairness arises due to the tax assessment burden placed on condo properties by the Assessors office. They use the same formula for Condo Associations that they do for a home on a city street. Homes who get all the aforementioned city services for free.

Personally I believe that the assessment process is flawed because of this very paradox. The Assessor is not permitted to take into consideration the fact that homes in many Condo Associations relieve the city of millions of dollars in city services. The flawed assessment process only serves to push down the value of condo association homes of which are viewed by buyers as having higher carrying costs and less value due to the myopic policy of the city of Milford. The ongoing need to for Condo management companies to levy fees above and over those imposed by city taxes is unjust. This is because Condo owners must pay additional fees to cover those services every other resident in town gets for FREE. To add "insult to injury" homes in Condo Associations, when compared to similar "in town" homes, are worth less because of this city tax model.

Moving forward in the coming years, an ordinance should be proposed that abates taxes to Condo Associations for privatizing many city services.These Condo Associations if treated fairly can be encouraged and used in a manner that relieves the city coffers from the excessive costs of maintaining its infrastructure. Adopting a P&Z model that encourages, rather than discourages the formation of Condo Associations may be a good cost cutting idea in the coming years. This will be especially true when Milford maxes out its tax base and loses its ability to engage in collective bargaining with city unions.

Hopefully, this practice of taxation with service limitation will cease and decist as city leaders grow wiser in the coming years. Homeowners in condo associations would rather pay higher property tax based on higher home values than the combined double tax of city and association levys void of many city services.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Discussions Get Ugly On Milford's 2011 Budget

Budget season has to be the most challenging and stressful time of year for everyone in Milford. Some in town just do not understand why the budget cannot be the same every year. One would think that the cost of goods and services in a depressed economy would not fluctuate much. Unfortunately that is not the case.

The onset of budget season has begun with our Mayor Jim Richetelli being concerned that the year is "starting off with many unanswered questions." Former RTC Member, and insurance Guru, Tom Byrne has been in contact with Aldematic Chairman Greg Smith. The nature of their discussion is marked by disagreement from the onset regarding the creation of an efficiency committee as suggested by Hartford.

Every year the austerity measures aimed at city services and municipal employees are of serious concern, especially to those individuals whose jobs are on the cutting block. None have decried the protection of city jobs more than James Whittaker who is frequently seen at City Hall protesting cuts that affect his staff.

The balance of services, and responsible government rests in the hands of our leaders and Tom Byrne feels our leaders have fell short of their responsibility. He points out in several local newspapers that city spending has increased in tandem with the Bond Debt. Such a combination without a meaningful or serious approach in the coming budget year is a recipe for disaster.

The increase in our public debt raises our debt service payments, these are also going up with health insurance costs, building and maintenance costs, and  routine contractual raises that virtually every local labor union expects to get. Last budget season many concessions were made by some labor unions including reductions in COLA's and reductions in infrastructure.

This year is marked by a 1.5 Million reduction in Federal education funding. This reduction was one Rep. Rosa Delauro failed to fight for. The propensity for balancing our budget is further complicated by the fact that nearly 20% of all homes listed for sale in Milford are in foreclosure. Driving up taxes to pay our bills will be an exercise in futility and will not work. This hard lesson was demonstrated in Hartford, Bridgeport, and many other cities who, in my opinion mismanaged their budgets in favor of tax exempt 501C3's and inefficient government jobs.

It's my opinion that Milford cannot tax its way out of this problem come 2011. Attempting to tax our way out of this problem will not work, especially if inflation is low, local unemployment is high, COLA's are suspended by pension recipients and Local Real Estate continues to stagnate.

The showdown is going to be between the Paid elected city leaders and City Union employees who have been funding and supporting local elections with entitlement motives. Crossing the city unions, who have doled out Tens of Thousands of dollars to local municipal races could mean significant losses of votes come the 2012 election.

Placating the Labor Unions in Milford will be a very delicate issue that has to be gingerly handled by the Mayor himself during the upcoming contract negotiations. Bad contracts will reflect poorly on the value of every one's real estate and create further pressure to force those individuals living "paycheck to paycheck" to seek out government assistance and sustenance to avoid going into default on their homes and their new taxes.

Every person out there this budget season, especially those who cannot afford to pay an additional $500.00 to $1,500.00 every year should speak out at city hall when the time comes. Without your voice being heard this year, the Mayor and his staff may end up going along with the proposed demands of the towns labor unions instead of looking out for you. Greg Smith and the board of Alderman also needs to hear your thoughts, because they finalize and approve the budget in conjunction with the Board of Finance.

The year 2011 may seem a long way off, but assure you the time goes fast. Start thinking about you and your families financial needs now before your new tax bill arrives and you are in a bind you cannot get out of. Best of luck this Holiday season and wishing all my friends, readers and supporters a very happy holiday.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Milford Daily Blog Welcomes New School Super Dr. Feser

While the local papers are just now reporting on our new Superintendent below is a small snapshot from the Windsor school district on her views.

Note From Dr. Feser, (in her own words)

"Welcome to the Windsor Public Schools! We are a school system that takes pride in its students and its staff. We seek continuously to strengthen the education that we offer our students desiring to prepare them to be intellectually inquisitive and ethical citizens who appreciate the richness of diverse cultures while embracing democratic principles.

For our students to be successful beyond graduation we recognize that the education we offer to our students must meet the needs of all students, and, therefore, we seek to provide programs that challenge students across the continuum of ability and talent. Increasing student performance remains our primary goal and our work toward this end is ongoing.

Our relationships between and among our Board of Education, the faculty and administration, and parents are critical, and we work hard to cultivate and strengthen these relationships. We are blessed to be a part of a supportive community, one that is rich in history and greatly values education.

The website before you aims to provide you with detailed and updated information about the Windsor Public Schools, its program, resources and services. Take time to explore the site and learn who we are and what we offer. "

Elizabeth Feser, Ed.D.

The selection is not "official" but likely Ms. Feser is the choice.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dumb Kids Wistleblower Unwinds The Enigma Of Education

The Below Radio Interview is with Charlotte Iserbyt who reveals how the Federal Government is using an Un-American Globalist Ideology to teach our kids in school. Charlotte, can be revered as the Julius Asange of Education during the Reagan Era. Her leaking of highly classified documents from the Federal Department of Education got her Fired.

Charlotte wrote a book exposing the creation of the elitist agenda to create the "Globalist Child of the Future" obedient to the leaders of the New World Order. Charlotte's website is located at http://deliberatedumbingdown.com/and list every government document she has supporting her positions. Every parent, teacher, and educator with or without a child should visit this website to learn the appalling truth about the unwelcome Federal Intrusion into our local schools and the induced hardships of The No Child Left Behind Act.

Enjoy the Radio Interview.

