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Yearly Archive for 2009

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2009 Year-End World’s Worst

THE TEN WORST Berlusconi meltdown. While the outside world has long been mystified by the political longevity of Italy’s comically exuberant three-time prime minister, media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi,

2009 Year-End Best and Worst From The Century Foundation: Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law — by Patrick Radden Keefe

To many progressives, one of the most galvanizing aspects of Barack Obama’s campaign for the presidency was his pledge to roll back the executive excesses of the Bush-Cheney era and restore a sensible

New Loan-Guarantee Bailout for New Nuclear Reactors Puts U.S. Taxpayers at Risk as Department of Energy Hands Over Billions of Dollars to ‘Poster Child for Cost Overruns’

First it was insurance companies, then it was banks and that was followed by auto companies. Now, the federal government is putting U.S. taxpayers and utility customers at new risk under a

Linda Attacks Rob For Being A Fan of Jimmie’s

From Linda McMahon’s blog: On Sunday, the Hartford Courant’s Kevin Rennie published a very eye-opening, must-read column here titled “Simmons’ Curious Affinity for Carter.” The column centers around a

Best and Worst on Health Care Reform – 2009

By Naomi Freundlich and Maggie Mahar This year the rhetoric around health care reform reached historic levels. Barely a week went by without pundits dissecting some new fact, policy detail or wording

The Best and Worst Governmental Responses to the Recession

By Greg Anrig At the outset of 2009, President-elect Obama awaited his inauguration with the U.S. economy in a near free fall — more than a half a million jobs were disappearing monthly, consumption

Rell Vetos Deficit Bills

Governor M. Jodi Rell vetoed both of the legislature’s deficit bills yesterday, calling them “feeble” attempts to solve the state’s budget shortfall. She called instead for lawmakers to grant her the

Guest Post

By JCW, CT Blue Fool me once… December 21st, 2009 It’s almost enough to fill one with despair. What’s one definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

It’s Not The Season To Reduce Estate Taxes

Because of the budget crisis in Connecticut, a scheduled reduction in the sales tax has been deferred to produce additional revenue. So it made sense that a scheduled reduction in estate taxes should

Is Connecticut’s Slow Population Growth Good or Bad?

The U.S. Census Bureau has just released its newest population estimates for Connecticut. From April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009 Connecticut’s population grew from 3,405,607 to 3,518,288, an increase of