Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"The budget created by Gov. Paterson, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith is a monstrously bloated, tax-and-spend plan that, in one fell swoop, reverses a three-decade-long effort to strengthen business and prevent taxpayers from fleeing the state." The quote is from Fred Dicker's column and well worth reading. http://www.nypost.com/seven/03312009/news/columnists/setting_ny_back_30_yrs__162152.htm

The number of articles slamming the state budget "negotiated" by the "leaders" are unprecedented; even editorials that never agree with us are writing how this budget is out of touch with the reality of today's economic picture.



From the New York Times (article by Nicholas Confessore) "The process was so opaque that even veteran lobbyists and interest groups did not know exactly what would emerge when the budget proposal began printing late on Saturday night. Many were still sorting through the bills on Monday morning and discovering previously unknown cuts and fees. Neither the Senate nor the Assembly produced their own budget proposals, as was standard in past years, and even most lawmakers were kept in the dark.

Also in the New York Times (article by Danny Hakim) "Mr. Silver, the powerful and cagey Assembly speaker, achieved what he wanted in the budget that emerged from the shadows of the statehouse this weekend, cementing his newfound role as the capital’s center of gravity.
He won the policy fight, forcing Gov. David A. Paterson to raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers, an idea that the governor decried as potentially disastrous three weeks ago. The $131.8 billion budget, which could hardly be called austere, is largely a reflection of the liberal tilt of Mr. Silver, and the Assembly’s predilection for big spending on social programs, no matter the economic climate. "

The New York Post writes "The spending plan picks the pockets of the private sector to the tune of $8 billion in new taxes and fees -- while the unions barely get a haircut. " Read more here:

More worthwhile articles on the budget:




One final article for today on the state budget http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/columnists/hammond/index.html

More tomorrow, until then put your wallet in a safe place if you can find one in New York State!

Monday, March 30, 2009

The budget that the Leadership of New York State has agreed to is an affront to all of the citizens of New York. Governor Paterson, Leader Smith and Speaker Silver have caved to the most addictive nature of a politician: spending beyond their means with money that does not belong to them! By restoring proposed cuts and increasing spending by 9% when New Yorkers struggle to survive daily shows the disdain these "leaders" have for New York Citizens.


The New York Post Editorial says it all: http://www.nypost.com/seven/03302009/postopinion/editorials/shellys_spending_spree_161960.htm

And if we want to know how this state has become a rudderless ship, Fred Dicker tells us: http://www.nypost.com/seven/03302009/news/columnists/meet_govs_bureaucrat_boneheads_162025.htm

Former Governor George E. Pataki takes on the disgraceful decision by the Port Authority to rename Freedom Tower http://www.nypost.com/seven/03282009/postopinion/opedcolumnists/selling_out_freedom_161699.htm and kudos to State Senator Marty Golden for introducing legislation to require that the Freedom Tower keeps the name!

Will someone please explain how President Obama has the ability to demand the resignation of a CEO in a private company? If the bailout money gives him this ability in his mind, why is the head of the union allowed to stay on? More on this to follow...

Friday, March 27, 2009

Weekly Wrap-Up

Another week, another primetime press conference from President Obama. We’re hearing a lot of talk from our President – with the help of his trusty teleprompter, of course – but Fred Barnes explains just how meaningless all this talk really is...


Just how out-of-control, ideological and incompetent are the liberals in Washington? George Will, as usual, has a great perspective...


Mr. Will mentions the Democrats’ determination to impose government-run “universal” health care. Where will that take us? Make sure to read this article, which Shaun Marie also posted. It explains the situation in Massachusetts. It’s not a pretty picture...


Knowing all these facts, it should come as no surprise that the Democrats in Washington are set to enact government-rationed health care through an underhanded move that will limit debate and silence conservatives. It makes President Obama’s talk about “change” seems more and more dishonest every day...


Here in New York, Sen. Chuck Schumer is pulling a Gillibrand and flip-flopping on the issues, saying he now supports gay marriage, not just civil unions – “like a majority of New Yorkers,” according to one gay activist.


