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Finally, the true cost for 13 years of “No Tax Increases” for Fishkill

town-seal1After 13 years of trumpeting “no tax increases” the Town of Fishkill Supervisor Joan Pagones now says that the new New York State 2% Property Tax Cap is going to create a problem for Fishkill.  The question that springs to mind is “Why?”  Why, after 13 years of not raising taxes when everything around us is going up do we suddenly have a problem with a 2% increase?  How did the Supervisor magically maintain the status quo, even though surrounding Town’s budgets dictated increases of 5, 15, 20 or even higher percent increases?  Thanks to a New York State Comptroller audit, we now know it was done with a shady shell game of borrowing, improper budget transfers and outright theft from districts that have gone lacking.

By Supervisor Pagones’ own admission the Town is “roughly 30 million dollars in debt”.  Like a teenager with a credit card Pagones has no concept of living within your means, and sadly the Town of Fishkill is now on the hook for her bill.  The honorable thing to do would be resign with humility but instead she chooses to deny, dispute and accuse anyone trying to review true budget numbers of “troublemaking”.  Her only goal has been re-election and for 19 years it worked, but there’s a new wind blowing in Fishkill.

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Security Theatre

Well I hate to beat a dead horse here, but this TSA issue just seems to get worse by the hour.  On one side of  the discussion you have our Homeland Security Director and former Arizona governor  Ms. Janet  Napolitano (Big Sister) who’s answer to complaints of passengers being groped is “if they don’t like our procedures, then don’t fly”. ( Article here )  One the other side we have a new District Attorney in California who promises to prosecute overzealous TSA wonks who get carried away with the groping.  What’s that? A chorus of Conservative Angels singing hallelujah for a public employee protecting the public? Stranger things have happened. ( Article here ) Our Homeland Security Director would have us believe that the increasingly intrusive security “show” we are being subjected to is somehow making us safer.  What no one seems to be talking about here is that the “Underwear Bomber” that we are supposed to be preventing from repeating was a Nigerian who boarded a plane in Amsterdam.  The Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmatallab, applied for and received a  multiple entry visa at the US consulate in London on June 12, 2008 valid until June 12, 2010.  In November of 2009  after warnings from UK officials and his father, Abdulmatallab’s name was added to the US Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment,  a database of our National Counterterrorism Center.  The name was not, however, added to the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database, the Secondary Screening Selectee List or the No Fly List and his US visa was not revoked.  Where was Homeland Security when this 23 year old Nigerian paid cash for his ticket, didn’t have his own passport and boarded a flight to Detroit with his underwear full of explosives?  Taking away our toenail clippers and lifting grandma out of her wheelchair, that’s where.  The people charged with protecting us are so scared of offending anyone other than hardworking taxpaying US citizens that they could’nt recognize a threat if it lifted it’s veil and spat in their eye.  What do we do? Write, call, email or even visit your representatives in Congress and the Senate.  Tell them you are fed up with being treated like the enemy.  Our 4th Ammendment rights are on the line here and our forefathers risked it all to provide us with these rights. Don’t let them be taken away.

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Danger of Fed’s Latest Decision

The Federal Reserve’s recent decision to dump $600 billion into our economy carries a danger far greater than it would seem. In theory, you would think keeping interest rates low would be good for the economy, right? Not so, what they have done is virtually guaranteed inflation beyond our wildest imagination. Obama and his administration are like a child behind the control panel of a missle launcher, they have awesome power at their disposal and absolutely no comprehension of the destruction that can follow…or do they? We need to keep after our elected leaders to pay attention to what is going on at the Fed and hold them accountable. Please read the article regarding the Fed’s decision here: Link from Drudgereport

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