In 1935, as Mr. Micawber in #x 201c; David Copperfield, #x 201d; comedian and Dickens scholar WC Fields underscored monetary struggle: #x 201c; Annual income twenty pounds, yearly expense nineteen pounds, happiness; yearly income twenty pounds, yearly expenditure twenty pounds and 6, torment. #x 201d;
Were this Dickens #x 2019; London, many of us would be in debtors #x 2019; prisons run by CEOs and shareholders the political establishment permits to rig our elections and economy. And the fault is not in retirement pensions or luxuriant civil services (unless a trolley network all of a sudden came back last night), it #x 2019; s in hardwired, politically established two-party myopia.As Connecticut #x 2019; s financial crisis worsens, Democrats and Republicans once again traipse out the usual smoke, mirrors and empty rhetoric. #x 201c; Blame the other huge celebration, #x 201d; they state. #x 201c; Not mine! #x 201d; One state senator even suggests the Legislature should submitapply for bankruptcy.Connecticut #x 2019; s Green Party and its supported candidate Ed Heflin(36th
Senatorial District) have a much better concept, however. In addition to closing loopholes for taxing the rich and corporations, and imposing a 0.5 percent transaction charge on Wall Street trades, it #x 2019; s high time we adopted public banking in Connecticut to money our major enhancement projects and decrease our taxes at the very same time.Public banking was an Establishing Dads ideal, and Andrew Jackson was among a number of US presidents to fight private main
reserve banks in the 19th century. A public bank is owned by the city, county or state that established it, so the cash it makes through loans comes back to taxpayers rather of going to private banks and investors.The biggest factor North Dakota distinctively operates in the black is public banking. The Bank of North Dakota has actually added to statewide solvency since 1919,
highly effective and totally freewithout impact from the state legislature and other self-serving offices. Neither does it compete with local banks for deposits from individuals, organizations or businesses. It operates like a credit union accepting just deposits from state, regional and community governments.States and towns send out billions of dollars a year to banks and financiers either as tax deposits or to pay interest on bonds issued for facilities projects, manythe majority of which run over budget. Just as with home loans and automobileauto loan,
private rate of interest press costs far beyond preliminary projections. By managing interest, public banks quickly save taxpayers 40 to HALF on long-term projects.Consider also that Connecticut gets 0.14 percent interest on its income deposits while personal banks invest them as derivatives and other speculative ventures making unconscionable profits. Missing deal fees, Connecticut and the federal government see nary a nickel of
that unearned windfall.For public banks, either at state, local or local levels, earnings from interest and other financial investments goes straight into the treasury, thus minimizing our taxes. If Hartford isn #x 2019; t farsighted enough for a public bank, I #x 2019;d like to see one in New London County. So would Ed Heflin and the Green Celebration.