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November 15, 2011

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 2:53 pm

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Peaceful for now…..

The conference at Mohonk 2 highlighted disgraceful income inequity, property tax insanity, and the general turmoil in today’s struggles for economic reform…

The big (about 130) by invitation only crowd at Mohonk 2  yesterday, were following the fortunes of the Omnibus Consortium, a diverse band of good government groups , fiscal fairness leaders , grass roots property tax reformers, labor leaders and others in their continuing struggle for reform…

(We converse with citizens in smaller open meetings around the state…Mohonk was a limited venue and therefore had to be for a limited group of actvists and their guests.Apologies to those we had to turn away.)

This struggle has been going on for much longer than it should because our state government is unashamedly dysfunctional and is an almost wholly owned subsidiary of the mega rich –( almost… but there are some exceptions as we mention frequently).

One reporter, Chris Rowley, my new favorite Brit, felt that Mohonk2 was like opening up a pressure cooker and having EVERYTHING burst out because there is SO MUCH discontent engendered by the way the state ignores its responsibilities… not to mention their obsequious deference to Wall Street and their generosity in matters of corporate welfare…here I must mention Peter Brothers-a tax reformer who covers-and uncovers- the scandals in this area…

Because of the general discontent, it is almost impossible to keep discussions within the confines of our Omnibus mission statement which is to get relief from and reform of the property tax. That remains our goal.

The reform portion of Frank Mauro’s elegant and comprehensive Omnibus Tax Solution- which meshes with the struggles by OWS and others to make the state responsible for funding vital services for the 99% and not just catering to the 1%- plainly rests on a progressive income tax which we do not have in NYS and which the Governor is insisting on further dismantling. The modern day robber barons not only scarf up the fruits of everyone’s labor they also refuse to disgorge even a little for the public services necessary in a civilized society.

Now, the governor is going to give them a 5 billion dollar gift of taxpayer money … even in the face of higher deficits, escalating property taxes ( the cap is a lie) , and workers being thrown under the bus.

The satraps of the privileged few are currently flooding the media with faux figures to justify their rapacity and corruption ( I am exploring the many ways you can say GREED)..

So let me leave you with this advice….trust what you see and experience …not the propaganda the richest 1% and their pols are dishing up..

THE LINES WAITING TO BUY PRIVATE JETS AND THE LINES AT THE SOUP KITCHENS ARE GETTING LONGER EVERY DAY…THAT’S THE STORY THAT NO LIES CAN ERASE.

THE MIDDLE CLASS IS FAST SINKING INTO POVERTY BECAUSE OF BETRAYAL BY WALL ST. AND GOVERNMENT…THE first  LOST or STOLE our INVESTMENTS in OUR FUTURE…THE second  SOLD OUT…

But in the end there is always nemesis…so watch out bad guys…

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 (Thanks to Patti and Navajo and Sam and other guests who spoke eloquently at Mohonk…we’re listening.) Thanks to those reformers who came from NYC and way up north and all around.

Keep in touch. Send me your thoughts to put on this blog…I didn’t have a chance to get SO MANY of your names that I wanted to publish…or lost them in the hustle and bustle…. PLEASE Email me at shebar4@aol.com

…and as many of you said…we need to ramp up the fight…WAY UP…

 

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