About Charlotte:

Charlotte Iserbyt is the consummate whistleblower! Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America's classrooms. Iserbyt is a former school board director in Camden, Maine and was co-founder and research analyst of Guardians of Education for Maine (GEM) from 1978 to 2000. She has also served in the American Red Cross on Guam and Japan during the Korean War, and in the United States Foreign Service in Belgium and in the Republic of South Africa. Iserbyt is a speaker and writer, best known for her 1985 booklet Back to Basics Reform or OBE: Skinnerian International Curriculum and her 1989 pamphlet Soviets in the Classroom: America's Latest Education Fad which covered the details of the U.S.-Soviet and Carnegie-Soviet Education Agreements which remain in effect to this day. She is a freelance writer and has had articles published in Human Events, The Washington Times, The Bangor Daily News, and included in the record of Congressional hearings.


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Saturday, December 4, 2010

H.R. 645 The Concentration Camp Bill That Jesse Ventura Exposed On Tru TV

Unfortunately this episode is banned, so lets do our Friends in a Congress a huge favor and make it go viral on the web. Normally I do not tout documentaries on the web but this one is so dangerous its irresponsible not to watch it.

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Milford Police Warn, Beware Of Phone Scammers."

Police are warning the public to be vigilant after two residents complained that they were contacted by phone and asked to send funds through electronic money-wiring services.
One resident was told to send $172 to claim a $2.5 million grand prize, while another resident said someone pretended to be her grandson in an effort to get $2,800.

Police spokesman Officer Jeffrey Nielsen said a woman was called Wednesday by a man who said she had won a $2.5 million prize from Reader’s Digest. The man gave her a name and location to send a $172 MoneyGram.

If she followed the directions, the prize would be brought to her home in one hour. The police called a phone number provided to the woman and a representative from Reader’s Digest and found the prize offer was fraudulent.

The representative said Reader’s Digest does not ask for any money and does not phone customers regarding winnings.
In the other complaint, a man called a woman, claiming to be her grandson. He said he had been arrested in Canada, was injured, and needed money. The man said to wire $2,800 via Western Union. He gave the name of a attorney in Madrid, Spain, who was handling the matter in Canada.

The resident verified that her grandson was in Connecticut.

Nielsen said there are several scams done through the telephone, mailings and e-mails.

People who are contacted should verify its legitimacy, especially if it is unsolicited. “If someone tells you that you won a prize, but need to pay money first to receive your winnings it is usually a scam,” Nielsen said in a prepared statement.

“If someone claims to be a relative or friend in need stranded in another country, verify where they are by contacting them or another family member or acquaintance,” Nielsen said.

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING By Brian McCready, Milford Bureau Chief




Thursday, December 2, 2010

Rosa Delauro The All American Communist Traitor!

Just some years back our Communist Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro introduced the Food Safety and Modernization Act H.R. 875, that bill passed and the Senate introduced its companion bill S.510. This week these bills are expected to be “fast tracked” and put into law as soon as possible.

When these bills are introduced and passed it is always in the name of public safety. Many misguided citizens were duped into believing that this bill is wonderful. They frankly believe that our leaders love humanity and find our health and safety very important. Rosa Delauro told us that it was her wish to protect her constituents from those “evil doers” that would feed us tainted unsafe food.

Certainly we were alarmed by the tens of thousands of heads of cattle that were incinerated due to “Mad Cow Disease,” we were also alarmed by the outbreaks of “salmonella poisoning.” We were alarmed again when our spinach was deemed unsafe and all the evil food producers, who through their own negligence spread hazards such as “hoof and mouth disease” and created unsafe eggs.

This all seems reasonable enough until of course you look at governments ability to "fix" anything. Or we can be smart and follow the money. To do this with sincerity it is important that we first have a look at all the people who donated to get this bill passed (CLICK HERE to see the list.) Those who voted in favor of this bill received vast sums of money from big Agra to support it. This is because they know that the guise of “Food Safety” is really more about “Corporate Control over Food Production Profits” by big Agra. The game theory is simple and most people who know Rosa DeLauro know that her husband has Monsanto as a client.

That aside is merely an insignificant formality compared to the new powers of the FDA. Prior to this bill the FDA was a friendly agency who granted approval of new drugs and food additives. After the passage of the Food Safety and Modernization act the FDA will have more in common with the FBI and United States Marshall’s service than a consumer protection agency.

While some have not denied that the FDA under the FMA lacks the authority to prosecute, arrest and confiscate all the goods and livestock of a family farm others dismiss it with ridicule saying that it is “unlikely they will abuse their power by attacking small family farms.” None deny they will soon have the authority to raid a vendor selling apples on the side of the road if they so choose.

This bill usurps game theory in a manner that will deliver windfall profits to the Big Agra Corporations who really dislike small farms and small organic farmers. While we are told the true intent of this bill is consumer protection, its result will be the disfranchisement of small farmers through enforcement threats, combined with unreasonable regulations searches and seizures. This will dissuade small farmers who are expected to be unable to compete with their Big Agra rivals. The "Motis Operandi" is to impose a corporate run police state.

This police state will undermine small farmers, hence delivering the Big Agra huge profits. This only works if the term "Food Safety" is repeated over and over again and combined with fear. Fear of "Mad Cow Disease," "tainted Spinach," "Contaminated Eggs" all of which are produced by the the Food Giants who exempted themselves from enforcement by writing special rules in the bill they approved for themselves.

According to Ralph Nader Most of the big Corporations in America are over represented in Washington D.C. and according to a recent court decision they have the right to financially exercise that representation in ways that defy, in my opinion, the conventional wisdom of the U.S. Constitution.

Moving forward, the small farmers in Milford are certainly going to have anxiety over how to keep in compliance with the very expensive and costly regulations about to be imposed on them. These regulations will require a Food Safety Plan being submitted, routine inspections of their farms by Federal Agents, new invasive taxes to support the expansion of government and most troubling any violations deemed serious could lead to the destruction of livestock and abject confiscation of all farm goods produced.

This bill has been deemed by many of its critics as being the most dangerous police state bill in the history of America. This bill has been called the precursor to the United Nations Agenda 21 and a global harbinger to the Global Food Regulations of the UN Codex Alimentarius. The elite of the world want all humanity to be completely dependent on them for food, energy, money, and security.

This giant globalist leap forward marks a great victory against the basic rights of individuals and challenges the very warning given to us by our founders who said: “When you depend on Government to give you all that you have, you have given them total control over your lives and unknowingly permitted them to take it all away when they are ready.”

For more information on how to fight Food Fascism visit Dr. Reta Lebo's website. http://www.healthfreedomusa.com/.
 
Above Photo is Rosa Delauro Embracing Joelle Fishman Chair of the Communist Party in New Haven.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mlford's 9Th Annual Lamp Light Stroll Set For Dec. 3Rd

Each year the Downtown Milford Business Associations organizes community events. One of the most fun is the annual Lamp Light Stroll. During this popular event, people come over from many local town and enjoy a fun and well organized event in the heart of Milford. The invitation below is from the DMBA website and a link below it will navigate you to a full list and schedule of activities. 

