Bob Fluff hath spoken from on-high. Gather ’round. His sermon rained down like a mess of fluffy feathers. What was Norwalk’s State Rep and Senate Majority Leaders message? In a press release? The end of 67 days and no budget? No, of course not. Update on progress? Crickets as they say. He takes the easy way out: a warning about gas prices. Go back and read that – high gas prices. In response to the hurricane, Bob pontificates, “This is a warning to retailers, distributors and suppliers, we’re watching. Don’t take advantage of the situation. I am calling on the Department of Consumer Protection to keep a close eye out for unscrupulous behavior. We’re all in this together and no one should be gouged at the pump.”
Pathetic. Bob Duff has zero clue on priorities even though he has been in office for 16 years. The budget is required by LAW! 67 days past the due date! Bob knows this is not the first budget rodeo as the budget is the number one objective for the past 2…4….8….12… 16 straight years. You and I would be at day 67 of the unemployment line if we missed such a crucial deadline. News flash Bob: you are wasting your time with fluff about gas prices. Besides, where is the press release on the amazing success of you “watching”? How many gouging violations? Who were the violators? Who benefited and by how much? Oh. Wait. You were just “watching,” not acting. Got it. Big difference but that is what I guess “Majority Leaders” do – watch; all while leading from the back of the pack.
But for today, let us say pricing is a concern. What Bob fails to understand is supply and demand. The Free-Market and Capitalism sets pricing, not his press releases. Low gas supply, steady gas demand: gas prices go up. Period. Or do you think I lost him back at the word “pathetic”? Let’s talk gouging, shall we Bob? Yes, gas price gouging. Shut your Venezuelan Economics 101 book and listen: Connecticut is the one gouging! We have the sixth highest state gas taxes in the USA!
Let’s bring the cluelessness closer to home and combine his cloudy understanding of priorities, supply, demand and Fluff’s Word du Jour: gouging. I see Bob’s realtor listings is comprised of only 1 house – he’s representing a seller of a $379,000 home. So tell me Bob, if multiple offers come in over asking – $409,000…$419,000 perhaps, (essentially demand > supply, right?) will you tell your client on Frances Avenue, “no deal, that’s gouging Mrs. Owner; Sold – $379,000 max”?! Of course you take the highest price! But again, his logic makes zero sense. I can’t wait. Bob’s next press release after reading Chapter 2 of that trusty Venezuelan Economics 101 textbook will be a “watch warning” to Connecticut’s own Nestle Waters which assuming we spend $1 on a 16.9-ounce bottle of water, we are effectively getting gouged $7.50 per gallon; 3,785 times more than you’d pay for the same amount of water from a faucet. Or maybe it’ll be crickets again as Bob will christen that non-gouging? Get used to it folks – we’ve got Fluff reigning down. No substance. No plan. No clue.