NY GOP Hammers Comptroller Tom DiNapoli For His Partisan Attacks

August 20, 2012 at 7:00 am (Albany, Buffett Rule, Comptroller, GOP, Mitt Romney, New York, Non-Partisan, Partisan, Paul Ryan, President Obama, Thomas DiNapoli, Tom DiNapoli)

Yesterday, the New York GOP released the following statement in response to Comptroller DiNapoli’s comments regarding Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan:

Tom DiNapoli is what happens when you take a career politician with no experience in economics, but make him Comptroller anyway.

The man responsible for oversight of New York’s budget and finances just said that although he can’t come up with “a hard number,” he was certain that the Romney-Ryan plan would be “incredibly devastating” for New York.

The role of the Comptroller is to be fair, honest and nonpartisan. His public statements should be based on facts, not biased speculation.

Well here are the facts: the Obama White House hasn’t produced a serious federal budget since 2009, with the Democrat-controlled Senate voting down his last two budgets 99-0 and 97-0.

Obama’s plan for solving the Nation’s fiscal crisis, “tax the rich!”, is unserious (Obama’s beloved “Buffett Rule” would raise a paltry $47 billion over ten years, against projected trillion dollar yearly deficits ), deliberately divisive, and hits high-income New York worse than almost any other state.

Where is Tom DiNapoli’s outrage over Obama’s failure to manage America’s finances?

Back in New York, the New York Post just reported that Democratic Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera “used a taxpayer-funded nonprofit as her personal piggy bank, installed her unqualified lover as the group’s leader – and then helped him get a fat raise so he could take her on nice dates.”

Rivera joins Carl Kruger, Pedro Espada, Vito Lopez and too many others in the overcrowded Democrats’ Hall of Shame.

Where is Tom DiNapoli’s outrage over Democrats’ corruption in Albany?

Where is his oversight?

New York is in crisis: when adding the total of outstanding official debt, pension and other post-employment benefits liabilities and Unemployment Trust Fund loans, New York’s total debt is over $305 billion, worse than every state other than California.

Now more than ever, New Yorkers need a comptroller who will keep a credible watchful eye over our state’s budget and finances.

But Tom DiNapoli would rather pitch partisan attacks.

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Kirsten Gillibrand Named ‘Most Liberal Senator’

February 23, 2012 at 3:37 pm (Democrat, GOP, Kirsten Gillibrand, Liberal, New York, Partisan)

It was just a few weeks ago that New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, was criticizing ‘partisan gridlock in Washington’.

A report in early February – when Gillibrand announced a visit to the capital district – read:

Gillibrand’s plan for future economic growth includes building new transportation infrastructure, investing in manufacturing, encouraging research and development, and ending the partisan gridlock in Washington.

We were quick to point out that being non-partisan to Gillibrand involves voting along party lines nearly 100% of the time.

And when she says partisan gridlock, she is absolutely not referring to her voting record… which consists of party-line votes at a rate of nearly 97%. Only Republicans cause gridlock.

Now however, it is official – Gillibrand has been handed the title of one of the most partisan senators in the country.  She has been named ‘Most Liberal Senator’.

From the National Journal:

“The issue that has brought Gillibrand the most attention by far is her call for repeal of the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring openly gay military service members. She introduced legislation in July 2009. In National Journal’s 2010 survey, she was tied with fellow Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York as the 10th most liberal member of the Senate.”

The New York Daily News added:

The Republican party today teed off on Gillibrand for, among other things, changing her tune after having portrayed herself as a “gun-toting centrist” when first appointed by then-Gov. David Paterson to replace now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

She “makes Chuck Schumer look like Bill Buckley,” NYSGOP Chairman Ed Cox says.

“Our junior senator has veered so far off the mainstream path to curry favor with left-wing Washington leaders that the average New Yorker can hardly recognize her anymore. Ms. Gillibrand’s candidacy has been a bait and switch: She ran as Calamity Jane but governs like Jane Fonda.”

Congratulations Senator Gillibrand, and good luck New York.

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Faces of Forced Union Political Contributions

February 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm (Forced, Labor, Pacs, Partisan, Poltical Contributions, Union, Worker Freedom)

American workers are being forced by union leaders to give money to partisan political activity they oppose.  On February 8th, three of these workers testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about how forced political contributions violate their freedom and rights.  But Terry Bowman, Claire Waites and Sally Coomer are not alone: manyworkers are not even informed of their right to control their own hard-earned money, facing threats and intimidation when they are brave enough to speak out against this unfair loss of workplace freedom and fairness.  These are the faces of forced contributions to the union special interest agenda.