"Please join us on Friday, December 3rd 5pm - 9pm and Saturday, December 4th, 10am - 5pm for the Eighth Annual Downtown Milford Lamplight Stroll!Visit 30 of downtown’s finest shops! Collect your passport for the stroll at any participating shop, beginning Thanksgiving weekend. During the two-day event, stroll from shop to shop and have your passport stamped. Once the passport is complete, fill out the back of the passport and leave it at any of the participating shops to be eligible to win a gift basket filled with downtown Milford surprises, treats, treasures and gift cards!"

FOR MORE INFO AND A DETAILED LIST OF EVENTS CLICK HERE

Monday, November 29, 2010

IMPORTANT INFO TO MILFORD PROPERTY OWNERS

Proposed Zoning Change : On December 21st the Planning & Zoning Board will hold a public hearing to make a text change to the regulation for fences and walls.

If your property abuts the Long Island Sound or rivers, streams, or tidal wetlands you will not be allowed to have any type of fence wall or shrubs within the area located between the mean high water mark (boundary) and the applicable wall of the principle structure. A line extension is projected as being perpendicular from the side property lines to the rear corners of the principal building. The only exception is if a fence is required by the state building code.

It should be noted this regulation, Section 4.1.7.3, was adopted in 2005 to prevent property owners abutting the Long Island Sound  from erecting fences, walls, or shrubs that would obstruct the water views by other property owners.

I do not agree with the proposed wording, of just saying you "cannot," because it does not consider situations and conditions in which some types of barriers for the protection of children, pets, wildlife, buildings, natural land resources and/or personal property would be needed. There should be wording to allow for when such situations and/or conditions are an issue. I am not a big fan of fences or walls, but they do have purpose. Also, as a note FEMA allows fences in floodways when designed to allow water to flow thru them. [i.e.: channel of rivers, streams or tidal wetlands and the adjacent land used to contain flooding]

I also disagree with the wording of the current regulation in that if a fence/wall is required by the building code you have to have it approved by the City Planner and the P&Z Board.

It should be noted the building code specifies the fence construction type and minimum height.
To me this procedure is a waste of time and money to the property owner. The City Planner and P&Z Board do not have the authority to change the building code. So, since the building code specifies the type of construction and height, the regulation wording should be changed to read that the zoning enforcement officer should review it to see if the fence/wall is located to meet the specified need and minimize obstruction to residents views, and get them approved at time of the zoning application.

Last on this subject is that privacy style fencing is prohibited. This wording should also be updated. There are times you just do not want things to be visible.

In all, the text change as proposed, should be voted down. The existing regulation and wording needs to be thought thru and options investigated by the board members themselves to achieve a regulation that can work and not just say ‘no you cannot do this’.

As always the people on the board asked to represent YOU and you voted them in to do so. Contact your representatives on this and other matters to let them know your views on zoning issues. Do not let them guess want you want or do as they or the city wants.

John Grant

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Milford Mall Discounts On Black Friday

Everyplace I go I hear how lucky we are to have the Milford Mall in our community. The mall, Milford's largest taxpayer also brings a great deal of shopping anxiety to our streets. This year in particular is a special one, and thanks to our local Alderman a new ordinance was passed making it illegal to block a busy intersection.

The Police this morning were perched at the intersection of Rt 1 and Old Gate lane. They had their summons book in hand and were more than happy to ruin the holidays for anyone who dared get caught in their dragnet. The hefty fines for an unlucky few mean that someone out there is going to get  a cheap scarf instead of a trendy Northface fleece this year. If any kids are upset they should just go down to city hall grab the mike and vent your frustrations to the towns leaders.

The Mall should not be upset either over the new regulations, because thanks to Mayor Richetelli and the aggressive lawsuit filed against the city two years ago, the Mall owners won a 20% reduction in taxes on their property. The irony of the holidays! Higher property taxes, big fines for blocking intersections, and hey who wants to be negative Staples had a 500GB HD on sale for only 50 bucks and target a 50" Plasma for $495.00 Bucks! 

You just have to love the insanity of the holidays! Ho! Ho! Ho! happy Black Friday I am off to go shopping.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

2010 FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS & TREE LIGHTING



 The City of Milford’s 2010 Festival of Lights and Tree Lighting will take place on Friday, November 26th at the Gazebo on the Milford Green. Pre-lighting festivities will take place with horse and buggy rides courtesy of The Milford Bank from 5:30 – 8:00 PM. Free hot chocolate will be served courtesy of the Devon Rotary Club from 5:30 - 8:00 PM in the Milford Bank parking lot, 33 Broad Street. DJ Sheila and The Milford Concert Band will fill the air with holiday selections beginning at 5:30 PM.

Over 50,000 lights will light up the Green at approximately 6:30 PM. when the arrival of a very special jolly elf, dressed in red will be brought to us by the Milford Professional Firefighters Association. Milford Chamber officials and Mayor Richetelli will be on hand to help with the lighting. Immediately following the tree lighting, Santa will be on hand to greet children. Photos with Santa provided courtesy of Milford Photo.

The Downtown Milford Business Association will provide luminaries to a festive downtown Milford. Come dine & shop. Enjoy carolers. Retail stores will remain open until 9:00 PM.

The mission of the Milford Chamber of Commerce, as the clearinghouse for business, is to enhance business opportunity, empower its members and influence positive economic growth. For more information contact: Kathy Alagno, President & CEO at 203-878-0681 or email kalagno@milfordct.com.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Milford Forclosures Near 20% According To Trulia

The following snapshot is from Trulia, and is their assessment of the real estate market in Milford. Recently Chris Dodd met with the big mortgage lenders on the national foreclosure fiasco and it is important to note that 86% of all mortgages are "performing" or in other words listed as current. Trulias statistics as compare to that of the Senate Banking Committee hearing would indicate that 14% of all Real Estate loans are in Default. If Trulias figures are accurate that would put Milford at a 5% disadvantage compared to the national statistic. Trulia had this to say about Milford this month:

"Average price per square foot for Milford CT was $211, a decrease of 52% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in Milford CT for Aug 10 to Oct 10 was $273,000 based on 77 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price increased 5%, or $13,000, and the number of home sales decreased 39.8%. There are currently 468 resale and new homes in Milford on Trulia, including 1 open house, as well as 92 homes in the pre-foreclosure, auction, or bank-owned stages of the foreclosure process. The average listing price for homes for sale in Milford CT was $382,692 for the week ending Nov 17, which represents a decrease of 1.1%, or $4,075, compared to the prior week. Popular neighborhoods in Milford include Post Road North with average listing prices of $292,675 and $382,692."




Monday, November 22, 2010

Budget Woes Give Many Educators Anxiety

In a scenario likely to be repeated across Connecticut, federal funds that cover the salaries of 30 city teachers will likely not be renewed for the 2011-12 school year, leaving educators scrambling to make up a looming deficit. Milford is only one of scores of school districts in the state that would struggle to make up for the loss of federal stimulus money, which could potentially result in massive teacher layoffs statewide for the 2011-12 school year.

Acting Superintendent R. Michael Cummings Jr. will prepare a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 with the assumption that little, if any, of the $1.5 million will be replaced. "I'm very pessimistic that we'll be getting any of that next year, and that means we'll have 2 percent less than we do now.''

