How blatant can a Governor be?
Connecticut’s Red Ink
by Jack Fowler
May 30, 2012
The Nutmeg State will be funding the Communist Party.
Yep, despite massive debt and a mushrooming deficit, Governor Dannel Malloy, with the obedient Democrat legislature in tow, will convene the State Bond Commission on June 4th and push through a $300,000 “grant-in-aid to Progressive Education and Research Associates to finance renovations to the New Haven Peoples Center at 37 Howe Street.” The masquerades of Progressive this and People that aside, 37 Howe Street happens to be the headquarters for the Connecticut Communist Party, run by Joelle Fishman, who also happens to be the regional bureau chief for the infamous Peoples World. Which, yes, also happens to be located at 37 Howe Street.
So here we have a state that is awash in red ink, consciously increasing its red ink, to directly send taxpayer dollars to a place that publishes Red ink.
My pal Tom Scott, former state senator and considered by many to be Connecticut’s primo conservative, called to say “Is there anything this Governor is unwilling to spend our money on? We have the highest per-capita debt of any state, we’re the highest taxed state in the nation, and yet Malloy and the Democrats see fit to spend $300,000 to prop up the Communist Party of Connecticut. This is outrageous. And Malloy is a fiscal misfit. We need to turn the heat up on these Democrats to remove this item from the bond commission agenda.”
While Democrats do their compliant routine, Senate Republicans are said to be planning a press conference tomorrow at the state Capitol to highlight and protest the
Commissar’s Governor’s plan.
CONNECTICUT: $300,000 TO RENOVATE COMMUNIST PARTY HQ
The state debt clock for Connecticut indicates that 10% of the state’s population currently receives food stamps. Broken down by citizen, every state resident is approximately $11,000 in debt due to government spending. Given the state’s unemployment numbers, approximately 8%, combined with tax rates and breaks, we know not all of them will pay much, if anything, in taxes.
Now, meet Joelle Fishman. She is head of the state communist party and is associated with other far leftist causes and organizations.
Joelle Fishman chairs the Connecticut Communist Party USA. She is a Commissioner on the City of New Haven Peace Commission, serves on the executive board of the Alliance of Retired Americans in Connecticut and is an active member of many economic rights and social justice organizations. She was a candidate for Congress from 1973 to 1982, maintaining minor-party ballot status for the Communist Party in Connecticut’s Third Congressional District. As chair of the CPUSA Political Action Commission, she has played an active role in the broad labor and people’s alliance that defeated the ultra-right in the 2008 elections and continues to mobilize for health care, worker rights and peace.
Despite massive debt and high unemployment, the state government of Connecticut will be giving Fishman’s group, Progressive Education and Research Associates, three hundred thousand dollars in hard-earned tax payer dollars for building renovations. Progressive Education and Research Associates just happens to share headquarters with the Connecticut Communist Party. Connecticut’s government isn’t broken, it’s actively working against the Nutmeg State’s working population.
Joelle Fishman Supported Obama in ’08
Joelle Fishman, Center
Supporting Obama in ’08
Joelle Fishman’s role in the Communist Party USA‘s Political Action Commission gives her responsibility for organising party support for “progressive” Democratic Party candidates at the state, congressional, senate and presidential level.
Like virtually all Communist Party USA members, Joelle Fishman personally campaigned for Barack Obama.
- It was enjoyable to knock on doors and find voters who were enthusiastic and inspired by Obama’s historic candidacy, like the teacher who said her whole family was spreading the word. There were several families of divided opinion and others who declined to say. The most challenging conversations were with voters who did not want to support Obama because they were caught up in the lies and rumors undermining his integrity and patriotism. Those who were ready to discuss appreciated the comparison of McCain’s anti-worker record with Obama’s near perfect score.
- It was exciting to be part of the quarter million union volunteers across the country, the biggest election mobilization in labor’s history, which has influenced the political climate in working class swing states and districts, laying the basis for a much larger labor movement.
- The example set by labor’s top leaders talking directly with white sisters and brothers about how Obama represents their best chance for a secure future will have a lasting impact…
- This year the chance to uproot ultra-right corporate political dominance is much greater. Voters want to be part of history. They see that the policies of the Bush administration, which McCain-Palin would continue, are bankrupting the country and endangering the world.
- Labor’s giant effort along with massive organizing by African American, Latino, women’s and youth groups has turned historically Republican states’ House and Senate seats into battlegrounds, including the Senate seat in New Hampshire.
- A landslide victory for Obama and Congress will open the door for big new struggles to organize workers into unions and place the needs of working families front and center in this economic crisis.