Thursday, August 31, 2006

George PaTAXi?

There are many who have questioned how Right to Life board members like Ed Failor Jr. and Loras Schulte could support a pro-choice candidate like Gov. Pataki. After reading this article, are they now going to question how an employee of Iowans for Tax Relief can support someone who has raised taxes?

Last evening, during a debate for Pataki’s successor, the two Democrat candidates and the Republican candidate had a common message: "New York under Governor Pataki is in decline."

While we at the Cooler were not surprised to read this, we were surprised at one of the reasons for the accusation. The candidates pointed to the rise of taxes, the exodus of residents, and the quality of health care and education.

A spokesman for Mr. Pataki, David Catalfamo, defended the governor's legacy, saying, "We are now the safest large state in America. We have one million less New Yorkers on welfare."

No comment was reported denying that taxes on New Yorkers have been raised. Maybe they are false accusations, if not I fear the Pataki camp has a lot of explaining to do.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Failor would support hussein if he paid him enough

12:13 PM  
Anonymous State of the State NY 2006 said...

This year, I propose to you an agenda with straightforward, achievable objectives that will empower New York State to excel in the emerging global economy.

Objectives based on the same principles and priorities behind some of our greatest successes - cutting taxes, improving our children's education, creating jobs, and protecting our natural environment.

It is an agenda aimed squarely at some of the most significant challenges we face in 2006:

It continues to cut taxes on working families and their employers to provide New Yorkers with greater opportunity and financial freedom;

It accelerates our commitment to educational excellence to better prepare our students for global competition;

It invests in and helps build the intellectual capital and research infrastructure we need to succeed in the high-tech economy of tomorrow; and

It takes decisive action to cut New Yorkers' fuel bills and protect our environment by reducing our dependency on foreign oil.

First, let's strengthen families and create jobs by lowering the burden taxes place on New Yorkers.

We've proven time and again how tax cuts create the financial freedom that yields even greater opportunities for New York's citizens.

We've led the nation in cutting taxes - 81 cuts to 19 different state taxes that have pumped more than $140 billion back into New York's economy and led to the creation of over 600,000 new jobs.

Tax cuts work. And when we cut taxes, New Yorkers work.

If our goal is to position New York State to thrive in the face of evolving global competition, our fight to cut taxes must continue.

This year, I will send to you a pro-family tax cut program - a series of measures that will reduce the tax burden on working families, stimulate the economy and foster the competitiveness that will attract even more investment and jobs to New York.

Let's completely eliminate the marriage penalty to encourage rather than penalize marriage in New York State.

Let's provide a $500 heating fuel tax credit to thousands of seniors across New York to give them the ability to meet soaring home heating costs.

Let's help family farms and small businesses, and allow our seniors to spend their golden years in New York with their families and friends by eliminating the estate tax.

Let's cut the income tax rate that most New York families pay, and grant even greater financial freedom to families all across New York State.

And let's cut taxes on businesses once again and give New York's employers even greater freedom to grow and create jobs.

But we all know that income and business taxes are only part of the problem - property taxes represent the fastest growing segment of the tax burden New Yorkers face.

That's why we created the STAR program that has cut New Yorkers' school property tax bills by almost $18 billion since 1998.

That's why last year, we took square aim at property taxes once again, by capping counties' Medicaid costs so that those costs would not be passed on to county property taxpayers. Now, it is time to take the next step.

My pro-family tax cut strategy includes two new enhancements to STAR.

Seniors must not be forced from their homes because of escalating school property taxes -- let's provide them with an increased STAR benefit, and give them the economic freedom to continue living in the homes they have built, paid for and earned.

And second, let's help families across the state, from Long Island to Grand Island, by putting a direct school property tax rebate check in their pockets.

If we are to compete and excel, if our families are to thrive in the global economy of tomorrow, we must not allow high taxes to place us at a competitive disadvantage.

Let's continue to cut taxes at the state and local level and bring even greater economic freedom to New York's hardworking taxpayers and their families.

Cutting the tax burden will surely strengthen our competitiveness on a national level.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeez, blah blah blah - let's read his whole bullshit speech... But remember, action speaks louder than words.

He's pro-tax, pro-gay, pro-abortion.

Tell me again why he's running as a Republican?