READ FULL STORY AT CTPOST CLICK HERE

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Holiday Travel Warning To Milford Ct. Residents!

Many people this holiday season are planning to get on airplanes to visit their loved ones. In our area many kids reunite with their parents who live in Florida, are returning from college or just traveling for business. Regardless of what your need to travel this year is, it is dreadfully obvious that airport security has our citizens very upset.

While every American wants to have safer airlines, not every American wants to have their spouse and children sexually assaulted at the airport. This allegation has been repeated to me over and over by many people I know right here in Milford who have said they were sexually assaulted by the TSA while getting on an Airplane at a U.S. airport.

While on the surface these initial claims seemed outrageous, the reality of the graphic detail described to me by individual friends were confirmed by the national news media. Holiday travellers should be warned that the choices at the the airport are grim. When you decide to travel, you can either subject yourself to a potentially harmful dose of radiation, and provide a graphic naked picture to a stranger of yourself, or you can opt out and subject yourself and family to an "enhanced pat down." This "enhanced pat down" would be considered a sexual assault even by the standards of our local police department, who are not permitted to grab the genitals of a child, fondle a woman nor strip a cancer survivor of her prosthetic breasts. 

The problem is costing airlines and the airline industry millions in lost revenue, and is the most aggressive and sexually invasive in the world. The type of sexual assaults being permitted in the name of terrorism is frightening. Anyone who allows themselves to think that a TSA worker is allowed to put their hands down a child's pants, (or any ones pants) to search for a bomb is a dangerous individual.

This holiday season, I would like to let any travelers out there in Milford (or coming to Milford) know that once you start the security process you cannot opt out. If you opt out you will be detained indefinitely and possibly fined up to $11,000.00 for changing your mind.

By all means, take a car and drive to your destination this holiday season.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Smith Calls Truce To Milford Sign War

From Labor Day through Election Day, “politics” and “yard signs” go together like turkey and Thanksgiving.


That could have all changed, as Democrats proposed creating a political yard sign pact with Republicans Tuesday. Both parties would have banned political signs for the 2011 municipal election.

However, the city’s top Republican Tuesday said anybody already thinking of the next election, which is a long way off, “needs to get a life.”

Democratic Town Chairman Richard Smith, in a press release Tuesday, said numerous voters expressed their “frustration and fatigue” with political signs “cluttering and littering their streets and neighborhoods.”

Continue reading NH Register Story Click Here

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Milford Gets Updated Alert System

The City of Milford has implemented a state-of-the-art citywide notification system to alert citizens about emergencies and other community news. The Milford Alerts notification system, operated in partnership with Everbridge, enables the City to provide essential information quickly and for a variety of situations, such as severe weather, fires, floods, unexpected road closures, or evacuation of buildings or neighborhoods.

These notifications can be sent to a variety of devices such as home phone, work phone, cell phone, text messaging devices, e-mail and more. You choose what devices you are contacted on and in what order you would like to be contacted.

In addition to traditional emergency alerts, the system also allows you to sign up to receive a variety of other important community alerts and informational bulletins that interest you. For more information about the new Milford Alerts system, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page.

CONTINUE READING BY CLICKING HERE

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Outlook of The Weekly News And Milford's Road Ahead

Over the last few days I have been mourning the loss of my family dog. Our beloved Bella passed away last Saturday when she was struck by a hit and run driver. To all my loyal fans and avid readers out there just know I am still with you and my thoughts will continue as they always do moving forward.

Thus far I am back at my desk this morning and have been looking at and analyzing the latest local and state news and the biggest challenges on the table are those that have become emblematic of all communities in Connecticut. Education, education spending, property taxes, and the fragility of survival of our towns citizens who live pay check to pay check.

An eerie reminder of this fragility happened to me just over the weekend. While I was out with my wife and step daughter Lea. We were mourning the loss of our dog together when Terri looked out the window of our booth at the Kimberly Diner and and cried out "Oh my God a woman just fell and is lying motionless on the ground! Somebody call 911!"

Soon several people rushed to her aid, fortunately the woman was alright, but we were told by our waitress who had gone outside to assist that this woman was likely to need several stitches on her forehead. She argued with those aiding her that she had "no health insurance and did not want to go to the hospital" fearing that her inability to pay would result in some punitive financial measure against the little she had left.

The woman did go to the hospital, and thankfully the Kimberly Diner was well equipped with all the necessary first aid equipment to respond to such emergencies. However, there was some frustration expressed when the 911 operator needed the address to the Diner just across the street from the Milford P.D. who immediately responded when they were called directly.

While this is just a random experience of the many tribulations we are now coming to endure, civility in the coming years is going to be more important than ever. As the Federal Government continues to deny our city, and state federal student money and grants as part of these newly emerging global austerity measures the people of Milford will be struggling to find a life balance.

This balance, however is going to be threatened once again by the very pillars that carry the entire town budget. Our mill rate is expected to change dramatically after the new 2011 assessments are complete. Record spikes in foreclosures in Milford and New Haven County have driven down the cost of real estate and stagnated home sales and the entire housing market.

While city officials have all but thrown up their hands and said "regardless of what the Grand List out come is, the budget is the budget!" This is a truly disparaging approach to our looming financial problems. In the past years, Milford has been undergoing a mini-austerity style debacle of its own. The city has made deep cuts in education, closing a school, cuts to the bulk pick ups, and several consolidations and cost cutting restructuring schemes of the police and Fire Departments. Milford may one day be faced with selling off its real estate and assets just to keep up.

Moving forward those schemes may be insufficient and not able to satisfy the current problems of the broader state and Federal economy still stuck at over 9.6% unemployment. While the worst unemployment picture we have since today's numbers date back to 1983 (when we had 13.5% unemployment,) those numbers were figured with a different formula. If we use the same formula from 1983 the true unemployment picture could be estimated at 18.9% making this recession the worst since 1929.

What remains as a state of severe uncertainty is the nature of the "Double dip." Experts tend to agree that our jobs and debt are unlikely to be abated soon making the "Double Dip" more likely rather than less likely. The nature of this "Double Dip" is an enigmatic one, but none-the-less of serious concern for a small city like ours. Should this dip become "Deflationary" like some fear than that would present a very different set of challenges than if the "Double Dip" goes "Inflationary" as several critics of the Fed's money printing program have been upset by.

There is going to be a strong need for some "math-magicians" at city hall to make it all work in 2011 and if we escape through the next budget without any dramatic tax increases or significant losses in services we should be proud of those who were able to negotiate and usher in those achievements. It is times like this that challenge, and threaten the very survival of our communities and only with lots of concessions, co-operation and civility can  Milford succeed in the road ahead. Our leaders must look to the future in a way way that prepares us for anything, because at this point anything is possible.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veterans Day And God Bless Our Future Heroes

Today I would like to express my gratitude to all our veterans out there who made America Great. While war is one of the most unfortunate and sad parts of our freedom as Americans, we must thank those who answered the call of duty and took up arms to defend us.

