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Patch's Poll: Is Joe Courtney Doing A Good Job?

On Monday, Democrats nominated the 2nd Congressional District incumbent to run for his fourth term. Do you think Courtney deserves more time in Washington? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

Joe Courtney was nominated Monday by his fellow Democrats to run for his fourth term representing the 2nd Congressional District in Washington.

The Vernon resident was nominated at the district convention in Norwich.

What do you think? Does Courtney deserve a fourth term? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

augie42 May 16, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Congressional Democrats plan massive tax increases and crippling defense cuts after November. Why not now? Because the voters would realize the Obama presidency has set the stage for fiscal catastrophe. 'The way to deal with sequestration is put revenues on the table." That is third-ranking Senate Democrat Charles Schumer of New York's coded way of telling congressional Republicans that if you want to prevent the budgetary devastation of the U.S. military, you'll have to break your promises to voters and agree to major tax hikes.....pure politics here. After the presidential and congressional elections this November, a lame-duck Congress will address an impending fiscal calamity......continued....
Ellen Hillman May 16, 2012 at 08:06 PM
It is that or go commit a crime and get taken care of for life. between all my volenteering and political activities family and work. I would welcome the time to read a book. Just think I can get my medical care, laundry, food and everything taken care of for by the government and read a book..... wonder what kind of dental plan the jail has???
augie42 May 16, 2012 at 08:07 PM
........Without action, the Bush tax cuts once again are set to expire at the end of the year and some $110 billion in indiscriminate, across-the-board spending cuts will take place automatically. House Speaker John Boehner is already wisely demanding "cuts and reforms greater than" any debt limit increase. Heritage Foundation senior fellow and former Treasury Department tax economist J.D. Foster recently warned that on New Year's Day, "some $494 billion in tax hikes will crash down on America's taxpayers and economy" — not just the expiration of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts that gave us a boom and cut unemployment to under 5%, but "a jump in the payroll tax rate," "the return of the death tax," " a bigger, badder" Alternative Minimum Tax, and the tax hikes for ObamaCare....Which JOE voted for......get the picture here? The ObamaCare 3.8% surcharge goes into effect in 2013, "not just on wage and salary income, but all income, thus breaking the historical link between Medicare and labor earnings," "This link has been sacred to the left for decades, but it apparently wasn't enough to stop them from breaking it to hike taxes," This is a gift-wrapped campaign present for Mitt Romney and all those running for Congress this year who believe in prosperity and fiscal responsibility.
augie42 May 16, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Why is America faced with a fiscal mess that already has Lockheed Martin and other defense firms last week distributing "digital countdown clocks" warning that automatic Pentagon cuts will mean the loss of over 1 million jobs — at a time the U.S. suffers an 8.1% jobless rate? And why is Ernst & Young telling its clients not to depend on a whole series of business tax breaks, including bipartisan relief for corporate R&D? The answer is a spending spree during two years of absolute rule by Obama and a Democrat-controlled Congress, which left our children and grandchildren with a $1.3 trillion deficit and a $15.7 trillion national debt. Spending cuts, budgetary reform with teeth, and tax reform are the obvious solutions to our fiscal ills. But Obama and congressional Democrats(HELLO MR COURTNEY) refuse to do anything to defuse the economy's ticking fiscal time bomb before the November election. Romney and congressional Republicans should be asking every day between now and the election: Why, aside from politics, are we waiting?
John Sheehan May 17, 2012 at 02:48 AM
We are waiting because the Republican House is not willing to include any increased revenues in any of their plans and the Senate Republicans block any Democratic efforts for a balanced approach to the solution of the deficit and debt. No one likes higher taxes but the government needs to have sufficient revenue to perform necessary functions. Since Grover Norquist stated his no tax increase pledge, the government has slowly ground to a halt. We should be building bridges, aqueducts, high speed rail, etc. to employ workers and update the decaying infrastructure. We should be funding education to insure that all children receive the education they need to compete in a 21st century world. Congressman Courtney understands this and deserves reelection.
augie42 May 17, 2012 at 10:39 AM
John S; Do you want another credit rating drop for the Country? I agree we need to spend $$ to do SOME things but in aggregate we have maxed out all our credit cards. Look at California and Europe. Is this what you want? As another fight over the budget looms, Democrats again choose to do nothing except blame those who try to fix the problem. President Obama and Senate Democrats are masters of this do-nothing game.Boehner went to the White House Wednesday to talk budget with President Obama. With $15.6 trillion in debt and a $16.4 trillion debt ceiling looming, you'd think the president would be keen to discuss ways of keeping us from a disaster. But you'd be wrong.His main interest, news reports indicate, was to talk up a childish "to-do list" of five new government "stimulus" programs that will cost upward of $30 billion and, as with his previous efforts, do nothing whatsoever to improve the U.S. economy, create jobs or deal with the debt and deficit threat. .....continued....
