Regarding the attendance of the Tea Party, ("Tea Party Protest at LIRR Station, The Massapequan Observer, April 24, 2009), I was there and if there were 300 people they would have been lucky. The event had nothing to do with taxes and everything to do with attacking President Obama. I wonder why these protestors weren't as upset and took to the streets when the debt increased 71 percent under President Bush. That is a $10 trillion debt President Obama inherited. This is a negative turnaround of three-quarters of a trillion dollars turned into a $500-plus billion deficit. For some reason the protestors don't seem to mind that.
The event brought out a person with a sign demanding to see the president's birth certificate. A man with a microphone was calling for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to "Go back to China," which is interesting since she is of Italian descent and was born in Baltimore. This same man was also shouting "No taxation without representation." I was concerned about this because I had no idea the Massapequas were not a part of the representative government this nation has enjoyed for over 200 years.
Legislator Peter Schmitt, one of the architects of the late 1990s financial meltdown of Nassau County complains of "out of control taxes" from Washington when the new plan is to give 95 percent of taxpayers a tax cut. Schmitt regurgitates failed talking points at every turn. It is curious that Schmitt does not mention that in the Town of Hempstead, Republican Supervisor Kate Murray raised taxes 6.6 percent last year.
Then you have Assemblyman Joe Saladino who is either ignorant or confused about the reality of our current economic situation. President Obama inherited a $10 trillion deficit from President Bush. Again, Obama's plan is for tax cuts for 95 percent of taxpayers. Assemblyman Saladino talks about Albany but has never offered any solutions to the problems we are facing. What programs would Assemblyman Saladino like to see cut or reduced? Assemblyman Saladino is suggesting that Albany can "learn a lesson" from the Town of Oyster Bay because the Town can "provide quality services at an affordable price." Assemblyman Saladino missed the fact that Republican Supervisor John Venditto and the wholly Republican Town Board increased Town taxes by 11 percent. Not only that, but the Town continues to use Bonds to cover for lack of funds. Those "quality services" Saladino speaks of are the result of tax increases and credit card budgets. The Town is already $400 million in debt and has over $50 million in outstanding Bonds. What exactly can TOB teach anybody? Maybe how to run up debt and that's about it. I wonder if any of the protesters know how badly our Town debt really is and would they protest a fellow Republican?