America has been and should always remain that beacon of hope and freedom whereby any person from around the world can aspire to escape to. What makes America an incredible place is our U.S. Constitution, and the spirit of liberty that our forefathers wrote into it.

While our veterans have secured us from those very tyrants, that denied us our freedom of speech, our freedom of religion, and our ability to thrive and prosper without fear of our leaders, new threats are emerging all the time.

The biggest threat in the coming years, to the American way of life, and our associated inalienable rights to Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness is a hapless group of powerful leaders at the United Nations Environmental Summit. These people are so concerned about the atrocity of the human impact on the planet, that they are actively lobbying and gaining ground on their new agenda. This agenda was put in writing under Jimmy Carter in the 1970's (during the oil shock) and has never really left the table. The UN Agenda is called Agenda 21

Agenda 21, cites serious concern over human impact on the non-renewable resources of "mother earth." There is virtually irrefutable evidence of widespread deforestation, animal extinctions, droughts, air pollution, polar meltdown, desertification, waste disposal, famine and disease throughout the world. Agenda 21 seeks to elevate the importance of "mother earth" as being supreme to human beings whom are now expected to cross the Seven Billion Mark in 2011.

Many scientists have been arguing that humans are headed for the same end-game that colonies of bacteria face when all of their sustenance is consumed within the confines of their pietri dish. The condition, aptly referred to as "colony collapse disorder" occurs when the biological colony of bacteria contains more consumers than food resources to keep them alive. Scientists argue that Earth is little more than a giant pietri dish and our non-renewable natural resources is what keeps us alive.

Population growth has been a serious concern, and as such presents itself as one of the gravest threats to Libertarianism and the Libertarian movement as a whole. While it is clear that freedom can exist for many people today, it is unclear how many Billions of people can be allowed the same liberties in the future. While one thing scientists do all agree on is that humans do have an impact on the Earth, and even with the best of intentions and the greenest technologies there comes a point when Earth no longer can endure and sustain our aggregate presence. This number has been disputed for years. Some say that 7 Billion is too many, some say that we can have 30 Billion people and that would not be an issue however one thing remains certain for all and that is reproductive rights are in jeopardy.

The Earths population doubles every 40 years, and we could expect a child born today to be walking among 14 Billion people by age 40. By age 80 that same child will be walking among 28 Billion people. Our grandchildren may not see a world filled with 56Billion people. These staggering numbers are what concerns the U.N. and their global agenda to elevate the Rights of the Earth above those of human beings. They have very convincingly argued that unless we stem the tide of excessive population growth that animal/plant life including all humans could  suddenly collapse. This is much in the same way life abruptly collapses in that pietry dish mentioned earlier.

The next battle to preserve the liberty, and freedom of the United States and the Rest of the World will hopefully not be the job of our veterans in epic wars over aerable land, food, oil, and water but rather the job of our scientists, engineers and our politicians who will be burdened to find a way to peacefully co-exist with our planet. The cost of defying our symbiotic relationship is not a popular one, and when all else fails and humanity rejects a common sense approach to living responsibly our future hopes and dreams fade for all, and spiral toward terrible wars and human annihilation.

This Veterans Day we should thank our heroes for their work in battle, their courage on the field, and together mourn their terrible loss of life. However, lets also keep in mind that the next generation of heroes is hopefully not going to be our veterans, but rather those future scientists, and engineers who discover a way for children born today to co-exist with "Mother Earth."

Video exposes the next great threat to humanity. Global Population explosions.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

North American Power Fighting For Low Cost Electric

Deregulation may be at risk with our governor elect Dan Malloy. Recently Jody Rell vetoed a new energy bill that would have killed competitors in the energy market. Currently there are over thirty companies out there that are thriving and competing to deliver you lower electric rates.

My personal favorite has been North American Power because they, like many of their competitors have a stable rate that rarely changes. As a consumer and salesperson for North American Power I can tell you with all sincerity that they have kept to their word and delivered when no one else out there could.

More often than not competitors offer suspiciously low rates only to have those rates marred with surprise increases after their teaser period expires. With NAP there are no teaser rates, and most exciting the CEO of this company Carey Turnbull and Kerry Breitbart are former owners of Amerex the largest energy trading and hedging company in America. Few people are as talented or able to compete with these individuals.

Wells Fargo Bank has offered NAP a 75M Dollar line of credit AS A START UP COMPANY! No other company in my recent memory has been give that kind of trust, or that kind of a "seal of approval."

Dan Mallow is expected to not VETO the energy bill that Rell did. The "job killing bill" may come up again in the near future, and when it does only those who are locked in at the lower rates will be able to keep them. The Democrats in Hartford are of the opinion that the Legislature is better off setting our rates rather than private enterprise. While many have argued this practice as Socialism and an attack on free enterprise, others have taken matters in their own hands enrolled, and given these privately owned companies the needed capital and resources they need to fight Socialism in Hartford. Your help would be greatly appreciated, and 400,000 already enrolled consumers in CT would also appreciate your support.

Click HERE for more information on how to enroll in Green energy or to lower you UI and CL&P Bill. 

Reference Article CLICK HERE

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Democrats Steal Elections, Voter Fraud Exposed

It is no secret that Bridgeport was ill prepared for the 2010 vote. What happened was a surprise to many including Mayor Finch who said "Bridgeport can't be remembered as the dimpled chad of elections."

An independent reporting agency asked the Democratic voter registrar what happened and they declined to comment, however the Republican registrar of voters in Bridgeport exposes criminal, civil and blatantly obvious election fraud. All of Acorns activities, a Government sponsored agency, were reported to the Democratic Secretary of State Suzan Byczewitz to investigate.

Some are clamoring that election fraud in Bridgeport was so pervasive, and yet advantageous to the Democratic party in Connecticut that the FBI should open a RICO investigation on ACORN for criminal activity.

What makes Bridgeport's voting so unusual is that the entire country favored Republicans this year, except Connecticut whose entire state and federal elections were thrown in favor of the Democrats. Watch the below video and perhaps we can gain perspective on why protests are the new focal point in Bridgeport.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Milford Post Election Results Commentary

The city of Milford had several terrific candidates that worked very hard this year. Also among these candidates were some not so terrific individuals, but even with that said the voters always get the government we elect. Gayle Slossberg whom was cross endorsed by the Independent Party will be returning to Hartford as a Senator. Richard Roy and Paul Davis will also be returning, additionally and a newcomer in the 118th Kim Rose will be this years freshman.

To add my thoughts, as the Independent candidate in this race, it is important to note that my views belong to me only. You may agree with them or challenge them using the comments section below. You may also feel free to do your own research . When I began this race I was intently familiar with all the candidates in the running. Of the four (now elected) Democrat candidates there was only one that was unknown Kim Rose.

Since we already know the record and reputation of Mr. Davis, Roy and Slossberg I am going to make the point of this article more about Ms. Rose who defeated the chairman of the Milford Board of Alderman much to the surprise of the Republican party and several thousand residents in Milford.

