Friday, 21 October 2011 00:00
Most of us can remember when public service was an honorable profession and when we looked to elected officials for solutions to our problems. Yet, more and more, public servants and elected officials are viewed by the American public as the problem. Congress after all has an 11 percent approval rating, the lowest in the history of the Republic or at least as far back as anyone kept records on such data.
Recently I had to pay $223.50 to renew my car registration – basically an annual fee to tell the Department of Motor Vehicles that I still own my car. On top of that I recently received a ticket for $150 for an expired registration when my bookkeeper was out of my office due to medical reasons and the renewal fee was not timely paid. On the same day I received my School Tax bill showing an increase of 10-20 percent. My three children are out of school.
American taxpayers are right to revolt. The occupation of downtown New York and Wall Street speaks to these issues. Many government agencies and departments need to be abolished, dismantled or consolidated.
Taxpayers are moving out of New York in droves. They cannot afford to live here. Small businesses are being strangled and after the last census we lost two more Congressional seats.
Elected officials who are merely feathering their own nests need to get out now. While I voted for President Obama and have steadfastly supported him, the force of his rhetoric and actions have been far too tepid. This should be a time for change, big change, not just in the Middle East, but here in America. Our politicians may not wish to recognize that a revolution has begun here at home, but it has. It also needs to keep going in a bigger way.
Thomas F. Liotti
Attorney, Garden City