Police War on Black Women / Malloy Leads Democrats to Self-Destruction

               by David Samuels

This column appears in the January 12 – 19 edition of the Hartford News.

 

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PROGRAM ALERT

Coming up on Tuesday, January 17: a Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio special report. Meagen Matters: Meagen Hockaday and the Police War on Black Women. Monique Wallace, Meagen’s mother, will join us as we examine an aspect of police violence that’s being ignored by the corporate media. We’ll open the phone lines to family members and loved ones of victims of police violence, so they can sound off on the extrajudicial killings of Black women. We’ll also provide information on a national call to action campaign to pass our Meagen Hockaday Act, which will be introduced during the Connecticut General Assembly 2017 legislative session. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/meagan-matters/   8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. http://www.sometroradio.com/

 

 

Policy Watch: 2017 Legislative Session

 

 

“(Balancing the state budget) probably means elimination of some significant functions of government. If we were to make widespread layoffs, it would be very disruptive, but we may have to be very disruptive because we have to live within the means that we have.” ~ Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes, threatening the elimination of vital human services and public sector jobs if state employees, who have already agreed to concessions TWICE since 2009, do not do so again in 2017.

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” ~ Martin Luther King

 

The main points of neo-liberalism include:

  1. THE RULE OF THE MARKET. Liberating “free” enterprise or private enterprise from any bonds imposed by the government (the state) no matter how much social damage this causes. Greater openness to international trade and investment, as in NAFTA. Reduce wages by de-unionizing workers and eliminating workers’ rights that had been won over many years of struggle. No more price controls. All in all, total freedom of movement for capital, goods and services. To convince us this is good for us, they say “an unregulated market is the best way to increase economic growth, which will ultimately benefit everyone.” It’s like Reagan’s “supply-side” and “trickle-down” economics — but somehow the wealth didn’t trickle down very much.
  2. CUTTING PUBLIC EXPENDITURE FOR SOCIAL SERVICES like education and health care. REDUCING THE SAFETY-NET FOR THE POOR, and even maintenance of roads, bridges, water supply — again in the name of reducing government’s role. Of course, they don’t oppose government subsidies and tax benefits for business.
  3. DEREGULATION. Reduce government regulation of everything that could diminish profits, including protecting the environment and safety on the job.
  4. PRIVATIZATION. Sell state-owned enterprises, goods and services to private investors. This includes banks, key industries, railroads, toll highways, electricity, schools, hospitals and even fresh water. Although usually done in the name of greater efficiency, which is often needed, privatization has mainly had the effect of concentrating wealth even more in a few hands and making the public pay even more for its needs.
  5. ELIMINATING THE CONCEPT OF “THE PUBLIC GOOD” or “COMMUNITY” and replacing it with “individual responsibility.” Pressuring the poorest people in a society to find solutions to their lack of health care, education and social security all by themselves — then blaming them, if they fail, as “lazy.”

source: Corp Watch    http://www.corpwatch.org/index.php

 

 

Liberals in Connecticut rail about the racism of Donald Trump, while they’re silent about the racist, neoliberal policies of Democrat Gov. Dan Malloy. Malloy’s budget plan includes 10 percent across the board funding cuts to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. As a result, DMHAS has floated the idea of closing Blue Hills Substance Abuse Services, which serves communities of color in Hartford. Malloy is once again demanding concessions from state employees (I’m a state worker). The public sector is the largest employer of Black people, and women. Malloy continues to coddle the rich and corporations. Under Connecticut’s regressive tax structure, the working class and the poor pay more than the wealthiest residents. This state loses $7 billion in revenue yearly due to corporate welfare, according to a 2016 report by CT Voices for Children. If that’s somehow not enough for you, Derek Thomas, the organization’s New Haven Policy Fellow, wrote a Connecticut Mirror op-ed on a new report, which debunks the corporatist propaganda that this state is ‘hostile’ toward businesses. “In no other state do businesses pay a lower share of total state and local taxes than in Connecticut.  According to a report prepared by Ernst & Young LLP for the Council on State Taxation (COST), a trade association consisting of more than 600 multistate corporations, Connecticut had the lowest ratio —3.5 percent— of state and local business taxes to the private sector gross state product (GSP) in Fiscal Year 2015 (FY 2015). The total effective business tax rate (TEBTR) is an absolute measure that captures business tax rates as a share of the overall economy.”  ConnPIRG reports that CT companies stash $40 billion in offshore accounts.