As a disclaimer and before you read on, please note that this is not about "sour grapes" or me being upset over getting defeated. I knew "full well" that I was not going to get elected this election as an Independent. I spent about $250.00 against two established party candidates who randomly spent about $60,000.00.

In 2008 I spent $21,000.00 to get 10% of the vote. This year I instead, opted to be a candidate provocateur. I found that the best way to expose corruption is from within, a side position that I plan on clinging to for many more years so I can keep blogging about the disinformation being told to the people of the 118th.

Since 2006, (when I came on the scene), the 118th has been a sore subject for Independents and Republicans in Milford. This seat became a point of contention when in 2006, it was left unchallenged with only Jim Amann on the Ballot. While Amann was revered as one of the greatest icons in Milford, that view soon became short sighted and unenlightened when it was challenged by Milford Independents. The Democrats later, via courtesy of a video produced at the Milford train station by (Democratic Party member) Bob Adams challenged Amann over his support of Joe Lieberman. Adams recorded a angry Amann Rant, whereby he arrogantly said "if you have any idiot in this town run against me I will crush him." The video went viral and in 2007 Milford was the joke of Connecticut.

While Amann is now out of office, having resigned his speakership in search of a failed gubernatorial bid, its important to note that Amann's record is over stated. Milford benefited little from Amann's personal success. Amann is one of the few Speakers in Connecticut who has the not so enviable and conservative record of delivering the least amount of money to our city.

One of Amman's last projects, before he left office, was the Boardwalk handed over to Barbara Lambert in 2009. Today the project appears abandoned and is currently unfinished after several years of disingenuous remarks by her and the Milford Democratic Town Committee. The boardwalk was sidelined when concern emerged over a new embarrassing national scandal she initiated.

The 2009 scandal involved an AP photographer recording what our legislators do in chambers. What they photographed went viral and the Milford Democrats and our candidate for the 118th became the laughing stock of the entire country. Some of the captions read (along these lines) "Connecticut Representatives Play Solitaire During Crisis." and "Connecticut Fiscal Crisis Second to Baseball Scores and Solitaire."

The Milford Democratic Town Committee, led by Party loyalist Richard Smith, defended Lambert and her actions despite the national and international criticism of this monumental blunder. Lamberts actions were considered so serious that rules regarding laptops had to be changed for the entire Connecticut legislature.

Sadly even with these hard pressed lessons of national shame and embarrassment the Milford Democrats learned little to nothing. To make matters more interesting the voters of the the118th, or the Devon Section of Milford did not care and were blissfully unaware. The "solitaire queen" who resigned of her own free will and accord, was instead heroically revived and placed at her favorite polling place on 11/02/10 Meadowside School. She even cross endorsed Kim Rose despite all the inter party and internal warnings that Ms. Rose is a major liability to the state of Connecticut and Milford.

Many are wondering how did Ms. Rose pull it off? The answer required an enormous amount of research, and even more probing then has previously been done by the Independent Party in Milford. The information we are about to divulge is not flattering but keeps our promise of "veritas" or "truth." All of the information we provide is carefully looked at and validated through credible sources. Readers are free to comment if we have it wrong.

In the 2010 Election Ms. Rose articulated herself well, a skill she practices as a secretary at the Bridgeport Building and Permit Department.  While there are many underlying issues that can be brought up about her personal character flaws we, at the Milford Daily Blog are only going to focus on those that concern the people she will represent and the acrimony reported to us by members of her party.

The information we have received was sent to us by inside sources. Many documents were e-mailed anonymously while others are based on first hand accounts of people who directly work with her in community organizations and public projects. It is my opinion that the information that we received reveals that Ms. Rose is going to be a Major liability in Hartford, and to her present employer.

Sadly, this is a tough job for me because never in my life or career have I been burdened with the knowledge that I have come to bear. I have always liked clean elections and ran a clean race in 2007, and again in 2008. But part of what I believe is the job of a political party is to act responsibly, and keep the Chairman's of the other political parties in check when they act against the interests of our city and state. As such my task is one that will certainly draw criticism, but with courage and resolve I am up to that challenge.

One of the principal concerns we have when running our own candidates is their overall health. This was an issue in 2006 when some questioned Ammans Cancer and again in 2008 when I questioned Lamberts age and ability to drive long distances late at night. Our state Legislators endure a great deal of stress, both mental and physical. Sessions sometimes end as late as 3:00A.M. and the commute from Milford to Hartford can exceed an hour or more. Yet we at the MIP have discovered information that confirms our newly elected State Representative is severely handicapped. Her problem is not visible to the naked eye, but if one dare ask her about her handicap she will be forced to admit the ugly truth about her Pneumonectomy . As outrageous and preposterous a conspiracy this may sound it has been validated by Ms. Rose herself, who sadly has also been witnessed smoking.

Very credible reports have arrived to our office that Ms. Roses condition is so severe, that on more than one occasion and by her own conversations with others, revealed severe work debilitating migraine headaches and repeated tardiness and absenteeism from her current work responsibilities. It will be therefore of critical importance to monitor Ms. Roses attendance record at the capitol starting Jan. 7, 2011. Should Ms. Rose fail in her contractual responsibility to represent our state it will be the responsibility of the Milford Republicans and Independents to call upon her to resign.

Right about now many of you who voted for her are probably feeling upset over this unflattering revelation, and believe me the cowards at the newspapers do not want to report this. They are protective of their advertising dollars. This ad money, ironically all comes by way of the CEP or the Citizens Election Program. A program ruled unconstitutional by judge Underhill in the last year. As a Constitutionalists myself, I refused to participate in this program that I also now agree may be  "Unconstitutional." Any person with integrity should also refuse this money.

As a brief history this year it is important to mention that the CEP only benefited the major parties. It fell far short and in most cases failed in its primary objective to keep Criminal Rowland style union lobbyists like the Working Families Party at bay. This year the WFP party cross endorsed, not only our Ms. Rose, but 100% of all "sold out" Democrats.

When asked why, a spokesman said that Democrats overwhelmingly support the monetary demands of the states labor unions including those of the SEIU and several others like the UFW and AFLCIO. While it is illegal for a candidate to accept money from a Lobbyist in tandem with CEP funding it remains unclear as to wether or not Ms. Rose broke the law during her election. The only thing that appears very certain is that Ms. Rose sold out Milfords Middle Class citizens in favor of the states labor unions.

In 2010 every third party candidate was audited by the Elections Enforcement Commission, most of these audits lasted about two years and were very discouraging to the candidates Treasures who in 2010 refused to be responsible under the criminal threats made by the Elections Enforcement agency.

The CEP from its onset was challenged by Chris Healy, the Republican Party state Chairman who said in a committee hearing that this program amounts to "little more than legalized theft of public money." Sadly Healy was correct because in 2010 all of the CEP money was directed toward Major Parties with scores of murky endorsements from special interest groups. I personally believe that time will reveal massive corruption at the CEP and eventually that corruption will result in the dissolution of the entire program as in-effective.

