What Happened to Government of the People?

Lately in my home state of Connecticut, it seems as though members of the legislature and the governor (Dannel Malloy) seem to be getting their way against the majority of their constituents.  Sure, we chose representative democracy or republic as opposed to running cities, states, and the nation as gigantic New England Town Meetings to avoid what Aristotle referred to as mob-ocracy and yes, our representatives are supposed to occasionally go against the will of the people as the masses don’t always get it right either and that many voices can be hard to control.  But lately, things are getting out of hand.

Sixty-five (65) percent of Connecticut’s citizens favor the death penalty for first-degree (premeditated) murder, killing a police officer in the line of duty, and for the most heinous crimes such as the Cheshire home invasion.  Yet, both houses of Connecticut’s general assembly voted for repealing the death penalty and Governor Malloy signed it into law.  The bill was written such that the eleven men currently on death row will not have their sentences commuted.  I have emailed State Senator Kane and Representative Labriola about putting this into referendum.  It is not easy but I believe if it did happen, it would be overturned.  Connecticut is still very much in debt and it will be very costly to keep murderers alive in prison for life.  The death penalty would be more economical if we would use it; the problem with the former law was the appeal process was unlimited and condemned [men] often remained on death row and died of natural causes before they were scheduled to be executed.  Senator Kane’s plan would limit appeals to seven years.

Liquor on Sunday was not all that popular among small business owners who will now have to work seven days a week to compete.  CVS did in small, privately owned pharmacies.  Home Depot did in small, privately owned hardware stores.  The liquor business was the last vestige of small business dominance in the Nutmeg State and it will now have difficulty surviving as this opens the floodgates for supermarkets to sell more imported beer traditionally only found in specialty package stores and the big chains like Al’s Warehouse will have the advantage as they have employees and can schedule them for five out of seven days with Saturday and Sunday being two of the five.  A majority of small liquor merchants stood strong against this and many of their customers backed them.  Yet, it looks like a foregone conclusion.

While a majority of Nutmeg Staters favor sensible spending cuts over raising taxes, Governor Malloy just doesn’t get it.  He is proposing eight new taxes including the possibility of requiring merchants to charge tax on the regular price even if it is sold at a discount.  Charging sales tax on property tax is being considered—that is a tax tax if you ask me—something is rotten in Demark.

I think our representatives must listen to their constituents more.  And forget that Twitter crap—they need to meet face to face the old fashioned way to show they are with us.

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