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The Real Difference Between Democrats & Republicans

Like Rosa, Terry Masters pledges she is "Fighting for People."

Editor's note: Democrat Terry Masters is running for the 120th District seat currently held by Republican Laura Hoydick

What's the real difference between the Democrats and the Republicans? 

The sound bites are pretty stale: Republicans are "fiscally conservative" and Democrats are "tax and spend."

The truth is so much different.

Republicans, from Romney on down to my opponent, all tout cutting taxes and cutting waste; but not one of them will admit to what they want to cut -- besides taxes for the wealthy.

If you cut taxes, you will also have to cut expenditures. Again, we hear sound bites about "cutting waste" but nothing concrete. If their plans are good and have value, what's the problem with bringing them out into the open? Or are they unwilling to show how their plans add to the deficit?

In Stratford, my opponent Laura Hoydick states she has worked on legislation to grow Connecticut’s economy. And in fact she, along with all but four members of the House, voted for Democrat Chris Donovan's economic stimulus package (HB 6801).

She then voted against another bill proposed in the Senate and sponsored in the House by Donovan (SB 1152). This bill will have created 3,000 construction jobs each year between 2012-18 and an additional 16,400 jobs with $4.6 billion in personal income by 2037. 

Even if no one from Stratford gets hired at the construction site or at the Biosciences Center, the state coffers will be growing and we have a better chance of funding our programs.

Are Democrats the "tax and spend" party? Actually, I think we're the real business-friendly and business-like party. We know that to grow something -- whether a company, an economy or a society -- you need to invest in it. 

Public education is an investment that we've forgotten. It's not a coincidence that our kids are missing basic skills sets. Our transportation system is another investment that has not been nurtured. How many lost work hours and lowered productivity were incurred because the Metro-North rail cars couldn't run in either the snow or the heat? 

The same types of programs that are under attack in Washington are under attack in Stratford:

  • The same party that wants to privatize Social Security wants to privatize Stratford's water treatment facility. 
  • The same party that voted against funding the Violence Against Women Act in Washington voted against adding a $20 fee to a Connecticut marriage license to provide services for domestic abuse victims. 
  • The same party that wants to dismantle Medicare and Social Security for everyone under 55 voted against helping Stratford residents who are under-insured or un-insured get healthcare coverage.
  • The same party that fought campaign finance reform in Washington voted against greater campaign transparency in Connecticut.

Neither party is all bad nor all good; we and our institutions are not that simple.  But the differences are stark between the parties -- and their candidates -- at all levels.

There is a real difference between me and my opponent. I have fought for equal rights, animal welfare, health care, and environmental issues. I have been a union member, I am a small business owner, and I have fought for an equal playing field for over forty years.

I am, as of this writing, endorsed by:

            Rosa DeLauro

            Kim Meuse

            AFSCME

            Connecticut Citizens Action Group

            CT PACE

            CSU AAUP

            SEIU

            Sierra Club, CT Chapter

            Working Families Party

I'm asking for your support and your vote in November. I won't make false promises or make snappy sound bites. I will do everything I can to work productively with my peers in Hartford and to help Stratford. 

Like Rosa, I'm a fighter and I will fight for you.

