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NY, Other States Scrimp on Civil War Anniversary, and therefore it’s significance and lessons. NY does nothing despite massive spending on everything else, and Fed situation doesn’t help either.

December 27, 2010

DESPITE ALL THE MASSIVE OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING ON EVERY THING UNDER THE SUN BUT THIS, SPECIAL INTERESTS INTERESTED IN EVERY ELSE, AND PORK BARREL SPENDING RUN AMOK THAT SUPPORTS THINGS MUCH LESS IMPORTANT OR APPROPRIATE THAN OUR NATIONAL HERITAGE, NEW YORK HAS NEGLECTED THIS IMPORTANT HISTORICAL EVENT AND THEREFORE IT’S LESSONS.

IT’S QUITE A SHAME THAT NY HAS NOT AT LEAST SET ALITTLE ASIDE FOR THE CIVIL WAR ANNIVERSARY, ESPECIALLY BEING A LANDMARK 150TH, AND WITH SO MANY OF US NEW YORKERS HAVING A PROUD HERITAGE GOING BACK TO THAT ERA, NOT TO MENTION OUR STATE AS A WHOLE. YOU CAN LOOK ALL THE WAY BACK TO 1776 WHEN SO MANY OF OUR FOUNDERS FROM THE NORTH, INCLUDING NY, WERE ABOLISHTIONISTS, AND WERE PLANTING THE SEEDS OF FREEDOM AND EQUALITY EVEN THEN, OR YOU CAN LOOK SPECIFICALLY AT THE CIVIL WAR ITSELF AND SEE THE PROUD LEGACY OF NEW YORKERS THAT SHOULD BE TAUGHT AND CELEBRATED. THERE IS THE LEGACY OF LINCOLN WHO ALONG WITH MANY STATESMEN OF NEW YORK, CONTINUED TO NUTURE THE AFOREMENTIONED SEEDS, THOSE ALONG WITH CITIZENS WHO ADVANCED FREEDOM, PROTECTING BLACKS WHO WERE ALREADY FREE, ADVOCATING FOR THOSE THAT WEREN’T, SUPPORTING THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, AND OF COURSE THE VETERANS OF OUR UNION ARMY AND MILITIA, WHO NOT ONLY LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR THAT CAUSE ALONE, BUT ALSO FOUGHT TO PRESERVE OUR NATION.

TODAY WE HAVE A STATE WITH A BLACK AMERICAN GOVERNOR AS WELL AS MANY OTHER BLACK-AMERICANS, OF ONE LINEAGE OR ANOTHER, WHO ARE STATE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY MEMBERS, HOUSE REPS, AS WELL AS MANY OTHER POLITICIANS. IT IS ASTOUNDING THAT THEY HAVE TAKEN LITTLE INTEREST IN THIS, DUE TO EITHER THEIR SELF ABSORPTION, IGNORANCE OR UNCARING OF IT’S IMPORTANCE, OR BOTH.

NY, Other States Scrimp on Civil War Anniversary

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War just months away, New York’s government has failed to scrounge up a single Yankee dollar to commemorate a conflict it played a major role in winning.

New York isn’t alone. Other states saddled with similar budget woes are unable or unwilling to set aside taxpayer funds for historic re-enactments and museum exhibits when public employees are being laid off and services slashed.

Even South Carolina, where the war’s first shots were fired upon Fort Sumter in April 1861, has declined to provide government funding for organizations planning events.

Virginia and Pennsylvania appear to be leading the way in efforts to plan, promote and stage Civil War commemorations.

AHH, BUT THERE COULD HAVE BEEN MONEY FOR IT! CONSIDER THESE 2 ARTICLES AND REMEMBER THAT THIS IS BUT A SMALL EXAMPLE OF BILLIONS IN RECKLESS STATE SPENDING, AS WELL AS MASSIVE NEW TAXATION AND NEW DEBT TO SUPPORT IT,  THAT HAS OCCURED OVER THE LAST COUPLE YEARS: 

Gov. David Paterson is using $250,000 in public money as he negotiates an agreement with Cornell University that won’t necessarily make the papers of his administration immediately public. (TU)

ALBANY — Gov. David Paterson‘s decision to archive his papers at Cornell University came with a $250,000 grant the state’s official archivist said could have been avoided, and no guarantee of when and how the documents will be made public. “Had they come here, the taxpayers wouldn’t have seen any extra expense,” said Christine Ward

OF COURSE THE UNDERLYING STORY IS PATTERSON’S COVER UP OF A LOT OF SCANDALOUS MATERIAL CONTAINED THEREIN AND WITH THE MONEY ATTACHED, SO TOO ARE THE STRINGS, STIPULATING THEIR UNTIMELY RELEASE TO THE PUBLIC. WHAT A WASTE AND WHAT ANOTHER BROKEN PROMISE AS TO TRANSPARENCY.

