Story #5: New Yorkers, Californians Should Consider Moving
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, as you know (and I have mention this had before) I had a fashionable apartment in New York in the Upper East Side. I'm seriously considering selling it. I have owned it since 1994. I love it. It was second home that I ever bought in my life. I stay there whim rarely in New York. I am "rarely" in New York because I get audited by New York State and City every year starting in 1997, when I moved to Florida; and it's become a hassle that I could tolerate, but it may now become stupid to own any property there.
"Mayor Michael Bloomberg is going to cut the city work force by 3,000, but that's just the beginning of the pain New Yorkers will feel as part of the fiscal crisis. A slew of new taxes are also on the agenda. There will be 1,000 fewer cops..." Now, listen to this -- and this is a liberal mayor. This is a blue city. This is Bloomberg. He's an independent. He was a Republican, but he chose Republican only to get elected after Giuliani left. "There will be 1,000 fewer cops but the city will hire 200 more traffic agents to give out $60 million a year in new [parking] tickets." They're laying off cops and adding meter maids. The quality of life in New York is just going to blossom, isn't it? Lay off a thousand cops and hire 200 more traffic agents for the purposes of collecting $60 a year in "block-the-box tickets"?
"'The gravity of the budget situation requires us to propose both deep spending cuts and revenue increases,' Bloomberg said. The spending cuts mean reducing the city work force. The revenue increases mean taxes -- lots of taxes. In the current fiscal year there's the 7 percent property tax hike that starts in January -- and the plan to renege on a promised $400 property tax rebate. 'I think the people of the city are going to be enraged,' City Councilman Simcha Felder, D-Brooklyn, said." No, they won't. If they haven't been enraged by what's happened to them all this time, why is this going to enrage them? But if they want to drive people out of there, I'll be the first to lead the way. I only go there, as it is now, a maximum 20 working days a year, because of these silly audits.
"I think the people of the city are going to be enraged," says this Democrat from Brooklyn. "'They've been told the check is in the mail on the rebate.'" Uh, the operative word here is, "promised." The operative word here is promised. The property tax rebate of 400 bucks is gone -- and if you in New York think all this is bad, just wait 'til you get hammered with Obama's tax increases on top of this. Oh! Oh! Oh! By the way, "The mayor proposed raising the income tax by either 7.5 percent or 15 percent." I can guess which one it's going to be. "A 7.5 percent a taxpayer making up between $50,000 and $75,000 would pay an additional $116. At 15 percent that same taxpayer would pony up an extra $233. 'When people are suffering to tell them too bad you might suffer even more next year is telling them to eat cake next year,'" said the Brooklyn Democrat. "Added Councilman Lewis Fidler, D-Brooklyn: 'Nobody likes to raise taxes...'" BS! Democrat liberals love to raise taxes! Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you. You're all going, "Yeah! Right on, Rush! Thank you." Liberal Democrats (liberals period) love raising taxes. Don't give me this "nobody likes to raise taxes" BS. This is Lewis Fidler, Democrat, Brooklyn.
"[I]t's not something I'm planning on doing unless I'm absolutely sure we've exhausted every other reasonable resource." Hey, ahem. Have you tried cutting spending? "Oh, we're going to cut the spending, Mr. Limbaugh. We're going to lay off a thousand cops." Oh, that's right. Are you sure you got no other area in that city budget that you can cut other than to lay off a thousand peace officers? And you think that these tax increases are going to help the city, Mr. Mayor? You have another think coming. Ask what happens to your subway when they raise fares. But that's just New York City.