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Jim Ravis October 09, 2012 at 11:45 AM
"I have fought for equal rights, animal welfare, health care, and environmental issues.....for over forty years." "Public education is an investment that we've forgotten. It's not a coincidence that our kids are missing basic skills sets. Our transportation system is another investment that has not been nurtured" And you think you will make a difference if you are elected?
Terry Masters October 09, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Yes. We each can make a difference. The mere act of standing up for what one believes or standing up against an injustice makes a difference.
RMK October 09, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Well said. There is a difference and it needs to be pointed out over and over again. Ms. Hoydick has promised to back repealing our new healthcare law that is growing in popularity in spite of the misinformation tactics used by her party to create confusion and distrust. We are the ONLY industrialized country in the world whose citizenry fear their medical bills. Does she realize that the more residents in CT learn and are personally affected by the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the more they like it? What is her position on those Republican voters who are now on the fence between candidates in each party because they NEED affordable care? Another striking difference is the parties position on Social Security and Medicare. If we have a Republican in the White House who is set on privatizing Social Security and voucherizing Medicare, do you know where your state reps in the Republican Party will stand? Recent history shows us that the GOP is ousting moderates in their midst for Tea Party activists. Look at how your incumbents have voted and what they stand for before giving them a second chance to affect issues that matter the most for our society. Ms. Masters makes a GREAT argument for giving her a chance to ensure Stratford's best interests are considered at the state level, as well as working to keep Social Security and Medicare out of the hands of Wall Street.
Walt October 09, 2012 at 01:59 PM
You do realize that this is a piddly state position that will have NO SAY WHATSOEVER in the health care act, social security, or medicare, and that she will be beholden to the state unions whose pay and pensions are destroying this state and will drive people out when the bill to pay these bills comes in. CT is already the most taxed state and the worst state to retire in. Who do you think is supposed to pay for all these wonderful programs? The "Wall Street CEO's" that you and her so despise?
RMK October 09, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Rather, Ms. Masters lays out how her positions and her opponents extrapolate down to the local level from those in the national arena. And let's face it, Walt, the issues we see being obstructed by the Republicans at the national level - and those they tout instead - tell us precisely how the down-tickets will work for us.
Walt October 09, 2012 at 04:50 PM
It's ALL about money, everybody just sticking their hand out. You think she might bring more of the states confiscated tax dollars back to Stratford. Again I'll ask you; who do you think is supposed to pay for all these wonderful programs? The "Wall Street CEO's" that you and her so despise?
Hollie Levine October 09, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Walt, the Wall Street CEOs are not despicable, they are just greedy. When the people who have gotten wealthier the last four years start paying a reasoanble amount of taxes - like say taxing capital gains at the same rate income is taxed - then all these programs will be fine and then some. Go Terry!!!
Sandy B. October 15, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Terry, Sorry again! You want to know the real difference between democrats and republicans? A democrat will shake your hand and say you can't make it without me. A republican will shake your hand and say if I can make it you can make it. Are you also aware that Connecticut is the #1 worst state to live in for those who are retired? Democrats in our state have taxed us to death.
Laura Dobosz October 15, 2012 at 03:10 PM
That is the biggest load of crap I have ever read.
Nancy H. October 15, 2012 at 03:16 PM
After reading some of these comments I have to agree with Sandy B. Connecticut is the 3rd smallest state in the CONUS with about 3.5 million people and we have like the 13th or 14th highest budget in the country? What's wrong with this picture? Too many tax and spend liberals in Hartford. We don't need another one in Terry Masters!
Sandy B. October 15, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I can see you really have a grasp of the English language. Democrats have controlled the House and Senate for at least the last 25 years and the only solutions they can come up with is tax, tax, and tax some more. And what do the taxpayers get out of it? DEBT!
Rose B October 15, 2012 at 03:49 PM
The governors before Malloy that we've had in CT over the last two decades of taxation were both REPUBLICANS....you know, "liberals". Rell refused to increase taxes on the wealthiest residents in CT...you know, the 'job creators' who hide their potential 'job creating' millions in tax havens offshore...while raising taxes on property owners and cutting social programs on the least among us. Your whining doesn't serve or impress anyone but yourself.
Rose B October 15, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I forgot Lowell Weiker before Roland and Rell. Make that 3 republican govs before Malloy picked up where 20 years of Republican......you know, "tax and spend liberalism"....left off.
