This is just too good to pass up. Uncle Joe Lieberman serenading Barack Obama two years ago with Yiddish superlatives becoming of one Dem to another. Oh, I forgot, someone stick a needle in my eye, Jumpin’ Joe is no longer a Dem, thus his convention fondling of John “I-vote-with-George-Bush-90-percent-of-the-time” McCain.
“He is a blessing to the United States Senate, to America, and to our shared hopes for better, safer tomorrows for all our families.” Joe wasn’t talking about McCain. Gee, all of a sudden in Joe’s eyes Barack is a schmuck, judging from Joe’s GOP prattle Tuesday night. Yahooy, serve this man a Philly steak. Check this out:
Okay, so I’m getting phone calls and emails from folks asking why I’m being soft on Mayor Bill Finch as his budget implodes. “He’s responsible for this, Lennie, what’s wrong with you.” Yup, he’s the man in charge and things don’t look so good so it had me wondering what would Machiavelli say about all this. What’s the right way and wrong way to inflict layoffs?
This quote is from The Prince, a letter Niccolò Machiavelli wrote to Lorenzo De’ Medici in 1513.
“So it should be noted that when he seizes a state the new ruler must determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He must inflict them once for all, and not have to renew them every day, and in that way he will be able to set men’s minds at rest and win them over to him when he confers benefits. Whoever acts otherwise, either through timidity or bad advice, is always forced to have the knife ready in his hand and he can never depend on his subjects because they, suffering fresh and continuous violence, can never feel secure with regard to him. Violence must be inflicted once for all; people will then forget what it tastes like and so be less resentful. Benefits must be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better. Above all, a prince must live with his subjects in such a way that no development, either favourable or adverse, makes him vary his conduct. For, when adversity brings the need for it, there is no time to inflict harm; and the favours he may confer are profitless, because they are seen as being forced, and so they earn no thanks.” (Machiavelli, Niccolò. The Prince. 1513. Trans. George Bull, Penguin, 1981. p. 66.)
There, now, aren’t you reassured?
Rockin’ With Russo
Want to chat with State Senator Rob Russo? See Russo news release below:
Senator Russo to Hold Office Hours Saturday in Bridgeport
Encourages Constituents to Inquire about Charter Oak Health and State Energy Assistance Programs
HARTFORD – State Senator Robert D. Russo (R-Bridgeport) will hold office hours this Saturday September 6th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the 1st floor lounge of the Burroughs Community Center located at 2470 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport. Constituents will have an opportunity to meet with Senator Russo to discuss any issues pertaining to state government.
Senator Russo said he has fielded a number of questions in recent weeks about Governor Rell’s Charter Oak Health Plan and the new thresholds the state has established for providing energy assistance this winter. He said he will provide application forms and assistance to anyone seeking information about these programs.
“In this economy, I hope people are taking advantage of all the help that is available to them. If you are a recent graduate, an employee of a small business, an early retiree, or someone between jobs, then the Charter Oak Health Plan may be an affordable health insurance option. I encourage anyone who fits one of those descriptions to stop in on Saturday and learn more,” said Senator Russo. “We will also provide information and assistance to people who want to apply for statewide fuel assistance programs and conservation tax breaks that can help reduce energy costs this winter.”
Senator Russo encouraged people to visit www.senaterepublicans.ct.gov/energy to learn more about state and federal home heating assistance programs and tax breaks they may qualify for.