Why reward illegal behavior in NY?
As children we learn bad behavior is not rewarded. As adults, we know illegal activity is meted out with justice.
This principle has apparently escaped Gov. Cuomo and the super majority Democratic state Legislature. In this year’s budget, “undocumented workers,” the politically correct euphemism for illegal aliens, can be granted a lump sum, tax free payment of $15,600. This is to assuage the economic effects of COVID-19.
Despite many not paying taxes (latest statistics show about half pay income tax), they will receive this windfall if they resided in New York state 60 days or more.
If they cannot furnish proof of wages, many are paid under the table, they can simply attest and receive the money.
Meanwhile, parents who are not “undocumented” have had to stay out of work to home school are not eligible. For many, the unemployment benefits do not make up the lost income.
Small business owners have seen their life’s work and savings evaporate during the pandemic — no stipend for them. The elderly on fixed incomes get no stipend. Homeless veterans, none. Yet those who have violated immigration and labor laws will profit nicely.
Rewarding bad behavior? You bet. The cost to taxpayers is $2.1 billion for this program, for now.
Word is spreading and more will take up residence in New York for this financial payout. Is it any wonder New York is the number one state in population exodus?
Delivery van posed Scotia traffic hazard
I was driving down into the village of Scotia proper about 2:30 this afternoon. I came head to head with an Amazon delivery van on Sacandaga Road. It was parked facing uphill in the downhill lane just below First Street.
Of course, delivery van drivers often seem to think they’re a law unto themselves — but this was egregious, and perhaps more than usually unthinking. I would mention it to Amazon, but can’t find a phone number.
Trump made our problems worse
Regarding James Maxfield’s March 29 letter (“Liberals keep trying to kill the country”), Trump wasted time when he knew covid was much more deadly and transmitted just as easily as the flu.
The CDC, WHO, doctors, hospitals, scientists all could have started earlier knowing the truth.
Fewer people would have unknowingly infecting each other, fewer sick, and fewer deaths.
Maybe the economy wouldn’t have had to shut down, losing millions of jobs and trillions of lost revenue.
Trump’s tax cut benefited corporations and the rich more than the middle or poor classes. Before covid, $3.3 trillion was added to the deficit. Proof that Republican’s trickle-down theory is nonsense. Trump’s relief added to the deficit. So will Biden’s — to help get out of this mess that Trump said would be gone by last Easter, then once warm weather came. It’s still here causing havoc.
Trump’s campaign platforms were infrastructure and healthcare reform. He did nothing to accomplish either during his four years. Republicans and Democrats both agree for America to continue to be competitive and lead the world, all our infrastructure needs repairs, replacements and/or upgrades.
The last three Republican presidents added to the deficit. No Republicans complained during their terms. But when the Democrats do it, it’s bad for the country.
There are only two choices to cut the deficit: higher taxes or cut spending. You can’t cut taxes and spend more, as Trump did. Biden will most likely spend more and raise taxes on corporations and the rich. But in the end we will all pay more.
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