Thursday, March 27, 2008

And the other shoe has now fallen....

Democrats in the state legislature are now out with their proposed budget, patting themselves on the back for coming in with a spending plan $110 million lower than what Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell put on the table in February when the legislative session opened.

The governor isn't impressed and immediately called it a plan she cannot support.

So now the negotiations start.

Negotiating the state budget last year didn't go well, and wasn't completed by the time the session's official end came. This year's session is schedule to conclude on May 7. That gives lawmakers and the governor a full month to come to a compromise. The one difference this year, however, is that it's an election year for the legislature....and it's doubtful they'll want to spend a lot of time in Hartford this summer trying to reach an agreement...and certainly want to avoid any protracted battles that might come back to hurt them during the fall campaign.

On another note, I'm off to South Carolina for a few days -- a family thing, not business. I'll be back Tuesday.


Blogger mccommas said...

This is one of those things that make me go hummmmm.....

Who besides a liberal journalist or editor would ever use the term “anti-illegal immigrant”? The word placement is awkward, odd and unnatural.

I don't think that was the choice of words chosen by this letter writer:

Robert Gladding, of Moosup, is 85 years old.

Someone 85 years old does not use such new fangled, politically correct terms such as “anti-illegal immigration”. I will bet you that the words Mr. Gladding chose were something like the term we have always used to describe these trespassers

-- illegal aliens.

Also note the prefix “anti”. That prefix is placed there to make the letter write seem intolerant and hateful because that’s the way the editor wants him to be viewed. This viewpoint is the wrong one you see.

People’s views on abortion are portrayed the same way. Someone opposed to baby killing is “anti-choice” or “anti-reproductive rights” or some such. Someone who wants babies killed at every stage of their development is given the softer term “prochoice” to disassociate the violent act from the person holding the view.

Of course there is the possibility that Mr. Gladding actually has been brainwashed enough by the repetition of these terms that he actually chose these words himself.

And therein lies the purpose of this political correctness – brainwashing. Once we surrendered our own characterization of the problem we have lost the argument.

6:32 AM  
Blogger Ray Hackett said...

Mccommas...You like to do this and quite frankly, I'm lost to understand your motives other than you just trying to make yourself sound more important than what you are.

Letters to the editor are edited for space and for grammar. Under no circumstances are letters "rewritten" to reflect the views of anyone here at the newspaper as you are trying to imply with your comment here. I realize that you enjoy raising doubts and suspicions about anything and everything that you personally don't agree with, but you once again wrong.

The fact that an 82-year-old gentleman doesn't conform with what you think, therefore this must some sort of devious plot by us to push an agenda, shows clearly that you, more often than no,t don't know what you're talking about. 82-year-old using "such new fangled, politically correct terms"...what's the world coming to?

Ray Hackett

9:03 AM  
Blogger mccommas said...

You never mentioned what the original words were. Anti-illegal immigration takes up more, not less space, than illegal aliens.

Actually you folks have done it to me.

In one letter I referred to our boys on the front line. It was changed to “men and women”.

Women are not on the front line. My admiration for our big strong men on the front lines who are being shot at was changed to be gender inclusive.

With all due respect to our women in uniform, that was not the intention I had when I wrote it.

These subtle politically correct terms do in fact have a purpose. They water down the message.

6:55 AM  

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