I don’t know what polls he’s looking at, but the numbers I’ve seen show that even in this blue state, a majority of voters do not support full-fledged marriage for homosexuals. If the gay lobby is so sure they have so much support, they should get their allies in Albany to put marriage up for a full vote in the State Assembly and Senate.

Speaking of Sen. Gillibrand, are you following the special election upstate? Voters go to the polls on Tuesday to fill our newest Senator’s old congressional seat. The AIG bonuses and the “stimulus” might be a deciding factor, as The Weekly Standard reports...


We’ll see what happens. Stay tuned for news about that election, and the other issues that will be in the news next week. Have a great weekend!

New York's economy is still in free fall downfall and yet the state workforce is not acknowledge it. http://www.nypost.com/seven/03272009/postopinion/opedcolumnists/daves_layoff_delay_161544.htm

Is the reason New York is falling apart due to the fact that the priorities are in all the wrong places? http://www.nypost.com/seven/03272009/postopinion/editorials/first__free_the_felons__161585.htm

More information on what National Health Care could become http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123811121310853037.html

Michelle Malkin writes about the "New Vigilantes and their Unaccountable Enablers" http://townhall.com/columnists/MichelleMalkin/2009/03/27/the_new_vigilantes_and_their_unaccountable_enablers

Check back later today for the Weekly Wrap-Up and a new poll question.

100% of this week's respondents believe that Congressman should return any contributions from AIG that have received bailout monies.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

All the talk from New York State and the federal government is about spending and all we can say is that they just do not get it. Are they not listening to the people and the gathering storm...how many tea parties will it take before they truly understand we do not have any more money to give them.!!

Mismanagement is the fault and they expect us to pay...stop the mismanagement...fix the problems...eliminate top heavey management..then and only then come back to us.



We could post a hundred articles supporting our positions but the ones above will suffice for now.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Has Father John I. Jenkins forgotten the Mission of Notre Dame? http://www.notredamescandal.com/

If you have time to read only one article today, please make this one the article: http://townhall.com/Columnists/ThomasSowell/2009/03/24/cheap_political_theater

Cal Thomas has another good article on the continuing AIG saga http://townhall.com/columnists/CalThomas/2009/03/24/channeling_anger Interestingly, he asks the question "who ordered up that little charade and media opportunity"? According to local reports it was members of the Working Family Party with strong ties to ACORN. We have so much to look forward to as ACORN becomes more empowered.

And just when we think we have heard of everything that happens in Illinois politics, something else makes the news: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123785278166719611.html and could have far reaching implications.

Is New York becoming more like Illinois? http://www.nypost.com/seven/03242009/postopinion/editorials/the_plan_for_nys_ruin_161024.htm

Republican House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has the quote of the day on Treasury Secretary Geithner's plan: "seems to offer little incentive for private investors to participate unless the subsidy is made so rich that it comes at the expense of the taxpayer."

Taxpayers beware!

Monday, March 23, 2009

It is Monday and the weekend is past but the news is still dominated by the AIG fiasco. Congress must rethink and rescind the direction it has been taking since this debacle started.

There are other ways to solve the current outrage regarding the AIG bonus': http://townhall.com/columnists/LawrenceKudlow/2009/03/20/a_hidden_agenda_behind_the_90_percent_tax

The world watches as Congress continues to fumble the ball: http://www.nypost.com/seven/03232009/postopinion/editorials/world_to_congress__so_long_160850.htm

And the President continues to spend: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123776518094909023.html

Governor Paterson and his allies in the Legislature are trying to solve the current budget shortfall by increasing the state sales tax to 4.5% and additional taxes on individuals earning more than $500,000 (currently the top PIT rate is 6.85% paid by those earning $25,000 per year). According to the NY Post column by Fred Dicker, the proposed huge increases in levies on insurance policies and health services, have been left in the budget for the fiscal year beginning April 1. http://www.nypost.com/seven/03232009/news/columnists/gov_plots_secret_tax_hike_on_rich_160855.htm

Somebody please explain to me the reasons I keep working....

