Comments by fjcjr
Posted on August 1 at 10:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Taxing things like cigarettes, liquor, and sugary drinks doesn't cause people to change their behavior and use less. That's not what the tax is about. These taxes are purely about money. Many NYS legislators complained when they raised the cigarette taxes to crazy levels and they didn't get as much revenue as they should! They wouldn't be saying such things if it was really about getting people to stop smoking. There is no group more addicted to nicotine than the NYS Legislature! God help them if New Yorkers really quit!
Posted on July 13 at 10:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)
This is a well reasoned piece, however, I think the writer undermines his credibility when he cites the names of major clients of Kirkland and Ellis, and the principal attornies of the same firm. This entire paragraph has no relevance to the argument he makes in support of tenure, Arguments for or against tenure need to stand on their own merits, not who brings the issue. It would be the same iif I shot down his argument solely because he has been a long term educator. Personnaly, I disagree with his premise that tenure is entirely necessary. People that are employed by businesses never have such benefits, and often they enjoy a long employment based on their merit, or lack thereof.
Posted on June 2 at 8:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)
He is either not qualified to run a lemonade stand, or it's ok to make predictions you know are false if the "greater good" is to be served. Power prices will not go down with this rule, and most people that can think know it.
Posted on June 2 at 4:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)
How can it be that a proposal that will cost $8.8B to comply will shrink power prices? This doesn't make sense.
Posted on May 25 at 3:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Wow! I rarely agree with the positions of the editorial board, but this is a very clever turnabout on Bruno's position. Touché!
Posted on May 21 at 7:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)
"Taxes have just gotten out of control". It's ironic that Al Jurczinski would make a comment like that. It never appeared that he took that view when he was proposing budgets! Nevertheless, he's correct - we're taxed into oblivion here, and people are simply tapped out. What is the catalyst that will change it?
Posted on May 18 at 8:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)
It's really refreshing to know that no hypocracy is exhibited by the Democrats! Someone has to take the moral high ground!
Posted on May 7 at 6:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)
This is unbelievable - debating the state snack? With all the issues facing New York State, they are debating snacks? Oh - I forgot - happy days are here again, and we're open for business!! What a joke. This is further proof we get the government we voted for, not the one we need. It's also interesting that Chuck Schumer is the person you see in a picture of a NYS Senate debate. HIs goal is obviously to be in the media every day (and he's succeeding).
Posted on April 30 at noon (Suggest removal)
If you want a finacial windfall, you arent really interested in getting people to slow down. If they did, there would be no windfall. This is the same argument the legislature used with cigarette taxes: We need to impose very high taxes to get people to stop smoking. When the revenues failed to meet projections, members of the legislature were wondering where the money went. Perhpas the tax worked as advertised, but not as intended. If you want a windfall, say so. If you want to change behavior, say so. The two goals are usually mutually exclusive.
Posted on April 19 at 7:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The price paid for insurance is based on risk, not the risk that someone will be in an accident, but rather, the risk that an insurance company will have to pay. People with higher education and "big" jobs aren't necessarily better drivers, or less likely to be in an accident. However, they are less likely to file a claim for a loss, electing instead to "eat" the loss, reducing their loss experience, and hence their insurance rates. People with lower disposable income are not equally able to do this, so the insurance company pays more claims for them, and hence they pay higher insurance rates. This is the exact same reason insurance companies look at people's credit reports. With a higher score and lower indebtedness, statistically they will file fewer claims. At face value this appears to be unfair for treating people unequally, but it is merely based on who is a higher risk.