Archives for the month of: April, 2017

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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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.