A Thanksgiving Day Message from Gov. Malloy

The following is a holiday message from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to the residents of Connecticut.

From Gov, Dannel P. Malloy:

As people across Connecticut gather around their Thanksgiving tables this year to celebrate with family and friends, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on where we are and where we aspire to be in our state.

This past year has been a challenging one. We have sent brave men and women to other countries to defend our freedoms. While we’re grateful to welcome some men and women who rejoin their families back home this year, many are still overseas this Thanksgiving, away from their loved ones. Still others have made that ultimate sacrifice, and we honor them and their memories today. 

We have endured snowstorms of historic proportions and a tropical storm that brought devastation to many communities along our shoreline and riverbeds.

We continue to struggle with a persistent economic downturn. Too many of our fellow residents are unemployed or underemployed. Too many of our fellow residents feel an economic insecurity not felt in more than eighty years. Too many of our young people are worried that their future will not be as bright as that of their parents and grandparents. Many of these young people, sometimes joined by adults, have taken to the streets to express their frustration.  It is a frustration that, at some level, we all share.

Despite all of this, or maybe because of it, we have much for which to be thankful.

We are thankful that so many brave men and women proudly wear the uniforms of our armed services, and nobly go to faraway places and dangerous lands to fight for what we hold so dear: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

We are thankful for the Connecticut residents who, without bidding or fanfare, took food to elderly neighbors or invited acquaintances to take shelter in their warm homes in the aftermath of destruction caused by snow, wind, and rain.

We are thankful that at a time when leaders at a national level have not found common ground to address many of our nation’s challenges, we in Connecticut have been able to come together, and across the aisle, in a genuine effort to address our most pressing economic, fiscal and social problems.

Mostly, we are thankful because we live in a state populated by good and decent people.  Our cities and towns brim with kind, hardworking and compassionate people, nurtured by our 375-year history, and rooted in the political and military founding of this great nation. All around us we see industrial, political and artistic innovation that has become the signature of our people over time. 

We come from good stock; we are the beneficiaries of our state’s historical commitment to face our challenges forthrightly, and to work hard at improving the circumstances of all our fellow citizens. It is wrong that even in this great state, children go to bed hungry. But it is good that we are addressing this social injustice, and it is right that we are committed to seeing the day when we alleviate child hunger.

It is wrong that some of our fellow residents are, through no fault of their own, unable to find employment that allows them to climb their way into the middle class and to bring the next generation of their families with them. But it is good that we recognize this economic injustice, and it is right that we have implemented policies to give the working poor a hand up.

It is bad that some of our fellow residents are afflicted with handicaps that make their lives immeasurably difficult, and leave them hovering on the edges of our society. But it is good that we have service providers who work tirelessly and selflessly to care for and comfort them. To bring them hope where maybe they have only felt hopelessness. 

So at a time when we face great challenges, let us not forget who we are and the principles that define us, because we have what it takes to solve what’s wrong without losing sight of the good that surrounds us every day.

And so we give thanks.

R Eleveld November 27, 2011 at 05:09 PM
@Robert B., is disingenuously correct. The marginal tax rate is lower from 50 years ago, and if that is what you are solely looking at, you might arguably be correct. However the tax burden has grown exponentially over the past 6 plus decades and the past 100 years for that matter. The Federal tax code is huge. The burden has shifted to all payers, and the poor are as usual hit the hardest. The wealthy, R and D bow to the will of themselves, usually wealthy. People in Washington live truly in another recession proof world where they help their friends and we the working class get hurt. So as I have said many times, a flat tax is the only FAIR alternative. Robert, the tax burden, when looked at in its totality has grown huge. We now pay an addition ~6% increase in state sales taxes, alcohol taxes, income tax increses and all the other increases, Town property tax burdens keep increasing, and all the taxes we pay in our gas, and airline flights. Now would you like to reconsider your comment? I think "reality base facts" have clearly proven your comment tacitly false.
R Eleveld November 27, 2011 at 05:24 PM
@ Robert B, your comment makes a basic assumption that is false. That if all people are given the same set of circumstances they will all prosper equally. Nice idea, however absolutely incorrect. The difference with the people mentioned, and the results are their own individual powers of the mind and body. It is their minds that allowed them to succeed. All the other comments are excuses. Why in a wealthy family, look at the Vanderbilts, Gettys, Morgans and Rockefellers, Kennedys with siblings, does one succeed and the others fail? Is it they were treated differently or was it the respective minds and how they each used their abilities. What made Steve Jobs wealthy and in the process made many others wealthy. He employed directly and indirectly tens of thousands if not hunfdreds of thousands that would not have had jobs if he had not been the creator he was. The same can be said for Bill Gates, or Ellison, or any of the welth creators of this past century. Or Henry Ford who did create an industry that made the car available to his workers. A free Capitalist market oriented society made these things possible. Not government action. The governments responsibility is to allow for a level palying field for all, but it is the minds of these great men and women that was the difference. To think otherwise is just feel good rhetoric.
R Eleveld November 27, 2011 at 05:43 PM
Capitalism is the law of nature, the law of the jungle. It has worked for the world for tens of thousands of years to great success, or we humans would not be here. The fit survive and the weak die. The weak antelope is eaten by the lion, removing the weak animal from the breeding stock of the herd, and in so doing, making the balance of the herd that much stronger. The cheetah must be quick and agile or he/she does not eat. As the herd gets faster and stronger the cheetah must do the same, or it to vanishes. I will guess 400 years ago the cheetah was not as fast as it is today nor the antelope. This applies to every animal in the wild. Capitalism works much in the same way. The strong companies grow, and the products they produce is something the consumer is willing to pay for at a price they are willing to pay of there own free will. If a company does not get it right they vanish. Those assets are re-allocated to more productive uses and the cycle continues. Government intervention creates the GM bailout... yes it started almost 30 years ago. The bailout of the banks will be disastrous some 30 years from now. Government intervention causes the rules of capitalism to fail to the detriment of the society in the whole, maybe not today, but sometime. Consider when governemnt inrtroduces fauna into an eco system the unintended consequences of fooling with Mother Nature creates other problems. Capitalism is much the same.
Jim G. November 27, 2011 at 08:00 PM
I see your grasp of history is as weak as your grasp of economics and politics, Ron. Capitalism did not exist until the fall of the guild systems just prior to the Renaissance. Unless we have radically different calendars, that was more recently than "tens of thousands of years" ago. You could, you know, look it up.
R Eleveld November 27, 2011 at 08:53 PM
@Jim G I guess I should be a little more literal for you... Capitalism is like the law of nature, the law of the jungle. The law of nature and law of the jungle have worked for the world for tens of thousands of years or the begininning of time to great success, or we humans would not be here. Both capitalism and mother nature work on a concept of the fit survive and the weak die. I hope that helps you Jim... FYI Capitalism has been around since the 12 or 13th century, and I do appreciate the current form is ascribed to more modern times as the 17th and 18th century [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism] . Certain aspects of capitalism and modern banking were used during the crusades by the Knights Tempar.


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