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Weekly Wrap-Up

The Weekly Wrap-Up is a day early and a few paragraphs longer this week, but there’s a lot to talk about, so let’s get started...

The big story this week has been the taxpayer-funded bonuses handed out to AIG executives. Too bad the Oscars are over and done with. Surely the liberals in Washington – the very people who wrote all this bailout legislation – would be up for some acting awards after their displays of shock and outrage over this whole mess.

My two Best Actor nominees are President Barack Obama and Senator Chris Dodd from our next-door neighbor, Connecticut.

According to the Washington Examiner, “Senator Barack Obama received a $101,332 bonus from American International Group in the form of political contributions...”


Meanwhile, Chris Dodd – already accused of getting a sweetheart mortgage deal (http://www.portfolio.com/news-markets/top-5/2008/06/12/Countrywide-Loan-Scandal, thanks to The Weekly Standard for the link) – “confessed to adding language to a spending cap in the stimulus bill last month that specifically excluded executive bonuses included in contracts signed before the bill’s passage,” according to FOX News.


Turns out Sen. Dodd also got more than $100,000 in campaign contributions from AIG during the 2008 election cycle.

Sen. Dodd is being pressured to give that money back, but he’ll certainly need it. He’s facing a tough reelection battle against former Rep. Rob Simmons, and possibly some other big-name challengers (economist Larry Kudlow has even been mentioned).


Of course, the Conservative Party is focused on some key races here in New York, but it will be interesting to see how things play out in the Nutmeg State.

Already bored with the AIG scandal? Don’t worry – there are a week’s worth of outrages to think about. We’ve got President Obama trying to force through his most controversial proposals with little or no serious debate...


We’ve got the left-wing activist group ACORN – “[a] group with a history of voter fraud,” says FOX News in an understatement – helping conduct the upcoming Census. Will the “red states” have any residents after they’re done counting?


We’ve got Big Labor pushing “card check” legislation that would take away a worker’s right to a secret ballot in union elections. It will be interesting to watch Sen. Shumer and especially Sen. Gillibrand pander to Big Labor on this one...


And right here in New York, you’ve got Scott Murphy – the liberal Democrat running for Sen. Gillibrand’s old seat – suggesting that he talked campaign strategy with the Obama Administration in “the Situation Room”... which, as The Weekly Standard points out, is “reserved for dealing with national security issues.”


As our last and very successful Call to Action indicated, President Obama has some terrible ideas when it comes to national security and America’s troops. Would we be surprised to hear that the White House Situation Room is being turned into a campaign office?

What will surprise us in the coming week? Check here every day for the latest news and commentary. Have a great weekend!

The AIG controversy continues and unfortunately government is determined to make it worse.
See our NEW Call to Action regarding Congress' "fix"

Of course, Washington, DC is not the only government problem we face. Jacob Gershman has an enlightening article on Speaker Silver's antics. http://www.nypost.com/seven/03192009/postopinion/opedcolumnists/albanys_con_game_160211.htm

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

We wonder what Gov. Paterson is thinking today, after completing his first year in office. In approximately two weeks, the NYS budget should be passed, yet there is no real sign that that will happen, despite the fact that his Party controls both houses and his rhetoric seems to understand the significance of spending too much. http://www.nypost.com/seven/03172009/postopinion/editorials/year_of_living_blithely_159993.htm

Recommended reading for President Obama and Governor Paterson: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123724039801247407.html?mod=loomia&loomia_si=t0:a16:g2:r5:c0.227886:b23062363

Congressman Barney Frank still believes he knows best (to our detriment) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123725470200650641.html

Cal Thomas has an interesting column on the Bernie Madoff scandal http://townhall.com/Columnists/CalThomas/2009/03/17/why_no_one_defends_bernard_madoff
and Thomas Sowell writes of the Republican Civil War: http://townhall.com/Columnists/ThomasSowell/2009/03/17/the_republican_civil_war

Concerned about the pending Card Check legislation, check out this website: http://www.workforcefairness.com/