Sally CoomerService Employees International Union (SEIU) Member from Duvall, Wash.

“We were required at the end of 2009 to quit our agency employment and transfer over to a system that is unionized by the SEIU, called the Individual Provider System.  Caring for my daughter is not a job that requires union intervention…The thing that is very discouraging for me is every month, you know, I’m seeing close to $95 a month being taken out of the check for union dues, going to causes I do not support.  For me, that $95 a month would provide an additional 9 to 10 hours of care for Becky directly…. I feel very strongly that any type of union that a person belongs to that if the union is going to take out union dues that that employee should be well-aware of what those dues are being spent for. And that, if they are using it for political purposes that they should be aware of that and they should be able to make a choice as to whether or not that that is what they want their union dues to be spent on.”
Terry Bowman, United Auto Workers (UAW) Member from Ypsilanti, Mich.

“You know, the United States government has given labor unions the ability to trump an individual’s First Amendment right and force the seizure of an individual’s personal property – their wages – for simply exercising their pursuit of happiness by applying for a job.  I really would like my first amendment right of freedom of association back. I do not have the ability to exercise that right in a forced union state. Unfortunately the union dues that I am forced to pay, much of that goes to political reasons that I disagree with.  To the people who are actually pulling my dues out, you do not have to right to use my money as you so choose to use it. The fact that my plant chairman, at a union meeting, will stand up there and point to all of us and say you all better be voting for democrats is not what a union was created to do and is not what it was meant to do. So unions have lost their way. They realized that compulsion was not the way to go, but when they smelled the potential hundreds of millions of dollars from forced unionism, they had to go that route. I think it’s quite unfortunate.”

Claire Waites, National Education Association (NEA) Member from Daphne, Ala.

“I am in the Baldwin County Teacher’s Association, the Alabama Education Association, and the National Education Association because there are no other carriers for liability insurance for teachers in the state of Alabama.  The NEA Fund for Children, you’d think it’s a fund for children and it’ll go to actually classroom expenses or classroom projects or teacher grants or actually go to underprivileged children. In reality, the NEA Fund for Children goes to political action groups that they choose. We have no voice. They choose who they would like the money to go to… Right now in the economy, classroom teachers need money. This is the third year that I’ve bought my own classroom supplies. For the $180 that I gave to the Children’s Fund, that’s three classroom labs in my room.  My message to NEA is that if you’re going to have a children’s fund have a children’s fund. If you’re going to have a PAC fund, have a PAC fund. Don’t trick me to give to your PAC fund by making it named a children’s fund.”
On February 8th, the Committee published a report finding that the Obama Administration and recent court cases have directly contributed to the loss of workplace freedom as well as worker rights violations endured by Ms. Coomer, Mr. Bowman and Ms. Waites.  As the federal government aids and abets these violations, union leaders spent more than $1.1 billion on partisan politics during the 2010 election cycle.  The Committee will continue to investigate the growing lack of accountability and transparency in how union leaders take dues money from rank-and-file members and spend that money on political causes many of their own members oppose.
·      COMPLETE HEARING VIDEO: http://bit.ly/w9I1P3

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Kirsten Gillibrand to Visit Capital District Monday

February 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm (Capital District, Cohoes, Democrats, Kirsten Gillibrand, New York, Partisan, Precision Valve and Automation, PVA, Republicans, Senate)

Of course she’ll be touting more spending.  It’s an election year, and Democrats equate greater spending to more votes.

From the Troy Record:

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-Brunswick, will be in the Capital District Monday.

After touring PVA Precision Valve and Automation on 1 Mustang Drive in Cohoes Monday morning, the senator will address the Albany Chamber of Commerce to discuss her legislative agenda that is aimed to create good-paying jobs across the Capital Region.

Gillibrand’s plan for future economic growth includes building new transportation infrastructure, investing in manufacturing, encouraging research and development, and ending the partisan gridlock in Washington.

And when she says partisan gridlock, she is absolutely not referring to her voting record… which consists of party-line votes at a rate of nearly 97%.  Only Republicans cause gridlock.

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