augie42 May 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM
Boehner says he won't OK another debt-ceiling hike unless Democrats agree to cut spending. This sets up a major fight just as campaign season heats up — which seems to be the Democrats' strategy.But the Democrats' shocking lack of fiscal responsibility doesn't end there.In the Democrat-led Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday had a chance to finally pass a budget — which he and his colleagues have refused to do for nearly four years now, though the law requires them to pass a budget every year. As we've noted before, the Reid-led Dems are without question the most fiscally reckless and irresponsible group of politicians in our nation's history.
Waterford Guy May 17, 2012 at 11:07 AM
The sad fact is, if anyone thinks voting for Courtney, or his Republican counterpart will change anything, they must be living in never-never land. Gene is right about one thing, our 2 party system is bringing us down a road to serfdom. Obama/Romney…..two sides of the same coin. Same thing with Courtney and whomever will be the Republican that runs against him. We can be like John S. and continue to play partisan political games, and stick to our party’s talking points, but those talking points aren’t going to do a bit of good when the fecal matter hits the rotary wind device. The stage is set, the script is written, it’s no longer a question of “if” we look like Greece, its “when” and “who the actors will be”. Vote in whatever thespian politician you like, but if you think Joe or anybody else “represents” anyone but themselves once they head to Washington, then I have a crumbling government subsidized and owned bridge to sell you.
Casey May 17, 2012 at 12:37 PM
The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. Their stated mission is to promote both freedom and fairness by making good policy good politics. They strive to make the uncompromising case for economic freedom because they believe it is essential for entrepreneurship, innovation, and prosperity to flourish. Of the many positions supported by CEI – Joe Courtney, along with most other Democrats, supported none. So, if you want big government and big labor then Joe is your man. (Visit http://workplacechoice.org/scorecard/house-labor/)
Gene Bartholomew May 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM
What big govt??? You're repeating rhetoric that is designed to excite you and make you mad and divert your attention from the facts which I posted above. Our fist major hurdle is getting everyone to open their eyes to the fact that corporations run this country, not us and not our politicians from either aisle. They set up the tax code, they wrote it. And now they pay no taxes and get a rebate check on top of it. That should be the focus of all Americans, not the BS statement "get big govt out of your life", what big govt?? thats all bull. The govt should be big enough to protect us from them. The reason there isn't enough money in the budget is because they are not paying their taxes and they are taking from the system,, then they tell our elected idiots on the right to go stir the pot and make these exagerated claims because if they don't they are going to lose their Corporate Welfare. Make scapegoats, blame liberals, blame Obama, make everyone mad and fight eachother, this explains what is happening perfectly and all I can say is you'd better wake the hell up-- contains language-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYelfxc0hTM
LiveForFreedom May 17, 2012 at 12:52 PM
If Joe Courtney wants the support of the Second District he must prove to the taxpayers that he is responsible with taxpayer spending. Let us see what he does with this next fiscal crisis in the Congress. Will he try to reduce spending? Will he vote for increasing taxes? The towns of Montville, Waterford and Groton needs to be responsible and they are required to spend only the money that they have in the budget. The state of Connecticut is trying to meet a balance budget and to implement GAAP accounting. We are not there yet. The United States must go back to a balanced budget. It is the responsibilty of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner and Joe Courtney to work together and to show the courage and responsibility to accomplish this.
Gene Bartholomew May 17, 2012 at 01:04 PM
First the rich and their corporations have to pay their fair share, if they did the budget would balance. What about that do you not get?
Waterford Guy May 17, 2012 at 01:12 PM
“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have.” Thomas Jefferson I believe the “big government” that he is referring to is the 2 wars of George Bush, the Medicare part D expansion, the growing role of homeland security into every aspect of our lives, including molesting innocent Americans before they can travel. The Patriot act, enacted by Bush and expanded via the NDAA with Obama, where Americans can be detained without trial indefinitely. Maybe the “big government” he is talking about is the handout of Billions and Trillions of dollars to big oil companies or solar corporations like Solyndra and other Democrat campaign bundlers. To stay on topic…..I believe Joe C. voted yes to ALL of these expansions of government intervention not only into our formerly free marketplace, but also the expansion of government into our everyday lives. If you want the IRS to become akin to proctologists with really cold hands, keep voting for “R” and “D”.
