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  • August 11, 2010

    New York Democrats Want to Tax Other States to Support NY’s Lavish Budget

    by Bill Levinson

    Democrats are stupid as shown by Kirsten Gillibrand’s “Cap and Trade Could be a Boon to New York,” which describes how much money Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan Chase will make from cap and trade legislation. We are now reminding people how Democrats such as Paul Kanjorski (D-PA) voted to enrich the climate parasites at Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Chase, and the Chicago Climate Exchange at the expense of people who actually work for a living. Steve Israel (D-NY), Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) have met Senator Gillibrand’s idiocy and raised her with their Tax Equity Act, which would “adjust” Federal income tax rates to correspond with local costs of living. Republicans are even stupider, though, if they fail to exploit these opportunities for all they are worth.

    Let’s let Israel, Lowey, and Nadler–and the latter two are well known for their dishonesty and lack of character as shown by their involvement with the disgraced Million Mom March in 2000–say in their own words. The fact that these individuals are not only dishonest enough to propose something like this but are also stupid enough to brag about it in the Wall Street Journal is truly amazing, and it reflects on the intelligence of the people who actually voted for them.

      Your editorial “The Blue State Blues” (Aug. 4) mischaracterizes our proposal to index federal tax brackets to cost of living.

      This isn’t about class warfare; it’s about being fair. A family with a police officer and teacher in New York faces a much higher cost of living than elsewhere in the country. They pay more to own or rent a home and spend more on utilities, groceries, transportation, health care and even a night out at the movies.

      Our proposal would create a federal tax code reflecting reality. Regardless of a family’s income level, it costs more proportionally to meet basic needs for those living in certain areas. It would be beneficial not just to residents of New York and other so-called “blue” states. It would help families of all income levels in high cost-of-living areas, including places like Anchorage, Alaska, Norfolk, Va., and Flagstaff, Ariz.

      The cost of living is higher in these areas because they are centers of economic activity and desirable places to live, work and do business—not because of over-regulation or “union work rules” as the editorial oddly claims.

      Families that work hard and play by the rules should be able to meet their families’ basic needs, send their kids to college and retire with financial security. In high-cost areas around the country, that idea is becoming more remote.

      Rep. Nita Lowey (D., N.Y.)

      Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D., N.Y.)

      Rep. Steve Israel (D., N.Y.)

    “A family with a police officer and teacher in New York faces a much higher cost of living than elsewhere in the country. They pay more to own or rent a home and spend more on utilities, groceries, transportation, health care and even a night out at the movies.” That is absolutely correct because New York is a pay-more-get-less garbage hole, and “garbage” is not the word of which we are thinking although it will do for polite company, with spendthrift state and local governments.

    New York in fact reminds us of Barry Lyndon, the rake played by Ryan O’Neil who goes through his wife’s money to hire servants he cannot afford, buy works of art he cannot afford, and engage in a lifestyle he cannot afford. Lord John Rossendale from Bernard Cornwall’s Sharpe series also comes to mind. He seduces Sharpe’s wife Jane, who is subsequently called a whore by another woman whom she thought a friend. Sharpe also calls his disloyal wife a whore but the truth is that she was not a whore because the whore gets paid. Rossendale, a profligate gambler and a poor gambler, was in fact living off her money (or more properly, Sharpe’s money).

    Working people in Blue states like Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and so on have no interest in paying higher tax rates so the Barry Lyndons and John Rossendales of New York, New Jersey, and California can continue to spend money they do not have on affirmative action, carbon emission mandates, health care for illegal immigrants, welfare programs so generous that only suckers take hourly jobs, and civil “servant” pay that is more suitable for kings than servants. No law says people have to live in these states, much less places like New York City and Los Angeles, and they are not entitled to leech off those of us who choose to live in suburbs or “flyover country” (with all those bitter people who cling to their guns and religion, right Barry?).

    The Nadler, Lowey, and Israel Tax Equity Act is the best thing since cap and trade for turning what are now Blue states into Red states and, if the Republicans fail to exploit this opening, they deserve to be the minority party.

    As a footnote, it is to be noted that the Tax Equity Act is cosponsored by some of the most dishonest members of the U.S. Congress. Nadler, Lowey, and Carolyn McCarthy were all involved with the now-disgraced Million Mom March which used 501(c)(3) tax exempt money to promote a political campaign and then filed what can be charitably described as a “creative” Form 990 tax return.

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