Progressive Talk on Kingston Community Radio
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Guest for Monday April 17th: 7:30-8:00am Congressman John Faso
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CALL IN – TIE UP THE PHONES AND CALL HIM ON ALL HIS LIES
Home is where the heart is, and for John Faso, his heart has certainly not been in the 19th Congressional District. For his entire 20+ year political career, his heart has been in the corporate headquarters of the fossil fuel industry, Wall Street, and the ultra-wealthy. In his short time in Washington, his voting record confirms this.
So while he rails against so-called carpetbaggers – claims of dubious credibility – he can most accurately be named one of the nation’s premier CORPORATEBAGGERS, a politician whose every move shows us where his heart really is, from a lifetime of unquestioning support and work for the fossil fuel industry, to his critical support for Trumpcare, to his votes to enable pollution of the nation’s waterways.
His biggest supporters are from outside the 19th District.
Because his continuing failure to represent us is so obvious, and his words so consistently belie his actions, the ultra-wealthy are already pouring millions into the district to shore up his re-election campaign. There is a real opportunity for the voters of the 19th district to show that big money can be defeated by a knowledgeable and active citizenry.
Another Faso vote to help Wall Street and the super-wealthy hide more information from the public and investors.
Employee Stock Sales – Vote Passed (331-87, 11 Not Voting)
Passage of the bill that would direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to increase from $5 million to $10 million the annual amount of securities that privately-held companies can sell for employee compensation without needing to disclose certain information to investors.
Rep. John Faso voted YES
The proposal to issue the jail bond before the actual costs are determined goes against not only standard practice in the issuance of municipal bonds, but also flies in the face of rationality.
At present, any real alternatives to the currently proposed jail — not only in terms of the size, design, location, and operating costs (i.e., energy costs/savings based on facility design), but alternatives to incarceration — have not been explored, so we do not know what the real cost would be.
Borrowing more than is actually needed would significantly add to the total cost of the bond, especially as there is a set time, usually not less than 10 years, during which the excess amount cannot be called (paid back). And the excess money could not be used for anything else; it would simply be an ongoing drain on the county’s finances, and hence an increased burden to taxpayers.
Adding a few months to the time line for issuance until these factors have been fully explored might well significantly lower the current proposed cost, so even if interest rates were to rise slightly, the net gain could be well worth the delay.
Also, the county’s residents would feel as if their concerns had been duly considered. I understand that may not be possible to hold a legally binding referendum on the proposed bond issue, but there is nothing to prevent the County from conducting a non-binding poll.
Remember the film “The Manchurian Candidate?” That was about one man controlled by a hostile foreign power and ordered to act against the United States. Today we have the Russian version, a whole administration doing the bidding of a foreign power. In the film the plot was exposed – hopefully the Puppets of Putin will be similarly exposed and defeated.
From Citizen Action New York:
There’s some big news out of D.C. this morning [3/16/17].
At 10 a.m., Congressmember John Faso voted in support of the disastrous Republican bill that would leave 120,000 people in his district without health care.
But three other Republicans on the budget committee voted against it. Yesterday, Politico reported that House Republicans from New York are becoming “wary of Obamacare replacement.” They should be. Thousands…have called, sent messages and held massive rallies every week – demanding health care for all, not tax breaks for the super-rich.
At a legislative workshop last night (March 8th) there appears to be a push for immediate issuance of the proposed multi-million dollar bond issue to pay for the jail. Afterwards, they would talk about amendments to the plan – size, alternatives, etc. This is backwards!! Once the money is borrowed, we pay interest on it, no matter if the final plans call for a lower cost building. The only given reason for this is to avoid rising interest rates; but any short-term interest rate rise is sure to be negligent, and far less than the cost of borrowing more money than we need. And getting the extra money back by calling the bond early, then issuing another one, would cost more than the negligible extra interest due to any delay in the original issue. CAL YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY TO INSIST THAT THE VOTE ON THE BOND ISSUE BE POSTPONED FOR AT LEAST A MONTH. Phone numbers are listed on the Greene County site referenced in the last post.
Here is a link to the Greene County page (and links from there) about the proposed jail. It is a bit misleading because it does not note the alternatives to incarceration or total costs, among other things. It also implies that this is a done deal – IT IS NOT!! The links to newspaper articles tell a more complete story. We strongly recommend that every community hold a public meeting on the proposed jail, including those opposed to the current plan. Remember, this a very expensive project and we will be paying for years.
KEEP WATCHING! MORE TO FOLLOW.