George Kuenneke May 17, 2012 at 01:15 PM
@ Gene - You are tired of seeing the same old conservative talking points yet have no issue with using them yourself. You blew your credibility when you used wikipedia as a resource. So you think it is unfair for the rich and corporations to not pay their "fair share" but don't have a problem with approx. half the country not paying taxes at all. Interesting. By the way, who decides "fair share"? You?
Waterford Rez May 17, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Gene, You like funny videos for references, here is one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyeJ55o3El0&feature=related Remember "School House Rock", how a bill becomes a law? How many corporations vote on a bill? Who signs them into law? Elected officials. They ALL can say no to the money and paid vacations, they choose NOT TO. Guess who votes these politicians into office? WE THE PEOPLE!!! WE are to blame, no one else. Your "blame ______________" (fill in the blank) is getting old. Democracies get exactly what they deserve. Until we, the citizens of this country vote in politicians who refuse to be influenced and want to guide this country back to the constitution, NOTHING WILL CHANGE!!!!!!! Probably will never happen though. The voting booths have become a shopping center..."Let's see, which politician can give me more.....humm. I think this one".
Waterford Guy May 17, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Gene, You could take 100% of the assest of every American on the Forbes top 500 list, and that would cover the 1.5 Trillion deficit for one year.
Waterford Rez May 17, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Ask a liberal/dem/socialist (all one now): How much taxes does ___________ pay? Answer: Not enough How much taxes should __________ pay? Answer: More Eventually these socialist will run out of everyones money and we will look like the Soviet Union circa 1970s.
augie42 May 17, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Hello....its the rich that create the jobs and take the risks!!!...Its a simple math equation...the dems want to raise the rate (taxes) and the Repubs want to increase the number of people paying in (jobs).
Elizabeth May 17, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Gene - I'd like to ignore your crazy ramblings and conspiracy theory ideology. You cite George Soros funded Think Progress and Wikipedia so obviously you are so slanted to the far left that it would be impossible for you to think rationally and critically. However, I reluctantly agree with you one point and that is both sides are screwing we the people. But I have a question for you. Jeff Imelt, head of GE and huge Obama donor and now Obama jobs advisor (LOL). Head of NBC and MSNBC, two of the biggest propaganda outlets for the Obama administration. GE paid no corporate taxes. So how would you like to spin that into blaming the Republicans? In addition, Obama, while blaming Wall Street and hedge fund managers for all of the country's ills, goes to a private fundraiser the other day thrown by who?? A hedge fund manager. Hypocrisy Gene??
Waterford Rez May 17, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Gene, according to the IRS, the top 1% pay 36.7% of the federal taxes, top 5% pay 58.7% and the top 10% pay 70.5%. The bottom 50% (that half, not sure what grade you are in) pay 2.3%. 2.3%!!!!!! Are you kidding me? They can win elections, did last time. They may again. And that is not enough???? UUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LiveForFreedom May 17, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Gene fails to see the Democrats link to big banks, corporations and the big bank bail outs. Obama's right hand man for the economy is Tim Geitner. He was the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, He was responsible for saving their failing company and selling of Bear Stearns during the 2008 Wall Street melt down. He was instrumental working with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, former CEO of Goldman Sachs in bailing out trillions of dollars lost by bad investments by AIG, which got us in this fiscal mess. While you and I have been struggling to make ends me during the past four years, guess who has been doing well? The stock market and President Obama. Obamas net worth has risen to $10,000,000 as reported in the New York Times. Not bad for a community organizer who was earning $33,000 per year. So I guess Obama is among those 1% taxpayers that Gene hates so much? This is not a republican problem. Follow the money.
Waterford Rez May 17, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Love the personal attacks too. Shows me you have run out of ammo Gene....if that is your real name.....
