Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Liars and Thieves . . .

The arrogance of our public officials . . . and their failure to serve "We the People" . . . has reached new heights . . .

Some of our state leaders are generous giving out state (taxpayer funded) cars:
Republican Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco, who's temporarily forsaken that six-figure job to run for Congress in the March 31 special election in NY-20, fancies himself a fiscal conservative/tax-cutter Reagan/Limbaugh type. . . .

"Fiscal conservative" Tedisco gives out 12 cars -- to himself and nine other members and two top staffers.
Why do Assembly members need state cars?

Not to be outdone in the hypocrisy department, Governor Patterson, who has asked state civil servants to forgo their upcoming 3% raise, has been caught giving raises to his friends.
Cassie Prugh, a confidential assistant, was given a 46 percent pay hike in late November, raising her annual salary to $125,000 from $85,721 . . .
Meanwhile, the New SUNY Chancellor will be making $500,000 a year plus a lot of other perks -- a huge increase over her predecessor -- And the state's judges are still seeking a pay raise . . .

Of course, we cannot forget the federal level of government . . .

Open government? The public will have an opportunity to review every bill? No more pork? How many broken promises can you count here in one minute and 58 seconds of speech?

Real "Civil Servants" seem to be absent among our leaders.

Just Whom is government serving these days?


Anonymous said...

Did you see the article a few days ago on the now-majority Senate Democrats' "discovery" of the immense perks that Senate Republicans had given themselves---vans, parking spaces, a television studio, etc.? The only thing that amazes me more than the shamelessness and crassness of our public leaders is the apathy of our public.

Anonymous said...

We elect them!

Greens and Beans said...

Was it then Presidential Candidate Senator Barak Obama who promised the American public that he would appoint a “car czar” before he would pledge any taxpayer money to bail out the Auto Industry? And was it not the UAW who was apprehensive over the possibility of an Obama Presidency being rather forceful in pledging to impose a wage concession before any Detroit bailout could be forthcoming? “Mr. Gettelfinger said the union expected to appeal to Mr. Obama to alter the expectations for wage and benefit cuts.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/20/business/20auto.html?ex=1245301200&en=14d86a348fe56981&ei=5087&WT.srch=1&WT.mc_ev=click&WT.mc_id=BI-S-E-GG-NA-S-auto_bailout)
A few $million and several well placed television advertisements later, and the “wage concession” threat was nullified. The corruption cancer crosses all political party lines and sadly it appears to be crossing all political levels of government as well. Do you see why the U.S. needs campaign finance reform?

This corruption will damage the U.S. more than any attack could by:
• Grant expensive corporate failure bailouts.
• Excessively print more dollars.
• Retard and eliminate manufacturing.
• Drive the recession into a full depression.
• Run the entire country into bankruptcy.
• Usher in the demand for a global currency.
And we will experience devastation even greater than that of the atomic bomb. The United States could suffer from the more disastrous economic bomb as it yields itself as the product of a “New World Order.”