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Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 12:42pmSanction this postReply
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I wonder if Gov. Paterson is related to Isabel ...



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Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 1:25pmSanction this postReply
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"I am not here to beg. I am here to say New York doesn't need a handout - we need a hand back," he added, noting that New Yorkers pay far more in taxes to Washington than they get in return.

"He called on Congress to consider a sharp hike in federal Medicaid payments to the states, along with increased unemployment-insurance benefits, infrastructure spending, and food-stamp benefits.

"We feel that food stamps are the best economy stimulus," Paterson said."

Ah, yes, increased food stamp outlays are a wonderful form of tax cut. No contradiction there!



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Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 1:57pmSanction this postReply
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hehe - well, I had not read the whole thing, but at least he mentioned Rand, which was cool.



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Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 2:06pmSanction this postReply
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Did he pronounce the name right?  Spitzer didn't, and he was gone within a month.
(Edited by Peter Reidy on 10/31, 11:05am)




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Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 8:33pmSanction this postReply
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So the governor of highest-taxing state in the country is crying because his government is not getting enough revenue through its own acts of theft and wants the federal government to hand over some of the money it took from taxpayers to the government of New York, all in the name of an Ayn Rand's view of a good society?

The governor probably also said, "War is peace. Ignorance is strength. Freedom is slavery."




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Friday, October 31, 2008 - 6:14amSanction this postReply
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There will be folks citing Ayn Rand -- as she gets more moral approval -- in order to justify some ugly, cutthroat behavior.

Be prepared for this.

Ed




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Friday, October 31, 2008 - 9:02amSanction this postReply
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Of course my governor doesnít quite get it. But at least he got the spirit of it in certain senses. Iíll take hypocrisy over full injustice. At least the aspirations leave room for improvement and advancement.

 

Still, Iíd prefer an honest ďI canít go there yet but Iím sympatheticĒ disclaimer instead of advancing statism and calling it liberty. Perhaps the good governor needs a little help with clarifying the issue.

 

Thatís my problem with the Republicans, too. They introduce an ounce of liberty into a stew of regulation and call it laissez faire. They give liberty a bad name.

 

But back to Paterson. Some decades ago Senator Moynihan argued that New Yorkers are paying federal taxes disproportionately and receiving fewer services per capita. One cleaver libertarian remarked that that generally is the purposed of taxes. What sense would it be to give people back exactly what youíve taken from them? Of course, the logical answer is to reduce taxes and allow the individual to spend his money as he sees fit.

 

I suspect Paterson (like Moynihan in years past) is asking for a rough halfway measure that results in NYS getting back collectively what they put in, collectively. But isn't that contrary to the whole quote on individualism? EH, he needs TAS help. If he truly responds to the aspirations we share, he might consider taking the full step.

 

 





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Friday, October 31, 2008 - 2:35pmSanction this postReply
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With all this talk of AR in the media (here's another), maybe we should buy stock in her publishers.  Better yet, option the movie rights to VoS.



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