Ron May 17, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Joe Courtney, Rosa Delaura, Edith Prague, and Dan Molloy are probably all nice people but if you add their almost 100 years in office, and look at their total combined accomplishment, you couldn't form a complete sentence as their would be no action verbs and few adjectives that could describe such an unaccomplished record. When you add Chris Dodd's 34 years of incompetance, greed and unethical behavior to this,you see CT has been ill served for a full generation, This is not an issue of Democrat versus Republican. This is an issues of leaders versus followers. If you put Coutney, Delaura, Prague, Molloy, and Dodd in a room and gave them a month to come up with something of value to CT and the nation it would be more creative ways of spending money that produced no tangible positve result. You may hate people such as Donald Trump or other business people or capitalists, but when Trump dies their will be buildings, parks, golf courses and other tangible structures still standing and tens of thousands of people employed for multiple generations in their construction and operation. What will we see as Chris Dodd's and other CT leaders lasting legacy ? If you can name one please post it
Waterford Rez May 17, 2012 at 02:18 PM
They only thing they will leave behind is the train wreck they caused and guess who is left to clean it up (and pay for it).
Casey May 17, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Is Joe Courtney Doing A Good Job? In reality, the answer to this question is moot. He is a Democrat, he lives in CT, he will be re-elected.
REVMAN May 17, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I hate to say it but your right.
Kendall Svengalis May 17, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Joe Courtney has been a unmitigated disaster for the people of the 2d District and the United States generally. In the last 3-1/2 years he has supported: (1) $800 billion in failed stimulus and non-existent "shovel-ready" jobs, all of which just sucked money out of the private economy and redistributed it through government (that is what was not borrowed from China). Most went to cash-strapped state governments going bankrupt because of out-of-control spending driven by greedy public employee unions. Thanks, Joe, for wasting our hard-earned dollars. (2) Cash for clunkers: The automotive web site Edmunds.com's analysis found that of the total of 690,000 new vehicles sold under the Cash for Clunkers program only 125,000 of those were vehicles that would not have been sold anyway. That means the government ended up spending about $24,000 each for those 125,000 additional vehicle sales. The Boston Globe described it as “a deplorable exercise in budgetary wastefulness, asset destruction, environmental irrelevance, and economic idiocy. Other than that, it was a screaming success.” Thanks, Joe, for wasting our hard-earned dollars. (3) Support for the cap and trade bill that would have cost each CT family $3,000-$4,000 annually in increased energy costs by 2032. We escaped that bullet because enough Democrats in the Senate were smart enough to oppose this insanity. But not Joe. He wanted to stick it to us so we MIGHT reduce temperatures by 0.07 degrees C by 2100.
Kendall Svengalis May 17, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Joe Courtney has been a unmitigated disaster for the people of the 2d District and the United States generally. In the last 3-1/2 years he has supported: (1) $800 billion in failed stimulus and non-existent "shovel-ready" jobs, all of which just sucked money out of the private economy and redistributed it through government (that is what was not borrowed from China). Most went to cash-strapped state governments going bankrupt because of out-of-control spending driven by greedy public employee unions. Thanks, Joe, for wasting our hard-earned dollars. (2) Cash for clunkers: The automotive web site Edmunds.com's analysis found that of the total of 690,000 new vehicles sold under the Cash for Clunkers program only 125,000 of those were vehicles that would not have been sold anyway. That means the government ended up spending about $24,000 each for those 125,000 additional vehicle sales. The Boston Globe described it as “a deplorable exercise in budgetary wastefulness, asset destruction, environmental irrelevance, and economic idiocy. Other than that, it was a screaming success.” Thanks, Joe, for wasting our hard-earned dollars. (3) Support for the cap and trade bill that would have cost each CT family $3,000-$4,000 annually in increased energy costs by 2032. We escaped that bullet because enough Democrats in the Senate were smart enough to oppose this insanity. But not Joe. He wanted to stick it to us so we MIGHT reduce temperatures by 0.07 degrees C by 2100.
Kendall Svengalis May 17, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Joe Courtney also supported: (4) Support for the Orwellian "Employee Free Choice Act (i.e. "card check") that would have abolished secret ballots in union organizing elections and made it easier to force workers into unions. Thanks, Joe, for sticking up for labor bosses and against workers. (5) Support for the unconstitutional Obamacare that would force Americans to buy health insurance, engineer the largest transfer of regulatory control to the Executive branch in American history, do nothing to lower costs by growing the ranks of those covered by third-party payers, fail to address tort reform, prevent Americans from buying insurance across state lines, and, ultimately, add $4-5 trillion to the national debt over the next 10 years. Joe didn't read it, didn't understand it, and now he's turned over its implementation to the bureaucrats at HHS to do the dirty work (along with 16,000 new IRS agents). And, now, he wants a photos from constituents to disguise all the damage he has done. I'd be happy to take a photo of my "Can Courtney" sign.
Jessie May 18, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Courtney is just another Obama enough said !!

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