Sandy B. October 15, 2012 at 04:01 PM
You are correct about the last 2 Governors being republican Rose, however, I think you need a civics lesson. It's the legislature who passes the laws. The Governor must execute them. With a veto proof legislature it's amazing Rowland and Rell were able to keep us from bankruptcy.
Sandy B. October 15, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Here is a quote taken directly from Terry Masters campaign ad. "But other actions and decisions haven’t been so positive. There is almost a sense of obstruction: a vote against raising the minimum wage, a vote against programs for victims of domestic abuse, and a vote against openness in campaign financing. Beyond these votes, there’s been inaction on current state measures that could help Stratford: the Energy Improvement Districts and ECS funding are just two examples." So what you're saying Terry is it's the members of your party that are the obstructionists, since they control both chambers in Hartford.
Rose B October 15, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Sandy -- you just explained President Obama's dilemma to a tee. But how does that jibe with this fact about Rell: "Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell passes $391 million in tax hikes" http://www.atr.org/connecticut-governor-jodi-rell-proposes-million-a3613
Rose B October 15, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Again, just in the last Republican Governor's administration - you know, the "tax and spend Liberal" that Republican Jodi Rell was - she, HERSELF, proposed a $391 million tax hike, in a time of RECESSION. Go figure - a Republican on this comment page pretending that their party isn't in fact the party of "tax and spend". Cognitive dissonance has a tea party ideology.
Rose B October 15, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Almost forgot: Sandy and Nancy -- you both may want to do some fact-checking on what Republican Governors with Republican-controlled legislators do in other parts of the country to run their states. As it stands, those Republican-controlled states DRAIN the MOST federal dollars from the Government teat, while states like ours foot the bill for those Republican.....what did Romney call the 47%? Oh, yes..... MOOCHERS.
Nancy H. October 15, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Rose talking to you is like talking to a wall! Scott Walker of Wisconsin, John Kasich of Ohio, Bob McDonnell of Virginia just to name a few all inherited deficits and ridded their states of those same deficits. This was accomplished without raising taxes and oh by the way created jobs in their state. Guess what? Republican Governors all three. Winston Churhill said it best. "If you're 25 and not a liberal you have no heart and if you're 40 and not a conservative you have no brain". Which are you? Go spin your diatribe somewhere else.........
Rose B October 15, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I think that sense of talking to a wall is the effect of yelling at the inner lining of the Fox News bubble you reside in. Here's the facts about Walker, whom you cite as having 'inherited' a deficit and claim to have now 'rid' his state of that deficit. How did he do it? Apparently, by also ridding the state of some 80,000 jobs. I kind of remember Walker promising during his recall election that he'd create 250,000 jobs during his first term, and furthermore said that there would be a "dramatic turnaround" and "a tremendous takeoff" in the jobs numbers after last June 5th as political uncertainty was removed. Doesn't look good for the old teacher-hater. By the way, Walker now enjoys a Democratically-controlled legislature to keep his asinine hate in check. Kasich actually DID raise taxes, Nancy -- he called for higher taxes on oil and gas drillers and environmental rules that his administration says no other state requires. Sounds a bit more Democrat than Republican, don't you think? Not surprised that he took a Democratic approach to get those unhealthy approval ratings up after smiting the unions' right to negotiation....
Roger Holmes January 07, 2013 at 01:55 AM
I do not know who you are, I actually live in Berea Ohio. I know this post may not even reach you, but it is worth a shot. I have so many ideas of how we can boost the economy and at the same time lowering taxes all around. That would even include not raising taxes on the top earners. The problem I have which I think is the problem that most people with democratic view have is no one is willing to listen. You have the Dems blaming the Rupublicans and vice versa. Both parties need to put in their big boy pants and admit to being at fault and actually work together instead of just talking. I had people tell me that I was only voting for Obama because he was black. My response to them was "is that why your not voting for him?" People should be held accountable for their own actions is what I have heard. To be honest that is something I totally agree with. But at the same time I belive that if people had better choices to choose from then their actions may be better. I have also been told that EVERYONE is given a chance. Oddly enough I belive in that too, but what people are forgetting is that not everyone is given the SAME chances. some chances may be big others may be small. Not everyone is going to have a Tyler Perry life, but also not everone is going to have a Kennedy life either. I belive that if you want something bad enough then it is worth fighting for, but I also belive in helping people achieve what they are fighting and not just telling them to fend for themselves.

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