Friday, July 22, 2011

Powell Canes Weicker

Chris Powell, Managing Editor of the Journal Inquirer, takes a stick to former Senator and Governor Lowell Weicker and, as usual, asks all the right questions.
He begins by noting an odd personality tick: Soon after Mr. Weicker launches one of his rhetorical torpedoes, almost always against the Republican Party, the thing boomerangs and blows up his point:

"’That's what leadership is supposed to do,’ Weicker said. ‘It's supposed to make decisions that work, not decisions that are necessarily popular.’ Connecticut's new governor ‘didn't create the mess any more than I created the mess. Both of us have tried to do a job to clean it up.’

“But as is his custom Weicker instantly contradicted himself. Referring to the income tax's huge transfer of wealth from the public to the government, he added: ‘In 20 years all that money and more went down the drain. This state had no hold of its spending whatsoever.’

“Even back then did anyone really think that it would turn out differently? For Weicker left in place all the laws and policies that make it illegal to control government spending in Connecticut. And since even Weicker now acknowledges that the taxes he raised all ‘went down the drain,’ which is not to mention the state's economic and social decline since then, how does his term as governor qualify as cleaning up the mess? How is Malloy's repeating the disastrous exercise of 1991 likely to qualify as cleaning it up?”

Mr. Powell explored this penchant for instantaneous self-contradiction in his review of Mr. Weicker’s autobiography, “Maverick,” soon after it was published.

I’ll Sue

One always knows when political push has come to shove.


Disputants who ought to be settling matters on the political field of honor threaten to sue. And sometimes they do sue. Democrats who wish to quiet their clamorous critics may report them to Connecticut’s Attorney General, after which some hard pressed toiler in the crowded litigation vineyards does an “investigation” and proceeds to bring the considerable weight of the AG’s office on the political criminal who, being much poorer than liberal sugar daddy George Soros, may not be able to afford years and years of protracted litigation.

All this should be kept in mind as the complaint made against the Yankee Institute by the leaders of SEBAC winds its way through the office of Attorney General George Jepsen, who began his career as a lawyer by representing unions and was at one point the Chairman of the Democratic Party.

Did Governor Malloy Violate The National Labor Relations Board Act?

The National Labor Relations Board Act places a wall of separation between union activity and employers. Its purpose is to protect union activity from possible employer coercion. Some union members have questioned whether the office of Governor Dannel Malloy may have breached the wall by setting pre-conditions for a redo of a vote during which rank and file union members rejected Plan A.

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