Most politicians who change their positions are called “flip floppers” by their critics. Often they are wishy washy on their reasons for a change, and sometimes they parse words to explain their way out of it. Remember the barbs hurled at Massachusetts Senator John Kerry during the 2004 presidential campaign? On this weekend’s Face the State, you’ll meet a politician who changed his mind and was not afraid to admit it, in fact he embraced it.
State Representative Ernest Hewett, Democrat of New London used to be vehemently opposed to a measure that would require a DNA sample be taken from anyone arrested. Hewett then listened, studied, and questioned and came to the realization he felt his position was wrong. This year, Hewett not only supports the measure he introduced the bill to require DNA samples after an arrest.
Tune in this Sunday at 11AM to watch Hewett’s explanation, and debate legislative happenings with fellow lawmaker, Republican State representative Prasad Srinivasan of Glastonbury. Srinivasan’s explanation of his opposition to medical marijuana is the most through we’ve heard. No surprise; Srinivasan is a doctor.
I am disappointed to see that with regard to the DNA Testing that there was not another opinion. I am pretty certain that not everyone in the legislature is in favor of this and would have appreciated hearing another side.
State Rep. Prasad Srinivasin from Glastonbury, one of the wealthiest towns in Connecticut, showed remarkable candor for a politician (is he new at this?) when he had this to say about his Glastonbury constituents. “They want to see the spending cuts. They want to see that that happens before we are taxed even further. We have people who have boats in Glastonbury; they have their things and they said they’re just going to move over to Rhode Island.”
That is not paraphrasing, that is exactly what he said.
That quote is a perfect example of the prevailing attitude of the rich in the United States of America, land of the free and home of the brave, where some people have to live in refrigerator boxes. Rich people are worried about their THINGS, even when the reality is, (and they’re very aware of this, they have financial advisors) they could well afford a raise in taxes without having to sacrifice any of their STUFF.
There are people in the State of Connecticut, third richest state in the U.S., who are worried about what to eat, where to live, and how to get health care. Malloy’s budget as now presented, will, of course, cut out a huge amount of “entitlement programs” -a label I detest; it’s usually said with a sneer by those who own things like… BOATS.
I’ll go out on limb here and say that most rich CT residents are worried about their BOATS and their THINGS as opposed to food, shelter and healthcare. In their world, those things are a given.
Srinivason also said regarding Glastonbury, “They’re fine with the idea of shared sacrifice; they don’t see the sharing; they don’t see that component at all and they want to see the spending cuts.”
“Spending Cuts” by the way, is richspeak for “cutting back on funding to programs that enhance the lives of the sick, the poor, and the elderly.
Unlike Srinivasan, many of my neighbors are worried about how to get to the nearest food pantry. Some people don’t have cars; hell, some people don’t have bus fare. My neighbors can’t keep their teeth in their mouths because Medicare doesn’t cover dental and Medicaid Dental is so underfunded, most dentists refuse to join the program. Malloy wants to cut $20 million dollars out of Medicaid Dental for Adults this year. That’s just one of the cuts that will directly affect the lives of those who depend upon entitlement programs just to live with dignity.
On the bright side, we do not have to worry about our BOATS.
I just read your (Ms. DeLillo) remarks and am quite impressed with your summary of our moral depravity. I wish people like you were more visable. Please, write somewhere where there is more exposure — we all need to hear from people like you. We can’t keep silent any longer.