For those of you who wish to reclaim your lost or misplaced money, and take it away from the tyrannical machine that has become Hartford visit the link below and follow the instructions. You will be surprised at how many people have had their hard earned personal money sent to political parties. Click HERE to see if your name is on the official list at the State of Connecticut's office. You can also help liquidate this "shady" misused "Republicrat slush fund" by directing your friends in Connecticut to this blog and asking them to make their withdrawal. The more people who do this the more we will be spared from the countless future negative ads purchased by campaigns.

(Above photo of CT 118th Rep. Elect Kim Rose)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Rocco Frank's Urgent Message To Milford Voters

Milford CT Voting Locations And Instructions



First and foremost find your voting center by going to the bottom of this page or click THIS LINK. Know where to go.

Next bring your ID. Acceptable forms of ID are valid non expired drivers licences, military, or passport id's, or certified state ID's. If you have none of these go to the Parson's complex voter registrar and obtain a voter ID card.

Once this is sorted out, on Tuesday November 2Nd. go to your designated voting location between the hours of 6:00am till 7:30pm . If you are unfamiliar with the Diabold system watch the video above explaining its use.

As a final note, and to make sure your vote counted look at the numerical counter on the Diebold machine. (The counter will be located on the front panel and look like the odometer on your car.) Notice the number before you put your card in, then look again to be certain the number counted up.

Any problems please report them to the poll watchers and contact me on my cell. (203) 247-4357. or call the Voter Regisrar Office by clicking HERE.

This Blog Courtesy of Rocco Frank (Independent Candidate For The 118th State Rep. Race)
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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Wishing you all a very safe and happy Holloween! Remember to practice safety, wear reflective clothing, do not enter into peoples homes, and bring a flashlight. Best wishes from all of us at the Milford Daily Blog.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cheaper Electric And Market Choice Hinges On State Politics

Last year, the Connecticut Legislature made it a very difficult year for consumers in the energy market. The Democrat super majority in the legislature tried to end deregulation in the energy business, which would have been a game changer for your choices, and would affect everyones ability to save money on their electric bills. Fortunately, we had a Republican Governor that stood up for consumers and vetoed the bill, which ended a direct threat to saving us customers money on our electric bills this legislative year.

Elections have consequences. It is up to us to vote for officials that will protect our consumer rights and our ability to save them money. It is imperative that we elect proponents, also the Governor is key. Please get out and vote, and encourage your friends, family and friends to vote for legislators who protect our savings and our energy choices.

Please call your State representatives to see where they stand on energy deregulation prior to your casting your vote, or see how they voted on the energy bill in the links below. If you have any questions on where your Senator and State Representative stands, please feel free to give me a call at 203-846-9900.

If Malloy, or a like opponent, is elected governor, he will NOT veto attempts to re-regulate the energy business, because he would not provide the backstop to the next super majority in our state legislature that may be intent on re-passing this re-regulation bill.

Results of the House and Senate voting this year on the Energy Bill that was vetoed by Republican governor Jodi Rell:

("NO" is for consumers, "YES" is against against consumers.)

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2010/VOTE/S/2010SV-00324-R00SB00493-SV.htm (Senate Vote)

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2010/VOTE/H/2010HV-00214-R00SB00493-HV.htm (House Vote)


Please forward this blog on to your friends, family, customers, and any other energy brokers in CT.

Submitted by Rick Giordano, Edited by Rocco Frank

TO LOWER YOUR ELECTRIC RATE CLICK THIS LINK

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Former Gov. Ventura Explains Voting

Former Navy Seal, Television Producer and Minnesota Gov. Jessee Ventura, failed to endorse his old Boss Linda McMahon because she is affiliated with a party. Ventura, has a populist view of voting that resonates with the new breed of Independents and gives a moving speech on how to vote before a Texas audience.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Milford's Real "Boogey Man" Is The Dollar

Some time ago when I warned that the Internet bubble was about to pop it did. When I announced the real estate bubble was about the pop it did. Now in the last few years America's banks are "Zombies" and a new bubble has inflated to stellar heights. "The Bail Out Bubble" is set to pop soon and when it does the Dollar will go down as a result.


Some have argued that I am a self proclaimed fortune teller of sorts, but I assure you the only skill I have is my ability to read. As an avid reader, and bibliophile I love knowledge and in my love of knowledge I have developed a penchant for economics, and economic news. As a case in point, today anyone could have read yahoo news and received a treasure trove of Economic forecasts.

Fortunately in my endeavors I also have access and opportunity to discuss what I read with many proclaimed experts. These experts include Peter Schiff, Warren Mosler, and Ralph Nader. I also have a close family friend who is an employee of the World Bank in a high level position. These individuals combined with the trends forecasts put forth by Bruce Bueno De Mesquite (who uses Game Theory) and those of Gerald Celente who does not disclose his algorithms give me a fairly accurate vision of the road ahead.

The following is a short window into what the situation looks like from my vantage point. As it stands the dollar is about to break a new all time low, and Gold a new all time high. This spells trouble for Global trade and the Dollar as the Worlds reserve currency. These issues are sternly dealt with at the G20 meetings, a place where the leaders of the worlds largest 20 economies address economic challenges. The G20 is currently growing concerned over the dollar losing its value, and Chinas response to the dollar decline by engaging in deliberate currency devaluation of their Yuan. They do this in order to keep prices cheap at Walmart, however the world is growing tired of the money game real fast.

The next few years will usher in some serious new challenges to America's austerity. The fixes put in motion by our experts are not working well enough. The U.S. economy appears to be stagnant and far too many Americans have become entirely dependent of the government for money to survive. The result of this very ugly paradox is creating large structural deficits that put pressure on the Nations "Piggy Bank" AKA the Federal Reserve.

Congress has run out of money, it has spent the entire Trillion + Dollars it collects in taxes and it has also spent all the money from everything it has sold (T-Bills). With this in mind, imagine the country still does not have enough money to pay its bills. Unfortunately, since money has been decoupled from Gold (thanks to Former President Nixon) it is easy to create and is little more than the law followed by ink and paper.

The power vested in the Federal Reserve as granted to it by the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 allows our government to engage in an enigmatic process called "quantitative easing" or a big confusing word that amounts to nothing more than printing more money out of "thin air." Congress can do this when its broke to pay for its over spending. America must never not pay all its bills and it would be unimaginable for the mighty U.S. to say "we cannot afford it."

The sad part is that we also frustrate the rest of the world when we engage in Quantitative easing because everything in the world (due to the Breton Woods Agreement) is purchased or denominated in dollars. Oil, minerals, gas, commodities etc.. is all purchased nation to nation in dollars. For example, the Banana I/you had in my/your cereal this morning was most likely paid for with a U.S. dollar that a South American grower was forced to accept.

This is the main reason why the G20 gets concerned when Americans expand their money supply (M3) because the world, who holds more dollars than the U.S., is forced to deal with the currency devaluation. Americans get a inflationary "Free Ride" on the backs of our holders of dollars. To add "insult to injury" foreign holders of Dollars are forced to collect a reprehensibly low amount of interest. A rate that is, more often than not, less than the rate of inflation we created.

