The next attack on what’s left of prosperity in Connecticut: bring back counties

Democrats passed a law last spring (I missed it, I confess) requiring the wealthy towns down here to join “regional councils” and even Peter Tesei can see this for the power grab it is. I’m pleasantly surprised by Tesei’s perspicacity. Funny: some of us look across the border and see Westchester County with its corruption, bloated bureaucracy and high taxes and ask “why?”. Democrats ask, “why not?”

Schools are next.

Despite the promised benefits, Fairfield County political leaders fear that a mandate to group towns and cities into larger councils of government for the purpose of infrastructure spending could invite higher taxes.

Under legislation approved in the spring, the leaders of eight towns that make up the South Western Region Metropolitan Planning Organization – including Greenwich, Stamford, and Norwalk — will have to merge into a new council of governments by 2015 to administer federal funds filtered through state transportation officials.

If further legislation were to authorize shifts in local tax revenue toward regional projects, some say the result could, in effect, create a county government system in Connecticut.

“It could happen this year or next year, but I think there is going to be a major play to redistribute resources,” Greenwich First Selectman Peter Teseisaid. “There is no doubt this is the proverbial camel’s nose under the tent. And looking at how poorly Connecticut is doing financially, and the debt burden and taxes in certain communities, the Legislature and governor are going to look to for alternate means to feed the beast.”

Tesei said is unclear how a reorganized planning group might operate, but he said such consolidations can be accompanied by funding formulas that distribute resources based on population. Language accompanying the legislation suggests regions could assume area-wide responsibility for social services, housing, education, and public safety functions in the future, Tesei said.

“In a way, it is a masking of an alternate ways to tax people,” Tesei said. “They’ve already maxed out state taxes and that’s why the economy is so bad. They’ve beaten that horse down, so they get on another one.”

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The Municipal Opportunities & Regional Efficiencies Commission, led by State Rep. Tim Larson, D-East Hartford, recommended a range of consolidations, including forming regional school districts for the purpose of providing special education to save money.

UPDATE:  Perhaps Peter Tesei isn’t as perspicacious as I’d thought, because the Democrats have flat out announced what this new creation of theirs is and what they intend to do with it: they’ve given it the acronym, “MORE”. Says it all.

(Long since past) time to pack our bags.

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19 responses to “The next attack on what’s left of prosperity in Connecticut: bring back counties

  1. Counties were originally formed to protect geographic regions.
    These would exist to impose Federal edicts especially transportation and housing.

  2. CatoRenasci

    You know the purpose of this initiative is to force wealthy towns to directly subsidize the poor, to force low income housing and “integration” onto towns like Greenwich, and to regionalize the schools into larger districts, forcing pupils to be moved into more “ethnically balanced” schools with standards destroyed.

    I can remember when I thought seeing the Democrats as truly bent on destroying the country was just some Bircher nonsense, that most of them were well-intentioned, but misguided, and simply didn’t see the (then not so completely obvious) potential consequences of their programs. That’s certainly how I saw Johnson’s Great Society programs, and even much of Carter’s administration.

    Perhaps it was associating with older liberal academics in the ’60s and ’70s – you may remember the kind, they were liberal, but evidence oriented, fairly historically literate, having been trained before, or fought in, WWII. Most of them were not radicals, but sincere and looked at the evidence – if something didn’t work, they’d look for a solution, not pure BS. Think Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

    Now, however, it looks more and more like what seemed to be the paranoid rantings of the extreme right in the ’50s and early ’60s were prescient, and, if anything, failed to anticipate the profound hostility towards our nation, our institutions, and liberty now represented by the Democrats.

    • Exactly my thoughts, Cato. I used to scoff at conspiracists, but gradually, watching the exposure of governmental actions that were “inconceivable” turn out to be reality (and under administrations of both parties), it’s much easier to believe that there are indeed evil people determined to destroy America and what the country once stood for. The sincere liberals are still with us, but I see them now as mere pawns and useful idiots of their masters.

      • anon$anon

        Quick: Name five sincere liberals.

        Thought so. The term is an oxymoron today.

        • I believe that there are many “sincere” liberals, but they’re just fodder for their masters. The Democrat party people I know, on all levels, are pure cynics who’ve figured out that the way to power, especially in the liberal bastion here on the East Coast, is to profess to be liberal, when it’s really all about their personal advancement.

        • t

          Bernie Sanders
          Dennis Kucinich
          Russ Feingold
          Bill Bradley
          Dan Moynihan

        • Enjoy your sarcasm, but will Dollar Bill get it?

      • AJ

        An excellent analysis of the black on white murders that is well worth watching. The actual topic of the video doesn’t begin until 05:00 into the clip.

    • “The 1965 Immigration Act: Anatomy of a Disaster By: Ben Johnson”
      http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=20777

      • This article was written in 2002 and where are we now?!!! Everyone here can probably recall from the time this bill was passed how whole groups of peoples have been brought into this country and ruined towns, cities, and states. That is why people are moving out of the North East or other states that have been financially ruined by Legal Immigration, not illegal immigration. These are groups of people who do not want to be Americans they want freebies and start their own country here and make us pay for it.

  3. Al Dente

    We have massive county governments in Florida and they are all corrupt and inefficient. They have sheriff’s departments with lots of deputies, helicopters, and jails and yet crime is rampant. Schools are a joke. Buses are dirty and run late. Good luck.

    • Anonymous

      PB county cant be that bad Al.
      You live in Boca,; The mouth of the rat.
      I live in Broward. The ass of the rat

  4. CatoRenasci

    An important book to read to understand how this initiative fits in with the assault on America is Stanley Kurtz’s 2012 book Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities.

    It’s much more directly relevant to the current work of the administration, and its myrmidons in Hartford, than his 2010 book which placed Obama and his intellectual development in the context of post-New-Left socialism in the US, Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism.

    Both books are thoroughly documented based on extensive original research by Kurtz, a Harvard PhD social anthropologist. Not your run of the mill conservative writer.

    Both books are critical to understanding who Obama is and what he is about.

  5. Anonymous

    Secede, move, fight, or be plundered by the false gods of social justice.

  6. AJ

    Something to watch for is what they did in Canada which was called fusion in Quebec and Amalgamation in Ontario. What the Provinces (states) did was force all the towns to join into big regional mega cities and be named after the biggest one, and in the process even split apart counties in some cases. It would be as if Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Westport, Norwalk, New Canaan, and Fairfield were all forced into becoming one city named Stamford.

    Then what they did was switch all the police around, for example, put the Greenwich police in New Canaan, the Norwalk police in Greenwich, etc., so that none of the cops were familiar or had any roots in the neighborhoods they would be patrolling. Some towns which had been very frugal and went on a pay as you go basis, found themselves in the position of getting to pay for debts of other towns that had run up huge debts.

    Of course no one was very happy about the new state of affairs, and when provincial elections came along, the parties out of power promised to put things back the way they were and, of course, won. Now in power, what the former opposition did was not keep its word but held a referendum where each town cold vote for its new independence. However what they were voting for was to get back only a small portion of their independence, and would still, in large part, be controlled by the new mega city, and with the extra burden that the cost of separation would be enormous.

    Watch out because something like this is probably headed your way. And problems such as busing Kids from Riverside to Byram would be minor compared to what would be in store for you.

  7. if you’re thinking of packing your bags, better do it now while there is still time:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57600023/farmers-almanac-predicts-a-bitterly-cold-winter/