Wednesday, June 03, 2015


As my favorite President would respond – there you go again! -Trying to re-write history that is. The Gipper never let you guys get away with that and I am happy to carry out that tradition. The Norwich Bulletin is now trying to distance itself from the very policies and the man it endorsed not once but twice now. Sorry Bros but you own this guy. The Norwich Bulletin is as much to blame for the rotten economic conditions as Malloy himself.

Why don’t we take a little stroll down Memory Lane?

In 2010 the NB endorsed Dan Malloy for the Democrat nomination over a phenomenally successful business man Ned Lamont who had gobs of experience with bottom lines and the concept of competitiveness.

Meanwhile the Norwich Bulletin told Republicans “The one clear and obvious choice,…R. Nelson “Oz” Griebel.”

Who? Yeah; exactly. Griebel’s only claim to fame as far as I can tell is that he cashed in his chit for former Congressman Nancy Johnson's support. Johnson stood there at the convention like she was high on drugs with her Oz Button and said nary a thing while Real Republican Tom Foley ran away with the nomination. The NB wrote “Unlike his opponents, Griebel (who?) doesn't pander to [conservatives] with promises of no new taxes or offer unrealistic expectations that our fiscal problems can be solved by simply cutting spending.”

The Norwich Bulletin said of Foley “we don’t believe [he] is a man of conviction. We fear he will simply take the most expedient and easy solution in resolving problems, with little concern for the impact it will have on our state and its residents”.
Or in other words Foley would make the state eat its spinach by cutting spending or at least leave it flat. We would be in far more competitive shape today had we elected Foley then.

In 2014 after four years of Governor Dan Malloy, Tom Foley went from being “a man without conviction” (a bad guy) to "congenial", "a formidable adversary", "a viable alternative" and "business-like". Editorial Page Editor Ray Hackett started calling him "Tom" instead of "Foley". The Bulletin did surprisingly endorse Real Republican Tom Foley for the Republican nomination.

For the General Election, it seems Foley had at least one supporter and maybe another on the fence with the editorial board from certain indications.

 --But not enough, the 2014 endorsement for Malloy “In the end, value won. Change for the sake of change is unproductive”. --If you know what that means; please explain it to me.

The 2014 endorsement goes on to say “Governing involves making the tough choices, which Malloy has done, and which are not always popular”.

Ah, but I beg to differ with that characterization. Malloy DID DO WHAT WAS POPULAR with his caucus. Jack-up spending and jack-up taxes too! That’s a very popular choice among the tax-n-spend crowd. Cutting spending would be the unpopular thing.

So here we are today and once again the Bulletin's man is about to sign another budget that drastically raises taxes (after promising not to) and makes ConnectiCan’t even more un-competitive than ever before. Employers are packing their bags as we speak.

 Malloy and the Norwich Bulletin are still married, but perhaps the honeymoon is over.
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