Take all of this, add the LIBOR average for interest rates, Keynesian Capitalism and the manipulation of those interest rates and what we have is another solution, or in other words more affordable mortgage rates. This solution comes with a nasty side effect of angry nations who in their acrimony is rapidly demanding an ugly remedy to the induced inflation now rapidly spiraling out of control.

This will eventually end when the G20 ditches the Dollar and its associated "Breton Woods Agreement." This would also force the full brunt of our Quantitative easing to be entirely on our backs. When this happens the World will quietly divest from the dollar in favor of a new world reserve currency. Conveniently such a system has already been put in place and its called the Global SDR and is currently used for internal payments. Should a Dollar crash happen it could be expected to grow in scope relevance and size. This would be to insulate Europe, Asia, and everyone else only and not the U.S.A.

For Main Street USA and Milford Connecticut this will put cities and states at odds with the Federal Government who, in the chaos, will declare Supremacy under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution. We will also be left helpless to defend ourselves against the economic malaise induced by our National leaders and their magnificent failures.

Still today as we speak, we have teams of economic repairmen, focus groups, and think tanks trying to solve a problem that they are powerless to solve. States and municipalities are not equipped to break treaties like NAFTA, GAFTA, EPP, and The BRETON WOODS AGREEMENT. Our states and municipalities have no seat at the G20 nor do we have any way beyond voting and complaining to save ourselves from the wrath imposed on us by virtue of the Globalist world we were sold into.

As the bailout bubble pops, so goes the easy money from the Federal Government to the states and from the states to the cities. We then get what France just got this week Austerity measures, or in other words the Middle Class gets broken as the rich abdicate and the poor remain more poor. The Middle Class will suffer the brunt of the nations Austerity measures. They will do so by virtue of higher retirement ages, less Social Security, pension funds being redirected to save banks (as happened in Argentina) and local infrastructure being sold off and privatized to keep what is left of our sustenance systems operational.

The scenario is highly probable, hopefully not in tandem with a Middle Eastern war, or with some other terrible imposition such as an outbreak of a newly discovered exotic pandemic like Swine Flu. All of this is mentioned for the sole purpose of recognizing that our Federal Government has gone awry, and as such continues to disrespect us during our time of need.

The last bastion of what keeps our economy moving is "Laissez Fare" economics or let the ingenuity of the people and our markets fix the economy. Even with that approach we are being knocked down as our trusted advisors tell us that "Laissez Fare" is not the answer because companies need to "pay up." Health care is now not a choice but a punitive "Obamanomics" imposition that will be enforced with 16,500 new IRS agents ready to confiscate individual and corporate assets to pay for insurance premiums.

Americas industry is also being told that they are harming the planet and despite all the rhetoric over climate change and the conflicting science surrounding these issues, America is slowly being forced to comply. America is alone in this compliance because as our industry is dealing with another massive Federal Imposition the biggest polluters who manufacture almost all our products are being ignored. China and India is exempt from "Cap and Trade" and our nations engineers, investors, and monetary elite know it.

Peter Wynn a casino operator correctly said that "few investors are comfortable investing in America today because their is so much uncertainty from Washington D.C." he further adds that "China and India gives their anchor Industries a long term vision and accompany that vision with political stability in order that they may make a prudent investment in jobs in their nations."

These are just a few of the emerging problems that are sending Common Americans from lost jobs to record numbers of start up businesses. They also agitate the personal insecurity that is fostering civil unrest. At no time is a record spike in Gun sales, like we saw last year, or record foreclosures a vote of economic confidence by the American public. And it is also not a vote of economic confidence by the public when they distrust their Congress by a record 89%. The nation is changing, and with those changes we are all going to feel a great deal of pain. That pain will persist, unless we as a state decide to universally reject our Federal Government and all its injurious policies and laws that hurt our citizens.

The only thing that could save Connecticut is our mutual willingness to succeed in an environment where all others have failed. We collectively need to bring about new ideas to our mutual challenges that topple all previous failed attempts. Most importantly we need to stop enabling and placating our Federal Government and its associated corrupt practices. The only way we can win this fight is with an informed educated public and leaders who have a greater desire to courageously lead rather than serve and rule.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Why State Spending Is Enigmatic

Many Conservatives have clamored that spending is excessive and problematic in the state of Connecticut. This is true, at least somewhat, but there are omissions that are being ignored for political pageantry. Conservatives would have us believe that there is too much wasteful spending, and certainly they are not entirely wrong. But, it is important to note that this is true of every governing body across the country, and the argument is nothing new.

We all are keenly aware that there is always a way to get things for less, perhaps privatize more of government, and certainly cut those social programs that have earned such a terrible record.

Well no one doubts that spending needs to be streamlined, especially during hard economic times when government and the deficit grows in tandem with poverty. Sadly what is being overlooked is the paradox of tax cuts during a Recession/Depression (depending on your view of the current economy.)

The paradox in state spending today is accompanied by its rhetoric. Rhetoric that reminds voters that people are hurting, there are few good jobs out there and several other preventable conditions exist that are agitating poverty. With the spread of rich to poor now at at record 14.5% Connecticut, and many other states for that matter, has to factor this increase in poverty into its budget. We also have to consider the cost of Un-employment (at a record 99 weeks for some) , food aid, and a record level of need as requested by the Connecticut Department of Social Services. Lets also factor in the interest on our debt, accompanied by inflation and the associated cost of dealing with increases in crime and punishment, and then it becomes easy to understand how our state ran some record deficits.

Connecticut has the highest debt to person ration in America and a pension fund set to run out by 2019 because of negligent cuts that are threatening everyone. The disingenuous nature of economic repair men is dangerous and irresponsible. Once again we have a tax paradox in Connecticut, whereby we all overwhelmingly agree that the poor should be helped, children deserve health care, and that the tide of poverty must be reversed. But few dare offer a genuine solution by way of new jobs and economic opportunity.

There are several places where money can still be saved in government but those cuts will hardly match the money that is needed to solve the basic humanitarian issues we have incurred in our state. For this reason I question the MRTC produced graph as little more than a political ploy emblematic of a half truth. A half truth that will become self evident in time when all cuts that have been made get made. Then it will become clear that such a graph accompanied by more conservative tax rhetoric will amount to severe austerity losses. Austerity losses accompanied by the unwelcome sight of homeless people living on the street, children being left uninsured, and pension funds being denied to new employees while older employees receive less.

The answer is as I stated in previous articles, and that is Connecticut needs to challenge the monetary policy of the Federal Government, resist austerity measures, challenge the supremacy clause of the Federal Government, sue the Feds against all job killing treaties and consider rebuilding our state from the vantage point of the sovereign position of individual states rights. This may require us to pass new "xeno-tax" laws that specifically target the Federal Government and the glut of outside slave produced goods dumped on our markets. Lastly and most importantly we need to embrace the green economy and protect our remaining jobs from export. Connecticut cannot "fix the world," but Connecticut can independently work to fix its economy from within our own borders by not allowing "the world" to "drag us down."