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Conservative Party plans to make a difference in November's NYC mayoral race: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2009/03/long-conservatives-will-make-t.html#comments

Fortunately, November's elections will still be a private vote, but we have to ask how long it will remain private. Currently Congress, that has spent more in the last two months, than we have since 1776 and is determined to destroy our health care system, is trying to take away the right to a private ballot on union membership and turn our labor market into one that strongly resembles the European market. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123716333620835923.html

Lawrence Kudlow asks and answers the question "Is it really necessary for taxpayers to spend another dime on the TARP? http://townhall.com/columnists/LawrenceKudlow/2009/03/14/a_shotgun-marriage_proposal

Friday, March 13, 2009

President Obama is certainly having a difficult time with nominations. Yet another one withdrawn, and not a moment too soon. http://www.nypost.com/seven/03132009/postopinion/editorials/chas_freemans_farewell_159289.htm

Former UN Ambassador John Bolton and a senior fellow at American Enterprise Institute has written an article that outlines the dangers of team Obama's anti-Israel turn.

While many in the media would have you believe that President Obama's numbers are not falling, an article in today's Wall Street Journal, written by Douglas E. Schoen and Scott Rasmussen, sheds new light on the presidents numbers. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123690358175013837.html

Don't forget to vote in our new poll!

Weekly Wrap-Up

Another week, yet another round of Washington spending sprees...

Here’s the big story Shaun Marie has been blogging about this week: On Wednesday, President Barack Obama quietly signed a $410 billion spending bill filled with more than 8,000 earmarks – which, of course, the President campaigned against in 2008.

“Promises, Promises,” says the headline from this New York Post editorial, which notes: “Between the stimulus and the budget, he's shown neither the ability nor the inclination to control spending.”


These earmarks include everything from a “catfish genome” project and “oyster rehabilitation” to a $5.8 million gift to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate in Boston. Paying tribute to Ted Kennedy... your tax dollars at work.

The Heritage Foundation has the full list of the earmarks that President Obama just approved...


Keep in mind, this latest spending bill is just a tiny sliver of the Big Government splurge the liberals are planning.

Sen. Judd Gregg – who was chosen to serve as the Obama Administration’s Commerce Secretary but reportedly couldn’t accept some of the President’s more radical policies – has a good overview of the Obama budget.


And speaking of that “stimulus” bill... this week the media finally started reporting how that spending will directly benefit illegal aliens.

This USA Today article opens with the claim that, “Tens of thousands of jobs created by the economic stimulus law could end up filled by illegal immigrants.” But keep reading, and you’ll discover that the real number of jobs expected to go to illegal aliens is not “tens of thousands,” but more like 300,000.


This sounds like good news here in New York: Gov. Paterson has dropped some of the worst taxes he’s proposed, including the notorious “fat tax” on sodas.


The Conservative Party helped mobilize taxpayers against these ridiculous taxes – and we can all be glad that the liberals in Albany got the message.

But... don’t get too excited. The Governor is replacing these taxes with money from the stimulus bill... so all of us will be paying the price with our tax dollars, one way or another. And all that stimulus spending will inevitably make all of our taxes go up.

Taxpayers can’t win... but at least for now we can have a Coke in peace...

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

We found it interesting that President Obama preferred to sign yesterday's appropriations bill behind closed doors. Does that qualify as another broken campaign promise? We don't recall having five days for review and why didn't President Obama make himself available to the press?

Another editorial questioning the need to overturn the Rockefeller Drug Laws: http://www.nypost.com/seven/03122009/postopinion/editorials/rocky_reform__alas_159194.htm

And more on the insatiable spending habits of legislative members: http://www.nypost.com/seven/03122009/postopinion/opedcolumnists/spendaholics_159158.htm

Cal Thomas writes about a "Journey to Destruction" http://townhall.com/columnists/CalThomas/2009/03/12/journey_to_destruction

Can't convince your friends that the stimulus isn't good for the economy? Send them this article by John Stossel: http://townhall.com/Columnists/JohnStossel/2009/03/11/the_fatal_conceit

Have you voted in our poll? A new question will be posted tomorrow, so have your voice heard in this week's poll before it is changed.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

So much for political promises as President Obama prepares to sign a bill with over 8000 earmarks; his spokespeople believe we should not hold him responsible for these earmarks as they are part of last years budget. News Flash to President Obama: It isn't President Bush who is signing it!

