The sad thing for Generation Greed is that eventually it will have to end. It will have extracted so much from our future that there is nothing left to take. But in Albany, they don't think that far in advance. All they want is two more years to sign contracts with each other guaranteeing themselves even more future benefits and exemptions from cost, contracts that will be unassailable regardless of the consequences. And though elections are rigged, they still want to disguise the consequence of past deals until after the November takes place, so they can be assured of going back for more.
So how is it that a $400 million MTA budget deficit, now assumed to be a $525 billion budget deficit, just goes away? The answer is that the MTA will borrow $525 billion to get through November. In fact, it has already borrowed $475 million in "revenue anticipation notes" for revenue that was not actually anticipated to come. Since the MTA anticipated it, it could claim a balanced budget. Now it will just borrow $525 million more, for a total of $1 billion. Younger generations will be paying for that forever, with nothing in exchange. And they rejoice in Albany, while pretending $billions in borrowing does not exist.
Interview With Peter Rostenberg of the Fishkill Ridge Caretakers on the Threat to Fishkill's Water Supply
Interview with Peter Rostenberg of the Fishkill Ridge Caretakers on Fishkill Water Supply Threat
By Michael Boyajian
How Long Has The Fishkill Ridge Caretakers Been Advocating for the Groundwater?
Many say the Democratic Party is a, “big tent”. But how big is this tent? I would say there are three types of Democrats: Progressive Democrats, Moderate/Neo-Liberal Democrats, and Blue Dog/Conservative Democrats. I place myself in the first group. Progressives make up most of the Democratic Party, but not necessarily a majority. Progressives are socially libertarian, and support government intervention in certain parts of the economy. Moderates agree most of the time with progressives, but will show differences depending in which parts of the country they live in. For example, moderates on the East Coast will differ from progressives on mostly fiscal issues like the deficit, while moderates in the South and Northwest will differ on social issues such as abortion, stem-cell research, and gay rights.
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This is an actual quote from a candidate's Facebook posting: "Morning rush and evening rush at subways stops. Then onto a...Parks Committee meeting. Voter Engagement Summer rolls on!" Query: does such ponderous self-absorbed wanking really work? I mean, couldn't he at least wink?
CQ Guest Columnist Tracie Powell finds it difficult to get excited over the Virginia governor’s race, as each candidate’s record does little to distinguish itself:
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Assembly member Annette Robinson (56th A.D.) had quite a bit to say regarding the current political climate in NYS.
Robinson: “We are missing something by not having a Democratic primary. The only way [voters] will know what [Cuomo's] vision is, is if they challenge him. If they challenge him in terms of saying 'We are not going to give you our votes unless you come and sit down and talk with us, and tell us what are you planning to do for us as a people.' Since you did not choose anybody that looks like us to be a part of your team to look at diversity, what is your vision for the people of the State of New York? Not everybody looks like you. There are black and brown people who are the majority in the state of New York. It is expected that he would do something. It could be town halls, whatever you want to call it. I think he needs to do something to come out and speak to the people. We just can't have a coronation.”
Senator Saland Sponsors Fishkill Debt Relief Bill Raising Tea Party Worries
By Michael Boyajian
State Senator Stephen Saland sponsored legislation today that would allow the Town of Fishkill to issue $6.5 million in bonds to relieve its debt problems in both its general and highway fund.
***FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY: Council Members to Deliver 10,000 Letters to Mayor Protesting Elimination of Priority 7 Day Care
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David G. Greenfield
In Sunday's paper. Referring to Illinois, which should hit the wall earlier than average, “We’re within a few years of having some of the pension funds run out of money...Funding for the schools is going to be cut radically. Funding for Medicaid. As these things all mount up, there’s going to be a lot of outrage...paying public pensions straight out of general revenue would be ruinous. In Illinois’s case, it would consume about half the state’s cash every year, bringing other vital state services to a standstill.” Of course it isn't just the pensions. It's the federal, state and local debts. It's the infratructure that hasn't been maintained. It's the lower pay and benefits younger generations receive, in both the public and private sectors, and will continue to receive when they get older -- and face possible deprivation to pay for the prior generations than spent decades in leisure on borrowed money.
The benefit of foresight is that I'm already started moving beyond outrage to resignation.
Every four years, various political pundits overhype that year’s contests for governor. Thinking readers won’t think the choice of the chief executive of large states are important enough, these experts must explain to us that who wins an election for governor can be crucial in determining who wins the next Presidential election.
Mayor Bloomberg, Ted Kennedy, Jr. Honor Health Care Heroes as Primary Care Takes Health Reform Spotlight
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