Last week Malloy focused most of his State of the State address on continuing to conflate public sector workers with CT’s ongoing fiscal problems, invoking the name of conservative icon Ronald Reagan as he touted his 2016 offensive against the public sector. Malloy is a walking, talking campaign ad for a third party political organization such as the CT Green Party, if they can only get their act together. If you’re a state employee who voted for Malloy in 2010 and 2014, you voted for layoffs and cuts to your benefits. If you’re a working class person who voted for Malloy, you voted to be soaked with taxes. If you’re a person of color who voted for Malloy, you voted for your community to be deprived of jobs and resources. Malloy’s speech to the General Assembly was perfect, if he intends to run for a third term as a Republican. Malloy didn’t mention the poverty and Depression era Black unemployment that plagues Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport; urban policy is a nonissue to him. The Democrats’ rapidly eroding power in the General Assembly: a 17-17 Dem/GOP tie in the Senate, the smallest Dem majority in 30 years in the House, has not resulted in even a slight deviation from Malloy’s neoliberal agenda. Clearly his constituency is the rich and corporations. How in the hell could anyone otherwise explain what Malloy is doing?

Malloy and the CT Democrats routinely ignore the policy recommendations from CT Voices for Children. Here is an excerpt from their 2015 state budget proposal. Note: The estimated state revenue loss from corporate welfare has been revised to $7 billion, since this report was released.

“Connecticut can avoid deep budget cuts to programs supporting children and families by fixing tax inequities and waste. The report outlines a series of revenue options that could prevent harmful cuts to essential programs and services, including: Establishing ‘sunset,’ or expiration dates, for tax breaks. Tax expenditures — in the form of exemptions, deductions and credits – result in a loss of over $6 billion in state revenues, nearly one-third of the state’s annual budget. Yet, unlike other forms of public spending, these tax breaks are not reviewed each year in the budget process. The report suggests establishing automatic sunset dates for all existing and new tax expenditure that would require regular review of these tax breaks. Eliminating ineffective or outdated tax expenditures. The report specifically identifies $476 million in tax expenditures for elimination, including tax exemptions for amusement and recreation services, winter boat storage, and lawn bowling clubs. The reason given by the state’s Office of Fiscal Analysis for the creation of these expenditures is either expediency — defined as violating best tax practices without offsetting public benefit — or economic incentive for goods or services that no longer require special treatment.

Broadening the base of the sales tax to include more services. While the sales tax applies to the sale of most goods, services are not taxed unless done so explicitly through legislative action. Services make up a growing share of the state’s economy, but the state’s sales tax has not kept pace. Increasing progressivity at the top end of the state’s personal income tax. Connecticut’s top ‘marginal rate’ of 6.7% is substantially lower than those in other states like New York (8.82%) and New Jersey (8.97%). Increasing progressivity by raising top rates would offset $300 million in cuts to children and families while leveraging significant ($114 million) federal funding. Further revenue options include closing corporate tax loopholes through ‘combined reporting’ reforms, raising the cigarette tax, and introducing a sugar-sweetened beverage and candies tax.”

 

 

Malloy name dropping Reagan will make a nice audio clip for GOP gubernatorial candidates to use in their TV/radio ads, but it won’t do much for Malloy’s 24% approval rating. It’s clear that Malloy has no intention of providing anything resembling a firewall against the Donald Trump presidency. Grassroots activists in Connecticut will have to mobilize against attacks from the Governor’s Mansion, and the White House.

Resources

Meagen Matters: Police Murder of Black Women Ignored by Corporate Media, Activists

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/meagan-matters-police-murder-of-black-women-ignored-by-corporate-media-activists/

In a Lean Budget Year, Invest in Connecticut’s People
http://ctviewpoints.org/2017/01/06/in-lean-budget-year-invest-in-connecicuts-people/

Martin Luther King: The Three Evils of Society

“An almost lost Dr. King speech, from the Pacifica Archives; this speech was given at the first and only National Conference for New Politics. It is an amazing speech which looks at American’s three deadliest sins, War, Racism and Poverty!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8d-IYSM-08

 

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