Recommended reading for President Obama: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123638162497057661.html

Terence Jeffrey has an excellent article on the duplicity of President Obama's words regarding stem cell research: http://townhall.com/Columnists/TerenceJeffrey/2009/03/11/obamas_carefully_crafted_cloning_contradiction

We also think yesterday's IBD's Editorial, Rush Vs. The Party of Soros, is worth reading: http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=321575363666179

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Subsidizing Bad Decisions is the title of the latest Thomas Sowell column and it certainly reflects the frustration that those of us who pay our mortgages and debt on time, fell about having to use our tax dollars to pay for those who do not. http://townhall.com/columnists/ThomasSowell/2009/03/10/subsidizing_bad_decisions

Ken Blackwell explores the Culture of Entitlement in his current column http://townhall.com/Columnists/KenBlackwell/2009/03/10/the_culture_of_entitlement

While Michael Goodwin reminds all of us how President Obama is "beating the class warfare drum" http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/columnists/goodwin/index.html

All three articles reflect the growning unrest as President Obama stives to change America from a nation that use to pride itself on its self-reliance to one that is totally dependent on government in less than two months. The Earmarks to prove this are reflected in the $410B spending bill being debated by the US Senate, now, with the republicans who support the bill having a good share of the earmarks. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/03/10/gop-cross-overs-earmarks-gain-billion-spending/

Monday, March 9, 2009

The New York City Council certainly knows how to WASTE your tax dollars! http://www.nypost.com/seven/03092009/postopinion/editorials/quinns_cash_dispenser_158660.htm

And the New York State Assembly knows how to "decriminalize narcotics trade" http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2009/03/09/2009-03-09_saying_yes_to_drugs_assembly_would_dange.html We must emphasize to the Senate how dangerous this bill is.

Chairman Long reminds the GOP that 2010 is just around the corner: http://weblogs.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/politics/blog/2009/03/long_on_urgency_gop_hopefuls_m.html

Friday, March 6, 2009

Weekly Wrap-Up

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sums up the week perfectly...


“Never waste a good crisis,” Hillary said in a speech in Belgium today. You and I see America reeling from a recession. Hillary sees an opportunity for “global warming” hysteria and bigger government. Way to look on the bright side, I guess.

Here at home, President Barack Obama isn’t wasting the current economic crisis. For someone who campaigned against “the politics of fear,” President Obama sure seems happy to exploit people’s concerns about health care and the economy.

The result? Read this Wall Street Journal piece for a look at how “Obama’s Radicalism is Killing the Dow” – and how his left-wing policies will hurt businesses and families, and weaken America’s national security...


Here in New York, Senate Republicans have presented an “alternate” budget that, at first glance, cuts more spending, gets rid of Gov. Paterson’s most ridiculous taxes and fees and keeps the STAR rebates that were promised to New Yorkers...


The Conservative Party is studying this new budget proposal, and talking with our allies in Albany to see if the cuts go far enough – and if this budget offers enough to taxpayers.

More bad news for Gov. Paterson... The headline says it all: Paterson’s Approval Rating Plunges to Record Low...


This has got to worry Gov. Paterson: According to the Times, “Even Eliot Spitzer had a higher approval rating, 30 percent, in his last days as governor after being implicated in a prostitution scandal almost a year ago.”

Bad news for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, too. More and more left-wing Democrats are plotting primary challenges against Hillary’s replacement...


Are the liberals in trouble heading into 2010? Now that’s what I call a good crisis – and you can bet the Conservative Party will not waste it.

