By Bob Englehart
3:02 PM EDT, July 11, 2013
Prince Otto von Bismarck, the Duke of Lauenberg, German aristocrat and statesman said that no one should see how laws or sausages are made. Some of the sausages made by the Connecticut legislature this session are particularly nasty. They have secret ingredients that will will choke us all, keno being chief among them. That law was passed without hearings or discussion. It's as if the waiter walked over to our table in the diner and poured hot sauce, salt, pepper and catsup on our sausages without asking, saying, "Here, you need this."
There are other ingredients in there that will get stuck in our throats, but we won't know what they are until we've taken a big bite because they're secret. If we can swallow it, we'll have trouble digesting it. Anyone who can't tolerate secrecy in government will have a difficult time.
All those people who've been on a diet of lean state budgets will wretch at the fatty local deals slipped in at the last moment. It all demonstrates the other old political adage that in Connecticut, as always, it's not what you know but WHO you know. This isn't government for all the peeps; it's government for the connected peeps. This is no surprise, but it gets tiresome, and this is the basis of political corruption in our fair state. I'd like to amend that old saw. It's not what you know, but who you know...and how you keep from being caught.
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