AS FOR CORNELL UNIV AND WHY THEY DIDN’T REJECT THIS? WELL OF COURSE IF THEY DIDN’T TAKE THE MONEY, PATTERSON STILL WOULD HAVE GIVEN TO SOME OTHER INSTITUTION. ALWAYS THE EXCUSE FOR NOT RESISTING HANDOUTS, ISN’T IT!

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AND WHEN ARE THE FEDS GOING TO LEARN, THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLES YOU’RE ABOUT SEE ARE NOT MATTERS OF CONCERN TO THE FEDERAL TAX PAYER, THEY ARE ONLY MATTERS OF STATE AND LOCAL CONCERN. EVEN THOUGH THE FEDS GIVE BACK, ON PROJECTS THEY SHOULDN’T EVEN BE DECIDING SUCH AS THIS, THEY STILL TAKE WAY MORE THAN THEY GIVE. FOR EVERY DOLLAR THE FED TAKES OUT, NY IS ONLY GETTING BACK .79, AND AS YOU CAN SEE, TO MAKE MATTER WORSE, MUCH OF THAT IS GOING TO SPECIAL INTEREST PROJECTS THAT ARE NOT OF A STATEWIDE CONCERN. NY IS A DONOR STATE WITH OUR BALANCE OF PAYMENTS DEFICIT BEING AROUND 45 BILLION (ANNUAL). JUST CONSIDER THAT NY WERE TO ALLOCATE 1 MILLION TO CIVIL WAR MEMORIALS: THE ANNUAL BOPD AT THIS TIME COULD PAY FOR IT 45,000 TIMES. 

NY pols take fat $hare of the pork

By S.A. MILLER and GEOFF EARLE, Post Correspondents

Last Updated: 7:27 AM, December 16, 2010

WASHINGTON — New York City’s congressional delegation sure knows how to bring home the bacon.

They slipped at least 200 pet projects worth more than $100 million into the pork-laden $1.1 trillion 2011 spending bill, a Post analysis of the legislation reveals.

The state’s two US senators and the 17 Democratic members of Congress from the metropolitan area showered taxpayer dollars on everything from well-heeled arts programs to fish research to shelters for gay homeless teens.

Here’s a taste of New York’s pork:

* Rep. Tim Bishop (D-LI) got $525,000 to research summer flounder and black sea bass.

* Sen. Chuck Schumer helped get $400,000 for Jazz at Lincoln Center and $100,000 for a Tibetan community center. (THIS IS ESSENTIAL FOR NY?, HUH? – SEE BELOW)

* Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan) secured $400,000 for the 24/7 Drop-in Center for Homeless LGBT Youth. (AND MINDS YOU THE ULTRA-LIBERAL NADLER DIDN’T DO THIS FOR “OUR YOUTH”, BUT RATHER THIS IS ONLY FOR GAY YOUTH, HOW NICE)

* Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Qns./LI) scored $350,000 for a solar farm in North Hempstead.

* Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand got $125,000 for a “Women’s Link Program” that provides technical aid to women-owned small businesses in the city.

* Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Harlem) — whose censure for ethics violations began over his earmarks for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Affairs at CCNY — this time tagged $500,000 for “streetscaping” at the Museum for African Art. (SO MUCH FOR CENSURING AYE, TOLD YA HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN THROWN OUT ALTOGETHER)

The New York lard also includes $300,000 for the Abyssinian Development Corp. — the economic-development group headed by powerhouse Harlem Rev. Calvin Butts — to develop “new and existing” low- and moderate-income housing in Harlem, as requested by New York’s senators Schumer and Gillibrand.

A Schumer spokesman defended earmarks as “essential for New York.”

The only member from the area without any spending earmarks was Rep. Pete King (R-LI), who joined House Republicans’ voluntary moratorium on earmarks. The only other member from the State (being from the far opposite end), and the only other Republican from New York in the current 11th Congress, is Chris Lee who also joined the moratorium.

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