2:07 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

We have nothing but respect for ed jr. At the cooler... Tsk. Tsk. Anon.

2:27 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

Before his election as Governor, Pataki promised to deliver on-time budgets in Albany. What followed was 10 years of late budgets and rising deficits. Last year during his 3rd term (he promised to only serve 2 terms) was the first time Albany had its budget passed on time.

Pataki's not only a social liberal, he's anti-campaign-promises. His record doesn't inspire trust. His slogan in 2008 should be "cronyism without the conservatism" or "2008 promises for 2018".

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Erik Helland said...

No state has cut taxes more than New York under the leadership of Gov. Pataki.

Gov. George Pataki has never raised taxes as Governor of New York. Since taking office in 1995 he has saved New Yorkers $140 billion (yes, with a
"b") through tax cuts. And, George Pataki saved New Yorkers even more by cutting state employee ranks by 25,000 positions.

Gov. Pataki's pro-growth economic policies have led to the creation of 700,000 new, private sector jobs.

While doing this Gov. Pataki has made record investments in public education, ranking New York as 2nd in the nation for per pupil spending.

At the same time, Gov. Pataki also gave parents a say in their children’s educations by adding school choice and the allowing for the opening of charter schools.

Gov. Pataki has also given hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers
-- children and families -- access to quality, affordable health care.

It is important to note Gov. Pataki did all of this despite inheriting a $6 billion (again, "b") deficit when he took office. And when tragedy struck New York on September 11th, 2001 George Pataki was there to help lead New York from crisis to comeback once again.

Gov. Pataki leads a state with a $1 billion budget surplus, private sector job growth, more than 1 million less New Yorkers on welfare and violent crime at its lowest levels in decades. Today, New York is the safest large state in the nation.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said Erik!

4:59 PM  
Blogger The Real Sporer said...

As I have done with respect to Gilmore, Romney and Huckabee around the blogosphere, I now rise to challenge you today Cooler regarding Pataki.

The article you link is about the blather that is mostly coming from the Democrat running for NY governor. I know the Republican is doing some whining also but.......we do what we must in blue states. Point-the article is a terrible source of accurate information.

Factual reality belies that article in almost every respect. Remember, the Dems have convinced most Americans that while their own finances are good and getting better, the country is in a recession.

As I always say, we are going to have to pull behind one of these guys come June 08 and we just can't be ripping each other like this coming into '07. All that we need is for some DemocRat to republish this if Gov. Pataki's the nominee.

We've gotta love one another right now.

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't Pataki also have to work with a D legislature to get all this done? That makes the accomplishments even more remarkable.

I'm a republican who is angry about all this spending. After national security, that's my next highest priority for the next term.

I'm encouraged by a Pataki win if he can provide the leadership on spending in DC that he's demonstrated in NY. NY seems almost more difficult to operate in than DC.

The Caucus Cooler almost appear to be doing a "push poll" column with this one.

6:22 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Good to hear your thoughts on this erik. We hope you continue to join in the discussion around the cooler

7:23 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Ted-
We're all about love around the Cooler, we just want to open the discussion about all these candidates positive and negative. That's the fun part.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Cancer Man said...

Erik,

Contrast Pataki's tax hikes (minus your paid spin) with what a real conservative governor like Mitt Romney who inherited a multi-billion dollar deficit that he eliminated WITHOUT raises taxes.
Thus, proving it can be done with real conservative leadership.

Sorry to break to you guys who hitched your cart to Pataki but, somebody has to tell you that leadership takes more than just standing behind Rudy to be in the photo shot while the real heavy lifting is being done by the REAL leaders.

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cancer Man:

I find it interesting that you can call Mitt Romney "a real conservative governor" when he is Pro-Choice.

That comment alone negates any other opinions you have.

Nice try, but smoke 'em if you got 'em.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Burton Rider said...

For the millionth time, Mitt Romney is not pro-choice. He's pro-life.

Erik, nice post about Pataki. He's lucky to have you and the rest of team Pataki.

7:18 PM  
Blogger The Real Sporer said...

Bottom line, both Pataki and Romney would appoint prolife Supreme Court nominees.

Look what Pataki's nominees did to gay marriage, smacked it down hard in a very blue state.

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cancer man....drop dead.

1:34 AM  

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