Dear State Reps.,
The state as you know is in dire straits due to the economic downturn. Currently, and with the rise of ill constructed discord, I see you in a “No Win” situation. If you vote to raise taxes you are going to upset those who have to pay them, If you do not vote to raise taxes you will let down your political party, maybe even be labeled as an anti-union worker rights representative or a poor “team player.” In my conversations one person mentioned something that was “very honest” they said “the state budget deficit is so large that we could lay off all 48K state employees and still be in debt.” George Orwell once said “that in a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act” perhaps you should give this some thought.
There are many passionate and concerned people in our state and district who are really worried that higher taxes will cut into their already difficult lives. There is uncertainty over whether or not they will get pay raises or find the additional money to pay new taxes. This is at a time when health insurance costs among other things have increased dramatically. Milford , like our state, is also not exempt and is expected to have a colorful budget debate this evening over the same types of money problems.
The nature of recessionary politics does not demand a good or a bad vote (there is no such thing on this one vote,) what it does do is define leaders. It separates those who triumph as advocates who stand up to the wishes and consent of the governed while exposing those who usurp the process to cater to their personal careers and future ambitions. This is an issue that I personally believe you are all equipped to handle, because in the end I hope and pray that you will all be kind enough to tune in to the many concerns of your constituents who have also been praying for economic relief wherever they can find it.
Austerity measures are coming, this is inevitable and it’s not anyone in Hartford’s fault. This is a sad fact and consequence of the immutable nature of our nation and this states federally induced decline. This decline is a bipartisan result of costly wars, the Federal reserve and its Quantitative easing, the bailouts of the “too big to fails,” the loss of jobs to China and a stellar rise of gas prices accompanied by inflation.
Recognize and consider that your vote will be of little meaningful consequence either way the fate of our state has already been pre-determined for us by the Federal Government through its actions. The forces at work have clearly put Entropy in charge of Connecticut’s future. The process is known as the Hegelian Dialectic. We both know that the solutions proposed here in our state have already been tried in other states we need to look no further than California, Ohio or some other states who have tried the exact same approaches as our Governor is proposing. We both know that taxpayers are not governed by tables and laws but rather their own personal free will, willingness to comply and most importantly ability to comply. No one is going to go hungry or homeless because of taxes, people will survive and live in defiance.
While I cannot tell you for certain if more laws and higher levy’s on peoples income and property will work, I will tell you that you should listen to the polls and stand on the side of the people on this very delicate issue of higher taxes. Your integrity, your conscience, your heart, your understanding and your love of humanity is what is on the line. The people of our state and Milford need to see all of you as informed leaders who have identified and is courageously standing up to our oppressors.
This time around you all have a very important vote to make and I hope you stand with the people who love and count on you. I would encourage you to work harder than ever in standing up for the rights of this state and all who live here. Hopefully by now you have figured out who to hold accountable for our states financial problems. May God have mercy on us all!
Rocco J. Frank Jr.