To the Editor:
The August 27th issue of Barron’s Weekly ranked the 50 states based on their debt and unfunded pensions in comparison with the state Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Connecticut ranked last overall with a Debt plus Pension Liability to GDP of 17.1 percent.
Clearly our state and federal elected officials have to be held accountable for this. The last four years of increased government spending (at all levels) is just not working. It is time for a change.
I have owned businesses and real estate in Norwalk, Greenwich, Wilton and Bridgeport and I have become increasingly concerned about the demise of optimism and hope in parts of Fairfield County.
More government is not the answer. More government coupled with increased regulations will not encourage businesses to start up or relocate in Connecticut. Only the private sector can provide the lasting employment that will over time increase the number of viable taxpayers, which in the long run will reduce our deficit.
This is why I am supporting the Republican Candidate, Steve Obsitnik, to replace Jim Himes in the 4th Congressional District. I would suppose that everyone goes to Washington with good aspirations; however, in the upcoming election the choice is clear: Do you wish to place your faith (and money) in a larger government that cannot say no to new programs or do you believe that a government that encourages employment growth through lower taxes and less governmental interference is the way to go? I will choose the later and vote for Steve Obsitnik in November.
Kevin J. McSpirit, Wilton