Saturday, November 9, 2013
Vote NO on the $138 Million KHS Bond vote IF you want new companies to locate here. Haven't you noticed that there is little or no private construction in Kingston. City officials cannot get any developer to build a condo/parking garage in Uptown Kingston. Do you think that is because of the high school condition. No, it is because Kingston's business taxes are way TOO HIGH. If you approve the KHS project, the Kingston TAX situation gets worse, much worse.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Let's review the tortuous logic that American citizens have had to swallow to pass and accept the Obamacare law. The Senate had to selectively bribe senators to vote for the law. The House had to promise an obscure representative that abortion would not be funded by the law, only to have betrayed this promise in the actual law by requiring the funding of abortion and other religiously offensive mandates in the law. The House and Senate passed the law emphasizing that there would be no direct "taxation" involved in the law, but only "penalty" charges for not signing up for obamacare. After the law passed with all these bribes and lies told, the Supreme Court declared the premise for Obama's defense of the law was unconstitutional. The Court said that mandating Americans to buy anything such as health insurance punishable by a "penalty" is unconstitutional under the Constitution's commerce clause. However, Chief Justice John Roberts and 4 left leaning judges rewrote the affordable care act by saying if the law's "penalty" was called a "tax", the law would be constitutional, since Congress has the power to tax. So the Congress and the American people rejected the original premise of an obamacare tax, but now the Supreme Court gave the American people a backhand slap in the face, by calling the obamacare mandate "penalty" a "tax". So the American people are stuck with a "tax" they originally rejected when the law was originally debated in Congress. So I dispute the claim that American citizens have a weak argument to protest obamacare. Since the above demonstrates that the American people were duped, there is a compelling case for fighting obamacare tooth and nail. To add insult to injury, guess who is administering and monitoring citizen compliance to obamacare......the IRS, which has been accused of spying on and harrassing American citizens before the last election. I think there is overwhelming evidence to at least delay this law one year to allow American citizens a chance to debate and revisit the deceit and lies that occurred in the passage of this law.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Clarification of today's debate with Kevin Cahill. NYS Public Employees were barred from striking way before the Triborough Amendment. The enactment of the Triborough Amendment was a Hugh Carey election year union power grab to maintain terms and conditions of employment after the expiration of a contract. The real disaster of Triborough is that it requires continuation of all the terms of the contract, including binding grievance arbitration and collecting union dues (not required under the private sector decisions or the Triborough “doctrine”). To make matters worse, it was interpreted by the courts as taking away the legislative determination, to the extent that a legislative body cannot impose less favorable terms through a legislative determination unless the union puts all the terms “in play” by participating in the legislative hearing process, which they never do. In other words, school boards and municipalities have NO negotiating power at all. Repealing this awful Triborough Amendment is what Kevin Cahill should be fighting for in Albany, not intefering and quibbling about Mike Hein Safety Net/Sales Tax policy that was already decided by Ulster County government.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Now you can see why we are always complaining about the unreasonable Fire Budget and contract in Kingston. Also, the Business property tax rate being higher than the residential property tax rate chases developers away. Do you notice that there is little or no private construction going on in Kingston? I disagree with planner Sue Cahill. The new Uptown vibrancy will not draw a developer. But if the Mayor and Common Council had a plan to slash and reorganize the Fire Budget and to equalize business and residential property taxes, then developers would come.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Let's call a spade, a spade. Kevin Cahill is at fault at least 90 percent. He risked a spike in local City of Kingston and Town taxes in order to interfere and pressure County government to take on safety net......something Hein and the local towns had already committed to. So now Cahill is happy with what Hein and the local towns had already committed to. However, there is one small problem. Since time ran out on Cahill's risk and the Assembly/Senate left town for good in 2013, we local taxpayers are left with millions of dollars less of local sales tax revenue which needs to be made up by property tax increases and local government layoffs and local government service cuts. My basic question, "Kevin Cahill, what were you thinking of, when you risked the local government tax revenue in order to pick a fight with Mike Hein and local government leaders?" My suggestion. Admit that you made a mistake and admit that local legislative issues should be solved by local Ulster County citizens and not solved by Assemblymen interfering in the local legislative process.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Let's make a deal. Move the KHS $138 Million Bond Issue vote to the regular Election Day, Nov.5th, and we the taxpayers will be less cynical and we may vote Yes. What is cynicism? It is the distrust of the motives of others. We will request by letter and / or petition that the Kingston School Board move the vote on this single issue from December 10th to the regular November 5th Election Day. This move of the vote day will save the district $15,000, since the Ulster County Board of Elections conducts the Nov.5th vote. Also, the Nov.5th vote would dramatically increase voter participation on this issue. Finally, the Nov.5th vote would reduce local voter cynicism for the scheduling the bond vote for Dec.10th, which is 2 weeks before Christmas, when many local taxpayers have already left for Florida. Right now, the scheduling of the bond vote for Dec.10th appears to be motivated by "voter suppression", ie. more YES votes than NO votes will come out on Dec.10th. Kingston School Board, let's do the right thing and move the bond issue vote from Dec.10th to Nov.5th. If anyone is interested in helping by carrying a one-page 25 signature petition asking the school board to move this vote, please contact me.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
One thing the conservatives are correct on is the slow, dismantling and closing of our public schools, to pay for automatic salary and step increases, pensions and healthcare for union teachers in our Soviet-style monopolistic school systems. The very bad economy and the lack of government money has exposed the illogical public school system which has grown into a monster, which is eating NY State taxpayers alive. What is the evidence of this? As Governor Cuomo openly admits, young adults are leaving NY State in droves due to lack of job opportunities. Do you want more evidence? How about property tax values plummeting in many upstate areas? Locally, property values have gone down as much as 5 percent per year. What is 5 percent of a $200,000 house? Thats's right. A loss of $10,000 per year by taxpayers to finance a bloated public school system, which is paying good teachers more than we can afford. The time for the conservative idea of school vouchers, school choice, and school competition among public, private and parochial schools, has come.