November 25, 2014 by JImbo
Saw this new ad on TV the other day:
(radio version w/ surplus claim)
Oh where to begin?
First, is 28,000 jobs a lot for $1,000,000,000 in investment?
By my calculation that’s $36,000 a job.
And what kind of jobs? Well, TEMPORARY jobs since once you spend the money it’s gone. It’s not creating a new industry or a market for products or a new technology.
It’s a one-time payment that means all those “jobs” are lost once the project is over.
I also am guessing that they’re double-counting jobs like they do with Federal “stimulus” projects. So, the real figure is often twice that or more. But, we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and say it’s accurate.
Second, do we REALLY have a surplus?
From the “Transport Investment Advocacy Center website: “New York is currently facing a $4.2 billion surplus in the state’s annual budget due to five legal settlements with banks and insurance companies earlier in 2014.”
Last time I checked we were asked to go into DEBT (they call it “bonding” but it still comes out as a loan) because we didn’t have enough money for school computers and such.
So… which is it? Do we have a too much money? Or do we not have enough and have to borrow more? Well, the facts say it’s the latter.
So, no we do NOT have a “surplus.” We have a lump of cash from a bunch of one-time lawsuits and fees that came into the treasury. This in turn was directed AWAY from actually PAYING OUR DEBT and called a “surplus” so it would seem like new money.
It’s a scam.
That money should go towards paying off debt. That’s what we’d tell someone that heavily in debt who won the lottery right? “PAY OFF YOUR DEBT FIRST!” Not to go buy a new house.
Or in this case they could… I dunno… FEED us. The National Guard in this state has gone without fresh food for a year at drills. We’ve been eating the stocks of MREs that are supposed to be in reserve for emergencies.
We have no money for food, uniforms, bullets, etc.
Yet somehow we have a “surplus” that is burning a hole in the politicians’ pockets.
And the pockets of interested companies. Consider that the CEO of the group is Mike Elmendorf, the head of the Associated General Contractors of New York State.
I kinda think that should go in the ads, don’t you? “Paid for by the guys who fix roads for a living?” Might make a bit of a difference in how you see the ad.
Or that they’re HUGE Cuomo donors.
Or that Washington, DC cronies are in on it too.
Why must they lie to us so much?