Friday, January 06, 2017

Bazzo Says: Hello, 2017

Bazzo Says:


A Quinnipiac University poll released last month found that a large majority of voters agree state lawmakers should only receive a pay raise if there are limits on outside income and term limits. Without those stipulations, 70 percent of voters oppose a pay raise.

Last year, the New York State Assembly passed a bill capping lawmakers’ outside income at $69,000—but it failed to pass the GOP-controlled Senate. So, on top of a proposed increase in salary to $99,000, Senate Republicans, and some breakaway Democrats, did not feel another $69,000 a year was enough.

Here is the problem: Elective office, be it state or federal, has now become a full-time occupation. It has become a career. Look at people like Vice President Joe Biden or Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Neither has ever held a private sector job.  From the moment they finished college, they ran and have held elective office. These people are not an aberration.

The aberration are people like our own state Sen. Terrence Murphy, who spent his life in the private sector before moving on to elective office. He actually had experience signing the front of a pay check. Another aberration is our former state Assemblyman Steve Katz, who not only spent his life in the private sector, but voluntarily returned to it, declining to seek re-election in 2016. This is how our founders envisioned elective office. You spent a couple of terms doing the people’s business then you went back home to do your business.

Now, particularly in New York, you leave elective office either in handcuffs or a coffin. Look at two other local elected officials. Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef. Both well into their 70s, they have been in office for a combined 52 years, and neither has any intention of leaving.

Maybe former Senate minority leader Harry Reid was right. Just before he left office, not seeking re-election, he said the Democrat bench looked like an old folk’s home. No one leaves, so no new blood can come in with new ideas and shake things up. Just so you know, Harry Reid left because he did not want to stay and have no power. He came into elective office broke and leaves a multi-millionaire. Amazing, on a Senator’s salary, how that can happen. He must have been good at investments.

The only reason why we have new blood in the State Senate is because former Sen. Vincent Leibell was convicted of bribery and after him former State Sen. Greg Ball left under a cloud. If not for that, Leibell would still be there and Ball would still be an assemblyman. How sad is that?

The fact is we are to blame. Poll after poll shows that a vast majority of people are unhappy with government. Yet, election after election you vote for the Schumers, Loweys, Galefs and, even under a cloud of suspicion, the Leibels. Did you know last year the Republicans could not find anyone willing to challenge Lowey and she ran unopposed?! The entire country except New York and California repudiated the Democrat agenda. But New York and Westchester voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton and, as I said, Lowey ran unopposed. Putnam went for Trump.

We have become the land that progress forgot. And now these people of a repudiated past want a raise. However, they also want it without strings attached. As we head into 2017, let us together move into progress and remove by ballot those who are responsible for New York being the most corrupt, anti-business state in the nation, save for California.

This is what I say. What say you?


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January 2017 Show


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