Have a great weekend!
Perhaps the MTA can learn from the Mayor, who should be commended for pulling council money for groups who are not producing. http://www.nypost.com/seven/03062009/news/regionalnews/mike_pulls_council_money_for_groups_158263.htm
The MTA should examine and cut its own budget, significantly, before extracting more money from hard working New Yorkers.

In fact, the Council should ask how former Councilman Stephen DiBrienza, has managed to keep a district office open with grant money. This story will explain the absolute waste of your tax dollars: http://www.nypost.com/seven/03062009/news/regionalnews/grants_keep_ex_pol_in_office_158236.htm

Today's editorial in the New York Post is a must read for President Obama: http://www.nypost.com/seven/03062009/postopinion/editorials/the_missiles_of_march_158207.htm
And he should also be reading Charles Krauthammer who writes of President Obama's "clever politics, but intellectually dishonest to the core". http://townhall.com/columnists/CharlesKrauthammer/2009/03/06/obamas_big_bang_agenda

The Wall Street Journal has an opinion column by Sally Pipes on the Administration's expansion of health care which is worth reading: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123629779856246193.html

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Six weeks and the honeymoon is over? President Obama's masterful oratory seems to be wearing thin and ordinary people are having regrets. When returning from CPAC last weekend, it was hard not to hear conversations between people on how disappointed they were with the new administration. Now, even columnists are writing about the dissatisfaction with his programs. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123621161271234665.html

Thomas Sowell states "Words can shield the most blatant reality" but when people understand the reality most will reject the ultra liberal agenda no matter what the words say. http://townhall.com/columnists/ThomasSowell/2009/03/03/is_talk_cheap

And if you still think the health care proposals are a good idea, you must read this: http://townhall.com/columnists/WalterEWilliams/2009/03/04/swedens_government_health_care

Today is the last day to vote in this weeks poll and we sincerely hope that you take the necessary action in our call to action segment.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

First, my apologies for not blogging on Tuesday and giving you the information on CPPAC as promised. In case you missed our two-day conference in Albany, you can view it at: http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=cpnyspac09&hl=en&emb=0&aq=f#q=cpnyspac09&hl=en&emb=0&aq=f&start=10 or go to Google Video and type in "cpnyspac09" to view the speeches. There are 18 segments to make it easier for you to view. Special thanks to the Party's Secretary, Howard Lim, for recording and posting this year's conference.

Yesterday's New York Post Editorial was certainly on target: http://www.nypost.com/seven/03032009/postopinion/editorials/labors_greed_157788.htm

Rich Lowry lays out the problems with President Obama's spending: http://www.nypost.com/seven/03032009/postopinion/opedcolumnists/obamas_agenda__157761

And William Kristol has a few words about the Market's reaction to President Obama's spending:

Another sobering opinion on the lack of fiscal control, on a much broader scale is Ralph Peter's assessment: http://www.nypost.com/seven/03042009/postopinion/opedcolumnists/demagogues_rising_157874.htm

And if anyone in the Obama Administration believes that people are not paying attention they should check the sales of Atlas Shrugged and tea: http://townhall.com/columnists/MichelleMalkin/2009/03/04/going_galt_americas_wealth_producers_vs_wealth_redistributors

Don't forget to vote in our poll and to take the recommended action in our Call to Action!

Monday, March 2, 2009

All we can say is What A Conference!! This CPAC was the most energized and informative in recent memory...Romney, Pence, Ryan, DeMint, Chaffet, Sanford, Rush and of course, 14 year old Jonathan Krohn. The nation is still talking about Rush and I've seen Jonathan Krohn on Fox TV twice since the conference concluded. Kudos's to all who ran this year's CPAC, the most attended ever.

Albany is still ignoring the ever increasing alarm that we are spending far too much and unions must be prepared to make some sacrifices: http://www.nypost.com/seven/03022009/postopinion/editorials/share_the_pain_157653.htm

Don't forget to vote in our poll and take action on legislation. Stop by our website, www.cpnys.org you will also be able to view a few video's that will energize you in the same manner as the attendees of CPAC. Also details tomorrow on how to view the video of our CCPAC. Till then...