End the property tax nightmare!

December 20, 2011

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 3:34 pm


Most of us have BS detectors…we caught on fast in the cradle and figured out the difference between PACIFIERS (those sucky plastic things) and mother’s milk;  but our BS detectors  can be overwhelmed by the PR machines of the politicos and the oligarchs who run things.

No one is proof against propaganda.

Take for example the PACIFIERS lately pushed into our mouths to shut us the hell up.

My all-time favorite is the tax levy cap PACIFIER meant to bury the howls of rage of property taxpaying homeowners and renters .

That pacifier took about ten hot seconds to be unmasked as-well – a pacifier. Sucking on PACIFIERS just causes a lot of wind to build up and a not nice smell when the wind is expelled.

After that fiasco, we got the fast “tax code reform” PACIFIER. That was in response to OWS and media and reform groups taking Albany to task for kissing up to rich campaign donors and firing workers and cutting services.

We got-according to Assemblyman Kolb’s moment of pique and moment of truth- about 3 bucks a week… “not enough to buy a gallon of gas.”

Here’s a tip-off. Dems said it was a tax raise on the rich; Repubs said it was a tax cut. …and that should alert your detector that the atmosphere is redolent of BS..…

Now in bursts of hyperbole worthy of courtiers to the Sun King, pols hoping to get a piece of Cuomo’s campaign chest-replenished constantly by fund raisers among the filthy rich- are singing his praises in cringe making, treacly  phrases.

And not to be outdone, SOME (not all) union bosses (who make a lot more than the people they are supposed to serve) are joining in the paeans of praise to their governor. I imagine the workers’ lobbyists and “leaders” must convince the people that pay their munificent salaries that they actually got something for the workers from Cuomo.

This brings to mind many encounters  with the schoolyard bully- in return for his not beating you up and stealing your lunch-you give him all your Twinkies and promise you won’t tell the principal. Then you brag that you won the encounter…NOT!

The workers got crumbs from the rich man’s feast…they may have bought an end to the pain but they got nothing back that was taken away…and the middle class got-well- 3 bucks a week.

In the meantime there is still no progressivity in our tax code because the property tax will continue to escalate and take its toll…the politicos avert their eyes from this carnage because they are afraid to anger the emperor/governor and they don’t really want to reform the tax code. It’s a lot of work and their campaign donors might object.

But people know a PACIFIER from mother’s milk and we are NOT being nourished by state government; unless of course you are a member of CSNY, Patterns for Progress or Unshackle NY; or unless you are a person who regularly does a star turn in the Wall Street Journal; or  swears an oath on the pretty numbers generated by the Manhattan Institute; or unless you’re an elite person who regularly pays 25,000 a plate for access to your governor.

In which case you just got a huge tax cut, multiple tax breaks, and are being wet nursed when mom’s not around so you don’t miss out on a single drop. No PACIFIERS for you.

Just real cream at the public teat.

Will the proposed Cuomo Tax Reform Study Commission be another PACIFIER-like most study commissions?  The Suozzi Property tax reform Commission -for example- promised that after a cap was past the CB would be next?? Where the hell is it?

Will the proposed Cuomo Tax Commission be composed of the same old tired Albany hands and 1%ers ? Will it be tightly controlled by the Governor? Will it ignore property taxes and include only those taxes that don’t betray just how regressive our taxation system is?

Dare we hope ordinary citizens who are paying the tab will be in on the decision making.

Shouldn’t the Chair be Frank Mauro of the Fiscal Policy Institute who is probably the only man in the state who could reform the system of taxation single handedly and fairly?… the only trusted and logical choice.

If this latest commission turns out to be yet another PACIFIER…well let’s keep our BS detectors fully charged.

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