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Response to Martin Looney & Bob Duff Article: How to protect an evolving Connecticut

Writen by: Martin Tagliaferro

In response to the recent Looney/Duff editorial regarding the “thoughtful policy progress led by the Democrats in Connecticut”. – the main point of the article seems to be that abortion on demand and spending other people’s money are the keys to a better Connecticut.

 Mr. Looney and Mr. Duff note, “…states that have restricted reproductive choice since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade have seen a 10% drop in the number of applications for OB-GYN residencies.”   Apparently, nothing seems to unite Democrats more than their desire to terminate a pregnancy.

Maybe it is true that there is a 10% drop in OB-GYN residences but the fact is the number of abortions has increased since the Dobbs decision.   In the 12 months after the Dobbs decision in June 2022, there were on average 82,298 abortions a month, compared with 82,115 in the two months before Dobbs  – https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/24/upshot/abortion-numbers-dobbs.html.

 Facts don’t seem to matter to Mr. Looney or Mr. Duff.  Nor apparently does the language of the US Constitution.

 It is true that it is only one “wave election” away for policies to become a reality.  Democrats won in 2020 and 2022 and the result was flooding our border with illegal immigrants, numerous foreign wars, devastating inflation and a reduced standard of living. 

Only now illegal immigrants are being acknowledged by CIA director Christopher Wray to be a major security risk to the US. Only now do we acknowledge Democrat policies have resulted in unsustainable inflation, dependence on foreign entities to supply our energy needs and global instability.    To date- four US embassies have had to be abandoned due to foreign threats.   Some success – eh Mr. Looney?  Eh Mr. Duff?

Mr Looney and Mr Duff seem only concerned about the ability to terminate life,  give away more of other people’s money and demonize those who have a different opinion.

We agree “reactionary social policies forced upon K-12 schools have caused increasing teacher resignations…”   But Republicans believe those reactionary policies are those that stray from reading, writing and arithmetic, history, science and biology. You remember biology?  XX chromosomes  = Female/woman/girl .  XY chromosome  = Male/man/boy.   Being forced to teach a “woke curriculum” is apt to make many teachers look for new employment.

“Our Precious freedoms”  are at risk only because Democrats like Mr. Looney and Mr. Duff believe they should be able to decide if your livelihood is essential,  they should be able to restrict your opinions and they should be able to interpret the US Constitution as they deem appropriate.    They totally misrepresent the 4th Amendment.

The 4th Amendment does not guarantee a right to privacy – it guarantees a right to be left alone unless there is probable cause of a crime.  Reading comprehension doesn’t seem to be a strong point for

Democratic leaders.

But of course -facts don’t matter to Democrats – only power.   The power to tell you how to live your life,,,, because in their opinion, “It’s for your own good.”.

Republicans encourage all to reject this philosophy.  Believe in the ideals of the Declaration of Independence, embrace the language of the US Constitution and have faith in free market capitalism – a system that has created more wealth, generated more jobs, fed more children and gotten more people out of poverty than any unlimited number of government programs.

Don’t give in to a failed  ‘woke philosophy” , celebrate life, and give blessing to the fact that we live in the greatest country in the world under the greatest constitution ever written. . .

For context…here is the article by Martin Looney and Bob Duff

How to protect an evolving Conn.

When building a home, school or hospital, the work is never done in just a day. The process is long, complicated, and difficult, with many people coming together to work toward a common goal. Cutting corners and skipping steps can lead to grave consequences, which reaffirms the need for everyone involved to make a sustained commitment.

Developing good public policy is very similar. Without an all-hands-on-deck process where lawmakers plan thoroughly, unintended consequences can arise. As leaders of the state senate we know all too well that no policy is flawless, no outcome fully satisfactory. While we aim for perfection, we look at other states as points of comparison. That contrast has never been as stark as it is now.

Republican-led initiatives from other states are negatively impacting humane social programs, the economy, education, health care and safety. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges Research and Action Institute, states that have restricted reproductive choice since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe

  1. Wade have seen a 10% drop in the number of applications for OB-GYN residencies. Meanwhile, the assault on higher education in Southern states is causing faculty to leave. Universities are reporting declines in applications for open positions, with many reporting declined job offers. Reactionary social policies forced upon K-12 schools have caused increasing teacher resignations and classrooms unable to fill vacancies. America’s 10 worst states in which to live and work, according to CNBC, are all led by the GOP. States such as Nebraska are seeing “brain drain” where educated residents are leaving for other opportunities.

Meanwhile, the thoughtful policy progress led by Democrats in Connecticut has caused unquestionably positive outcomes.

On the economic side, Connecticut is experiencing a high labor force participation rate, low unemployment, and increasing wages, resulting in our ranking as the seventh-fastest growing economy in the country. Beyond the financial strength, Connecticut ranks in the top 10 of a number of quality of life measures. The data shows what we already know: Connecticut is a great place to live, work, and raise a family and the younger generations are noticing. More young people from Generation Z are choosing to move to Connecticut than any other state. Millennials are not far behind, moving to our state at the fourth-highest rate.

However, we must always strive to do more.

This year we announced a series of priority legislative proposals that build upon our leadership in a number of areas that make Connecticut the envy of the union. We will continue our work on strengthening our home care system by protecting worker safety through transparency and protective technology. We will further the effort to increase accessibility and affordability of prescription drugs by identifying drugs facing potential supply shortages before those shortages occur and allowing Canadian pharmaceutical imports. We will provide more access to paid sick days for up to 1.6 million more workers by expanding access, provide more protections for victims of domestic violence through expanding existing programs and resources available through our legal system, develop vital safety measures for users of artificial intelligence, and cut junk fees for broadband and streaming service consumers.

However, it only takes one wave election for the dystopian dreams of MAGA Republicans to become our reality. In 2017-18, we sat on that precipice with Donald Trump as president and Republicans tied in the state senate and holding almost 50 percent of seats in the House of Representatives.

To safeguard our precious freedoms, this year we are proposing an amendment to the Connecticut constitution. Although the final language of the resolution has yet to be determined, it will address and enshrine personal freedoms — such as reproductive rights, marriage equality, interracial marriage, and the use of contraception — that had been considered settled Constitutional law until a Trump-appointed U.S. Supreme Court decided to upend decades of common sense precedent and potentially undermine the “right to privacy” first articulated as a Constitutional principle in 1965 in Griswold v. Connecticut.

Due to these policies and many more we need to be better prepared for the thousands of people who are moving to make Connecticut their home. Therefore, we also have a comprehensive bill to build more housing and increase renter protections, making housing more affordable and accessible and meeting increasing demand as our state continues to see strong population growth.

As the legislative session moves along until adjournment on May 8, please continue to reach out with your ideas for what should be next for Connecticut. Together we will keep striving to build the best home for current and future residents alike.

Martin Looney is Senate president pro tempore and Bob Duff is Senate majority leader.

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