Politicians offering mixed tax messages
The recent news about taxing the wealthy is a good example of ‘you can’t make this up.’
The federal and state governments want to raise the tax rates on the wealthy.
At the same time, they want to eliminate the current restriction of $10,000 on deducting state and local taxes because it hurts the wealthy.
GOP talking points are preprogrammed
The Fox watching, Trump thumping Republicans of today remind me of Chatty Cathy, the pull string talking doll made by Mattel back in the 60s.
These people when politically speaking, like the doll, are not thinking for themselves. Pull their string and you get a rotation of their Fox/social media, pre-programmed responses:
Hi, my name is Cathy and you’re not messing with my guns.
Hi, my name is Cathy and changing voting laws is not voter suppression. Hi, my name is Cathy, cut taxes and the money will trickle down to the poor.
Hi, my name is Cathy and the racist symbols of the past are just history. Hi, my name is Cathy and someone from heaven told me Christianity is best.
Hi, my name is Cathy and there’s no such thing as white privilege. Hi, my name is Cathy and climate change isn’t real.
Hi, my name is Cathy and homosexuality is bad.
Hi, my name is Cathy and I’m not a racist, I just don’t like #[email protected]%= , oops. Hi, my name is Cathy and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah….
Louis Restifo Sr.
Dems bear blame for suffering of refugees
It should be remembered that before Joe Biden selected a running mate, he insisted that he would consider only “a woman of color” for the position.
Amazing: a sexist statement and a racist statement in one sentence.
And no one in his party or the media called him on it.
It is also worth remembering that his pick — Kamala Harris — was the first person seeking the Democrat nomination for president to drop out of the running because (A) voters did not like her, and (B) voters did not like her policies. But she fit Biden’s conditions, so she got the job.
Having noted her and Biden’s absence from the border, where the nightmare involving the tsunami of undocumented migrants — many of them children —is occurring, one can only conclude that in Democrats’ eyes, competence is no longer a requirement for high office.
And given VP Harris’s grotesque outburst of laughter when she was asked if she were going to visit the border and Mr. Biden’s apparent disinterest in remembering where and what the border is, one can only conclude that Democrats do not consider compassion to be a requirement for high office, either.
What is happening to these waves of dislocated people at our southern border is criminal and it should remain a blot on the Democrat Party for decades to come — just like those concentration camps into which Japanese-American citizens were thrown by a Democrat administration during World War II.
Except Tedisco, who fights for St. Clare’s
What happened to the pensions of the workers at St. Clare’s Hospital is a travesty.
Where was Congressman Paul Tonko when he and Nancy Pelosi crafted a $1.9 trillion covid stimulus rescue plan that includes $86 billion for failed pension systems for others but not one cent for the 1,100 St. Clare’s Hospital workers who had the rug pulled out from under them and had their pensions taken away?
What kind of representative cowers and helps all others, but not the very ones he represents?
The only elected official I see caring and fighting tooth and nail for these pensioners the past few years is Sen. Jim Tedisco.
Time after time, I see Sen. Tedisco standing up for us whether it’s to get to the truth about the nursing home deaths and the misdeeds of our governor or fighting for an agenda that keeps residents from leaving New York and creates a better quality of life.
I guess for Tonko and some other elected officials, with the exception of Tedisco, it’s out of sight and out of mind.
Supervisor comments on pot are not a joke
At first, I thought the April 1 front page headline (“Board puts freeze on marijuana sales”) was an April Fool’s prank. Earlier that same day, the brand new state law providing for a marijuana industry had been signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
As a veteran police officer, Amsterdam Town Supervisor Thomas DiMezza obviously felt compelled to look ‘tough’ by insisting on a fast public vote. He reportedly wants no such local businesses licensed.
In reality, though, his anti-cannabis platform now seems rather flimsy.
Considering recent events in more than a dozen other states, New York lawmakers —with their adult-use law — are finally addressing the serious harms done by our state’s 50-year war on cannabis growers, distributors and consumers.
DiMezza is free to try legal marijuana products before further vilifying them. Or he could tour the impressive medical cannabis grow facility a few minutes north in Fulton County; maybe ask a few kind questions.
I applaud town board member Mary Maines, who voted against DiMezza’s moratorium. She also politely chastised the supervisor for his negative portrayals of modern marijuana customers.
At least, DiMezza could accept that hundreds of “those people” already live in his town and enjoy their cannabis freedoms.
Like it or not, he has to serve them, too.
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